Delete Columns to Make Sorted

Easy
2
34.3% Acceptance

In this lab, you will implement a function minDeletionSize that takes in an array of n strings strs, all of the same length, and returns the number of columns that you need to delete to make the grid sorted lexicographically.

The strings can be arranged such that there is one on each line, making a grid.

  • For example, strs = ["abc", "bce", "cae"] can be arranged as follows:
abc bce cae

You want to delete the columns that are not sorted lexicographically. In the above example (0-indexed), columns 0 ('a', 'b', 'c') and 2 ('c', 'e', 'e') are sorted, while column 1 ('b', 'c', 'a') is not, so you would delete column 1.

Examples

Here are some examples to help you understand the problem better:

Example 1:

Input: strs = ["cba","daf","ghi"] Output: 1 Explanation: The grid looks as follows:

cba daf ghi

Columns 0 and 2 are sorted, but column 1 is not, so you only need to delete 1 column.

Example 2:

Input: strs = ["a","b"] Output: 0 Explanation: The grid looks as follows:

a b

Column 0 is the only column and is sorted, so you will not delete any columns.

Example 3:

Input: strs = ["zyx","wvu","tsr"] Output: 3 Explanation: The grid looks as follows:

zyx wvu tsr

All 3 columns are not sorted, so you will delete all 3.

Constraints:

  • n == strs.length
  • 1 <= n <= 100
  • 1 <= strs[i].length <= 1000
  • strs[i] consists of lowercase English letters.

Note: Always use ESM import/export. Export any functions, variables you want to use in the evaluation script.