Problems on Algorithms
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Ian Parberry and William Gasarch
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Problems on Algorithms
by
Ian Parberry
(ian@ponder.csci.unt.edu)
Dept. of Computer Science
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
August, 1994
Contents
Preface ix
1 Introduction 1
1.1 How to Use This Book 1
1.2 Overview of Chapters 1
1.3 Pseudocode 3
1.4 Useful Texts 4
2 Mathematical Induction 8
2.1 Summations 8
2.2 Inequalities 10
2.3 Floors and Ceilings 10
2.4 Divisibility 11
2.5 Postage Stamps 11
2.6 Chessboard Problems 12
2.7 Fibonacci Numbers 14
2.8 Binomial Coeﬃcients 14
2.9 What is Wrong? 15
2.10 Graphs 16
2.11 Trees 17
2.12 Geometry 18
2.13 Miscellaneous 19
2.14 Hints 20
2.15 Solutions 21
2.16 Comments 23
iii
iv Contents
3 BigO and BigΩ 28
3.1 Rank the Functions 28
3.2 True or False? 30
3.3 Proving BigO 31
3.4 Manipulating BigO 32
3.5 Alternative Deﬁnitions 33
3.6 Find the Functions 34
3.7 Hints 35
3.8 Solutions 35
3.9 Comments 36
4 Recurrence Relations 37
4.1 Simple Recurrences 37
4.2 More Diﬃcult Recurrences 38
4.3 General Formulae 39
4.4 Recurrences with Full History 39
4.5 Recurrences with Floors and Ceilings 40
4.6 Hints 41
4.7 Solutions 41
4.8 Comments 44
5 Correctness Proofs 46
5.1 Iterative Algorithms 46
5.1.1 StraightLine Programs 47
5.1.2 Arithmetic 47
5.1.3 Arrays 49
5.1.4 Fibonacci Numbers 51
5.2 Recursive Algorithms 51
5.2.1 Arithmetic 52
5.2.2 Arrays 53
5.2.3 Fibonacci Numbers 54
5.3 Combined Iteration and Recursion 54
5.4 Hints 55
5.5 Solutions 56
5.6 Comments 58
6 Algorithm Analysis 59
6.1 Iterative Algorithms 59
Contents v
6.1.1 What is Returned? 59
6.1.2 Arithmetic 61
6.1.3 Arrays 61
6.1.4 Fibonacci Numbers 62
6.2 Recursive Algorithms 62
6.2.1 Arithmetic 63
6.2.2 Arrays 63
6.2.3 Fibonacci Numbers 64
6.3 Combined Iteration and Recursion 64
6.4 Hints 64
6.5 Solutions 65
6.6 Comments 66
7 DivideandConquer 67
7.1 Maximum and Minimum 67
7.2 Integer Multiplication 68
7.3 Strassen’s Algorithm 73
7.4 Binary Search 74
7.5 Quicksort 75
7.6 Towers of Hanoi 77
7.7 DepthFirst Search 78
7.8 Applications 79
7.9 Hints 81
7.10 Solutions 83
7.11 Comments 85
8 Dynamic Programming 87
8.1 Iterated Matrix Product 87
8.2 The Knapsack Problem 89
8.3 Optimal Binary Search Trees 90
8.4 Floyd’s Algorithm 91
8.5 Applications 92
8.6 Finding the Solutions 97
8.7 Hints 99
8.8 Solutions 99
8.9 Comments 100
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9 Greedy Algorithms 101
9.1 Continuous Knapsack 101
9.2 Dijkstra’s Algorithm 102
9.3 MinCost Spanning Trees 103
9.4 Traveling Salesperson 109
9.5 Applications 109
9.6 Hints 111
9.7 Solutions 111
9.8 Comments 115
10 Exhaustive Search 116
10.1 Strings 116
10.2 Permutations 118
10.3 Combinations 120
10.4 Other Elementary Algorithms 121
10.5 Backtracking 122
10.6 Applications 123
10.7 Hints 130
10.8 Solutions 131
10.9 Comments 133
11 Data Structures 135
11.1 Heaps 135
11.2 AVL Trees 138
11.3 2–3 Trees 141
11.4 The UnionFind Problem 142
11.5 Applications 142
11.6 Hints 145
11.7 Solutions 145
11.8 Comments 146
12 ^{completeness 147
12.1 General 147
12.2 Cook Reductions 148
12.3 What is Wrong? 150
12.4 Circuits 152
12.5 OneinThree 3SAT 153
12.6 Factorization 154
Contents vii
12.7 Hints 154
12.8 Solutions 155
12.9 Comments 155
13 Miscellaneous 156
13.1 Sorting and Order Statistics 156
13.2 Lower Bounds 157
13.3 Graph Algorithms 158
13.4 Maximum Flow 160
13.5 Matrix Reductions 161
13.6 General 162
13.7 Hints 164
13.8 Solutions 166
13.9 Comments 166
Bibliography 168
Index 174
viii Contents
Preface
The ability to devise eﬀective and eﬃcient algorithms in new situations is a skill
that separates the master programmer from the merely adequate coder. The best
way to develop that skill is to solve problems. To be eﬀective problem solvers,
masterprogrammersintraining must do more than memorize a collection of stan
dard techniques and applications — they must in addition be able to internalize and
integrate what they have learned and apply it in new circumstances. This book is a
collection of problems on the design, analysis, and veriﬁcation of algorithms for use
by practicing programmers who wish to hone and expand their skills, as a supple
mentary text for students enrolled in an undergraduate or beginning graduate class
on algorithms, and as a selfstudy text for graduate students who are preparing for
the qualifying (often called “breadth” or “comprehensive”) examination on algo
rithms for a Ph.D. program in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. It is
intended to augment the problem sets found in any standard algorithms textbook.
Recognizing that a supplementary text must be costeﬀective if it is to be useful,
I have made two important and perhaps controversial decisions in order to keep its
length within reasonable bounds. The ﬁrst is to cover only what I consider to be
the most important areas of algorithm design and analysis. Although most instruc
tors throw in a “fun” advanced topic such as amortized analysis, computational
geometry, approximation algorithms, numbertheoretic algorithms, randomized al
gorithms, or parallel algorithms, I have chosen not to cover these areas. The second
decision is not to search for the origin of the problems that I have used. A lengthy
discussion of the provenance of each problem would help make this book more schol
arly, but would not make it more attractive for its intended audience — students
and practicing programmers.
To make this book suitable for selfinstruction, I have provided at the end of
each chapter a small collection of hints, solutions, and comments. The solutions are
necessarily few for reasons of brevity, and also to avoid hindering instructors in their
selection of homework problems. I have included various preambles that summarize
the background knowledge needed to solve the problems so that students who are
familiar with the notation and style of their textbook and instructor can become
more familiar with mine.
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x Preface
The organization of this book is a little unusual and requires a few words of
explanation. After a chapter of introduction, it begins with ﬁve chapters on back
ground material that most algorithms instructors would like their students to have
mastered before setting foot in an algorithms class. This will be the case at some
universities, but even then most students would proﬁt from brushing up on this
material by attempting a few of the problems. The introductory chapters include
mathematical induction, bigO notation, recurrence relations, correctness proofs,
and basic algorithm analysis methods. The correctness proof chapter goes beyond
what is normally taught, but I believe that students proﬁt from it once they over
come their initial aversion to mathematical formalism.
The next four chapters are organized by algorithm design technique: divideand
conquer, dynamic programming, greedy algorithms, and exhaustive search. This
organization is somewhat nonstandard, but I believe that the pedagogical beneﬁts
outweigh the drawbacks (the most signiﬁcant of which seems to be the scattering of
problems on graph algorithms over several chapters, mainly in Sections 2.10, 2.11,
7.7, 8.4, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 13.3, and 13.4). Standard textbooks usually devote little time
to exhaustive search because it usually requires exponential time, which is a pity
when it contains many rich and interesting opportunities to practice the application
of algorithm design, analysis, and veriﬁcation methods. The manuscript is rounded
out with chapters on advanced data structures and ^{completeness. The ﬁnal
chapter contains miscellaneous problems that do not necessarily ﬁt into the earlier
chapters, and those for which part of the problem is to determine the algorithmic
technique or techniques to be used.
The algorithms in this book are expressed in a Pascallike pseudocode. Two
problems (Problems 326 and 327) require the reader to examine some code written
in Pascal, but the details of the programming language are not a major factor in
the solutions. In any case, I believe that students of Computer Science should be
literate in many diﬀerent programming languages.
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Chapter 1
Introduction
Problems on Algorithms contains 668 problems on the design, veriﬁcation, and
analysis of algorithms. This chapter is the only background that you will get before
we start listing problems. It is divided into four sections. The ﬁrst section describes
the philosophy of this book and how to get the best out of it. The second section
contains an overview of the remaining chapters. The third section brieﬂy touches
on the pseudocode used to describe algorithms. The fourth section gives a quick
review of some of the textbooks available on algorithms and related subjects.
1.1 HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
Most chapters have sections with hints for, solutions to, and comments on selected
problems. It is recommended that readers ﬁrst attempt the problems on their own.
The hints should be consulted only when encountering serious diﬃculty in getting
started. The solutions can be used as examples of the type of answers that are
expected. Only a limited number of solutions are given so that students are not
tempted to peek, and to ensure that there remains a large number of problems that
instructors can assign as homework.
Each problem is labeled with a sequence of icons. The more mortarboards
a problem has, the more diﬃcult it is. Problems with one or two mortarboards are
suitable for a seniorlevel undergraduate class on algorithms. Problems with two or
three mortarboards are suitable for a graduate class on algorithms. The remaining
icons indicate the existence of additional material: The lightbulb indicates that
there is a hint, the scroll and feather indicates that there is a solution, and the
smiley face indicates that there is a comment. This is summarized for the
reader’s convenience in Table 1.1.
1.2 OVERVIEW OF CHAPTERS
Chapters 2–4 contain problems on some background material on discrete mathe
matics that students should already have met before entering an undergraduate
algorithms course; respectively mathematical induction, bigO notation, and recur
rence relations. If you are a student in an algorithms class, I strongly recommend
1
2 Chap. 1. Introduction
Symbol Meaning
easy
medium
diﬃcult
hint
solution
comment
Table 1.1. Problem symbols and their meaning.
that you review this material and attempt some of the problems from Chapters 2–4
before attending the ﬁrst class. Some kind instructors may spend a few lectures
“reminding” you of this material, but not all of them can aﬀord the time to do so.
In any case, you will be ahead of the game if you devote some time to look over
the material again. If you ignored the material on mathematical induction in your
discrete mathematics class, thinking that it is useless to a programmer, then think
again. If you can master induction, you have mastered recursion — they are two
sides of the same coin.
You may also meet the material from Chapters 5 and 6 in other classes. Chap
ter 5 contains problems on correctness proofs. Not all instructors will emphasize
correctness proofs in their algorithms class, but mastering them will teach you im
portant skills in formalization, expression, and design. The approach to correctness
proofs taken in Chapter 5 is closer to that taken by working researchers than the
formallogic approach expounded by others such as Dijkstra [21]. Chapter 6 con
tains some problems involving the analysis of some naive algorithms. You should
have met this material in earlier classes, but you probably don’t have the depth of
knowledge and facility that you can get from working the problems in this chapter.
Chapters 7–10 consist of problems on various algorithm design techniques: re
spectively, divideandconquer, dynamic programming, greedy algorithms, and ex
haustive search. The problems address some of the standard applications of these
techniques, and ask you to demonstrate your knowledge by applying the techniques
to new problems. Divideandconquer has already been foreshadowed in earlier
chapters, but the problems in Chapter 7 will test your knowledge further. The
treatment of exhaustive search in Chapter 10 goes beyond what is normally covered
in algorithms courses. The excuse for skimming over exhaustive search is usually a
natural distate for exponential time algorithms. However, extensive problems are
provided here because exhaustive search contains many rich and interesting oppor
tunities to practice the application of algorithm design, analysis, and veriﬁcation
methods.
Chapter 11 contains problems on advanced data structures, and Chapter 12
Sec. 1.3. Pseudocode 3
contains problems on ^{completeness, Finally, Chapter 13 contains miscellaneous
problems, deﬁned to be those that do not necessarily ﬁt into the earlier chapters,
and those for which part of the problem is to determine the algorithmic technique
to be used.
1.3 PSEUDOCODE
The algorithms in this text are described in a Pascallike pseudocode. Here is a
quick overview of the conventions used:
Data Types: Most variables are either integers or one or twodimensional arrays
of integers. The notation P[i..j] is shorthand for an array P, whose elements
are P[i], P[i +1], . . . , P[j]. Occasionally, variables will be other mathematical
objects such as sets or lists.
BlockStructuring: Indentation is used to indicate blockstructuring, in an at
tempt to save space.
Assignment Statements: The “:=” symbol is the assignment operator.
Sequencing: A sequence of commands will be on separate lines or separated by
semicolons.
Selection: The selection command uses Pascal’s ifthenelse syntax, which has
the form
if condition
then S
1
else S
2
If the condition is true at time of execution, then S
1
is executed; otherwise
S
2
is executed. The else clause will be omitted if it is empty.
Indeﬁnite Iteration: Indeﬁnite iteration uses Pascal’s pretested while loop or
posttested repeat loop. The while loop has the form
while condition do
S
If the condition is true, then S is executed. The condition is then reevaluated.
If it is false, the loop terminates. Otherwise S is executed again. The process
repeats until the condition is false. The repeat loop has the form
repeat
S
until condition
4 Chap. 1. Introduction
and is equivalent to
S
while not condition do
S
Deﬁnite Iteration: Deﬁnite (countcontrolled) iteration is achieved using Pascal’s
for loop. Some loops count up (using the keyword to), and some count
down (using the keyword downto). An upwardcounting forloop will be
done zero times if the start value is larger than the ﬁnish value (analogously
for downwardcounting forloops). The syntax is as follows, with the upward
counting loop on the left, and the downwardcounting loop on the right:
for i := s to f do for i := s downto f do
S S
which are equivalent to, respectively,
i := s i := s
while i ≤ f do while i ≥ f do
S S
i := i + 1 i := i −1
Subroutines and Parameters: Subroutines are expressed using Pascalstyle pro
cedures and functions. Functions return a value, which unlike Pascal may
be a complicated object. I have chosen to follow the lead of Aho, Hopcroft,
and Ullman [2] in using a Clike return statement to describe the value re
turned by a function. Procedures return values through their parameters.
Most parameters are value parameters, though some are variable parameters.
You’ll be able to tell the diﬀerence by context — those that return values are
obviously variable parameters! Comments in the algorithms should give you
an extra hint.
1.4 USEFUL TEXTS
There are many good algorithms texts available, and more get published every
year. Here is a quick thumbnail sketch of some of them, and some related texts
that you might ﬁnd useful. I recommend that the conscientious student examine
as many texts as possible in the library and choose one that suits their individual
taste. Remember, though, that diﬀerent texts have diﬀering areas of strength, and
appeal to diﬀerent types of reader. I also strongly recommend that the practicing
programmer include in their library a copy of Bentley [9, 10]; Cormen, Leiserson,
and Rivest [19]; Garey and Johnson [28]; Graham, Knuth, and Patashnik [30]; and
Knuth [45, 46, 47].
Sec. 1.4. Useful Texts 5
Aho, Hopcroft, and Ullman [1] This was the standard graduate text on algo
rithms and data structures for many years. It is written quite tersely, with
some sentences requiring a paragraph of explanation for some students. If you
want the plain facts with no singing or dancing, this is the book for you. It is
a little dated in presentation and material, but not particularly so.
Aho, Hopcroft, and Ullman [2] This is the undergraduate version of the pre
vious book, with more emphasis on programming. It is full of minor errors.
A large number of the Pascal program fragments don’t work, even when you
correctly implement their Clike return statement.
Aho and Ullman [3] This textbook is redeﬁning the undergraduate computer sci
ence curriculum at many leading institutions. It is a good place to go to brush
up on your discrete mathematics, data structures, and problem solving skills.
Baase [7] A good algorithms text at the upperdivision undergraduate level.
Bentley [9, 10] This delightful pair of books are a collection of Jon Bentley’s Pro
gramming Pearls column from Communications of the ACM. They should be
recommended reading for all undergraduate computer science majors. Bent
ley explores the problems and pitfalls of algorithm design and analysis, and
pays careful attention to implementation and experimentation. The subjects
chosen are too idiosyncratic and anecdotal to be a textbook, but nonetheless
a useful pair of books.
Brassard and Bratley [14] This is another good algorithms text with a strong
emphasis on design techniques. The title comes from the French word algo
rithmique, which is what they (perhaps more aptly) call Computer Science.
Cormen, Leiserson, and Rivest [19] This is an excellent text for those who can
handle it. In the spirit of Aho, Hopcroft, and Ullman [1], it does not mess
around. A massive tome, it contains enough material for both a graduate and
undergraduate course in algorithms. It is the deﬁnitive text for those who
want to get right down to business, but it is not for the faint of heart.
Even [26] This is the canonical book on graph algorithms covering most of the
graph algorithm material taught in the typical algorithms course, plus more.
It is a little dated, but still very useful.
Garey and Johnson [28] This is the canonical book on ^{completeness. It is
particularly useful for its large list of ^{complete problems. It is showing
its age a little, but David Johnson has expressed an intention to work on a
Second Edition. More modern subjects are covered by David Johnson in “The
NPCompleteness Column: An OnGoing Guide” published on a semiregular
basis in Journal of Algorithms (the latest was in September 1992, but David
Johnson recently assured me that more are planned).
6 Chap. 1. Introduction
Gibbons [29] A more modern and carefully presented text on graph algorithms,
superior in many ways to Even [26].
Graham, Knuth, and Patashnik [30] An excellent book on discrete mathemat
ics for computer science. However, many students ﬁnd it quite diﬃcult going.
It is noted for its marginal (and often obscure) graﬃti.
Greene and Knuth [33] A highly mathematical text for an advanced course on
algorithm analysis at Stanford. Recommended for the serious graduate stu
dent.
Harel [34] This is another good text along the lines of Brassard and Bratley. It
contains excellent highlevel descriptions of subjects that tend to confuse the
beginning student if they are presented in all their detailed glory. It is noted
for its biblical quotes.
Horowitz and Sahni [37] This is a reasonable text for many of the topics found
in the typical algorithms class, but it is weak on analysis and but its approach
to backtracking is somewhat idiosyncratic and hard to follow.
Kingston [44] A strong textbook for the elementary undergraduate algorithms
course, but the coverage is a little shallow for advanced undergraduates. The
chapter on correctness proofs is an unusual but welcome addition. Divide
andconquer and dynamic programming are covered very sketchily, and the
approach to greedy algorithms is idiosyncratic but likely to strike a chord with
some students.
Knuth [45, 46, 47] The Knuth threevolume series is the standard reference text
for researchers and students. The material in it has aged well, except for
Knuth’s penchant for an obscure ﬁctitious assemblylevel code instead of the
more popular and easy to understand pseudocode.
Kozen [50] A text for graduate students containing 40 lectures on algorithms. The
terse presentation is not for everybody. It contains enough material for a single
graduate course, as opposed to the normal text that allows the instructor
to pick and choose the material to be covered. The choice of material is
strong but not to everybody’s taste. The homework problems (all of which
have solutions) and miscellaneous exercises (some of which have solutions) are
particularly useful.
Lewis and Denenberg [52] A strong data structures text that also covers some
of the material in the typical algorithms course.
Manber [56] Some students ﬁnd the approach taken in this book, which is algo
rithm design by successive reﬁnement of intuitive but ﬂawed version of the
algorithm, very helpful. Others, who do not think this way, hate it. It is
certainly more realistic in its approach to algorithm design than more formal
Sec. 1.4. Useful Texts 7
texts, but perhaps it encourages the wrong habits. Some important topics are
not covered in very great detail.
Moret and Shapiro [58] This is planned as the ﬁrst volume of a twovolume set.
This volume covers tractable problems, and the second volume (unsighted
as yet) will cover intractable problems. It has a deﬁnite combinatorial opti
mization ﬂavor. Dynamic programming is a notable omission from the ﬁrst
volume.
Papadimitriou and Steiglitz [59] A reasonable text for an algorithms course,
but one which is very heavy with the jargon and mindset of the combinatorial
optimization and numerical analysis community, which makes it a diﬃcult
book to just dip into at random for the parts of it that are useful.
Purdom and Brown [64] A mathematically rigorous text that focuses on anal
ysis almost to the exclusion of design principles.
Rawlins [67] An entertaining text that nonetheless is technically rigorous and
detailed.
Sedgewick [72] This book studies a large array of standard algorithms, but it is
largely descriptive in nature and does not spend much time on veriﬁcation,
analysis, or design techniques. It is excellent for the elementary undergraduate
algorithms curriculum, but not suﬃciently rigorous for upperdivision courses.
Smith [74] This is another strong algorithms text with an awesome collection of
problems.
Solow [75] This is a good text for the student who has trouble with mathematical
formalism. The chapter on induction may be particularly useful for those who
have trouble getting started.
Weiss [82] A strong data structures text that also covers quite a bit of the material
in the typical algorithms course.
Wilf [83] A book that does a good job on analysis, but does not cover algorithm
design techniques. The selection of topics is limited to chapters on mathe
matical preliminaries, recursion, network ﬂow, numbertheoretic algorithms,
and ^{completeness.
Chapter 2
Mathematical Induction
At ﬁrst sight, this chapter may seem out of place because it doesn’t seem to be
about algorithms at all. Although the problems in this chapter are mainly mathe
matical in nature and have very little to do with algorithms, they are good practice
in a technique that is fundamental to algorithm design, veriﬁcation, and analysis.
Unfortunately, many students come to my algorithms class poorly versed in the use
of induction. Either it was badly taught or they discarded it as useless information
(or both). If you are one of these students, you should start by attempting at least
some of the following problems. In addition to mastering the technique of mathe
matical induction, you should pay particular attention to the results in Sections 2.1,
2.2, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.10, and 2.11. Some of them are quite useful in algorithm design
and analysis, as we shall see later.
2.1 SUMMATIONS
1. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
¸
n
i=1
i = n(n + 1)/2.
2. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
¸
n
i=1
i
2
= n(n + 1)(2n + 1)/6.
3. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
¸
n
i=1
i
3
= n
2
(n + 1)
2
/4.
4. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
n
¸
i=0
(2i + 1)
2
= (n + 1)(2n + 1)(2n + 3)/3.
5. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
¸
n
i=1
i(i+1) = n(n+1)(n+2)/3.
6. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
n
¸
i=1
i(i + 1)(i + 2) = n(n + 1)(n + 2)(n + 3)/4.
8
Sec. 2.1. Summations 9
7. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
¸
n
i=1
i i! = (n + 1)! −1.
8. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that
¸
n
i=1
1/2
i
= 1 −1/2
n
.
9. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that for every a = 1,
n
¸
i=0
a
i
=
a
n+1
−1
a −1
.
10. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that for every a = 1, and all 0 ≤ j ≤ n,
n
¸
i=j
a
i
=
a
n+1
−a
j
a −1
.
11. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
¸
n
i=0
2
i
= 2
n+1
−1.
12. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that
n
¸
i=1
1
i(i + 1)
=
n
n + 1
.
13. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
¸
n
i=1
i2
i
= (n −1)2
n+1
+ 2.
14. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that for every a = 1,
n
¸
i=1
ia
i
=
na
n+2
−(n + 1)a
n+1
+a
(a −1)
2
.
15. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
n
¸
i=1
i
2
2
i
= n
2
2
n+1
−n2
n+2
+ 3 2
n+1
−6.
16. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
n
¸
i=1
i
2
2
n−i
= 2
n+3
−2
n+1
−n
2
−4n −6.
17. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
n
¸
i=1
1
n +i
=
n
¸
i=1
1
2i −1
−
1
2i
.
10 Chap. 2. Mathematical Induction
2.2 INEQUALITIES
18. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that if x > −1, then (1 +x)
n
≥ 1 +nx.
19. Prove by induction on n ≥ 7 that 3
n
< n!.
20. Prove by induction on n ≥ 5 that 2
n
> n
2
.
21. Prove by induction on k ≥ 1 that
¸
n
i=1
i
k
≤ n
k
(n + 1)/2.
22. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
n
¸
i=1
1
i
2
< 2 −
1
n
.
23. Prove by induction that if n ≥ 4 is even, and 2 ≤ i ≤ n/2, then
i
¸
k=1
k
¸
j=1
(n −2j + 1) ≤ 2
i
¸
j=1
(n −2j + 1).
2.3 FLOORS AND CEILINGS
Suppose x ∈ IR
+
. The ﬂoor of x, denoted x, is deﬁned to be the largest integer
that is no larger than x. The ceiling of x, denoted x, is deﬁned to be the smallest
integer that is no smaller than x.
24. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
n
2
¸
=
n/2 if n is even
(n −1)/2 if n is odd.
25. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that
n
2
¸
=
n/2 if n is even
(n + 1)/2 if n is odd.
26. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that for all m ∈ IR
+
,
n
m
¸
=
¸
n +m−1
m
¸
.
Sec. 2.4. Divisibility 11
2.4 DIVISIBILITY
27. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n
3
+ 2n is divisible by 3.
28. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n
5
−n is divisible by 5.
29. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that 5
n+1
+ 2 3
n
+ 1 is divisible by 8.
30. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that 8
n+2
+ 9
2n+1
is divisible by 73.
31. Prove by induction that for all n ≥ 0, 11
n+2
+12
2n+1
is divisible by 133.
32. Deﬁne S ⊆ IN IN as follows. (0, 0) ∈ S. If (m, n) ∈ S, then
(m+2, n+3) ∈ S. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that for all (m, n) ∈ S, m+n
is divisible by 5.
33. Prove by induction that a decimal number is divisible by 3 iﬀ the sum
of its digits is divisible by 3.
34. Prove by induction that a decimal number is divisible by 9 iﬀ the sum
of its digits is divisible by 9.
35. Prove by induction that the sum of the cubes of three successive natural
numbers is divisible by 9.
36. Let S
n
= ¦1, 2, . . . , 2n¦ be the set of integers from 1 to 2n. Let
T ⊂ S
n
be any subset containing exactly n + 1 elements of S
n
. Prove by
induction on n that there exists x, y ∈ T, x = y, such that x divides evenly
into y with no remainder.
2.5 POSTAGE STAMPS
37. Show that any integer postage greater than 7 cents can be formed
by using only 3cent and 5cent stamps.
38. Show that any integer postage greater than 34 cents can be formed by
using only 5cent and 9cent stamps.
39. Show that any integer postage greater than 5 cents can be formed by
using only 2cent and 7cent stamps.
40. Show that any integer postage greater than 59 cents can be formed by
using only 7cent and 11cent stamps.
41. What is the smallest value of k such that any integer postage greater
than k cents can be formed by using only 4cent and 9cent stamps? Prove
your answer correct.
12 Chap. 2. Mathematical Induction
42. What is the smallest value of k such that any integer postage greater
than k cents can be formed by using only 6cent and 11cent stamps? Prove
your answer correct.
43. Show that for all n ≥ 1, any positive integer amount of postage that
is at least n(n−1) cents can be formed by using only ncent and (n+1)cent
stamps.
44. Show that for all m, n ≥ 1 such that gcd(m, n) = 1, there exists k ∈ IN
such that any positive integer amount of postage that is at least k cents can
be formed by using only mcent and ncent stamps.
2.6 CHESSBOARD PROBLEMS
45. Prove by induction that for all n ∈ IN and all even m ∈ IN, an n m
chessboard has exactly the same number of black squares and white squares.
46. Prove by induction that for all odd n, m ∈ IN, an n m chessboard has
all four corner squares colored the same.
47. Prove by induction that for all odd n, m ∈ IN, an nm chessboard
with the corner squares colored white has one more white square than black
square.
48. Recall that a knight can make one of eight legal moves de
picted in Figure 2.1. Figure 2.2 shows a closed knight’s tour on an 8 8
chessboard, that is, a circular tour of knight’s moves that visits every square
of the chessboard exactly once before returning to the ﬁrst square. Prove by
induction that a closed knight’s tour exists for any 2
k
2
k
chessboard for all
k ≥ 3.
A triomino is an “L”shaped tile formed by three adjacent squares of a chessboard,
shown in Figure 2.3. An arrangement of triominoes is a tiling of a chessboard if
it covers it exactly without overlap, except for one square which is missed. For
example, Figure 2.4 shows a chessboard with a missing square ﬁlled in black on the
left, and a tiling with triominos that covers every square of the board except this
one on the right.
49. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that any 2
n
2
n
chessboard that
is missing one square can be tiled with triominoes, regardless of where the
missing square is.
50. Prove or disprove that all chessboards of the following dimensions
can be tiled by triominoes: (a) 3 2
n
, (b) 6 2
n
, (c) 3
n
3
n
, (d) 6
n
6
n
.
Sec. 2.6. Chessboard Problems 13
1
2 3
4
5
6 7
8
Figure 2.1. The eight legal moves that a knight on the
center square can make.
Figure 2.2. A closed knight’s tour on an 8 8 chessboard.
Figure 2.3. A triomino.
Figure 2.4. A chessboard with a missing square ﬁlled in
black (left), and a tiling with triominos that covers every
square of the board except the missing one (right).
14 Chap. 2. Mathematical Induction
51. Prove that any 2
n
2
n
chessboards with one square missing
can be tiled by triominoes of only three colors so that no pair of triominoes
that share an edge have the same color.
2.7 FIBONACCI NUMBERS
The Fibonacci numbers F
n
for (n ≥ 0) are deﬁned recursively as follows: F
0
= 0,
F
1
= 1, and for n ≥ 2, F
n
= F
n−1
+F
n−2
.
52. Prove by induction on n that
¸
n
i=0
F
i
= F
n+2
−1.
53. Prove by induction that F
n+k
= F
k
F
n+1
+F
k−1
F
n
.
54. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that
¸
n
i=1
F
2
i
= F
n
F
n+1
.
55. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that F
n+1
F
n+2
= F
n
F
n+3
+ (−1)
n
.
56. Prove by induction on n ≥ 2 that F
n−1
F
n+1
= F
2
n
+ (−1)
n
.
2.8 BINOMIAL COEFFICIENTS
The binomial coeﬃcient
n
r
,
for n, r ∈ IN, r ≤ n, is deﬁned to be the number of ways of choosing r things from
n without replacement, that is,
n
r
=
n!
r!(n −r)!
.
57. Prove by induction on n that
n
¸
m=0
n
m
= 2
n
.
58. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that for all 1 ≤ m ≤ n,
n
m
≤ n
m
.
Sec. 2.9. What is Wrong? 15
59. Prove by induction on n that
(a +b)
n
=
n
¸
m=0
n
m
a
m
b
n−m
.
60. Prove by induction on n that for all even n, if k = n/2, then
n
n/2
>
n
k
.
61. Prove by induction on n that for all even n,
n
n/2
= Ω(2
n
/n).
62. Prove by induction that for all n ∈ IN,
n
¸
i=0
i
n
i
= n2
n−1
.
63. Prove by induction that for all n ∈ IN,
n
¸
i=0
2
−i
n
i
= (3/2)
n
.
2.9 WHAT IS WRONG?
64. What, if anything is wrong with the following reasoning? All horses
are the same color. The proof is by induction on the number of horses. The
base of the induction is easy: If there is one horse, then it is trivially the same
color as itself. Now suppose that there are n horses, numbered 1 through n.
By the induction hypothesis, horses 1 through n−1 have the same color (let’s
say black). In particular, horse 2 is black. Also by the induction hypothesis,
horses 2 through n have the same color. Since horse 2 is black, this means
that horses 2 through n must be black. Therefore, all of the horses have the
same color.
65. What is wrong with the following proof? We claim that 6n = 0 for all
n ∈ IN. The proof is by induction on n ≥ 0. Clearly, if n = 0, then 6n = 0.
Now, suppose that n > 0. Let n = a+b. By the induction hypothesis, 6a = 0
and 6b = 0. Therefore,
6n = 6(a +b) = 6a + 6b = 0 + 0 = 0.
16 Chap. 2. Mathematical Induction
66. What is wrong with the following reasoning? We show that for every
n ≥ 3, F
n
is even. The base of the induction is trivial, since F
3
= 2. Now
suppose that n ≥ 4 and that F
m
is even for all m < n. Then F
n
= F
n−1
+F
n−2
,
and by the induction hypothesis F
n−1
and F
n−2
are even. Thus, F
n
is the
sum of two even numbers, and must therefore be even.
2.10 GRAPHS
A graph is an ordered pair G = (V, E), where V is a ﬁnite set and E ⊆ V V . The
elements of V are called nodes or vertices, and the elements of E are called edges.
We will follow the normal conventions of using n for the number of nodes and e for
the number of edges. Where convenient we will take V = ¦v
2
, v
2
, . . . , v
n
¦.
67. Prove by induction that a graph with n vertices can have at most
n(n −1)/2 edges.
68. A tournament is a directed graph formed by taking the complete
undirected graph and assigning arbitrary directions on the edges. That is,
it is a graph G = (V, E) such that for all u, v ∈ V , either exactly one of
(u, v), (v, u) ∈ E. Show that every tournament has a Hamiltonian path, that
is, a path that visits every vertex exactly once.
69. An Eulerian cycle in a connected graph is a cycle in which
every edge appears exactly once. Prove by induction that every graph in
which each vertex has even degree (that is, each vertex has an even number
of edges incident with it) has an Eulerian cycle.
The hypercube of dimension n is a graph deﬁned as follows. A hypercube of di
mension 0 is a single vertex. To build a hypercube of dimension n, start with a
hypercube of dimension n −1. Take a second, exact copy of this hypercube. Draw
an edge from each vertex in the ﬁrst copy to the corresponding vertex of the second
copy. For example, Figure 2.5 shows the hypercubes of dimensions 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4.
70. Prove by induction that a hypercube of dimension n has 2
n
vertices.
71. Prove by induction that a hypercube of dimension n has n2
n−1
edges.
72. Prove by induction that every hypercube has a Hamiltonian cycle, that
is, a cycle that visits every vertex exactly once.
73. Prove by induction that the vertices of a hypercube can be colored using
two colors so that no pair of adjacent vertices have the same color.
Sec. 2.11. Trees 17
Dimension 0 Dimension 1 Dimension 2
Dimension 3 Dimension 4
Figure 2.5. Some hypercubes of various dimensions.
74. Prove by induction that the edges of an ndimensional hypercube can be
colored using n colors so that no pair of edges that share a common vertex
have the same color.
75. Prove by induction that an ndimensional hypercube has exactly
n
k
2
n−k
diﬀerent subcubes of dimension k.
2.11 TREES
A tree is a special kind of graph deﬁned as follows
1
. A single vertex v is a tree
with root v. Suppose T
i
= (V
i
, E
i
) are disjoint trees with roots r
i
respectively, for
1 ≤ i ≤ k. Suppose r ∈ V
1
, V
2
, . . . , V
k
. Then, T = (V, E) is a tree, where
V = V
1
∪ V
2
∪ ∪ V
k
∪ ¦r¦,
E = E
1
∪ E
2
∪ ∪ E
k
∪ ¦(r, r
1
), (r, r
2
), . . . , (r, r
k
)¦.
1
Technically, this is actually called a rooted tree, but the distinction is not of prime importance
here.
18 Chap. 2. Mathematical Induction
The root of a tree is said to be at level 1. For all i ≥ 1, a child of a level i node
is said to be at level i +1. The number of levels in a tree is the largest level number
of any node in the tree. A binary tree is a tree in which all nodes have at most two
children. A complete binary tree is a binary tree in which all leaves are at the same
level.
76. Prove by induction that a tree with n vertices has exactly n −1 edges.
77. Prove by induction that a complete binary tree with n levels has 2
n
−1
vertices.
78. Prove by induction that if there exists an nnode tree in which all the
nonleaf nodes have k children, then n mod k = 1.
79. Prove by induction that for every n such that n mod k = 1, there exists
an nnode tree in which all of the nonleaf nodes have k children.
80. Prove by induction that between any pair of vertices in a tree there is a
unique path.
81. A cycle in a graph G = (V, E) is a sequence of distinct vertices
v
1
, v
2
, . . . , v
k
such that (v
k
, v
1
) ∈ E, and for all 1 ≤ i < k, (v
i
, v
i+1
) ∈ E.
Prove by induction that a tree is a connected graph that has no cycles.
82. Prove by induction that a connected graph that has no cycles is a
tree.
83. A spanning tree of a graph G = (V, E) is a tree T = (V, F), where F ⊆ E.
Prove by induction that an nnode graph can have as many as (n−1)! spanning
trees.
2.12 GEOMETRY
84. Prove that any set of regions deﬁned by n lines in the plane can be
colored with two colors so that no two regions that share an edge have the
same color.
85. Prove by induction that n circles divide the plane into n
2
−n +2
regions if every pair of circles intersect in exactly two points, and no three
circles intersect in a common point. Does this hold for closed shapes other
than circles?
86. A polygon is convex if every pair of points in the polygon can be
joined by a straight line that lies in the polygon. Prove by induction on n ≥ 3
that the sum of the angles of an nvertex convex polygon is 180(n−2) degrees.
Sec. 2.13. Miscellaneous 19
87. Consider any arrangement of n ≥ 3 lines in general position in the plane
(that is, no pair of lines is parallel, and no three lines can have a common
point). Prove that at least one of the minimal connected regions that they
form is a triangle.
88. Consider any arrangement of n ≥ 3 lines in general position in the
plane. Prove that at least n−2 of the minimal connected regions in any such
arrangement are triangles. Is this bound tight?
89. Prove that n straight lines in the plane, all passing through a single
point, divide the plane into 2n regions.
90. Prove that n planes in space, all passing through a single point, no
three of which meet in a straight line, divide space into n(n −2) + 2 regions.
2.13 MISCELLANEOUS
91. Suppose M
i
is an r
i−1
r
i
matrix, for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Prove by induction on
n ≥ 1 that the matrix product M
1
M
2
M
n
is an r
0
r
n
matrix.
92. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that the binary representation of n has
log n + 1 bits.
93. If x, y ∈ ¦true, false¦, let x ⊕ y denote the exclusiveor of x and y,
which is deﬁned to be true iﬀ exactly one of x and y is true. Note that
the exclusiveor operation is associative, that is, a ⊕ (b ⊕ c) = (a ⊕ b) ⊕ c.
Prove by induction on n that x
1
⊕x
2
⊕ ⊕x
n
is true iﬀ an odd number of
x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
are true.
94. (The Pigeonhole Principle) Suppose n pigeons roost in m holes.
Prove by induction on n that there must be at least one hole containing at
least n/m pigeons.
95. Suppose A
n
= ¦a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
¦ is a set of distinct coin types,
where each a
i
∈ IN, for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Suppose also that a
1
≤ a
2
≤ ≤ a
n
. The
coinchanging problem is deﬁned as follows. Given C ∈ IN, ﬁnd the smallest
number of coins from A
n
that add up to C, given that an unlimited number of
coins of each type are available. Show that for all n ≥ 2, if a
1
= 1, then there
is always a solution to the coinchanging problem, and that solution uses less
than a
2
coins of type a
1
. What happens when a
1
= 1?
A Gray code is a list of the 2
n
nbit strings in which each string diﬀers from the
previous one in exactly one bit. Consider the following algorithm for listing the
20 Chap. 2. Mathematical Induction
nbit strings. If n = 1, the list is 0, 1. If n > 1, ﬁrst take the list of (n − 1)bit
strings, and place a 0 in front of each string. Then, take a second copy of the list of
(n−1)bit strings, place a 1 in front of each string, reverse the order of the strings,
and place it after the ﬁrst list. So, for example, for n = 2 the list is 00, 01, 11, 10,
and for n = 3 the list is 000, 001, 011, 010, 110, 111, 101, 100.
96. Show that every nbit string appears exactly once in the list generated
by the algorithm.
97. Show that the list has the Gray code property, that is, that each string
diﬀers from the previous one in exactly one bit.
2.14 HINTS
37. You will need to use strong induction. And your base case may not be what
you expect at ﬁrst,
48. Try combining four n/2n/2 tours into one. Your induction hypothesis must
be stronger than what you really need to prove — the tours you build must
have some extra structure to allow them to be joined at the corners.
49. Look carefully at the example given before the problem. It illustrates the
technique that you will need. Also, consider the hint to Problem 48.
53. You will need to use strong induction here.
57. You will need to use the identity
n
r
=
n −1
r
+
n −1
r −1
.
(Can you prove this identity?) Be careful how you apply this identity (it
doesn’t always hold), and take special care with the upper and lower limits
of the summation.
69. First, prove that any graph in which all vertices have even degree must have a
cycle C (try constructing one). Delete C, leaving a smaller graph in which all
vertices have even degree. Apply the induction hypothesis (careful: there is
something I am not telling you). Put together C and the results of applying
the induction hypothesis to give the Eulerian cycle.
85. The circles are a red herring.
86. The hardest part of this is the base case, proving that the sum of the three
angles of a triangle is 180 degrees. It can be proved as follows. First, prove
Sec. 2.15. Solutions 21
it for a rightangled triangle (using symmetry). This can be extended to any
triangle by judicious choice of diagonal. Once you have mastered the base
case, the inductive step should be obvious.
92. You’ll need to make two cases in your inductive step, according to whether n
is a power of 2 (or something like that) or not.
2.15 SOLUTIONS
1. We are required to prove that for all n ≥ 0,
¸
n
i=1
i = n(n + 1)/2. The claim
is certainly true for n = 0, in which case both sides of the equation are zero.
Suppose that n ≥ 0 and
¸
n
i=1
i = n(n + 1)/2. We are required to prove that
¸
n+1
i=1
i = (n + 1)(n + 2)/2. Now,
n+1
¸
i=1
i =
n
¸
i=1
i + (n + 1)
= n(n + 1)/2 + (n + 1) (by the induction hypothesis)
= (n + 1)(n + 2)/2,
as required.
8. We are required to prove that for all n ≥ 1,
¸
n
i=1
1/2
i
= 1 −1/2
n
. The claim
is true for n = 1, since in this case both sides of the equation are equal to
1/2. Now suppose that n ≥ 1, and
¸
n
i=1
1/2
i
= 1−1/2
n
. It remains to prove
that
¸
n+1
i=1
1/2
i
= 1 −1/2
n+1
.
n+1
¸
i=1
1/2
i
=
1
2
+
1
4
+
1
8
+ +
1
2
n+1
=
1
2
+
1
2
1
2
+
1
4
+
1
8
+ +
1
2
n
=
1
2
+
1
2
n
¸
i=1
1
2
i
−
1
2
+
1
2
(1 −
1
2
n
) (by the induction hypothesis)
= 1 −1/2
n+1
,
as required.
11. We are required to prove that for all n ≥ 0,
¸
n
i=0
2
i
= 2
n+1
− 1. The
claim is certainly true for n = 0, in which case
¸
0
i=0
2
i
= 1 = 2
1
− 1.
Suppose that n ≥ 0 and
¸
n
i=0
2
i
= 2
n+1
− 1. We are required to prove that
22 Chap. 2. Mathematical Induction
¸
n+1
i=0
2
i
= 2
n+2
−1. Now,
n+1
¸
i=0
2
i
=
n
¸
i=0
2
i
+ 2
n+1
= (2
n+1
−1) + 2
n+1
(by the induction hypothesis)
= 2
n+2
−1,
as required.
27. We are required to prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n
3
+ 2n is divisible by
3. The claim is true for n = 0, since then n
3
+ 2n = 0, which is certainly
divisible by 3. Suppose that n ≥ 0, and n
3
+ 2n is divisible by 3. We are
required to prove that (n + 1)
3
+ 2(n + 1) is divisible by 3. Now,
(n + 1)
3
+ 2(n + 1) = (n
3
+ 3n
2
+ 3n + 1) + (2n + 2)
= n
3
+ 3n
2
+ 5n + 3
= (n
3
+ 2n) + (3n
2
+ 3n + 3).
Since the ﬁrst term is divisible by 3 (by the induction hypothesis) and the
second term is obviously divisible by 3, it follows that (n + 1)
3
+ 2(n + 1) is
divisible by 3, as required.
37. We are required to show that any amount of postage that is a positive integer
number of cents n > 7 can be formed by using only 3cent and 5cent stamps.
The claim is certainly true for n = 8 (one 3cent and one 5cent stamp), n = 9
(three 3cent stamps), and n = 10 (two 5cent stamps). Now suppose that
n ≥ 11 and all values up to n − 1 cents can be made with 3cent and 5cent
stamps. Since n ≥ 11, n − 3 ≥ 8, and hence by hypothesis, n − 3 cents can
be made with 3cent and 5cent stamps. Simply add a 3cent stamp to this
to make n cents. Notice that we can prove something stronger with just a
little more work. The required postage can always be made using at most
two 5cent stamps. Can you prove this?
52. We are required to prove that for all n ≥ 0,
¸
n
i=0
F
i
= F
n+2
− 1. The claim
is certainly true for n = 0, since the lefthand side of the equation is F
0
= 0,
and the righthand side is F
2
−1 = 1 −1 = 0. Now suppose that n ≥ 1, and
that
¸
n−1
i=0
F
i
= F
n+1
−1. Then,
n
¸
i=0
F
i
=
n−1
¸
i=0
F
i
+F
n
= (F
n+1
−1) +F
n
(by the induction hypothesis)
= F
n+2
−1,
as required.
Sec. 2.16. Comments 23
L
Figure 2.6. Shading the regions formed by all lines except
L (top), and the new shading obtained by ﬂipping the colors
on one side of L (bottom).
84. We are required to prove that any set of regions deﬁned by n lines in the
plane can be colored with only two colors so that no two regions that share
an edge have the same color. The hypothesis is true for n = 1 (color one side
light, the other side dark). Now suppose that the hypothesis is true for n
lines. Suppose we are given n +1 lines in the plane. Remove one of the lines
L, and color the remaining regions with two colors (which can be done, by
the induction hypothesis). Replace L. Reverse all of the colors on one side
of the line. Consider two regions that have a line in common. If that line is
not L, then by the induction hypothesis, the two regions have diﬀerent colors
(either the same as before or reversed). If that line is L, then the two regions
formed a single region before L was replaced. Since we reversed colors on one
side of L only, they now have diﬀerent colors.
