LeetCode 53. Maximum Subarray



Given an integer array nums, find the contiguous subarray (containing at least one number) which has the largest sum and return its sum.


Input: [-2,1,-3,4,-1,2,1,-5,4],
Output: 6
Explanation: [4,-1,2,1] has the largest sum = 6.

Follow up:

If you have figured out the O(n) solution, try coding another solution using the divide and conquer approach, which is more subtle.


The contiguous subarray which has the largest sum starts from the contiguous subarray which has the smallest sum.

Python Solution

class Solution:
    def maxSubArray(self, nums: List[int]) -> int:
        max_sum = -sys.maxsize
        prefix_sum = 0
        min_prefix_sum = 0
        for num in nums:
            prefix_sum += num
            max_sum = max(max_sum, prefix_sum - min_prefix_sum)
            min_prefix_sum = min(min_prefix_sum, prefix_sum)
        return max_sum
  • Time complexity: O(N)
  • Space complexity: O(1)

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