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Jun 19, 2012

### Software Engineer at Dell was asked...

Jan 29, 2014
 Suppose you are writing a test script to test a function running in a process over night. How do you make sure that if the process is halted, your test function will be able to detect that. 1 AnswerAnswer: run your test function in an independent process.

### Software Engineer at Snap was asked...

Jun 8, 2016

Jul 18, 2010
 Write some pseudo code to raise a number to a power.11 Answerspretty trivial...int raise(num, power){ if(power==0) return 1; if(power==1) return num; return(raise(num, power-1)*num); }double Power(int x, int y) { double ret = 1; double power = x; while (y > 0) { if (y & 1) { ret *= power; } power *= power; y >>= 1; } return ret; }Show More ResponsesIn Ruby: def power(base, power) product = 1 power.times do product *= base end product end puts "2^10 = 1024 = #{power(2,10)}" puts "2^0 = 1 = #{power(2,0)}" puts "2^1 = 2 = #{power(2,1)}"If I were an interviewer, I would ask the Aug 29, 2010 poster why he used bitwise operators, and whether he would deploy that code in a production environment, or if he merely wanted to demonstrate, for purposes of the interview, that he understands bitwise operations.Because it uses dynamic programming and is lots more efficient than your algorithm.If the power is not integer, use ln and Taylor seriesIf I'm the interviewer, none of above answers is acceptable. What if y < 0? what if y < 0 and x == 0? I'm seeing an endless recursion that will eventually overflow the stack, and the none-recursive one just simply returns 1.There is a way to do this in a logN way rather than N. function power(x, n) { if n == 1 return x; // Even numbers else if (n%2 == 0) return square( power (x, n/2)); // Odd numbers else return power(x, n-1); } This is from Programming pearls.. interesting way.small mistake function power(x, n) { if n == 1 return x; // Even numbers else if (n%2 == 0) return square( power (x, n/2)); // Odd numbers else return power(x, n-1) * x; }# Solution for x ^ n with negative values of n as well. def square(x): return x * x def power(x, n): if x in (0, 1): return x if n == 0: return 1 if n < 0: x = 1.0 / x n = abs(n) # Even number if n % 2 == 0: return square(power(x, n/2)) # Odd number else: return x * power(x, n - 1) print ("0 ^ 0 = " + str(power(0, 0))) print ("0 ^ 1 = " + str(power(0, 1))) print ("10 ^ 0 = " + str(power(10, 0))) print ("2 ^ 2 = " + str(power(2, 2))) print ("2 ^ 3 = " + str(power(2, 3))) print ("3 ^ 3 = " + str(power(3, 3))) print ("2 ^ 8 = " + str(power(2, 8))) print ("2 ^ -1 = " + str(power(2, -1))) print ("2 ^ -2 = " + str(power(2, -2))) print ("2 ^ -8 = " + str(power(2, -8)))

Sep 6, 2010

Jan 21, 2010
 Suppose you have a matrix of numbers. How can you easily compute the sum of any rectangle (i.e. a range [row_start, row_end, col_start, col_end]) of those numbers? How would you code this?8 AnswersIt can be done in constant time by precalculating sums of some basic rectangles (extending all the way to the border of the matrix). That precalculation times time O(n) by simple dynamic programming.Please elaborate, which "basic rectangles"? Are you recursively dividing each rectangle into 4 smaller rectangles? Precalc time for doing that is not O(n)?!?Compute the sum of the rectangles, for all i,j, bounded by (i,j), (i,m), (n,j), (n,m), where (n,m) is the size of the matrix M. Call that sum s(i,j). You can calculate s(i,j) by dynamic programming: s(i,j) = M(i,j) + s(i+1,j) + s(i,j+1) - s(i+1,j+1). And the sum of any rectangle can be computed from s(i,j).Show More ResponsesAwesome!!The answer is already popular in computer vision fields!! It is called integral imaging. See this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haar-like_featuresIt wasn't 100% clear to me, then I found the Wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summed_area_tableLet a[][] be the 2d array, int i=0; for( j = row_start; j <= row_end; j++) for( k = col_start; k <= col_end; k++) i+=a[j][k];Iterate over matrix as an array storing (new sums array) in each position the cumulative sum up to that point. For each row in the desired submatrix we can compute its sum as a difference between its end and start positions. Repeat for other rows. Add up all the row sums.

### Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) at Expedia Group was asked...

Apr 18, 2012
 Describe and code an algorithm that returns the first duplicate character in a string?11 AnswersSimple Python example. Not sure it's most efficient. def findDup(str): match=[] i=1 while (ifirst clarify if it is ASCII or UNICODE string For ASCII, create BOOL checkArray [128] = {false}; walk the string and update the index of checkArray based of the character. for (int index=0;index< strlen(str); index++) { if (checkArray[str[index]] == true) { printf (str[index]); return; } else { checkArray[str[index]] = true; } }public class FirstDupCharacter { public static void main(String[] args) { System.out.println(findDupCharacter("abcdefghiaklmno")); } private static Character findDupCharacter(final String input) { final Set set = new HashSet(); Character dup = null; for (int i = 0; i < input.length(); i++) { if (set.contains(input.charAt(i))) { dup = input.charAt(i); break; } else { set.add(input.charAt(i)); } } return dup; } }Show More ResponsesString samp = "Testing"; samp = samp.toLowerCase(); char chararr[] = samp.toCharArray(); int size = chararr.length; char repeat = ' '; for (int i=0;ifor (int i=0;ipublic static in findDuplicateChar(String s) { if (s == null) return -1; char[] characters = s.toCharArray(); Map charsMap = HashMap(); for ( int index = 0; index < characters.length; index++ ) { // insert the character into the map. // returns null for a new entry // returns the index if it previously if it existed Integer initialOccurence = charsMap.put(characters[index], index); if ( initialOccurence != null) { return initialOccurance; } //there where no characters that where duplicates return -1; } }Another python solution: def findFirstNonRepeatedCharInOneIteration(str1): for i,j in enumerate(str1): if j in str1[:i] or j in str1[i+1:]: print "First non-repeated character is "+ j break str1 = "abcdefglhjkkjokylf" findFirstNonRepeatedCharInOneIteration(str1)function getFirstDuplicateCharacter(str) { const seen = new Set(); for (const char of str) { if (seen.has(char)) return char; seen.add(char); } }import java.io.*; import java.util.*; /* * code an algorithm that returns the first duplicate character in a string? */ class Solution { public static void main(String[] args) { String input = ""; int j = removeduplicate(input); if(j == input.length()){ System.out.println("String has unique characters" ); } else{ System.out.println("duplicate character is "+input.charAt(j)); } } public static int removeduplicate(String input){ Set set = new HashSet(); boolean flag = false; int i =0; for(; iimport java.io.*; import java.util.*; class Solution { public static void main(String[] args) { String input = ""; int j = removeduplicate(input); if(j == input.length()){ System.out.println("String has unique characters" ); } else{ System.out.println("duplicate character is "+input.charAt(j)); } } public static int removeduplicate(String input){ Set set = new HashSet(); boolean flag = false; int i =0; for(; ipublic static int removeduplicate(String input){ Set set = new HashSet(); boolean flag = false; int i =0; for(; i

Mar 19, 2009
 What sort would you use if you required tight max time bounds and wanted highly regular performance.6 AnswersVector sort.Guaranteed to be O(n log n) performance. No better, no worse.That is so say, a "Balanced Tree Sort" is guaranteed to be O(n log n) always.Show More ResponsesMerge sort and heapsort are always guaranteed to be n*log(n). Quicksort is usually faster on the average but can be as bad as O(n^2), although with very low probability. Heapsort also does it sorting in-place, without needing an extra buffer, like mergesort. Lastly, heapsort is much easier to implement and understand than balancing trees mentioned by earlier posts.for something like this you generally want bubble sort or insertion sort. It's not about being fast it's about being consistent. Make it do exactly the same thing every time.Use a sorting network. There's some precomputation time, but runtime will be very consistent (the only variability is branch prediction performance)