2.16 COMMENTS
1. This identity was apparently discovered by Gauss at age 9 in 1786. There is
an apocryphal story attached to this discovery. Gauss’ teacher set the class
to add the numbers 1 +2 + +100. One account I have heard said that the
teacher was lazy, and wanted to occupy the students for a long time so that
he could read a book. Another said that it was punishment for the class being
unruly and disruptive. Gauss came to the teacher within a few minutes with
an answer of 5050. The teacher was dismayed, and started to add. Some time
later, after some fretting and fuming, he came up with the wrong answer. He
refused to believe that he was wrong until Gauss explained:
24 Chap. 2. Mathematical Induction
1 + 2 + + 50
+ 100 + 99 + + 51
101 + 101 + + 101 = 50 101 = 5050.
Can you prove this result without using induction? The case for even n can
easily be inferred from Gauss’ example. The case for odd n is similar.
3. I could go on asking for more identities like this. I can never remember the
exact form of the solution. Fortunately, there is not much need to. In general,
if you are asked to solve
n
¸
i=1
i
k
for some k ≥ 1, just remember that the solution is a polynomial in n with
largest exponent k +1 (see Problem 21). Simply hypothesize that the sum is
a
k+1
n
k+1
+a
k
n
k
+ +a
1
n +a
0
for some choice of a
i
∈ IR, 0 ≤ i ≤ k + 1, and try to prove it by induction.
The right values for the constants will drop right out of the proof. It gets a
bit tricky as k becomes larger, though. If you want to practice this technique,
start with k = 2. If you want a challenge to your ability to do arithmetic, try
k = 4.
4. Yes, I realize that you can solve this without induction by applying some
elementary algebra and the identities of Problems 1 and 2. What I want you
to do is practice your induction by proving this identity from ﬁrst principles.
5. See the comment to Problem 4.
6. See the comment to Problem 4.
9. There is an elegant noninductive proof of this that you should have met in
high school. Let S =
¸
n
i=0
a
i
. Then,
aS −S =
n+1
¸
i=1
a
i
−
n
¸
i=0
a
i
= a
n+1
−1.
Hence, S = (a
n+1
−1)/(a −1), as required.
10. This can also be solved by applying the identity of Problem 9 twice.
11. This is a special case of the identity in Problem 9. There is an easy noninduc
tive proof of this fact that appeals more to computer science students than
math students. The binary representation of
¸
n
i=0
2
i
is a string of n+1 ones,
that is,
11 1
. .. .
n+1
.
Sec. 2.16. Comments 25
n
n1
2
n
2
n1
2
n1
Figure 2.7. Using the method of areas to show that
¸
n
i=1
i2
i
= (2n −1)2
n
−
¸
n−1
i=1
2
i
.
If you add 1 to this, you get, in binary,
1 00 0
. .. .
n+1
,
that is, 2
n+1
. Therefore,
¸
n
i=0
2
i
+ 1 = 2
n+1
or, equivalently,
¸
n
i=0
2
i
=
2
n+1
−1.
13. There is an elegant noninductive proof of this using the method of areas. This
technique works well for sums of products: Simply make a rectangle with area
equal to each term of the sum, ﬁt them together to “nearly” make a rectangle,
and analyze the missing area.
n
¸
i=1
i2
i
= (2n −1)2
n
−
n−1
¸
i=1
2
i
(see Figure 2.7)
= (2n −1)2
n
−(2
n
−2) (by Problem 1)
= (n −1)2
n+1
+ 2.
15. This can also be solved using the method of areas sketched in the comment
to Problem 13.
16. This can also be solved using algebra and the identity from Problem 15.
19. And, therefore, 3
n
= O(n!). But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. See
Chapter 3.
20. And, therefore, 2
n
= Ω(n
2
). But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. See
Chapter 3.
48. There are actually closed knight’s tours on n n chessboards for all even
n ≥ 6 (see Problem 369). Note that Problem 47 implies that there can be no
such tour for odd n. The formal study of the knight’s tour problem is said
26 Chap. 2. Mathematical Induction
to have begun with Euler [25] in 1759, who considered the standard 8 8
chessboard. Rouse Ball and Coxeter [8] give an interesting bibliography of
the history of the problem from this point.
51. This problem was suggested to the author by Nainan Kovoor in 1990.
60. Don’t cheat by using Stirling’s approximation. You’re supposed to be prac
ticing your induction!
61. See the comment for Problem 60.
62. There is an elegant noninductive proof of the identity
n
¸
i=0
i
n
i
= n2
n−1
.
Write down every string of n bits. Since there are
n
i
strings with exactly
i ones, you must have written exactly
n
¸
i=0
i
n
i
ones. But since you have written exactly as many ones as zeros, and you have
written n2
n
bits in all, there must be n2
n−1
ones.
64. Of course it is obvious that the proof is wrong, since all horses are not of the
same color. What I want you to do is point out where in the proof is there a
false statement made?
67. This can be proved using Problem 1, but what I’m looking for is a straight
forward inductive proof.
69. An Eulerian cycle is not possible if the graph has at least one vertex of odd
degree. (Can you prove this?) Therefore, we conclude that a graph has a
Eulerian cycle iﬀ it is connected and all vertices have even degree. The Swiss
mathematician Leonhard Euler ﬁrst proved this in 1736 [24].
81. This problem together with Problem 82 show that “a connected graph with
no cycles” is an alternate deﬁnition of a tree. You’ll see this in the litera
ture as often as you’ll see the recursive deﬁnition given at the beginning of
Section 2.11.
82. See the comment for Problem 81.
Sec. 2.16. Comments 27
94. Yes, this is a little contrived. It’s easier to prove by contradiction. But it’s
good practice in using induction.
95. See also Problems 415 and 471.
Chapter 3
BigO and BigΩ
BigO notation is useful for the analysis of algorithms since it captures the asymp
totic growth pattern of functions and ignores the constant multiple (which is out
of our control anyway when algorithms are translated into programs). We will use
the following deﬁnitions (although alternatives exist; see Section 3.5). Suppose that
f, g: IN→IN.
• f(n) is O(g(n)) if there exists c, n
0
∈ IR
+
such that for all n ≥ n
0
, f(n) ≤
c g(n).
• f(n) is Ω(g(n)) if there exists c, n
0
∈ IR
+
such that for all n ≥ n
0
, f(n) ≥
c g(n).
• f(n) is Θ(g(n)) if f(n) is O(g(n)) and f(n) is Ω(g(n)).
• f(n) is o(g(n)) if lim
n→∞
f(n)/g(n) = 0.
• f(n) is ω(g(n)) if lim
n→∞
g(n)/f(n) = 0.
• f(n) ∼ g(n) if lim
n→∞
f(n)/g(n) = 1.
We will follow the normal convention of writing, for example, “f(n) = O(g(n))”
instead of “f(n) is O(g(n))”, even though the equality sign does not indicate true
equality. The proper deﬁnition of “O(g(n))” is as a set:
O(g(n)) = ¦f(n) [ there exists c, n
0
∈ IR
+
such that for all n ≥ n
0
, f(n) ≤ c g(n)¦.
Then, “f(n) = O(g(n))” can be interpreted as meaning “f(n) ∈ O(g(n)).”
3.1 RANK THE FUNCTIONS
98. Consider the following eighteen functions:
√
n n 2
n
nlog n n −n
3
+ 7n
5
n
2
+ log n
n
2
n
3
log n
n
1/3
+ log n (log n)
2
n!
lnn n/ log n log log n
(1/3)
n
(3/2)
n
6
28
Sec. 3.1. Rank the Functions 29
Group these functions so that f(n) and g(n) are in the same group if and
only if f(n) = O(g(n)) and g(n) = O(f(n)), and list the groups in increasing
order.
99. Draw a line from each of the ﬁve functions in the center to the best
bigΩ value on the left, and the best bigO value on the right.
Ω(1/n) O(1/n)
Ω(1) O(1)
Ω(log log n) O(log log n)
Ω(log n) O(log n)
Ω(log
2
n) O(log
2
n)
Ω(
3
√
n) O(
3
√
n)
Ω(n/ log n) 1/(log n) O(n/ log n)
Ω(n) 7n
5
−3n + 2 O(n)
Ω(n
1.00001
) (n
2
+n)/(log
2
n + log n) O(n
1.00001
)
Ω(n
2
/ log
2
n) 2
log
2
n
O(n
2
/ log
2
n)
Ω(n
2
/ log n) 3
n
O(n
2
/ log n)
Ω(n
2
) O(n
2
)
Ω(n
3/2
) O(n
3/2
)
Ω(2
n
) O(2
n
)
Ω(5
n
) O(5
n
)
Ω(n
n
) O(n
n
)
Ω(n
n
2
) O(n
n
2
)
For each of the following pairs of functions f(n) and g(n), either f(n) = O(g(n))
or g(n) = O(f(n)), but not both. Determine which is the case.
100. f(n) = (n
2
−n)/2, g(n) = 6n.
101. f(n) = n + 2
√
n, g(n) = n
2
.
102. f(n) = n + log n, g(n) = n
√
n.
103. f(n) = n
2
+ 3n + 4, g(n) = n
3
.
104. f(n) = nlog n, g(n) = n
√
n/2.
105. f(n) = n + log n, g(n) =
√
n.
106. f(n) = 2(log n)
2
, g(n) = log n + 1.
107. f(n) = 4nlog n +n, g(n) = (n
2
−n)/2.
30 Chap. 3. BigO and BigΩ
3.2 TRUE OR FALSE?
108. n
2
= O(n
3
).
109. n
3
= O(n
2
).
110. 2n
2
+ 1 = O(n
2
).
111. nlog n = O(n
√
n).
112.
√
n = O(log n).
113. log n = O(
√
n).
114. n
3
= O(n
2
(1 +n
2
)).
115. n
2
(1 +
√
n) = O(n
2
).
116. n
2
(1 +
√
n) = O(n
2
log n).
117. 3n
2
+
√
n = O(n
2
).
118. 3n
2
+
√
n = O(n +n
√
n +
√
n).
119. log n +
√
n = O(n).
120.
√
nlog n = O(n).
121. 1/n = O(log n).
122. log n = O(1/n).
123. log n = O(n
−1/2
).
124. n +
√
n = O(
√
nlog n).
125. If f(n) ∼ g(n), then f(n) = Θ(g(n)).
126. If f(n) = Θ(g(n)), then g(n) = Θ(f(n)).
For each of the following pairs of functions f(n) and g(n), state whether f(n) =
O(g(n)), f(n) = Ω(g(n)), f(n) = Θ(g(n)), or none of the above.
127. f(n) = n
2
+ 3n + 4, g(n) = 6n + 7.
128. f(n) =
√
n, g(n) = log(n + 3).
129. f(n) = n
√
n, g(n) = n
2
−n.
130. f(n) = n +n
√
n, g(n) = 4nlog(n
2
+ 1).
131. f(n) = (n
2
+ 2)/(1 + 2
−n
), g(n) = n + 3.
132. f(n) = 2
n
−n
2
, g(n) = n
4
+n
2
.
Sec. 3.3. Proving BigO 31
3.3 PROVING BIGO
133. Prove that (n + 1)
2
= O(n
2
).
134. Prove that 3n
2
−8n + 9 = O(n
2
).
135. Prove that for all k ≥ 1 and all a
k
, a
k−1
, . . . , a
1
, a
0
∈ IR,
a
k
n
k
+a
k−1
n
k−1
+ +a
1
n +a
0
= O(n
k
).
136. Prove that log n = O(n).
137. Prove that 3nlog n = O(n
2
).
138. Prove that n
2
−3n −18 = Ω(n).
139. Prove that n
3
−3n
2
−n + 1 = Θ(n
3
).
140. Prove that n = O(2
n
).
141. Prove that 2n + 1 = O(2
n
).
142. Prove that 9999n + 635 = O(2
n
).
143. Prove that cn +d = O(2
n
) for all c, d ∈ IR
+
.
144. Prove that n
2
= O(2
n
).
145. Prove that cn
2
+d = O(2
n
) for all c, d ∈ IR
+
.
146. Prove that cn
k
+d = O(2
n
) for all c, d, k ∈ IR
+
.
147. Prove that 2
n
= O(n!).
148. Prove that n! = Ω(2
n
).
149. Does n
log n
= O((log n)
n
)? Prove your answer.
150. Does n
log n
= Ω((log n)
n
)? Prove your answer.
151. Does n
log log log n
= O((log n)!)? Prove your answer.
152. Does n
log log log n
= Ω((log n)!)? Prove your answer.
153. Does (n!)! = O(((n −1)!)!(n −1)!
n!
)? Prove your answer.
154. Does (n!)! = Ω(((n −1)!)!(n −1)!
n!
)? Prove your answer.
155. Prove or disprove:
O
n
2
log log n
1/2
= O(
√
n).
32 Chap. 3. BigO and BigΩ
156. Prove or disprove: 2
(1+O(1/n))
2
= 2 +O(1/n).
Compare the following pairs of functions f, g. In each case, say whether f = o(g),
f = ω(g), or f = Θ(g), and prove your claim.
157. f(n) = 100n + log n, g(n) = n + (log n)
2
.
158. f(n) = log n, g(n) = log log(n
2
).
159. f(n) = n
2
/log n, g(n) = n(log n)
2
.
160. f(n) = (log n)
10
6
, g(n) = n
10
−6
.
161. f(n) = nlog n, g(n) = (log n)
log n
.
162. f(n) = n2
n
, g(n) = 3
n
.
For each of the following pairs of functions f(n) and g(n), ﬁnd c ∈ IR
+
such that
f(n) ≤ c g(n) for all n > 1.
163. f(n) = n
2
+n, g(n) = n
2
.
164. f(n) = 2
√
n + 1, g(n) = n +n
2
.
165. f(n) = n
2
+n + 1, g(n) = 2n
3
.
166. f(n) = n
√
n +n
2
, g(n) = n
2
.
167. f(n) = 12n + 3, g(n) = 2n −1.
168. f(n) = n
2
−n + 1, g(n) = n
2
/2.
169. f(n) = 5n + 1, g(n) = (n
2
−6n)/2.
170. f(n) = 5
√
n −1, g(n) = n −
√
n.
3.4 MANIPULATING BIGO
171. Prove that if f
1
(n) = O(g
1
(n)) and f
2
(n) = O(g
2
(n)), then
f
1
(n) +f
2
(n) = O(g
1
(n) +g
2
(n)).
172. Prove that if f
1
(n) = Ω(g
1
(n)) and f
2
(n) = Ω(g
2
(n)), then f
1
(n) +
f
2
(n) = Ω(g
1
(n) +g
2
(n)).
173. Prove that if f
1
(n) = O(g
1
(n)) and f
2
(n) = O(g
2
(n)), then f
1
(n) +
f
2
(n) = O(max¦g
1
(n), g
2
(n)¦).
Sec. 3.5. Alternative Deﬁnitions 33
174. Prove that if f
1
(n) = Ω(g
1
(n)) and f
2
(n) = Ω(g
2
(n)), then f
1
(n) +
f
2
(n) = Ω(min¦g
1
(n), g
2
(n)¦).
175. Suppose that f
1
(n) = Θ(g
1
(n)) and f
2
(n) = Θ(g
2
(n)). Is it true
that f
1
(n) + f
2
(n) = Θ(g
1
(n) + g
2
(n))? Is it true that f
1
(n) + f
2
(n) =
Θ(max¦g
1
(n), g
2
(n)¦)? Is it true that f
1
(n) +f
2
(n) = Θ(min¦g
1
(n), g
2
(n)¦)?
Justify your answer.
176. Prove that if f
1
(n) = O(g
1
(n)) and f
2
(n) = O(g
2
(n)), then f
1
(n)
f
2
(n) = O(g
1
(n) g
2
(n)).
177. Prove that if f
1
(n) = Ω(g
1
(n)) and f
2
(n) = Ω(g
2
(n)), then f
1
(n)f
2
(n) =
Ω(g
1
(n) g
2
(n)).
178. Prove or disprove: For all functions f(n) and g(n), either f(n) =
O(g(n)) or g(n) = O(f(n)).
179. Prove or disprove: If f(n) > 0 and g(n) > 0 for all n, then O(f(n) +
g(n)) = f(n) +O(g(n)).
180. Prove or disprove: O(f(n)
α
) = O(f(n))
α
for all α ∈ IR
+
.
181. Prove or disprove: O(x +y)
2
= O(x
2
) +O(y
2
).
182. Multiply log n + 6 +O(1/n) by n +O(
√
n) and simplify your answer as
much as possible.
183. Show that bigO is transitive. That is, if f(n) = O(g(n)) and g(n) =
O(h(n)), then f(n) = O(h(n)).
184. Prove that if f(n) = O(g(n)), then f(n)
k
= O(g(n)
k
).
185. Prove or disprove: If f(n) = O(g(n)), then 2
f(n)
= O(2
g(n)
).
186. Prove or disprove: If f(n) = O(g(n)), then log f(n) = O(log g(n)).
187. Suppose f(n) = Θ(g(n)). Prove that h(n) = O(f(n)) iﬀ h(n) = O(g(n)).
188. Prove or disprove: If f(n) = O(g(n)), then f(n)/h(n) = O(g(n)/h(n)).
3.5 ALTERNATIVE DEFINITIONS
Here is an alternative deﬁnition of O.
• f(n) is O
1
(g(n)) if there exists c ∈ IR such that lim
n→∞
f(n)/g(n) = c.
189. Prove that if f(n) = O(g(n)), then f(n) = O
1
(g(n)), or ﬁnd a counterex
ample to this claim.
34 Chap. 3. BigO and BigΩ
190. Prove that if f(n) = O
1
(g(n)), then f(n) = O(g(n)), or ﬁnd a counterex
ample to this claim.
Here are two alternative deﬁnitions of Ω.
• f(n) is Ω
1
(g(n)) if there exists c ∈ IR
+
such that for inﬁnitely many n, f(n) ≥
c g(n).
• f(n) is Ω
2
(g(n)) if there exists c ∈ IR
+
such that for all n
0
∈ IN, there exists
n ≥ n
0
such that f(n) ≥ c g(n).
191. Prove that if f(n) = Ω(g(n)), then f(n) = Ω
2
(g(n)), or ﬁnd a counterex
ample to this claim.
192. Prove that if f(n) = Ω
2
(g(n)), then f(n) = Ω(g(n)), or ﬁnd a coun
terexample to this claim.
193. Prove that if f(n) = Ω
1
(g(n)), then f(n) = Ω
2
(g(n)), or ﬁnd a coun
terexample to this claim.
194. Prove that if f(n) = Ω
2
(g(n)), then f(n) = Ω
1
(g(n)), or ﬁnd a coun
terexample to this claim.
195. Prove or disprove: If f(n) = O(g(n)), then f(n) = Ω(g(n)). If
f(n) = O(g(n)), then f(n) = Ω
2
(g(n)).
196. Deﬁne the relation ≡ by f(n) ≡ g(n) iﬀ f(n) = Ω(g(n)) and g(n) =
Ω(f(n)). Similarly, deﬁne the relation ≡
2
by f(n) ≡ g(n) iﬀ f(n) = Ω
2
(g(n))
and g(n) = Ω
2
(f(n)). Show that ≡ is an equivalence relation, but ≡
2
is not
an equivalence relation.
3.6 FIND THE FUNCTIONS
Find two functions f(n) and g(n) that satisfy the following relationships. If no such
f and g exist, write “None.”
197. f(n) = o(g(n)) and f(n) = Θ(g(n)).
198. f(n) = Θ(g(n)) and f(n) = o(g(n)).
199. f(n) = Θ(g(n)) and f(n) = O(g(n)).
200. f(n) = Ω(g(n)) and f(n) = O(g(n)).
201. f(n) = Ω(g(n)) and f(n) = o(g(n)).
Sec. 3.7. Hints 35
3.7 HINTS
98. There are a lot of groups.
99. Be careful with (n
2
+n)/(log
2
n + log n).
136. When solving problems that require you to prove that f(n) = O(g(n)), it is a
good idea to try induction ﬁrst. That is, pick a c and an n
0
, and try to prove
that for all n ≥ n
0
, f(n) ≤ c g(n). Try starting with n
0
= 1. A good way
of guessing a value for c is to look at f(n) and g(n) for n = n
0
, , n
0
+ 10.
If the ﬁrst function seems to grow faster than the second, it means that you
must adjust your n
0
higher — eventually (unless the thing you are trying to
prove is false), the ﬁrst function will grow more slowly than the second. The
ratio of f(n
0
)/g(n
0
) gives you your ﬁrst cut for c. Don’t be afraid to make c
higher than this initial guess to help you make it easier to prove the inductive
step. This happens quite often. You might even have to go back and adjust
n
0
higher to make things work out correctly.
171. Start by writing down the deﬁnitions for f
1
(n) = O(g
1
(n)) and f
2
(n) =
O(g
2
(n)).
3.8 SOLUTIONS
133. We are required to prove that (n + 1)
2
= O(n
2
). We need to ﬁnd a constant
c such that (n + 1)
2
≤ cn
2
. That is, n
2
+ 2n + 1 ≤ cn
2
or, equivalently,
(c −1)n
2
−2n −1 ≥ 0. Is this possible? It is if c > 1. Take c = 4. The roots
of 3n
2
− 2n − 1 are (2 ±
√
4 + 12)/2 = ¦−1/3, 1¦. The second root gives us
the correct value for n
0
. Therefore, for all n ≥ 1, (n + 1)
2
≤ 4n
2
, and so by
deﬁnition, (n + 1)
2
= O(n
2
).
136. We are required to prove that log n = O(n). By looking at log n for
small values of n, it appears that for all n ≥ 1, log n ≤ n. The proof is
by induction on n. The claim is certainly true for n = 1. Now suppose that
n > 1, and log(n −1) ≤ n −1. Then,
log n ≤ log(n −1) + 1
≤ (n −1) + 1 (by the induction hypothesis)
= n.
Hence, we can take c = 1 and n
0
= 1.
137. We are required to prove that 3nlog n = O(n
2
). By looking at 3nlog n for
small values of n, it appears that for all n ≥ 1, 3nlog n ≤ 3n
2
. The proof is
by induction on n. The claim is certainly true for n = 1. Now suppose that
36 Chap. 3. BigO and BigΩ
n > 1, and 3(n −1)log(n −1) ≤ 3(n −1)
2
. Then,
3nlog n
≤ 3n(log(n −1) + 1)
= 3(n −1)(log(n −1) + 1) + 3(log(n −1) + 1)
= 3(n −1)log(n −1) + 3(n −1) + 3(log(n −1) + 1)
≤ 3(n −1)
2
+ 3(n −1) + 3(log(n −1) + 1)
(by the induction hypothesis)
≤ 3(n −1)
2
+ 3(n −1) + 3n (see the solution to Problem 136)
= 3n
2
−6n + 3 + 3n −3 + 3n
= 3n
2
.
Hence, we can take c = 3 and n
0
= 1.
