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By Bugman, 6 months ago, In English

Given a rooted tree.

Suppose query (v,d) is set of vertices in subtree of v in depth d from v.

Let's take all possible queries and leave only distinct sets.

Sum of sizes of these sets is $$$O(n\sqrt{n})$$$.

Actually, idk how to prove it. If you know proof, please post it here.

I met it in one Gerald's lecture with proof like "try to construct worst case and you see it".

I can construct such family of trees with $$$f(k)\approx \frac{n \sqrt n}{2}$$$ where $$$n(k) = \frac{k(k+1)}{2}$$$

Here tree with k=4:

Only two times I tried to apply this as base of my solutions. But it was 1) useless — there are was easiest ones 2) painfull.

If you have some problems for this feature, post it please.

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By Bugman, history, 10 months ago, In English


There is are famous problem for given array of numbers and number $$$K$$$ find minimums for all segments of length $$$K$$$.

More general variant: for given array of size $$$n$$$ and $$$q$$$ queries $$$[l_i,r_i]$$$ need to find minimums on segments at that $$$l_i \leq l_{i+1}$$$ and $$$r_i \leq r_{i+1}$$$. Solution must be $$$O(n+q)$$$.

To solve this problem we need sliding window method, where numbers from segments is window. Needed data structure should be able to push_back (add number to the end of window), pop_front (remove first element) and get_min — current minimum in window.

I was surprised to find that there are two types of such data structure. First is very popular and can be easily found in web. But type that I use whole life I can't find. I'll describe both of them.

Solution #1

The idea is to store sequence of increasing minimums. First minimum is minimum of whole window, second is minimum of elements after first minimum, and so on. For example, for window [2,3,1,5,4,8,7,6,9] sequence is [1,4,6,9].

When element is adding to the right of window (incR, push_back), the sequence changes as follows: all higher elements are gone from sequence, new element is goes to the end of sequence.

Couple of samples for [1,4,6,9]:

Adding 5: [1,4,6,9] -> [1,4] -> [1,4,5]

Adding 100: [1,4,6,9] -> [1,4,6,9,100]

Adding 0: [1,4,6,9] -> [] -> [0]

In removing left element from window (incL, pop_front) we need to know if first element of sequence is first element of window. Impossible to know this only by values, so we need to store sequence of pairs (value, index) except of only values. Previous example turns to [(1,2), (4,4), (6,7), (9,8)], where indices are numbered from zero. Bounds of window stored as pair of numbers $$$L$$$ and $$$R$$$. So, if first element of sequence is first element of window, that is its index equals to $$$L$$$, than only needed is to remove this first element from sequence.

Realization requires data structure that can efficiently perform operations of removing elements from left and right and adding new element to the right. Here we can use deque (std::deque in c++).

solution #1

Solution #2

Represent window as two stacks: prefix of window stored in left stack $$$L$$$ so that first element of window in top of $$$L$$$, and suffix of window is stored in right stack $$$R$$$ so that last element of window in top of $$$R$$$.


L = [5,1,3,2]
R = [4,8,7,6,9]

When element is adding to the right of window (incR, push_back), it just goes to the top of $$$R$$$.

In removing left element from window (incL, pop_front), its pops from $$$L$$$, except of case when $$$L$$$ is empty. In this case we need to move right stack to left: while $$$R$$$ is not empty top of $$$R$$$ goes to the top of $$$L$$$. Example:


L = []
R = [4,3,1,2]

L = [2]
R = [4,3,1]

L = [2,1]
R = [4,3]

L = [2,1,3]
R = [4]

L = [2,1,3,4]
R = []


Now, after moving, we can pop top from $$$L$$$.

To get current minimum of window we need to know minimums of both stacks. Minimum of $$$R$$$ stored in $$$Rmin$$$ can be easily updated when elements are added to $$$R$$$.

In $$$L$$$ except of value need to store minimum of elements from this value to the bottom of stack. For example for stack [5,7,3,4,2,1,8,6] it is stack [5,5,3,3,2,1,1,1].

Thus, minimum in window is $$$Rmin$$$ or top of $$$L$$$.

solution #2


Personally, I think second solution is simpler for understanding, but first more easy to code.

