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How to calculate the minimum price required to buy all the stones?

I have shared the question above. My current algorithm does the calculation in O((n^4)*(2^n)). Can someone please help me out to solve this faster?
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Get the maximum sum of n items below a threshold

Consider a modified Knapsack Problem where: The number of items to be included is fixed. The value of each item is equal to its weight. Therefore, given a set of numbers, a threshold and the number ...
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How do I calculate the time complexity of this memoized algorithm?

The problem is: count all increasing subsequence of s. ...
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MAXSAT using dpll algorithm?

It's possible to return from a dpll algorithm M as maximum for MAX-SAT problem?: I have a sample: https://gist.github.com/davefernig/e670bda722d558817f2ba0e90ebce66f we can modify recurrency to return ...
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Any reason why Turing Machine would prevail on recursion theory?

Nowadays, most introduction books, videos, and comments about theoretical computer science talk about Turing machines but don't discuss recursion theory anymore. These approaches are known to be ...
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Analyzing space complexity of passing data to function by reference

I have some difficulties with understanding the space complexity of the following algorithm. I've solved this problem subsets on leetcode. I understand why solutions' space complexity would be O(N * 2^...
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Recurrence relation for the number of “references” to two mutually recursive function

I was going through the Dynamic Programming section of Introduction to Algorithms (2nd Edition) by Cormen et. al. where I came across the following recurrence relations in the context of assembly line ...
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What is the difference between these two Edit Distance Algorithm

Edit Distance is very well known problem in computer science. Came up with following algorithm after reading through CLRS but it doesn't work. Check the working algorithm below, I couldn't find why ...
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What is sideways recursion

A friend of mine is studying business analytics, currently on the topic for Microsoft DAX, but he is very new to the technological field. He mentioned yesterday, during a conversation, the term "...
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Big $O$ approximation for $T(n)=T(n-i)+T(n-(\frac{n}{m}-i))$

I have the following complexity equation: $T(n)=T(n-i)+T(n-(\frac{n}{m}-i))$ with the base case $T(m)=1$. Is it possible to calculate a big $O$ approximation for such equation? What is the right ...
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trouble solving the recurrence 4T(n/2) + n

I am having trouble figuring out how to solve this recurrence problem... $$ \begin{aligned} &4T(n/2) + n \\ = &4(4T(n/4) + n/4) + n \\ = &16T(n/4) + 2n \\ = &4^kT(n/2^k) + kn \end{...
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Arbitrary depth nested for-loops without recursion

Suppose I have an array of n values I want to apply nested for-loops over to an arbitrary depth m. ...
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Recursive multiplication

I was watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCbZayFr9RE&list=PLXFMmlk03Dt7Q0xr1PIAriY5623cKiH7V&index=3 Honestly I do get most of it, except one. At 7:14 he starts talking ...
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Question regarding definition of recursive function

According to Wikipedia, and also a very common definition of a recursive function found in several books, "functions that call themselves from within their own code". I agree that this solves the ...
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Can the algorithm be optimized?

I am new to backtracking and recursion. I have seen numerous explanations on how on to find the minimum number of coins needed to make a particular amount. This involves a top down dynamic approach ...
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Facility location on a tree

Question: Given a tree representing a neighbourhood where each node is a house. Assign an antenna to each node such that the whole tree is covered. An antenna of strength 0 can only ...
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How to solve recursion T(n)=T(n/2)+T(n/3)+n?

How to solve recursion $T(n)=T(n/2)+T(n/3)+n$? I do not really know how to approach this kind of recurrence.
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Marginal Probability of Generating a Tree

Fix some finite graph $G = (V, E)$, and some vertex $x$. Suppose I generate a random sub-tree of $G$ of size $N$, containing $x$, as follows: Let $T_0 = \{ x \}$. For $0 < n \leqslant N$ i. Let ...
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Convert tree with recursive relationship to parent-child tree

Background: I have a .yaml file which holds around >3000 elements. The elements are related to each other through a recursive relationship. I want to create a tree view containing those items. A good ...
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I am unable to understand the logic behind the code (I've added exact queries as comments in the code)

Our local ninja Naruto is learning to make shadow-clones of himself and is facing a dilemma. He only has a limited amount of energy (e) to spare that he must entirely distribute among all of his ...
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Turing Recursive Definition vs General Perception

So what confuses me is that let's consider a function f. According to a definition from a text book it asserts that f is called recursive, if there is a Turing machine that computes it (for all input ...
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Master Theorem applicable here?

Let $T(n):=\begin{cases} \frac{2+\log n}{1+\text{log}n}t(\lfloor\frac{n}{2}\rfloor) + \log ((n!)^{\log n}) & \text{if }n>1 \\ 1 & \text{if }n=1 \end{cases}$ I need to prove that $t(n) \in ...
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What does the phrase “Simple For Loops” mean in computability theory?

I was reading a Wikipedia page on Primitive Recursive Functions but there is a phrase for describing the simple for loops which I really don't understand. Can anyone explain this to me? The Phrase: ...
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Understanding recursion tree for withdrawal formula

$$ T(n) = T(n-a) + T(a) + cn $$ Now the solution says that the height of the tree $(h)$ is: $$ h = \left \lfloor n/a \right \rfloor $$ And I don't understand why. Maybe I didn't understand the ...
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How do I design a DP algorithm to count the minimum amount of continuous palindromic subsequences in sequence?