171. We are required to prove that if f
1
(n) = O(g
1
(n)) and f
2
(n) = O(g
2
(n)), then
f
1
(n)+f
2
(n) = O(g
1
(n)+g
2
(n)). Suppose for all n ≥ n
1
, f
1
(n) ≤ c
1
g
1
(n) and
for all n ≥ n
2
, f
2
(n) ≤ c
2
g
2
(n). Let n
0
= max¦n
1
, n
2
¦ and c
0
= max¦c
1
, c
2
¦.
Then for all n ≥ n
0
, f
1
(n) +f
2
(n) ≤ c
1
g
1
(n) +c
2
g
2
(n) ≤ c
0
(g
1
(n) +g
2
(n)).
3.9 COMMENTS
173. This is often called the sum rule for bigOs.
176. This is often called the product rule for bigOs.
Chapter 4
Recurrence Relations
Recurrence relations are a useful tool for the analysis of recursive algorithms, as we
will see later in Section 6.2. The problems in this chapter are intended to develop
skill in solving recurrence relations.
4.1 SIMPLE RECURRENCES
Solve the following recurrences exactly.
202. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = 3T(n −1) + 2.
203. T(1) = 8, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = 3T(n −1) −15.
204. T(1) = 2, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = T(n −1) +n −1.
205. T(1) = 3, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = T(n −1) + 2n −3.
206. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = 2T(n −1) +n −1.
207. T(1) = 5, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = 2T(n −1) + 3n + 1.
208. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T(n) = 2T(n/2) + 6n −1.
209. T(1) = 4, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T(n) = 2T(n/2) + 3n + 2.
210. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 6, T(n) = 6T(n/6) + 2n + 3.
211. T(1) = 3, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 6, T(n) = 6T(n/6) + 3n −1.
212. T(1) = 3, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 3, T(n) = 4T(n/3) + 2n −1.
213. T(1) = 2, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 3, T(n) = 4T(n/3) + 3n −5.
214. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T(n) = 3T(n/2) +n
2
−n.
215. T(1) = 4, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T(n) = 3T(n/2) +n
2
−2n +1.
216. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T(n) = 3T(n/2) +n −2.
37
38 Chap. 4. Recurrence Relations
217. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T(n) = 3T(n/2) + 5n −7.
218. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 3, T(n) = 4T(n/3) +n
2
.
219. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 3, T(n) = 4T(n/3) +n
2
−7n +5.
220. T(1) = 1, and for n ≥ 4 a power of 4, T(n) = T(n/4) +
√
n + 1.
4.2 MORE DIFFICULT RECURRENCES
221. Suppose 0 < α, β < 1, where α + β = 1. Let T(1) = 1, and for all
n ≥ 1, T(n) = T(αn) + T(βn) + cn, for some c ∈ IN. Prove that T(n) =
O(nlog n). You may make any necessary assumptions about n.
222. The Fibonacci numbers F
n
for n ≥ 0 are deﬁned recursively as
follows: F
0
= 0, F
1
= 1, and for n ≥ 2, F
n
= F
n−1
+F
n−2
. Prove by induction
on n that F
n
= (φ
n
−
ˆ
φ
n
)/
√
5, where φ = (1 +
√
5)/2, and
ˆ
φ = (1 −
√
5)/2.
Let X(n) be the number of diﬀerent ways of parenthesizing the product of n values.
For example, X(1) = X(2) = 1, X(3) = 2 (they are (xx)x and x(xx)), and X(4) = 5
(they are x((xx)x), x(x(xx)), (xx)(xx), ((xx)x)x, and (x(xx))x).
223. Prove that if n ≤ 2, then X(n) = 1; and otherwise
X(n) =
n−1
¸
k=1
X(k) X(n −k)
224. Show that for all n ≥ 1, X(n) ≥ 2
n−2
.
225. Show that
X(n) =
1
n
2n −2
n −1
.
Solve the following recurrences exactly.
226. T(1) = 1, T(2) = 6, and for all n ≥ 3, T(n) = T(n−2)+3n+4.
227. T(0) = c, T(1) = d, and for n > 1, T(n) = T(n −2) +n.
228. T(1) = 1, T(2) = 6, T(3) = 13, and for all n ≥ 4,
T(n) = T(n −3) + 5n −9.
229. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = 2T(n −1) +n
2
−2n + 1.
230. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = n T(n −1) +n.
Sec. 4.3. General Formulae 39
4.3 GENERAL FORMULAE
It is normal to teach the general solution to recurrences of the form T(n) =
aT(n/c) + bn (see, for example, Aho, Hopcroft, and Ullman [1, Theorem 1.1]).
The following are interesting variants of this recurrence.
231. State and prove a general formula for recurrences of the form
T(n) =
d if n ≤ 1
aT(n/c) +b otherwise.
232. State and prove a general formula for recurrences of the form
T(n) =
d if n ≤ 1
aT(n/c) +bn
2
otherwise.
233. State and prove a general formula for recurrences of the form
T(n) =
d if n ≤ 1
aT(n/c) +bn
k
otherwise.
234. Prove that the asymptotic solution of the recurrence relation
T(n) =
0 if 0 ≤ n < c
2T(n −c) +k otherwise.
where c, k ∈ IN, is T(n) = Θ(d
n
) for some constant d.
4.4 RECURRENCES WITH FULL HISTORY
Solve the following recurrences exactly.
235. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2,
T(n) =
n−1
¸
i=1
T(i) + 1.
236. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2,
T(n) =
n−1
¸
i=1
T(i) + 7.
40 Chap. 4. Recurrence Relations
237. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2,
T(n) =
n−1
¸
i=1
T(i) +n
2
.
238. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2,
T(n) = 2
n−1
¸
i=1
T(i) + 1.
239. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2,
T(n) =
n−1
¸
i=1
T(n −i) + 1.
240. T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2,
T(n) =
n−1
¸
i=1
(T(i) +T(n −i)) + 1.
4.5 RECURRENCES WITH FLOORS AND CEILINGS
241. Suppose T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = T(n/2) +n−1. Show
that 2n −log n −1 ≤ T(n) ≤ 2n −log n/2 −1.
242. Suppose T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = T(n/2) +
T(n/2) +n −1. Find an exact solution for T(n).
243. Solve the following recurrence relation exactly. T(1) = 1 and for
all n ≥ 2, T(n) = T(n/2) + 1.
244. Solve the following recurrence relation exactly. T(1) = 1 and for all
n ≥ 2, T(n) = T(n/2) + 1.
245. Solve the following recurrence relation exactly. T(1) = 1, and for
n ≥ 2, T(n) = 2T(n/2) + 6n −1.
246. Solve the following recurrence relation exactly. T(1) = 2, and for all
n ≥ 2, T(n) = 4T(n/3) + 3n −5.
247. Solve the following recurrence: T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) =
T(
√
n) + 1.
248. Solve the following recurrence: T(1) = T(2) = 1, and for all
n ≥ 3, T(n) = T(n/ log n) + 1.
Sec. 4.6. Hints 41
4.6 HINTS
202. Try repeated substitution (see the comment to Problem 202 for a deﬁnition
of this term).
224. Use induction on n. The base case will be n ≤ 4.
226. If you think about it, this is really two independent recurrence relations, one
for odd n and one for even n. Therefore, you will need to make a special case
for even n and one for odd n. Once you realize this, the recurrences in this
group of problems are fairly easy.
242. The solution is T(n) = nlog n−2
log n
+1. This can be proved by induction.
Can you derive this answer from ﬁrst principles?
243. This problem is diﬃcult to solve directly, but it becomes easy when you
use the following fact from Graham, Knuth, and and Patashnik [30, Sec
tion 6.6]. Suppose f : IR→IR is continuous and monotonically increasing, and
has the property that if f(x) ∈ ZZ, then x ∈ ZZ. Then, f(x) = f(x) and
f(x) = f(x).
248. The answer is that for n ≥ 3, T(n) ≤ 1.76 log n/ log log n, but this may not
help you much.
4.7 SOLUTIONS
202. Suppose T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) = 3T(n − 1) + 2. If n is large
enough, then by repeated substitution,
T(n) = 3T(n −1) + 2 (after one substitution)
= 3(3T(n −2) + 2) + 2
= 9T(n −2) + 2 3 + 2 (after two substitutions)
= 9(3T(n −3) + 2) + 2 3 + 2
= 27T(n −3) + 2 9 + 2 3 + 2 (after three substitutions).
It looks like there’s a pattern developing. After i substitutions,
T(n) = 3
i
T(n −i) + 2
i−1
¸
j=0
3
j
. (4.1)
42 Chap. 4. Recurrence Relations
We can prove that identity (4.1) is true by induction on i. It is trivially true
for i = 1. Now suppose that i > 1 and that
T(n) = 3
i−1
T(n −i + 1) + 2
i−2
¸
j=0
3
j
.
Then,
T(n) = 3
i−1
T(n −i + 1) + 2
i−2
¸
j=0
3
j
= 3
i−1
(3T(n −i) + 2) + 2
i−2
¸
j=0
3
j
= 3
i
T(n −i) + 2
i−1
¸
j=0
3
j
,
as required. Now that we’ve established identity (4.1), we can continue with
solving the recurrence. Suppose we take i = n −1. Then, by identity (4.1),
T(n) = 3
n−1
T(1) + 2
n−2
¸
j=0
3
j
= 3
n−1
+ 3
n−1
−1 (by Problem 9)
= 2 3
n−1
−1.
208. Suppose T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T(n) = 2T(n/2) + 6n −1.
If n is large enough, then by repeated substitution,
T(n) = 2T(n/2) + 6n −1 (after one substitution)
= 2(2T(n/4) + 6n/2 −1) + 6n −1
= 4T(n/4) + (6n −2) + (6n −1) (after two substitutions)
= 4(2T(n/8) + 6n/4 −1) + (6n −2) + (6n −1)
= 8T(n/8) + (6n −4) + (6n −2) + (6n −1)
(after three substitutions).
Therefore, after i substitutions,
T(n) = 2
i
T(n/2
i
) + 6in −
i−1
¸
j=0
2
j
.
Sec. 4.7. Solutions 43
This can be veriﬁed easily by induction. Hence, taking i = log n,
T(n) = nT(1) + 6nlog n −
log n−1
¸
j=0
2
j
= n + 6nlog n −(2
log n
−1) (by Problem 11)
= 6nlog n + 1.
214. Suppose T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T(n) = 3T(n/2) +n
2
−n.
If n is large enough, then by repeated substitution,
T(n) = 3T(n/2) +n
2
−n (after one substitution)
= 3(3T(n/4) +n
2
/4 −n/2) +n
2
−n
= 9T(n/4) + 3(n
2
/4 −n/2) + (n
2
−n) (after two substitutions)
= 9(3T(n/8) +n
2
/16 −n/4) + 3(n
2
/4 −n/2) + (n
2
−n)
= 27T(n/8) + 9(n
2
/16 −n/4) + 3(n
2
/4 −n/2) + (n
2
−n)
(after three substitutions).
Therefore, after i substitutions,
T(n) = 3
i
T(n/2
i
) +n
2
i−1
¸
j=0
(3/4)
j
−n
i−1
¸
j=0
(3/2)
j
= 3
i
T(n/2
i
) −4n
2
(3/4)
i
+ 4n
2
−2n(3/2)
i
+ 2n (by Problem 11).
This can be veriﬁed easily by induction. Hence, taking i = log n,
T(n) = 3
log n
−4n
2
(3/4)
log n
+ 4n
2
−2n(3/2)
log n
+ 2n
= n
log 3
−4n
log 3
+ 4n
2
−2n
log 3
+ 2n
= 4n
2
−5n
log 3
+ 2n.
226. Suppose T(1) = 1, T(2) = 6, and for all n ≥ 3, T(n) = T(n −2) + 3n + 4. If
n is large enough, then by repeated substitution,
T(n) = T(n −2) + 3n + 4
= T(n −4) + (3(n −2) + 4) + (3n + 4)
= T(n −6) + (3(n −4) + 4) + (3(n −2) + 4) + (3n + 4).
Therefore, after i substitutions,
T(n) = T(n −2i) + 3
i−1
¸
j=0
(n −2j) + 4i
44 Chap. 4. Recurrence Relations
= T(n −2i) + 3in −6
i−1
¸
j=0
j + 4i
= T(n −2i) + 3in −3i(i −1) + 4i (by Problem 1)
= T(n −2i) + 3in −3i
2
+ 7i.
This can be veriﬁed easily by induction. Now, suppose that n is even. Take
i = n/2 −1. Then,
T(n) = T(n −2i) + 3in −3i
2
+ 7i
= T(2) + 3(n/2 −1)n −3(n/2 −1)
2
+ 7(n/2 −1)
= 6 + 3n
2
/2 −3n −3n
2
/4 + 3n −3 + 7n/2 −7
= 3n
2
/4 + 7n/2 −4.
Now, suppose that n is odd. Take i = (n −1)/2. Then,
T(n) = T(n −2i) + 3
i−1
¸
j=0
(n −2j) + 4i
= T(1) + 3n(n −1)/2 −3((n −1)/2)
2
+ 7(n −1)/2
= 1 + 3n
2
/2 −3n/2 −3n
2
/4 + 3n/2 −3/4 + 7n/2 −7/2
= 3n
2
/4 + 7n/2 −13/4.
Therefore, when n is even, T(n) = (3n
2
+ 14n − 16)/4, and when n is odd,
T(n) = (3n
2
+ 14n − 13)/4. Or, more succinctly, T(n) = (3n
2
+ 14n − 16 +
3(n mod 2))/4.
235. Suppose that T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T(n) =
¸
n−1
i=1
T(i) + 1.
T(n) −T(n −1) = (
n−1
¸
i=1
T(i) + 1) −(
n−2
¸
i=1
T(i) + 1)
= T(n −1).
Therefore, T(n) = 2T(n − 1). Thus, we have reduced a recurrence with full
history to a simple recurrence that can be solved by repeated substitution
(I’ll leave that to you) to give the solution T(n) = 2
n−1
.
4.8 COMMENTS
202. The technique used to solve this problem in the previous section is called
repeated substitution. It works as follows. Repeatedly substitute until you
see a pattern developing. Write down a formula for T(n) in terms of n and
the number of substitutions (which you can call i). To be completely formal,
Sec. 4.8. Comments 45
verify this pattern by induction on i. (You should do this if you are asked to
prove that your answer is correct or if you want to be sure that the pattern
is right, but you can skip it is you are short of time.) Then choose i to be
whatever value it takes to make all of the T()s in the pattern turn into the
base case for the recurrence. You are usually left with some algebra to do,
such as a summation or two. Once you have used repeated substitution to
get an answer, it is prudent to check your answer by using induction. (It
is not normally necessary to hand in this extra work when you are asked to
solve the recurrence on a homework or an exam, but it’s a good idea to do it
for your own peace of mind.) Let’s do it for this problem. We are required
to prove that the solution to the recurrence T(1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2,
T(n) = 3T(n − 1) + 2, is T(n) = 2 3
n−1
− 1. The proof is by induction
on n. The claim is certainly true for n = 1. Now suppose that n > 1 and
T(n −1) = 2 3
n−2
−1. Then,
T(n) = 3T(n −1) + 2
= 3(2 3
n−2
−1) + 2 (by the induction hypothesis)
= 2 3
n−1
−1,
as required.
222. Hence, F
n
= O(1.62
n
). For more information on the constant multiple in the
bigO bound, see Graham, Knuth, and Patashnik [30].
Chapter 5
Correctness Proofs
How do we know that a given algorithm works? The best method is to prove it
correct. Purely recursive algorithms can be proved correct directly by induction.
Purely iterative algorithms can be proved correct by devising a loop invariant for
every loop, proving them correct by induction, and using them to establish that the
algorithm terminates with the correct result. Here are some simple algorithms to
practice on. The algorithms use a simple pseudocode as described in Section 1.3.
5.1 ITERATIVE ALGORITHMS
To prove correctness of an iterative algorithm, you need to do the following:
• Write down a speciﬁcation for the output to be produced by the algorithm as
a function of its inputs (this will be easy for the simple algorithms considered
in this chapter).
• Verify the algorithm one loop at a time, starting at the inner loop in case of
nested loops.
• For each loop, devise a loop invariant that remains true each time through
the loop and captures the “progress” made by the loop.
• Prove that the loop invariants hold. This is usually done by induction on the
number of iterations. Start by listing the new values of the variables in terms
of the old values. Use this for your inductive step.
• Use the loop invariants to prove that the algorithm terminates.
• Use the loop invariants and the termination conditions to prove that the
algorithm computes the correct result (according to the speciﬁcation).
The loop invariants discussed in this section use the following convention: If
v is a variable used in a loop, then v
j
denotes the value stored in v immediately
after the jth iteration of the loop, for j ≥ 0. The value v
0
means the contents of v
immediately before the loop is entered.
46
Sec. 5.1. Iterative Algorithms 47
5.1.1 StraightLine Programs
249. Prove that the following algorithm for swapping two numbers is correct.
procedure swap(x, y)
comment Swap x and y.
1. x := x +y
2. y := x −y
3. x := x −y
5.1.2 Arithmetic
250. Prove that the following algorithm for the addition of natural
numbers is correct.
function add(y, z)
comment Return y +z, where y, z ∈ IN
1. x := 0; c := 0; d := 1;
2. while (y > 0) ∨ (z > 0) ∨ (c > 0) do
3. a := y mod 2;
b := z mod 2;
4. if a ⊕b ⊕c then x := x +d;
5. c := (a ∧ b) ∨ (b ∧ c) ∨ (a ∧ c);
6. d := 2d; y := y/2;
z := z/2;
7. return(x)
251. Prove that the following algorithm for incrementing a natural number is
correct.
function increment(y)
comment Return y + 1, where y ∈ IN
1. x := 0; c := 1; d := 1;
2. while (y > 0) ∨ (c > 0) do
3. a := y mod 2;
4. if a ⊕c then x := x +d;
5. c := a ∧ c;
6. d := 2d; y := y/2;
7. return(x)
252. Prove that the following algorithm for the multiplication of natural
numbers is correct.
48 Chap. 5. Correctness Proofs
function multiply(y, z)
comment Return yz, where y, z ∈ IN
1. x := 0;
2. while z > 0 do
3. if z mod 2 = 1 then x := x +y;
4. y := 2y; z := z/2;
5. return(x)
253. Prove that the following algorithm for the multiplication of
natural numbers is correct.
function multiply(y, z)
comment Return yz, where y, z ∈ IN
1. x := 0;
2. while z > 0 do
3. x := x +y (z mod 2);
4. y := 2y; z := z/2;
5. return(x)
254. Prove that the following algorithm for the multiplication of natural
numbers is correct, for all integer constants c ≥ 2.
function multiply(y, z)
comment Return yz, where y, z ∈ IN
1. x := 0;
2. while z > 0 do
3. x := x +y (z mod c);
4. y := c y; z := z/c;
5. return(x)
255. Prove that the following algorithm for division and remaindering of
natural numbers is correct.
function divide(y, z)
comment Return q, r ∈ IN such that y = qz +r
and r < z, where y, z ∈ IN
1. r := y; q := 0; w := z;
2. while w ≤ y do w := 2w;
3. while w > z do
4. q := 2q; w := w/2;
5. if w ≤ r then
6. r := r −w; q := q + 1
7. return(q, r)
Sec. 5.1. Iterative Algorithms 49
256. Prove that the following algorithm for exponentiation is correct.
function power(y, z)
comment Return y
z
, where y ∈ IR, z ∈ IN
1. x := 1;
2. while z > 0 do
3. x := x y
4. z := z −1
5. return(x)
257. Prove that the following algorithm for exponentiation is correct.
function power(y, z)
comment Return y
z
, where y ∈ IR, z ∈ IN
1. x := 1;
2. while z > 0 do
3. if z is odd then x := x y
4. z := z/2
5. y := y
2
6. return(x)
258. Prove that the following algorithm for computing factorials is correct.
function factorial(y)
comment Return y!, where y ∈ IN
1. x := 1
2. while y > 1 do
3. x := x y; y := y −1
4. return(x)
5.1.3 Arrays
259. Prove that the following algorithm that adds the values in an array
A[1..n] is correct.
function sum(A)
comment Return
¸
n
i=1
A[i]
1. s := 0;
2. for i := 1 to n do
3. s := s +A[i]
4. return(s)
50 Chap. 5. Correctness Proofs
260. Prove that the following algorithm for computing the maximum value
in an array A[1..n] is correct.
function max(A)
comment Return max A[1], . . . , A[n]
1. m := A[1]
2. for i := 2 to n do
3. if A[i] > m then m := A[i]
4. return(m)
261. Prove the correctness of the following bubblesort algorithm. The
values to be sorted are in an array A[1..n].
procedure bubblesort(A[1..n])
comment Sort A[1], A[2], . . . , A[n] into nondecreasing order
1. for i := 1 to n −1 do
2. for j := 1 to n −i do
3. if A[j] > A[j + 1] then
4. Swap A[j] with A[j + 1]
262. Prove the correctness of the following patternmatching algorithm.
The input consists of a string S[1..n], and a pattern P[0..m− 1], where 1 ≤
m ≤ n. The algorithm locates the ﬁrst contiguous occurrence of the pattern
P in the string S, that is, = p if S[p..p +m−1] = P, and = n −m+ 1 if
the pattern P does not occur at all in the string S.
function match(P, S, n, m)
comment Find the pattern P[0..m−1] in string S[1..n]
1. := 0; matched := false
2. while ( ≤ n −m) ∧ matched do
3. := + 1 ;
4. r := 0; matched := true
5. while (r < m) ∧ matched do
6. matched := matched ∧ (P[r] = S[ +r])
7. r := r + 1
8. return()
263. Prove that the following matrix multiplication algorithm is correct.
Sec. 5.2. Recursive Algorithms 51
procedure matmultiply(Y, Z, n);
comment multiplies n n matrices Y Z
1. for i := 1 to n do
2. for j := 1 to n do
3. X[i, j] := 0;
4. for k := 1 to n do
5. X[i, j] := X[i, j] +Y [i, k] Z[k, j];
6. return(X)
264. Prove that the following algorithm for evaluating the polynomial
a
n
x
n
+a
n−1
x
n−1
+ +a
1
x +a
0
is correct, where the coeﬃcients are stored
in an array A[0..n], with A[i] = a
i
for all 0 ≤ i ≤ n. The algorithm is named
after its inventor, William G. Horner, and is often called Horner’s rule.
function Horner(A, n)
comment Return
¸
n
i=0
A[i] x
i
1. v := 0
2. for i := n downto 0 do
3. v := A[i] +v x
4. return(v)
5.1.4 Fibonacci Numbers
265. Prove that the following algorithm for computing Fibonacci
numbers is correct.
function ﬁb(n)
1. comment Return F
n
, the nth Fibonacci number
2. if n = 0 then return(0) else
3. last:=0; current:=1
4. for i := 2 to n do
5. temp:=last+current; last:=current; current:=temp
6. return(current)
5.2 RECURSIVE ALGORITHMS
To prove correctness of a recursive algorithm, you need to do the following:
• You will prove correctness by induction on the “size” of the problem being
solved (for example, the size of array chunk, number of bits in an integer,
etc.). Your ﬁrst task is to identify what is to be used as the “size.”
