**Question:** You are given N circles, with ith represented by coordinates of centre as xi,yi and radius ri(all circles lie on the xy plane). The task is to remove minimum number of circles such that the remaining circles do not overlap or touch each other.

**Note:** Ci, Cj are overlapping is the distance between their centre points <=ri+rj.

**Constraints:**

2<=N<=1000

0<=xi,yi,ri<=10000

**Input format:**

First line contains N

The next N lines contains three integers xi,yi,ri.

**Sample input:**

3

0 0 3

2 0 3

4 0 3

**Sample output**

2

Any help in algo or idea is appreciated. Thanks in Advance.

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This looks like an NP-hard problem, unless there are some other constraints you haven't mentioned.

The underlying graph structure is a superset of unit disk graphs, and I'm 99% sure minimum vertex cover on this graph remains NP-hard.

https://leetcode.com/discuss/interview-question/2416447/intuit . by the way i too think that this problem is Np hard just posted to check whether there is an O(n^2) solution.

Firstly, we can find which circles are overlapping by checking as per the given condition. This can be done easily in $$$O(N^2)$$$ time complexity. We can assume the circles to be nodes of a graph, where $$$C_i$$$ and $$$C_j$$$ have an edge between them if they are intersecting. With this, we can also maintain the degree (number of edges) for each node.

Now, we can greedily remove the nodes with the highest degree and subsequently reduce the degree of the connected nodes by $$$1$$$. We can do this until the degree for every node becomes $$$0$$$. This can be done using a

priority queueorset. The number of nodes removed is the answer.Hope it makes sense.

This won't work.

Consider a path graph of 5 vertices. If your algorithm somehow picks the middle vertex as the first to remove, it will produce 3 as the answer, but 2 is actually optimal.

My bad. Didn't consider this case.

https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/minimum-circles-needed-to-be-removed-so-that-all-remaining-circles-are-non-intersecting/

here(in the gfg article) all centres are aligned on the x-axis right??

The solution explained in this article is wrong. Consider following case:

Answer is 1, but the solution gives 2.