**The contest was postponed to 2019-01-06(Sun) 11:00-16:00 UTC.**

Hello, Codeforces!

We will hold **Educational DP Contest** at AtCoder on Saturday.

#### About the Contest

This is an unofficial contest to practice **DP (Dynamic Programming)**. We selected 26 DPs, mostly basic ones, and prepared a problem to learn each of them. Test your skills during the real contest, and brush them up after it ends.

#### Details

- Time (YY-MM-DD): 2019-01-06(Sun) 11:00-16:00 UTC (
**postponed**) - Duration: 5 hours
- Number of Tasks: 26
- Point Values: 100 points each
- Rated: No

#### Rules

The rules for ABC, ARC and AGC apply. The important points are:

- This is an individual match; no teams allowed.
- Revealing the solutions to others during the contest is prohibited.
- The penalty for an incorrect submission is
**5 minutes**.

#### Notices

- The problems may NOT be arranged in ascending order of difficulty.
- There are many famous problems.
- The contest is not intended for experts such as reds (anyone can compete, though).
- It is recommended to use languages that are not too slow (such as C++ and Java).

Nice idea

the problems with u all setters are that for u even div1 e problems are easy ..

so cant guess what easy means here

Don't worry, red coders are able to set up contests with easy problems.

flashback of my roundsOkay, some red coders.

So which level are the problems in? Will the problem set be interesting for orange coders? and purple?

Since you say they are basic ones, it sounds like it should be somehow like div2 contests?

The difficulty levels of the problems range from Div2 A to Div2 E. However, it may be challenging even for Div1 coders to solve all the problems in five hours.

I get it. Thank you!

Neat idea! Are there any plans to do this with other topics as well (e.g. Educational Combinatorics contest, educational geometry contest, etc.)? I think that could be really beneficial for a lot of people, especially if this contest goes well.

Very nice initiative

Now this is some serious effort by Atcoder this year to help us strengthen up our DP. Hope they continue to come up with such good ideas.

I wanted something like this

Will an english editorial be posted when the contest ends ?

If this can be done then it will be really helpful.

Why is the contest postponed?

As mentioned in the sugim's tweet on twitter it is due to the codeforces round clashing with the atcoders' round.

"1/5 (土) 20:00 — 25:00 に開催予定の DP まとめコンテスト (https://atcoder.jp/contests/dp ) ですが、1/5 (土) 25:30 — に Codeforces のコンテストが生えたので、1/6 (日) 20:00 — 25:00 への移動を検討しています。ぜひアンケートにご協力ください。"

Nice idea to test how good you are in dp :DDD

Reminder: The contest starts in an hour.

Are questions sorted by difficulty?

and thanks for this ^^

Read the blog.

No the questions won't be sorted by difficulty

Difficulty according to solve count during contest: A B C D H F E I G K L M N P S O Q R J U Z Y X T V W

thanks ^^

How to solve Permutations in less than

n^{3}?dp[i][j] — The number of ways to make a permutation of lengthi+ 1 that respects the firstisigns and the last element isj(j≤i+ 1).If

s[i] is > thenOtherwise

To do this in

O(n^{2}) use prefix sumsI don't really get it. Why would it be permutation? Won't we count the ways where

jis used on some earlier step?Hint: See that Rudy358 used >= instead of > in his first equation.

Ah, so we kinda insert

jto the previous step permutation by increasing all the values greater or equal tojby 1 and it doesn't break anything. Yeah, that makes sense, nice.oh wow..that's very neat trick. loved it! :D

dp[i][j] denotes the number of permutations of 0, 1, ...,i- 1 such that the last element isjand all the firsti- 1 inequalities are fulfilled. You can easily update this dp inO(1) with prefix sums, givingO(n^{2}) complexity.I solved it with inclusion-exclusion principle, dividing the sequence into monotonously increasing parts. After writing down each terms, calculate dp[i] := sum of terms ending at i. That can be done in O(n^2) time. (I couldn't come up with simpler dp...)

