# HardDuplicateRemover

/*Problem Statement

We have a sequence of integers, and we would like to remove all duplicate elements from this sequence.

There may be multiple ways to perform this task. For example, given the sequence { 1, 2, 1, 3 },

we could end up with either { 1, 2, 3 } or { 2, 1, 3 } as the remaining sequence, depending on which duplicate 1 we remove from the original sequence.

For this problem, we want to return the lexicographically first of of all possible remaining sequences.

A sequence S1 comes before sequence S2 lexicographically if and only if S1 has a smaller value than S2 at the lowest index at which the two sequences differ

(so, for example, { 1, 2, 3 } comes before { 2, 3, 1 }).

You will be given a int[] sequence. Return a int[] containing the sequence after all the duplicates are removed. See the examples for further clarification.

Definition

Class:            HardDuplicateRemover
Method:            process
Parameters:        int[]
Returns:        int[]
Method signature:    int[] process(int[] sequence)
(be sure your method is public)

Constraints
-    sequence will have between 1 and 50 elements, inclusive.
-    Each element of sequence will be between 1 and 1000, inclusive.
Examples
0){5, 6, 5, 1, 6, 5}    Returns: {1, 6, 5 }
There are six different ways to remove duplicates (remaining numbers are marked by '*'):
{ *5, *6,  5, *1,  6,  5},
{ *5,  6,  5, *1, *6,  5},
{  5, *6, *5, *1,  6,  5},
{  5,  6, *5, *1, *6,  5},
{  5, *6,  5, *1,  6, *5},
{  5,  6,  5, *1, *6, *5}.

The last variant is the lexicographically first.
1){3, 2, 4, 2, 4, 4}    Returns: {3, 2, 4 }

2){6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6}    Returns: {6 }

3){1, 3, 2, 4, 2, 3}    Returns: {1, 2, 4, 3 }

4){5, 4, 1, 5}        Returns: {4, 1, 5 }

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package hardDuplicateRemover;

import java.util.ArrayList;

public class HardDuplicateRemover {

private static int start = 0;
private static int end = 0;

public static int[] process(int[] sequence) {

ArrayList list = generateMinArray(sequence);

int[] result = new int[sequence.length];

for(int i = 0; i < list.size(); i++) {
Node node = (Node)list.get(i);

if(i == 0) {
int position = ((Integer)node.positions.get(0)).intValue();
result[position] = node.value;
start = end = position;
} else {
int position = 0;

int preValue = -1;

int middleValue = -1;

int postValue = -1;

ArrayList positions = node.positions;
for(int j = 0; j < positions.size(); j++) {
int p = ((Integer)node.positions.get(j)).intValue();
if(p < start) preValue = p;
else if(p > start && p < end && middleValue == -1) middleValue = p;
else if(p > end && postValue == -1) postValue = p;
}

if(postValue != -1) position = postValue;
else if (middleValue != -1) position = middleValue;
else position = preValue;

if(position < start) start = position;
else if(position > end) end = position;

result[position] = node.value;

}
}

return result;
}

/**
*  Insert Sort method, a litlle bit ugly...
*/
private static ArrayList generateMinArray(int[] seq) {

ArrayList list = new ArrayList();

for(int i = 0; i < seq.length; i++) {
if(list.size() == 0)
{
ArrayList temp = new ArrayList();
}
else {
boolean flag = false;
for(int j = 0; j < list.size(); j++) {
if(((Node)list.get(j)).value == seq[i])
{
flag = true;
break;
}else if(((Node)list.get(j)).value > seq[i]) {
for(int k = list.size() - 1; k >= j; k--) {
Node temp = (Node)list.get(k);
if(k + 1 >= list.size()) list.add(temp);
else list.set(k + 1, temp);
}
ArrayList temp = new ArrayList();
list.set(j, new Node(seq[i], temp));
flag = true;
break;
}
}

if(!flag) {
ArrayList temp = new ArrayList();
}
}
}
return list;
}

static class Node {
int value = 0;
ArrayList positions = null;

public Node(int val, ArrayList pos) {
value = val;
positions = pos;
}
}
}

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