# HackerRank ‘Super Reduced String’ Solution

##### Short Problem Definition:

Steve has a string of lowercase characters in range `ascii[‘a’..’z’]`

. He wants to reduce the string to its shortest length by doing a series of operations. In each operation he selects a pair of adjacent lowercase letters that match, and he deletes them. For instance, the string `aab`

could be shortened to `b`

in one operation.

Steve’s task is to delete as many characters as possible using this method and print the resulting string. If the final string is empty, print `Empty String`

##### Link

##### Complexity:

time complexity is O(N)

space complexity is O(N)

##### Execution:

The solution creates a stack of values. If the top value on the stack is equivalent to the next value, simply remove both. This solution assumes that there are only ever 2 values next to each other. If any adjacent values were to be removed, I would require more loops.

##### Solution:

i = raw_input() s = [] for c in i: if not s: s.append(c) else: if s[-1] == c: s.pop() else: s.append(c) if not s: print "Empty String" else: print ''.join(s)

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