All problems, except the problem D, are mine. The problem D author is MikeMirzayanov.

**Tutorial**

Tutorial is loading...

**Solution**

```
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
int main() {
#ifdef _DEBUG
freopen("input.txt", "r", stdin);
// freopen("output.txt", "w", stdout);
#endif
int t;
cin >> t;
while (t--) {
int n, m;
cin >> n >> m;
cout << min(2, n - 1) * m << endl;
}
return 0;
}
```

**Tutorial**

Tutorial is loading...

**Solution**

```
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
int main() {
#ifdef _DEBUG
freopen("input.txt", "r", stdin);
// freopen("output.txt", "w", stdout);
#endif
int t;
cin >> t;
while (t--) {
int n, k;
cin >> n >> k;
vector<int> a(n);
for (auto &it : a) cin >> it;
vector<int> b(n);
for (auto &it : b) cin >> it;
sort(a.begin(), a.end());
sort(b.rbegin(), b.rend());
int ans = 0;
for (int i = 0; i < n; ++i) {
if (i < k) ans += max(a[i], b[i]);
else ans += a[i];
}
cout << ans << endl;
}
return 0;
}
```

**Tutorial**

Tutorial is loading...

**Solution**

```
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
int main() {
#ifdef _DEBUG
freopen("input.txt", "r", stdin);
// freopen("output.txt", "w", stdout);
#endif
int t;
cin >> t;
while (t--) {
int n;
cin >> n;
long long ans = 0;
for (int i = 1; i <= n / 2; ++i) {
ans += i * 1ll * i;
}
cout << ans * 8 << endl;
}
return 0;
}
```

1353D - Constructing the Array

**Tutorial**

Tutorial is loading...

**Solution**

```
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
struct cmp {
bool operator() (const pair<int, int> &a, const pair<int, int> &b) const {
int lena = a.second - a.first + 1;
int lenb = b.second - b.first + 1;
if (lena == lenb) return a.first < b.first;
return lena > lenb;
}
};
int main() {
#ifdef _DEBUG
freopen("input.txt", "r", stdin);
// freopen("output.txt", "w", stdout);
#endif
int t;
cin >> t;
while (t--) {
int n;
cin >> n;
set<pair<int, int>, cmp> segs;
segs.insert({0, n - 1});
vector<int> a(n);
for (int i = 1; i <= n; ++i) {
pair<int, int> cur = *segs.begin();
segs.erase(segs.begin());
int id = (cur.first + cur.second) / 2;
a[id] = i;
if (cur.first < id) segs.insert({cur.first, id - 1});
if (id < cur.second) segs.insert({id + 1, cur.second});
}
for (auto it : a) cout << it << " ";
cout << endl;
}
return 0;
}
```

**Tutorial**

Tutorial is loading...

**Solution**

```
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
int main() {
#ifdef _DEBUG
freopen("input.txt", "r", stdin);
// freopen("output.txt", "w", stdout);
#endif
auto solve = [](const string &s) {
int n = s.size();
int all = count(s.begin(), s.end(), '1');
int ans = all;
vector<int> res(n);
int pref = 0;
for (int i = 0; i < n; ++i) {
int cur = (s[i] == '1');
pref += cur;
res[i] = 1 - cur;
if (i > 0) res[i] += min(res[i - 1], pref - cur);
ans = min(ans, res[i] + all - pref);
}
return ans;
};
int t;
cin >> t;
while (t--) {
int n, k;
string s;
cin >> n >> k >> s;
vector<string> val(k);
int cnt = count(s.begin(), s.end(), '1');
for (int i = 0; i < n; ++i) {
val[i % k] += s[i];
}
int ans = 1e9;
for (auto &it : val) ans = min(ans, solve(it) + (cnt - count(it.begin(), it.end(), '1')));
cout << ans << endl;
}
return 0;
}
```

**Tutorial**

Tutorial is loading...

**Solution**

```
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
#define forn(i, n) for (int i = 0; i < int(n); ++i)
const long long INF64 = 1e18;
int main() {
#ifdef _DEBUG
freopen("input.txt", "r", stdin);
// freopen("output.txt", "w", stdout);
#endif
int t;
cin >> t;
while (t--) {
int n, m;
cin >> n >> m;
vector<vector<long long>> a(n, vector<long long>(m));
forn(i, n) forn(j, m) {
cin >> a[i][j];
}
long long a00 = a[0][0];
long long ans = INF64;
forn(x, n) forn(y, m) {
long long need = a[x][y] - x - y;
if (need > a00) continue;
a[0][0] = need;
vector<vector<long long>> dp(n, vector<long long>(m, INF64));
dp[0][0] = a00 - need;
forn(i, n) forn(j, m) {
long long need = a[0][0] + i + j;
if (need > a[i][j]) continue;
if (i > 0) dp[i][j] = min(dp[i][j], dp[i - 1][j] + a[i][j] - need);
if (j > 0) dp[i][j] = min(dp[i][j], dp[i][j - 1] + a[i][j] - need);
}
ans = min(ans, dp[n - 1][m - 1]);
}
cout << ans << endl;
}
return 0;
}
```

Video Editorials for D and E

Enjoy watching!

dev manus ( "GOD" for those who don't know Hindi ).

je aadmi bht bhala hai

Haw re baba

The video really helped me understand d and e

Thanks stefdasca

Please Keep Making Videos of Div2 Problems as well. They are very helpful. Thank you so much.

Hello everybody has seperate fan base now

The video was quite nice. It is great to see that you made the videos while the contest was going on. lol :-)

Well, I full solved the contest quick enough, so I had time to do the videos.

YES. it is quite impressive. :)

but not as impressive as Awesome_sheK

bhai tere se achhe jokes maarta hain yeh launda

https://codeforces.com/profile/Awesome_sheK

for E, I was getting TLE for the same solution.

UPDATEOk i got it, my outer loop was running n times instead of k.Sir,can you kindly explain your appraoch for problem F?

For E I implemented the same solution in Python. I get TLE on test 4. Are the problems not meant to be solved in python? Should I learn C++ instead?

Edit: Including submission link https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80416176

If you want to stick with Python, use pypy instead, it's faster most of the times.

In the long term, C++ is better in competitive programming, not every time python is guaranteed to pass.

Thanks!!

C editorial : https://youtu.be/lvNyiyobb18

D editorial : https://youtu.be/xOvHv8pyQjs

super fast editorial ^_^

Keep it Going

make one for problem E as well :)

Too fast editorial!!

