By Radewoosh, 4 years ago, , A. Soldier and Bananas

We can easily calculate the sum of money that we need to buy all the bananas that we want, let's name it x.

If n >  = x the answer is 0, because we don't need to borrow anything.

Otherwise the answer is x - n.

B. Soldier and Badges

Let's count the number of badges with coolness factor 1, 2 and so on. Then, let's look at the number of badges with value equal to 1. If it's greater than 1, we have to increase a value of every of them except for one. Then, we look at number of badges with value 2, 3 and so on up to 2n - 2 (because maximum value of badge which we can achieve is 2n - 1). It is easy to see that this is the correct solution. We can implement it in O(n), but solutions that work in complexity O(n^2) also passed.

C. Soldier and Cards

It's easy to count who wins and after how many "fights", but it's harder to say, that game won't end. How to do it?

Firstly let's count a number of different states that we can have in the game. Cards can be arranged in any one of n! ways. In every of this combination, we must separate first soldier's cards from the second one's. We can separate it in n + 1 places (because we can count the before and after deck case too).

So war has (n + 1)! states. If we'd do (n + 1)! "fights" and we have not finished the game yes, then we'll be sure that there is a state, that we passed at least twice. That means that we have a cycle, and game won't end.

After checking this game more accurately I can say that the longest path in the state-graph for n = 10 has length 106, so it is enough to do 106 fights, but solutions that did about 40 millions also passed.

Alternative solution is to map states that we already passed. If we know, that we longest time needed to return to state is about 100, then we know that this solution is correct and fast.

D. Soldier and Number Game

Firstly we have to note, that second soldier should choose only prime numbers. If he choose a composite number x that is equal to p * q, he can choose first p, then q and get better score. So our task is to find a number of prime factors in factorization of n.

Now we have to note that factorization of number a! / b! is this same as factorization of numbers (b + 1)*(b + 2)*...*(a - 1)*a.

Let's count number of prime factor in factorization of every number from 2 to 5000000.

First, we use Sieve of Eratosthenes to find a prime diviser of each of these numbers. Then we can calculate a number of prime factors in factorization of a using the formula:

primefactors[a] = primefactors[a / primediviser[a]] + 1

When we know all these numbers, we can use a prefix sums, and then answer for sum on interval.

E. Soldier and Traveling

There are few ways to solve this task, but I'll describe the simplest (in my opinion) one.

Let's build a flow network in following way:

Make a source.

Make a first group of vertices consisting of n vertices, each of them for one city.

Connect a source with ith vertex in first group with edge that has capacity ai.

Make a sink and second group of vertices in the same way, but use bi except for ai.

If there is a road between cities i and j or i = j. Make two edges, first should be connecting ith vertex from first group, and jth vertex from second group, and has infinity capacity. Second should be similar, but connect jth from first group and ith from second group.

Then find a maxflow, in any complexity.

If maxflow is equal to sum of ai and is equal to sum of bi, then there exists an answer. How can we get it? We just have to check how many units are we pushing through edge connecting two vertices from different groups.

