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Interview Question Palindrome Number

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The problem is to find out given an integer whether it is palindrome. There is a space restriction in this problem. For solution, O(n) = 1 space complexity should be performed.

Problem #9 - Palindrome Number

Description: Determine whether an integer is a palindrome. Do this without extra space.

Difficulty: Easy

Solution in Java

package com.fatihkabakci.Easy.PalindromeNumber;

 * @author fkabakci
 * Problem Description: Determine whether an integer is a palindrome. Do this without extra space.
 * O(n) = 1 - Space complexity restriction
 * Examples:
 * x = 1001 - > Palindrome
 * x = 12345 -> Not Palindrome
 * x = 121 -> Palindrome
 * Solution:
 * 1. See n how many digits x has
 * 2. Figure out c that is 10 exponential of n
 * 2. Divide x by c, then get left one
 * 3. Mod 10, then get right one
 * 4. Compare them, if not equal then return false, 
 * 		  otherwise keep it up until x is 0 by setting x as x mod c / 10 and decreasing n by 2.
public class PalindromeNumber {

	public boolean isPalindrome(int x) {
		if (x < 0)
			return false;

		// how many digits
		int n = 0, xc = x;
		while (xc > 0) {
			xc = xc / 10;

		while(x != 0){
			// 10 exponential
			int c = ((int) Math.pow(10, n - 1));
			int left = x / c;
			int right = x % 10;
			if(left != right)
				return false;
			/* cut from both left and right
			 * x % c -> cutting left
			 *   / 10 -> cutting right
			x = (x % c) / 10;
			// 2 digit comparison in each turn
			n = n - 2;
		return true;
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		PalindromeNumber p = new PalindromeNumber();

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