### nubir345's blog

By nubir345, 19 months ago,

# Tricks

1. Sum-Xor property: $a+b = a \oplus b + 2(a\And b)$. Extended Version with two equations: $a+b=a\vert b + a\And b$ AND $a \oplus b = a\vert b - a\And b$ Problem 1 Problem 2
2. Upto $10^{12}$ there can be atmost $300$ non-prime numbers between any two consecutive prime numbers.
3. Any even number greater than $2$ can be split into two prime numbers. Problem1 Problem 2
4. Sometimes it is better to write a brute force / linear search solution because its overall complexity can be less. Problem 1
5. When $A \leq B$ then $\lfloor \frac{B-1}{A} \rfloor \leq N \leq \lceil \frac{B-1}{A} \rceil$ where $N$ is the number of multiples of A between any two multiples of B. Problem 1
6. Coordinate Compression Technique when value of numbers doesn't matter. It can be done with the help of mapping shortest number to $1$, next greater to $2$ and so on. Problem 1
7. Event method: When there is a problem in which two kinds of events are there (say $start$ and $end$ events), then you can give $-ve$ values to $start$ events and $+ve$ values to $end$ events, put them in a vector of pairs, sort them and then use as required. Problem 1 Problem 2
8. When applying binary search on $doubles$ / $floats$ just run a loop upto 100 times instead of comparing $l$ and $r$. It will make things easier.
9. For binary search you can also do binary lifting sort of thing, see this for more details. (I don't know how to add that code without messing up the list, that's why the link). Problem 1 Problem 2
10. Sometimes, it is useful to visualize array into a number of blocks to move towards a solution.
11. $gcd(F_n,F_m)=F_{gcd(n,m)}$, where $F_x$ is the $x_{th}$ fibonacci numbers and first two terms are $0,1$. Problem 1
12. In ternary search, always keep in mind that when $r=l+2$ then $mid1=l$ and $mid2=r$ or we can say that $l$ & $r$ will remain same $i.e.$ $r=l+2$ and the condition $l+1$ will never get checked, so you have to check it explicitly. see this problem

Also, if you know any tricks / methods that you want to share and are not in the blog then you can write in the comment section, I will add them to the blog.
I will update this blog if I come across any more general methods / tricks.

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 » 19 months ago, # |   +319 If you know the proof of #3, please tell me.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +28 I don't know the proof. It is not proved yet. But it is also not proved wrong (I think).
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 3 →   -12 I used google and got this: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1811.02415.pdf and https://vixra.org/pdf/1702.0150v1.pdf
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +37 By the way, it's a fine exercise. Find mistakes in the second one (the first one is significantly longer).
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +36 After 11 paragraphs of the second "proof", we just reached this impressive conclusion: "Therefore, we only need to prove that 2k, for every integer k > 1,is the sum of two primes."
•  » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Yup, that was the funniest part IMO.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +10 Those papers are from arxiv.. they are not peer reviewed papers..the proofs in those articles have either been proven to be false or else no has bothered to verify it being patently flawed.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +2 The proof called the goldbach conjecture. Many of mathematics are working hard to prove it. As a competitive programmer. The prove is simple green text "Accept".
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   -6 There is no proof , only Goldbach Conjecture
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +133 I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this, which this webpage is too narrow to contain.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0
•  » » » 17 months ago, # ^ |   0 just like fermat.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 Why will I tell you if I can win one million dollars? :v Anyway you can use it in this problem.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +116 The proof is the green text that says "Accepted".
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   -29 Depends on how strong are the system tests.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 3 →   +52 FWIW it's definitely been verified for numbers below $10^{18}$, so it's completely fine to use that property for any long longs (which is basically always the case for us).On this topic, there are some other similar conjectures. ARC 080 D makes use of some more "Goldbach-like" hypotheses.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 3 →   -31 We know that any prime number except 2 and 3 can be represented as 6*n+1 or 6*n-1. So, Just add two prime numbers: 1. (6*a+1) + (6*b+1) = (6*a+6*b) +2 //even number 2. (6*a+1) + (6*b-1) = 6*a+6*b //even number 3. (6*a-1) + (6*b-1) = (6*a+6*b) -2 //even number Let me know if I am wrong.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +13 You don't prove that every number can not be represented this way. This is Goldbach's conjecture which is an open problem.
