554 Brick Wall

There is a brick wall in front of you. The wall is rectangular and has several rows of bricks. The bricks have the same height but different width. You want to draw a vertical line from the top to the bottom and cross the least bricks.
The brick wall is represented by a list of rows. Each row is a list of integers representing the width of each brick in this row from left to right.
If your line go through the edge of a brick, then the brick is not considered as crossed. You need to find out how to draw the line to cross the least bricks and return the number of crossed bricks.
You cannot draw a line just along one of the two vertical edges of the wall, in which case the line will obviously cross no bricks.
Output: 2
  • The width sum of bricks in different rows are the same and won't exceed INT_MAX.
  • The number of bricks in each row is in range [1,10,000]. The height of wall is in range [1,10,000]. Total number of bricks of the wall won't exceed 20,000.
The Idea: First we need to identify where we can pass through the bricks. If we accumulate the rows by their width, we will find that when the distances are the same, the numbers match, and we can safely pass through the break. Now that we've identified these number by accumulating these values, our next task would be to find the frequencies of each number. The number with the maximum frequency will be the one we can pass through the most. The complement being we would cross the least amount of bricks. So return its complement: # number of rows - # most bricks passed through
Complexity: O(2n + r) where n is the number of bricks, and r is the number of rows. O(2r) space.
int leastBricks(vector<vector<int>>& wall) {
for (int i = 0; i < wall.size(); i++) {
for (int j = 1; j < wall.at(i).size(); j++) {
wall[i][j] += wall[i][j - 1];
unordered_map<int, int> freq;
for (int i = 0; i < wall.size(); i++) {
for (int j = 0; j < wall.at(i).size() - 1; j++) {
int target = wall[i][j];
if (freq.find(target) != freq.end()) {
else freq.insert({ target, 1 });
int max_count = 0;
for (auto elm : freq) {
max_count = max(max_count, elm.second);
return wall.size() - max_count;