Editorial for Mock CCC '21 S3 - Lexicographically Smallest Permutation Subsequence


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For each character, maintain a frequency count of how many times it appears.

Sweep over the string from left to right, incrementally building the desired permutation. We maintain the invariant that the prefix of the permutation we have built thus far is the lexicographically smallest prefix that is valid. We can pop elements from the end if and only if they are larger than the current element we are considering and also appear later on.


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