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   -11 https://primes.utm.edu/notes/faq/six.htmlWhat about these? We can represent a number in form of 6*n,6*n+1,6*n+2,6*n+3,6*n+4 and 6*n+5. So, considering a number prime it is one out of 6*n+1 or 6*n+5 because we can see other forms are divisible by 2 or 3.
•  » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 What has this got to do with anything? Are you sire you understood the problem "statement".
•  » » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   -8 Ok, My bad. It does not imply "every".Thanks
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 Trick 7 is my personal favourite
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Suggest a problem plox
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 You can try this problem.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 I don't know, in Russia it is very popular and we call it "scanning line" or "scanline".
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +14 Hm yea I think it's also called sweep line algorithm? At least that's what is chapter 30 of the cses book.
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Yes, that's the English name.
•  » » » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 Can you share some easy problems that make use of this algorithm?
•  » » » » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0
•  » » » » » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 It seems like the problems are in russian
•  » » » » » » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 You can use this service to get the text from the picture and then you can translate it with this or Google translate.https://translate.yandex.ru/
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 nice
 » 19 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +15 This trick is quite well known probably but still maybe it is useful for beginners: Ways of initializing a global array :memset(a,0,sizeof(a)) ; // initialize with 0 memset(a,-1,sizeof(a)); // initializing with -1 memset(a,0xc0,sizeof(a)); // initializing with negative infinity memset(a,0x3f,sizeof(a)); // initializing with positive infinity
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 I didn't know about the negative infinity and positive infinity, I guess I will put it in the blog.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +3 but be careful, if you have something like  const int INF = [something];  then INF = 0x3f3f3f3f, not INF = 1e9 I prefer std::fill(), because you can just fill the array using any arbitrary values that you want, despite being slower
 » 19 months ago, # |   +33 For $7$, you can also do this: for start values, store $2*start$, and for end values, store $2*end+1$. If it's even, it will be a start value, else an end value. And start values will always come before end values.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +3 Nice.
 » 19 months ago, # |   +12 I think 6 is coordinate compression
 » 19 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   0 extended versions of trick 1 can be obtained from this a+b = a|b + a&b and a xor b = a|b — a&b ,for eg trick 1 can be obtained by subtracting eqn 2 from eqn 1.(btw sorry for not formatting it properly.)
 » 19 months ago, # |   +10 It would be great if everybody could share a few of the peculiar tricks they know
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 Can you provide links of some problems related to every tricks. It will be very helpful.
 » 19 months ago, # |   +4 For trick 1, you can use it on this problem.A different trick is that for queries, you can sometimes split it into 2 types of queries (when query is greater than sqrt(n) and less than sqrt(n)) so instead of using O(n) time you use O(sqrt(n)). You can use it in these problems 1 2.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 how do we solve this problem? I saw few submissions of this problem, there was dp involved. Can you explain?
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 Be careful using unordered_map , it can give TLE or your solution may get hacked , see the blogpost by neal about this link also unordered_map doesn't let you use complex data type like pair,int . to make it work see the blog by arpa about it link
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 With custom hash, you can configure it so that it allows unordered_map, int> mp; 
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 Time to add the blog to favorite and read it after eternity.
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 Any problems related to 7?
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +5
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 problem G is for rule 7 , thanks a lot bro for giving the sample questions
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 I think there are two problems in the CSES problem set in the searching and sorting section.
 » 19 months ago, # |   +10 Can we make this blog like every coder shares their one trick which is not mentioned in the post. It will be a great learning experience for all of us
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Yes, If it is nice I will add it.
 » 19 months ago, # |   -33 LOL stop treating cp as a game of remembering tricks...
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +10 LOL Read the heading... This blog is for personal use. Everyone has a way of doing things.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   -25 LOL
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +16 That’s what practice is. See https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/82893?#comment-700332
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   -6 HAHA i think you misinterpreted what that comment was about
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +10 No, I don’t think I did. But I’ll also stop feeding the troll behind the fake account. (:
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   -13 Hm I'm curious, how do you deal with adhoc problems then?
