LeetCode Question - 376. Wiggle Subsequence ๐Ÿง 

LeetCode Question - 376. Wiggle Subsequence ๐Ÿง 

3rd July 2022 | ๐Ÿ—“ Daily LeetCode Challenge - #3


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Problem Statement

Wiggle Subsequence

A wiggle sequence is a sequence where the differences between successive numbers strictly alternate between positive and negative. The first difference (if one exists) may be either positive or negative. A sequence with one element and a sequence with two non-equal elements are trivially wiggle sequences.

  • For example, [1, 7, 4, 9, 2, 5] is a wiggle sequence because the differences (6, -3, 5, -7, 3) alternate between positive and negative.
  • In contrast, [1, 4, 7, 2, 5] and [1, 7, 4, 5, 5] are not wiggle sequences. The first is not because its first two differences are positive, and the second is not because its last difference is zero. A subsequence is obtained by deleting some elements (possibly zero) from the original sequence, leaving the remaining elements in their original order.

Given an integer array nums, return the length of the longest wiggle subsequence of nums.

Video Explanation




  1. First check if the length of the nums array is smaller than two or not. If yes, we will simply return the length of the array ie. 0 for [] and 1 for [x] (where x can be any value)
  2. We check the first difference between the 1st from the 0th value in the nums array and store it in the previousdiff
  3. If the values are not equal we will count both the no. for the wiggle sequence thus our counter will be 2 and if equal we take our counter to be 1
  4. Now, While iterating the nums array we will compare the compare current difference and previous difference. If one is positive the other should be negative or vice versa. Now, we will increment the count if the conditions are satisfied and update the previous difference with the current difference.
  5. Finally return the count of the wiggle sequence.

Code in JS ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป

 * @param {number[]} nums
 * @return {number}
var wiggleMaxLength = function (nums) {
  if (nums.length < 2) {
    return nums.length;
  var previousdiff = nums[1] - nums[0];
  var counter = previousdiff != 0 ? 2 : 1;

  for (var i = 1; i < nums.length; i++) {
    const currentDiff = nums[i] - nums[i - 1];
    if (
      (currentDiff > 0 && previousdiff <= 0) ||
      (currentDiff < 0 && previousdiff >= 0)
    ) {
      previousdiff = currentDiff;
  return counter;

Time Complexity : O(n)

Space Complexity: O(1)

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