Thanks very much for contest ! When editorial will be available ?

How to solve 0-1 Knapsack with weights <= 1e9?

In the given problem the values were ≤ 1

e3, so .You need to make a dp[N][V] — what is the minimum weight you need to use to get the value V in the first N items. Then just iterate over the dp table to find the maximum value that requires less than W space.

Can anybody explain the solution of E for the below test case?

Problem link

Btw, there is also dp[val] solution (val<=1e5, maximum possible value) where for each i<=n check if there is j>val[i] such that adding wgh[i] to dp[j-val[i]] will minimize dp[j]. (1<=j<=val). But in order to not overlap with updates (if you go from 1 to val), either iterate from val to 1, or store all changes in vector and update it after iteration.

https://discuss.codechef.com/questions/45599/knpsk-editorial

The contest was very nice, i didn't manage to solve quite a few problems(i got 18), which is a good thing since i will be able to solve them now and learn new things :).

How to solve Sushi?

I even don't understand it, do you?

If you have

kempty piles out ofn, the expected value of the number of steps to go to different state increases by . The rest is justdp[cnt_{1}][cnt_{2}][cnt_{3}] with 3 transitions.Hey! I am really weak at expected value problems. Can you also explain the recursive relations?

You basically have three options to pick from some state (

cnt_{1},cnt_{2},cnt_{3}). These are: eating from a pile with 3 with probability , from a pile with 2 with probability and from a pile with 1 with probability . So that gives you+ +

Still can't understand the recursion? :(

Can someone(PikMike) please explain it?

The state is: how many piles of size 1, size 2, and size 3 there are, and E[][][] is the expected number of remaining turns. At the current step, we know each of the probabilities of picking a stone from a pile of size 1, 2, 3, or empty pile. The empty pile leads to the same state, while the others lead to states whose E[][][] value are already computed. Eventually, you will be able to solve an equation E[c1][c2][c3] = 1 + prob(empty) * E[c1][c2][c3] + (stuff in terms of previous dp values) which gives you the same formula as PikMike posted.

Yeah I understood. Thanks ksun48!

gritukan's code helped me a lot. Very well written and self explainable.

Why extra "1" is added??

Current step always uses a turn no matter what happens, the rest of the sum is the expected number of additional turns after this one.

I understand that the current step will use a turn but why are we taking into account of the additional turns ?

I thought that we only need to deal with probability. Like, we can choose either of no sushi, 1 sushi, 2 sushi or 3 sushis. Why to add 1 when we know the expected no. of steps if we choose a plate with 0 or 1 or 2 or 3 no. of shushis?

Kindly explain !!

Proof of adding 1:

thank you

Thanks a lot, PikMike and ksun48!

Correction in what PikMike posted: The probability of picking a pile with i stones should be $$$\frac{cnt_i}{cnt_1 + cnt_2 + cnt_3}$$$ given that we are only considering non empty piles now.

Can you explain why we are adding 1 from my above comment ?

PikMike How do you find the formula , Did you use something easier than actually evaluating arthmetic-geometric progression, ( )

I just calculated this progression for like 100 iterations and guessed the formula. No idea about the proof.

A more intuitive way (for me) is to just write the dp as

and move to the left hand side.

Why extra "1" is added??

thanks.

It is well-known from statistics that for the geometric distribution (counting number of trials before a success, where each independent trial is probability

p) the expected value is . In this case, to hit a non-empty pile, so the expected value of steps to hit a non-empty pile is as desired.There are several ways to prove it here. Indeed, arithmetic-geometric progression is one.

What is testcase 1_03 for E?

In Matching I had

O(n^{2}* 2^{n}) solution, how to optimize it? I feel really stupidYou should have tried to submit it without optimization. I got AC with it in 500ms.

