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Need help in very interesting OA problem

Revision en6, by ShivanshJ, 2023-09-30 00:08:07

Many of my friends asked this interesting OA problem to me:

Given an array of strings $$$A$$$ of size $$$N$$$ and two integers $$$B$$$ and $$$C$$$.

Let $$$D$$$ be the number of strings of length $$$C$$$ that contains exactly $$$B$$$ of the strings in $$$A$$$ as substring.

Return $$$D$$$ mod $$$10^9+9$$$.


$$$1 \le N \le 6$$$

$$$1 \le |A[i]| \le 50$$$

All the $$$N$$$ strings are distinct

$$$0 \le B \le N$$$

$$$1 \le C \le 50.$$$

Note that if a substring belonging to set $$$A$$$ occurs multiple times in my resulting string, it is counted only once.

My approach:

Let $$$Z$$$ be the size of the alphabet $$$(26)$$$.

Let $$$dp[i][j][k][m]$$$ denote the number of strings satisfying the constraints:

1) It is of length $$$i$$$.

2) The longest suffix present in it which is a proper prefix of some string belonging to set $$$A$$$ is the substring $$$[k...i]$$$ and the string whose proper prefix is the $$$j^{th}$$$ string in set $$$A$$$, in case of multiple such strings in $$$A$$$ choose the one with longest length. In case no such suffix exists, we can put a fake "empty string" at index $$$0$$$ in set $$$A$$$ (rest of the strings are numbered from $$$1$$$ to $$$N$$$) and assume that substring is $$$[i+1 , i]$$$.

3) The substrings (belonging to set $$$A$$$) which has already been occurred is denoted by mask $$$m$$$, more formally, if the $$$w^{th}$$$ string in $$$A$$$ has already occurred, then $$$w^{th}$$$ bit of $$$m$$$ is set, otherwise its not.

I'll write transitions via forward style dp, if I'm adding the $$$(i+1)^{th}$$$ character, then, it might "complete" some substrings, by this I mean, some suffix which was a proper prefix of some string in $$$A$$$ before adding character will now be a complete string belonging to set $$$A$$$. Note that all such strings will be the suffix of that longest suffix.

So, some new bits in mask $$$m$$$ will be set, All this can be calculated, since we already know the longest suffix, in fact lets precalculate, $$$info[i][j][k]$$$ which gives a tuple $$$(bitmask, L, idx)$$$. If we consider the prefix of length $$$j$$$ of $$$i^{th}$$$ string in set $$$A$$$ and add character $$$k$$$ at the end, $$$w^{th}$$$ bit in bitmask is set iff, entire $$$w^{th}$$$ string in $$$A$$$ occurs as a substring in that prefix after adding character $$$k$$$, $$$L$$$ denotes the length of the longest suffix in resulting string (after adding character $$$k$$$) that is a proper prefix of $$$idx^{th}$$$ string in set $$$A$$$, this precomputation can be done naively in $$$O(N*C*Z*N)$$$.

So, after adding $$$(i+1)^{th}$$$ character (denote it by $$$c$$$), new mask is $$$info[j][i-k+1][c][0]$$$, new length of longest suffix is $$$info[j][i-k+1][c][1]$$$ so, add its contribution towards state $$$dp[i+1][info[j][i-k+1][c][3]][i+2-info[j][i-k+1][c][1]][info[j][i-k+1][c][0]]$$$.

I think the complexity would be $$$O(C*N*C*2^{N}*Z)$$$, which might pass. However, I think I'm overkilling it and there has to be simpler solution. I'm not even sure whether my solution is correct or not.

Tags dp, interesting problem, bitmask, cool problems


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en8 English ShivanshJ 2023-09-30 00:18:29 2 Tiny change: 'i-k+1][c][3]][i+2-inf' -> 'i-k+1][c][2]][i+2-inf'
en7 English ShivanshJ 2023-09-30 00:10:03 13
en6 English ShivanshJ 2023-09-30 00:08:07 13 (published)
en5 English ShivanshJ 2023-09-30 00:06:38 2 Tiny change: 'if the $w^th$ string i' -> 'if the $w^{th}$ string i'
en4 English ShivanshJ 2023-09-30 00:04:41 4
en3 English ShivanshJ 2023-09-30 00:04:16 84 Tiny change: '$D$ mod $1e^9+9$.\n\n' -> '$D$ mod $10^9+9$.\n\n'
en2 English ShivanshJ 2023-09-30 00:01:33 2370 Tiny change: 'e 50.$\n\n\n\n\n' -> 'e 50.$\n\nMy approach:\n\nLet $dp[i][j][k][mask]\n\n\n\n\n'
en1 English ShivanshJ 2023-09-29 23:17:20 439 Initial revision (saved to drafts)