52 Chap. 5. Correctness Proofs
• Then, you prove the base of the induction, which will usually involve only the
base of the recursion.
• Next, you need to prove that recursive calls are given subproblems to solve
(that is, there is no inﬁnite recursion). This is often trivial, but it can be
diﬃcult to prove and so should not be overlooked.
• Finally, you prove the inductive step: Assume that the recursive calls work
correctly, and use this assumption to prove that the current call works cor
rectly.
5.2.1 Arithmetic
266. Prove that the following recursive algorithm computes 3
n
− 2
n
for all
n ≥ 0.
function g(n)
1. if n ≤ 1 then return(n)
2. else return(5 g(n −1) −6 g(n −2))
267. Prove that the following recursive algorithm for incrementing a natural
number is correct.
function increment(y)
comment Return y + 1.
1. if y = 0 then return(1) else
2. if y mod 2 = 1 then
3. return(2 increment(y/2))
4. else return(y + 1)
268. Prove that the following recursive algorithm for the addition of natural
numbers is correct.
function add(y, z, c)
comment Return the sum y +z +c, where c ∈ ¦0, 1¦.
1. if y = z = 0 then return(c) else
2. a := y mod 2; b := z mod 2;
3. return(2 add(y/2, z/2, (a +b +c)/2) + (a ⊕b ⊕c))
269. Prove that the following recursive algorithm for the multiplication
of natural numbers is correct.
function multiply(y, z)
comment Return the product yz.
1. if z = 0 then return(0) else
2. if z is odd then return(multiply(2y, z/2)+y)
3. else return(multiply(2y, z/2))
Sec. 5.2. Recursive Algorithms 53
270. Prove that the following recursive algorithm for the multiplication of
natural numbers is correct.
function multiply(y, z)
comment Return the product yz.
1. if z = 0 then return(0) else
2. return(multiply(2y, z/2) +y (z mod 2))
271. Prove that the following recursive algorithm for the multiplication of
natural numbers is correct, for all integers constants c ≥ 2.
function multiply(y, z)
comment Return the product yz.
1. if z = 0 then return(0) else
2. return(multiply(cy, z/c) +y (z mod c))
272. Prove that the following recursive algorithm for exponentiation is correct.
function power(y, z)
comment Return y
z
, where y ∈ IR, z ∈ IN.
1. if z = 0 then return(1)
2. if z is odd then return(power(y
2
, z/2) y)
3. else return(power(y
2
, z/2))
273. Prove that the following recursive algorithm for computing factorials is
correct.
function factorial(n)
comment Return n!.
1. if n ≤ 1 then return(1)
2. else return(n factorial(n −1))
5.2.2 Arrays
274. Prove that the following recursive algorithm for computing the maximum
value in an array A[1..n] is correct.
function maximum(n)
comment Return max of A[1..n].
1. if n ≤ 1 then return(A[1])
2. else return(max(maximum(n −1),A[n]))
function max(x, y)
comment Return largest of x and y.
3. if x ≥ y then return(x) else return(y)
54 Chap. 5. Correctness Proofs
275. Prove that the following recursive algorithm that adds the values in an
array A[1..n] is correct.
function sum(n)
comment Return sum of A[1..n].
1. if n ≤ 1 then return(A[1])
2. else return(sum(n −1) +A[n])
5.2.3 Fibonacci Numbers
276. Prove that the following algorithm for computing Fibonacci num
bers is correct.
function ﬁb(n)
comment Return F
n
, the nth Fibonacci number.
1. if n ≤ 1 then return(n)
2. else return(ﬁb(n −1)+ﬁb(n −2))
277. Prove that the following algorithm for computing Fibonacci
numbers is correct.
function ﬁb(n)
comment Return (F
n−1
, F
n
)
1. if n is odd then
2. (a, b) := even(n −1)
3. return(b, a +b)
4. else return(even(n))
function even(n)
comment Return (F
n−1
, F
n
) when n is even
1. if n = 0 then return(1, 0)
2. else if n = 2 then return(1, 1)
3. else if n = 4 then return(2, 3)
4. (a, b) := ﬁb(n/2 −1)
5. c := a +b; d := b +c
6. return(b d +a c, c (d +b))
5.3 COMBINED ITERATION AND RECURSION
The following questions ask you to prove correct some recursive algorithms that
have loops in them. Naturally enough, you can solve them by applying both of the
techniques you have used in this chapter.
Sec. 5.4. Hints 55
278. Prove that the following recursive bubblesort algorithm is correct. The
values to be sorted are in an array A[1..n].
procedure bubblesort(n)
comment Sort A[1..n].
1. if n > 1 then
2. for j := 1 to n −1 do
3. if A[j] > A[j + 1] then
4. Swap A[j] with A[j + 1]
5. bubblesort(n −1)
279. Prove that the following variant of quicksort is correct. The values
to be sorted are in an array A[1..n].
1. procedure quicksort(, r)
2. comment sort S[..r]
3. i := ; j := r
a := some element from S[..r]
4. repeat
5. while S[i] < a do i := i + 1
6. while S[j] > a do j := j −1
7. if i ≤ j then
8. swap S[i] and S[j]
9. i := i + 1; j := j −1
10. until i > j
11. if < j then quicksort(, j)
12. if i < r then quicksort(i, r)
5.4 HINTS
In each of the following hints, if the algorithm uses a variable v, then v
i
denotes the
contents of v immediately after the ith iteration of the single loop in the algorithm
(v
0
denotes the contents of v immediately before the loop is entered for the ﬁrst
time).
250. The loop invariant is the following: (y
j
+z
j
+c
j
)d
j
+x
j
= y
0
+z
0
.
252. The loop invariant is the following: y
j
z
j
+x
j
= y
0
z
0
.
255. The loop invariant is the following: q
j
w
j
+r
j
= y
0
and r
j
< w
j
.
256. The loop invariant is the following: x
j
y
j
z
j
= y
z
0
0
.
56 Chap. 5. Correctness Proofs
257. The loop invariant is the following: x
j
y
j
z
j
= y
z
0
0
.
258. The loop invariant is the following: m
j
=
¸
n
k=n−j+1
k.
259. The loop invariant is the following: s
j
=
¸
j
i=1
A[i].
260. The loop invariant is the following: m
j
is the maximum of A[1], . . . , A[j +1].
261. The loop invariant for the inner loop is the following: after the jth iteration,
for all 1 ≤ i < j, A[i] ≤ A[j]. The loop invariant for the outer loop is the
following: after the jth iteration, for all n − j + 1 ≤ i ≤ n, for all k < i,
A[k] ≤ A[i].
277. The identity from Problem 53 might help.
5.5 SOLUTIONS
250. This correctness proof will make use of the fact that for all n ∈ IN,
2n/2 + (n mod 2) = n. (5.1)
(Can you prove this?) We claim that if y, z ∈ IN, then add(y, z) returns the
value y + z. That is, when line 8 is executed, x = y + z. For each of the
identiﬁers, use a subscript i to denote the value of the identiﬁer after the ith
iteration of the whileloop on lines 3–7, for i ≥ 0, with i = 0 meaning the
time immediately before the while loop is entered and immediately after the
statement on line 2 is executed. By inspection,
a
j+1
= y
j
mod 2
b
j+1
= z
j
mod 2
y
j+1
= y
j
/2
z
j+1
= z
j
/2
d
j+1
= 2d
j
.
From line 6 of the algorithm, c
j+1
is 1 iﬀ at least two of a
j+1
, b
j+1
, and c
j
are 1 (see Problem 93). Therefore,
c
j+1
= (a
j+1
+b
j+1
+c
j
)/2.
Note that d is added into x in line 5 of the algorithm only when an odd
number of a, b, and c are 1. Therefore,
x
j+1
= x
j
+d
j
((a
j+1
+b
j+1
+c
j
) mod 2).
We will now prove the following loop invariant: For all natural numbers j ≥ 0,
(y
j
+z
j
+c
j
)d
j
+x
j
= y
0
+z
0
.
Sec. 5.5. Solutions 57
The proof is by induction on j. The base j = 0 is trivial, since c
0
= 0, d
0
= 1,
and x
0
= 0. Now, suppose that
(y
j
+z
j
+c
j
)d
j
+x
j
= y
0
+z
0
.
We are required to prove that
(y
j+1
+z
j+1
+c
j+1
)d
j+1
+x
j+1
= y
0
+z
0
.
By the preceding,
(y
j+1
+z
j+1
+c
j+1
)d
j+1
+x
j+1
= (y
j
/2 +z
j
/2 +(y
j
mod 2 +z
j
mod 2 +c
j
)/2)2d
j
+x
j
+d
j
((y
j
mod 2 +z
j
mod 2 +c
j
) mod 2)
= (y
j
/2 +z
j
/2)2d
j
+x
j
+d
j
(y
j
mod 2 +z
j
mod 2 +c
j
)
(by Equation 5.1)
= (y
j
+z
j
+c
j
)d
j
+x
j
(by Equation 5.1 twice).
Therefore, by the induction hypothesis,
(y
j+1
+z
j+1
+c
j+1
)d
j+1
+x
j+1
= y
0
+z
0
.
This ends the proof of the loop invariant. It remains to use it to prove that
the algorithm is correct. We need to prove that the algorithm terminates
with x containing the sum of y and z. First, we will prove that it terminates.
By inspection, the values of y and z are halved (rounding down if they are
odd) on every iteration of the loop. Therefore, they will eventually both have
value zero, and stay that way. At the ﬁrst point at which y = z = 0, either
c will equal zero or c will be assigned zero on the next iteration of the loop.
Therefore, eventually y = z = c = 0, at which point the loop terminates.
Now we will prove that x has the correct value on termination. Suppose the
loop terminates after t iterations, for some t ≥ 0. By the loop invariant,
(y
t
+z
t
+c
t
)d
t
+x
t
= y
0
+z
0
.
Since y
t
= z
t
= c
t
= 0, we see that x
t
= y
0
+ z
0
. Therefore, the algorithm
terminates with x containing the sum of the initial values of y and z, as
required.
269. The correctness proof is by induction on z. We claim that multiply(y, z)
returns the product yz. The hypothesis is true for z = 0, since multiply(y, 0)
returns 0. Now, suppose that for z ≥ 0, multiply(y, z) returns yz. We now
must prove that multiply(y, z + 1) returns y(z + 1). There are two cases to
be considered, depending on whether z + 1 is odd or even. By inspection, if
58 Chap. 5. Correctness Proofs
z + 1 is odd, then multiply(y, z + 1) returns
multiply(2y, (z + 1)/2) +y
= 2y(z + 1)/2 +y (by the induction hypothesis)
= 2y(z/2) +y (since z is even)
= y(z + 1).
By inspection, if z + 1 is even, then multiply(y, z + 1) returns
multiply(2y, (z + 1)/2)
= 2y(z + 1)/2 (by the induction hypothesis)
= 2y(z + 1)/2 (since z is odd)
= y(z + 1).
5.6 COMMENTS
253. The hard part about this problem (and other similar problems in this section)
is that you will need to ﬁnd your own loop invariant.
265. See Section 2.7 for the deﬁnition of Fibonacci numbers. This is the obvious
iterative algorithm.
276. See Section 2.7 for the deﬁnition of Fibonacci numbers. This is the obvious
recursive algorithm.
277. See Section 2.7 for the deﬁnition of Fibonacci numbers. This is a sneaky
recursive algorithm.
Chapter 6
Algorithm Analysis
Algorithm analysis usually means “give a bigO ﬁgure for the running time of an
algorithm.” (Of course, a bigΘ bound would be even better.) This can be done by
getting a bigO ﬁgure for parts of the algorithm and then combining these ﬁgures
using the sum and product rules for bigO (see Problems 173 and 176). As we will
see, recursive algorithms are more diﬃcult to analyze than nonrecursive ones.
Another useful technique is to pick an elementary operation, such as additions,
multiplications, or comparisons, and observe that the running time of the algorithm
is bigO of the number of elementary operations. (To ﬁnd the elementary operation,
just ignore the “book keeping” code and look for the point in the algorithm where
the real work is done.) Then, you can analyze the exact number of elementary
operations as a function of n in the worst case. This is often easier to deal with
because it is an exact function of n and you don’t have the messy bigO symbols to
carry through your analysis.
6.1 ITERATIVE ALGORITHMS
The analysis of iterative algorithms is fairly easy. Simply charge O(1) for code
without loops (assuming that your pseudocode isn’t hiding something that takes
longer), and use the sum and product rules for bigO (see Problems 173 and 176).
If you get tired of carrying around bigOs, use the “elementary operation” technique
described earlier.
6.1.1 What is Returned?
280. What is the value returned by the following function? Express your
answer as a function of n. Give, using bigO notation, the worstcase running
time.
59
60 Chap. 6. Algorithm Analysis
function mystery(n)
1. r := 0;
2. for i := 1 to n −1 do
3. for j := i + 1 to n do
4. for k := 1 to j do
5. r := r + 1
6. return(r)
281. What is the value returned by the following function? Express your
answer as a function of n. Give, using bigO notation, the worstcase running
time.
function pesky(n)
1. r := 0;
2. for i := 1 to n do
3. for j := 1 to i do
4. for k := j to i +j do
5. r := r + 1
6. return(r)
282. What is the value returned by the following function? Express your
answer as a function of n. Give, using bigO notation, the worstcase running
time.
function pestiferous(n)
1. r := 0;
2. for i := 1 to n do
3. for j := 1 to i do
4. for k := j to i +j do
5. for := 1 to i +j −k do
6. r := r + 1
7. return(r)
283. What is the value returned by the following function? Express
your answer as a function of n. Give, using bigO notation, the worstcase
running time.
function conundrum(n)
1. r := 0;
2. for i := 1 to n do
3. for j := i + 1 to n do
4. for k := i +j −1 to n do
5. r := r + 1
6. return(r)
Sec. 6.1. Iterative Algorithms 61
6.1.2 Arithmetic
284. Analyze the algorithm for the addition of natural numbers in Prob
lem 250. How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is line 4
executed) in the worst case?
285. Analyze the algorithm for incrementing a natural number in Problem 251.
How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is line 4 executed)
in the worst case?
286. Analyze the algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers in Prob
lem 252. How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is line 3
executed) in the worst case?
287. Analyze the algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers in Prob
lem 253. How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is line 3
executed) in the worst case?
288. Analyze the algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers in Prob
lem 254. How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is line 3
executed) in the worst case? You may assume that c ≥ 2 is an integer.
289. Analyze the algorithm for division and remaindering of natural numbers
in Problem 255. How many subtractions does it use (that is, how many times
is line 6 executed) in the worst case?
290. Analyze the algorithm for exponentiation in Problem 256. How many
multiplications does it use (that is, how many times is line 3 executed) in the
worst case?
291. Analyze the algorithm for exponentiation in Problem 257. How
many multiplications does it use (that is, how many times is line 3 executed)
in the worst case?
292. Analyze the algorithm for computing factorials in Problem 258. How
many multiplications does it use (that is, how many times is line 3 executed)
in the worst case?
6.1.3 Arrays
293. Analyze the array addition algorithm in Problem 259. How many ad
ditions does it use (that is, how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst
case?
294. Analyze the array maximum algorithm in Problem 260. How many
comparisons does it use (that is, how many times is line 3 executed) in the
worst case?
62 Chap. 6. Algorithm Analysis
295. Analyze the bubblesort algorithm in Problem 261. How many compar
isons does it use (that is, how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst
case?
296. Analyze the patternmatching algorithm in Problem 262. How many
accesses of the array P does it use (that is, how many times is line 6 executed)
in the worst case?
297. Analyze the matrix multiplication algorithm in Problem 263. How many
multiplications does it use (that is, how many times is line 5 executed) in the
worst case?
298. Analyze the algorithm for evaluating a polynomial in Problem 264. How
many multiplications does it use (that is, how many times is line 3 executed)
in the worst case?
6.1.4 Fibonacci Numbers
299. Analyze the algorithm for computing Fibonacci numbers in Problem 265.
How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is line 3 executed)
in the worst case?
6.2 RECURSIVE ALGORITHMS
The analysis of recursive algorithms is a little harder than that of nonrecursive ones.
First, you have to derive a recurrence relation for the running time, and then you
have to solve it. Techniques for the solution of recurrence relations are explained in
Chapter 4.
To derive a recurrence relation for the running time of an algorithm:
• Decide what “n”, the problem size, is.
• See what value of n is used as the base of the recursion. It will usually be a
single value (for example, n = 1), but may be multiple values. Suppose it is
n
0
.
• Figure out what T(n
0
) is. You can usually use “some constant c,” but some
times a speciﬁc number will be needed.
• The general T(n) is usually a sum of various choices of T(m) (for the recursive
calls), plus the sum of the other work done. Usually, the recursive calls will
be solving a subproblems of the same size f(n), giving a term “a T(f(n))”
in the recurrence relation.
The “elementary operation” technique described in the ﬁrst paragraph of this
chapter can be used to good eﬀect here, too.
Sec. 6.2. Recursive Algorithms 63
6.2.1 Arithmetic
300. Analyze the recursive algorithm from Problem 266. How
many additions does it use (that is, how many times is line 2 executed) in the
worst case?
301. Analyze the recursive algorithm for incrementing a natural number in
Problem 267. How many rightshifts does it use (that is, how many times is
line 3 executed) in the worst case?
302. Analyze the recursive algorithm for the addition of natural numbers in
Problem 268. How many times is line 3 executed in the worst case?
303. Analyze the recursive algorithm for the multiplication of natural
numbers in Problem 269. How many additions does it use (that is, how many
times is line 2 executed) in the worst case?
304. Analyze the recursive algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers
in Problem 270. How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is
line 2 executed) in the worst case?
305. Analyze the recursive algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers
in Problem 271. How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is
line 2 executed) in the worst case? You may assume that c ≥ 2 is an integer.
306. Analyze the recursive algorithm for exponentiation in Problem 272. How
many multiplications does it use (that is, how many times is line 2 executed)
in the worst case?
307. Analyze the recursive algorithm for computing factorials in Problem 273.
How many multiplications does it use (that is, how many times is line 2
executed) in the worst case?
6.2.2 Arrays
308. Analyze the recursive algorithm for computing the maximum value in an
array in Problem 274. How many comparisons does it use (that is, how many
times is line 2 executed) in the worst case?
309. Analyze the recursive algorithm that adds the values in an array in
Problem 275. How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is
line 2 executed) in the worst case?
64 Chap. 6. Algorithm Analysis
6.2.3 Fibonacci Numbers
310. Analyze the algorithm for computing Fibonacci numbers in Problem 276.
How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is line 2 executed)
in the worst case?
311. Analyze the algorithm for computing Fibonacci numbers in Prob
lem 277. How many additions does it use (that is, how many times is line 3
executed) in the worst case?
6.3 COMBINED ITERATION AND RECURSION
The following questions ask you to analyze some recursive algorithms that have loops
in them. Naturally enough, you can do this by applying both of the techniques you
have used in this chapter.
312. Analyze the recursive version of bubblesort in Problem 278. How many
comparisons does it use (that is, how many times is line 3 executed) in the
worst case?
313. Analyze the variant of quicksort in Problem 279. How many com
parisons does it use (that is, how many times are lines 5 and 6 executed) in
the worst case?
6.4 HINTS
283 If you use the technique from the solution of Problem 280 blindly, you’ll get
the answer n(n−1)/2. This is wrong. More subtlety is necessary. The correct
answer is n(n+2)(2n−1)/24 if n is even, and something diﬀerent if n is odd.
(You didn’t think I would give you the whole answer, did you?) You can
partially verify your solution in a few minutes by coding the algorithm as a
program and printing n and r for a few values of n.
284. I am looking for a bigO analysis of the running time, and an exact function
of n (with no bigO at the front) for the number of additions. You can do the
running time ﬁrst, or if you are clever, you can observe that additions are the
“elementary operation,” count them exactly, and then put a bigO around
the function you get as answer to the second part of the question (reducing
it to the simplest form, of course) to give the answer for the ﬁrst part of the
question.
Sec. 6.5. Solutions 65
300. Fibonacci numbers are involved (see Section 2.7 for deﬁnitions). Speciﬁcally,
you will need to apply the results from Problems 52 and 222.
6.5 SOLUTIONS
280. The forloop on lines 4–5 has the same eﬀect as r := r + j. Therefore, the
forloop on lines 3–5 has the following eﬀect:
3–5. for j := i + 1 to n do
r := r +j,
equivalently, r := r +
¸
n
j=i+1
j. Now,
n
¸
j=i+1
j =
n
¸
j=1
j −
i
¸
j=1
j = n(n + 1)/2 −i(i + 1)/2.
Therefore, the forloop on lines 2–5 has the following eﬀect:
2–5. for i := 1 to n −1 do
r := r +n(n + 1)/2 −i(i + 1)/2,
equivalently, r := r +
¸
n−1
i=1
(n(n + 1)/2 −i(i + 1)/2). Now,
n−1
¸
i=1
(n(n + 1)/2 −i(i + 1)/2)
=
(n −1)n(n + 1)
2
−
1
2
n−1
¸
i=1
i
2
−
1
2
n−1
¸
i=1
i
= (n −1)n(n + 1)/2 −n(n −1)(2n −1)/12 −n(n −1)/4
(by Problems 1 and 2)
= n(n
2
−1)/3.
Therefore, function mystery returns n(n
2
− 1)/3. A sloppy analysis goes as
follows. The forloop that begins on line 2 is executed for O(n) iterations. The
forloop that begins on line 3 is executed for O(n) iterations. The forloop
that begins on line 4 is executed for O(n) iterations. Lines 1 and 5 take O(1)
time. Therefore, function mystery runs in time O(n
3
). This analysis is tight
because the preceding paragraph showed that line 5 is executed n(n
2
−1)/3
times.
300. Let A(n) be the number of additions used in function g(n). Then A(0) =
A(1) = 0 and for all n > 1, A(n) = A(n −1) +A(n −2) +1. This recurrence
relation is a little tricky to solve, but repeated substitution will do it:
A(n) = A(n −1) +A(n −2) + 1
= (A(n −2) +A(n −3) + 1) +A(n −2) + 1
66 Chap. 6. Algorithm Analysis
= 2A(n −2) +A(n −3) + 1 + 1
= 2(A(n −3) +A(n −4) + 1) +A(n −3) + 1 + 1
= 3A(n −3) + 2A(n −4) + 1 + 1 + 2
= 3(A(n −4) +A(n −5) + 1) + 2A(n −4) + 1 + 1 + 2
= 5A(n −4) + 3A(n −5) + 1 + 1 + 2 + 3.
There is a pattern involving Fibonacci numbers (see Section 2.7) developing
here. It can be veriﬁed by induction on i ≥ 1 that after i substitutions,
A(n) = F
i+1
A(n −i) +F
i
A(n −i −1) +
i
¸
j=1
F
j
.
Hence, taking i = n −1,
A(n) = F
n
A(1) +F
n−1
A(0) +
n−1
¸
j=1
F
j
=
n−1
¸
j=1
F
j
= F
n+1
−1 (see Problem 52).
