WA in K Halves problem from Fall For Code 2.0

Problem Link: https://www.codechef.com/FFC22019/problems/FFC219G

I tried to solve this problem using a memoized DP solution. The recurrence for my DP is as follows:

DP(i, j) = \max\limits_{k \in odd, \space i \lt k \lt j}(DP(i, j), \space cost(i, k) + DP(k + 1, j))

Initially DP(i, j) is cost(i, j) which is the half sum value of the segment (even lengthed) [i, j]. And the final answer is stored in DP(0, n - 1).

This is a link to my solution during the contest: https://www.codechef.com/viewsolution/26911594

I am still unable to understand where it went wrong and why it gave a WA verdict. After the contest, I downloaded an AC solution and tested it against my solution using this tester code:

#include <bits/stdc++.h>

using namespace std;

int main() {
    char buf[16];
    random_device rng;
    while (true) {
        ofstream fout("in.txt", ios_base::out);
        fout << "1\n";
        int n = (1 + rng() % 25) << 1;
        fout << n << '\n';
        auto choose = rng();
        for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
            int x = rng() % 1000;
            if (rng() < choose) {
                x = -x;
            fout << x << ' ';
        fout << '\n';
        string a = "", b = "";
        FILE *fp = popen("./A < in.txt", "r");
        if (fp == nullptr) {
            cout << "File Problem at line " << __LINE__ << '\n';
        while (fgets(buf, sizeof(buf), fp) != nullptr) {
            a += buf;
        fp = popen("./B < in.txt", "r");
        if (fp == nullptr) {
            cout << "File Problem at line " << __LINE__ << '\n';
        while (fgets(buf, sizeof(buf), fp) != nullptr) {
            b += buf;
        long aa = stol(a), bb = stol(b);
        if (aa != bb) {
            cout << "  Me: " << aa << '\n';
            cout << "Them: " << bb << '\n';
    return 0;

And this tester code is still running (since the past 3 hours, though my system’s specifications are pretty decent).

Please help me figure this out.


I am not sure if this is the case but in your solution, inside the solve function at line 17, the for loop should be for(int k=(i+1); k<=j ; k+=2), I think equality should be there with j since your parameters have the initial value of (0,n-1) as I can see in the main function.

For the case k == j, the recurrence will not be valid, \because (k + 1) will go out of bounds according to the recursive definition of my DP states. Also, this case is being handled at line 16 where I have written:

x = cost[i][j];

So, I don’t think it is making any problem.

The test data is incorrect, I just figured out.

Solution: https://www.codechef.com/viewsolution/26922250

This is the same solution that I have provided in the description above, and I have just added assertions on everything according to the constraints. And now the same is giving Runtime Error, means my assertions did fail on the constraints. Also, I had used static arrays for a and pre of sizes 300 and 301 respectively.

Then I submitted this code: https://www.codechef.com/viewsolution/26922373
It gave WA just because I used vector<int> a(n). Then I submitted the same solution with vector<long> a(n), which means even a is going out of an int limit.

Finally I submitted this code and got AC: https://www.codechef.com/viewsolution/26922478

All of them have the same logic and implementation, just the AC solution is not blindly trusting the constraints.

So, I request the organizers to please rectify this problem and re-judge all the solutions, both for practice section and the contest.

Just emailed them about this also, with a link to this reply.


We’ll just look into this and get back to you.

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We have rejudged the solution!! Check it!!

What about Contest Rank List and Contest Page updation?
And what about Practice Submissions updation?

Contest rank list has been updated accordingly. Top 3 are unaffected.

@saurabhshadow Can you please provide the editorials for Fall for code contest .

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They did get affected!