Hello Codeforces!

On Sep/14/2020 17:35 (Moscow time) Educational Codeforces Round 95 (Rated for Div. 2) will start.

Series of Educational Rounds continue being held as Harbour.Space University initiative! You can read the details about the cooperation between Harbour.Space University and Codeforces in the blog post.

This round will be **rated for the participants with rating lower than 2100**. It will be held on extended ICPC rules. The penalty for each incorrect submission until the submission with a full solution is 10 minutes. After the end of the contest you will have 12 hours to hack any solution you want. You will have access to copy any solution and test it locally.

You will be given **6 or 7 problems** and **2 hours** to solve them.

The problems were invented and prepared by Roman Roms Glazov, Adilbek adedalic Dalabaev, Vladimir vovuh Petrov, Ivan BledDest Androsov, Maksim Ne0n25 Mescheryakov and me. Also huge thanks to Mike MikeMirzayanov Mirzayanov for great systems Polygon and Codeforces.

Good luck to all the participants!

Congratulations to the winners:

Rank | Competitor | Problems Solved | Penalty |
---|---|---|---|

1 | dzh_loves_mjy | 7 | 204 |

2 | neal | 7 | 231 |

3 | WZYYN | 7 | 250 |

4 | noimi | 7 | 357 |

5 | Um_nik | 7 | 384 |

And finally people who were the first to solve each problem:

Problem | Competitor | Penalty |
---|---|---|

A | Kirill22 | 0:01 |

B | dzh_loves_mjy | 0:04 |

C | SSerxhs | 0:05 |

D | gleb.astashkin | 0:17 |

E | Pigbrain | 0:19 |

F | WZYYN | 0:54 |

G | OnlyG | 0:16 |

**UPD:** Due to the issues with problems A and B the round is unrated.

**UPD:** Editorial is out

Just 15 points away from specialist!! Hope to cover in this round!!

Good Luck bro!!

lol the rounds unrated. hope you get it next time tho!

My Bad!! either way i was stuck at A for like 10 minutes because of changing statements so, thought of giving up already:(

even I had 1377 was hoping to go back to specialist ,had even solved two questions real quick but never mind

Ohh, so you managed to solve A?

yeah xD knew my logic was right and when they corrected it I confirmed with given output and submitted

can you explain the logic please?

look at how many sticks there must be, from that you can convert some to coals to have at least $$$k$$$ sticks and $$$k$$$ coals.

$$$\lceil{\frac{k+yk-1}{(x-1)}}\rceil+k$$$ is the answer

`t = int(input())`

`for i in range(t):`

`x,y,k = [int(x) for x in input().split()]`

`ans = (k*y) + k`

`count=0`

`count = m.ceil((ans-1)/(x-1))`

`count += k`

`print(count)`

this is the ans i submitted, but i got wa

I had the same issue. I think the ceil function does not work properly for long long numbers.

## include<bits/stdc++.h>

using namespace std; int main(){ long long int t; cin>>t; while(t--){ long long int x,y,k,c,d; cin>>x>>y>>k;

} whats the prob wid this code?

When x>(k+y*k), we need to print k+1 as you will exchange one stick for x sticks and k sticks for k coals.

Cuz you have int as input for x,y,k

thank you so much. It got accepted

yep it got lot of my time too

Nicely explained

NoobM, shaded I had the same issue. And you are right python's inbuilt ceil function and as a matter of fact square root function does not work properly in case of long long numbers.

So, to solve this issue I found out a solution on stackoverflow. To find the ceil value of division of a by b you can simply do -(a//(-b)) in python and -(a/(-b)) in C++, i did this and got AC.

oh nice! Thanks for the solution!

i also do the same very easy and simple logic

you are right bro

look you have 0 coals so you will need k steps for k coals.Now as for the sticks you need k sticks to match the coals for conversion into torch.You also need k*y sticks extra so they can be converted into coals later.So, total you need to add (k*y+k-1) sticks extra(since you already have one stick). Now in every trade for sticks you gain x-1 sticks,so, number of steps required is :- (val/(x-1))+min((int)1,(val%(x-1))) where val is (k*y+k-1). So,total no. of steps is (k+(val/(x-1))+min((int)1,(val%(x-1))))

thank you!

