MAXNUM3 - Editorial




Author: Trung Nguyen

Tester: Oleksandr Kulkov

Editorialist: Oleksandr Kulkov






You’re given bunch of numbers. For each number you should remove exactly one digit to get the largest number that is divisible by 6.


Brute-force the digit to be removed and check if it’s possible by divisibility rule for 2 and 3. Among all possibilities choose either first with s_{i+1} < s_i or the last one if there is no such position where s_i is removed element.


Number is divisible by 6 if it is divisible by 2 (i.e. the last digit is even) and by 3 (i.e. sum of digits is divisible by 3) simultaneously. Given that we can quickly check if we can remove some particular digit. Now we should choose among all possible digits one which will lead to the largest number.

For convenience let’s assume that in block of repeated digits we always consider only the last one. Thus s_i=s_{i+1} never takes place and after we remove i^{th} digit, first i-1 digits will be same as in the initial numbers and next digit will be equal to s_{i+1}\neq s_i. Thus if it is possible to get the number which is lexicographically larger then initial one, we should choose one which is larger in the earliest possible position to get the largest number among all possible. On the other hand if we can only delete last character or one with s_i > s_{i+1}, we’ll get the number which is lexicographically lesser than s with first differ in position i. In this case we should maximize the difference position which leads us to the algorithm described in quick explanation. Here is the main code to solve the problem:

string s;
cin >> s;
int n = s.size();
string ans = "-1";
int sum = (accumulate(begin(s), end(s), 0) - '0' * n) % 3;
int lpos = -1;
for(int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
    if((s[i] - '0') % 3 == sum && 
       (s[n - 1 - (i == n - 1)] - '0') % 2 == 0) {
        lpos = i;
        if(i + 1 < n && s[i] < s[i + 1]) {
cout << (lpos == -1 ? "-1" : s.substr(0, lpos) + s.substr(lpos + 1)) << '\n';


Author’s solution can be found here.

Tester’s solution can be found here.



A very nice problem for sure.

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“Among all possibilities choose either first with si+1<si” Can anyone explain this point? Couldn’t follow the explanation.

What does this mean s[n - 1 - (i == n - 1)]

In this problem, when it is submitted through python 3 it shows EOFError: EOF When reading line.

Please can anyone tell me why my submission gave WA. I checked many test cases they all are going correct

Here’s my solution

Also what we need to do if ‘the sum of n over all test cases ≤ 106’ Constraint fails

Bro, n can have a maximum of 10^5 digits. So, you have to store it in a string or character array. Read the question again, it is given that the integer has n>1 digits.

What is wrong with my approach and why am I getting SIGABRT here

The condition should be s[i+1] > s[i] and not the other way around; where s[i] is the element to be removed.

You can ask your questions now. :slight_smile:

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Let us compare 2 cases where you delete ith digit in one case and jth digit in other case where j>i and original number is “s[1] s[2] … s[i-1] s[i] s[i+1] … s[j] … s[n]”.

delete ith digit -> “s[1] s[2] … s[i-1] s[i+1] … s[j] … s[n]”

delete kth digit -> “s[1] s[2] … s[i-1] s[i] s[i+1] … s[j-1] s[j+1] … s[n]”

So if it is the case that s[i+1]>s[i] then you can clearly see that number generated by deleting ith digit is lexicographically larger for any j>i. And hence we will select first such i such that s[i]<s[i+1].

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If i am correct does (i == n - 1) return boolean value i.e., 0 or 1.

Thank You :slight_smile: