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11386 - Triples

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:19 pm
by DP

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Something hidden in the statement?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:45 pm
by mpi
My algorithm is very simple and yet i'm getting WA all the time. Here it goes:

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1 - Sort the input in non-decreasing order into num
2 - nt = 0
3 - Iterate from i=3..n
        j = 0
        k = i - 1
        While (j < k)
            sum = num[j] + num[k]
            if (sum < num[i])
               ++j  // discard the element from the left end
            else if (sum > num[i])
               --k  // discard the element from the right end
            else // new triple
               if (num[j] == num[k])      // e.g.: 1 1 1 1 1 2
                 nt += c(k-j+1, 2)  // binomial coefficient (e.g.: c(5, 2) = 10)
                 j = k // stop here
                 j2 = first element != num[j] && > j
                 k2 = first element != num[k] && < k
                 assert(j2 <= k2)
                 nt += (j2-j) * (k-k2)
                 j = j2
                 k = k2

4 - Print nt as result
Any hints? :(

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 6:06 pm
by Observer
So does the obvious O(n^2) solution work? And how big can the input integers be? Just less than 2^31?

[EDIT] Accepted. Let me answer my questions: O(n^2) works. Have to use 64-bit ints in the code.

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 7:17 pm
by mpi

Are you saying that my approach is right? When I have to use 64-bit integers: output (of course) AND input?? unsigned, signed?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:02 pm
by Observer
Sorry. I was only talking about my own algorithm. :D I use for loop only for smallest and largest number in the tuple. It is also good to "group" the repeated numbers.

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:25 pm
by mpi
OK. Then, what's the output for the following input:

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3 3 3 5 5 8 8
My output

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Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 8:28 pm
by rio
Your output is correct.


Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:02 pm
by sonyckson
I did an O((n^2)log(n)) solution, and i didnt have problems with the Time Limit. gl! Eric.

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:31 pm
by mpi
Somebody got any tricky input?? This problem is definitely driving me crazy, it's not so hard even with a naive O(n^2) algorithm like mine!

[Edited] Finally, I got ACC. Besides grouping the numbers after sorting, I changed 'int' to 'unsigned int' and all worked OK! :lol:


Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:41 am
by joshi13
Thanks Rio.

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:45 pm
by Ron
why im getting TLE ..............

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using namespace std;
int main(){
	int i,j,k;
	unsigned int arr[5000],n,m,count;
		for(i=0;i<n;i++)	cin>>arr[i];
						if(arr[k]>m)	break;
	return 0;

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:57 pm
by rio
Use long long int. The grouping idea is:

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1 1 1 2 3 3  -->  (1,3) (2,1) (3,2)
Anyway, your code and algorithm is beautiful :)

O(n^3) is too slow. Try O(n^2logn) or O(n^2).

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:22 pm
by pawelz
Firstly, I did simple O(n^2*logn) program, but it didn't pass. Then I used my own hash table and after some troubles with RE I got AC! (3.470s). Can anyone tell me how to solve it with O(n^2) but without hashing?

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:35 pm
by Observer
If you have grouped the numbers, then the O(n^2) is very obvious. :)

Hint: suppose we are to find tuples (X, y, z), where X is fixed. Think of how to do so in O(n).

There are many other ways to get O(n^2) solutions for this task.

O(n^2) algorithm

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:52 pm
by mpi
The O(n^2) algorithm doesn't need any hashing mecanishm. All you have to do is, at each step i, iterate over the elements in the range j=1,..,k=i-1. Depending on the sum of the elements of both ends you will have to update j and k properly (incrementing j and/or decreasing k). The loop ends with j >= k (with no grouping) and with j > k (with grouping).