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Abhishek Chaudhary

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# Valid Sudoku

Determine if a `9 x 9` Sudoku board is valid. Only the filled cells need to be validated according to the following rules:

1. Each row must contain the digits `1-9` without repetition.
2. Each column must contain the digits `1-9` without repetition.
3. Each of the nine `3 x 3` sub-boxes of the grid must contain the digits `1-9` without repetition.

Note:

• A Sudoku board (partially filled) could be valid but is not necessarily solvable.
• Only the filled cells need to be validated according to the mentioned rules.

Example 1:

Input: board =
[["5","3",".",".","7",".",".",".","."]
,["6",".",".","1","9","5",".",".","."]
,[".","9","8",".",".",".",".","6","."]
,["8",".",".",".","6",".",".",".","3"]
,["4",".",".","8",".","3",".",".","1"]
,["7",".",".",".","2",".",".",".","6"]
,[".","6",".",".",".",".","2","8","."]
,[".",".",".","4","1","9",".",".","5"]
,[".",".",".",".","8",".",".","7","9"]]
Output: true

Example 2:

Input: board =
[["8","3",".",".","7",".",".",".","."]
,["6",".",".","1","9","5",".",".","."]
,[".","9","8",".",".",".",".","6","."]
,["8",".",".",".","6",".",".",".","3"]
,["4",".",".","8",".","3",".",".","1"]
,["7",".",".",".","2",".",".",".","6"]
,[".","6",".",".",".",".","2","8","."]
,[".",".",".","4","1","9",".",".","5"]
,[".",".",".",".","8",".",".","7","9"]]
Output: false
Explanation: Same as Example 1, except with the 5 in the top left corner being modified to 8. Since there are two 8's in the top left 3x3 sub-box, it is invalid.

Constraints:

• `board.length == 9`
• `board[i].length == 9`
• `board[i][j]` is a digit `1-9` or `'.'`.

SOLUTION:

``````from collections import defaultdict

class Solution:
def isValidSudoku(self, board: List[List[str]]) -> bool:
n = 9
k = 3
rowseen = defaultdict(set)
colseen = defaultdict(set)
cellseen = defaultdict(set)
for i in range(n):
for j in range(n):
curr = board[i][j]
if curr != ".":
if curr in rowseen[i] or curr in colseen[j]:
return False