The running time of procedure g(n) is clearly bigO of the number of addi
tions, and is hence O(F
n+1
) = O(1.62
n
) (for the latter, see the comment to
Problem 222).
303. Let n be the number of bits in z, and A(n) be the number of additions
used in the multiplication of y by z. Then A(0) = 0 and for all n ≥ 1,
A(n) = A(n −1) + 1. The solution to this recurrence is A(n) = n. (Can you
verify this by induction on n? If I didn’t tell you the answer, could you have
derived it for yourself?) The running time of procedure multiply is clearly
bigO of the number of additions, and is hence O(n).
6.6 COMMENTS
291. Which algorithm would you use in practice, the one in this problem or the
one from Problem 290?
311. Which algorithm would you use in practice, the one in this problem, the one
from Problem 299, or the one from Problem 310?
313. The worstcase analysis of quicksort is often presented in class, but if not,
then it makes a good exercise.
Chapter 7
DivideandConquer
Divideandconquer is perhaps the most commonly used algorithm design technique
in computer science. Faced with a big problem P, divide it into smaller problems,
solve these subproblems, and combine their solutions into a solution for P. But how
do you solve the smaller problems? Simply divide each of the small problems into
smaller problems, and keep doing this until the problems become so small that it is
trivial to solve them. Sound like recursion? Not surprisingly, a recursive procedure
is usually the easiest way of implementing divideandconquer.
7.1 MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM
The following is a divideandconquer algorithm for ﬁnding the maximum value in an
array S[1..n]. The main body of the algorithm consists of a call to maximum(1, n).
function maximum(x, y)
comment return maximum in S[x..y]
1. if y −x ≤ 1 then return(max(S[x], S[y]))
2. else
3. max1:=maximum(x, (x +y)/2)
4. max2:=maximum((x +y)/2 + 1, y)
5. return(max(max1,max2))
314. Prove that the algorithm is correct. You may assume that n is a
power of 2.
315. Write down a recurrence relation for the worstcase number of com
parisons used by maximum(1, n). Solve this recurrence relation. You may
assume that n is a power of 2.
316. What is the running time of maximum(1, n)? Explain your answer.
Most textbooks introduce divideandconquer using the MAXMIN problem, the
problem of ﬁnding the largest and smallest values in an array of n values. It is
67
68 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
usually described for n a power of 2. The following problems ask you to extend this
to arbitrary n.
317. Design and analyze a divideandconquer MAXMIN algorithm
that uses 3n/2 −2 comparisons for any n ∈ IN.
318. Consider the following MAXMIN algorithm. How many comparisons
does it use? Is it likely to be faster or slower than the divideandconquer
algorithm in practice?
procedure maxmin2(S)
comment computes maximum and minimum of S[1..n]
in max and min resp.
1. if n is odd then max:=S[n]; min:=S[n]
2. else max:=−∞; min:=∞
3. for i := 1 to n/2 do
4. if S[2i −1] ≤ S[2i]
5. then small:=S[2i −1]; large:=S[2i]
6. else small:=S[2i]; large:=S[2i −1]
7. if small < min then min:=small
8. if large > max then min:=small
319. Show that any comparisonbased MAXMIN algorithm must use at
least 3n/2 −2 comparisons in the worst case, for all n ∈ IN.
7.2 INTEGER MULTIPLICATION
Another popular example of divideandconquer is the O(n
1.59
) time integer mul
tiplication algorithm. The following questions will test your understanding of this
algorithm and its analysis.
320. What is the depth of recursion of the divideandconquer integer multi
plication algorithm? At what depth does it start to repeat the same subprob
lems?
321. Suppose you are to write an algorithm for multiplying two nbit
integers, and you are told that you have a computer with word size
√
n, and
hence that you can multiply two
√
nbit integers in O(1) time. Show that, by
using the divideandconquer multiplication and stopping the recursion early,
you can multiply two nbit integers in time O(n
1.2925
).
322. Devise an algorithm to multiply an nbit integer by an mbit integer,
where n ≥ m, in time O(nm
log 3−1
).
Sec. 7.2. Integer Multiplication 69
Complete the design of the following algorithm for performing integer multiplication
in time O(n
1.63
). (This is slower than the standard algorithm, but its veriﬁcation
and analysis will test your abilities.) We use a technique similar to the standard
divideandconquer algorithm. Instead of dividing the inputs y and z into two parts,
we divide them into three parts. Suppose y and z have n bits, where n is a power
of 3. Break y into three parts, a, b, c, each with n/3 bits. Break z into three parts,
d, e, f, each with n/3 bits. Then,
yz = ad2
4n/3
+ (ae +bd)2
n
+ (af +cd +be)2
2n/3
+ (bf +ce)2
n/3
+cf.
This can be computed as follows:
r
1
:= ad
r
2
:= (a +b)(d +e)
r
3
:= be
r
4
:= (a +c)(d +f)
r
5
:= cf
r
6
:= (b +c)(e +f)
x := r
1
2
4n/3
+ (r
2
−r
1
−r
3
)2
n
+ (r
3
+r
4
−r
1
−r
5
)2
2n/3
+ (r
6
−r
3
−r
5
)2
n/3
+r
5
.
323. Show that x = yz.
324. Show that this algorithm runs in O(n
1.63
) bitoperations, as claimed.
Joe D. Student is confused. He was told to implement the divideandconquer
algorithm for integer multiplication, and ﬁnd the value of n for which the divide
andconquer algorithm is faster than the naive algorithm (see Problem 252) on
nbit integers. It must be faster for large enough n since, as he saw in class, the
naive algorithm takes time O(n
2
) and the divideandconquer algorithm takes time
O(n
1.585
). Here is the Pascal data structure that he used:
const Precision=5000;
type Bit=0..1;
longinteger=packed array[1..Precision] of Bit;
He started by writing procedures to do addition, leftshifting, and so on. For
example, here is his addition procedure:
procedure LongAdd(var result,summand:longinteger);
{result:=result+summand}
var index,digitsum:integer;
70 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
carry:Bit;
begin{LongAdd}
carry:=0;
for index:=1 to Precision do
begin{for}
digitsum:=result[index]+summand[index]+carry;
carry:=digitsum div 2;
result[index]:=digitsum mod 2;
end;{for}
if carry>0 then LongError(LongOverflow)
end;{LongAdd}
Joe carefully implemented the naive multiplication algorithm from Problem 252
as procedure LongMultiply, and the divideandconquer multiplication algorithm as
procedure FastLongMultiply. Both of these procedures worked perfectly. However,
he found that LongMultiply was faster than FastLongMultiply, even when he tried
multiplying 2
n
−1 by itself (which is guaranteed to make LongMultiply slow). Joe’s
data show that as n increases, FastLongMultiply becomes slower than LongMultiply
by more than a constant factor. Figure 7.1 shows his running times, and Figure 7.2
their ratio.
325. Show that the worst case for the naive integer multiplication algorithm
is, as claimed above, multiplying 2
n
−1 by itself.
326. What did Joe do wrong?
327. What can Joe do to ﬁx his program so that FastLongMultiply is faster
than LongMultiply for large enough n?
Complete the design of the following algorithm for performing integer multiplica
tion using O(n
1.585
/(log n)
0.585
) bitoperations. First, construct a table of all kbit
products. To multiply two nbit numbers, do the following. Perform the divide
andconquer algorithm with the base of recursion n ≤ k. That is, if n ≤ k, then
simply look up the result in the table. Otherwise, cut the numbers in half and
perform the recursion as normal.
328. Show that a table of all kbit products can be constructed using O(k4
k
)
bitoperations.
329. Devise and solve a recurrence relation for the divideandconquer
multiplication algorithm when the base of recursion is T(n) = O(1) for all
n ≤ k. Your solution must be a function of both n and k.
330. Show that the best value of k is Θ(log n), and that this gives an
algorithm that uses O(n
1.585
/(log n)
0.585
) bitoperations, as claimed.
Sec. 7.2. Integer Multiplication 71
Comparison of Multiplication Algorithms
FastLongMultiply
LongMultiply
Time (ms) x 10
6
3
n x 10
0.00
0.10
0.20
0.30
0.40
0.50
0.60
0.70
0.80
0.90
1.00
1.10
1.20
1.30
1.40
1.50
1.60
1.70
1.80
1.90
2.00
0.00 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50
Figure 7.1. Running times for procedures LongMultiply
and FastLongMultiply observed by Joe D. Student.
72 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
Ratio of Running Times
Ratio
3
n x 10
0.00
5.00
10.00
15.00
20.00
25.00
30.00
35.00
40.00
45.00
50.00
55.00
60.00
0.00 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50
Figure 7.2. The ratio of the running times for procedures
LongMultiply and FastLongMultiply observed by Joe D. Stu
dent.
Sec. 7.3. Strassen’s Algorithm 73
7.3 STRASSEN’S ALGORITHM
Strassen’s algorithm is a divideandconquer algorithm for multiplying nn matrices
in time O(n
2.81
). The key ideas behind the algorithm are that 2 2 matrices
can be multiplied using only seven multiplications instead of the usual eight (see
Problems 263 and 297), and that this can be used as the base of recursion in a
divideandconquer algorithm.
331. The standard description of Strassen’s algorithm assumes that n is a
power of 2. Devise an algorithm that runs in time O(n
2.81
) when n is not
necessarily a power of 2.
332. Suppose we were to come up with a variant of Strassen’s algorithm based
on the fact that 3 3 matrices can be multiplied in only m multiplications
instead of the normal 27. How small would m have to be for this algorithm
to be faster than Strassen’s algorithm for large enough n?
333. The current record for matrix multiplication is O(n
2.376
), due to Cop
persmith and Winograd [18]. How small would m need to be in Problem 332
in order to improve on this bound?
Another version of Strassen’s algorithm uses the following identities. To compute
¸
A B
C D
=
¸
E F
G H
¸
I J
K L
,
ﬁrst compute the following values:
s
1
= G+H m
1
= s
2
s
6
t
1
= m
1
+m
2
s
2
= s
1
−E m
2
= EI t
2
= t
1
+m
4
s
3
= E −G m
3
= FK
s
4
= F −s
2
m
4
= s
3
s
7
s
5
= J −I m
5
= s
1
s
5
s
6
= L −s
5
m
6
= s
4
L
s
7
= L −J m
7
= Hs
8
s
8
= s
6
−K.
Then,
A = m
2
+m
3
B = t
1
+m
5
+m
6
C = t
2
−m
7
D = t
2
+m
5
.
334. Prove that this algorithm is correct.
74 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
335. Analyze its running time. Is it likely to be faster or slower than the
standard version of Strassen’s algorithm in practice?
7.4 BINARY SEARCH
Binary search is a classic divideandconquer algorithm that is usually covered in
more elementary courses, but deserves to be dusted oﬀ again for a brief inspection
during the algorithms course. I usually teach it for n a power of 2, and leave the
extension to general n as an exercise (Problem 336).
336. Show that the number of comparisons used by the binary search
algorithm when n is not necessarily a power of 2 is at most log n.
337. What is wrong with the following binary search algorithm?
function search(A, x, , r)
comment ﬁnd x in A[..r]
if = r then return()
else
m := ( +r)/2
if x ≤ A[m]
then return(search(A, x, , m))
else return(search(A, x, m, r))
338. Is the following algorithm for binary search correct? If so, prove it. If
not, give an example on which it fails.
function search(A, x, , r)
comment ﬁnd x in A[..r]
if = r then return()
else
m := + (r − + 1)/2
if x ≤ A[m]
then return(search(A, x, , m))
else return(search(A, x, m+ 1, r))
339. Do an exact analysis for the average number of comparisons used
by binary search for successful searches, assuming that all elements in the
sequence are accessed with equal probability.
340. Use the binary search technique to devise an algorithm for the prob
lem of ﬁnding squareroots of natural numbers: Given an nbit natural number
N, compute
√
n using only O(n) additions and shifts.
Sec. 7.5. Quicksort 75
The following problems ask you to modify binary search in some way. For each of
them, write pseudocode for the algorithm, devise and solve a recurrence relation for
the number of comparisons used, and analyze the running time of your algorithm.
341. Modify the binary search algorithm so that it splits the input not into two
sets of almostequal sizes, but into two sets of sizes approximately onethird
and twothirds.
342. Modify the binary search algorithm to give a ternary search algorithm
that splits the input not into two sets of almostequal sizes, but into three sets
of sizes approximately onethird.
343. Let T[1..n] be a sorted array of distinct integers. Give a divideand
conquer algorithm that ﬁnds an index i such that T[i] = i (if one exists) and
runs in time O(log n).
7.5 QUICKSORT
The following is a highlevel version of Hoare’s quicksort algorithm. Suppose S is a
set of numbers.
function quicksort(S)
1. if [S[ ≤ 1
2. then return(S)
3. else
4. Choose an element a from S
5. Let S
1
, S
2
, S
3
be the elements of S that are respectively <, =, > a
6. return(quicksort(S
1
),S
2
,quicksort(S
3
))
The operation described in line 5 is known as pivoting on a.
344. The median of a set of n values is the n/2th smallest value. Suppose
quicksort were to always pivot on the median value. How many comparisons
would be made then in the worst case?
345. Suppose quicksort were to always pivot on the n/3th smallest value.
How many comparisons would be made then in the worst case?
An αpseudomedian of a list of n distinct values (where 0 < α < 1) is a value that
has at least n
α
list elements larger than it, and at least n
α
list elements smaller than
it. The following is a divideandconquer algorithm for computing a pseudomedian
(that is, an αpseudomedian for some value of α to be determined later). Assume
76 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
n is a power of 3. If n = 3, then simply sort the 3 values and return the median.
Otherwise, divide the n items into n/3 groups of 3 values. Sort each group of
3, and pick out the n/3 medians. Now recursively apply the procedure to ﬁnd a
pseudomedian of these values.
346. Let T(n) be the number of comparisons used by the preceding algorithm
for computing a pseudomedian. Write a recurrence relation for T(n), and
solve it exactly. Hence, show that the algorithm runs in time O(n).
347. Let E(n) be the number of values that are smaller than the value
found by the preceding algorithm. Write a recurrence relation for E(n), and
hence prove that the algorithm does return a pseudomedian. What is the
value of α?
348. Any odd number can be used instead of 3. Is there any odd number
less than 13 which is better? You may use the following table, which gives
the minimum number of comparisons S(n) needed to sort n ≤ 11 numbers.
n 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
S(n) 0 1 3 5 7 10 13 16 19 22 26
349. Suppose the pseudomedian algorithm is used to ﬁnd the pivot
value in quicksort. Does it improve the worstcase number of comparisons
made?
The following is an implementation of Quicksort on an array S[1..n] due to Di
jkstra [21]. You were asked to prove it correct in Problem 279 and analyze it in
Problem 313.
1. procedure quicksort(, r)
2. comment sort S[..r]
3. i := ; j := r;
4. a := some element from S[..r];
5. repeat
6. while S[i] < a do i := i + 1;
7. while S[j] > a do j := j −1;
8. if i ≤ j then
9. swap S[i] and S[j];
10. i := i + 1; j := j −1;
11. until i > j;
12. if < j then quicksort(, j);
13. if i < r then quicksort(i, r);
350. How many comparisons does it use to sort n values in the worst case?
Sec. 7.6. Towers of Hanoi 77
351. How many comparisons does it use to sort n values on average ?
352. Suppose the preceding algorithm pivots on the middle value, that is,
line 4 is replaced by a := S[( +r)/2]. Give an input of 8 values for which
quicksort exhibits its worstcase behavior.
353. Suppose the above algorithm pivots on the middle value, that is,
line 4 is replaced by a := S[( +r)/2]. Give an input of n values for which
quicksort exhibits its worstcase behavior.
7.6 TOWERS OF HANOI
The Towers of Hanoi problem is often used as an example of recursion in introduc
tory programming courses. This problem can be resurrected later in an algorithms
course, usually to good eﬀect. You are given n disks of diﬀering diameter, arranged
in increasing order of diameter from top to bottom on the leftmost of three pegs.
You are allowed to move a single disk at a time from one peg to another, but you
must not place a larger disk on top of a smaller one. Your task is to move all
disks to the rightmost peg via a sequence of these moves. The earliest reference to
this problem known to the author is
´
Edouard Lucas [55] in Graham, Knuth, and
Patashnik [30].
354. How many moves does the divideandconquer algorithm use?
355. Show that the following algorithm solves the Towers of Hanoi
problem. Think of the pegs as being arranged in a circle, with clockwise moves
being from peg 1 to peg 2 to peg 3 to peg 1. If n is odd, then start by moving
the smallest disk one jump in the counterclockwise direction. Alternate be
tween moving the smallest disk in this manner and the only other legal move
available. If n is even, then start by moving the smallest disk one jump in
the clockwise direction. Alternate between moving the smallest disk in this
manner and the only other legal move available.
356. Prove that any algorithm that solves the Towers of Hanoi problem must
make at least 2
n
−1 moves.
Each of the following problems asks you to devise a divideandconquer algorithm
for a variant of the Towers of Hanoi problem. Write pseudocode for each algorithm,
prove that it is correct, and analyze the number of moves made.
357. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi
problem when moves between peg 1 and peg 3 are not allowed (that is, all
moves must be either to or from peg 2).
78 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
358. Devise an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi
problem when there are 2n disks of n diﬀerent sizes, two of each size, and you
are not allowed to put a larger disk on top of a smaller one (but you can put
a disk on top of a samesize one).
359. Devise an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of
Hanoi problem when all moves must be in a clockwise direction (that is, from
peg 1 to peg 2, from peg 2 to peg 3, or from peg 3 to peg 1.)
360. Devise an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers
of Hanoi problem that works when the disks are started in any legal position
(and still moves all disks to peg 3). How many moves does your algorithm
make?
361. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi
problem when there are four pegs, using at most O(n2
√
2n
) moves.
362. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi
problem when there are k ≥ 4 pegs, using at most O(
w
√
n
2
2
w
w
√
n/
√
2
) moves,
where w = k −2 is the number of workpegs.
363. Devise an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of
Hanoi problem when the disks are colored alternately red and blue, and we
add the extra rule that no disk may be placed on any other disk of the same
color.
7.7 DEPTHFIRST SEARCH
Depthﬁrst search is a search technique for directed graphs. Among its many ap
plications, ﬁnding connected components of a directed graph and biconnected com
ponents of an undirected graph are the ones most commonly covered in algorithms
courses. Depthﬁrst search is performed on a directed graph G = (V, E) by execut
ing the following procedure on some v ∈ V :
procedure dfs(v)
1. mark v used
2. for each w ∈ V such that (v, w) ∈ E do
3. if w is unused then
4. mark (v, w) used
5. dfs(w)
The set of marked edges form a depthﬁrst spanning tree of a connected component
of G.
Sec. 7.8. Applications 79
2
3 4
5
+
+
*
/
Figure 7.3. A DAG representing the arithmetic expression
2 + 3 ∗ 4 + 5/(3 ∗ 4).
364. Suppose an arithmetic expression is given as a DAG (directed acyclic
graph) with common subexpressions removed. For example, the expression
2+3∗4+5/(3∗4) would be given as the DAG shown in Figure 7.3. Devise an
algorithm for evaluating such a DAG with outdegree 2 (that is, all vertices
have at most 2 outgoing edges) in time O(n).
365. An undirected graph G = (V, E) is said to be kcolorable if all the
vertices of G can be colored using k diﬀerent colors such that no two adjacent
vertices have the same color. Design an algorithm that runs in time O(n +e)
to color a graph with two colors or determine that the graph is not 2colorable.
366. A triangle in an undirected graph G = (V, E) is a set of three pairwise
distinct vertices u, v, w ∈ V such that (u, v) ∈ E, (v, w) ∈ E, and (u, w) ∈ E.
Design an algorithm to test whether an undirected graph has a triangle. If G
has n vertices and e edges, then your algorithm should run in time O(n +e).
367. Design an algorithm that, given a directed graph G = (V, E) and a
distinguished vertex s ∈ V , determines for each v ∈ V the shortest path from
s to v. If G has n vertices and e edges, then your algorithm must run in time
O(n +e).
368. A forest is a graph composed of zero or more disconnected trees.
Design an algorithm that, given a graph G with n nodes, determines whether
G is a forest in time O(n).
7.8 APPLICATIONS
The following problems ask you to solve new problems using divideandconquer.
For each of your algorithms, describe it in prose or pseudocode, prove it correct,
and analyze its running time.
80 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
369. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for construct
ing a closed knight’s tour on an n n chessboard for all even n ≥ 6 (see
Problem 48 for deﬁnitions). Your algorithm must run in time O(n
2
).
370. The longest ascending subsequence problem is deﬁned as follows.
Given an array A[1..n] of natural numbers, ﬁnd the length of the longest
ascending subsequence of A. (A subsequence is a list A[i
1
], A[i
2
], . . . , A[i
m
]
for some 1 ≤ i
1
< i
2
< < i
m
≤ n. The value m is called the length of
the subsequence. Such a subsequence is called ascending if A[i
1
] ≤ A[i
2
] ≤
≤ A[i
m
].) Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for solving the longest
ascending subsequence problem in time O(n
2
).
371. The maximum subsequence sum problem is deﬁned as follows.
Given an array A[1..n] of natural numbers, ﬁnd values of i and j with 1 ≤ i ≤
j ≤ n such that
j
¸
k=i
A[k]
is maximized. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for solving the maxi
mum subsequence sum problem in time O(nlog n).
372. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for multiplying n complex num
bers using only 3(n −1) real multiplications.
373. Suppose we are given a set of n numbers k
1
, . . . , k
n
, where each
k
i
has an associated weight w
i
≥ 0 such that
¸
n
i=1
w
i
= 1. The weighted
median of the set ¦(k
i
, w
i
) [ 1 ≤ i ≤ n¦ is the number k
m
such that
¸
k
l
<k
m
w
l
<
1
2
,
¸
k
l
≤k
m
w
l
≥
1
2
.
For example, given
k
1
= 4.13, k
2
= 2.76, k
3
= 9.00, k
4
= 3.09, k
5
= 7.65,
w
1
= 0.30, w
2
= 0.15, w
3
= 0.25, w
4
= 0.10, w
5
= 0.20
the weighted median is k
1
= 4.13 because
¸
k
l
<4.13
w
l
= w
2
+w
4
= 0.15 + 0.10 = 0.25,
¸
k
l
≤4.13
w
l
= w
2
+w
4
+w
1
= 0.15 + 0.10 + 0.30 = 0.55.
Design an eﬃcient (that is, linear time) algorithm to ﬁnd the weighted me
dian. (Note that the k
i
s need not be given in sorted order.) Prove that your
algorithm performs as claimed.
Sec. 7.9. Hints 81
374. An induced subgraph of a graph G = (V, E) is a graph H = (U, F)
such that U ⊆ V , and F = E∩(UU). Given an undirected graph G = (V, E)
and an integer k, ﬁnd the maximum induced subgraph H of G such that each
vertex in H has degree at least k, or determine that it does not exist. The
algorithm should run in time O(n +e).
375. Find an algorithm that, given a connected graph in which all
vertices have even degree, constructs an Eulerian cycle in time O(n+e). (See
also Problem 69.)
