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Harsh Rajpal
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926. Flip String to Monotone Increasing

Problem Statement:

A binary string is monotone increasing if it consists of some number of 0's (possibly none), followed by some number of 1's (also possibly none).

You are given a binary string s. You can flip s[i] changing it from 0 to 1 or from 1 to 0.

Return the minimum number of flips to make s monotone increasing.

Example 1:
Input: s = "00110"
Output: 1
Explanation: We flip the last digit to get 00111.

Example 2:
Input: s = "010110"
Output: 2
Explanation: We flip to get 011111, or alternatively 000111.

Example 3:

Input: s = "00011000"
Output: 2
Explanation: We flip to get 00000000.


  • 1 <= s.length <= 105
  • s[i] is either '0' or '1'.



class Solution {
    public int minFlipsMonoIncr(String s) {
        int n = s.length();
        int flipCount = 0;
        int oneCount = 0;
        for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
            if (s.charAt(i) == '0') {
                if (oneCount == 0)
            } else
            if (oneCount < flipCount)
                flipCount = oneCount;
        return flipCount;

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