LeetCode – Number of Islands II (Java)

A 2d grid map of m rows and n columns is initially filled with water. We may perform an addLand operation which turns the water at position (row, col) into a land. Given a list of positions to operate, count the number of islands after each addLand operation. An island is surrounded by water and is formed by connecting adjacent lands horizontally or vertically. You may assume all four edges of the grid are all surrounded by water.

Java Solution

Use an array to track the parent node for each cell.

public List<Integer> numIslands2(int m, int n, int[][] positions) {
    int[] rootArray = new int[m*n];
    ArrayList<Integer> result = new ArrayList<Integer>();
    int[][] directions = {{-1,0},{0,1},{1,0},{0,-1}};
    int count=0;
    for(int k=0; k<positions.length; k++){
        int[] p = positions[k];
        int index = p[0]*n+p[1];
        rootArray[index]=index;//set root to be itself for each node
        for(int r=0;r<4;r++){
            int i=p[0]+directions[r][0];
            int j=p[1]+directions[r][1];
                //get neighbor's root
                int thisRoot = getRoot(rootArray, i*n+j);
                    rootArray[thisRoot]=index;//set previous root's root
    return result;
public int getRoot(int[] arr, int i){
    return i;
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