Microsoft Online Assessment (OA) - Widest Path Without Trees

There are N trees (numbered from 0 to N-1) in a forest. The K-th tree is located at coordinates (X[K], Y[K]). We want to build the widest possible vertical path, such that there is no tree on it. The path must be built somewhere between a leftmost and a rightmost tree, which means that the width of the path cannot be infinite.

What is the width of the widest possible path that can be built?

Write a function:

1def solution(X, Y)

that, given two arrays X and Y consisting of N integers each, denoting the positions of trees, returns the widest possible path that can be built.

Example 1:

Input: X = [5,5,5,7,7,7], Y=[3,4,5,1,3,7]

Output: 2

Example 2:

Input: X = [6,10,1,4,3], Y=[2,5,3,1,6]

Output: 4

Example 3:

Input: X = [4,1,5,4], Y=[4,5,1,3]

Output: 3

Try it yourself


1from typing import List
3def widest_path(x: List[int], y: List[int]) -> int:
4    difference = 0
5    sortedX = sorted(x)
6    for i in range(0, len(sortedX) - 1):
7        diff = sortedX[i + 1] - sortedX[i]
8        if diff > difference:
9            difference = diff
10    return difference
12if __name__ == '__main__':
13    x = [int(x) for x in input().split()]
14    y = [int(x) for x in input().split()]
15    res = widest_path(x, y)
16    print(res)