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1690A - Print a Pedestal (Codeforces logo?)

Idea: MikeMirzayanov

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1690B - Array Decrements

Idea: MikeMirzayanov

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1690C - Restoring the Duration of Tasks

Idea: MikeMirzayanov

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1690D - Black and White Stripe

Idea: MikeMirzayanov

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1690E - Price Maximization

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1690F - Shifting String

Idea: MikeMirzayanov

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1690G - Count the Trains

Idea: Aris

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 » 18 months ago, # |   0 Auto comment: topic has been updated by Aris (previous revision, new revision, compare).
 » 18 months ago, # |   -21 speedforces
 » 18 months ago, # |   +5 Wasn't it round 797?
 » 18 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +5 For users (like me) trying to learn implementation, I suggest looking at jiangly's submissions of these problems.
 » 18 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   0 For G, can someone please give a proof to "remove in total no more than 2*n elements from the set".
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +9 The set contains the starts of trains. Initially there could be at most n trains. When the speed of a train is reduced, you can at most create one new train. This adds m additional trains. It is possible that every element could be removed from the set, so in total, n+m elements can be removed from the set.
•  » » » 17 months ago, # ^ |   0 is it possible that some subset of trains are getting removed and added? I mean after we remove a starting train from the set, it can be added as well afterward. doesn't this yield to an n^2 solution?
•  » » » » 17 months ago, # ^ |   0 Not sure what you mean. Each operation can only create one new train. The operation can only create a new train with start index at the index of the operation. Indices before the operation will not be affected and indices after will either match the new value at the index of operation (and thus will be within the same train) or will not be affected.
 » 18 months ago, # |   +5 If you are/were getting a WA/RE verdict on problems from this contest, you can get the smallest possible counter example for your submission on cfstress.com. To do that, click on the relevant problem's link below, add your submission ID, and edit the table (or edit compressed parameters) to increase/decrease the constraints. If you are not able to find a counter example even after changing the parameters, reply to this thread (only till the next 7 days), with links to your submission and ticket(s).
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 Hi, for problem $A$, since $n \leq 10^5$ we can use brute force. But I want to know $\mathcal{O}(1)$ solution. I saw codes from top people from standings. But I don't understand the idea
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +3 We want to have the minimal value of h1.We know that h1 + h2 + h3 = n, so we should maximize the values of h2 and h3 in order to minimize the value of h1.The "best case" scenario would be that n mod 3 = 0, so that we can set: h3 = n/3 — 1, h2 = n/3 = h3 + 1, h1 = n/3 + 1 = h/2 + 1. (because n / 3 is a whole number)This is the best case because h1 > h2 > h3 is required by the problem statement.If n mod 3 = 1, then (n — 1) mod 3 = 0. We can perform the above solution for n — 1 and get: h1 = (n-1) / 3 + 1, h2 = (n-1) / 3, h3 = (n-1) / 3 — 1. We have one extra block though, and the only way to place it without disrupting the inequality (h1 > h2 > h3) is to place it at the top of h1, making h1 = (n-1) / 3 + 1.If n mod 3 = 2, we can follow the above process once again, this time placing our second extra block at the top of h2 making h2 = (n-2) / 3 + 1. Since h1 = (n-2) /3 + 2, the inequality is not disrupted and h1 stays minimal.
•  » » » 17 months ago, # ^ |   0 Great explanation thanks!!
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 Without any ifs greedy solution:n — input; h1, h2, h3 — pedestals;We now that that h2 >= h3 + 1 and h1 >= h2 + 1 >= h3 + 2 => n = h1 + h2 + h3 >= 3 * h3 + 3 => max h3 equals h3=(n-3)/3 (rounding down).Than just set s = n - h3Using the same logic s = h1 + h2 >= 2 * h2 + 1 => max h2 equals h2 = (s - 1) / 2 (rounding down again). And h1 = s - h2
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 WOW! Thanks a lot
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 in contest submission: 159731522
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 Auto comment: topic has been updated by Aris (previous revision, new revision, compare).
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 Can anyone share their approach for problem F? Why are we always considering the minimum shift? As we are taking LCM, it might be better to take a larger number if the LCM with ans is getting minimized.
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 4 →   0 deleted.
•  » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +5 consider this string abcabcabc there is a period of length 3 so shifts are [3,6,9] notice that all shifts are multiple of period 3 so that minimal number is the best as itcontains the minimal number of prime factors.
•  » » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +6 Understood! Thanks!
•  » » » » 14 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 but what if shifts like 2,5 are possible?upd: got it sorry.if a,b is possible then a-b is also possible.