Taking a sequence, I am looking to calculate the minimum amount of continuous palindromic subsequences to build up such a sequence. I believe the best way is using a recursive DP algorithm. I am ...
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Is this an example of Tail Recursion

As I have read in this answer: What is tail recursion? tail recursion is a special case of recursion where the calling function does no more computation after making a recursive call. Here after the ...
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How to solve recurrence. T(n). = T(n-1) + T(n/2) + n?

I am aware that to get a running time by recursion tree method, we need to draw a tree and find: a) number of levels in tree. Since left side of tree decreases by 1 in size, so it's longest path ...
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Calculating complexity for recursive algorithm with codependent relations

I wrote a program recently which was based on a recursive algorithm, solving for the number of ways to tile a 3xn board with 2x1 dominoes: F(n) = F(n-2) + 2*G(n-1) G(n) = G(n-2) + F(n-1) ...
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Is there an algorithm to find the smallest set of the shortest prefix substrings of a continuous numeric sequence?

Before anything I want to preemptively thank anyone who drops by for their patience, I don't have any formal CS background so I'm probably going to use some of these terms wrong. I have a puzzle: ...
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Using Subset Sum algorithm $O(n)$ times to find the subset

Subset Sum is a well-known dynamic programming problem, which states that given a succession of numbers and a number, the algorithm determines if exists a subset that its sum is equal to the given ...
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Partition the indices of 2d array to minimize sum of sub-matrices

Given an $n\times n$ Matrix $M$, and the indices $[{1,2,3,4,...,n}]$ are divided into several intervals : $[1,x_1],[x_1,x_2],...[x_k,n]$, which further extract several squared sub-matrices along the $...
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Merging $t$ arrays of size $t$ cannot be done in $O(t^2)$

Dr. John claims that he designed a comparison-based algorithm FastMerge that can merge $t$ arrays of size $t$ at most each in $O(t^2)$ time. In Dr. John’s own words, ”Given $t$ sorted arrays $B_1,B_2,...
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How to generate tree variants of a tree using recursion?

I have a tree T, I need to generate all possible variants of T by permuting all its child nodes(please refer the following figure). how can I generate all variants, T, using recursion? any help is ...
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Enumerate the terms resulting from decomposing a number by repeated divisions by 2

Consider a natural number $n>1$. We express it as $\lfloor \frac n 2 \rfloor + \lceil \frac n 2 \rceil$. We repeat the process for each of the two terms until all terms are 1 or 2. For example $9 = ...
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How many times in this pseudo-code is the function F called?

For this question, I thought function F called twice but it called three times. Are those three functions were called? F(N), F(K) and F(N-1)? How many times in this pseudo-code is the function F ...
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Iterative-substitution method yields different solution for T(n)=3T(n/8)+n than expected by using master theorem

I's like to guess the running time of recurrence $T(n)=3T(n/8)+n$ using iterative-substitution method. Using master theorem, I can verify the running time is $O(n).$ Using subtitution method however, ...
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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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Find the fixed point of a recursive functional?

A functional is a function which takes another function as a parameter. The fixed point of a function is an input such that F(x) = x Given an example functional, <...
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Recursive set for a string

Given the definition: ...
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Explanation of O(n2^n) time complexity for powerset generation

I'm working on a problem to generate all powersets of a given set. The algorithm itself is relatively straightforward: ...
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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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Recurrence Relations

I am starting to learn recurrence relations in class and I am having issue with this example: T(N) = 2N - 1 + T(N-1) I am bit confused as to get the base case. I'm sorry if this seems elementary, ...
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How to show that a partial function is recursive?

I try to prove that this function is recursive: $$f(x_1,x_2)= \begin{cases} 2x_1-x_2 & \text{if $x_1 \geqslant \sqrt{x_2}$} \newline \bot & \text{otherwise} \end{cases}$$ I think that I need ...
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Converting a function with single parameter to a function with multiple parameters

I have been solving some algorithm questions recently and a pattern I have observed in some problems is as follows: Given a string or a list, do an aggregation operation on each of its elements. Here ...
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How to show that a $\log_2(x)$ is a recursive function?

I have a problem for the comprehension of how to prove that a function $ \log_2 : \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ defined as: $$\log_2 (x)= \begin{cases} y & \text{if $x=2^y$} \newline \bot &...
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Minimum no. of coin flips (switch) needed so that all coins face the same side (Heads or Tails)

Consider this, I have n coins and I have placed them in a random order (1st coin is Head, 2nd is Tails etc.). You do not know the order. You can flip one coin at a time and then I tell you if all the ...
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Count total number of k length paths in a tree

This is a question from a competitive programming competition. Given a tree with n nodes and a number k, find the total number of paths of length k in that tree. I know for a fact that a solution can ...
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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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How to compute the general term formula for the number of full binary tree heaps that can be formed with distinct elements?

The number of possible heaps that are full binary trees of height $h$ and can be formed with ($n = 2^h - 1$) distinct elements can be computed by recursion: $$ a_h = {2^h - 2 \choose 2^{h - 1} - 1} a_{...

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