376. Let G = (V, E) be a directed graph (not necessarily acyclic). Design
an eﬃcient algorithm to label the vertices of the graph with distinct labels
from 1 to [V [ such that the label of each vertex v is greater than the label of
at least one of v’s predecessors (if v has any), or to determine that no such
labeling is possible (w is a predecessor of v iﬀ (w, v) ∈ E). Your algorithm
should run in time O(n +e).
377. Given two sorted sequences with m, n elements, respectively, design
and analyze an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm to ﬁnd the kth ele
ment in the merge of the two sequences. The best algorithm runs in time
O(log(max(m, n))).
7.9 HINTS
317. Separate the n numbers into disjoint subsets (ﬁnding the right decomposition
is crucial) and ﬁrst run the known recursive algorithm on the subsets.
324. Observe that x is computed using only six multiplications of n/3bit integers,
plus some additions and shifts. Solve the resulting recurrence relation.
326. Start by deriving and solving a recurrence relation for the number of times
that Joe’s procedure LongAdd is called by procedures LongMultiply and Fast
LongMultiply.
355. Show that this algorithm makes exactly the same moves as the standard
divideandconquer algorithm.
357. No, it is not enough to use the standard algorithm and replace every move
from peg 1 to peg 3 (for example) with two moves to and from peg 2. That
may require you to place a large disk on top of a small one.
359. No, it is not enough to use the standard algorithm and replace every counter
clockwise move with two clockwise moves. That may require you to place a
large disk on top of a small one. It is possible to devise a divideandconquer
82 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
algorithm for moving all of the disks one peg clockwise using (4
n
−1)/3 moves.
This can be used to solve the Towers of Hanoi problem (which is to move all of
the disks one peg counterclockwise) in 2(4
n
−1)/3 moves. The best algorithm
known to the author uses less than (1 +
√
3)
n
−1 = O(2.73
n
) moves.
361. An analysis of a kpeg algorithm by Lu [54] can be found in in Veerasamy
and Page [81]. We are interested in the case k = 4, which slightly simpliﬁes
the analysis. In addition, the analysis is much simpler if you prove it by
induction. If you try to pass oﬀ their analysis as your own, it is long enough
and idiosyncratic enough that your instructor will be sure to recognize it.
362. An algorithm by Lu [54] was shown to use at most n2
w
√
w!·n
moves by Veerasamy
and Page [81]. (If you read their paper, note that their k is the number of
work pegs, which is w in our notation.) The algorithm that I have in mind
has recurrence T(k, n) = T(k/2 + 1,
√
n)
2
.
363. Surprisingly, the standard algorithm solves this problem. You can prove it
by induction on n, but be careful about the bottom disk on each peg. The
induction hypothesis will have to be stronger than just the statement of the
required result. To get the idea, play with some examples.
365. Take note of which section this problem is in.
368. It’s easy to do this in time O(n + e), but that is not what is asked for. A
problem from Chapter 2 is relevant.
369. In order to construct closed knight’s tours on square chessboards, you will
need a method for constructing tours on rectangular boards. If you are smart
enough, you will only need n (n + 2) tours. You will also need some extra
structure in your tours to enable them to be joined at the corners (see Prob
lem 48). You will have to devise an exhaustive search algorithm for ﬁnding
small tours for the base of your divideandconquer (see Problem 513), or you
can make use of the tours shown in Figure 7.4.
374. Use the adjacency list representation. Store for each v ∈ V an additional
ﬁeld called its degree. Start by giving an algorithm that sets this ﬁeld to the
correct value. Then write a divideandconquer algorithm that, given a vertex
v of degree less than k, deletes that vertex from the graph, and all vertices of
degree less than k that are adjacent to it. Apply this algorithm to solve the
required problem.
375. See Problem 69.
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7.10 SOLUTIONS
314. Here is a full solution when n is not necessarily a power of 2. The size of
the problem is the number of entries in the array, y − x + 1. We will prove
by induction on n = y −x +1 that maximum(x, y) will return the maximum
value in S[x..y]. The algorithm is clearly correct when n ≤ 2. Now suppose
n > 2, and that maximum(x, y) will return the maximum value in S[x..y]
whenever y − x + 1 < n. In order to apply the induction hypothesis to the
ﬁrst recursive call, we must prove that (x + y)/2 − x + 1 < n. There are
two cases to consider. If y −x +1 is even, then y −x is odd, and hence y +x
is odd. Therefore,
¸
x +y
2
¸
−x + 1 =
x +y −1
2
−x + 1 =
y −x + 1
2
=
n
2
< n.
(The last inequality holds since n > 2.) If y −x+1 is odd, then y −x is even,
and hence y +x is even. Therefore,
¸
x +y
2
¸
−x + 1 =
x +y
2
−x + 1 =
y −x + 2
2
=
n + 1
2
< n.
(The last inequality holds since n > 1.) In order to apply the induction
hypothesis to the second recursive call, we must prove that y −((x+y)/2 +
84 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
1) + 1 < n. There are two cases to consider. If y −x + 1 is even, then
y −
¸
x +y
2
¸
+ 1
+ 1 = y −
x +y −1
2
=
y −x + 1
2
=
n
2
< n.
If y −x + 1 is odd, then
y −
¸
x +y
2
¸
+ 1
+ 1 = y −
x +y
2
=
y −x + 1
2
−1/2 =
n
2
−
1
2
< n.
Procedure maximum divides the array into two parts. By the induction hy
pothesis, the recursive calls correctly ﬁnd the maxima in these parts. There
fore, since the procedure returns the maximum of the two maxima, it returns
the correct values.
315. Let T(n) be the number of comparisons used by maximum(x, y), where n =
y −x + 1 is the size of the array chunk processed. Then if n is a power of 2,
T(1) = 0, and for all n > 1 a power of 2, T(n) = 2T(n/2) + 1. Hence, using
the techniques of Chapter 4, T(n) = n −1.
316. The running time of procedure maximum is clearly a constant times the num
ber of comparisons. Hence, by the preceding, it runs in time O(n).
354. Let T(n) be the number of moves it takes to move n disks from peg i to peg
j. Clearly,
T(n) =
1 if n = 1
2T(n −1) + 1 otherwise.
Hence, using the techniques of Chapter 4, T(n) = 2
n
−1.
355. Let D be a direction, either clockwise or counterclockwise. Let D be the
opposite direction. To move n disks in direction D, we are told to alternate
between the following two moves:
• If n is odd, move the smallest disk in direction D. If n is even, move the
smallest disk in direction D.
• Make the only other legal move.
We claim that when the recursive algorithm is used to move n disks in di
rection D, it alternates between the preceding two moves. This is enough to
prove correctness of the new algorithm. The proof of the claim is by induction
on n. The claim is obviously true when n = 1. Now suppose that the claim is
true for n disks. Suppose we use the recursive algorithm to move n +1 disks
in direction D. It does the following:
• Move n disks in direction D.
• Move one disk in direction D.
• Move n disks in direction D.
Sec. 7.11. Comments 85
Let
• “D” denote moving the smallest disk in direction D,
• “D” denote moving the smallest disk in direction D, and
• “O” denote making the only other legal move.
Case 1. n + 1 is odd. Then n is even, and so by the induction hypothesis,
moving n disks in direction D uses moves:
DODO OD.
(Note that by Problem 354, the number of moves is odd, so the preceding
sequence of moves ends with D, not O.) Hence, moving n+1 disks in direction
D uses
DODO OD
. .. .
n disks
ODODO OD
. .. .
n disks
,
as required.
Case 2. n + 1 is even. Then n is odd, and so by the induction hypothesis,
moving n disks in direction D uses moves
DODO OD.
(Note that by Problem 354, the number of moves is odd, so the preceding
sequence of moves ends with D, not O.) Hence, moving n+1 disks in direction
D uses moves:
DODO OD
. .. .
n disks
ODODO OD
. .. .
n disks
,
as required. Hence, by induction, the claim holds for any number of disks.
369. A solution to this problem appears in Parberry [62].
7.11 COMMENTS
321. See also Problem 329.
329. See also Problem 321.
330. So where does this algorithm get its speed from? The secret is in Problem 320.
Although it is faster than the standard divideandconquer, there is a faster
algorithm than this one (see Sch¨ onhage and Strassen [70]).
336. Binary search is normally described and analyzed for n a power of 2. This
problem asks you to extend this to any value of n.
349. I don’t propose this as a viable alternative to quicksort. This is just an
exercise in the design, correctness proof, and analysis of divideandconquer
algorithms.
86 Chap. 7. DivideandConquer
354. According to legend, there is a set of 64 gold disks on 3 diamond needles being
solved by priests of Brahma. The Universe is supposed to end when the task is
complete. If done correctly, it will take T(64) = 2
64
−1 = 1.84 10
19
moves.
At one move per second, that’s 5.85 10
11
years. More realistically, at 1
minute per move (since the largest disks must be very heavy) during working
hours, it would take 1.54 10
14
years. The current age of the Universe is
estimated at ≈ 10
10
years. Perhaps the legend is correct.
360. There is an algorithm that will do this using at most 2
n
−1 moves. There is
even one that is provably optimal.
369. Alternative algorithms for constructing closed knight’s tours on rectangular
chessboards appear in Cull and DeCurtins [20] and Schwenk [71].
370. There is a faster algorithm for this problem. See Problem 409.
371. There is an O(n) time algorithm for this problem.
Chapter 8
Dynamic Programming
Dynamic programming is a fancy name for divideandconquer with a table. In
stead of solving subproblems recursively, solve them sequentially and store their
solutions in a table. The trick is to solve them in the right order so that whenever
the solution to a subproblem is needed, it is already available in the table. Dynamic
programming is particularly useful on problems for which divideandconquer ap
pears to yield an exponential number of subproblems, but there are really only a
small number of subproblems repeated exponentially often. In this case, it makes
sense to compute each solution the ﬁrst time and store it away in a table for later
use, instead of recomputing it recursively every time it is needed.
In general, I don’t approve of busywork problems, but I have found that under
graduates don’t really understand dynamic programming unless they ﬁll in a few
tables for themselves. Hence, the following problems include a few of this nature.
8.1 ITERATED MATRIX PRODUCT
The iterated matrix product problem is perhaps the most popular example of dy
namic programming used in algorithms texts. Given n matrices, M
1
, M
2
, . . . , M
n
,
where for 1 ≤ i ≤ n, M
i
is a r
i−1
r
i
matrix, parenthesize the product M
1
M
2
M
n
so as to minimize the total cost, assuming that the cost of multiplying an r
i−1
r
i
matrix by a r
i
r
i+1
matrix using the naive algorithm is r
i−1
r
i
r
i+1
. (See also
Problems 91 and 263.) Here is the dynamic programming algorithm for the matrix
product problem:
function matrix(n)
1. for i := 1 to n do m[i, i] := 0
2. for d := 1 to n −1 do
3. for i := 1 to n −d do
4. j := i +d
5. m[i, j] := min
i≤k<j
(m[i, k] +m[k + 1, j] +r
i−1
r
k
r
j
)
6. return(m[1, n])
378. Find three other orders in which the cost table m can be ﬁlled in
(ignoring the diagonal).
87
88 Chap. 8. Dynamic Programming
379. Prove that there are Ω(2
n
) diﬀerent orders in which the cost table m can
be ﬁlled in.
Fill in the cost table m in the dynamic programming algorithm for iterated matrix
products on the following inputs:
380. n = 4; r
0
= 2, r
1
= 5, r
2
= 4, r
3
= 1, r
4
= 10.
381. n = 4; r
0
= 3, r
1
= 7, r
2
= 2, r
3
= 5, r
4
= 10.
382. n = 5; r
0
= 12, r
1
= 2, r
2
= 15, r
3
= 16, r
4
= 8, r
5
= 3.
383. n = 5; r
0
= 8, r
1
= 3, r
2
= 2, r
3
= 19, r
4
= 18, r
5
= 7.
Find counterexamples to the following algorithms for the iterated matrix products
problem. That is, ﬁnd n, r
0
, r
1
, . . . , r
n
such that, when the product of the matrices
with these dimensions is evaluated in the order given, the cost is higher than optimal.
384. Suppose n > 2, and that r
i
is the smallest of r
1
, r
2
, . . . , r
n−1
. Break
the product after M
i
, and recursively apply this procedure to the products
M
1
M
2
M
i
and M
i+1
M
2
M
n
.
385. Multiply left to right.
386. Multiply right to left.
387. Start by cutting the product in half, and then repeat the same thing
recursively in each half.
388. Suppose r
i
is the largest of r
1
, r
2
, . . . , r
n−1
. Start by multiplying M
i
by
M
i+1
. Repeat this until the product has been evaluated.
389. Suppose r
i
is the smallest of r
1
, r
2
, . . . , r
n−1
. Start by multiplying M
i
by M
i+1
. Repeat this until the product has been evaluated.
390. Suppose r
i
is the largest of r
1
, r
2
, . . . , r
n−1
. Break the product after M
i
,
and recursively apply this procedure to the products M
1
M
2
M
i
and
M
i+1
M
2
M
n
.
Sec. 8.2. The Knapsack Problem 89
8.2 THE KNAPSACK PROBLEM
The knapsack problem (often called the zeroone knapsack problem) is as follows:
given n rods of length s
1
, s
2
, . . . , s
n
, and a natural number S, ﬁnd a subset of the
rods that has total length exactly S. The standard dynamic programming algorithm
for the knapsack problem is as follows. Let t[i, j] be true if there is a subset of the
ﬁrst i items that has total length exactly j.
function knapsack(s
1
, s
2
, . . . , s
n
, S)
1. t[0, 0] :=true
2. for j := 1 to S do t[0, j] :=false
3. for i := 1 to n do
4. for j := 0 to S do
5. t[i, j] := t[i −1, j]
6. if j −s
i
≥ 0 then t[i, j] := t[i, j] ∨ t[i −1, j −s
i
]
7. return(t[n, S])
391. Fill in the table t in the dynamic programming algorithm for the knap
sack problem on a knapsack of size 19 with rods of the following lengths:
15, 5, 16, 7, 1, 15, 6, 3.
Fill in the table t in the dynamic programming algorithm for the knapsack problem
on a knapsack of size 10 with rods of the following lengths:
392. 1, 2, 3, 4.
393. 5, 4, 3, 6.
394. 2, 2, 3, 3.
Find counterexamples to the following algorithms for the knapsack problem. That
is, ﬁnd S, n, s
1
, . . . , s
n
such that when the rods are selected using the algorithm
given, the knapsack is not completely full.
395. Put them in the knapsack in left to right order (the ﬁrstﬁt algorithm).
396. Put them in smallest ﬁrst (the bestﬁt algorithm).
397. Put them in largest ﬁrst (the worstﬁt algorithm).
90 Chap. 8. Dynamic Programming
8.3 OPTIMAL BINARY SEARCH TREES
Binary search trees are useful for storing a set S of ordered elements, with opera
tions:
search(x, S): return true iﬀ x ∈ S,
min(S): return the smallest value in S,
delete(x, S): delete x from S,
insert(x, S): insert x into S.
The optimal binary search tree problem is the following. Given the following
three sets of data,
1. S = ¦x
1
, . . . x
n
¦, where x
i
< x
i+1
for all 1 ≤ i < n,
2. the probability p
i
that we will be asked member(x
i
, S), for 1 ≤ i ≤ n,
3. the probability q
i
that we will be asked member(x, S) for some x
i
< x < x
i+1
(where x
0
= −∞, x
n+1
= ∞), for 0 ≤ i ≤ n,
construct a binary search tree (see also Section 11.2) that has the minimum number
of expected comparisons.
The standard dynamic programming algorithm for this problem is as follows. Let
T
i,j
be the mincost binary search tree for x
i+1
, . . . , x
j
, and c[i, j] be the expected
number of comparisons for T
i,j
.
function bst(p
1
, p
2
, . . . , p
n
, q
0
, q
1
, . . . , q
n
)
1. for i := 0 to n do
2. w[i, i] := q
i
; c[i, i] := 0
3. for := 1 to n do
4. for i := 0 to n − do
5. j := i +
6. w[i, j] := w[i, j −1] +p
j
+q
j
7. c[i, j] := min
i<k≤j
(c[i, k −1] +c[k, j] +w[i, j])
8. return(c[0, n])
Fill in the cost table c in the dynamic programming algorithm for the optimal
binary search tree problem on the following inputs.
398. n = 4, p
1
= 0.01, p
2
= 0.11, p
3
= 0.2, p
4
= 0.12; q
0
= 0.1, q
1
= 0.1,
q
2
= 0.28, q
3
= 0.03, q
4
= 0.05.
399. n = 4, p
1
= 0.15, p
2
= 0.32, p
3
= 0.02, p
4
= 0.07; q
0
= 0.01, q
1
= 0.16,
q
2
= 0.21, q
3
= 0.02, q
4
= 0.04.
400. n = 4, p
1
= 0.07, p
2
= 0.22, p
3
= 0.07, p
4
= 0.17; q
0
= 0.03, q
1
= 0.03,
q
2
= 0.21, q
3
= 0.09, q
4
= 0.12.
Sec. 8.4. Floyd’s Algorithm 91
1 2
5 3
4
10
30
20
65
4
6
23
70
2 1
3 5
4
100
30
20
65
4
6
9
23
25
4 3 1 2
5
8
3
21
4
3
12
1
9
(a) (b) (c) 50
44
Figure 8.1. Some graphs.
8.4 FLOYD’S ALGORITHM
The allpairs shortestpaths problem is as follows. Given a labeled directed graph
G = (V, E), ﬁnd for each pair of vertices v, w ∈ V the cost of the shortest (that
is, the leastcost) path from v to w in G. The standard dynamic programming
algorithm for the all pairs shortest paths problem (Floyd’s algorithm) is as follows.
Suppose V = ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦.
function ﬂoyd(C, n)
1. for i := 1 to n do
2. for j := 1 to n do
3. if (i, j) ∈ E
4. then A[i, j] := cost of edge (i, j)
5. else A[i, j] := ∞
6. A[i, i] := 0
7. for k := 1 to n do
8. for i := 1 to n do
9. for j := 1 to n do
10. if A[i, k] +A[k, j] < A[i, j] then A[i, j] := A[i, k] +A[k, j]
11. return(A)
401. Fill in the cost table A in Floyd’s algorithm on the graphs shown in
Figure 8.1.
402. Show that Floyd’s algorithm on an undirected graph chooses a mini
mum cost edge (v, w) for each vertex v. Can an allpairs shortestpath algo
rithm be designed simply by choosing such a cheapest edge for each vertex?
What if all edge costs are diﬀerent?
Modify Floyd’s algorithm to solve the following problems on directed graphs. An
alyze your algorithms.
92 Chap. 8. Dynamic Programming
403. Determine the number of paths (possibly inﬁnite) between each pair
of vertices.
404. Determine the number of evenlength paths and of oddlength paths
between each pair of vertices.
405. Determine the number of shortest paths between each pair of vertices.
406. Given an nvertex graph whose vertices are labeled with distinct in
tegers from 1 to n, the label of each path is obtained by taking the labels of
vertices on the path in order. Determine the label and length of the lexico
graphically ﬁrst shortest path between each pair of vertices.
8.5 APPLICATIONS
The problems in this section ask you to apply dynamic programming in new situa
tions. One way to proceed is to start by devising a divideandconquer algorithm,
replace the recursion with table lookups, and devise a series of loops that ﬁll in the
table in the correct order.
407. A contextfree grammar in Chomsky Normal Form consists of
• A set of nonterminal symbols N.
• A set of terminal symbols T.
• A special nonterminal symbol called the root.
• A set of productions of the form either A → BC, or A → a, where
A, B, C ∈ N, a ∈ T.
If A ∈ N, deﬁne L(A) as follows:
L(A) = ¦bc [ b ∈ L(B), c ∈ L(C), where A → BC¦ ∪ ¦a [ A → a¦.
The language generated by a grammar with root R is deﬁned to be L(R). The
CFL recognition problem is the following: For a ﬁxed contextfree grammar in
Chomsky Normal Form, on input a string of terminals x, determine whether
x is in the language generated by the grammar. Devise an algorithm for the
CFL recognition problem. Analyze your algorithm.
408. Fill in the tables in the dynamic programming algorithm for the CFL
recognition problem (see Problem 407) on the following inputs. In each case,
the root symbol is S.
(a) Grammar: S → SS, S → s. String: ssssss.
(b) Grammar: S → AR, S → AB, A → a, R → SB, B → b. String:
aaabbb.
Sec. 8.5. Applications 93
t h i s s a i s r t n o f c h i g a r s
Cost: 20 units
Cost: 17 units
Cost: 12 units
Total: 49 units
t h i s s a i s r t n o f c h i g a r s
t h i s s a i s r t n o f c h i g a r s
t h i s s a i s r t n o f c h i g a r s
Figure 8.2. The cost of making the breaks in lefttoright
order.
(c) Grammar: S → AX, X → SA, A → a, S → BY , Y → SB, B → b,
S → CZ, Z → SC, C → c. String: abacbbcaba.
409. Devise a dynamic programming algorithm that solves the longest
ascending subsequence (see Problem 370) in time O(nlog n).
410. A certain stringprocessing language allows the programmer to break
a string into two pieces. Since this involves copying the old string, it costs
n units of time to break a string of n characters into two pieces. Suppose a
programmer wants to break a string into many pieces. The order in which
the breaks are made can aﬀect the total amount of time used. For example,
suppose we wish to break a 20 character string after characters 3, 8, and 10
(numbering the characters in ascending order from the lefthand end, starting
from 1). If the breaks are made in lefttoright order, then the ﬁrst breaks
costs 20 units of time, the second breaks costs 17 units of time, and the third
breaks costs 12 units of time, a total of 49 units of time (see Figure 8.2). If
the breaks are made in righttoleft order, then the ﬁrst break costs 20 units
of time, the second break costs 10 units of time, and the third break costs 8
units of time, a total of 38 units of time (see Figure 8.3). Devise a dynamic
programming algorithm that, when given the numbers of the characters after
which to break, determines the cheapest cost of those breaks in time O(n
3
).
411. Find counterexamples to the following algorithms for the stringcutting prob
lem introduced in Problem 410. That is, ﬁnd the length of the string, and
several places to cut such that when cuts are made in the order given, the
cost in higher than optimal.
(a) Start by cutting the string as close to the middle as possible, and
then repeat the same thing recursively in each half.
94 Chap. 8. Dynamic Programming
Cost: 20 units
Cost: 10 units
Cost: 8 units
Total: 38 units
t h i s s a i s r t n o f c h i g a r s
t h i s s a i s r t n o f c h i g a r s
t h i s s a i s r t n o f c h i g a r s
t h i s s a i s r t n o f c h i g a r s
Figure 8.3. The cost of making the breaks in righttoleft
order.
(b) Start by making (at most) two cuts to separate the smallest sub
string. Repeat this until ﬁnished. Start by making (at most) two cuts
to separate the largest substring. Repeat this until ﬁnished.
412. There are two warehouses V and W from which widgets are to be
shipped to destinations D
i
, 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Let d
i
be the demand at D
i
, for 1 ≤ i ≤
n, and r
V
, r
W
be the number of widgets available at V and W, respectively.
