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By justHusam, history, 4 years ago, In English,

Today I was solving this problem 632C - The Smallest String Concatenation.

The judge's response for this code 18114819 was Runtime error on test 8.

Then I changed only the last line in the sort comparison function (comp function) from (return true) to (return false) (code: 18114847), and the judge's response was Accepted.

Does anyone have an explanation for that?

Thank you.

 
 
 
 
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Your comparator returns 1 for comp(a, a) which is incorrect.

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1800+ guy asking this... Well, I have an explanation in just four letters!

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    Thank you for your high morals.

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    LOL!! You're participating for more than 5 years and still violet!!

    Why so harsh? It's one of trickier technical details.

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      I'm violet because I'm not able to solve hard problems. Everyone has their limits in different areas and it can't be fixed. From the other side, everyone is able to read a language manual. When I use a function, I read its docs. And you? The topicstarter doesn't. He didn't even try to find it in Google or Stackoverflow.

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        I will surprise you but ability of understanding manuals and efficient googling is also a skill one can be good or bad at it. For example, I am at most cyan at both :). Even if it is possible that I will be able to find an answer in Google I often choose to ask somebody, because a friend will probably understand me better than Google.

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      Well. I have an explanation in just three letters!

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Becuase std::sort is using operator < as a parameter, it is incorrect to use function which returns true in case of equality. This might sometimes end up in an RE. Not sure when exactly, but in most cases it will.