### Anagrams!

Hi can someone help me with this? I'm sorry I don't really understand this.

Given a string consisting of lowercase letters and question marks, s1, and another string consisting of lowercase letters, s2, determine whether these two strings could become anagrams by replacing each ? character in s1 with a letter.

Input

1. First string

Constraints

Contains only lowercase letters and/or question marks

2. Second string

Constraints

Contains only lowercase letters

Expected Output:

Enter first string: n?ce
Enter second string: nice
anagram

what do you not understand?
an anagram is where a random permutation of the letters makes another word.
for example:
eat
ate
tea
are all anagrams of each other.
-- aet is not a real word, but mechanically it is an anagram as well.

sorting helps.
eat
and
ate
and sorted both strings, you get:
eat -> aet
ate -> aet ... oh look, the sorted strings match!

so far, nothing fancy. now you have a twist, dealing with the ? character.
one way to do it is to not replace it at all.
n?ce has 1 ? character.
you can still do the sort, but now use a special compare that allows up to # of ? characters mismatches (and the sorted ?s will be on one end of the result, easy to count). here, you have 3 matches and 1? to make a 4 letter word. so the answer is yes, it can be done. If you had 2 matches and 1 ?, it will fail, 2+1 is only 3. so x?ce and nice can't match, see?

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First test that they are the same length; if they aren't then they definitely aren't anagrams.

Method 1:
For each character in S2:
---if that character exists in S1 then set that character in S1 to blank.
At the end, if S1 is left with only blanks and ? marks then they can be made anagrams.

Method 2 (possibly quicker):
Iterate through each character in S1:
---if that character is not a ?:
------if that character exists in S2 then set that character in S2 to blank;
------else return false.
If you successfully get to the end then return true.
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Oh right now I understand it thank you for the clear explanation good sir.
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