Longest Common Subsequence

Longest Common Subsequence

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Given two strings text1 and text2, return the length of their longest common subsequence. If there is no common subsequence, return 0. This is similar to the Leetcode Problem - Longest Common Subsequence


The approach would be based on dynamic programming. We take a 2d array with rows and columns indicating string 1 and string 2 respectively. Then we use the below code to calculate the common subsequence of the previous diagonal element if equal else we take the max of the upper and left element.

class Solution {
    public int longestCommonSubsequence(String text1, String text2) {
int m = text1.length(), n = text2.length();
        int[][] dp = new int[m + 1][n + 1];
        for(int i = 1; i <= m; i++)
            for(int j = 1; j <= n; j++)
                if(text1.charAt(i-1) == text2.charAt(j-1)) dp[i][j] = dp[i-1][j-1] + 1;
                else dp[i][j] = Math.max(dp[i - 1][j], dp[i][j - 1]);
        return dp[m][n];

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