Well I've got TLE in last 4-5 testcases

Here is my solution

You are doing it iteratively and actually doing all 2^n * n^2 steps but many states are of no use (you will never visit them as they are not possible). If you write the same solution recursively it will pass as not all states will be visited. See: https://atcoder.jp/contests/dp/submissions/3947427

Hint: if you know mask of already paired women, you know the number of already paired men (it's just number of 1 bits in mask).

Stupid me, thank you :)

I think Expected Solution is O(n*2^n)

I hope this is the first of many Educational Rounds to come from AtCoder. Looking forward to more such good content.

Here are my solutions to the problems of this contest, in case anybody wants to refer.

You did coins but not the problems before it? Or are you still uploading problems.

Hi Nik,

I am still uploading them. :)

I solved Coins in the same way as you did but got WA. My solution What mistake did I make?

Try setting the precision to a higher number plus try putting (double) in front of every multiplication.

They mentioned absolute error actually, sad

They were checking upto 9 digits instead of the usual 6. :)

I like your idea, so i have uploaded the codes for the problems i solved. I will be adding more problems as i solve them and maybe even the explanations to some problems if i'm not too lazy.

Is CHT of Z really easier than rerooting of V or inclusion-exclusion thingy of Y?) Or is there any solution without CHT?

Btw, how does one generate tests for CHT dp? Like what stops me from maintaining MAGIC best by some parameter positions and trying to update from them all (like in

O(n·MAGIC))?Haven't even read Frog 3, the problem is actually easy with LiChao or something similar.

Yeah, I've heard that CHT is easy enough with LiChao but I've never put myself to learn it (or any other implementation of CHT). I've always thought that CHT is really advanced topic. Especially compared to problems V or Y.

LiChao is quite easy actually. I did Z with LiChao in like 10 mins while Y took me 30-40 minutes. I found Z to be easier but it may be because i practiced dp optimizations not too long ago. Didn't get to solving V during the competition.

I coded in 5 minutes but have been debugging for almost 10 minutes. Here is my code I used dynamic LiChao because I had implementation already but why it doesn't work?

Can't really tell what is wrong with your code. Here is my implementation of LiChao(The set function is nicer than in your implementation). I got it from this site. It explains quite nicely how it works and has a pretty easy to memorize implementation.

This is where I learned it from too but in my implementation, I break it to all possible cases of intersections because It is easier for me to get it right

If you have a template, (I used https://github.com/kth-competitive-programming/kactl/blob/master/content/data-structures/LineContainer.h), it's one of the easier problems.

V and Y are simpler concepts IMO but reequire more not-template code.

Well, yeah, probs. It seems I just somehow expected everyone to code all problems from scratch. :D

I really like tests for Z! (I can't come up with a MAGIC solution which passes even half of them :D) sugim48, can you please show me some generators for it?

UPD: Why did I comment that instead of writing a PM? :D

Is there an easy way to do the rerooting in V? I had to make a segment tree for every node to store the already calculated values for its neighbours to make my solution not TLE. I understand why it TLEs without the segtree but cant figure out something simpler to fix it.

You store partial products for neighbours (both prefix and suffix) and combine them to recalc the value.

Why is the limit of

nso big in problem U? I spent 20 minutes trying to optimize it without realizing that O(2^32) will fit TL. Is there a faster solution?It can be solved in

O(3^{n}) time. In fact, and there are only 3^{n}pairs (mask,submask).really nice :D

why the number of pairs of (mask, submask) is 3^n?

Consider some bit. There are 3 possibilities for it: it is equal to 1 in both mask and submask, it is equal to zero in both mask and submask and it is equal to 1 in mask and 0 in submask. So there is one-to-one correspondence between ternary masks of length n and pairs (mask, submask) of length n.

Ah I see, so there will not be case when a bit in mask is 0 whereas the bit in submask is 1 because the when the submask is 1...it automatically change the bit in mask to 1 as well (choosing the unchosen one will change the state to chosen in both masks). Is that correct?

Thanks a lot :D

Yes, that's correct.

