LeetCode Edit Distance


Given two words word1 and word2, find the minimum number of steps required to convert word1 to word2. (each operation is counted as 1 step.)

You have the following 3 operations permitted on a word:

a) Insert a character
b) Delete a character
c) Replace a character

The original problem is here.

The original code is here.

My Solution

I solve this problem in C++, as below:

*Edit Distance
*Author: shuaijiang
*Email: zhaoshuaijiang8@gmail.com
using namespace std;

class Solution {
    int minDistance(string word1, string word2) {
        int size1 = word1.size();
        int size2 = word2.size();
        if(size1 <= 0 && size2 > 0)
            return size2;
        else if(size2 <= 0 && size1>0)
            return size1;
        else if(size1 <= 0 && size2 <= 0)
            return 0;
        vector<vector<int> > distance(size1+1, vector<int>(size2+1,0));
        for(int i=0;i<=size1;i++)
                distance[i][0] = i;
        for(int j=0;j<=size2;j++)
                distance[0][j] = j;
        for(int i=1;i<=size1;i++){
            for(int j=1;j<=size2;j++){
                if(word1[i-1] != word2[j-1])
                    distance[i][j] = min(min(distance[i-1][j-1], distance[i-1][j]), distance[i][j-1]) + 1;
                    distance[i][j] = distance[i-1][j-1];
        return distance[size1][size2];


To solve the problem, dynamic programming was used.