[LeetCode]#2325. Decode the Message

Fatboy Slim
2 min readNov 21, 2022

Environment: Python 3.8

Key technique: chain

You are given an n x n integer matrix grid.

Generate an integer matrix maxLocal of size (n - 2) x (n - 2) such that:

  • maxLocal[i][j] is equal to the largest value of the 3 x 3 matrix in grid centered around row i + 1 and column j + 1.

In other words, we want to find the largest value in every contiguous 3 x 3 matrix in grid.

Return the generated matrix.

Example 1:

Input: grid = [[9,9,8,1],[5,6,2,6],[8,2,6,4],[6,2,2,2]]
Output: [[9,9],[8,6]]
Explanation: The diagram above shows the original matrix and the generated matrix.
Notice that each value in the generated matrix corresponds to the largest value of a contiguous 3 x 3 matrix in grid.


  1. Calculate output matrix size
  2. Use mask conception to find the local largest number.


class Solution:
def largestLocal(self, grid):

n = len(grid)-2
ans = [[0]*n for _ in range(n)]

for i in range(n):
for j in range(n):
ans[i][j] = max(chain(grid[i ][j:j+3],
return ans



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