683. K Empty Slots

There is a garden with N slots. In each slot, there is a flower. The N flowers will bloom one by one in N days. In each day, there will be exactly one flower blooming and it will be in the status of blooming since then.

Given an array flowers consists of number from 1 to N. Each number in the array represents the place where the flower will open in that day.

For example, flowers[i] = x means that the unique flower that blooms at day i will be at position x, where i and x will be in the range from 1 to N.

Also given an integer k, you need to output in which day there exists two flowers in the status of blooming, and also the number of flowers between them is k and these flowers are not blooming.

If there isn't such day, output -1.

Example 1:

flowers: [1,3,2]
k: 1
Output: 2
Explanation: In the second day, the first and the third flower have become blooming.

Example 2:

flowers: [1,2,3]
k: 1
Output: -1


  1. The given array will be in the range [1, 20000].
思路:分成若干个大小为k的bin box,之前好像LC有道类似的题目
import java.util.Arrays;

class Solution {
    public int kEmptySlots(int[] a, int k) {
    	int box = k+1, n = a.length/box+1;
//    	if(a.length%box!=0)	n++;
    	int[] left = new int[n], right = new int[n];
    	Arrays.fill(left, -1);
    	Arrays.fill(right, -1);
    	for(int i=0; i<a.length; i++) {
    		int idx = a[i] / box;
    		if(left[idx] == -1)	left[idx]=a[i];
    		else left[idx] = Math.min(left[idx], a[i]);
    		if(right[idx] == -1)	right[idx]=a[i];
    		else right[idx] = Math.max(right[idx], a[i]);
    		if(idx > 0) {
    			if(left[idx] - right[idx-1] == k+1)
    				return i+1;
    		if(idx < n-1) {
    			if(left[idx+1] - right[idx] == k+1)
    				return i+1;
        return -1;

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