F video editorial: Link

E video editorial: Link

D video editorial: Link

Sir why can't we move from mat[i,j] to mat[i,j+1] or mat[i+1,j] if mat[i,j]>( mat[i,j+1] or mat[i+1,j]) bcz we can decrease mat[i,j] such that it becomes less than mat[i,j+1] or mat[i+1,j] whichever we are going to follow..here mat is the given matrix in the question

You can decrease it. That is the question only. But when we are trying to solve the problem, we keep trying all possible values hence we are keeping the first constant, since we are trying all possible values the case you are talking about gets covered.

Many many thanks for answering my query.However,It's a hard to get how that case is getting covered. Your solution videos are really good.hope to be like you some day.

Editorial is out but nothing under tutorial section?

what a super duper fast editorial :D thanks you

Wow!....so fast tutorial. Thanks for that.

⚡Lightning speed editorial

which is faster @vouvh's editorial or speed of light?

Stupid question here...can someone explain the solution to first question(the last test case). Thanks

first index 0, second index the big number, and the rest is 0. u can't get any better than this (if u split it up, then ur basically splitting up the sum into two, but making the sums twice as plenty). so for all cases n>=3, u do 0, m, 00000000....

Thanks,finally i understood.

In that case, n and m are equal to 1e9 . Consider it as 10 and 10, then we can make the array as 2,0,2,0,2,0,2,0,2,0. Then, we get the ans as 20. Similarly, in that test , we get ans as 2e9.

Omg, i don't know that i can modify the set like that.

look for custom comparators c++ , useful stuff.

Problem C can be solved in O(1) as well by counting for one quadrant of the board and using symmetry the answer for the rest of the quadrants is the same as calculated. There comes out to be a formula in terms of n for the counting of one quadrant.

The final formula comes out to be n*(n-1)*(n+1)/3!!

$$$\frac{4 \lfloor\frac{n}{2} \rfloor (\lfloor\frac{n}{2} \rfloor + 1) (2\lfloor\frac{n}{2} \rfloor + 1)}{3}$$$

Oh, now I see, it's equal to yours formula after simplification.

Please Explain How u getting it?

draw each iteration out, and you'll quickly see the pattern. hint: think of the layers as actual squares

First, you need to get following picture:

So, answer is sum along this table. Now, derive formula how many zeroes there, how many ones, and so on: 0*1, 1*8, 2*16... You should get $$$\sum i(4(2i+1)-4) =\sum i(8i) = 8\sum i^2$$$

Sum of squares is famous formula = $$$n(n+1)(2n+1)/6$$$. If you want derivation, google for it.

We can calculate answer for i and it can be extended for (i+2) where i is odd number. check it out here, link

Made a DP Solution for problem C .

Explanation , Code

This solution doesn't actually utilize dp, since you are not using the data you precompute more than once. You can remove the memoization array (dp) and the same code will run at the same time if not faster.

Follow this on for C

Is there a way to solve D in O(n)?

I'm curious about that too.

I probably have a method which does for odd n in O(n), but couldn't extend it for even n!!!

Using simple queue does it in O(n) but only works for odd values.

This with counting sort instead:

https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80116286

It's possible but not neccessary

is it like magic or what..

can anyone please explain D

what he's trying to do is make a set with compare function, you can make a priority queue too.

COMPARE FUNCTION (class) EXPLAINED: It takes a pair as input(l,r) l = left index and r = right index . Then it sorts the pair in decreasing order of length( which signifies the length of zero sub array).

This helps us to always get the longest zero sub-array with ease, hence, we can solve the problem.

when it comes to why he used a struct for compare function, go through the link below.

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/16111337/declaring-a-priority-queue-in-c-with-a-custom-comparator

Consider the array [1,n] with initially all elements as zero let the interval [L,R] be defined as a part of array such that such all its elements are zero.Initially this part will be [1,n].Take std::set or std::map to store this interval. But the next interval which we will take should have maximum length and least 'L'; To do that we have to change the default sorting of set using comparator function. Then everytime we take the first interval from the set calculate the middle element and insert two new intervals in set [L,middle-1] and [middle+1,R] only if left<=right for this interval.If our set becomes empty at any instant then stop. Hope it helps

did it with priority_queue, where one element is consists of len of segment,it's left index and right index, check it out here

How does priority queue know which pair has higher priority?

When do our ratings change? This is my first div 3 contest, so i don't know if it's different for div 3 than it is for other divisions.

A little while after the hacking phase (12 hours) ends

It will change after 12 hours (after passing on whole test-sets and after hacking phase will end)

editorial speed > 3*(10^8) metre/sec

Interesting problems! and fast editorial

Why B have more submissions than A?

We decided to allow $$$O(n^3)$$$ solutions because we thought that this greedy observation can be not so obvious for Div.3 participant and implementation part can be difficult, but... We were so wrong :)

fastest editorial in the NEWS

What is the correct path for the F problem in 2 example? (btw in this example n = 5 m = 5)

Is vovuh competing with USAIN BOLT

How to solve 'D' using priority queue can someone help me with comparator function in priority queue.

i used this

Refer to my editorial for D: https://sahilbansal17.github.io/Competitive_Coding/2020/05/14/cf-642.html

Very easy to understand. Well written code!

bro ur editorial is super awesome.

change the positive to negative for reverse priority queue

You dont need comparator function. just use negative value see this 80158855

Approach to solve problem D with priority queue :[ With C++ pseudocode ]``

Declare a priority queue in main() :

If you don't understand this syntax, go through this article :

Priority queue for a struct in C++

As initially , the array contains all zeros. So, insert {0, n-1} to the priority queue initially.

Iterate for all numbers 1 to n and pop the top segment, in the priority queue. Place the number at appropriate position as indicated in the question. Suppose the number is placed at an index

`ind`

Now, there are 2 new segments, which needs to pushed into priority queue:

I.

`{ start,ind-1}`

II.

`{ ind+1,end }`

(Check for the corner case, when

`start > ind-1`

or`ind+1>end`

)Thank you so much bro....I did using priority queue of pairs

LINK : SOLUTION

You don't need separate struct for comparator. You can include it in seg itself. look here for example: 80120262

can anyone explain this submission of 300iq?

This is the minimum subarray sum problem.

Thanks a lot bro! I got it now.

Can you explain a bit ? I didn't get it. What his solution is exactly doing?

