i did look at the CF editorial, and yeah my implementation (i don't think) is wrong. and someone else had the same TLE problem as me but he never said how he resolved it (if he ever did). Is this just a java thing? Editorial says that time complexity is n * target, which is 10^8 operations, so maybe I can make very very slight optimizations somewhere to get it under 1ms?

I also got TLE with recursive dp in c++ and had to do iterative. Timelimit is strict but 10^8 is indeed the intended complexity. Try swapping out the modding line with this as mod is a heavy operation.

`if (whatever >= MOD) whatever -= MOD`

omg that worked ty

Had been scratching my head around what further to optimize....well there's always an optimization ty :)

woahhh, it really worked!! But I found another code online and it makes the use of MOD but it didn't get any TLE, how is that possible. LINK: https://usaco.guide/problems/cses-1635-coin-combinations-i-unordered/solution

I don't remember if that optimization was required in C++ codes for this problem or not. If it was, I have no idea tbh.

Btw one thing to note about this problem. You don't even need $$$n \cdot x$$$ mod calls.

Here is the solution with n * x mod callsHere is the solution with x mod callsThanks

Not sure in java but in C++ a%b works slightly faster if b is a constant. So in the following code int mod = 1e9 + 7 will give TLE but int const mod = 1e9 + 7 will not.