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 For trick #8, I usually loop up to 200 times just to be safe. :P
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 I heard this somewhere that, if we wanted to find your name in the sorted list of names of people around the globe, it would take no more than 64 operations/iterations for binary search to figure it out. I think that 100 times is more than safe unless the epislon is really small like -1e18 or smth.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   -8 That statistic is probably right because $2^{64} > 7 \texttt{ billion}$. I think that binary search would take at most $33 - 34$ iterations because $log_2{7000000000} \sim 33$
•  » » 17 months ago, # ^ |   0 Can You suggest a problem for the same?
•  » » » 17 months ago, # ^ |   0 In CF EDU binary search section, there is a lot of problems about binary search on real values.
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 can you explain 5 one, i mean what is the operator being used?
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Do you mean floor and ceil operator? or anything else?
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 oh ok got it
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Hey,when i open my profile it is showing that this page is temporarily blocked by the administrator,do you know anything related to it.
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Yeah, there were some problems in rating changes in the latest contest. That's why.
•  » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 oh ok thanks
 » 19 months ago, # |   +1 Oh, man!! Point-8 is the best I was getting TLE for some weird reason but this trick got me accepted.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +2 With doubles, you should do while(abs(l - r) > EPS) instead of while (l < r).
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 How small should you set EPS?
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 I usually set it as 1e-8 sometimes 1e-9.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 This approach also works but I think you should go with 100 iterations it's just safe.
 » 19 months ago, # |   +3 Hey bro @nubir345 can u please give the question according to the trick just below each trick , would be very easy for others , the questions given below in comments .
 » 19 months ago, # |   +16 When I started with CP, I struggled with Binary search a lot. Nowadays I use these rules-of-thumb for BS.Say we are doing BS on some variable x. And There is some function bool check(int x) which is monotonic.And check returns $[False, False, ..., False, True, ..., True]$ for different values of x and 0 <= x <= 1e9 Codebool check(int x){ } int low = 0, high = 1e9; //Here check(low) should be False and check(high) should be True while(high-low>1){ int mid = (l+r)/2; if(check(mid))high = mid; else low = mid; } // Now high will be the first value of x which check(x) is True 
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +10 Check how Errichto Link makes use of an extra variable in BS to store the answer. I think that makes it further easy and avoid corner case mistakes.
 » 19 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +48 Also, if you know any tricks / methods that you want to share and are not in the blog then you can write in the comment section, I will add them to the blog. I'm sure there have been tutorials etc about this trick but since people are talking about binary search, I want to add this. I like to use iterative binary search that looks like this: int ans = 0; for (int k = 1 << MAX_LG; k != 0; k /= 2) { if (!has_some_property(ans + k)) { ans += k; } } This assumes 0 doesn't have "some property". In the end, ans will be the largest integer that doesn't have "some property".Using this, I have been able to avoid guessing about one-off errors for 6 years already. It is short to write, intuitive and generalizes well to floats and bigints. I'm not sure exactly what your "trick 8" accomplishes, but I suspect iterative binary search also makes that unnecessary.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +11 Isn't this Binary Lifting?
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 I've only ever heard the term "binary lifting" used on trees (problems like "find the $k$-th ancestor" or LCA). But yes, both of those are essentially binary search.
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +31 I don't agree with this. You can do binary jumps instead of binary search but I wouldn't call them the same thing.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 how does this works in case of floats?
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +2 for (double k = MAX_N; k > EPS; k /= 2)
•  » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 hi, could you explain how we can use this binary search solve a problem like, "What is the smallest number whose square is strictly larger that a given number N?" Thanks.
•  » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 Find the largest one that isn't and add 1.
•  » » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   0 Since you have been using this for 6 years, have you never run into a binary search problem(not insanely hard) where doing some sort of easy trick(like the +1 thing here) is not applicable? I'm asking because I really like this approach but am kinda scared that if the question is complex enough, i will simply not be able to find the trick so that i can apply this method(obviously in those scenarios going back to the original implementation is always an option).