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Just curious to know, How they have such a large collections of problems?

they are soon going to make century of educational rounds$$$Events\,\, seemingly\,\, repeat \,\,themselves \,\,between \,\,the\,\, years\,\, of\,\, the \,\,time\,\, loop$$$ — Dark

6344 problems as of now. And they are uploading for like 10 years not a single person's job.

before: educational so unbearable will again be one math

Now: wow they are doing really interesting rounds of course I will write it

Hope I will get some increase today...

hope i will get billion dollars today

That's so real!

strong pretest, short statement (×)

short pretest, strong statement (√)

reference : https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/80333

A

There has been bad incidents in the past( Long queues, round being unrated, pretests weak/wrong) whenever some author didn't thank Mike. So nobody wants to take the risk you see XD

A

Maybe Mike was angry that they didn't thank him and cursed the round

`There has been bad incidents in the past( Long queues, round being unrated, pretests weak/wrong) whenever some author didn't thank Mike. So nobody wants to take the risk you see XD`

after thanking also, everything happened which you have stated(long queues didn't happened bcz everybody left after this much) lol.

Truth !

Mike unlinke Mark doesn't sell your data, maintains ad free site, we get quality problems completely free of cost, and without watching any ads like SPOJ. People thank Mike out of gratitude for him.

Wish me luck, please!

Let's exchange

Very excited :D

Just curious to know, we don't have any problem tester in educational rounds? Or is the same set of people involved in testing the problems?

If only they were less greedy and given free contribution to testers, this round would have been rated

I hope it has strong pretest and interesting problems!

I would like to know which debuging tool are you using? Oh, I suddenly realized that we don't need in cf :D But I still want to hear suggestions

Visual Studio Code is my first choice.

I will give a try.

If your using mingw/gnu then it comes with gdb. U can use that for debugging its pretty cool.

I also gdb now. But I think its too old to use terminal... Maybe I need to learn more about it.

Print Everythingcout :D

Also cerr for fun

Purple Rain

Hey, this is my first time participating in the educational round and I have a simple question. I quite can't grasp the idea of the time penalty. (I searched up the rules but I still don't get it.)

To the best of my understandings, is it one of the followings? 1) the final score is directly related to time consumed 2) total time of 2 hrs gets shorter by 10 minutes for each wrong submission

Let's say you submitted 2 source code.

Submission 1: got the WA at 00:03

Submission 2: got the AC. at 00:07

Then you get just the same score who got the AC at 00:17.

Thanks :) Have a wonderful day!!

All the best Guys, noob here hope i will make some score today..

I think you are a famous noob as you are getting upvoted by people :)...otherwise lower rating participants always get downvoted here

dont worry i upvoted you ;)

This contest is a nightmare.

so sad that this round will be unrated after all the effort to solve the first few problems

Thank God! It got Unrated.

Problem A made me feel so worthless today.

Back to UnratedForces...

problem A was so irritating before:( now it is good:)

Please let this round rated back :((. Just a small issue from the problem A right ?

Not a

small issuefor those whose schedule and timing of the contest is completely ruined.It was obvious that round will be unrated when I saw those wandering trader deals.

Also, 1stick+1coal -> 1torch wtf?

It's minecraft

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hahaha XD, Noice usage of Stonkz!!!

Problem A strikes again.

It's unfortunate that the negativity started in the comment section, in particular this comment has eventually cursed the round and a good problemset. :'(

Out of curiosity how did whatever mistake happened slip through on A? It seems to have been a major error considering that all the samples itself were wrong.

Anyone got it right when the data was not changed?

I made the same mistake and passed all tests when the sample was not changed. Maybe the testers said "Hey, how could there be bugs in A?" and simply let it slip thru.

I submitted within a minute of the change, there were 800 submissions by that point. There were 400-500ish before that.

really wonder how this obvious error can be passed in Polygon...

