[Leetcode] Optimal Account Balancing

A group of friends went on holiday and sometimes lent each other money. For example, Alice paid for Bill’s lunch for $10. Then later Chris gave Alice $5 for a taxi ride. We can model each transaction as a tuple (x, y, z) which means person x gave person y $z. Assuming Alice, Bill, and Chris are person 0, 1, and 2 respectively (0, 1, 2 are the person’s ID), the transactions can be represented as [[0, 1, 10], [2, 0, 5]].

Given a list of transactions between a group of people, return the minimum number of transactions required to settle the debt.


  1. A transaction will be given as a tuple (x, y, z). Note that x ≠ y and z > 0.
  2. Person’s IDs may not be linear, e.g. we could have the persons 0, 1, 2 or we could also have the persons 0, 2, 6.

Example 1:

Example 2:


Here are some easy to under solution:

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