# Edit Distance

Given two words word1 and word2, find the minimum number of steps required to convert word1 to word2. (each operation is counted as 1 step.)

You have the following 3 operations permitted on a word:

a) Insert a character

b) Delete a character

c) Replace a character

```
public class Solution {
public int minDistance(String word1, String word2) {
if (word1 == null || word2 == null) {
return 0;
}
int m = word1.length(), n = word2.length();
int[][] dp = new int[m + 1][n + 1];
dp[0][0] = 0;
for (int i = 0; i <= m; i++) {
dp[i][0] = i;
}
for (int j = 0; j <= n; j++) {
dp[0][j] = j;
}
for (int i = 1; i <= m; i++) {
for (int j = 1; j <= n; j++) {
if (word1.charAt(i - 1) == word2.charAt(j - 1)) {
dp[i][j] = dp[i - 1][j - 1];
} else {
int min = Math.min(dp[i - 1][j - 1], Math.min(dp[i - 1][j], dp[i][j - 1]));
dp[i][j] = min + 1;
}
}
}
return dp[m][n];
}
}
```

Hope this helps,

Michael