Yeah, I would expect that there should have been at least a "should TLE" brute force. Moreover how did it pass testing? Did all the testers make the same mistake? Frankly this makes me think that educational rounds don't actually have a testing phase.

literally likely. A previous error make that Problem B can be accepted by almost any way, but nobody noticed that and as a result I got unrated.

Wow, and it gets worse, B's checker today is also wrong.

wish generator is right

I thought for a long time why the test case came out like this.

me too :(

But i was doing so well :(((

They should explain the sample test case of first question.

New way to make problem A hard to implement.

They explained it. LOL

Yeah xD

Damn these unrated rounds. Ruined my first contest.

Does this stepmother have cumshots on her boobs?

I feel really sorry for setters. They have make good problemset using a lot of efforts. Contest has been ruined only by A problem.

Unrated round because of a simple maths problem. Sad for setters and competitors, there should be a tester in edu rounds

This is pretty sad. Even if educational rounds don't have testers (which they should), can't you at least have more than 1 person write model/correct solutions? I know how polygon works and it's not very hard to simply ask someone else to upload another solution and find any mistakes, especially in problem A.

I agree with MagentaCobra

WHY UNRATED? IT WAS THE EDUCATIONAL ROUND IN WHICH I COULD HAVE IMPROVED MY RATINGS. WHY THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS WITH ME.GOD! AM I THAT BAD?

username checked.

Does anyone check the correctness of the problem A??? Bad experience!

Im sad because problems B and C were cool, usually I dislike them, but in this contest they were pretty nice :(

Sorry, looks like its only my problem

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this is the problem D screenshot from my screen, just notice to word "piles"

also i asked some of my friends and they had same problem

BTW, if you don't have this problem, sorry for unrelated comment

Leaving aside A, other problems are very interesting, do give it a try guys :D

But it is no point for me to stay overnight now... I've refrained from staying up for three days in preparation of this contest

wow, that sounds so inspiring, but don't worry your hard work will pay off in the next contest for sure :D

Damn that was the first time I've solved 2 problems in 20 minutes. But... it's unrated. So sad.

hello everybody. I'm curious to know how to become a tester of the round. if there is a link or description about becoming a tester of the round please leave it under this comment. thank you.

Please don't keep sample tests unexplained even if its problem A.

I think the author could have realized his mistake had he written the explanation of the sample tests once.

Can we please have a div3 at least until saturday?

Bad round and not clear statements -_-

Can you please explain the test case 3 for problem A,

()

Tbh, problem A is pretty easy just like normal A's a simple one line formula for AC, only difference is, they messed up the sample test cases which made it a lot confusing, adding on to that they didn't provide any explanations.

Every other educational round:me: if I can't solve B I definitely can't solve C.

them: we shall make sure you don't solve B.

me: end up solving just A.

Today:me: solves A & B in under 20 minutes.

them: unfortunately this round will be unrated.

P.S: I know the frustration is higher for the writers when a round becomes unrated, so feeling sorry for them too.

lol

This also happened to me..

I wrote 2 codes for problem B they gives same output to sample but one of them passes the sample one of them don't but they gives same output for output but when i submit it says wrong on this sample input why?

Before the samples of problem A were fixed, there were already about 1K submissions. I wonder what solution they submitted?

Can I tell it now? I made the same mistake.

None of them did add the other operation and it was more likely that no one added.

Maybe they did so without seeing the sample testcase and worked it on their own... I have seen many coders do that maybe out of competition or confidence

If the jury's mistake was: the statement says you should count both type of operations or at least is ambiguous so it can be interpreted this way, but model solution counts only one of them, then IMO it's a little weird decision to change the tests rather than just make an announcement like: "you should count only operations of type 1, we have updated the statement to make it clear".

It was worse than that as far as I understand

The jury's solution also had a rounding error. So they couldn't just correct the statement the way you suggest

This was the accepted solution at the time of the round

I adjusted my solution to the samples without much thinking when I saw that it does not match the result. Added incorrect rounding and omited the second operation.

I thought "I don't have time to think about it, will figure out why it has to be this way after the contest"

And then I had to return everything back...