I told about many solutions, because every solution, which doesn't use greedy strategy, can undo it's previous pushes, and does it in reasonable complexity should pass. Tutorial of Codeforces Round #304 (Div. 2) Comments (103)
 » Fast editorial!
 » Ironically I hacked people using a test case my code fails on
•  » » It happens...
 » Is it possible to solve E without using maxflow?
•  » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   It can be represented as a system of n linear equations of m variables, each representing the flow on each edge. So, it can be solved using Gaussian elimination.
•  » » » At first I thought the solution is Gaussian elimination, but I'm stuck because there are not just equation, there are inequality system too (we must send number of people in city i less than or equal a_i), how to handle this?
•  » » » » Of course we should use linear programming instead of Gaussian elimination. But every network flow can be modeled as linear programming, so that's not a surprise.
 » cin / cout fails and scanf / printf passes.. BAD!
•  » » Hmmm I always thought cin/cout are fast enough if we put ios_base::sync_with_stdio(false); cin.tie(NULL);, but my code TLEed with those optimizations :(
•  » » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   In cin cout try printing with "\n" instead of endl; In C++, "endl" clears the buffer after adding a new line character so there is an overhead, which might be the cause of your TLE.
•  » » » » Hmm I replaced them, but it didn't change much 11228459 .I think it's because I have #define endl '\n', so any endl is already replaced while compiling.
•  » » » » » Try these 3 together with the "\n". It worked for meios_base::sync_with_stdio(false); cin.tie(NULL); cout.tie(NULL);
•  » » » » » » I finally got AC after adding cin.tie(0);. Thanks!
•  » » » » » » Is it safe to use cin.tie(NULL) and cout.tie(NULL) everytime??
•  » » This was the reason I had left other judges and joined CodeForces.. But this contest.. brought back bad memories.. disheartened...
•  » » » I think you are talking about codechef...
 » can any one tell what hash function will accept Question — C .
•  » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 4 →   the cards are numbered distinctly from 1 to n, hence the state can be represented in base 11 and converted to decimal. Hence, if player 1 has cards numbered a0,a1,a2... the hash can be a0*(11**0) + a1*(11**1) +a2*(11**2) and so on... This can be stored in a set of pair
•  » » » or you could just subtract 1 from each number and then you have base 10.
•  » » » » wont this approach fail if we have the card numbered 1 at the end of the stack? for eg. take 2 states: player 1 has the cards 1,2 and another state where player 1 has just card 2. These two states collide if the above hashing is used.
•  » » » » » oh well yes, that could happen. Sorry, I guess there was no testcase where the second set's hash was also same. It would have given a wrong answer then.
•  » » » » » » Do hacks which fail many solutions get added to the final system tests?
•  » » » » » Well card 1 cannot come to the bottom of the stack after it has been at the top once, because the opponent will first put card 1 to the bottom and then his top card to the bottom.
•  » » » Or, you can use strings and maps, Or, you can change the queue say, 2 4 3 1-> integer 2431.
•  » » » As long as there is only 10 numbers its easier and faster to do a mapping directly with the stacks (or queues o deque as in my submission), details here: http://codeforces.com/contest/546/submission/11242017
•  » » If you're not really keen on using a hash function, then using set< pair< vector , vector >> will also do.
•  » » I don't use any hash at all. I just compare all the queue. See 11213781 for details
•  » » There is no special function, I use pair and gave me AC . (It was after the contest since before I forget placing a single line). s.insert (t); :'( Here is my submission
•  » » » didnt knew this many functions of stl . Now i do , I must admit codeforces round do help a lot .Thanks all !!!
•  » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   i converted numbers to string then using **unordered_set < string > ** got AC
 » 4 years ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   i implement D with same idea !!but got TLE !!!my code !! 11222167 can anyone tell my why please :)
•  » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   cin cout are too slow for such a large size of input output. Try switching to scanf, printf and it will work :)
•  » » » thank you :) i got AC
 » My solution for C is more tricky! I thought about using map/unordered_map with hashes but if this will fit in the TL then we will fit in TL without using them. So if the elapsed time is greater than 1.80 I just print -1 stop working.
 » 4 years ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   " It's easy to count who wins and after how many "fights" "Does this sentence means that we can find number of fights without simulation ?
•  » » No. There's no way to tell which player wins which round because the stacks are dynamic.
 » How to prove that the longest path in the state-graph for n = 10 has length 106 in problem C ?
•  » » I wrote a program that calculated the entire graph and the length of the longest path in it.
