I want to Implement Rod cutting Algorithm without Dynamic Programming Approach.

Let me Describe the problem statement.

Given a rod of length $n$ inches and a table of prices $p_{i}$ for $i=1,2,3,4,\,.\,.\,.$ determine the maximum revenue $r_n$ obtainable by cutting up the rod and selling the pieces.

In cormen, the Algorithm is implemented as -:

CUT-ROD (p,n)
1 if n == 0
2 return 0
3 q = - inifinity
4 for i = 1 to n
5 q =max(q, p[i]+CUT-ROD(p,n-i))
6 return q

I got this algorithm , i may explain it with a example-:

Say we want to determine maximum revenue for $n=4$,

and the profit associated with each inches i.e $i=1,2,3,4$is given as follows-:


Now Moving to the algorithm ,if we want to find maximum revenue for Length 4 inch ,we need to call CUT-ROD$(p,4)$.How will it process , i mean what will be its sequence!?i can explain-:

CUT-ROD$(p,4)$ will be computed by

maximum value of

  • $p[1]+$CUT-ROD$(p,3)$
  • $p[2]+$CUT-ROD$(p,2)$
  • $p[3]+$CUT-ROD$(p,1)$
  • $p[4]+$CUT-ROD$(p,0)$

for $i=1,2,3,4$ respectively.

Now when $i=1$, it will encounter CUT-ROD$(p,3)$

CUT-ROD$(p,3)$ will be computed by

maximum value of

  • $p[1]+$CUT-ROD$(p,2)$
  • $p[2]+$CUT-ROD$(p,1)$
  • $p[3]+$CUT-ROD$(p,0)$

for $i=1,2,3$ respectively.

CUT-ROD$(p,2)$ will be computed by

maximum value of

  • $p[1]+$CUT-ROD$(p,1)$
  • $p[2]+$CUT-ROD$(p,0)$

for $i=1,2$ respectively.

CUT-ROD$(p,1)$ will be computed by

maximum value of

  • $p[1]+$CUT-ROD$(p,0)$

for $i=1$




MY Doubt

I implemented the $C$ code,but it is giving wrong result.I don't know why!

I guess that the sequence of the function call is wrong .Here is the code.

int p[100];
int result=-9999;
int count=0;
int max(int x,int y)
   return (x > y)? x : y;
int recrsv_top_down(int sizee)
   int i;
   if (sizee<=0)
     return 0;
   return result;
int main()
    int size,i,result;
    printf("enter the size of rod\n");
    printf("enter the profit of assocaited length\n");
     printf("enter profit assocaited with length %d \n ",i);
    printf("Maximum profit is %d\n",result);
    return 0;

Sorry for the long post , but i have no option!!!

Please help me out !


1 Answer 1


In recrsv_top_down, declare result = -1000 as a local variable.

  • $\begingroup$ it worked ! thanks a lot !!!!!!!can you please explain the logic !!! $\endgroup$
    – laura
    Jun 17, 2017 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ @laura Well, your problem was the fact that the global result got tampered by recursive calls. Actually, in professional software development, usage of globals is most likely an indication of a design error. $\endgroup$
    – coderodde
    Jun 17, 2017 at 18:21

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