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By prophet_ov_darkness, 5 years ago, In English

Hi Codeforces community!

I'm glad to invite you to the online replay of 2019 MIST IUPC, which will be hosted on Codeforces Gym on Sunday, March 17, 2019, 1 PM MSK, and will run for 5 hours. This is an ICPC style contest comprising of 9 problems of varying difficulties.

ICPC style national level contests are frequent in Bangladesh, and they are commonly referred to Inter University Programming Contest (IUPC). From now on, we plan to regularly upload these contests to CF Gym.

MIST IUPC 2019 was organized by Military Institute of Science and Technology. 120 teams participated in the onsite contest, which took place on February 23, 2019.

Bangladesh Association of Problem Setters (BAPS) was in charge of the problem set. Problems were prepared, reviewed, and tested by Shahriar Manzoor, Jami_CSEDU, shovonshovo, shibly, Imran_Bin_Azad, ridowan007, Shafaet, Mehdi Rahman, Rafsan, sgtlaugh, bhadra, flash_7, Z0RR0, and prophet_ov_darkness.


UPD 1: The contest was over a couple of hours ago. We are currently working on an editorial. We will share it as soon as it is ready.

UPD 2: Here is the editorial.

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By prophet_ov_darkness, 5 years ago, In English

Battle of Brains is an internal programming contest for freshman and sophomore students of the University of Dhaka. A replay of its 2018 edition will be hosted in Codeforces Gym, on Saturday, February 9, 2018, 4 PM MSK, and will run for 3 hours. This is an ICPC style contest, more suitable for individual participation. The difficulty of this contest is 2-star.

Problems were prepared, tested, and reviewed by Ahb_arif, amitroy7781, bertho_coder, forkkr, God_of_thunder5, introverted, MesbahTanvir,, PanicStation, prophet_ov_darkness, reverse_macro, Riddho, s_h_shahin, Safayat, Tanzir5, and Z0RR0.


UPD 1: Contest starts within an hour. Here's the contest link.

UPD 2: Editorial has been published.

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By prophet_ov_darkness, 6 years ago, In English

Bangladesh Advanced Computing Society (BACS) organizes annual training camps for ICPC regional participants in different venues all across Bangladesh. For this, BACS takes an online selection contest. This year BACS decided to accommodate BdOI participants as well. To select them, an onsite contest was held simultaneously in 5 different cities. To know more about BACS, you can check their website.

Codemarshal and SSL Wireless are the sponsors of this year's contests and camps.

The contests had 8 and 7 problems respectively and were held in IOI format. We decided to merge the three give away problems into one. Adding that with the other 12 problems, we created an ICPC style set with 13 problems.

The replay contest will take place on Friday, August 10, 2018, 4 PM MSK in Codeforces Gym, and will run for 5 hours.

Problems used in this contest were prepared by Alpha_Q, aminul, codename27, flash_7, Imran_Bin_Azad, MesbahTanvir, Jami_CSEDU, kimbbakar, Tanzir5, prophet_ov_darkness, raihatneloy, s_h_shahin, SkullKnight, shovonshovo, bertho_coder, and Z0RR0.


UPD 1: Contest will take place on Friday, August 10, 2018, 4 PM MSK, instead of Saturday, August 11. Codeforces Round 503 (by SIS, Div. 1) was supposed to take place on Friday, August 10 initially. The CF round has now been postponed to Saturday, August 11; and it clashes with the time we proposed earlier for this replay contest. We are shifting the contest to Friday, August 10 to avoid the clash. Sorry for notifying everyone this late.

UPD 2: Editorial has been published.

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By prophet_ov_darkness, 7 years ago, In English

Tutorials are written by corresponding problem authors. I'm just assembling all those tutorials in one place.

101353A - Charm Is Not Always Enough

Problem Author: raida_ash, Tester: khairat

It is a simple ad-hoc problem. We can solve it in . Simply iterate over all the bottles and add the amount of liquid spilled to the answer.

Problem Author's Solution

101353B - Max and Alexis Plan to Conquer the World

Problem Author: Tanzir5, Tester: s_h_shahin, shapnil092

The number of kittens is N initially and rate of increase in the number of kittens is R% per year. Let's divide R by 100 and then we can use the formula of compound interest here to get that after X years, the number of kittens will be:

N × (1 + R)X

Now we can do a binary search over X to find out which is the lowest value of X that satisfies the following equation:

N × (1 + R)X ≥ P ( Where P is the required number of kittens given as input )

So the time complexity is . Now if you take the highest end of your binary search range too large, then you will get TLE as you can see the range you take has direct effect on the complexity. You can do some calculation to find that answer can never be more than around 5000 for the given constraints.

Another way to solve the problem would be to use a direct formula. From the above formula, we can come to this:

N × (1 + R)X ≥ P

So now we can get the minimum value of X from this formula. But you have to be careful with the calculations and take care of the cases specially where P ≤ N i.e. the answer is 0.

Problem Author's Solution

101353C - Being Common is Too Mainstream

Problem Author: nafisiham, Tester: De_La_Grandi_Mephstophls

The problem setter’s and the alternate writer’s solution are nearly same, and it is not the best but an easy way to solve this problem.

The naïve solution is to keep calculating GCD of every set of numbers that can be taken and keep dividing the elements of the sets by those GCDs until, there remain some co-prime numbers. The answer is their product. Actually, we are trying to divide every number with whatever common divisor it shares with any other number.

So, for every prime divisor, its remaining exponent will be the absolute difference between its highest and second highest exponent in any number. For subtasks 2 and 3 a fairly small array of primes sufficed.

For subtask 1, naïve approach was taken using Euclidean algorithm.

