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Please help me with this array question

 
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I have problem understanding this question and I can not understand how 4 is derived since 2 and 1 inside the span of 1 is 3.





So far I have tried out traverse the array backward but really my mind is blank from what to do next.  Please give me some tips.
I hope someone can give me an estimate time for a person without CS degree to practise good enough to go for coding interview.
Is 2 months too long or too short consider I need to fulfull a temp job duty?

Tks.
 
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hi Tangara,

two ways that come to my mind:

1) use indexOf and "lastIndexOf"

2) create a Map<Character, List<indices>>. The span of a character is then: last index - first index + 1
 
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Please stick to one question at a time.
Consider traversing the array from both ends towards its centre. If you find 99 on the left, search frorn the right until you find 99.
 
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The span between the first and last 1 is "1, 2, 1, 1". The word "inclusive" in the question means you should "include" the 1's which are the end points. You'll then observe that there are 4 numbers in that span.
 
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