Wonder whether author of second model solution did the same

Did a rejudge on B just happen? Some people's Bs got converted from pretests passed to WA on pretest 1.

yeah

What was the mistake though? Mine remained AC so i didn't get what they changed.

A friend of mine (ViciousCoder) misread the question and wrote a solution in which the earliest negative point was minimized, not the latest, so I guess almost anything worked.

Ohh shit. that was bad.

I wonder who that friend is :p

Happy now?

Lmao I was just messing around.

I really should have put a ":P" at the end of the last comment, I wrote that jokingly as well.

I am just curious, How is it happen. Is both setter and tester got the same idea for the solution.

Probably I actually got the wrong solution on my first try which matched their test case.

That's crazy level of coincidence

Well the mistake was not counting the 2nd kind of trades so basiclly we output ans-k instead of ans.

Problem A like a nightmare:(

this is what happens when you push code to production without writing unit testsThis contest is really cursed.

When I found the problems easy and solve them fast, the round became unrated. Bad luck for all :(

I accidently submit wrong answer according to the previous test case of A and my rank was under 150 and i am not able to believe that a newbie is under 150 rank initially ,i realised i have become pro for sometime :) :)

What a stupid contest !

there should have been testers for the round , as 2 problems had issues in them.

Didn't anyone test this pre-test?

is the round unrated?

yes:(

yes

The contest problems were good enough but only problem was with the checker.Enjoyed problem solving

Waiting for announcement regarding Problem C

now as the contest is unrated , will there be a hacking phase or we will go strait up to system testing?

Who cares? XD

Every time I perform little better the contest gets unrated. ;__;

BledDest for preparing A & B ? Still remember he writes his checker by casting INT to BOOL.

No, this time I prepared G

Great thanks to you for preparing EDU rounds and wish a better experience next time !

;(

i once solved and got hacked

Same :(

I think there is a wrong output in Problem B 4th Case:

Your ouput: -4 0 1 6 3

p=[−4,−4,−3,3,6]

k=3 But i have better Solution:

1 0 -4 6 3

p= 1 1 -3 3 6

k=1.

I think we just don't understand what the problem really want , I have the same case as you in my solution

But I got AC on Problem B just ignored their output

Good Job bro

`Let k be the maximum j (1≤j≤n)`

.. k is not negative value count that is index.. but your solution is also correct max index is also 3 as in the test case !!Ok..Thanks

You don't have better solution (just a solution)

:P...Create prefix array for [1, 1, -3, 3, 6] and you'll get it.P( j ) < 0, j = 3I didn't read comments . Now I got to know the round is unrated.. __

you even did not get the notification ?? :/

Couldn't even solve one complete question. Need a lot of practice for me. Any good resources and motivation to learn more about competitive coding.

It is OK, go to the problem set sort the problems by difficulty and start practicing with the easier ones, you will be able to solve A problems in a short time

The contest seemed good enough. Easy A, B and C with correct difficulty gradient. However, D was not clear to me at all. What did it even want to say? What was the approach for it? In fact what did it want us too :|

Problems were outstanding. But, A's sample test ruined it :(

not only the sample test , the whole tests.

Very sad to know that the round is unrated after I tried so hard to solve D&E..

Rating is just a number. The problems were interesting and instructive. Thank you all problem setters!

Waiting for the editorial.

Thanks to GOD that the contest was unrated....... The problems are hard and hard to understand.......

For the first time, I solved 4 problems without any WA.

sedlyfWhat a pity for u that the contest was unrated...

yes bro!

I'm really sorry about the issue with the problem A. This was completely my fault. I re-checked the formula yesterday and discussed it with others and nobody found any mistakes.

1) I didn't round up the result of the division.

2) I forgot about $$$k$$$ trades you need to get coals.

