PROBLEM LINK:Author: Misha Chorniy DIFFICULTY:Simple PREREQUISITES:None PROBLEM:Given four numbers $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$, tell whether it is possible to pair them up such that $a:b$ is equal to $c:d$. We are allowed to shuffle the order of the numbers. EXPLANATION:We can simply try all the possible pairings. A way to model this is to cycle through all the permutations of the four numbers, pair up the first two together and the last two together. Then find the ratio of the first two and the last two; if they are equal, output "Possible", else "Impossible". Cycling through permutations can be done through functions like $next\_permutation$ in the C library or simply by recursion. Either way works since we just have 4 numbers. A more intelligent solution is to sort the four numbers and pair up the first 2 together and the last 2 together and check their ratios. This works because ratios are symmetric. For checking the ratio equality, we can use an simple property that if $a:b$ = $c:d$ then $a*d$ = $b*c$. This way, we can avoid dealing with floats. Please see editorialist's/setter's program for implementation details. COMPLEXITY:$\mathcal{O}(1)$ SAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
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asked 23 Jul '16, 21:24

"Cycling through permutations can be done through functions like next_permutation in the C library or simply by recursion." Or with 4 copypasted cycles + checking if they give a permutation (which can be done with just 4 conditions  three indices must be different and the sum of all 4 must be 0+1+2+3). In this case, it should be the simplest solution. answered 25 Jul '16, 00:39

saikarthik12 Try this: 3 5 6 8 the answer should be impossible btw my answer was just an if condition the problem isn't that big of a deal :D answered 25 Jul '16, 12:20

does these both a/b == c/d and a:b == c:d are equal in case of this question ?? because i was getting WA with a/b == c/d. answered 25 Jul '16, 11:50

include<iostream>using namespace std; int main() { int a,b,c,d; cin>>a>>b>>c>>d; if((ab==cd)  (ac==bd)  (ad==bc)) { cout<<"Possible"<<endl;
} what is wrong in my code? answered 27 Jul '16, 12:52
@alok12345 "Impossible" not "impossible". Case is important though I assume this may already have been solved by you xD.
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