•  » » » » » 18 months ago, # ^ |   +1 Obviously all kinds of things can happen in insanely hard problems. But no, this can (almost?) always be used in place of binary search. The way I see it, there are 4 use cases for binary search: find the largest number with property $P$; find the smallest number with property $P$; find the largest number without property $P$; find the smallest number without property $P$ and all of these can be handled by this implementation.
 » 19 months ago, # |   +41 How to get the inversion of just one number? long long get_inv(long long x) { if (x <= 1) return 1; return (p - p / x) * get_inv(p % x) % p; } 
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +8 By having memorization, it can be linear $O(n)$ to get all inversion in $[1 \dots n]$ (with high constant for modulo ofcourse)But if just need to find inversion of one number without using power function, what will be the complexity of the code ? I testest for one thousand random integer number (approximately $10^9$) and I think it is about $O(2 * log(n))$ am I correct ?
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +13 Open problem. But it's really fast!
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +3 What is the difference between your method and the one people usually use (using binary exponentiation)?
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Faster and easier (maybe :) ).
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 I found this on cp-algorithms. Apparently, it can only be used if x is less than p.
•  » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +3 inv(x) = inv(x % p)
•  » » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Thanks for clarifying, I've just known about that. By the way, there is a slight difference between your code and cp-algorithms' code, your code computes the p - p / x first, before multiplying the result with get_inv(p % x); while cp-algorithms' code computes p / x * get_inv(p % x) % p first, then subtracting the result from p. How can both of them produce the same result?
•  » » » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +16 (p - a) * b % p = (p * b - a * b) % p = (-a * b) % p = p - a * b % p
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +3 If you add memorization to that function, in theory to say the complexity by this way will be Linear (with high constant for taking modulo), while using binary exponentiation is $O(n log n)$ (with lighter constant)
 » 19 months ago, # |   +3 For trick 1, you can add this great problem.
 » 19 months ago, # |   +24 Given a strictly increasing array $a_1 < a_2 < a_3 < .... < a_n$Do this transformation $a_i := a_i - i$Then the array becomes non- decreasing $a_1 <= a_2 <= a_3 <= .... <= a_n$Fairly simple trick but quite useful sometimes :)
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Can you give link to any problem that use this trick?
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 perhaps i didn't understood this ,but is this applicable to every strictly increasing array? can you show some examples.
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 $1, 2, 3, 5, 7$ becomes $0, 0, 0, 1, 2$
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 what about 2 5 9 23 ?
•  » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Strictly increasing is a subset of non-decreasing.
•  » » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   -16 ok , i thought that it will make the array non decreasing surely, it can make an array non decreasing but we cant be sure.(non decreasing in the sense that some element are equal)
•  » » » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 [Deleted]
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 cause if a
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 Guys I'm not getting the point 8. Can anyone help me with that?
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 Sometimes precision errors lead to weird behaviour in the while (left <= right) loop in binary search.
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 Can anyone please help me with Problem 2 in 1st point? Thank you!
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 please keep updating this blog it is very helpful
 » 19 months ago, # |   +5 for $2$ and $3$, every number up to ${10}^{12}$ accepts a goldbach decomposition with one of the numbers less than or equal to ${10}^6$ (I'm not sure if the upper limit is ${10}^5$).
 » 19 months ago, # |   +1 Problems for 9) 1354D - Multiset 1404C - Fixed Point Removal
 » 19 months ago, # |   +3 The second problem in #3 is not related to the Goldbach conjecture.They use that every even positive integer is a difference of two primes.If you have any implication between these two conjectures, it would be a big breakthrough in number theory. See e.g. this paper.
