# Faster code for leetcode reverse int

This is my solution for the leetcode reverse int question:

Given a 32-bit signed integer, reverse digits of an integer.

Example 1:

Input: 123 Output: 321 Example 2:

Input: -123 Output: -321 Example 3:

Input: 120 Output: 21 Note: Assume we are dealing with an environment which could only store integers within the 32-bit signed integer range: [−2^31, 2^31 − 1]. For the purpose of this problem, assume that your function returns 0 when the reversed integer overflows.

using System;
using Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting;

namespace ArrayQuestions
{
/// <summary>
/// Given a 32-bit signed integer, reverse digits of an integer.
///
/// Example 1:
///
/// Input: 123
/// Output: 321
/// Example 2:
///
/// Input: -123
/// Output: -321
/// Example 3:
///
/// Input: 120
/// Output: 21
/// Note:
/// Assume we are dealing with an environment which could only store integers within the 32-bit signed integer range: [−231,  231 − 1]. For the purpose of this problem, assume that your function returns 0 when the reversed integer overflows.
/// </summary>
[TestClass]
public class UnitTest1
{
[TestMethod]
public void TestMethod1()
{
int temp = 1534236469;
int result = Reverse(temp);
Assert.AreEqual(0, result);
}

[TestMethod]
public void TestMethod2()
{
int temp = 123;
int result = Reverse(temp);
Assert.AreEqual(321, result);
}
public int Reverse(int x)
{
int result = 0;
bool negative = false;
if (x < 0)
{
negative = true;
x = -x;
}

int prevRevNum = 0;
while (x != 0)
{
int currentDigit = x % 10;
result = (result * 10) + currentDigit;

if ((result - currentDigit) / 10 != prevRevNum)
{
return 0;
}
prevRevNum = result;
x = x / 10;
}

if (negative)
{
return -result;
}

return result;
}
}
}


This is the output:

Runtime: 52 ms, faster than 62.65% of C# online submissions for Reverse Integer.

Can you please comment on how can I make this code run faster? I guess the modulo and division are the key factors of speed here.

• You should check out System.Math.DivRem for doing the division and modulo operations in one go.
– user190892
Jan 26 '19 at 22:34

Using a string instead of division / modulo seems to be a few percent faster than the solution from the question:

    public static int Reverse(int x)
{
var str = x.ToString();
int res = 0;
int multiplier = 1;
var negative = str == '-';
for (int i = negative ? 1 : 0; i < str.Length; i++)
{
var num = str[i] - 48;
if (num > 0 || multiplier > 1)
{
res += num * multiplier;
multiplier *= 10;
}
}
return negative ? -res : res;
}


However, improving the solutions from the question using System.Math.DivRem (as mistertribs suggested in a comment) will be even faster :):

    public static int Reverse(int x)
{
var result = 0;
var negative = x < 0;
if (negative) x = -x;

while (x != 0)
{
x = Math.DivRem(x, 10, out var rest);
result = result * 10 + rest;
}

return negative ? -result : result;
}

• I doubt the test if (result > 0 || rest > 0) is worth it, but I could be wrong. Jan 27 '19 at 14:31
• It is required for the case 120 -> 21 Jan 27 '19 at 14:39
• I'm in agreement with George Barwood. The 120 case seems to work without it. If both result and rest are zero then it will always result in result == 0 anyway. Jan 27 '19 at 15:34
• Indeed, 0 * 10 + 0 is actually 0. I'll never stop learning ^^. Thanks for clearification, I modified the answer. Jan 27 '19 at 15:46

How fast Math.DivRem is depends on which implementation you're using. Some quick testing shows that .NET Core's approach (which uses subtraction and multiplication instead of a modulo operation) is roughly 30% faster on my system than the .NET Framework implementation (which just uses a modulo and division, like your code does).

The overflow check only needs to be performed when processing the last digit (and only when there are 10 digits, but checking digit count isn't free). Moving that out of the loop yields a small performance improvement (about 10% in my tests, depending on input).

It's also slightly faster to compare result against 214748364 (int.MaxValue / 10) and currentDigit against 7 (the last digit of int.MaxValue), instead of subtracting the last digit and dividing by 10.

Here's what I ended up with:

public static int Reverse(int x)
{
var result = 0;
var isNegative = x < 0;
if (isNegative)
x = -x;
// NOTE: If n == int.MinValue, it'll wrap around to itself,
//       but it will also skip all of the below code, so the result conveniently remains 0.

while (x > 9)
{
var previousX = x;
x /= 10;
var digit = previousX - (x * 10);
result = (result * 10) + digit;
}

if (x > 0)
{
// Check for overflow (only necessary for 10-digit input,
// but checking digit count also takes work so we'll just always check the last digit):
if (result > 214748364 || (result == 214748364 && x > 7)) // int.MaxValue / 10
return 0;

result = result * 10 + x;
}

return isNegative ? -result : result;
}


Final note: if you're using tests, why not test edge-cases such as 0, negative numbers and outliers such as int.MinValue and int.MaxValue? Giving test methods meaningful names also helps.