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Last Updated on October 17, 2022 by Deya Eldeen

Problem statement: Given 2 non empty arrays, write a function that determines if the second array is a subsequence of array 1.

⚠️: Keep in mind, subsequence is not the same as subarray.

```
// Time: O(n)
func isValidSubsequence_solution1(_ array: [Int], _ sequence: [Int]) -> Bool {
// sequence is empty
if (sequence.count == 0) {
return false
}
// if arrays are equal, directly return true.
if (array == sequence) {
return true
}
// the sequence is larger than the array, return false.
if (sequence.count > array.count) {
return false
}
var arrIdx = 0
var seqIdx = 0
while arrIdx < array.count, seqIdx < sequence.count {
if array[arrIdx] == sequence[seqIdx] {
seqIdx += 1
}
arrIdx += 1
}
return seqIdx == sequence.count
}
// Time: O(n)
func isValidSubsequence_solution2(_ array: [Int], _ sequence: [Int]) -> Bool {
// sequence is empty
if (sequence.count == 0) {
return false
}
// if arrays are equal, directly return true.
if (array == sequence) {
return true
}
// the sequence is larger than the array, return false.
if (sequence.count > array.count) {
return false
}
var seqIdx = 0
for value in array {
if seqIdx == sequence.count {
break
}
if value == sequence[seqIdx] {
seqIdx += 1
}
}
return seqIdx == sequence.count
}
```

test results for these arrays

**let** myArray1 = Array(stride(from: -900005, through: 900005, by: 1))**let** myArray2 = Array(stride(from: -900000, through: 900000, by: 1))

Time elapsed for solution1: 28.102 s.

Time elapsed for solution2: 14.446 s. 🥇

can you guess why Solution 2 is better, even though they have same time complexity? 🤓