Problem Author's Solution
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101353D - ShaatChara

Problem Author: immuntasir, Tester: raida_ash

As noted, this is a normal nim game of n piles. In a normal Nim game, the player making the first move has a winning strategy if and only if the nim-sum of the sizes of the piles is nonzero. In this problem we want to know in how many ways the first player can move such that the second player gets a losing state. That means the first player wants to move such that the xor-sum becomes zero. Now note the properties of a xor operation.

Now, we can consider the piles in binary and get some rows and columns of 0s and 1s. The first player is only concerned with the number of bits which are 1 in the current xor-sum. Now note that, each 1 bits of the xor-sum are there because there were 1s in that position in odd number of piles. Now, we have to choose such piles where there is a 1 in the same position of the leftmost bit of xor-sum, and choose the bits in a way such that the number of 1s become zero for all column. So, the solution comes down to this: the number of winning moves are the number of 1’s in the leftmost column with an odd number of 1.

Problem Author's Solution

101353E - Just One Swap

Problem Author: bertho_coder, Tester: prophet_ov_darkness

The answer is equal to the number of ways you can choose two different numbers from the given array. It can be done easily with the help of the frequency array of the given numbers. But if there is at least one number having frequency greater than 1, then you can swap any two numbers having the same value and get the initial given array. So, in that case, you need to add 1 to the answer.

Problem Author's Solution
Tester's Solution

101353F - Halum and Candies

Problem Author: shadowfax, Tester: MesbahTanvir

The naïve solution would be to sort the candies in descending order. Now we give a guest K candies from first K flavors where a1 > 0, a2 > 0, ..., ak > 0. Then we sort them again and do the same step until one of the a1, a2, ..., ak becomes 0. This method works for the smaller subtask but for bigger constraints of ai it fails to solve within time limit.

To solve for the larger constraints, we can accelerate the above algorithm. We sort them in descending order and subtract ak from a1, a2, ..., ak. This way we surely have given candies to ak number of guests. Now from the remaining sum of ak + 1, ..., an flavors, we can assign them in empty spots from a1, a2, ..., ak. This means that we could easily chose to give from these flavors when any of the a1, a2, ..., ak flavors gets less. We use binary search on answer to find the maximum such assignments.

Tester MesbahTanvir also used binary search on answer, but with a quite different approach. Let’s say we can satisfy X guests. Then we find how many candies we have in total so that we can give X guests. Now we just have to check if SUM / X ≥ K, to satisfy our condition.

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101353G - XOR 'em all

Problem Author: Riddho, Tester: s_h_shahin

The first observation to be made here is that if any integer having a parity of X is XOR'ed with 220 - 1 (a number whose binary representation is 11111111111111111111), its parity will become 20 - X.

To handle the updates and queries, a segment tree can be used, each of who's nodes shall contain a bitmask, of 20 bits each. The Pth bit of the bitmask in any node shall be 1 if any of the integers in the interval represented by the node has a parity of P, and 0 otherwise.

Thus, during a range update, the new mask of a node can be created simply by reversing the previous mask (since the ith bit of the new mask will equal the (20 - i)th bit of the old mask).

For answering the query, if the parity of the given number v is P, we first query to find if any number with parity P exists in the given range. If not we find the highest parity Q < P that exists in the range, and the smallest parity R>P that exist in the same.

Case 1: If (P - Q) < (R - P) print the position of the leftmost number in the range with parity Q.

Case 2: If (P - Q) > (R - P) print the position of the leftmost number in the range with parity R.

Case 3: If (P - Q) = (R - P) find x, the position of the leftmost number in the range with parity Q, and y, the position of the leftmost number in the range with parity R, and print the minimum of x and y.

To find the position of the leftmost number with a certain parity p, in a given range, we can query through the segment tree in . If we are certain that at least one number with parity p exists in the range represented by a node, then obviously, either the left child or the right child contains a number with the parity p. Since we are looking for the leftmost position, if a number with parity p appears in the left interval (which we can find out using a segment tree query on the range specified by the left interval), we go to the left child, otherwise to the right. Once we reach a leaf of a tree, the array element represented by it is the answer to the query.

Time Complexity:

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101353H - Simple Path

Problem Author: prophet_ov_darkness, Tester: bertho_coder

Firstly let's check out an optimized brute force solution to this problem. Here we'll fix a subroot in linear time. Then from each of those subroots we'll run DFS in the corresponding subtree. For each edge in a subtree, we'll count the number of times it appears in all possible simple paths present in that subtree. Let's take an edge u - v, where u is the parent of v. Now the number of times this edge will appear in subtree rooted at node r will be S(v) × (S(r) - S(v)), where S(x) =  size of subtree rooted at x. This count will have to be multiplied by the weight of edge u - v and added to the actual result. This part is pretty straight-forward. Think about it for a moment if it's still unclear.

Now let's optimize this solution into a linear one. For that we'll have to use dynamic programming. Let's say DP(x) =  answer for subtree rooted at x. Suppose we are computing DP(x) now. Let y be a child of x and u - v an edge in the subtree of y, where u is the parent of v. Firstly we'll have to add DP(y) to DP(x). Secondly we'll have to add the impact edge x - y puts in DP(x). This part is discussed in the previous paragraph. Finally we'll have to count all those simple paths which start in the subtree of y and goes through node x and finishes in another part of the subtree of node x. Let, W(x) be the weight of the edge which leads node x to it's parent.

We know the impact node u - v puts while computing the answer of subtree rooted at y: S(v) × W(v) × (S(y) - S(u))

Impact of edge u - v in the answer of subtree rooted at node x: S(v) × W(v) × (S(x) - S(u))

The difference is: S(v) × W(v) × (S(x) - S(y))

So, we'll have to add with DP(x) to get the final answer.

Here, ST(x) =  set of proper descendants of node x

Overall time complexity:

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