First he separates the places whose index%mod value is same..

Now he may have a string like consisting of 1s and 0s

He has to light off all the ones outside of these places...

And for the new string, his target is to create a contiguous block of 0s, then a contiguous block of 1s and then a contiguous block of 0s..

Now solving this contiguous part making can be done using minimum/maximum subarray sum problem.

please EXPLAIN! how to make the new string a contiguous block of 0s, then a contiguous block of 1s and then a contiguous block of 0s.. by using maximum subarray sum problem??

Consider 1in / 0in = the number of 1s/0s inside the block of 1s and 1out/0out = the number of 1s/0s outside that block. Then the cost for a given block of 1s is equal to 0in+1out (because we need to transform the 0s inside the block into 1s and the 1s outside into 0s). Then we can see that 0in+1out = 1total-1in + 0in = 1total-(1in-0in). We want the cost to be minimum so that means we want (1in-0in) to be maximum possible, so we pick the subarray with maximum sum (after replacing 0s with -1).

thankyou so much lucaperju you finally made me understand something which i was wondering for almost a day. Man you are a saviour !

ohhh..thanks it was helpful

How is this contiguous part solved by minimum/maximum subarray sum problem?

So, according to the explanation of lucaperju we want to find the maximum value of 1in-0in among all the subarray. Now, if we define a variable curr_sum and whenever we encounter a '0' we subtract 1 and whenever we encounter '1' we add 1. So effectively, by doing this we are keeping track of 1in — 0in. Now when we are doing maximum sum subarray problem then we are keeping track of the sum of subarray and maximising it, but instead here, we want to keep track of 1in — 0in, so in the logic of maximum subarray problem, we will change the definition of the variable that keeps track of the current sum of subarray. Here, r is the rightmost index of the subarray. curr_sum is the current value of 1in-0in. max_sum is the max_sum of the 1in-0in among all the subarrays ending before r. r = r + k because we are considering all the elements that gives same remainder with k; This code snippet gives maximum value of 1in-0in among all subarrays.

If you have a problem in understanding why this is working, I would advise you to watch this video first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86CQq3pKSUw