Both solutions can be upgraded to operation push_front, but seems like its useless.

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By Bugman, history, 21 month(s) ago, In English

We have n points (xi, yi). Let both x and y be different and from [1, n].

Initially, all points have zero value.

Two types of queries:

1) add X — adding +1 to all points with xi ≤ X

2) sum Y — calculate sum of values of points with yi ≤ Y

What is best known solution? (Problem not from running contest).

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By Bugman, history, 3 years ago, In English

I've heard more about how vector<bool> is slow, and we need to dodge him or use vector<char>.

But today I ran some tests in "Codeforces custom test" with GNU G++.

First simple erato sieve

//N = 3e7
for(int i=2;i<N;++i) if(!u[i]) for(int j=i*2;j<N;j+=i) u[j] = 1;
int cnt = 0;
for(int i=0;i<N;++i) if(u[i]) ++cnt;

Depends on u:

bool u[N] : 420 ms, 31204 KB

vector<bool> u(N): 218 ms, 5484 KB

vector<char> u(N): 451 ms, 31164 KB

You can say like "memory constant speed up this code"


//N = 1e4
double total = 0;
for(int it=0;it<N;++it){
	for(int i=0;i<N;++i){
		int x = rand()%N;
		u[x] = 1;
	for(int i=0;i<N;++i){
		int x = rand()%N;
		u[x] = 0;
	for(int i=0;i<N;++i){
		u[i] = 0;

bool u[N] : 2683 ms, 1860 KB

vector<bool> u(N): 2667 ms, 1832 KB

vector<char> u(N): 2620 ms, 1868 KB

We see its equal!

So maybe its not so bad? Or you have examples where vector<bool> is really slower than alternatives?

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By Bugman, history, 3 years ago, In English

Your given a simple task:

For given number 2 ≤ n ≤ 1018 check prime or not it is.

Limits are: 1 second TL, 16Mb ML.

And we have solution:

bool isprime(LL n){
	if(n<2) return false;
	for(LL i=2;i*i*i<=n;++i) if(n%i==0) return false;
	for(int it=0;it<1e5;++it){
		LL i = rand()%(n-1)+1;
		if(__gcd(i,n)!=1) return false;
		if(mpow(i,n-1,n)!=1) return false;
	return true;

where rand() returns 64-bit random integer and mpow(a,b,m) is ab modulo m.

Can you challenge this solution?

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By Bugman, history, 5 years ago, In English

Hi people! I interested in problems with template name "Count of subrectangles" or "Best subrectangle" in rectangle. For example some well-known problems:

In given matrix of zeros and ones find subrectangle that contains only zeros and has largest area. It can be solved in O(n2).

In given matrix of integers find subrectangle with largest sum. It can be solved in O(n3).

Can you give me links or just statements on similar problems?

Here problems that i remembered:

Please, gimme other problems, any links in contests or archives:) I will add it here later.

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By Bugman, 6 years ago, translation, In English

485A - Factory

Production will stops iff exists integer K ≥ 0 such a·2K is divisible by m. From this fact follows that K maximum will be about O(log2(m)). So if we modeling some, for example, 20 days and production does not stop, then it will never stop and answer is "No". Otherwise answer is "Yes".

485B - Valuable Resources

Let us find minimum length needed to cover points by Ox. It is Maximum(xi) - Minumum(xi). The same in OyMaximum(yi) - Minumum(yi). Since we need a square city to cover all the mines, then we need to set length of this square to the maximum from those two values.

484A - Bits

Let us define function f(L, R), that gives answer to the query. It looks follows:

  • if L = R then f(L, R) = L;

  • else if 2b ≤ L, where b — maximum integer such 2b ≤ R, then f(L, R) = f(L - 2b, R - 2b) + 2b;

  • else if 2b + 1 - 1 ≤ R then f(L, R) = 2b + 1 - 1;

  • else f(L, R) = 2b - 1.

Total complexity is O(logR) per query.

484B - Maximum Value

Let us iterate over all different aj. Since we need to maximize , then iterate all integer x (such x divisible by aj) in range from 2aj to M, where M — doubled maximum value of the sequence. For each such x we need to find maximum ai, such ai < x. Limits for numbers allow to do this in time O(1) with an array. After that, update answer by value . Total time complexity is O(nlogn + MlogM).