 » 19 months ago, # |   +3 Can anyone help me with problem 1 of point 1 — Xor sum on Atcoder. I failed to solve it but could not find any English editorial for the problem. I found a recursive formula online $f(n) = f(n/2)+f((n-1)/2) + f((n-2)/2)$However, the explanation is in Chinese and GG translate only makes things messier.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +4 For each u,v<=n,a xor b=u,a+b=v,consider that if a,b are both even number,then a xor b=u/2,a/2+b/2=v/2,and u/2,v/2<=n/2,so there is f(n/2).If a is even and b is odd(or b is even and a is odd),then a/2 xor (b-1)/2=(u-1)/2,a/2+(b-1)/2=(v-1)/2,so there is f((n-1)/2).For the same reason,if a,b are both odd,then (a-1)/2 xor (b-1)/2=u/2,(a-1)/2+(b-1)/2=(v-2)/2,u/2<=(v-2)/2(because the reason of xor is always no more than sum)<=(n-2)/2,so there is f((n-2)/2).That's why f(n)=f(n/2)+f((n-1)/2)+f((n-2)/2).(It's fun that i'm also chinese and i hate messy GG translate too.However,i have to use GG translate to write this explanation lol)
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   +3 And we can also prove these 3 cases are mutually exclusive(i mean that,each u,v is exactly in one case):For each u,v(easy to see they are both even or both odd),if u,v are both odd,then it's in case2(an odd and an even in a,b).And for the case u,v are both even,if (v-u)/2 is even,means that a+b dont produce a carry on the last bit,then it's in case1(a,b are both even).For the same reason,if (v-u)/2 is odd,means that a+b produce a carry on the last bit,it's in case3(a,b are both odd).
•  » » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 It really helped thanks a lot
•  » » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0 Thanks a lot.
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 (Problem specific trick) If x%a < (2*x)%a then x < a <= 2*x Otherwise x < 2*x < a . Problem Link : https://codeforces.com/contest/1104/problem/D
 » 19 months ago, # |   +13 lcm(a, gcd(b, c)) = gcd(lcm(a, b), lcm(a, c)) -- (1) gcd(a, lcm(b, c)) = lcm(gcd(a, b), gcd(a, c)) -- (2) https://codeforces.com/contest/1350/problem/C
 » 19 months ago, # |   0 How did you use method 7 in the problem 1? I used the method of difference array and prefix sum.
•  » » 19 months ago, # ^ |   0
 » 18 months ago, # |   0 Wow, this blog is quite useful for me. Upvoted :)
 » 17 months ago, # |   +17 $F[gcd(x,y)]=gcd(F[x],F[y])$$F$ is the Fibonacci sequence that $F(0)=0$, $F(1)=1$, $F(n)=F(n-1)+F(n-2)$ for $n \ge 2$
•  » » 17 months ago, # ^ |   0 Any problem associated with this trick?
•  » » » 17 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 $CF226C$I think it is the one.
 » 17 months ago, # |   0 Nice blog!. Other related problems for Trick 7.
 » 17 months ago, # | ← Rev. 5 →   +1 You can also add one more property.gcd ( x , y ) = gcd ( x-y , y );This results in, gcd ( x , y , z , w ,.....) = gcd ( x-y , y , z , w,....)Also,for any a, b, if b > a, a%b = a. Additionally, if a ≥ b > [a/2] , a%b = a - b.
 » 16 months ago, # |   0 For Trick # 2 you can add this Problem
 » 12 months ago, # |   0 Using point 2 can we state that for checking if n is prime we just need to check if n is not divisible by any number from 2 to 300 rather than sqrt(n) if n<=1e12?
•  » » 12 months ago, # ^ |   +1 Ofc not: any product of primes greater then 300 not prime but still not divisible by any number from 2 to 300.
•  » » » 12 months ago, # ^ |   0 oh right, thanks for pointing out my mistake!
•  » » 12 months ago, # ^ |   0 It just means that when you have to find greatest prime less than 10^12 than you just have to check for 300 numbers (10^12 — 300 to 10^12) if they are prime or not. Max Number of operations would be 300*10^6.
 » 9 months ago, # |   +3 Here I got one trick , If n>1, then there is always at least one odd prime number x satisfying n < x < 2nYou can check this problem 1178D - Prime Graph
•  » » 9 months ago, # ^ |   0 More specifically that there is always a prime number in the interval [n,3n/2] for n>1.
 » 9 months ago, # |   0 This has been very helpful, thank you so much!
 » 9 months ago, # |   0 Another recent problem that can be solved using trick 1: 1556D - Take a Guess