Balanced Parentheses Algorithm

By | May 24, 2014

This is a classic example of how using an appropriate Datastructure can improve the quality of your algorithm.
The Balanced Parentheses or Valid Parentheses is like this :

Given a string containing ‘(‘, ‘)’, ‘{‘, ‘}’, ‘[‘ and ‘]’, determine if the input string is valid or not.
[(a+b)+c] is Valid where as (a+b)+c] is Invalid.

The problem is very easy if you use the right data structure Stack in this case .
Here the solution :

  • Initialise a Stack s
  • Travesrse the String str at each char do
    • if val(char) something else that parentheses or null ignore and continue
    • if(null) reached and stack empty return valid
    • if(null) reached and stack not empty return invalid
    • if val(char)==”opening parentheses” push val(char) on stack continue
    • if val(char)==”closing parentheses” check if “ opening parentheses” of same type or not for example for “)” matching parentheses is “(” . A unmatch will occur if type is different like “[“. if match occurs popStack() else return Invalid

Here’s the code for Balanced Parentheses Problem

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