LeetCode – 383. Ransom Note

Given an arbitrary ransom note string and another string containing letters from all the magazines, write a function that will return true if the ransom note can be constructed from the magazines ; otherwise, it will return false.

Each letter in the magazine string can only be used once in your ransom note.

You may assume that both strings contain only lowercase letters.

canConstruct("a", "b") -> false
canConstruct("aa", "ab") -> false
canConstruct("aa", "aab") -> true

public class Solution {
    public boolean canConstruct(String ransomNote, String magazine) {
        int[] chars = new int[26];
        for(int i=0;i<magazine.length();i++){
            chars[magazine.charAt(i) - 'a'] ++;
        for(int i=0;i<ransomNote.length();i++){
            chars[ransomNote.charAt(i) - 'a'] --;
            if(chars[ransomNote.charAt(i) - 'a'] <0){
                return false;
        return true;