So, my solution was completely incorrect. I will not blame anyone else because this was my problem and I failed its preparation. I didn't want this round to be unrated and this issue right at the start of the contest just completely ruined me. Sorry guys.

its ok, human are not perfect

Or are they?

you are talking about taking the ceil right?

aw man

Mistakes happen. You are a great problem setter. I've always liked your problems <3

It is OK man, it is kind of encouraging for us beginners to see that even strong coders sometimes make mistakes in problem A ;-)

wouldn't it be nice idea to extend the time of round by 10 more minutes instead of making it as unrated, because the problems are extremely good , feeling sad for this round becoming unrated

Sadly, if the first problem is wrong, it affects almost anyone. And also this was not the only issue because the checker of the problem B was incorrect. Cursed round. Really cursed.

Well mistakes do happen, but the problem itself was good.Just curious how did it slip away from testers?

So,the outputs for the sample test cases are incorrect?

This is a pretty bad mistake, but you handled it pretty well during the competition and now by admitting to it. I'm surprised that nobody noticed the issue, did anyone actually solve the problem (in code) other than you?

One person solved it before the contest. Sadly, he just tried to find the formula which passes the example. This is fun and sad at the same time.

Well don't you think it's a good idea to have multiple testers on every problem regardless of its difficulty? If testing status were always like this, this situation were bound to happen.

There are reasons Educational Rounds are pretty rarely tested and these reasons almost don't belong to me. Moreover, I'm pretty rare guest in Educational Rounds now because I'm mostly busy with Div.3.

That's kinda sad to hear. One might expect sponsored rounds to be more prepared than the regular ones but it sounds like it's not the case.

But i am surprised to see about 700 people solve the problem before correction. Looking at this i thought i might got something wrong.

No rated contest should have problems that are not stress-tested with a naive slow solution.

But yeah, shit happens.

did you give it to newbies to check?

Problem D — For input [1,3], we move 1 to 2 and 3 to 2. This makes both of them together.

Kindly correct me, if I got it wrong !!

Can anyone explain the test case [1,2,4,8,9,100].

How are we moving the piles to make them together?

for

`[1,3]`

you just keep each one in its place. The problem says to put all of them in at most 2 piles, not necessarily 1.For input [1,3] the answer is 0, you can leave them at their original positions because you need at most two piles

For case [1,2,4,8,9,100], you move all the piles except the one at 100 to position 4, which takes 8 moves

It seems C was like 1400 and D 2000

Still, sad that it is unrated

D was simple with set and multiset. It is

`O(q*log(n))`

I wonder if my solution is overcomplicated or I just suck in c++. I couldn't come up with a solution with datastructures available in python and had to implement it in c++

use

SpoilerPlease

In the end my estimate was nearly perfect and off by 100

Though it maybe affected by the fact that the round ended up unrated

The problems were really interesting, so unfortunate it became unrated, just curious, how the problem A thing happen? all samples were wrong.

Will this round be unrated?

Yes, unrated!

I admit it is fair to unrate the contest because of the issue of problem A but I still feel unhappy because I get a pretty good result.

Anyway, thanks to the problem setters. Bad things happen all the time. Do not worry about it too much.

Man, Can't catch a break.

I do feel bad for Problem Setters though. The problems were definitely good.

Your Graph does not justify this, but Ya, lol

I bet 10 bucks and say if the contest was rated and had no problems, this 46 would be more than 4600.

I'm not denying this. Not at all. Just wanted to post this. It is not meant to be taken seriously.

pikmike I know this doesn't come under rules but is it possible for you guys to discard the hacking phase as the round is unrated it won't affect much and we don't have to wait for the editorials.

They could post the editorials if they want to, it does not depend on the hacking phase.

Ohhh, I didn't know about that.

Honestly, did not liked the problems much. A, B, C where long and fairly unclear statements. D was long, too, but at least clear.

E, F, G might be to hard, I assume less than 20 rated participants would have solved any of them.

Just noticed that I missunderstood D, it is not that we can move at all positions x, we can move all objects at one position x. So this is is shitty misunderstandable statement, too.

Did D have some elegant implementation? There was too much case work in my solution.

92816134 This is most probably what u wish I guess

where did we receive notification regarding making round non rated?

while receiving notification for correction in problem A

Can anyone explain how to solve G because the question was pretty straightforward ??

How to solve F and G?

