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By veryverydarkgray, 7 years ago, In English

The task is to minimize the length of resulting string after repeatedly removing a given substring. Note that after removal, new occurrences of the substring may be formed.

Example:

Given string: aaababa

String to remove: aba

Possibilities:

  1. aaababa -> aaab

  2. aaababa -> aaba -> a

So in this case the answer is 1.

This looks like a standard problem but i am unable to solve it. An even tougher version of the problem appeared on: https://www.hackerrank.com/contests/apc/challenges/reducto where instead of a single string, a set of strings can be removed. Sadly, an editorial is not available.

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