Full submission: https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80282348 ~~~~~ while(r<=index2){ if(arr[r]==1){ curr_sum = max(arr[r],curr_sum+1); max_sum = max(max_sum,curr_sum); } else{ curr_sum = max(arr[r],curr_sum-1); max_sum = max(max_sum,curr_sum); } r = r + k; }

~~~~~

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cf-predictor/ocfloejijfhhkkdmheodbaanephbnfhn?hl=en RATING PREDICTOR on standings of contest

vovuh , can D be solved using recursion ? Thanks.

You can store all pairs using recursion. Actually that's what I did during testing. The implementation is the same as the mergeSort function (without merging arrays function).

yes, I did it.

Submit: https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80136775

That's very helpful. Thank you.

can someone explain why its TLE?

80160568 it is not nlogn complexity?

I'm not sure, but maybe something's wrong with PriorityQueue. I replaced it with heapq in your solution and it got AC 80179294.

хмэ. понял/принял. но все равно не понятно почему так, в документации написано что PriorityQueue это обертка над heapq. спасибо

Обёртки по умолчанию работают хуже, так же это касается например queue/deque

Super fast editorial, time complexity O(1), great!!!!

Please help with this comment: link

Can anybody help me what is wrong in this code? Problem B 80159137

if k == 0 you dont read array b =>

on next test prev array b reads as array a, current array a reads as array b =>

error

yeah got it

How to prove that optimal solution for A is 2*m if n>2 ?

Isn't that obvious? If you consider each unit independently, then it's obvious that you cannot obtain the answer more than two using one unit (because this is $$$1$$$-dimensional array). Thus if the number of units is $$$m$$$ then the maximum possible answer is $$$2m$$$.

Thanks.

Not really , maybe it is because I don't have much experience.It is the first time I guess , I am seeing this idea. B-D were familiar.

Hi can you help in getting why my code is giving wrong answer on testcase 2 for Problem F, My approach is different from the editorial, I understood the editorial solution and got AC with that approach but I am not able to get why my approach is giving Wrong Answer, I have asked about it to many people but got no replies. I am unable to generate a small testcase where it is failing, I tried on several testacases but all are working fine, can you please help me by telling what is going wrong in my approach? Actually my dp[i][j] stores a pair of integers, whose first element stores that what should be the optimal value of ar[i][j] to reach (n, m) and second element denotes the minimum total cost required from (i, j) to (n, m) with that value of ar[i][j].

Here is my solution link: https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80376675

Let n be odd and suppose you divided m into (n/2) numbers such that one number is (m/(n/2) + m%(n/2)) and other (n/2) — 1 segments of (m/(n/2)). So the optimal answer, in this case, is to place these numbers on even positions i.e. 2, 4. In this case, you can observe the maximum you can get is 2*m. However, if n is even, you will get less 2*m sometimes. So, in general, the optimal way is to place m to one position such that it's not ending position of the array. But for n==2 there is not such positon.

I didn't go through your solution as I already understood one by Vovuh. But thanks for giving such a detailed solution. It might come in use to someone else.

is there any chance of solving E by binary search ???

Did anyone solve E with D&C?

Thanks for good problems! I really enjoyed it! :D

I see a lot of priority queue submissions for problem D. Can anyone who has done using pq explain their solution? I guess it compensates for the comparator function written in editorial. Thanks!

The segment should be sorted by size (biggest first), then by index (smallest first). One can write an comparator to do this comparation. Or one can put the values into a pair, change the signs of the size of the index field (the second) and use the default comparator of the prioriy_queue.

Yeah I get the idea spookywooky, seems like I need practice in implementation of pq in problems, Thanks!

So 1s can take nlogn complexity for n<10^5. Can someone help me understand the time complexity and time per test case relation? I missed D just because I thought nlogn wouldn't work fml.

There is a thumb rule stating that it takes roughly $$$1$$$ second for $$$10^8$$$ operations to get executed. Hence, $$$10^5$$$ operations are likely to take $$$5*10^5*10^{-8}$$$ second or $$$0.005$$$ seconds which is well within $$$1$$$ second.

Disclaimer: this is a rough estimation. Constants might affect this calculation to a great extent!

that makes me curious, when standard computers get significantly better will time limits also be adjusted for problems?

You can already see that happening in older problems like this. The time your solution takes is multiplied by 2 to justify the change in speed between computers 10 years ago and computers now.

I've solved D using set, it gave me Runtime error on 3rd pretest. Whereas, it passed using Priority queue. (using set) 80128604, (using priority queue) 80135811. Can someone explain the reason, please.

I've done D using set if you have any problem you can check my code https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/standings/friends/true#[submission:80159608]

Iterator p becomes invalid after you erase the first element. Just move that line backwards a bit. 80179242

Oh, now it makes sense. Actually it was working perfectly for large inputs on my PC so I never thought about that.

Thanks a lot for pointing out the silly mistake.

C was interesting but messed up badly

Quick Tutorial

I think I did not fully get E.

I understand that there are $$$k$$$ posibilities for positions of on-bulps, and for every such position we need to find the first and the last one of the optimal solution.

But I do completly not get how the calculation of the dp[] values work. How do we consider the end of the block of on-bulbs? The editorial text at this point is not really clear.

I have a simple solution for E 80161569

What is $$$dp[i]$$$ in your code. The min value we can get if first on-bulb is at position i, plus some..values?

I think of it like

$$$000000001(k - 1 \ lamp \ 0)1(k - 1 \ lamp \ 0)1(k - 1 \ lamp \ 0)1(\leftarrow i)00000000000$$$

$$$a_i$$$ be the state of the lamp $$$i$$$

$$$sum_{l, r}$$$ be number of lamp is on at the initial moment in $$$range[l, r]$$$, this is just prefix sum.

So let $$$dp_i$$$ be the minimum move we can make first i lamp satisfy the condition and lamp i is on

We get following formula:

$$$dp_i = min(sum_{1, i - k}, dp_{i - k}) + sum_{i - k + 1, i - 1} + !a_i$$$

Because if it ends at $$$i$$$ all lamps from $$$i + 1 \rightarrow n$$$ need to be off so the answer is

$$$\min_{i = 0}^{n} dp_i + sum_{i + 1, n}$$$

very nice solution, it took some time for me to get it,so here I try to make more clear for those who are facing difficulty in understanding it.

Please keep on referring the code below to understand better :)we will maintain dp array to get our answer,

we can come to indx 'i' from previous indx i.e 'i-k' and can have two states

this is not enough we also need to turn of lights between 'i' and 'i-k'

so we add (pre[i-1] — pre[i-k] ) to the one we just calculated above

and at last, we also need to check if the 'i'th lamp is turned on or not

hence we calculate

as we assumed that 'ith' lamp is the last turned on lamp ( we need to turn off the remaining lights ( indx > i) )

hence answer at every step would be calculated as :

CODEThanks for the explanation. I can now sleep peacefully :)

Thanks a lot, I didn't come up with an O(N) DP.

Is this fair? @vovuh @MikeMirzayanov

Kindly ban this user who is using multiple handles and hacking one account using the other account-

mamun360 and 550mamun

https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80148191

https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80124724

Well, they are not getting any kind of advantage by doing this. I don't get the reason why some users are doing this.

So good contest, thanks