Can someone explain the editorial of problem N,slimes?

dp[l][r] — minimum cost to merge fromltorNotice that in the last operation we will merge two consecutive blocks, and their total sum will be the sum of all slimes. Sodp[l][r] =min(dp[l][k] +dp[k][r]) +a[l] +a[l+ 1] + ... +a[r]. Which isO(n^{3})Are you sure? The problem seems to me similar to Matrix Chain multiplication, which is

O(n^{3}) in time.Oh I meant

O(n^{3}), my bad.How about the problem STONES

Grundy

dp[i] = can we win from i stones?

Whats wrong with my approach? I have done similar recurrence in this solution

How to solve R-Walks?

B=A^{k}add allB[i][j]Simple Matrix exponentiation. Find code here

why TLE??

https://atcoder.jp/contests/dp/submissions/3951665

The TLE is caused by visiting a state over and over.

Remember a node can have many parents.

I suggest you count the answer for each node on a topdown manner , and when visiting it again just return its value.

Thank u :D

Can someone explain why/how Convex Hull Trick is used for Z?

We have dp[i] = min(dp[j] + (h[i] — h[j])^2) + C , (h[i] — h[j])^2 = h[i]^2 + h[j]^2 — 2*h[i]*h[j], dp[i] = min(-2*h[i]*h[j] + h[j]^2 + dp[j]) + h[i]^2 + C, the line is (-2*h[j] , h[j]^2 + dp[j]).

I did it in the same way, here is my submission but I get WA. Do you know why?

W is almost https://csacademy.com/contest/archive/task/popcorn without alien's trick (this problem is W but with positive weights and every position has an equal negative weight). I'll use this opportunity to ask: how to solve it faster than O(n * logn) with a lazy seg tree? Since O(N * log^2) is TLE for POPCORN.

https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/51880?#comment-358982

It seems that the intended solution does use the fact that the ranges only have positive weights.

Imagine my surprise there.

Any hint on Problem R(Walks) if the constraints on N would have been higher ?

With given constraints on N, it could be easily solved using Matrix Exponentiation but what if constraints on N were higher.

For small k you can find the number of walks of length k from a fixed end by making dp states as pair node index and length, for large k you might require cayley hamilton theorem. Check out this problem: https://discuss.codechef.com/questions/137912/treewalk-editorial

Oh I get, so we represent kth power Adjacency Matrix A, i.e A^k as a linear combination of I, A^1, .., A^(k-1) and solve linear recurrence using Cayley Hamilton theorem in O(N^2*log(k)), is it so?

You can simply apply Berlekamp-Massey algorithm Linear Recurrence and Berlekamp-Massey Algorithm

Can someone tell me the solution for problem X-tower and W-Intervals? I can't figure out the solution for these problems during the contest.

Problem X: Sort all blocks according to w + s decreasing. Now DP(i, j) is the maximum value of stack containing blocks for the first i blocks and current stack can contain more j unit weight.

Transition is very similar to Knapsack problem:

If we don't choose block i, then dp(i, j) -> dp(i + 1, j)

If we choose block i, then it must satisfy j >= weight[i], dp(i, j) + value[i] -> dp(i + 1, min(j — weight[i], solid[i]))

Can you prove that sort all blocks according to w + s decreasing is the right order?

Think about how you would order the blocks if there were only 2 of them, lets say the first has w1 ans s1 and the second has w2, s2. Lets consider both orderings:

If you put the first on the bottom, the strength of the tower will be s1-w2.

If you put the second on the bottom, the strength of the tower will be s2-w1.

So we want to take the first as the bottom one if s1-w2 > s2-w1.

Which is equal to saying s1+w1 > s2+w2. There you go, we want to put the ones with greater s+w on the bottom.

For more problems like this one check out these videos by Errichto: part1 part2

Why would the strength of the tower be matter?

If you want to put more blocks above the first 2, you want to make it so you can put more weight on top.

Understood, the more weight you can put on top, the change of getting optimal answer increase.

