Questions tagged [dynamic-programming]

Questions about problems that can be solved by combining recursively obtained solutions of subproblems.

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0/1 Knapsack in bottom up approach [closed]

I've tried the Recursive, Memoization and DP-Top-Down approach of Knapsack problem. But not able to restructure the code for DP-Bottom-Up approach. Below is my code, its only working for fewer inputs. ...
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Is it possible to find a supersequence of a single array?

In Jeff Erickson's Algorithms textbook, the chapter on Dynamic Programming asks you to "Describe an efficient algorithm to compute the length of the shortest oscillating supersequence of an arbitrary ...
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Dynamic programming problem

our uni is closed because of the COVID-19 and I'm trying to homelearn dynamic programming. In our algorithms book, there is the following problem: (an example problem for dynamic programming) A ...
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LaTex Text Justification badness penalty

I had been going through dynamic programming concepts and happened to read about text justification problem in which the spaces to the right of the line end are penalized with cubic times the number ...
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Is there a faster than O(n^2) solution for Box stacking problem?

Is there a faster than O(n^2) solution for the Box stacking problem?
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How to approach weighted job/interval scheduling problem with 2 machines (dynamic programming)

Given N jobs where every job is represented by the following: Start Time, Finish Time and Value Associated (>= 0) and two machines that can do the jobs, The goal is to find the maximum value subset ...
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Min-coin change problem with limited coins

I have been assigned the min-coin change problem for homework. I have to calculate the least number of coins needed to make change for a certain amount of cents in 2 scenarios: we have an infinite ...
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The average number of dominos

Consider there are $n$ dominos to be placed in a lone (such as "DDDDD", where D is dominos). While placing dominos, they may fall to their right or left, making other dominos in line to fall down. ...
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Catching ball - finding the maximum number of caught balls

I'm attempting to solve the following problem: Balls are falling from the sky. We know at which location (on a straight line) will each ball drop, and we know the time (in seconds) at which ...
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Minimum moves to “stabilize” an array

We have given an array of size $N$, consisting of positive integers, and an integer $H$. We also know that an array is stable iff $|A_i - A_{i-1}| \leq H$ for each $1<i<N-1$. We can modify the ...
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Give an efficient Dynamic programming algorithm that takes strings s,x, and y and decides if s is an interleaving of x and y

I'm trying to understand this dynamic programming related problem, adapted from Kleinberg's Algorithm Design book. Not a homework You’re consulting for a group of people (who would prefer not to be ...
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Cover interval with minimum sum intervals - DP recursion depth problem

READ ME FIRST: I have just found the official solutions online (have been looking for them for a while, but after posting this I quickly found it), and I'm currently trying to understand it. As I can ...
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Expected number of coins

Alice and bob play a game. Bob has a well-shuffled deck of $M=4999$ white cards and $N=4999$ green cards. Each permutation of cards in the deck is equally likely. Alice has set some rules for Bob. ...
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Amount of k-partitions of a number

I'm stuck on writing an algorithm for getting the amount of distinct partitions for a number $n$ with the partition being size $k$. It's important that there isn't any repetition in the partitions. ...
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Algorithm to minimize the damage received from the monsters [duplicate]

I have been puzzled by the following question on an exam for quite a while: given a set of monsters with their health and attack damage (per second), design an algorithm that minimizes your overall ...
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Implementing Dynamic Programming Solutions

I know there alot of questions on Dynamic Programming and I feel I have a handle on the theory, use the answers from sub problems to answer the current problem, without the redundancy of recursion. ...
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Count number of pairs of elements whose product is a perfect square

Given two arrays whose elements lie between $[1,10^5]$ and the size of arrays is $[1,10^5]$, how can we find the total number of pairs of elements from these arrays such that their product is a ...
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Minimum total waiting time for arrivals/durations

I have come up with the following problem, and cannot seem to find an effective way of solving it: Consider $n$ clients arriving at a service point at time moments $\{a_i\}_{i=1}^n$ whose duration ...
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Optimal strategy for tossing three dependent coins

Suppose that I have three correlated coins. The marginal probability of Head of coin $i$ is denoted by $p_i$. The conditional probability of head for coin $i$ given the outcomes of coin $j$ and $k$ ...
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Maximun distance that can be reached [duplicate]

A stone is located at the point (0,0) of an infinite grid. The stone has exactly $n$ possible moves, not necessarily unique, each described by a $vector$ of integer coordinates. The stone can make ...
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How to extend Bellman-Ford to solve the $k$ shortest path routing?

Browsing the wikipedia I got to this page where it is said: Finding k shortest paths is possible by extending Dijkstra algorithm or Bellman-Ford algorithm and extend them to find more than one ...
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Number of ways to cover 3xN board [closed]

Given a 3xN board. Find the number of ways to cover it using 2x2 or 3x1 or 1x3 tiles.
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Counting strings with balanced substrings

Consider a string of characters $a, b, c$ only. Such a string is called good if the number of $a$'s + number of $b$'s is equal to the number of $c$'s. Given an integer $n$, find the number of strings ...
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Algebraic Dynamic Programming breakdown of a simple problem (e.g. climbing staircase)

I found recently about Algebraic Dynamic Programming. As I understand, it's a formalization that immensely simplifies developing solutions for DP problems. I spent a few days trying to grok it, to no ...
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How can you compute the expected edit distance in $O(2^{3n/2})$ time?