Can D be Solved with recursion ? My recursive solution is failing

I don't think so, it's not about just dividing the array into segments and process them. You have to chose the leftmost maximum segment. Recursion — I think — can't handle this.

Yes

can you explain how you solved it using recursion ! here is my code :

can you point out the mistakes ?

while making function call i.e in action you cant just select part of previous segment bcz it may case that their exist segment with greater size that is not explored yet . So you need additonal data structure which can help you decide what will be your begining and end for your next call .

for example segment which is being explored now have size 7 so you mark the middle element . But after marking middle element you can't just call(be,m-1)or call(m+1,en) . bcz their may be case that their exist segment of size 5 which is not explored yet .

You are trying to solve the subproblem on one segment of the splitting first, and then going to the other segment. But the required solution is for you to solve only one step in either direction. This cannot be done using recursion. You check the outputs of your code for sample cases and you will get a clear picture of what I am saying.

I failed to solve D because I used '==' operator instead of using equals method, Amazing :) .

Hi, could anyone explain in problem F, why a certain cell doesn't change its height? How to prove it?

Suppose there is any optimal path. Now, look at array of heights in all steps $$$h_i$$$. You need somehow make them into array of consecutive numbers, for example: 3,4,5,6,7 or -3,-2,-1,0,1. First, understand that resulting array has values of form: $$$i+b$$$ where $$$i$$$ is index of value and $$$b$$$ some constant. We need to find value of $$$b$$$. You can't increase any of $$$h_i$$$ so you want such $$$b$$$ so $$$h_i$$$ >= $$$i+b$$$ for each $$$i$$$. In other words, it's condition to be able to make from original heights, heights of consecutive numbers. From the other hand, we need to have maximum $$$b$$$ among all possibilities to reduce heights as less as possible. Now two points of view:

let say you set $$$b$$$ to some very big value like 1e18. then for each $$$i$$$ you'll have $$$h_i$$$ < $$$i+b$$$. Lets call those indexes like "bad" indexes. Now, decrease one by one $$$b$$$. At some point number of "bad" indexes will decrease. Then, it'll decrease again. Until their number hit zero. Zero number of "bad" indexes means that it's maximum $$$b$$$ that we need. Also, it's time when last $$$h_i$$$ become equal to $$$i+b$$$. As you can see, this index $$$i$$$ is our non-changing height.

Other view is: rearrange $$$h_i - i >= b$$$, now we can make new array $$$z_i = h_i - i$$$ and find minimum here. Index of minimum is index of height that won't change.

Hi, Can you please help me in understanding why my solution for Problem F is giving WA, I am really not able to find a case for it! https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80304472

In problem F, why is

Now we can notice one important fact: in the optimal answer, the height of some cell remains unchangedtrue?And how to approach to that result?

Imagine that you have a path, on which every cell has been decreased at least once. You can increase each value by 1, which still produces valid path, but gives us better result. Doing that multiple times leads to some cell being unchanged.

Oof I used segtree instead of prefix sums for E like an idiot :(

In C: what is this wrong with this logic? logically we are counting the outer part of the odd squares * distance from the centre, which is (2*i+2*(i-2))*(i-1)/2 i.e adding 1 on both the sides(left and right of the previous odd square ) to get 2*i and remaining part(above and below) becomes 2*(i-2) and the outermost square is at a distance of (i-1)/2 hence the expression (2*i+2*(i-2))*(i-1)/2

for(int i=3;i<=n;i+=2)sum+=(2*i+2*(i-2))*(i-1)/2;

Example

"|" this denotes the outermost square which has elements 2*3+2*(n-2)=8

We are moving from the center of the square grid, to the outermost square. It is obvious, that on moving towards the bigger square we find that, number of cells for each square we reach is

`4*(n-1)`

where n is an odd number dimension of grid. Now, as we know that how many cells are at a particular distance from center. We simply iterate all odd numbers from 0 to size of grid and multiply each with their distances.`for i in range(0,n+1): sum+=4*(i-1)*dist; dist+=1`

Also, if you look closely you find that after doing a little rearrangement the number of moves, boils down to just finding the sum of squares upto

`floor(n/2)`

and multiply result by 8. 80118906I think priority_queue is more sutible than set for D

My code is here 80151427

Video Tutorial for C:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEHIuSXOv8o

After reading the tutorial of F, I am still confused.

If I got it right, the b(i, j) represents the real height of cell(i, j). So how could a(i, j) < b(i, j) happen? We can only decrease the height, so the real height of cell(i, j) must be less or equal to the initial height.

Can anybody explain that to me? Thanks a lot.

a[i][j] is initial height and b[i][j] is final height.

Yes I got it. My thoughts go wrong elsewhere. Thank for your reply.

Problem statements are very clear and even a beginner like me could understand all of them very well, solved ABC.

In

problem D, I thought I have to come up with a solution that can have $$$O(t.n)$$$. Here $$$t.n = 10^9$$$ that made me confused as it might give TLE.I also didn't understand:

It is guaranteed that the sum of n over all test cases does not exceed $$$2⋅10^5 \sum n ≤ 2⋅10^5)$$$.Please teach me, how I should calculate the complexity properly in this kind of problem? Please explain that statement as well. Thank you.

`It is guaranteed that the sum of n over all test cases does not exceed 2e5.`

This means that say, u have n=n1 in 1st testcase, n=n2 in 2nd testcase and so on. Then (n1 + n2 + ...... n(t)) will not exceed 2*(10^5). In short you don't need to multiply t with n . You can calculate the complexity using n = 2*(10^5) only.Thank you Aditya_13

I have doubt in B sol . what if the 3rd case would be

5 3,

9 9 10 10 10,

1 2 3 4 5,

this??

all element of array a will be considered

In problem B, it said

Your task is to find the maximum possible sum you can obtain in the array a if you can do no more than (i.e. at most) k such moves (swaps).

No more than k moves, so you can just do 2 moves in your example

why two moves?? it will reduce the answer, if you will do 0 move answer will be maximum for this case

Yes, 0 move will be the maximum, and 2 moves give the same answer, I just give out an example to show you that you don't need to do exactly k moves

when run the exact same code in code chef compiler , the output was

48

but, it should be 39

which indicates that there is a problem in solution .

It says at max k moves. It doesn't mean that we have to perform all k swaps. We can choose to use less than k swaps if that gives us the optimum answer.

But in the test cases the solution should be 39 , or it would reject the solution .

Can you explain

What do u mean by

`it will reject the solution.`

? The answer should be 48 only. 39 will give you a Wrong Answer Verdict.ok ,thank you got it.

Ans will be 48 only and one more protip prefer using offline compiler like sublime or any other as sometime online platform take too long to compile due to traffic

Thank you kingkong1. I would prefer taking your advice next time . :-)

how to solve F .i didn't understand second paragraph of F editorial.

Issue solved.

You can generate some random input and compare result of your solution with of the editorial solution. I am sure you can find a bunch of short counter test cases.

Someone please point out the mistake in my approach for 1353F — Decreasing Heights

For a fixed value of a[0][0], I can find the min number of operations required to reach a[n — 1][m — 1] (if possible). The approach for this is pretty similar to the one explained in the tutorial.

