17. Letter Combinations of a Phone Number

Given a digit string, return all possible letter combinations that the number could represent.


A mapping of digit to letters (just like on the telephone buttons) is given below.

Input:Digit string “23”
Output: [“ad”, “ae”, “af”, “bd”, “be”, “bf”, “cd”, “ce”, “cf”].

思路: 收入的数字每一位都对应一组字母, 假设输入”234″, 那得到的组合为:
2 -> “abc”
3 -> “def”
2拿a, 3中依次拿d,e,f => [ad, ae, af]
2拿b, 3中依次拿d,e,f => [bd, be,bf]
2拿c, 3中依次拿d,e,f => [cd, ce,cf]
我们可以用递归的思路来解决, 每次传入一个位置参数pos, 当pos等于digits的长度的时候,把结果加入到list里面。 盛放结果的中间变量,最后不要忘记要去掉最后位置的字母,为了下次递归。


public class Solution {
    public List<String> letterCombinations(String digits) {
        List<String> res = new ArrayList<String>();
        String[] letters = {"abc", "def", "ghi", "jkl", "mno", "pqrs", "tuv", "wxyz"};
        if(digits == null || digits.length() == 0) return res;
        StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
        helper(digits, letters, res, sb, 0);
        return res;

    public void helper(String digits, String[] letters, List<String> res, StringBuilder sb, int pos){
        if (pos == digits.length()) {
        String letter = letters[digits.charAt(pos) - '2'];
        for(int i = 0; i < letter.length(); i++) {
            helper(digits, letters, res, sb, pos + 1);
            sb.deleteCharAt(sb.length() - 1);

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