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Getting Wrong answer in Problem name Pizza ?


I am trying to solve this problem but i am getting wrong answer. can anyone tell me where i am wrong ?

My algorithm

  1. I am calculating the maximum number of piece can be cut using N line.
  2. To maximize this we have to divide N into two equal parts if N is even, else floor(N/2) and ceil(N/2).
  3. After that checking whether the given number fall into that range or not. Maximum number piece can be done = floor(N/2) * ceil(N/2)
  4. If number is perfect square then return (sqrt(n)-1)*2;
  5. Else, check whether the number fall into lower range o higher.

(i). If N > floor(N/2)ceil(N/2) then return ((ceil(sqrt(N/2)))-1)2) ;

(ii) Else return ((floor(sqrt(N/2)))-1)*2)+1;

here is the link of my code

asked 25 Oct '14, 05:20

shravan40's gravatar image

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I honestly don't know why you have to divide N to 2 or even divide them. N means the sliced pizza already. What you've been asked in the problem is minimum number of SLICES for you to get N or greater than that. Well, to solve it, you can picture out the pizza and slice once, twice, thrice and so on. alt text

As you can see, the best way to cut the pizza into its maximum, is to cut it straight through ALL the slices already. As shown above in the picture, you can get 2 pieces with 1 slice, 4 pieces with 2 slices, 7 pieces with 3 slices and 11 pieces with 4 slices. The problem didn't state to cut the pizza equally so the cutting style should be OK.

The maximum number of pieces cut is also a sequence called "lazy caterer's sequence". You can read about it here: link text

Then, to solve the problem, you just have to check the range in which N first appeared. :D

Happy coding~


answered 25 Oct '14, 06:20

stheitive16_'s gravatar image

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You're method is a bit wrong the pieces need not to be equal. for ex if n=10 your code will give output 5 but 10 piecesalt text can be obtained in 4 proper cuts.


answered 25 Oct '14, 06:11

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