Leetcode–Generate Parentheses

The Problem:

Given n pairs of parentheses, write a function to generate all combinations of well-formed parentheses.

For example, given n = 3, a solution set is:

"((()))", "(()())", "(())()", "()(())", "()()()"



  1. I tried to derived the list of n from list of n-1, then found it’s not that easy! Try a different approach which is much simpler: Add a ‘(‘ if number of left not reach n, and add a ‘)’ if left more than right.

Java Solution

public class Solution {
    List<String> result;
    public List<String> generateParenthesis(int n) {
        result = new ArrayList<String>();
            return result;
        gp(1, 1, n, "(");
        return result;
    public void gp(int left, int lSubR, int n, String str){
        if(left==n && lSubR==0){// a valid string
        else if(left==n){
            gp(left, lSubR-1, n, str+")");
        else if(left < n){
            gp(left+1, lSubR+1, n, str+"(");
            if(lSubR > 0){
                gp(left, lSubR-1, n, str+")");

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