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Yahoo Hackathon DP Problem


There is a sequence of N random integers, which can contain any integer between -10 and 10 (both of which are inclusive). The task is to find the number of continuous sequences of integers such that their sum is -1 or +1

1 <= n <= 10^6

asked 22 Jun '13, 18:18

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Well since you didn't give any memory limit, i'm just going to assume it's 256MB.

  1. Let dp[i] be the sum from 0..i for example : dp[2] = array[0] + array[1] + array[2]. Calculate the dp array : dp[i] = dp[i - 1] + array[i].

  2. Let cnt[dp[i]] be the number of times dp[i] appears.Array cnt ranges from -10.000.000 to 10.000.000.

  3. Iterate through every dp[i], i = 0..n-1 and to the answer add cnt[dp[i]+1] and cnt[dp[i]-1]. Reason is you are trying to find a number of pairs of indices (i, j) such that j < i and dp[i] - dp[j] = -1 or 1. Don't forget to use a 64bit integer as an answer. Also don't forget to count every dp[i] that's 1 or -1.

Here is a simple pascal code.

var cnt:array[-10000000..10000000] of integer;
    dp:array[0..1000000] of integer;
    currNum, N, i:integer;
  for i := 0 to N - 1 do begin
    if (i <> 0) then dp[i] := dp[i - 1];
    dp[i] := dp[i] + currNum;
    ans := ans + cnt[dp[i] + 1];
    ans := ans + cnt[dp[i] - 1];
    if (dp[i] = -1) or (dp[i] = 1) then ans := ans + 1;
    cnt[dp[i]] := cnt[dp[i]] + 1;

Complexity : O(N).

Memory used : 41248 kB. - ideone link where you can test the code.


answered 23 Jun '13, 12:28

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edited 23 Jun '13, 15:11

Brilliant answer. Cleverly avoiding the double-counting and took care of the corner case.

(23 Jun '13, 15:36) sumanth2324★

I think the following code can solve the problem. If any explanation is wanted, please ask I shall explain.

#define OFFSET 1000000
#define LIMIT 1000000
int sumupto[LIMIT+2];
int countsum[20*LIMIT+2];//mapping is as 0->-10000000 and 20000000-> +10000000
int n,num;
unsigned long long int ans=0;
int sum=0;
for(int i=0;i<20*LIMIT+2;i++)countsum[i]=0;
for(int i=0;i<n;i++)
    if(sumupto[i]==1 or sumupto[i]==-1)
return 0;

Heres the explanation. I have an array of integers of size n where 1<n<10^6 and each element lies in the range -10 to 10. The array element sumupto[i] keeps the sum upto the index i in the given array. Now we also see that the maximum possible value that can ever occur in the array sumupto is 10^7 (ie when n=10^6 and all elements are 10) also, the minimum possible value would be -10^7. Now the array element countsum[i] gives the number of entries with value i in the array sumupto, and so its size must be atleast 2*10^7, and use of offset 10^7 to keep track of the number of negative entires. To find a continuous subsequence, whose sum equals 1 or -1 we simply need to find the number of instances such that abs(sumupto[i]-sumupto[j])=1 where 1<i<n and 1<j<n. In doing this we would be counting each such subsequence twice. To do this we simply use the hashtable array countsum, as the number of entries with value = sumupto[i]+1 or value = sumupto[i]-1 would give us the answer, but again with each sequence counted twice. Thus we get our answer!


answered 22 Jun '13, 22:28

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edited 23 Jun '13, 20:46

Your logic will fail at an edge case. If there is only one number in the given sequence- the number being 1, ur code gives ans=0

(23 Jun '13, 14:50) sumanth2324★

What I wanted to point is- Let the sequence be from index i to index j - that is a[i] + a[i+1] + ... + a[j] = -1 or 1 then all those sequences where i=0 will not be recognized

(23 Jun '13, 14:53) sumanth2324★

@sumanth32 yep, you are right, I ignored the cases wherein the sum of sequences is 1 or -1, also if I calculate as I input the numbers I would avoid the error of double counting, which is so nicely presented by c0d3junki3. Correcting it!

(23 Jun '13, 20:42) mjnovice3★


As the use of DP is needed, I say that I also don't know how to solve this problem, but, usually, a recurrence relationship needs to be derived, especially one that can exploit the property of optimal substructure...

For instance, let's try to denote:

S(i,j) -> sum of the elements of the array that start at element i with length j;

Also let our array be denoted as Arr.

As we want a contiguous subsequence, we can have three cases to consider now:

Case 1

S(i,j) = -1 or S(i,j) = 1, case where we add this sequence to our total sequence counter.

Case 2

S(i,j) + Arr[i+j+1] > 1 or S(i,j) + Arr[i+j+1] < -1;

This case means that, as the next element on our array, (remember we start on element i and have a sequence of length j) A[i+j+1] is not a suitable candidate to form an admissable sequence, so we can possibly restart our sequence counter as S(i+j+1, vl), where vl denotes the variable length that our new subsequence can take.

Case 3

A case where S(i,j) + Arr[i+j+1] = -1 or S(i,j) + Arr[i+j+1] = 1, case where we should count this sequence and where we have S(i,j+1) being similar to case 1.

Possibly there might be more cases or this formulation might be incorrect, and maybe someone more skilled than me can help you better...

I just wrote the formulation that came to my head.

This seems like a mix between Kadane's algorithm and the subset sum problem, but I am yet too newbie in DP to help in a more specific way...

Best regards,



answered 22 Jun '13, 21:39

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int main(){
int t,n;
int arr[n],i,j,count=0,c,sum;
for(i=0; i<n; i++)
       //if(arr[i]==1 || arr[i]==-1) count++;
      for(j=i; j<n ;j++)
         sum = sum + arr[j];
        if(sum==1 || sum==-1) count++;
return 0;
This answer is marked "community wiki".

answered 22 Jun '13, 22:46

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edited 23 Jun '13, 11:48

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This is a simple Brute Force you are doing. Try to optimize the problem by using DP.

(14 Aug '13, 00:45) vikasnitt2★
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