484C - Strange Sorting

Note, that d-sorting is just a permutation (call it P), because it does not depends on characters in string. Look at shuffling operation in different way: instead of going to the next substring and sort it, we will shift string to one character left. It remains to understand that shift of string the permutation too (call it C). Now its clear, we need to calculate S·P·C·P·C... = S·(P·C)n - k + 1. And after that shift string for k - 1 character to the left for making answer to the shuffling operation. Here we use the multiplication of permutations. Since they are associative, that we can use binary algorithm to calculate (P·C)n - k + 1. Total time complexity is O(nmlogn).

484D - Kindergarten

Let us note, that in optimal answer any segment that making a group contains their minimum and maximum values on borders. Otherwise it will be better to split this segment to two other segments. Another note that is every segment in optimal solution is strictly monotonic (increasing or decreasing). Paying attention to the interesting points in sequence which making local maximums (i. e. ai - 1 < ai > ai + 1), local minimums (ai - 1 > ai < ai + 1), and point adjacent to them. Solve the problem by dynamic programming: Di is the answer in the prefix i. To calculate Di we need to look at no more than three previous interesting points and to previous Di - 1. Total time complexity is O(n).

484E - Sign on Fence

Let us note that we can use binary search to find answer to the one query. Suppose at some moment was fixed height h and need to know will fit the rectangle with width w and height h to the segment of fence from l-th to r-th panel. Let us build data structure that can answer to this question. This will be persistent segment tree with unusual function inside: maximum number of consecutive ones in segment (maxOnes). In leaves of segment tree will be only numbers 0 and 1. To calculate this function need to know some other values, specifically:

len — length of the segment in vertex of segment tree, prefOnes — length of prefix that consists only of ones, sufOnes — length of the suffix consist only of ones.

These functions are computed as follows:

maxOnes is equal to max(maxOnes(Left), maxOnes(Right), sufOnes(Left) + prefOnes(Right));

prefOnes equals prefOnes(Right) + len(Left) in case of len(Left) = prefOnes(Left), and prefOnes(Left) otherwise;

sufOnes equals sufOnes(Left) + len(Right) in case of len(Right) = sufOnes(Right), and sufOnes(Right) otherwise;

len = len(left) + len(Right);

Left и Right — it is left and right sons of vertex in segment tree.

As mentioned above, tree must be persistent, and it must be built as follows. First, builded empty tree of zeros. Next in position of highest plank need to put 1. The same doing for planks in decreasing order. For example if fence described with sequence [2, 5, 5, 1, 3] then bottom of segment tree will changed as follows:

[0, 0, 0, 0, 0] -> [0, 1, 0, 0, 0] -> [0, 1, 1, 0, 0] -> [0, 1, 1, 0, 1] -> [1, 1, 1, 0, 1] -> [1, 1, 1, 1, 1].

And we need to remember for all hi their version of tree. Now to answer the question we need to make query in our segment tree (that corresponding to height h) on segment [l, r]. If maxOnes form this query less than w, then rectangle impossible to put (otherwise possible).

Building of tree will take O(nlogn) time and memory. Time complexity to the one query will take O(log2n) time.

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By Bugman, 6 years ago, translation, In English

Hello everybody!

Today will be Codeforces Round #276, which take place in both divisions. Start time is 19:30 in moscow time (follow this link to see time in others zones). For preparing contest i say thanks to Zlobober, for translating to Delinur, and to MikeMirzayanov for project Codeforces.

Good luck to all, hope you will enjoy problems :)

UPD Score distribution will be dynamic (see more information here). Problems will be sorted in increasing order of difficulty, however, do not forget to read all problems before the end of the contest.

UPD The contest is over! Thanks to everyone who solved the problems despite everything. Analysis will be published later.

UPD Editorial can be found here.

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By Bugman, 6 years ago, translation, In English

Hello, CodeForces community! I'm happy to tell you about upcoming 256-th round, which will be held for the participants from second division. Participants from first division can take part out of the competition.

I hope, for all this anniversary round. For me it is the first round in which I am the author, in this I will be glad to see everyone. Want to say thanks Gerald for help with preparing contest, Delinur for translating, and of course MikeMirzayanov for CodeForces project.