### Software Development Engineer In Test || at Amazon was asked...

Mar 14, 2012
 Write a method to decide if the given binary tree is a binary search tree or not.4 Answersfor binary search tree, inorder traversal should result in sorted array in the increasing order.Further, know that the difference between the two is that a binary search tree cannot contain duplicate entries. recur down the tree - check if element is already in hashtable - - if it is, return false - - if it isnt, insert element into the hashtable - - - recur to childrenI'm sorry but Anon's answer is not correct, at least according to "Introduction to Algorithms, 3d Edition" by Cormen. The binary search tree property says that there CAN be duplicates: "Let x be a node in a binary search tree. If y is a node in the left subtree of x, then y.key = x.key." In other words, the value of a child node may be equal to the value of a parent node, which would yield the result that "Interview Candidate" posted on Mar 14 2012. Performing an inorder tree walk would yield sorted nodes.Show More Responsespublic static isValidBST(TreeNode root, MIN_INTEGER, MAX_INTEGER) { if (root == null) // children of leaf nodes { return true; } return root.data >= INTERGER_MIN && root.data <= INTEGER_MAX && isValidBST(root.left, INTEGER_MIN, root.data) && isValidBST(root.right, root.data, INTEGER_MAX) }

### Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) at Microsoft was asked...

Mar 6, 2012
 In a given sorted array of integers remove all the duplicates.8 AnswersIterate the array and add each number to a set, if number is already there, it won't be added again, thus removing any duplicates. Complexity is Big-O of NThe array is already sorted, no need for a set. example: 2,2,5,7,7,8,9 Just keep tracking the current and previous and the index of the last none repeated element when found a difference copy the element to the last none repeated index + one and update current and previous, no extra space and it will run in O(n)public RemoveDuplicates() { int[] ip = { 1, 2, 2, 4, 5, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12 }; int[] op = new int[ip.Length - 1]; int j = 0, i = 0; ; for (i = 1; i <= ip.Length - 1; i++) { if (ip[i - 1] != ip[i]) { op[j] = ip[i - 1]; j++; } } if (ip[ip.Length - 1] != ip[ip.Length - 2]) op[j] = ip[ip.Length - 1]; int xxx = 0; }Show More Responsesdef removeDuplicatesSecondApproach(inputArray): prev = 0 noRepeatIndex = 0 counter = 0 for curr in range(1,len(inputArray)): if (inputArray[curr] == inputArray[prev]): counter = counter + 1 prev = curr else: inputArray[noRepeatIndex+1] = inputArray[curr] noRepeatIndex = noRepeatIndex + 1 prev = curr inputArray = inputArray[:-counter] return inputArrayif(inpArr[i] == inpArr[i+1]) { int repeats = 1; opArr[opPos] = inpArr[i]; int j = i + 1; while(j+1 <= inpArr.length - 1 && inpArr[i] == inpArr[j+1]) { j++; repeats++; } opArr = Arrays.copyOf(opArr, opArr.length - repeats); i = i + repeats; } else { opArr[opPos] = inpArr[i]; } opPos++; } for(int i =0; i<=opArr.length-1;i++) { System.out.println(opArr[i] + ","); }Apologies for the previous incomplete answer int[] inpArr = {1,2,2,3,4,5,5,5,8,8,8,9,13,14,15,18,20,20}; int[] opArr = new int[inpArr.length]; int opPos = 0; for(int i= 0; i<=inpArr.length - 1; i++) { if(inpArr[i] == inpArr[i+1]) { int repeats = 1; opArr[opPos] = inpArr[i]; int j = i + 1; while(j+1 <= inpArr.length - 1 && inpArr[i] == inpArr[j+1]) { j++; repeats++; } opArr = Arrays.copyOf(opArr, opArr.length - repeats); i = i + repeats; } else { opArr[opPos] = inpArr[i]; } opPos++; } for(int i =0; i<=opArr.length-1;i++) { System.out.println(opArr[i] + ","); }public static void removedup(int[] input){ int count =1; int i=0; for( ;ipublic static void removedup(int[] input){ int count =1; int i=0; for( ;i
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