Now, I try fixing different values for a[0][0] (<= a[0][0]), and the maximum value of a[0][0] for which we are able to reach a[n — 1][m — 1] is optimal value of a[0][0]. For this, I used binary search.

Also the minimum value of a[0][0] for which we'll definitely get an answer is somewhere close to -1 * (n + m).

I don't think the maximum value of a[0][0] for which we can reach a[n — 1][m — 1] is always the optimal value of a[0][0]. Consider this case:

3 3

5 5 6

9 9 7

9 9 9

The answer is 2, but if you use the maximum value of a[0][0], which is 5, you'll need more than 2 steps.

Now, I try fixing different values for a[0][0] (<= a[0][0]), and the maximum value of a[0][0] for which we are able to reach a[n — 1][m — 1] is optimal value of a[0][0]. For this, I used binary search.What I meant was, the max value of a[0][0] has to be less than or equal to the original value of a[0][0].

Here the max value of a[0][0] for which we are able to reach a[n — 1][m — 1] is '1', and hence answer = 4.

I'm sorry, added a different test case now.

Got it, thanks.

Let M be a very large number

Try this case:

2 2

4 M

4 6

You can reach the last cell while keeping a[0][0] = 4 and by decreasing M to 5 thus incurring cost M — 5.

Whereas the optimal solution is to reduce a[0][0] and a[1][1] by 1 each incurring total cost 2.

OMG! A was that easy! xD I did it in a very bad way :( my one-> 80090151

I have query about problem D, if n is odd the problem have O(n) solution so is there any ways to do same when n is even??

I don't think so but even if it existed it will be easier to submit O(nlogn) solution as it would be quite difficult to observe

Anyone solved E recursively ? Please reply with your submission. I'm having trouble understanding the editorial and iterative code.

Here you go.

I have solved D using priority queue. When I am running my code for T=1 and n=10000, it is taking long time to execute. But I submitted the solution and it got accepted. In question n<=2*10^5. Then why it is not showing TLE during submission. My submission 80166026

Now don't say you were using online compiler as it was the queue time of online compiler

No I am not using online compiler.

For problem D

// set element is pair<segment_length,pair<left,right>>

`define pi pair<int,int>`

`bool cmp(pair<int,pi> a, pair<int,pi> b)`

`{`

`if(a.first != b.first)`

`return a.first < b.first ;`

`else`

`return a.second.first < b.second.firstd ;`

`}`

I use this type of function while sorting a vector using sort(). But it is not working for set declaration. Do I always need to make a structure as shown in editorial or am I doing some error? Please help.You either define struct with implemented operator, or use hacks based on fact how pairs compared under hood (lexicographically), or you need to define class or struct implementing operator () like this:

Thanks!

oh, I didn't check what is in editorial. Here is what I thought is there, this is from my code:

For problem D: If anyone like me hates to make a custom comparator, then just keep values in your vector or pair in the order in which you want it to be sorted. For example, here length is more important than start index, so make it the first value of the vector.

In case of a tie we need to check on the basis of start index, so make it the second value. But, since we want it to be on the basis of the min index. So, if we were using max priority queue, then this value should be negative(to reverse the effect).

Code: 80167424

Just make the length negative, that's solved !!!!!. so initially make s.insert({-n,{1,n}}); Btw i also hate comparator function its a waste of time

Thanks!!!

i didn't get problem C! !

You are asked to count the minimum steps to bring everything on one point. Initially every block on board has one element. Your task to arrive at solution was to bring everything at center.

Here's an approach

Good

The queue is so fast today. Thank you.

Hello guys,

I tried a different DP for Problem E. For each period from 1 to k, I stored the value of last and the first appearance of 1 in the string in an array for each period and stored the total number of ones in 'sum'. Then iterating for a period, as all periodic position between 'first[i%k]' and 'last[i%k]' has to be either one or zero,I chose a minimum value as 'ans' and added the leftover ones in the array in the 'ans'. Still I am getting WA in test 2.

Solution Link : https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80167997

Please help

I wan't to share my solution for 1353F - Уменьшение высот. Because I think it's simple.

First, consider we have optimal path. Let's look at its array of initial heights $$$h_i$$$ in order of visit. Resulting heights should be $$$i+b$$$ for some constant $$$b$$$. And answer is $$$\sum (h_i - (i+b))$$$ We know that $$$i$$$ is also number of step. Notice that any path from cell $$$(0,0)$$$ to cell $$$i,j$$$ require $$$(i+j)$$$ steps. So, any cell $$$(i, j)$$$ can be only at index $$$i+j$$$ in array $$$h$$$. This means from this height will be subtracted $$$i+j+b$$$ where $$$b$$$ is constant that we don't know. Now, let $$$c_{ij} = a_{ij} - (i + j)$$$. Consider array $$$d_i$$$ to be values of $$$c_{ij}$$$ that we travel across optimal path in order of visit. Then answer is $$$\sum (h_i - (i + b)) = \sum (h_i - i - b) = \sum (d_i - b)$$$ because $$$d_i$$$ is exactly height without index of step. The sum has exactly (n+m-1) elements (cells required to travel). So answer is $$$(\sum d_i) - (n+m-1)\cdot b$$$. This means, for known b we only need to find path with minimum sum.

Now, what is $$$b$$$? It is the minimum value across the path. Why? Well, you may look here: https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/77373?#comment-622300 Probably it will help. I'll just add. Value $$$b$$$ can be used if for each $$$h_i >= i + b$$$ rearrange $$$h_i - i >= b$$$ and we have $$$d_i >= b$$$ so $$$b$$$ should be less or equal than all of values in $$$c_{ij}$$$ across the path. Also, we want it to be maximum. Thus, it's just minimum among all $$$c_{ij}$$$ across the path.

The only issue left: for different paths there is different minumum. Solution: fix minimum to be $$$b$$$ and then find minimum path with all cells in the path greater than $$$b$$$. Change $$$b$$$, find minimum path again.

My implementation: make array $$$c_{ij}$$$, now find minimum path using dp. Remember answer. Because we know answer, we also know minimum along all table. now, ban all cells with value equal to current minimum. This will forbid any path having current minimum cells. Find minimum path again. Also, find minimum among allowed cells. Update answer. Ban cells with current minimum again. And so on. Repeat this cycle until no valid path left.

This works in $$$O(n^4)$$$ Source: 80165280

Here is cleaned source. 80174342. In previous source dp was filled diagonally (I'm retarded). And, there was check for int64 overflow.

I managed to find a DP Solution for Problem C . To compute a particular solution for $$$n$$$ , I recursively calculated the solution for $$$(n - 2)$$$, which is like emptying out the inside of the board and keeping only a border of figures around the square of dimensions $$$(n - 2)\times(n - 2)$$$.

Picture

Then , with simple mathematics , it can be shown that , this border of symbols can be converged to the center in $$$2\cdot(n - 1)^2$$$ moves .

Thus, the solution becomes : $$$solve(n) = solve(n - 2) + 2\cdot(n - 1)^2$$$ for $$$n > 1$$$.

A smaller solution for problem E. https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80167362

I have doubt, can you help? I tried an approach that is similar to yours, but in my case, the time complexity is O(N * N / K) which will give TLE. But you have done it in O(K * N / K) => O(N).

But, with what I am thinking, we need to consider each index as start and then take jumps of k. How does your code check other cases with considering only K indices as start?

My TLE approach: 80175775