I am from Krasnoyarsk, and the hero of tasks will be our team talisman Bizon-the-Champion. Hope you like to spend time with him :) See you and good luck!

UPD. Few hours before the start. Score distribution will be dynamic (see more information here)

UPD. Round is over! You can find editorial here.

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By Bugman, 6 years ago, translation, In English

448A - Rewards


Because rewards of one type can be on one shelf, lets calculate number of cups — a and number of medals — b. Minimum number of shelves that will be required for all cups can be found by formula (a + 5 - 1) / 5. The same with shelves with medals: (b + 10 - 1) / 10. If sum of this two values more than n then answer is "NO" and "YES" otherwise.

448B - Suffix Structures


Consider each case separately. If we use only suffix automaton then s transform to some of its subsequence. Checking that t is a subsequence of s can be performed in different ways. Easiest and fastest — well-known two pointers method. In case of using suffix array we can get every permutation of s. If it is not obvious for you, try to think. Thus, s and t must be anagrams. If we count number of each letter in each string, we can check this. If every letter appears in s the same times as in t then words are anagrams. In case of using both structures strategy is: remove some letters and shuffle the rest. It is possible if every letter appears in s not less times than in t. Otherwise it is impossible to make t from s. Total complexity O(|s| + |t| + 26).

448C - Painting Fence


To solve this problem we need to understand some little things. First, every horizontally stroke must be as widely as possible. Second, under every horizontally stroke should be only horizontally strokes. So, if bottom of fence painted by horizontally stroke then number of this strokes must at least min(a1, a2, ..., an). These strokes maybe divides fence into some unpainted disconnected parts. For all of these parts we need to sum they answers. Now its clearly that solution is recursive. It takes segment [l, r] and height of painted bottom h. But we must not forget about situation when all planks painted with vertically strokes. In this case answer must be limited by r - l + 1 (length of segment). With given constrains of n we can find minimum on segment by looking all the elements from segment. Complexity in this case will be O(n2). But if we use for example segment tree, we can achieve O(nlogn) complexity.

448D - Multiplication Table


Solution is binary search by answer. We need to find largest x such that amount of numbers from table, least than x, is strictly less than k. To calculate this count we sum counts from rows. In i th row there will be . Total complexity is O(nlog(nm)).

448E - Divisors


Learn how to transform Xi into Xi + 1. For this we need to concatenate lists of divisors for all elements of Xi. To do this efficiently, precalculate divisors of X (because for every i Xi consist of its divisors). It can be done by well-known method with complexity. How to calculate divisors of divisors? Need to know that for the given constrains for X maximum number of divisors D(X) will be 6720 (in the number 963761198400), so divisors of divisors can be calculated in O(D2(X)) time. With this lists we can transform Xi into Xi + 1 in O(N) time, were N = 105 — is the limit of numbers in output. Now learn how to transform Xi into X2i. What says Xi? Besides what would be X after i steps, it can tell where goes everyone divisor of X after i - 1 steps. Actually, Xi is concatenation of all Yi - 1, where Y is divisor of X. For example, 103 = [1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 5, 1, 1, 2, 1, 5, 1, 2, 5, 10] = [1] + [1, 1, 2] + [1, 1, 5] + [1, 1, 2, 1, 5, 1, 2, 5, 10] = 12 + 22 + 52 + 102. How to know which segment corresponds for some Y? Lets pos(Y) be the first index of Y in Xi. Then needed segment starts from pos(prev(Y)) + 1 and ends in pos(Y), where prev(Y) is previous divisor before Y in sorted list of divisors. So, to make X2i from Xi we need to know where goes every element from Xi after i steps. We know all its divisors — it is one step, and for every divisor we know where it goes after i - 1 step. Thus, we again need to concatenate some segments in correct order. It also can be done in O(N) time. How to find now Xk for every k? The method is similar as fast exponentiation:

Xk = [X] when k = 0,

if k is odd then transform Xk - 1 to Xk,

if k is even then transform Xk / 2 to Xk.

This method takes O(logk) iterations. And one small trick: obviously that for X > 1 Xk starts from k ones, so k can be limited by N. Total complexity of solution is .

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