F: Fix $$$d = gcd(x_1, x_2)$$$ where $$$x_2$$$ is yet to be determined, also the condition $$$l \le x_1y_1 \le r$$$ gives some bounds $$$L \le y_1 \le R$$$.

If $$$x_1 = dk$$$, $$$x_2 = ds$$$ then we need $$$s \mid y_1$$$ and $$$k < s \le \frac{n}{d}$$$. We have two cases:

If $$$x_1 \le \frac{n}{2}$$$, then consider $$$x_2 = 2x_1$$$. If $$$y_1$$$ has at least two possible values then at least one is even and we win. (Choose $$$x_1, y, 2x_1, y/2$$$). Otherwise, there's only one possible $$$y_1$$$, and it's easy to check if it works.

If $$$x_1 > \frac{n}{2}$$$, then $$$R \le 2m$$$. Keep a BIT over $$$a[i] = \text{ number of multiples of } i \text{ in } [L, R]$$$, you can keep this updated by doing a total of $$$O(m \log m)$$$ updates, and you can find possible choices for $$$s$$$ by querying the interval $$$[k + 1, n / d]$$$. There's a total of $$$O(n \log n)$$$ choices for $$$d$$$ (counting over all possible values of $$$x_1$$$), so there's also this many queries. This gives a $$$\log^2$$$ solution.

My solution to problem G, AC after 8 minutes of the contest :(

Let's iterate over all R from left to right, and count how many L such that the subarray [L..R] is good for each fixed R.

When we are now on a fixed R, we need to know for each number X, what is the range of valid Ls such that the frequency of X in range [L .. R] is 3.

We can easily do that by storing the indices of number X in a vector V, let's say that the vector size is K, so the valid range of Ls for this X is [V[K-4]+1, v[k-3]], we will use a lazy segment tree to increase / decrease this range each time we see X.

Let's form an array called can[i], can[i] equals how many distinct numbers in range [i .. R] having frequency equals 3.

Now our task becomes, for each R, count how many Ls, such that can[L] equals to the number of distinct integers in range [L .. R]. Let's say that distinct[i] = number of distinct integers in range [i..R]. We can easily update distinct[i] while we are iterating over R, when we find a number X we just need to increase distinct[j] by one, such that lastPostition[X] + 1 <= j <= i. We can do that using the same lazy segment tree.

So we need to count how many (can[i] — distinct[i] == 0). Since (can[i] <= distinct[i]), then (can[i] — distinct[i] <= 0), so we just need to know what is the max number in the lazy segment tree, and if it was 0, we will add the frequency of the max to the answer. So we just need to support querying the max number and its frequency in the segment tree.

My code: 92841078

It does not matter if its unrated but the problems were awesome

Would like to give me some instruction to solve the problem?

**After seeing the pretest 1 answer 9 for problem A , i was like time to say goodbye to this round XD. **

Can anyone explain the solution of C?

There is two cases.

1) The first character is 1, then friend have to use the skip(obviously).

2) There is substring "111". For any other case we can avoid using the skip

I first tried to implement greedy, but was not able to make it work :/

Look at my submission: 92819400

Can you point out what is wrong in my approach https://codeforces.com/contest/1418/submission/92837513

Just do a simple dp of the form dp[i][j]=Minimum skip points required to complete the game starting from index i, and such that player j starts the game. Try to get the recurrence relation from there.

I used a dp.

dp[i][pl][isSecond] is min number of skip points to kill ith boss by player pl with isSecondsth move.

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problem C was basic Dp for every i store the minimum skip point his friend would use from 1 to i in array. and finally print min(dp[n],dp[n-1],dp[n-2]).

minimum skip points for every i can be stored as follows. dp[i]=min(dp[i-1],dp[i-2],dp[i-3]). because maximum kill that can be done by anyone is 2 and for n<=3 just print a[0].

Thanks dude. I had used the same approach but fucked up with the case of n < 4

I used greedy: For every turn, if its the friend's turn, kill the current boss and see if the next boss is easy, then kill it as well. If its your turn, then kill the current boss and see if the next boss is difficult, then kill it as well.

