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In computer science, a stack or LIFO (last in, first out) is an abstract data type that serves as a collection of elements, with two principal operations: push, which adds an element to the collection, and pop, which removes the last element that was added.(Wikipedia)

A string containing only parentheses is balanced if the following is true: 1. if it is an empty string 2. if A and B are correct, AB is correct, 3. if A is correct, (A) and {A} and [A] are also correct.

Examples of some correctly balanced strings are: "{}()", "[{()}]", "({()})"

Examples of some unbalanced strings are: "{}(", "({)}", "[[", "}{" etc.

Given a string, determine if it is balanced or not.

Input Format

There will be multiple lines in the input file, each having a single non-empty string. You should read input till end-of-file.

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Output Format

For each case, print 'true' if the string is balanced, 'false' otherwise.

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import java.util.Scanner;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.ArrayDeque;

// ArrayDeque is "likely to be faster than Stack when used as a stack" - Java documentation

class Solution {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        /* Create HashMap to match opening brackets with closing brackets */
        HashMap < Character, Character> map = new HashMap();
        map.put('(', ')');
        map.put('[', ']');
        map.put('{', '}');
        /* Test each expression for validity */
        Scanner scan = new Scanner(;
        while (scan.hasNext()) {
            String expression =;
            System.out.println(isBalanced(expression, map) ? "true" : "false" );
    private static boolean isBalanced(String expression, HashMap < Character, Character> map) {
        if ((expression.length() % 2) != 0) {
            return false; // odd length Strings are not balanced
        ArrayDeque deque = new ArrayDeque(); // use deque as a stack
        for (int i = 0; i  <  expression.length(); i++) {
            Character ch = expression.charAt(i);
            if (map.containsKey(ch)) {
            } else if (deque.isEmpty() || ch != map.get(deque.pop())) {
                return false;
        return deque.isEmpty();
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