•  » » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   Can u share the program to find the length of longest path , which you had done Stonefeang?
 » Problem C has tag "dfs and similar"; does this only refer to calculating longest path or is there real way to solve with dfs?
•  » » The alternative solution can be viewed as something similar to DFS. A vertex represents a state (queues of players). The only neighbour of a vertex is the result of a fight. Keep traversing the graph until there's no neighbours (game ended) or you visit a vertex twice (cycle).
 » 8 successful hacking attempts on 2nd question and my own code failed! Feeling meh..!!
 » I did figure out that Problem E needs Max Flow and build the graph. But I got Wrong Answer for grid printing on pre test. My Code: http://codeforces.com/contest/546/submission/11223671Can anyone help me that where and what I am doing wrong ?
•  » » In your answer there are 105 soldiers in 10th city.
 » Time to go learn what DFS is. Thought I did question C right, obviously I'm missing something important O_o
 » Can someone explain what's the mathematical thought behind this statement?primefactors[a] = primefactors[a / primediviser[a]] + 1
•  » » the number of prime factors of a number a is equal to the number of prime factors of the number a divided by any of its prime factors, plus one (the one you are removing).For example: primeFactors = primeFactors[8 / 2] + 1.If "a" is a prime itself: primeFactors[a] = primeFactors[a / a] + 1 = 1Hope this helped
•  » » if you choose a factor X such X=A*B (X is a composite number) you couldn't get the maximum score (you must select first A, and then B). That's why you must use a prime numbers:primefactors(a) = primefactors(a / PRIMEDIVISOR_OF[a]) + 1I hope this help you.
 » I solved C using four queues and comparing them each time with their original ones . I got AC. But what is the Hash thing most of the coders are talking about it in the comments?
•  » » In 2nd sample test case, pair<2,13>,pair<3,12> are states. Use a set to store these pairs. If on any turn you get one of these pairs again, you know that you've ended up in a cycle.
•  » » » Are cards stored as strings in pair like pair< " State of Player 1 " , "State of Player "> ?
•  » » » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   Either that, or convert the queue into an integer. eg: if player 1's queue is 1,3,2,4,10 then it can be hashed as 02139.
•  » » I did it with a string. Since all cards are  ≤ 10, you can just subtract one from them and work base 10.Then you build a string from all the numbers from deck 1, then an asterisk or whatever non-numeric symbol you want, then all the numbers from deck 2. If you ever happen across a string you've seen before, you're in a cycle.
•  » » » Would this approach be helpful if no of cards were large? Will it get TLE ?
•  » » » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   Clearly, if number of cards is  > 254, then you couldn't hash with a string.I didn't do the math, but I'm certain that with big enough number of cards, the brute-force solution would get TLE. Let's say, for example, that you have 105 cards numbered 1..105, well... this solution wouldn't work at all.
•  » » » Thanks
 » In question B, how do you know that the max coolness is 2n — 1?
•  » » The worst case is that all cards have value N. In that case, for N - 1 cards, you would need to increase the value. The maximum of the final values will be N + (N - 1), which is 2N - 1.
 » 4 years ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   Can anyone explain this of last line of editorial of problem C ? If we know, that we longest time needed to return to state is about 100, then we know that this solution is correct and fast. If we have already visited a pair configuration (a, b) where a, b are the list of cards in each stack, then we can safely assume that it's a closed infinite loop and hence no solution. What's time have to do with this ?
 » 4 years ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   I have written the solution for Soldier and Bananas and it works on my computer. But when I submit the solution I get a compilation error — "program.cpp:1:21: fatal error: iostream.h: No such file or directory #include " I tried even #include but still the same result :(I am new here and not sure how to submit the solution. I have written the solution in c++.Thanks
•  » » #include
•  » » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   I tried #include but still the same error :("program.c:1:20: fatal error: iostream: No such file or directory #include "
•  » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 3 →   iostream is used for C++. iostream.h is deprecated iostream vs iostream.h
•  » » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   Yup thats exactly what I did and I got the same error,"program.c:1:20: fatal error: iostream: No such file or directory #include "
•  » » remove the '.h' and just type "#include"..this should work fine i think!!
•  » » » Getting an error even if I remove .h
•  » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   I have check your submissions, you will be correct while using iostream and submitting with "C++" but not "C".
•  » » » There are a list of compilers there...which one should I use? Sorry if its a silly question :)Thanks