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 In problem F, the rotation of string will cost o(n^2) time. it's ok for this problem. But I want to know is there any o(n) approach to do this work?
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 You can use KMP algorithm for $O(n)$ search, or hashing will also give you average of $O(n)$ time.
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 Damn, I didn't even see that the constraints were so less up until I saw your comment. My approach was using a rolling string hash, which works in O(n) time and O(n) space.
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 Getting a TLE on 147, Can I get that testcase ?My solution appears to be O(m log n)
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 try to use ap.lower_bound(v) instead of lower_bound(all(ap),v)
•  » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 Wow! Worked, didn't know that both of them have this much difference in running time.Thanks!
•  » » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 look at the section "Complexity" in https://en.cppreference.com/w/cpp/algorithm/lower_bound
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 In problem F, I have another approach, using the Chinese Remainder Theorem.My approach: Apply one operation to avoid result 0 Use DFS to find the cycles Apply operations individually in each cycle, find the "first" and "second" time when it is same as the input after applying the shifts. Create the equations like "x % (second — first) = first" Apply the Chinese Remainder Theorem and add one to the answer (because of the first step of my approach) I hope this could be useful for someone.
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 Is there any DP idea for problem D, as at every W we have a choice to color it or not. If we color it then it contributes 1 to our cost and increases the max length of consecutive B so far by 1, if we choose not to color it, then from here max length becomes 0. Initially I thought of this approach but couldn't code it out. Am i thinking right/wrong in this direction ?
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 The problem can be solved with two pointers. If you want to solve it by DP, you surely can, but that code will also boil down to a two-pointer code essentially. Since we want to maintain k consecutive Blacks, we do not have a choice for W to add it or not. If it happens to come inside our string of length G then we have to consider it otherwise not.
 » 18 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   0 can someone tell me where this is failing? 160027351
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 Take the string $abab$ for example, it only need $2$ operations to repeat itself, but your code will calculate it as $4$
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 Is time complexity $m \log^2n$ per test case not allowed in G? I'm getting TLE for this submission 160038706. I've used segment tree with lazy propagation, and I've also used binary search. I'm making a range query for every iteration in the binary search, that's why its $m \log^2n$.
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +6 Don't quite know why you are getting TLE, but I used binary search + segment tree with lazy propagation and it passed. Here's my submission : https://codeforces.com/contest/1690/submission/159839709
•  » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 That's a nice method, initially, I had written the exact same segment tree implementation as you (the cp-algorithms one lol), but I wasn't able to figure out the distinct numbers part, so I had to modify the type of queries I was making. Complexity wise our codes seem to be the same, maybe yours has a lower constant factor? If someone can pinpoint the reason for me getting TLE that would be really helpful.
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 In F why does having the same character at multiple positions doesn't come into consideration? I.E. Couldn't there be a string such that the resultant string is the same as the original but indices are not the same since the same characters are occupying each other's place?Example:Original string and indices:A B A B 0 1 2 3 // indicesAfter some permutations:A B A B 2 1 0 3 // original indices of chars
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 That's exactly why we need to find $k_j$.
 » 17 months ago, # |   0 PLZ CAN ANYONE TELL WHAT I AM DOING WRONG WITH THE CODE
•  » » 17 months ago, # ^ |   0 This website might help you.
 » 17 months ago, # |   0 Can anyone help me figure out why 162651629 is getting run time error? I tried using cfstress.com but for some reason, it doesn't work. All my manual testing doesn't produce a run time error either.
•  » » 17 months ago, # ^ |   +3 CF Stress returns that verdict because your code doesn't compile on my machine, due to this line: min(mini, (long long)times / s.size()); It complains that that the second argument is long long unsigned. Explicitly typecasting this makes it compile, resulting in a counter example: Ticket 15364
•  » » » 17 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 Thank you very much!
 » 17 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   0 Another div 3 is coming soon
 » 9 months ago, # |   0 Alternative solution to G which uses 2 segment trees: https://codeforces.com/contest/1690/submission/194648218
 » 6 months ago, # |   0 In problem E code there is a error in while pairing the element : for(int i = 0, j = n — 1; i < j; i++, j--){ while(a[i] + a[j] < k && i < j) i++; // we have to increment the i if(i == j) break; sum++; }
 » 3 months ago, # |   -8