Explanation to my solution: Basically what we need in the string is, for every consecutive 1 in the string, the distance has to be equal to k. Now consider all the characters that have their index modulo k as equal (i%k) because we wanna make string k palindromic. For example if we have string as 10100 and k=2 then we can see that for indices i=0,2,4, i%k==0 and for indices i=1,3, i%k=1. So we have to only evaluate for two cases in the mentioned case in the first for loop that is running from 0 to 1(0 for calculation of 0,2,4 part and 1 for 1,3 part). Generalizing this will be running a for loop with variable i between 0 to k-1 inclusive. Now for every i we will see into the sequence by running a for loop with variable j from i, incrementing j with k and limiting j less than n(in above case if i=0 then we will look into 0,2,4 indices and if i=1 then we will look into 1,3 indices).

Now comes the logic part. Remember we have choice of changing state of any bulb. So firstly for every j, we will see that if changing it's state is worth doing or not. Consider the following example, n=11,k=2 and string is 00010001000 then we don't need to turn on the bulbs at indices 1,9(because what we want is just k length gap between consecutive 1s). We will just turn on the bulb at index 5 and we are done with one move. Consider another example, n=11,k=2 and string is 01000001010. In this case, rather turning on bulbs at indices 3,5; we can just turn off the bulb at index 1 to minimize number of moves. These examples show that the method of counting 1s and 0s in every kth character and subtracting total ones in the "sequence" from number of ones in the "string" and then adding number of zeros in the "sequence" to that will not work.

That's why we can have a variable d which will display if we have s[j]=='1', is it worth to let it remain to '1' or is it worth to make it '0' and similarly for s[j]=='0'. That's why when we have s[j]=='1' then we will just increment d assuming that it will remain '1'. But when we encounter '0', we make d as max(0,d-1); because if we had encountered one '1' or zero '1' then changing that previous to zero will cost us 1 or zero move respectively, but if we had encountered more than one '1's then changing the current '0' to '1' is worth doing. We will save this d in co for every position in the "sequence"(talking about loop on j) we visit and we will try to maximize this co because you can say that d is the number of free '1's you are getting overall and we will maximize these free '1's. For every "sequence" (talking about loop on i) we will try to minimize m which is the number of total '1's in the "string" minus total free '1's in the sequence you are hoping to become k palindromic. the sequence which will have minimum m will be candidate to the answer but we are only asked to write total moves which are m.

I hope this will help.

Thanks for the detailed explanation. Got it now.

Great explanation.Thanks!!

https://youtu.be/DtWXAHIN2ys Solutions and Discussion.

Anyone can help to understand how problem

Ccan be solved using this formula ..sum of squares of all integers from 1 to n−1 / 2. ThanksIn problem F, I had used binary search in range(-201 to a1,1) to find the optimal height of (1,1) position.But it didn't work. Can anyone explain why binary search property failed here?

Try this case — https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/77373?#comment-622460

Got it.Thanks prashiksahare110044 for your kind help.

Hi, can you help me in telling whats giving WA for my code, I really can't get it for Problem F https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80304472

Please someone

`tell me the mistake in my approach for E`

my submissionApproach

for every possible series with period k I am building up a dp[i][j] where i is the state 0(lamp off) or 1(lamp on) for jth lamp.

for every series the table value only contains the count of moves applied from the first 1 in that series to the last 1.

3.to get minimum number of moves = min(#moves to turn on series i + #moves to turn off every other series) for every series.

At same test case my submission was going wrong and I had almost similar approach. Probably to get minimum number of moves, you had to check whether turning that bulb on in the series is worthy or not. For example, lets say we have n=11,k=2 and sequence is 01000001010. Here, bulbs at index(0-indexed) 1,7,9 are turned on. Now if we turn on the bulbs at index 3,5 then it is gonna cost us two moves. But if we turn off the bulb at index 1 then it will only cost 1 move. I think that's where this solution of yours might go wrong. You can look at this. https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80167362

Can you explain the reasoning behind your code calculating max(co,d) at every index and min(m,c-co) for every series? Please I am not able to understand it.

This might help. https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/77373?#comment-622489

Thanks! Your explanation was really thorough and it helped greatly.

Is there an O(N*M*(N+M)) solution for problem F? I was unable to find one, but luckily the O(N^2 * M^2) solution worked just fine for me.

I don't know slope trick well hence I might be wrong, but the question seems similar with dp, but if it is applicable here it is solvable in nmlog(n+m)

Is D solvable using segtree(by substituting 0 with 1 and updating each element with negative infinite values) ,have anyone done D in this way.question gets converted to max subarray sum with leftmost boundary.

Update::

my submission using segment tree

using priority queue without custom comparator

For problem F editorial, "in the optimal answer, the height of some cell remains unchanged". What is the proof of that?

Imagine if all cells were changed, and the minimum number of changes applied to a cell was $$$x$$$. Then you could have done $$$x$$$ fewer changes on each cell and not affected any of the paths. It follows that in the optimal solution, $$$x$$$ must be $$$0$$$, and thus at least one cell must be unchanged.

Thanks a lot!

Hi, Can you help me in getting whats going wrong in my approach, I am unable to get a testcase for which my approach is giving Wrong Answer in Problem F. Here is my code link: https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80304472

Check out this picture for some intuitions.

Basically if none of the positions on the final path have unchanged heights. We can shift up the final heights therefore getting a lower total cost.

Wow! Thanks

Let's say there is a path in which we have decreased every element value. Let "x" be the minimum amount of decrease in any value on the path. We can increase every element on the path by "x" and still the path will remain valid. But notice that we have just made the element which had least amount of decrease to be same as it's original value.

Well commented and clean code for E

Submission — 80186993

Thanks vovuh for the amazing and fast editorial (like always :) )

https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80187990

using heap for D problem, gives TLE in python, any tips? (code is working for all sample cases)

using (length of subarray, [left index, right index]) in queue

Try to submit your code in Pypy3 it will probably work.

https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80135152. my solution got accpted

Was this contest unrated? My rating is still not updated

Hacking phase is still open

How about this approach for E: I made a 2-D dp as dp[N][2] where if dp[i][j] represents minimum number of moves to make [1....i] k-periodic and the last character as j. Now dp[i][0] can be minimum of dp[i-1][0] and dp[i-1][1] plus state of ith character. Now, when we want to put 1, if (i<k) then this would be the 1st one till now and dp[i][1]= state of ith character+number of ones in [1.....i-1] because we need to make all ones before this one as zero. If (i>=k), we have 2 options: if this the 1st one till now we will do as in previous case, and if it is not the 1st one, dp[i][1]=state of ith character + dp[i-k][1] + number of ones between [i-k+1......i-1]. In the end, we can do min(dp[n][0],dp[n][1]).Solution Link:80187295

Hey, I have tried a similar approach but its giving WA, can you please look into it 80174010

Great Editorial.

Please tell me what is wrong with this code?(E) https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80154768

