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JS Coding Question #9: Get Max Character In A String [Challenging]




Interview Question #9:

Write a function that will return the max character in a string.🤔 You may get variation to the question as well like Write a function that will return that most commonly used character in a sentence or similar.



Additional Rules:

  1. Treat lowercase and uppercase the same
  2. Only count alphabetic characters, no symbols and numbers
  3. Return one max character in case of multiple max characters

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Codepen:

If you want to play around and experiment with the code: https://codepen.io/angelo_jin/pen/abwYGPo

Solution below will cycle on every string and create a map. Once the map is created, cycle on the map and use the variables created to see if the current char has greater count. Assign char and max count accordingly.

// Helper function to remove non alphabetic characters and transform string to lowercase
function normalizeString(str) {
  return str
    .replace(/[^w]/g, '')
    .toLowerCase()
}

function getMaxChar(str) {
  const charMap = {}
  let max = 0
  let maxChar = ''

  for (let char of normalizeString(str)) {
    if (charMap[char]) {
      charMap[char]++
    } else {
      charMap[char] = 1
    }
  }

  for (let char in charMap) {
    if (charMap[char] > max) {
      max = charMap[char]
      maxChar = char
    }
  }

  return maxChar
}
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Source: https://dev.to/frontendengineer/js-coding-question-9-get-max-character-in-a-string-challenging-4njj

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