In a coding challenge an answer claimed to be able to compute the expected edit distance between two binary strings of length $n$ in $O(2^{3n/2})$ edit distance calculations by dynamic programming. A ...
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Thought process to solve tree based Dynamic Programming problems

I am having a very hard time understanding tree based DP problems. I am fairly comfortable with array based DP problems but I cannot come up with the correct thought process for tree based problems ...
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Dynamic programming

Got a question and can't manage to find an answer, so help will be appreciated. I should design an algorithm, using dinamic programming, that gets as an input a matrix, named A, with n rows and k ...
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Maximum number of similar groups of a given size that can be made from a given array

I am given an array of numbers, not necessarily unique, and the size of a group. Let the array be denoted by $B$ and the size of the group be $A$. I need to find the maximum number of groups with the ...
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Find if there is matrix that satisfying the following conditions

Given a matrix $A_{n\times n} = \{a_{ij}\}$ such that $a_{ij}$ is a non-negative number and given 2 vectors $(r_1,r_2,...,r_n)$ , $(c_1,c_2,...,c_n)$ such that $r_i,c_i\in \mathbb{Z}$ define an ...
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What are some variants of the rod cutting problem?

I am looking at the possible implementations for solving the rod cutting problem (CLRS). Do you know of any variants of this problem and their use in industry?
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A variant of the knapsack problem

Consider the following variant for the knapsack problem: the input are disjoint sets of items $ T_1, T_2, ..., T_m$ (each contains items of a different type). Every item $i$ has a value of $v_i$ and a ...
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min vertex cover to access k edges in a tree

I need to find the minimum number out of $N$ vertices on a tree with $N-1$ edges, so that at least $K$ edges of that tree are connected to these vertices. For example, if $N=9$ and $K=6$ and we have ...
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Struggling to understand the thought process required to come up with some recurrences for Dynamic Programming problems

I was doing a few dynamic programming problems and I am struggling to understand the thought process required to come up with recurrences. The first problem I solved was longest palindromic substring ...
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Schedule a Seminar in Minimum Time

There are t1, t2, t3,.....,tn topics which are to be scheduled in a building with c1,c2,c3,....ck halls. Members have already registered there interests on the topics, and they have liberty to choose ...
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Given n sorted arrays with size k select one element from every array such that the sum of the elements is minimum and the sum of their indices is k+1

So if $k = 3$ and $n = 2$ and we select the element $a_1[3]$ of the first array then we have to select $a_2[1]$ from the second array. If we select the element $a_1[2]$ then also $a_2[2]$ must be ...
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(Leetcode) Combinatorial Sum - How to generate solution set from number of solution sets?

The following question is taken from Leetcode entitled 'Combination Sum' Given a set of candidate numbers (candidates) (without duplicates) and a target number (target), find all unique ...
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Counting number of paths between two vertices in a DAG

I need an algorithm that computes the number of paths between two nodes in a DAG (Directed acyclic graph) I need a dynamic porgramming solution if possible.
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Optimal ordering - Dynamic programming on subsets

We have a set T of n elements and m subsets $R_i \subset T i = 1,...,m$. The $S_i$ are not assumed to be different. We also define an ordering of T, a one-to-one mapping $\pi$ of $T$ onto the set of ...
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Dynamic programming for subsequence metric

Let $a = a_1, \ldots, a_n, b = b_1, \ldots, b_m$ be sequences of positive integers and for any respective subsequence of length $k$, we consider $\sum_{i=1}^k (a_{x_{i}}-b_{y_{i}})^2$. Given a bound $...
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longest palindromic subsequence / substring and dynamic programming

The longest palindromic subsequence problem can be solved using dynamic programming because it is recursive and has overlapping subproblems, as described in https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/longest-...
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Why this greedy algorithm fails in rod cutting problem?

Recall the rod cutting problem. 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 ...
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Minimizing the distance from a set of nodes in a tree

We have a binary tree with n nodes and a number k which signifies the number of nodes that we put on a set. What is the optimal algorithm to select a set consisting of k nodes, that minimizes the ...
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How does a dual core microprocessors run so many programs?

I have a laptop with Intel dual core and it runs, the OS windows, and many application from Opera, age of empires, word, excel etc open at once just fine. If it only has 2 cores, how can so many ...
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Egg dropping problem binomial coefficient recursive solution

I have a question about the binomial coefficient solution to the generalization of the egg dropping problem (n eggs, k floors) In the binomial coefficient solution we construct a function $f(x,n)$, ...
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Assign n people to m rooms of different sizes, such that noone is alone

I'm looking for an efficient way to assign n people to m rooms in a very specific way. INPUT: The program receives two sets of people (set of males and set of females), as well as a set of available ...
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Selecting elements from two arrays to get a target sum

Let $A$ and $B$ be two arrays of size $n$ with positive integer values. Let $k$ be a given positive integer. Design an algorithm to solve the following problem. For each index $i$ ($1\leq i \leq n$)...
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Is dynamic programming restricted to optimization problems?

The usual criteria used to decide if a problem can be solved using dynamic programming is (1) if it has optimal sub-problems and (2) if it has overlapping sub-problems. Does the word "optimal" mean ...
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Find the 'best' longest common subsequence

I am writing a program that computes and displays diffs. I implemented Meyers algorithm that computes the LCS between 2 subsequences (seq1 and ...
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Find $n'th$ perfect number , where perfect number is a positive integer whose sum of digits is $10$

For example $46$ is a perfect number , since $4+6=10$ . If $n=1$ , answer is $19$. If $n=2$ , answer is $28$. If $n=3$ , answer is $37$ and so on .We need to make a program which takes $n$ and ...
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Weighted Activity Selection Problem with allowing shifting starting time

I have some activities with weights, and I would like to select non overlapping activities by maximizing the total weight. This is known problem and solution exists. In my case, I am allowed to ...

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