My solution

sh_maestro I did the same but got WA on test 2.

my code... my code

funny, same error as mine ;)

"wrong answer 55th numbers differ — expected: '0', found: '1'"

If you figure out that test case , please tell . I am also getting wrong on same test case.

Most probably 55th Test of 2nd test case is-

5

0 0 0 1 1

Thanks!

How did you find the testcase?? Amazing!

hey, I also found a similar test case during contest when my similar greedy solution failed on tc-2, but I want to ask that how can we prove the greedy solution wrong by using some mathematical argument or Is finding a counter-example is the only way? as sometime it may be hard to find a counter-example and also takes a lot of time.

Greedy solution does work, though it uses a little bit of coming back a step

greedy solution with insights

Check the link solution

umm thanks I got it know it's kinda some new insight.

In the code by sh_maestro, he is skipping the case when it is your turn and a[i]==0 then he is skipping the boss.

I don't understand why does it lead to correct answer?

Reference to other comment

I guess the only difference is that I don't kill a boss every turn (I leave the easy bosses for the friend) — since either of us has to kill 1 or 2 bosses every turn. But if there's a hard boss, I always kill him (and the subsequent one — should that be a hard boss as well).

I tried to implement exactly that, but got WA. Can you see where I did wrong? 92817183 thanks

u can look at my submission 92849330

The problem statement is a bit vague and there is room for error — after reading your solution, I re-read it and can see why someone would go with that approach.

The key difference is that it is not essential for both you and your friend to kill a boss in your turns. So my solution was something like this:

However, if I had an easy boss, I would just skip my turn, so my friend could kill it in his turn.Sorry, I still do not see the difference.

The friend uses his second hit if current boss is 0, I use my second hit if the current boss is 1. Where differs your solution from this?

I did understand that this logic fails for

`0 0 0 1 1`

"During one session, either you or your friend can kill one or two bosses" — sounds like either my friend or I (or both) have to kill 1 or 2 bosses each round. Though the lines that follow imply that both of us have to alternate and

haveto kill 1 or 2 bosses in our turn.If the statement implies that its mandatory to kill a boss in each turn (as opposed to kill 1-2 bosses in either my friend or my turn), then my solution is wrong (and yours and the other solutions shared here who got WA are correct). The problem writer would need to clarify what the intent was.

I think I just got why your solution works.

The key realization is when you are skipping, you can actually imagine that as transferring the previous job to me(basically take it away from friend). Then it, doesn't matter whether it was a 1 or 0. It will not affect the answer. The special case is when there is a 0 at the second position. This time you cannot take the previous job, so we imagine that our friend finished the first two bosses. If in the third position, we have a one, "I" will take care and if it is a zero, then we again imagine a redistribution of work in which first job was done by our friend, second one by me and third one by friend again. This way, the solution always yield the optimal answer.

That's an interesting insight! One thing to think about is what happens when this renegotiation ripples to the beginning (i.e. after the negotiation, the first boss needs to be killed by me, however the solution requires the first boss to be always killed by the friend).

We will not have the ripple back effect because we are always alternating turns and each player can at max handle 2 jobs. When you get a 0 in second place, the friend will take care of it, if we get one more 0, we redistribute as follows:-

First(it may be 0 or 1) one is done by friend, second by me and third one by friend again.

If you have any counterexamples in mind, please share them?

Not a counterexample, but how would we explain this for 1 0 0 1 1? I.e. what does the friend take first, then us, etc.

Okay, so the working will be as follows:-

First our friend finishes the first two bosses "1 0".

When we see a "0", we exchange the last boss finished, i.e. "1" one done by friend, the next "0" is done by me and the third "0" is done by friend.

This way, in the next turn we get to finish the next two hard bosses "1 1" and we are done.

I wrote a code for this idea with comments:-link to submission.

Did I explain your question?

Amazing realization, thank you for that, it really did help understand the greedy approach:)

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As far as I understood the problem, it's mandatory to kill at least one boss in any session (friend's turn or my turn). How can you skip "my" turn?

