198. House Robber

Approach 1: Keeping track of amount robbed using DP

class Solution(object):
def rob(self, nums):
:type nums: List[int]
:rtype: int
lea = len(nums)
if lea == 0:
return 0
if lea == 1:
return nums[0]
if lea == 2:
return max(nums)
if lea == 3:
return max(nums[0] + nums[2], nums[1])
dp = [0] * lea
dp[0], dp[1], dp[2] = nums[0], nums[1], nums[0] + nums[2]
for i in range(3, lea):
dp[i] = nums[i] + max(dp[i-2], dp[i-3])
return max(dp[-1], dp[-2])

Here we keep track of the max sum from position 0 to i in dp[i]. This is calculated as follows dp[i] = nums[i] + max(dp[i-2], dp[i-3])

Moreover the initial conditions are dp[0], dp[1] and dp[2] which are initalised as nums[0], nums[1] and nums[0] + nums[2] respectively.

In the end we only have to check the last two entries to see which one is greater and return the larger one.

Time Complexity: O(N)

Space Complexity: O(N)