Problem W:

l[v] — left of v-th query

r[v] — right

a[v] — score for v-th query

dp[i] — answer for prefix with length i if s[i] == '1'

in naive solution dp[i] = max(dp[j] + summ(a[v])) for all j < i , for all v if l[v] <= i <= r[v] && !(l[v] <= j <= r[v]))

it works in O(n^2)

to improve it you need to use segment tree witch can give you max on prefix, for dp[i] = get(0, i — 1)

so you need to keep tree valid at each iteration

if you encountered left edge of some query make += a[v] on segment (0, l[v] — 1)

if you encountered right edge of some query make -= a[v] on segment (0, l[v] — 1)

when dp[i] is calculated += dp[i] on segment (i, i)

UPD: "r[v] — 1" to "l[v] — 1"

I think it should be: "if you encountered right edge of some query make -= a[v] on segment (0,

l[v] — 1)" and not r[v]-1.Yes, sorry, I've meant l[v] — 1

Thanks

will There be any Editorial??

I would like to request AtCoder to hold more such contests on various topics, such as one on range queries and updates, one on geometry, one on number theory and combinatorics, one on graphs, etc., similar to the dp one (where known methods are used in various ways to solve the problems).

I think this would be a great idea, helping many of us gaining the basics of topics quickly. Holding them at a every 10 days or so time interval would allow enough time to prepare the contest as well as give contestants time to upsolve the last one. I hope this is seriously considered!

Totally agree, that would be awesome :D

How can i see testcases which my solution failed in this contest.

Thanks a lot to all the authors, the problems are really exciting.

Can anybody please explain the solution for problem Y — Grid 2 as well? I'm kinda stuck. :) Basically, on how to calculate the value of so many 's when both n and r can be upto 1e5?

Editorial of this problem should be helpful: https://codeforces.com/gym/100589/problem/F

Calculating isn't hard, You just store the factorials from 1 to 10

^{5}, then you can directly get required values.Yes. Realised just a few minutes after writing this comment :P.

How to solve V (Subtree)?

Let's calculate two values for every node after rooting the tree:

down[node] = number of ways to paint the descendants of node when node is blackup[node] = number of ways to paint vertices not in the subtree of node when node is blackThe answer for any node is the product of these values,

down[node] ×up[node]down[node] is easier to calculate, it is (we let the subtree rooted at son all white or we havedown[son] ways). The base case is when the node is a leaf, we have 1 way to color it black.up[node] is almost the same, (the 1 summing in the beginning comes from letting the parent white).The trick part with

upis that the modulus will not always be co-prime with the values we got (so we won't be able to calculate the inverse modular by, let's say, maintaining the product of all sons and dividing by the current sondownvalue to get theup[node] fast). The solution is to keep a prefix and suffix product of thedownvalues for the sons of a node, this way we don't have to divide or use modular inverses.Hello, everyone. Someone could explain to me how to make the problem Z — Frog 3 into something better than O (n ^ 2). Greetings and thanks in advance.

To solve it in

O(n^{2}) we have the following recurrence,.

Now,

h_{i}^{2}+cis constant for fixedi, and we have to minimise the second term.Now observe that the second term is of form

y=mx+c, with (m,c) = ( - 2h_{j},h_{j}^{2}+dp[j]) which we are evaluating atx=h_{i}, which means we can use Convex Hull Trick to compute answer inO(nlogn).Just to add so there is no confusion, it is actually

dp[i] =whatyouwrote+dp[j]Is there a clean way to implement the solution for U? My solution used approx. operations, which is about 4e8 when

n= 16 and ran in 1.9s (https://atcoder.jp/contests/dp/submissions/3969569), but I was curious if you could kick out thatkfactor from the sum and just get operations, which is like 4e7 onn= 16 and is much nicer.Yeah, check my submission: https://atcoder.jp/contests/dp/submissions/3948412. Precompute the sum for each mask to kick out the

kfactor.I actually did precompute the sums for each mask; that would create a

k^{2}factor, I believe. Mykfactor was coming from creating all the subset-bitmasks for a given bitmask. Your line`for (int ss = mask; ss > 0; ss = (ss - 1) & mask)`

is a clever way to generate them, that's pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.How to solve U?

