String Subsets

November 23, 2010

This exercise is part of our on-going series of interview questions:

Given two strings, determine if all the characters in the second string appear in the first string; thus, DA is a subset of ABCD. Counts matter, so DAD is not a subset of ABCD, since there are two D in the second string but only one D in the first string. You may assume that the second string is no longer than the first string.

Your task is to write a function to determine if one string is a subset of another string. You should work as you would in a programming interview; if you find one solution, search for a better solution. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.


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