# HackerRank ‘String Construction’ Solution

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##### Short Problem Definition:

Amanda has a string of lowercase letters that she wants to copy to a new string. She can perform the following operations with the given costs. She can perform them any number of times to construct a new string p:

• Append a character to the end of string p at a cost of 1 dollar.
• Choose any substring of p and append it to the end of  at no charge.

String Construction

##### Complexity:

time complexity is O(N)

space complexity is O(N)

##### Execution:

The solution sounds too easy, but it is still very simple. A substring of length 1 is still a substring. Each character in the final string needs to be copied once for 1$. Each other occurrence of that string can be copied for 0$. Aka just count the number of distinct letters in the expected string.

##### Solution:
 1 2 def stringConstruction(s):     return len(set(s))