You must solve the problem for each subset of the input. Since n=16, we can use bitmasks to keep a dp array of the answer for each subset. On a given subset, try each sub-subset as a potential group and recurse.

So i just watched the new episode of Algorithms live where he and his guest talked about an O(n) solution to the problem L-Deque from the dp contest. I found this very interesting and implemented it. In fact, i found it so interesting that im writing this comment to let you all know about it :)

In Matching, I failed only at one test. I could not find bug in my code. Can anyone have a look? Thanks. My submission.

Edit: I fixed it. My above code fails for the test "1 1".

does there exists better solution for O-Matching than

O(2^{n}*n^{2}), or it was intended to pass recursive solutions, while failing iterative?We can solve in

O(2^{n}*n) iteratively as well. We don't need the second dimension. Let k be the number of 'on' bits in the mask. dp[mask] represents number of ways in whichfirstk men can pair with any k women subject to their preferences being matched. We can derive answer for current mask by turning off singular bits from the mask and checking compatibility of the k'th man being placed at this position.Can someone explain the states and transitions of dp in problem T-Permutation. It got me thinking for a while now, and still don't get it. thanks in advance

Nice problems. Anyway how to solve C (vacation)?

dp[i][j] = i'm now considering the i'th day and I did the task j (A or B or C) at previous day((i-1)'th day). So I can't do the task j in this i'th day.

Can anyone explain any other approach to solving S-Digit Sum, apart from digit dp, well I'm getting a MLE by the digit-dp approach!

Or can you provide an optimization to solve my error!

My submission

Thanks in advance!

you got RE(Runtime Error) not MLE(Memory Limit Exceeded)

Try again fixing these:

`num.length()`

can be 10001, not 1005`sum`

is not good enough to be a DP state here as it can be big(<=9*10000) As we just only need to check "The sum of the digits in base ten is a multiple of D", instead of exact sum we can consider a state`sum modulo D`

.`start`

as 1? Think again.I know, 1005 was made atleast to make my code run...1e5+1 will not run the code, you'll get a compilation error :(

OK, this is naice!

start is a state which specifies whether I'm in the most significant digit of a number or not.

As far as point 1 is considered check this out

Thanks, mate I applied the point 2 optimization in my code, and it led to AC.

Thanks a ton, dude!

Here is my correct submission

How to solve M — Candies?

dp[pos][j] = number of ways of distributingjcandies among [1,pos]. You can use prefix sums for transition between the states. Solution.can you discuss in details? how the prefix sums will help

Our dp is,

dp[i][j] = number of ways to distribute j candies to children from 1 to i.Now, if we give k candies to ith child then, number of ways will be

dp[i- 1][j-k].And now, since k takes all possible values between 1 to a[i]. We have,

.

Now notice that j — k takes all values between [

j-a[i],j- 0]. Therefore we can use prefix sums to caluculate dp[i][j] in O(1).Now We have,

dp[i][j] =prefix[i- 1][j] -prefix[i- 1][j-a[i] - 1]Notice that we can construct prefix together with dp as,

prefix[i][j] =prefix[i][j- 1] +dp[i][j]Can anyone explain how to do O-Matching problem?

Elaborate The dp states plzz!!

F(mask) = number of ways to match all girls with 1-bit in mask with first P boys (P = number of 1-bit in mask)

Answer is: F(1111) — full mask

Transition:

F(mask) = SUM( F(submask) )

Where submask all subsets of mask without only one 1-bit (if it is possible to marrige P-th boy with this girsl)

For example:

F(1011) =

if it is possible to marrige 3-d boy with 1-st girl

F(1010) +

if it is possible to marrige 3-d boy with 2-nd girl

F(1001) +

if it is possible to marrige 3-d boy with 4-th girl

F(0011)

We try to match P-th boy to every available girl (1-bit is a free girl)

Thankss :D

Why this O(MAX_DIGIT_LENGTH * D) solution timed-out for S-Digit Sum given that MAX_DIGIT_LENGTH<=10000 and D<=100 .

