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By kstheking, history, 6 weeks ago, We had this question on our Internship test, and I couldn't figure out how to do it, help please

Given a string s and a number p find number of unique special strings that can be formed using the given string
A special string is a permutation of string made from a subsequence of s, whose sum of ASCII values of its characters is divisible by p
Example: s = "ab", p = "2"
all possible unique strings = "a","b","ab", "ba"
respective sums = 97, 98, 195, 195
reason: since there is only one number (98) which is divisible by 2 so total answer = 1
Constraints: |s| <= 20 and 1 <= p <= 200 Comments (48)
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 » 6 weeks ago, # | ← Rev. 3 →   You can try 3D DP where : 1st state represents the current index of the string 2nd state represents the current sum of ASCII values of the subsequence chosen (It ranges from 122 to 122*n) 3rd state represents the current modulo of the subsequence ASCII sum with p This should work because the time complexity would be n*(122*n)*p where n is |s|. UPD : Didn't took care of the unique sunstring thing, Since the string length is <=20, backtracking approach might work out considering all the possibilities of the subsequences.
•  » » unique special stringsWhat about this? TC: s = "aaaa", p = 4 
•  » » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   what is the correct output of this test case @t101
•  » » » » it should be 1
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•  » » It was OFF-TOPIC..
•  » » On campus
 » iterate though all mask from 1 to (1< sum of ascii values of all character in the current mask should be divisible by p(can be checked) unique string => maintain trie or set to check this all possible combination using current mask => let frequency be c1,c2....c26 (assuming alphabet size = 26) ans = (c1+c2+.....)! / c1! * c2 ! ........ c26!
 » We can find all 2^n strings and then count sum of ASCII values of character in each string. If sum is divisible by p then add the value of all possible permutation of that string to result. I think this will fit in given TL
•  » » Special String formed is permutation of the given string not subsequnce.
•  » » » Special String is "a permutation of string made from a subsequence of s". So can't we just find find all 2^n strings and then count sum of ASCII values of character in each string and find the number of permutations of this string?
•  » » » » There are more than 2^n strings, just try to calculate for "abc".
•  » » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   For 'abc' -> 'a', 'b', 'c', 'ab' (permutation -'ba' ), 'bc' (permutation -'cb' ), 'ac' (permutation -'ca' ), 'abc' (permutation -'acb' , 'bca' , 'bac' , 'cab' , 'cba') =3! Am I correct?
•  » » » » Yes this is what I was trying to say
•  » » » » » Yeah, I have generated all 2^n strings. If sum is divisible then I will add all permutation of that string into answer. For which TC it will fail?
•  » » » » » » it was giving TLE
 » You can store frequency of each character then solve it using dp with 3 states(current character, sum with mod p, current length of the string).
•  » » can we find permutations of all strings @induber then count sum of ASCII values of character in each string. If sum is divisible by p then add the value of all possible permutation of that string to result.
•  » » » Let the string s be of length 20 and having all characters distinct, then there 20! string of length 20, similarly (20C19)*19! of length 19, (20C18)*18! of length 18 and so on, So you can't find all the permutations.
•  » » Would you mind elaborating your solution a bit...like the states arent clear to me !!
•  » » You wouldn't be able to calculate permutations by this process. For that you must also add another parameter that will store modular inverse of products of factorials of the count of each characters we have used so far
•  » » » (For recursive DP) During recursion call you can multiply the inverse of factorial of character count and when the recursion ends(current char exceeds 'z') just return length!.
•  » » » » That's a very cool approach. Thanks for sharing it!
 » 6 weeks ago, # | ← Rev. 3 →   Try all possible subsequences and if subsequence X is good then add its number of unique permutations (Factorial of length divided by factorials of character's frequencies) to the answer, since its all possible permutation will be the answer as well.
•  » » Acha cool so any how we have to generate all possible subsequence and so the TL still remains O(2^N) for N<=20 .
•  » » » Generate with bitmasks, it will take around one million operations which is good for one second.
•  » » There can be duplicate also. So we can not directly add |x|!. We have to divide by factorial of count of each character. Like for "aab" it will be 3!/2!
•  » » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   Yep, I missed that case and edited the comment. Thanks.
•  » » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   Don't you also have to divide by the count of the character in the entire string?For example, $s$ = "$aab$", $p = 5$. Then "$ab$" will be a valid string (because its count is $195$) but we count it twice. So we should divide by 2 when counting "$ab$" since $a$'s frequency is 2.Note that this is different from the number of unique permutations in the current string.
 » Since |s| <= 20, there would be (2^20, i.e. 10^6) combinations, so just brute force every, if any subsequence is divisible by p, do some combinatrics(can be done in O(len)) to find unique permuations.
•  » » it was giving TLE i got 150 marks out of 300 cz i was not able to find the intended backtracking solution :)
 » 6 weeks ago, # | ← Rev. 3 →   Just backtrack to find every possible sums. To know unique strings whose sum is divisible by p, you just have to know how many characters it took to build this sum. Like here = "abc" and p=2, we can find 97, 98, 99, 195, 196, 197, 294 and 0 if we backtrack all possible sums. We'll just ignore 0 here. So here 98,196 and 294 are divisible by 2. 98 took 1, 196 took 2 and 294 took 3 characters . So the answer is 1! + 2! + 3! = 9
•  » » what will be the time complexity of this? i do not know this kind of approach can you plz tell how will you backtrack?
•  » » » Complexity — O(2^n) If you don’t know what backtracking is here you can check out ->https://www.hackerearth.com/practice/basic-programming/recursion/recursion-and-backtracking/tutorial/
•  » » » » an O(2^n)*(20+26)*(time coplexity for modular inverse) solution is what i submitted and i got TLE. Someone else also told me that backtracking worked but i still don't know how. Thank you sharing that tut and plz share the code or psude code if time permits. Thank you
•  » » » » » https://pastebin.com/wH6dCE2f Here you go...
•  » » » » » » This code might not work if considered duplicate characters in the given string 's'.
•  » » » » » » » Yes a person already inboxed me that issue. Then we should use vector of frequency instead of cnt.
•  » » » » » » Why is backtracking faster than bitmask approach ?
•  » » » » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   You can do some optimizations to improve runtime. Here are a few of my thoughts: Spoiler1) precompute inverse modulo in linear time 2) precompute modulo p for first maxAsci * 200 natural numbers so that we do not need to use modulo operators a million times 3) precompute factorials. 4) length is atmost 20 so instead of using a frequency array of 26, map the characters from 1 to 20 and use an array of size 20. 
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 » 6 weeks ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   Since $|S|$ is quite small try generating all subsets and find the answer using combinatorics. Let's say current subset chooses some indices where these characters occurs -> "aaaeedd"(their order doesn't matter). If their $sum$ is divisible by $p$ then we can permute them in $7! / (3! * 2! * 2!)$ ways and add them to our answer. take care not to overcount since we need unique strings (e.g. $S$ = "abab", so choosing subset {0, 1} {0, 3}, {2, 3} are all same and should be counted only once). PS: the above solution of mine seems correct to me but if you find anything wrong then please let me know. Thanks.
•  » » It's correct.
•  » » How will you prevent over-counting?
•  » » » all we care is about the frequency of elements, so we can use unordered map or map to hash the vector of frequency or even first generate all subsets, store their frequency and use sort + unique. Then we can do the same mentioned above. I bet that i can make it work in one second.
•  » » » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   Yeah....looks correct....