•  » » » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 3 →   I always use gnu g++ 4.9.2, but I think gnu g++11 and vc++ is ok. It depends on your programs.
•  » » » » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   Sorry again I have these options Yup got it :) gnu g++
 » Can anyone suggest me some exercises about max flow in order to solve the problem E? (I am newbie in max-flow problems...) Thanks in advance.
•  » » Here's a list of UVa problems about Max Flow:http://uva.onlinejudge.org/index.php?option=com_onlinejudge&Itemid=8&category=685
•  » » » Thanks!
 » It would be great if you could add solution code links (at least for problems D and E).Thanks
•  » » 11232624 solution, like in editorial 11232716 my solution (the same idea, but different realization)
 » It's really disheartening when one's code fails only due to cin/cout. the D problem. TLE : 11222951 AC : 11234082
•  » » 4 years ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 3 →   I had the same problem, but there are ways to speed up cin/cout (already mentioned here). Compare:11235333 (AC)11235333 (TLE)Also note that tie(NULL) doesn't help that much: 11235470But replacing endl with "\n" does: 11235488
•  » » » That was helpful. Thank You :)
 » Can anyone tell me why does this solution give AC? Problem D, I think worst case complexity in still N*sqrt(N).SOLUTION
 » Please help me optimize this code — 11218347. I checked all the states to find the result.
•  » » Because of n is too small , you can set a condition like if(step>1000) than the game will never end .
•  » » You compare with first state. It's wrong. Test 29:2 4 3 1 and 54 3 1 and 2 53 1 2 4 and 51 2 4 and 3 52 4 and 5 1 3!!!4 and 1 3 2 51 4 and 3 2 54 and 2 5 1 32 4 and 5 1 3!!!You need to compare with all states. Combinatorics says that 11! ~ 4*10^7 states exists. So you can make 4*10^7 "fights". In optimize, you can use queue instead of vector. 11239957Another way — use set>. 11226550P.S. Sorry for bad English
•  » » » Thanks.
 » Can anyone find the bug of this code 11240132 for problem C? It looks completely ok, but can't even pass the 1st sample case!! I spoiled my 1 hour during the contest but couldn't understand why :(
•  » » Someone missed else) if (a.front()>b.front()) { ... } //??? if (a.front()
 » For problem E, I guess you missed adding V links, from i (in the left subset) to i+V (on the right subset), this would means the soldiers which started on vertex i can stay there.
 » The contest is too easy.
•  » » You took part in this contest???
 » This was my first question on codeforces that uses Flow algorithm. I tried solving it with matrices and other ways but didn't worked so I saw answers submitted and found that it can be solved with Flow algorithm. I learned Flow algorithms but I still not understand how I can apply this to solve this problem. I tried going through code but it gets messed up since all uses matrix and indexes not starting from 0/1. If anyone can help me to understand what can be weights of the graph?, and how to use Flow algorithm in this case. Thank you. :)
 » Can someone please help. I am getting this as the flow for the first test-case in Problem E. This seems to be a valid flow. But I know this is not the final answer. Where am I going wrong? YES 3 -2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 3 -1 1
 » Can someone please tell me why this solution for problem E gives TLE ? :\ I used Edmonds Karp’s algorithm 12995795
 » Problem D has tag "dp".If anyone can solve it using dp can you please explain the logic?
•  » » The solution given is dp as we are finding answers to bigger numbers from the previously calculated smaller numbers
 » C question is a good one!
•  » » Can you please explain how in Question C the total number of states cannot exceed 106?
 » 2 years ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   I've a question about E problem. My code doesn't work, as test 15 shows, but I have no idea why it is so.... May you look through my code and find a mistake? http://codeforces.com/contest/546/submission/28126449
 » For problem Div2C,no need to do anything else! Just observe that,any player can having highest 9cards,if no one's stack is empty! So,iterate a lopp till 9!.If you don't get any stack empty,then answer is -1,otherwise print the result :) my submission 31984978
 » Can anyone explain how they got length 106 in C.
 » Can anyone tell how in Question C the total number of states cannot exceed 106?
•  » » actually when u don't know how many states can be , iterate on random large value as much as possible . i iterated on .5million .
 » 9 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   Good idea for Problem E but is there Any proof for the correctness of the algorithm ,why it will give the correct answer ! Radewoosh
 » In D, normal System.out.println(f[a]-f[b]) for each test case will result in a TLE, if you're using Java. So, it's better to use a StringBuilder, append test results to it, and output the composite result after processing all the test cases.
 » Problem C is fun. I firstly solve it using unordered_map to track card 1 with card 2 and i received wrong answer on test 32, i have realized it's wrong hash, so I give 2 players play at most 1e6 turns, if no one wins, it means they draw. Although 1e6 is much greater than 106, it's the best way i can handle in this situation because I think the time limit is 1s, so i pass 1e6 turns =))