# How to Solve the Staircase Problem with JavaScript using Memoization

I want to write a quick follow up to my last post on How to Solve the Staircase Problem with 5 Lines of JavaScript.

It's a very elegant solution to the infamous staircase problem, *however, as one commentor noted it's terribly inefficient to the order of O(3^n). * 😖

### Yikes! So Now What?

There's a cool trick with a funny name to fix this problem: *Memoization*. Yea, I'm not exactly sure how to pronounce it either! 😂

Here's what the staircase problem looks like memoitized...

```
function stairSteps(N) {
// store repeat values in memo to prevent repeat computations
const memo = [];
function stepsM(N) {
if (N === 0) return 1;
else if (N < 0) return 0;
if (memo[N] !== undefined) return memo[N];
else {
memo[N] = stepsM(N - 1) + stepsM(N - 2) + stepsM(N - 3);
return memo[N];
}
}
return stepsM(N);
}
```

**The idea is simple:** the array `memo`

just stores values that may repeat, so you can reference them later instead of having to calculate them again - *which is SUPER expensive in the case of recursion.*

### For example...

Once you know the value of `stepsM(N-3)`

which is calculated on the first round of `stepsM(N)`

, you do NOT need to calculate its value again when it's called later by `stepsM(N-1)`

or `stepsM(N-2)`

.

Pretty neat, huh?