In the code you have provided in the link, if its my turn and the a[i]==0 then, you have skipped the testcase. I can't understand that part.

I think that's because you would like to (greedily) give the 0 values to your friend , to reduce the count. If you yourself use that value 0 ,then next values may be like 1,1 and friend will need 1 more skip in that case.

What about this line:

During one session, either you or your friend can kill one or two bosses (neither you nor your friend can skip the session, so the minimum number of bosses killed during one session is at least one). After your friend session, your session begins....?I am not sure about his code , but i surely didn't skip anyone's chance. my submission

Exactly! When we don't skip it shows WA at Testcase 55.

I think your solution is correct but explanation is slightly wrong bro, Consider the given case : 1 0 0 1 1

optimal moves -> Friend, Me, Friend, Me, Me

but according to your explanation your friend will see that second boss is easy and therefore he will kill it and that will result in not being an optimal choice, isn't it?

The way it works right now would be something like ("F" = Friend, "M" = Me) :

In the above example, on the third boss, I see an easy boss and would skip it (so the friend can kill it)

Some more examples:

In the last example, I can only kill 2 bosses at most, so my friend is forced to use a skip point at boss number 6.

You have to find islands of 1 starting from index 1 and 2 ,then divide it by 3 my soln

I couldn't solve a single problem. I hope editorial will help me.

For problem A,I got the first 3 sample test cases right,but got the last two wrong,Can anyone tell me why?

Did you use long long int? int might overflow.

I used python

Ohhh Sorry, I don't use python, maybe someone with python can help :)

Also,is my logic correct?I first calculated the required number of sticks,then calculated the number of trades required to get to the number of sticks. Finally I added the number of trades with k.

it's probably because of floating point see that 92843760

Aww man. I should have checked it.Thank you.

ok, what I've found out from the round.

I should not have divided doubles

I should have read the tasks very carefully (super carefully, extremely carefully).

Looks like there were no testers for this round.

Oh my god, 2 questions with minecraft references, who made those questions dude???

Can someone please help me out to find flaw in my logic for question D?

-> At the end for each query we are just interested in dividing the array(sorted array) into two subarrays.

-> Answer would be diff (max element and min element of first subarray) + diff(max element and min element of second subarray).

-> Also dividing subarray would be optimal when we divide around mid value(max element + mid element)/2

Attached my solution(not sure why its failing on test case 3)92839897

It would be great if someone can please provide a counter example so that I can figure out why my algo is incorrect.

Thanks In Advance.

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Sorry man, I am not able to understand your test case. What I understood from question, all the pi will be different and in above test case there are two ones.

Try 1,3,4,5,6; optimal division point is at 2

What is the expected correct answer? I can see my solution gives answer as 3. Is that incorrect?

The answer is end value — starting value — (maximum distance between any two consecutive elements after sorting ofcourse)

I see, thanks.

I made the same mistake :) That is optimal for the 2 sides separately but not combined. Eg: 1, 20, 40, 60, 100. Optimal for 60 to go left.

It was kind of easy to think, but my bad I was just trying to correct my above solution by thinking counter example. I would have thought for a different approach.

Can anyone hint me on E?

$$$O(n*m)$$$ is trivial if you know about linearity of expectation. To optimize it observe that for a fixed shield all $$$d_i$$$ smaller than $$$b_j$$$ have same contribution(number of ways such that we can $$$d_i$$$ damage to $$$j'th$$$ shield) and all $$$d_i$$$ greater than or equal to $$$b_j$$$ have same contribution. Do some counting and prefix sum and binary search and that's it.

I can form the expression. Evaluating it takes O(n) for each sample can't see of a way to optimise it further. Would be great if you could check this out —

If (count of no of d(j) >= b(i)) <= a[i](Let this be a for the moment) then the answer is zero. Else from linearity of expectation the total damage can be expressed as D = D[1] + D[2].... + D[n]. Clearly E[D[k]] = 0 for k <= a. For any other k > a it remains to evaluate E[D[k]], which can be obtained by using the definition of Expectation and the associated probabilities can be