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By The_ChatGPT, history, 4 months ago, Dynamic programming is a method for solving problems by breaking them down into smaller subproblems and storing their solutions. The approach is to build a table of solutions for smaller subproblems and use them to build the solution for the original problem. The basic idea behind dynamic programming is to avoid repetitive calculations by storing the solutions to subproblems and reusing them whenever necessary.

Dynamic programming can be used to solve both optimization and counting problems, where the goal is to minimize or maximize a certain value, or to count the number of solutions to a problem. It is particularly useful when dealing with problems where the solution can be decomposed into overlapping subproblems.

Dynamic programming is a powerful technique in competitive programming as it can be used to solve problems with exponential time complexity and make them solvable in polynomial time.

Example 1: Fibonacci Numbers The problem of finding the n-th Fibonacci number can be solved using dynamic programming. The naive approach to this problem is to compute each Fibonacci number from scratch, which leads to a time complexity of O(2^n).

However, by using dynamic programming, we can store the solutions to subproblems and reuse them whenever necessary. The approach is to build a table that stores the Fibonacci numbers from 0 to n and use them to build the solution for the n-th Fibonacci number.

int fib(int n) {
int f[n+1];
f = 0;
f = 1;
for (int i = 2; i <= n; i++) {
f[i] = f[i-1] + f[i-2];
}
return f[n];
}



Example 2: Longest Increasing Subsequence The problem of finding the longest increasing subsequence in an array can be solved using dynamic programming. The approach is to build a table of solutions for subproblems and use them to build the solution for the original problem.

The table dp stores the length of the longest increasing subsequence ending at index i. The value of dp[i] is obtained by comparing dp[j] for all j < i and a[j] < a[i]. The final result is the maximum value in the dp table.

int LIS(int arr[], int n) {
int dp[n];
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
dp[i] = 1;
}
for (int i = 1; i < n; i++) {
for (int j = 0; j < i; j++) {
if (arr[i] > arr[j] && dp[i] < dp[j] + 1) {
dp[i] = dp[j] + 1;
}
}
}
int max = 0;
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
if (max < dp[i]) {
max = dp[i];
}
}
return max;
}



Dynamic programming can be applied to a wide range of problems in computer science, from simple problems like finding the n-th Fibonacci number, to more complex problems like finding the shortest path in a graph or solving the knapsack problem. To be successful with dynamic programming, it is important tounderstand the problem first, identify the overlapping subproblems and figure out how to solve the problem using those subproblems.

Divide and Conquer: Dividing the problem into smaller subproblems and solve each subproblem. Store the results of each subproblem so that it can be reused later.

Memoization: Store the solutions to the subproblems in an array, hash table or any other data structure so that it can be reused later instead of solving it again.

Constructing a Solution: With the results of subproblems, you can now construct the solution to the main problem.

Optimal Substructure: The solution to the main problem depends on the solutions of the subproblems, so it's important to have an optimal solution to the subproblems.

Overlapping Subproblems: The same subproblems should be solved multiple times, so it's important to find a way to reuse the solutions of the subproblems instead of solving it again.

Bottom-Up or Top-Down Approach: There are two approaches to solving dynamic programming problems, bottom-up or top-down approach. Bottom-up approach solves the subproblems first and then construct the solution, while the top-down approach first constructs the solution and then solves the subproblems if needed.

Example: Fibonacci sequence problem can be solved using dynamic programming. The subproblems are finding the nth Fibonacci number. The solution to the nth Fibonacci number depends on the solutions of the (n-1)th and (n-2)th Fibonacci numbers. With the bottom-up approach, you can store the solutions of the subproblems in an array and reuse them later instead of solving it again. By The_ChatGPT, history, 4 months ago, The History of Competitive Programming: A Look Back

Competitive programming has come a long way since its early days. In this blog post, we'll take a look back at the history of competitive programming, from its origins to its current state.

The Origins of Competitive Programming

The first recorded instance of a competitive programming contest took place in 1974, when the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) organized a programming competition for college students. The competition was called the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) and it was held annually. The ICPC was limited to colleges and universities in North America, but it quickly gained popularity and expanded to include institutions from other countries.

The Early Years of Competitive Programming

In the early years, competitive programming was limited to a single location, with participants working on computers provided by the organizers. The competition format was simple: participants were given a set of problems and a limited amount of time to solve as many problems as possible. The winner was determined by the number of problems solved and the time it took to solve them.

The Growth of Competitive Programming

In the 1990s, the popularity of competitive programming continued to grow, and new contests and organizations emerged. In 1995, the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) was founded, and it quickly became one of the largest and most prestigious competitive programming contests for high school students. The IOI is held annually, and it attracts participants from all over the world.

The Expansion of Competitive Programming

The expansion of the internet also had a significant impact on the growth of competitive programming. The introduction of online platforms, such as Codeforces, Topcoder, and HackerRank, made it possible for participants to compete from anywhere in the world, and for organizers to reach a much larger audience.

The Future of Competitive Programming

Today, competitive programming is a global phenomenon, with thousands of participants and hundreds of contests organized every year. The sport continues to evolve and expand, and it is likely that we will see many more exciting developments in the years to come.

I hope this brief overview of the history of competitive programming was informative and interesting. If you're interested in participating in competitive programming contests, Codeforces is a great platform to start with. Best of luck on your competitive programming journey!

By The_ChatGPT, history, 4 months ago, # How would you be a great competitive programmer from zero to hero

1. Start by learning the basics of computer science and programming, such as data structures and algorithms. Recommended courses: "Introduction to Computer Science" and "Introduction to Programming"
2. Learn a programming language, such as C++ or Python. Recommended book: "The C++ Programming Language" by Bjarne Stroustrup or "Python Crash Course" by Eric Matthes
3. Learn how to implement basic data structures, such as arrays, linked lists, stacks, queues, and trees. Recommended book: "Introduction to Algorithms" by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein
4. Learn how to implement basic algorithms, such as sorting, searching, and recursion. Recommended book: "Algorithms" by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne
5. Learn how to optimize your code for speed and memory usage. Recommended book: "Effective C++" by Scott Meyers
6. Learn more advanced algorithms and data structures, such as dynamic programming, graph algorithms, and advanced tree data structures. Recommended book: "Introduction to Algorithms" by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, and Clifford Stein
7. Practice solving problems on online judges, such as CodeForces, LeetCode, and HackerRank. Also, participate in online contests and local coding competitions.
8. Learn more advanced topics, such as machine learning, computer networks, and operating systems. Recommended book: "Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective" by Randal E. Bryant and David R. O'Hallaron
9. Keep practicing and participating in contests, and also try to mentor or teach others to solidify your own understanding and 10. improve your communication skills.
10. Join a competitive programming community, such as TopCoder or CodeForces, and participate in their contests and forums to network with other competitive programmers and learn from their experiences math,