SPCTRIPS - Editorial


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Setter: Nishant Raj Lather
Tester: Istvan Nagy
Editorialist: Taranpreet Singh




Knowledge of Sieve of Eranthoses would be helpful.


Given an integer N, find the number of triplets (A, B, C) such that

  • A \bmod B = C
  • B \bmod C = 0
  • 1 \leq A, B, C \leq N


  • Loop over all pairs (B, C) such that B is a multiple of C. There are O(N*log(N)) such pairs.
  • Given N, B and C, we can see that A = x*B+C for some x \geq 0, leading to \displaystyle 0 \leq x \leq \frac{N-C}{B}. Each value of x corresponding to one value of A.
  • So for pair (B, C), there are \displaystyle 1 + \frac{N-C}{B} candidates for A, we can sum it over all pairs.


In most problems involving triplets or tuples, we tend to fix one or more parameters, so that we get a nice formula or a quick way of computing number of candidates for the remaining parameters. The number of candidates of fixed parameters should also be small enough so that we can iterate over those.

Fixing A

Let’s suppose we iterate on all A. Then we have B \bmod C = 0 and We know A \bmod B = C for known A and unknown B and C. This doesn’t seem to help much, so moving on.

Fixing B

Let’s suppose we fix B. Now we know that C is a factor of B, and A \bmod B = C, so C \lt B. Since C is a divisor of B, there would be d(C) candidates for C, where d(n) denotes the number of divisors of n. Let’s iterate over all those divisors of B in O(\sqrt B), So now we can loop over all pairs (B, C) in O(\sqrt B) such that B is multiple of C, we need to count the number of A such that 1 \leq A \leq N and A \bmod B = C \implies A = x*B + C.

Each value of x denotes a unique value of A and we have x \geq 0. so we need to count the values of x such that 0 \leq x and x*B+C \leq N which implies \displaystyle 0 \leq x \leq \frac{N-C}{B}. Hence, there are \displaystyle 1 + \left\lfloor \frac{N-C}{B}\right\rfloor candidates for A.

Hence, we can loop over all pairs (B, C) and sum over the number of candidates found for A for each pair.

This solution is taking time O(N * \sqrt N), as there are O(N) candidates for B and for each B, it takes O(\sqrt B) time to iterate over candidates of C. This solution is sufficient to get AC.

Fixing C

Let’s suppose the value of C is fixed now. We know that B is a multiple of C. So there are \displaystyle \left\lfloor \frac{N}{C} \right\rfloor candidates for B up to N (All multiples of C up to N).

This way, we can first fix C and then loop over all multiples of C to choose it as a candidate for B, and use the same formula as above to calculate the number of candidates for A.

This solution is better, as we only iterated over pairs (B, C) such that B is a multiple of C. In the previous solution, we had to iterate up to \sqrt B to find factors, which included some non-candidates as well. So we can see that this solution is optimal than the previous solution.

Specifically, there are O(N) candidates for C and for each C, there are \displaystyle \left\lfloor \frac{N}{C} \right\rfloor candidates for B, so the number of pairs (B, C) can be written as \displaystyle \sum_{i = 1}^N \left\lfloor \frac{N}{i} \right\rfloor which can be approximated close to O(N*ln(N)) using Harmonic numbers. This solution can also be seen similar to sieve of Eranthoses.


The time complexity is O(N*\sqrt N) or O(N*log(N)) depending upon implementation.


Setter's Solution
// nlather (Nishant Raj Lather)
// Chrollo_Lucifer

#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
#define boost ios_base::sync_with_stdio(false);cin.tie(nullptr);
#define rep(i, x, n) for(ll i = x; i < n; i++)
typedef long long int ll;

int main() {
    ll t;
    scanf("%lli", &t);
    while(t--) {
        ll n;
        scanf("%lli", &n);
        ll ans = 0;
        rep(b, 1, n+1) for(ll c = 2*b;c <= n; c += b) {
            ans += 1+(n-b)/c;
        printf("%lli\n", ans);
Tester's Solution
#include <iostream>
#include <cassert>
#include <vector>
#include <set>
#include <map>
#include <algorithm>
#include <random>

#ifdef HOME
    #include <windows.h>

#define all(x) (x).begin(), (x).end()
#define rall(x) (x).rbegin(), (x).rend()
#define forn(i, n) for (int i = 0; i < (int)(n); ++i)
#define for1(i, n) for (int i = 1; i <= (int)(n); ++i)
#define ford(i, n) for (int i = (int)(n) - 1; i >= 0; --i)
#define fore(i, a, b) for (int i = (int)(a); i <= (int)(b); ++i)

template<class T> bool umin(T &a, T b) { return a > b ? (a = b, true) : false; }
template<class T> bool umax(T &a, T b) { return a < b ? (a = b, true) : false; }

using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char** argv) 
#ifdef HOME
	    freopen("../in.txt", "rb", stdin);
	    freopen("../out.txt", "wb", stdout);
    int T;
    cin >> T;
    forn(tc, T)
	    uint32_t N;
	    uint64_t res = 0;
	    cin >> N;

	    fore(C, 1, N)
		    for (int B = 2 * C; B <= N; B += C)
			    res += 1 + (N - C) / B;
	    cout << res << endl;
    return 0;
Editorialist's Solution
import java.util.*;
import java.io.*;
    void pre() throws Exception{}
    void solve(int TC) throws Exception{
        int N = ni();
        long ans = 0;
        for(int C = 1; C <= N; C++){
            for(int B = C+C; B <= N; B+= C){
                //x*B+C <= N, 0 <= x
                //0 <= x <= (N-C)/B
                ans += (N-C)/B + 1;
    void hold(boolean b)throws Exception{if(!b)throw new Exception("Hold right there, Sparky!");}
    static boolean multipleTC = true;
    FastReader in;PrintWriter out;
    void run() throws Exception{
        in = new FastReader();
        out = new PrintWriter(System.out);
        //Solution Credits: Taranpreet Singh
        int T = (multipleTC)?ni():1;
        pre();for(int t = 1; t<= T; t++)solve(t);
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception{
        new SPCTRIPS().run();
    int bit(long n){return (n==0)?0:(1+bit(n&(n-1)));}
    void p(Object o){out.print(o);}
    void pn(Object o){out.println(o);}
    void pni(Object o){out.println(o);out.flush();}
    String n()throws Exception{return in.next();}
    String nln()throws Exception{return in.nextLine();}
    int ni()throws Exception{return Integer.parseInt(in.next());}
    long nl()throws Exception{return Long.parseLong(in.next());}
    double nd()throws Exception{return Double.parseDouble(in.next());}

    class FastReader{
        BufferedReader br;
        StringTokenizer st;
        public FastReader(){
            br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(System.in));

        public FastReader(String s) throws Exception{
            br = new BufferedReader(new FileReader(s));

        String next() throws Exception{
            while (st == null || !st.hasMoreElements()){
                    st = new StringTokenizer(br.readLine());
                }catch (IOException  e){
                    throw new Exception(e.toString());
            return st.nextToken();

        String nextLine() throws Exception{
            String str = "";
                str = br.readLine();
            }catch (IOException e){
                throw new Exception(e.toString());
            return str;

Feel free to share your approach. Suggestions are welcomed as always. :slight_smile:


Great explanation :ok_hand:

Nice Explanation.
I didn’t get solution while fixing C.
Here is the solution on fixing B.