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By dhruvsomani, history, 12 months ago, In English,

Hey, I could not understand the solution of a problem and I need some help.

Here's the problem I am talking about. BOI 2009, Candy Machine.

In this solution, I understood the O(n^2) algo with OWSP. Can you please explain what the O(n log n) solution (the code part) is doing.

Why is it sorting on basis of (t + p, t — p)? And what is the binary search on?

Please help. :)


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11 months ago, # |
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You do sweep line y=c-x with increasing c. If we maintain the set of wagons, you can see that each wagon can catch candies with y>=w+x. It is optimal to choose the one with wighest w.