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SalahElhossiny

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A transformation sequence from word beginWord to word endWord using a dictionary wordList is a sequence of words beginWord -> s1 -> s2 -> ... -> sk such that:

Every adjacent pair of words differs by a single letter.
Every si for 1 <= i <= k is in wordList. Note that beginWord does not need to be in wordList.
sk == endWord
Given two words, beginWord and endWord, and a dictionary wordList, return the number of words in the shortest transformation sequence from beginWord to endWord, or 0 if no such sequence exists.

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class Solution:
def ladderLength(self, beginWord: str, endWord: str, wordList: List[str]) -> int:

s = set(wordList)
l = list("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz")

queue = deque([])
queue.append([beginWord,0])

while queue:
a, b = queue.popleft()
if a == endWord:
return b + 1
for j in range(len(a)):
for i in l:
if (a[:j] + i + a[j+1:]) in s \
and (a[:j] + i +a[j+1:]) != beginWord:
s.remove(a[:j]+i+a[j+1:])
queue.append([a[:j]+i+a[j+1:],b+1])

return 0

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