UPD:Got it. :) Passing string to the function caused TLE.Because of this: int solve(

string s,int idx,bool smaller,int rem),add "&" here: solve( string

&s ,int idx,bool smaller,int rem)Yeah I realized that. Thanks for reply though.

Can someone elaborate how to solve Problem W — Intervals?

I tried actually

here

How to solve G?

Someone please tell

Atleast google it once, before asking for hints.

Can anyone please explain how to solve problem-W Intervals? It's been too long and i ain't able to solve it. Thanks

Can anyone help me with problem K? I have about 4 5 WAs. What's wrong with this approach?

someone explain the working of segment tree in Question W. Intervals.

Can anyone tell the idea for R-walk?

Nevermind. Got it.

Why O(nk) is giving TLE verdict for (M)Candies. https://atcoder.jp/contests/dp/submissions/4245869

Your solution is not O(nk). You are looping from 1 to a[0] and from 1 to k inside it. This can in worst case be O(k^2).

Oops...Thank you!!

how to S?

Is it possible to see test cases. I keep getting WA for last 2 cases for Digit-Sum. https://atcoder.jp/contests/dp/submissions/4247905

In res=(res-1)%mod, res can be negative. Change it to (res-1+mod)%mod

Now I get why it's better to write it as- https://ideone.com/g7Qyci

I keep on getting the wrong answer too on the last two test cases. Any suggestions for me? https://atcoder.jp/contests/dp/submissions/4755564

What is the intuition behind problem I. Coins?

On each coin, it can either come up heads or tails with certain probabilities. Make your dp state as dp[i][j] = probability of getting exactly j heads with the first i coin. Then, dp[i+1][j] will depend on dp[i][j] if we don't get heads with the i+1'th coin, or it will depend on dp[i][j-1] if we do get heads with the i+1'th coin.

Prefix dp (i.e. memoizing with the first i elements) is extremely common and probably is applied for more than half (maybe more than 3/4) of the problems in this contest. The idea of having the second dimension counting the number of heads: that's just something you would learn to see with practice.

N-Slimes i am trying to solve this question using greedy and my idea is to merge the segment based on the value of two adjacent elements sum

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`int n;`

`cin>>n;`

`vector<ll> v;`

`for(int i=0;i<n;i++)`

`{`

`int x;cin>>x;`

`v.pb(x);`

`}`

`ll ans=0;`

`for(int i=0;i<n-1;i++)`

`{`

`int ind1=-1;int ind2=-1;`

`ll temp=inf;`

`for(int j=0;j<v.size()-1;j++)`

`{`

`if(v[j]+v[j+1]<temp)`

`{`

`temp=v[j]+v[j+1];`

`ind1=j;`

`ind2=j+1;`

`}`

`}`

}

`cout<<ans<<endl;`

~~~~~ this giving WA on test 6. I know DP is the intended solution for this problem and i already solved it using DP but i can't form an edge case to convince myself that how greedy is false here, please help me to find a case where greedy fails.

3 2 2 2. Optimal way is ((3+2) + (2+2)) while your algorithm consider (3+((2+2)+2)).

thanks

I had a stream where I solved all 26 problems with explanation. You can watch it on my Youtube channel: link. There are timestamps for each problem in the pinned comment below the video.

sugim48 Any plans to have another educational on AtCoder. As you might have already realized, the DP has been a huge success. I think you (and other collaborators) may already be considering it, but I can't resist and any rough timeline will be helpful.

Hi guys, would you mind publishing the tests for the tasks?

Will there be such contests again? I know preparing and testing this lot problems requires hard work but with more people it's feasible in not much time :)