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By kartik8800, history, 2 months ago, In English

This series of videos are focused on explaining dynamic programming by illustrating the application of DP through the use of selected problems from platforms like Codeforces, Codechef, SPOJ, CSES and Atcoder.

After going through this series, you should find yourself confident in approaching dynamic programming problems and also implementing them in a reasonable amount of time.

I will also live code and submit the solutions to the problem on the coding platform from where the problem comes.

Some Basic elements of Dynamic Programming

Some general ideas and my thoughts about DP to help you get started:

Part 1: https://youtu.be/24hk2qW_BCU
1. What is Divide and Conquer?
2. What is Dynamic Programming?
3. Types of DP problems.

Part 2: https://youtu.be/yfgKw6BUZUk
1. What is a DP-state?
2. Characterizing a DP-state.
3. What is a recurrence?
4. Top Down v/s Bottom Up.

Part 3: https://youtu.be/X-3HklSPx6k
1. Directed Acyclic Graph(DAG) Representation of DP solution
2. Visualizing Top-Down and Bottom-Up.
3. Evaluation order for bottom-up codes.
4. Analyzing the space and time complexity for a DP solution(derivation).

Problem 1: Dice Combinations

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1633
Explanation: https://youtu.be/5gd5jptXWAM

Problem 2: Coin Combinations I

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1635
Explanation: https://youtu.be/5BdAl6gfusg

Problem 3: Coin Combinations II

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1636
Explanation: https://youtu.be/-pXjopzMVrE

Problem 4: Removing Digits

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1637
Explanation: https://youtu.be/32qvB7OP4V8

Problem 5: Grid Paths

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1638
Explanation: https://youtu.be/V64F4wlodUM

Problem 6: Book Shop

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1633
Explanation: https://youtu.be/qpNy2nuSuaI

Problem 7: Array Description

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1158
Explanation: https://youtu.be/d1H5JylYG4I

Problem 8: Edit Distance

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1639
Explanation: https://youtu.be/Ev80c1oIRFg

Problem 9: Rectangle Cutting

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1744
Explanation: https://youtu.be/LdynQjWsO5Q

Problem 10: Two Sets II

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1093
Explanation: https://youtu.be/TOsD3BkIKoQ

Problem 11: Beautiful Array

Source: Codeforces
Problem link: https://codeforces.com/problemset/problem/1155/D
Explanation: https://youtu.be/IgBLv32QFoQ

Problem 12: Number of Valid Arrays

Source: Coding Interview
Problem link: Problem Statement
Explanation: https://youtu.be/QGJXQAaDs3I

Problem 13: Longest Increasing Subsequence O(NlogN)

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://codeforces.com/problemset/problem/1155/D
Proof and optimization to NlogN: https://youtu.be/66w10xKzbRM
Implementation of the algorithm: https://youtu.be/wqLwv7E1GF0

Problem 14: Projects

Source: CSES
Problem link: https://cses.fi/problemset/task/1140
Solution Approach: https://youtu.be/MJn3ogwsUbo
Implementation of the algorithm: https://youtu.be/ISuIwMnSyXc

Problem 15: Beauty of Tree

Source: Kick Start
Problem link: Long link
Explanation: https://youtu.be/ueLRceYVcdE

Problem 16: Catch Some

Source: Kick Start
Problem link: Long link
Explanation: https://youtu.be/ljLIrNKLANE

I am quite confident that many beginners/intermediates will definitely enjoy watching this series on dynamic programming and it will definitely help in getting better at dynamic programming and problem solving in general. I have tried to teach in a way such that not many prior prerequisites are required to understand the explanations even to the harder problems.

If people find this helpful then I will make sure that this list of problems will keep growing, cheers!

Link for introduction to DP on Trees: https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/79857

UPD: Added 2 more problems from CSES: Projects and Removing digits.
UPD: Added 3 parts on basic elements of DP to get you started.

UPD: I have also started a series on DP with bitmasking(starting from the very basics) and in the future will make a separate blog for both Digit DP series and DP with bitmasking series, till then interested people can check: Dynamic Programming with bitmasking

 
 
 
 
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grt work will help many

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I think it would be better for beginners if you add some more problems like lis, max sub-sum etc.

by the way great work mate :)

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    I will definitely consider that, if not the exact same problems, I will definitely be adding variations of those problems which will help clearing up the ideas in a better way.

    Hope that helps!

    UPD: Added 2 more problems, one of them being LIS(as suggested by you), where I have discussed both O(N^2) and O(NlogN) approach.

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When red coders leave their job to become full-time youtubers vs me if I do the same

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Please add probability/ expectation value based dp problems. no one covers that :(

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I needed a clarification regarding Problem 9. Rectangle Cutting, I know that greedy solution does not give optimal answer, But I cannot come up with a testcase where it fails.

By greedy approach I mean,

if(a > b) remove a square of (b x b) and proceed;

else if(a < b) remove a square of (a x a) and proceed;

else : we are done !

@[user:karthik8800]( or someone else ) can actually discuss ( elaborate ) , why this approach is wrong .. A counterExample would be of great help!

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    Consider 10*9, here is what you will do:
    1. Cut 9*9 and remaining portion left is 1*9.
    2. For 1*9 minimum cuts needed is 8, so overall 9 cuts.
    3. Actual answer for 10*9 is 5.

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I was just gonna start dp as a complete beginner today and i found this. xD Please try to add different use cases of dp, because noobs like me have no idea where to apply dp. xD

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    I feel you will find this useful :)
    good luck and enjoy watching!

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kartik8800, I tried implementing your solution after watching the video, and although almost everything is the same, my solution gets RTE when size of dp array needs to be 10^8. This happened to my "Coins combination 2" solution as well. Can you please look into it and tell me what's causing the RTE although it's almost the same?

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    The RTE is infact MLE. Try using an int dp array instead of a long long dp array.

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      Worked like magic. :) Thanks for the fast response too.

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      Thanks to your efforts, i gave 658-D "Unmerge" a try, which involved dp. I solved it and submitted, to get 3-4 RTE's. then i again changed long long to int, and it got accepted. My question to you is, this time the size of array was around 10^6 only, which shouldn't be problem? I don't understand when not to use long long arrays. Could you suggest some bounds above which it's not safe to use ll? AC RTE

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Thanks!

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The link for 'Array Description' problem is wrong. Can you please fix it?

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Hey kartik8800,

I was not able to find dp states or how dp can be applied for the last problem (Catch Some) from kickstart, even though I knew it has to be solved using dp, but I was clueless. Later after watching your video, I realized how we can solve this problem, but still, it took a lot of time to digest what you explained. What should I solve next for practice?

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    you can try practicing problems from google kick start.