Number of Islands — Day 5(Python)

Number of Islands — Day 5(Python)

Today we would be looking at one of the interviewers’ favorite questions. A frequently asked question in technical coding interviews. An island is surrounded by water and is formed by connecting adjacent lands horizontally or vertically. You may assume all four edges of the grid ...

Today we would be looking at one of the interviewers’ favorite questions. A frequently asked question in technical coding interviews. The question tests your understanding of Breadth-First-Search and Depth-First-Search and, I will solve the problem using both methods.

200. Number of Islands

Given a 2d grid map of '1's (land) and '0's (water), count the number of islands. An island is surrounded by water and is formed by connecting adjacent lands horizontally or vertically. You may assume all four edges of the grid are all surrounded by water.

Example 1:

Input: grid = [
  ["1","1","1","1","0"],
  ["1","1","0","1","0"],
  ["1","1","0","0","0"],
  ["0","0","0","0","0"]
]
Output: 1

Example 2:

Input: grid = [
  ["1","1","0","0","0"],
  ["1","1","0","0","0"],
  ["0","0","1","0","0"],
  ["0","0","0","1","1"]
]
Output: 3

An island is formed by connecting adjacent lands horizontally or vertically and is surrounded by water along the borders. According to the question, “0” signifies water, while the land signifies “1”.

If we consider the matrix as a collection of connected graphs, we might be able to come up with a solution. Let “1” be a node in the graph, now count the number of connected graphs. The resulting number will be our answer.

Let me convert the matrix to a graph.

Input: grid = [
  ["1","1","0","0","0"],
  ["1","1","0","0","0"],
  ["0","0","1","0","0"],
  ["0","0","0","1","1"]
]
Output: 3

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Graph representation of the matrix

Now, count the number of connected graphs.

To find the number of islands, how about we use the same logic here?

Depth-First-Search

Depth-First-Search is a graph traversing algorithm that starts from the root and traverses as far as possible. Some of the application DFS can be to check the presence of a node in a graph, check for cycles in the graph. Let us see how DFS can be used to solve the given problem.

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