problem E: if you know regex, idea is make a automata like 0*1+0+, state count is 3, trans is simple. use state stand for mod k index. finally, answer is find 1 state is 0*1+0+ or 0*1+, and k — 1 state is 0*.

I have a doubt in

Problem B.The solution given in the tutorial is O(nlogn). If we use buckets, can we do it in O(n).

Basically,

Take input array A(in a bucket array of size 30) — O(n)

Take input array B(same as above) — O(n)

While loop, two iterators, for the bucket arrays, — O(c*n)

Total = O(n) Is this correct?

EDIT- Here's is a link to my submission, you can check to see how to do away with sorting by using "bucket array" LINK

Not sure what a "bucket" does, but somehow it has to sort the elements. Which is the logn factor.

I've updated the comment with link. You can have a look to see what I mean by "bucket".

Basically, since the elements are in the range [1,30]. I have an array of 30 elements, all initialized to 0. When taking input in some variable x, you do the follwing —

arr[x]++;

You can check the submission for the whole solution. I think its O(n).

You are right. Using the fact that not only the size of the array but also the values are limited to $$$n$$$ you get along without sorting.

Yes, the range of elements was small, so we can do that.

For problem D, one can also avoid the comparator function (if one feels uncomfortable using it) by modifying the set a bit:

We can insert values as follows:

The negative value of length makes sure that the maximum element is at the beginning.

https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/77373?#comment-622307 Also, I don't feel the need of using a pair <int, pair <int, int> >, we can just use a vector.

Please can someone elaborate the tutorial for Problem F.

Can anyone pls explain the intuition or proof behind the last line os solution of F. The line is -" Now we can notice one important fact: in the optimal answer, the height of some cell remains unchanged."

https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/77373?#comment-622484

(Also, the comment below mine has a nice image)

Hey, Thanks....Idk why I missed it

In problem E, C++ in-built function

countwhich has linear complexity and we run for loop for k times. So shouldn't it be O(n*k) time complexity? It's mentioned as O(n) in the editorial. Could anyone explain?Well, I think prefix array can also be used(instead of

count) to serve the purpose which will eventually lead to O(n) complexity. If we are using count, we are increasing complexity to O(nk). Thanks!Can anyone help me with E? This is my submission 80196393

I'm getting WA on 71st test case on test 2.

P.S. Spent a lot of time debugging it.

Got it, my approach was actually incorrect.

An easier solution for E(at least more understandable)- let our answer be number of ones in the string(because "0000...000" is also acceptable)

Now let say ith position has 1 in resultant string then we will calculate left cost and right cost which means the cost because of left substring(1, i-1) and right substring(i+1,n).

LEFT COST ---LEFT_COST[I]=min(cost of having all element in left to zero, LEFT_COST[i-k]+number of ones in substring(i-k+1,i-1))+(s[i]=='0') number of ones in substring(i-k+1,i-1) is added because u don't want any one between i-k to i as it will decrease the period to lees than k. and first term and the window term can be calculated easily by prefix function.

Similarly RIGHT COST ---RIGHT_COST[I]=min(cost of having all element in RIGHT to zero, RIGHT_COST[i+k]+number of ones in substring(i+1,i+k-1))+(s[i]=='0')

Now the total cost of having s[i]=='1' in the resultant string is COST[i]= s[0]=='1'?(LEFT_COST[i]+RIGHT_COST[i]):(LEFT_COST[i]+RIGHT_COST[i]-1); try to find out why that -1 is in above term

now traverse from i=1 to n and update answer as min(answer, COST[i])

Can someone explain me how did he come up with the formula of dpi[p] in the problem of kth-periodic garland(Prob 1353E)??

https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/77373?#comment-622659

when ratings will be updated??

Hi all, why is the time complexity of D nlogn? Is sorting always logn?

Also, I'm a beginner and I'm not sure why this code is getting TLE. Am I doing something differently from the editorial? 80201800

Thank you for your help :)

Good sorting techniques are O(nlogn). There's no sorting technique with a complexity of O(logn).

You sort all the numbers for every iteration of the for loop so your complexity turns out to be O(n*nlogn).

Use heaps to do what you intend to do. Sorting for every iteration will time out here.

hi, thanks for the speedy reply. Appreciate it very much. Will look into heaps now, :)

Another solution for C part[submission:80129435]

https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80129435 Sol Canother sol of C

1353B - Two Arrays And Swaps can be solved by sorting array B and inserting the last K elements to array A. Then we sort array A and find the sum of last N elements. Time complexity will be O(NlogN).

The tag for Problem F also contains "$$$dfs$$$ $$$and$$$ $$$similar$$$". Does anyone know the approach?

I have solved 1 problem(A), yet my rating is decreased. Would someone please tell me the reason?

As a new user your rating is initially 1500. This is a completly arbitrary value, so it takes some contests until your rating is on a more realistic level. Solving one problem in a Div3 contest is seen from a rating perspective some hundred points below 1500.

Ohh, I got that bro. So if I solve Div2A then what will happen?Shall i touch the rating of 1500? Thanks for your reply

The calculation of ratings is based on ranking in contests. The changes in ratings of people sum up to zero.

thanks

So... did it went well?

I am now understanding the system first. will participate in contest bit latter.Actually I am a clear newbie. What is meant by rated problem?whereas every problem have a rating..

The problems in the problemset have a "rating", too. It is an indicator of the difficulty of the problem. But this problem rating has nothing to do with contests, it is just usefull while practice.

I would be glad if could make result like you in contests. Will you please help me grow guiding me in the way that you have followed?

Just practice, there is no silver bullet.

your progress looks stable. You have never dropped as much as me :)

Is there something wrong with the time complexity in D part.n=order of 10^5

we are able to solve in nlogn

and test cases=order 10^4

But time limit is 1 sec which only supports 10^8... so why is the solution not giving tle ?

"It is guaranteed that the sum of n over all test cases does not exceed $$$2 \cdot 10^5$$$ ($$$\sum n \le 2 \cdot 10^5$$$)"

I used this comparator function for

set<pair<ll,pair<ll,ll>>,cmp>,

it works perfectly fine. But when I used this for

priority_queue<pair<ll,pair<ll,ll>>,vector<pair<ll,pair<ll,ll>>>,cmp>,

it is not working. Can anyone please tell why this comparator function is not working for priority_queue?

A priority_queue works with biggest element as next, ie it returns what set.rbegin() returns. Just a guess.

for problem F, I also had same solution but I was stumbled on the proof of optimal situation, can anyone help me to prove that if we change all values, how it can not be optimal answer?

vovuh Someone please explain clearly the tutorial for problem F — Decreasing Heights

My code is getting TLE in D but I think my code is n*logn, am I missing something here? I created a vector of l, r and number of zeros and I sort it according to the logic, delete the first element and push break-up parts

Bro, your TC is O(NlogN * N) because you are sorting vector at every point. Use a data structure like set(ordered) or priority queue which performs insertion and deletion in logN.

Thanks bro

can anyone plz tell me what is wrong with my solution for E https://codeforces.com/contest/1353/submission/80215731

How this code is supposed to work?

initially ans is all the 1's then in the while loop we will count all the zeroes that are between two ones that is for example in this case 9 2 010001010 in first loop there we will encounter with 0,0,0,0,0 and in second 1,0,1,1 so in first there are 0 no. of zeroes that we need to switch on where as in 2 there is only 1