Assume that there are enough widgets available to ﬁll the demand, that is,
that
r
V
+r
W
=
n
¸
i=1
d
i
. (8.1)
Let v
i
be the cost of shipping a widget from warehouse V to destination D
i
,
and w
i
be the cost of shipping a widget from warehouse W to destination D
i
,
for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. The warehouse problem is the problem of ﬁnding x
i
, y
i
∈ IN for
1 ≤ i ≤ n such that when x
i
widgets are sent from V to D
i
and y
i
widgets
are sent from W to D
i
:
• the demand at D
i
is ﬁlled, that is, x
i
+y
i
= d
i
,
• the inventory at V is suﬃcient, that is,
¸
n
i=1
x
i
= r
V
,
• the inventory at W is suﬃcient, that is,
¸
n
i=1
y
i
= r
W
,
and the total cost of shipping the widgets,
n
¸
i=1
(v
i
x
i
+w
i
y
i
)
is minimized.
(a) Let g
j
(x) be the cost incurred when V has an inventory of x widgets,
and supplies are sent to destinations D
i
for all 1 ≤ i ≤ j in the optimal
Sec. 8.5. Applications 95
Advance Move cursor one character to the right
Delete Delete the character under the cursor, and move the cursor
to the next character.
Replace Replace the character under the cursor with another. The
cursor remains stationary.
Insert Insert a new character before the one under the cursor.
The cursor remains stationary.
Kill Delete all characters from (and including) the one under
the cursor to the end of the line. This can only be the last
operation.
Table 8.1. Operations allowed on a smart terminal.
manner (note that W is not mentioned because knowledge of the inven
tory for V implies knowledge of the inventory for W, by (8.1).) Write a
recurrence relation for g
j
(x) in terms of g
j−1
.
(b) Use this recurrence to devise a dynamic programming algorithm that
ﬁnds the cost of the cheapest solution to the warehouse problem. Analyze
your algorithm.
413. Consider the problem of neatly printing a paragraph of text on
a printer with ﬁxedwidth fonts. The input text is a sequence of n words
containing
1
,
2
, . . . ,
n
, characters, respectively. Each line on the printer can
hold up to M characters. If a printed line contains words i through j, then
the number of blanks left at the end of the line (given that there is one blank
between each pair of words) is
M −j +i −
j
¸
k=i
k
.
We wish to minimize the sum, over all lines except the last, of the cubes of
the number of blanks at the end of each line (for example, if there are k lines
with b
1
, b
2
, . . . , b
k
blanks at the ends, respectively, then we wish to minimize
b
3
1
+b
3
2
+ +b
3
k−1
). Give a dynamic programming algorithm to compute this
value. Analyze your algorithm.
414. A “smart” terminal changes one string displayed on the screen into
another by a series of simple operations. The cursor is initially on the ﬁrst
character of the string. The operations are shown in Table 8.1. For example,
one way to transform the string algorithm to the string altruistic is shown
in Figure 8.4.
96 Chap. 8. Dynamic Programming
Operation String
Algorithm
advance aLgorithm
advance alGorithm
replace with t alTorithm
advance altOrithm
delete altRithm
advance altrIthm
insert u altruIthm
advance altruiThm
insert s altruisThm
advance altruistHm
insert i altruistiHm
insert c altruisticHm
kill altruistic
Figure 8.4. Transforming algorithm to altruistic using
the operations shown in Table 8.1. The cursor position is
indicated by a capital letter.
There are many sequences of operations that achieve the same result. Sup
pose that on a particular brand of terminal, the advance operation takes a
milliseconds, the delete operation takes d milliseconds, the replace operation
takes r milliseconds, the insert operation takes i milliseconds, and the kill
operation takes k milliseconds. So, for example, the sequence of operations to
transform algorithm into altruistic takes time 6a +d +r + 4i +k.
(a) Show that everything to the left of the cursor is a preﬁx of the new string,
and everything to the right of the cursor is a suﬃx of the old string.
(b) Devise a dynamic programming algorithm that, given two strings x[1..n]
and y[1..n], determines the fastest time needed to transform x to y.
Analyze your algorithm.
415. Suppose A
n
= ¦a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
¦ is a set of distinct coin types,
where each a
i
∈ IN, for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Suppose also that a
1
< a
2
< < a
n
. The
coinchanging problem is deﬁned as follows. Given C ∈ IN, ﬁnd the smallest
number of coins from A
n
that add up to C, given that an unlimited number
of coins of each type are available. Design a dynamic programming algorithm
that on inputs A
n
and C, outputs the minimum number of coins needed to
solve the coinchanging problem. Analyze your algorithm.
Sec. 8.6. Finding the Solutions 97
416. Arbitrage is the use of discrepancies in currencyexchange rates to
make a proﬁt. For example, there may be a small window of time during which
1 U.S. dollar buys 0.75 British pounds, 1 British pound buys 2 Australian
dollars, and 1 Australian dollar buys 0.70 U.S. dollars. Then, a smart trader
can trade one U.S. dollar and end up with 0.75 2 0.7 = 1.05 U.S. dollars,
a proﬁt of 5%. Suppose that there are n currencies c
1
, . . . , c
n
, and an n n
table R of exchange rates, such that one unit of currency c
i
buys R[i, j] units
of currency c
j
. Devise and analyze a dynamic programming algorithm to
determine the maximum value of
R[c
1
, c
i
1
] R[c
i
1
, c
i
2
] R[c
i
k−1
, c
i
k
] R[c
i
k
, c
1
].
417. You have $1 and want to invest it for n months. At the beginning of
each month, you must choose from the following three options:
(a) Purchase a savings certiﬁcate from the local bank. Your money will be
tied up for one month. If you buy it at time t, there will be a fee of C
S
(t)
and after a month, it will return S(t) for every dollar invested. That is,
if you have $k at time t, then you will have $(k − C
S
(t))S(t) at time
t + 1.
(b) Purchase a state treasury bond. Your money will be tied up for six
months. If you buy it at time t, there will be a fee of C
B
(t) and after
six months, it will return B(t) for every dollar invested. That is, if you
have $k at time t, then you will have $(k −C
B
(t))B(t) at time t + 6.
(c) Store the money in a sock under your mattress for a month. That is, if
you have $k at time t, then you will have $k at time t + 1.
Suppose you have predicted values for S, B, C
S
, C
B
for the next n months. De
vise a dynamic programming algorithm that computes the maximum amount
of money that you can make over the n months in time O(n).
8.6 FINDING THE SOLUTIONS
418. Show the contents of the array P for each of the parts of Problems 380–
383. Write down the cheapest parenthesization of each of the matrix products.
419. Modify the dynamic programming algorithm for the knapsack prob
lem so that the actual packing of the knapsack can be found. Write an al
gorithm for recovering the packing from the information generated by your
modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm.
420. Show the contents of the array P for each of the graphs in Problem 401.
Write down the shortest path between each pair of vertices.
98 Chap. 8. Dynamic Programming
421. Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the stringcutting
problem (Problem 410) so that the cuts can be recovered. Write an algorithm
for recovering the cuts from the information generated by your modiﬁed dy
namic programming algorithm.
422. Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the warehouse prob
lem (Problem 412) so that the values x
i
and y
i
for 1 ≤ i ≤ n can be recovered.
Write an algorithm for recovering these values from the information generated
by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm.
423. Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the printing prob
lem (Problem 413) so that the number of words on each line can be recovered.
Write an algorithm for recovering these values from the information generated
by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm.
424. Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the fastest edit
sequence problem (Problem 414) so that the fastest edit sequence can be
recovered. Write an algorithm for recovering this sequence of operations from
the information generated by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm.
425. Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the coinchanging
problem (Problem 415) so that the number of each type of coin can be re
covered. Write an algorithm for recovering this data from the information
generated by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm.
426. Modify your algorithm for Problem 416 to determine the sequence of
currencies i
1
, i
2
, . . . , i
k
that maximizes
R[c
1
, c
i
1
] R[c
i
1
, c
i
2
] R[i
k−1
, i
k
] R[i
k
, 1].
427. Modify your algorithm for Problem 417 so that it determines the
optimal investment strategy.
After graduation, you start working for a company that has a hierarchical supervisor
structure in the shape of a tree, rooted at the CEO. The personnel oﬃce has ranked
each employee with a conviviality rating between 0 and 10. Your ﬁrst assignment
is to design a dynamic programming algorithm to construct the guest list for the
oﬃce Christmas party. The algorithm has input consisting of the hierarchy tree,
and conviviality ratings for each employee. The output is to be a guest list that
maximizes the total conviviality, and ensures that for every employee invited to
the party, his or her immediate supervisor (that is, their parent in the tree) is not
invited.
428. Design such a dynamic programming algorithm, and analyze it.
Sec. 8.7. Hints 99
429. You are not sure if the CEO should get invited to the party, but you
suspect that you might get ﬁred if he is not. Can you modify your algorithm
to ensure that the CEO does get invited?
8.7 HINTS
378. Start by drawing a picture of the array entries on which m[i, j] depends. Make
sure that the array is ﬁlled in such way that the required entries are there
when they are needed.
409. Construct an array B[1..n] such that B[i] contains the length of the longest
ascending subsequence that starts with A[i], for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Fill B from back
to front. From the information in B, you should be able to ﬁnd the length of
the longest ascending subsequence. You should also, with a little thought, be
able to output a longest ascending subsequence (there may be more than one
of them, obviously) in time O(n).
413. In addition to the table of costs for subproblems, you will need to keep track of
the number of blanks in the last line of text in the solution of each subproblem.
The base case is more than just ﬁlling in the diagonal entries.
415. An O(nC) time algorithm can be constructed by exploiting the similarity be
tween the coin changing problem and the knapsack problem (see Section 8.2).
It is easy to formulate an inferior algorithm that appears to run in time
O(nC
2
), but with a little thought it can be analyzed using Harmonic numbers
to give a running time of O(C
2
log n), which is superior for C = o(n/ log n).
8.8 SOLUTIONS
383. 1 2 3 4 5
1 0 48 352 1020 1096
2 0 114 792 978
3 0 684 936
4 0 2394
5 0
384. Suppose n = 3, and r
0
= 1, r
1
= 2, r
2
= 32, r
3
= 12. The suggested algorithm
parenthesizes the product as M
1
(M
2
M
3
), at a cost of 22312+1212 = 792.
The most eﬃcient way to parenthesize the product is (M
1
M
2
) M
3
, at a
cost of 1 2 32 + 1 32 12 = 448. For a larger example, take n = 7, and
dimensions 1, 2, 32, 12, 6, 5, 17, 12.
407. For each nonterminal symbol S ∈ N, keep a Boolean table t
S
[1..n, 1..n]. We
100 Chap. 8. Dynamic Programming
will ﬁll the tables so that for 1 ≤ i ≤ j ≤ n, t
S
[i, j] is true iﬀ the string
x
i
x
i+1
x
j
is in the language generated by S. t
S
[i, j] is true iﬀ either i = j
and S → x
i
, or there exists k such that i ≤ k < j and S → TU, where t
T
[i, k]
and t
U
[k + 1, j] are true.
function cﬂ(x
1
x
2
x
n
)
1. for each nonterminal S do
2. for i := 1 to n do
3. t
S
[i, i] :=true iﬀ S → x
i
4. for d := 1 to n −1 do
5. for i := 1 to n −d do
6. j := i +d
7. for each nonterminal S do
8. t
S
[i, j] :=false
9. for each production S → TU do
10. t
S
[i, j] := t
S
[i, j] ∨
j−1
k=i
(t
T
[i, k] ∧ t
U
[k + 1, j])
11. return(t
R
[1, n]) where R is the root
Since there are O(1) nonterminals:
• The forloop on lines 1–3 costs O(n).
• Line 10 costs O(n) (a single forloop).
• The forloop on lines 7–10 costs O(n).
• The forloop on lines 5–10 costs O(n
2
).
• The forloop on lines 4–10 costs O(n
3
).
Therefore, the algorithm runs in time O(n
3
).
8.9 COMMENTS
380. Although the easiest way to do this is to write a program to do it for you,
I recommend strongly that you do it by hand instead. It will help you to
understand the subtleties of the algorithm. However, there is nothing wrong
with using such a program to verify that your answer is correct.
415. In some cases, a greedy algorithm for this problem is superior to dynamic
programming (see Problem 471). See also Problem 95.
Chapter 9
Greedy Algorithms
A greedy algorithm starts with a solution to a very small subproblem and augments
it successively to a solution for the big problem. This augmentation is done in
a “greedy” fashion, that is, paying attention to shortterm or local gain, without
regard to whether it will lead to a good longterm or global solution. As in real life,
greedy algorithms sometimes lead to the best solution, sometimes lead to pretty
good solutions, and sometimes lead to lousy solutions. The trick is to determine
when to be greedy.
9.1 CONTINUOUS KNAPSACK
The continuous knapsack problem is similar to the knapsack problem studied in
Section 8.2. We are given n objects, A
1
, A
2
, . . . , A
n
, where for all 1 ≤ i ≤ n, object
A
i
has length s
i
and weight w
i
. We must ﬁll a knapsack of length S as full as possible
using fractional parts of the objects, so that the total weight is minimized, assuming
that the objects are uniformly dense (so that for all 0 ≤ x
i
≤ 1, an x
i
fraction of
A
i
has length x
i
s
i
and weight x
i
w
i
). That is, we must ﬁnd 0 < x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
< 1
that minimizes
¸
n
i=1
x
i
w
i
subject to the constraint S =
¸
n
i=1
x
i
s
i
.
The greedy algorithm proceeds as follows. Deﬁne the density of object A
i
to
be w
i
/s
i
. Use as much of lowdensity objects as possible. That is, process each
in increasing order of density. If the whole thing ﬁts, use all of it. If not, ﬁll the
remaining space with a fraction of the current object, and discard the rest. That
is, we ﬁrst sort the objects in nondecreasing density, so that w
i
/s
i
≤ w
i+1
/s
i+1
for
1 ≤ i < n. Then, we perform the following pseudocode:
s := S; i := 1
while s
i
≤ s do
x
i
:= 1;s := s −s
i
; i := i + 1
x
i
:= s/s
i
for j := i + 1 to n do x
j
:= 0
430. Show that the greedy algorithm gives a solution of mini
mum weight.
101
102 Chap. 9. Greedy Algorithms
431. Solve the continuous knapsack problem on the following inputs:
(a) S = 20; s
1
= 9, s
2
= 5, s
3
= 7, s
4
= 12, s
5
= 3; w
1
= 4, w
2
= 4, w
3
= 8,
w
4
= 5, w
5
= 1.
(b) S = 18; s
1
= 9, s
2
= 5, s
3
= 7, s
4
= 12, s
5
= 3; w
1
= 18, w
2
= 15,
w
3
= 28, w
4
= 50, w
5
= 6.
(c) S = 25; s
1
= 12, s
2
= 6, s
3
= 17, s
4
= 32, s
5
= 23; w
1
= 18, w
2
= 15,
w
3
= 28, w
4
= 50, w
5
= 47.
9.2 DIJKSTRA’S ALGORITHM
The singlesource shortestpaths problem is deﬁned as follows. Given a labeled,
directed graph G = (V, E) and a distinguished vertex s ∈ V , ﬁnd for each vertex
w ∈ V , the shortest (that is, leastcost) path from s to w. (See also Problem 367 for
the unweighted version of this problem, that is, all edge labels are equal to unity.)
Vertex s is called the source.
Dijkstra’s algorithm for the singlesource shortestpaths problem is the following.
C[i, j] denotes the cost of the edge from vertex i to vertex j.
1. S := ¦s¦
2. for each v ∈ V do
3. D[v] := C[s, v]
4. if (s, v) ∈ E then P[v] := s else P[v] := 0
5. for i := 1 to n −1 do
6. choose w ∈ V −S with smallest D[w]
7. S := S ∪ ¦w¦
8. for each vertex v ∈ V do
9. if D[w] +C[w, v] < D[v] then
10. D[v] := D[w] +C[w, v]; P[v] := w
432. Show the contents of arrays D and P after each iteration of the main
forloop in Dijkstra’s algorithm executed on the graphs shown in Figure 9.1,
with source vertex 1. Use this information to list the shortest paths from
vertex 1 to each of the other vertices.
433. Show that an arbitrary collection of singlesource shortest paths in
an undirected graph does not necessarily form a spanning tree.
434. Show that the singlesource shortest paths constructed by Dijkstra’s
algorithm on a connected undirected graph form a spanning tree. (See also
Problem 433.)
435. Is the spanning tree formed by Dijkstra’s algorithm on a connected
undirected graph a mincost spanning tree? (See also Problem 434.)
Sec. 9.3. MinCost Spanning Trees 103
1 2
5 3
4
10
30
20
65
4
6
23
70
2 1
3 5
4
100
30
20
65
4
6
9
23
25
4 3 1 2
5
8
3
21
4
3
12
1
9
(a) (b) (c) 50
44
Figure 9.1. Some graphs.
436. Suppose we want to solve the singlesource longest path prob
lem. Can we modify Dijkstra’s algorithm to solve this problem by changing
minimum to maximum? If so, then prove your algorithm correct. If not, then
provide a counterexample.
437. Suppose you are the programmer for a travel agent trying to de
termine the minimum elapsed time from DFW airport to cities all over the
world. Since you got an A in my algorithms course, you immediately think
of using Dijkstra’s algorithm on the graph of cities, with an edge between
two cities labeled with the ﬂying time between them. But the shortest path
in this graph corresponds to shortest ﬂying time, which does not include the
time spent waiting at various airports for connecting ﬂights. Desperate, you
instead label each edge from city x to city y with a function f
xy
(t) that maps
from your arrival time at x to your arrival time at y in the following fashion:
If you are in x at time t, then you will be in y at time f
xy
(t) (including waiting
time and ﬂying time). Modify Dijkstra’s algorithm to work under this new
formulation, and explain why it works. State clearly any assumptions that
you make (for example, it is reasonable to assume that f
xy
(t) ≥ t).
9.3 MINCOST SPANNING TREES
A graph S = (V, T) is a spanning tree of an undirected graph G = (V, E) if S is
a tree (that is, S is connected and has no cycles), and T ⊆ E. It is a mincost
spanning tree of a labeled graph if it is a spanning tree of smallest cost.
Prim’s algorithm constructs a spanning tree using a priority queue Q of edges,
as follows:
104 Chap. 9. Greedy Algorithms
1. T := ∅; V
1
:= ¦1¦; Q := empty
2. for each w ∈ V such that (1, w) ∈ E do
3 insert(Q, (1, w))
4. while [V
1
[ < n do
5. e :=deletemin(Q)
6. Suppose e = (u, v), where u ∈ V
1
7. if v ∈ V
1
then
8. T := T ∪ ¦e¦
9. V
1
:= V
1
∪ ¦v¦
10. for each w ∈ V such that (v, w) ∈ E do
11. insert(Q, (v, w))
Kruskal’s algorithm constructs a spanning tree using the unionﬁnd abstract
data type (see Section 11.4). F is the set of vertexsets in the forest.
1. T := ∅; F := ∅
2. for each vertex v ∈ V do F := F ∪ ¦¦v¦¦
3. Sort edges in E in ascending order of cost
4. while [F[ > 1 do
5. (u, v) := the next edge in sorted order
6. if ﬁnd(u) = ﬁnd(v) then
7. union(u, v)
8. T := T ∪ ¦(u, v)¦
438. Draw the spanning forest after every iteration of the main whileloop in
Kruskal’s algorithm on each of the graphs in Figure 9.1, ignoring the directions
on the edges.
439. Draw the spanning forest after every iteration of the main whileloop in
Prim’s algorithm on each of the graphs in Figure 9.1, ignoring the directions
on the edges.
440. Draw the spanning forest after every iteration of the main whileloop in
Kruskal’s algorithm on the graph shown in Figure 9.2. Number the edges in
order of selection.
441. Draw the spanning forest after every iteration of the main whileloop
in Prim’s algorithm on the graph shown in Figure 9.2. Number the edges in
order of selection.
442. Would Prim’s algorithm start by making the choice of edges shown in
Figure 9.4 for the graph shown in Figure 9.3?
443. Would Kruskal’s algorithm start by making the choice of edges shown in
Figure 9.5 on the graph shown in Figure 9.3?
Sec. 9.3. MinCost Spanning Trees 105
3
1
2
5
4
7
8
6
10
11
12
9
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Figure 9.2. A graph.
6
2
3
5
7
4 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
Figure 9.3. Another graph.
6
2
3
5
7
4 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
Figure 9.4. A mincost spanning tree under construction
using Prim’s algorithm?
106 Chap. 9. Greedy Algorithms
6
2
3
5
7
4
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
Figure 9.5. A mincost spanning tree under construction
using Kruskal’s algorithm?
6
2
3
5
7
4
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1
12
Figure 9.6. A mincost spanning tree under construction?
444. Could a greedy algorithm for mincost spanning trees start by making
the choice of edges shown in Figure 9.6 on the graph shown in Figure 9.3?
445. Could a greedy algorithm for mincost spanning trees start by making
the choice of edges shown in Figure 9.7 on the graph shown in Figure 9.3?
446. Show that Prim’s algorithm and Kruskal’s algorithm always con
struct the same mincost spanning tree on a connected undirected graph in
which the edge costs are distinct.
447. Show that Prim’s algorithm and Kruskal’s algorithm always con
struct the same mincost spanning tree on a connected undirected graph in
which no pair of edges that share a vertex have the same cost.
448. Is the path between a pair of vertices in a mincost spanning tree of
an undirected graph necessarily a mincost path? Is this true if the mincost
spanning tree is unique? If it is not unique?
Sec. 9.3. MinCost Spanning Trees 107
6
2
3
5
7
4
5
2
3
4
1
6
7
8
9
10
2
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4
5
2
3
4
1
6
7
8
9
10
2
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4
5
2
3
4
1
6
7
8
9
10
2
1
12
6
2
3
5
7
4
5
2
3
4
1
6
7
8
9
10
2
1
12
Figure 9.7. A mincost spanning tree under construction?
449. Show how to modify Prim’s algorithm so that it runs in time
O(nlog k) on a graph that has only k diﬀerent edge costs.
450. Here is a version of Prim’s algorithm that is diﬀerent from the one
given earlier in this section. Is it correct? If so, prove it correct. If not, explain
why it is wrong and give a graph on which it fails.
1. T := ∅; V
1
:= ¦1¦; Q := empty
2. for each w ∈ V such that (1, w) ∈ E do
3 insert(Q, (1, w))
4. while [V
1
[ < n do
5. e :=deletemin(Q)
6. Suppose e = (u, v), where u ∈ V
1
7. T := T ∪ ¦e¦
8. V
1
:= V
1
∪ ¦v¦
9. for each w ∈ V such that (v, w) ∈ E do
10. if w ∈ V
1
then insert(Q, (v, w))
In the vanilla version of Prim’s algorithm and Kruskal’s algorithm, it is not speciﬁed
what to do if a choice must be made between two edges of minimum cost.
451. Prove that for Prim’s algorithm, it doesn’t matter which of the two edges
is chosen.
452. Prove that for Kruskal’s algorithm, it doesn’t matter which of the two
edges is chosen.
453. Suppose that there are exactly two edges that have the same cost. Does
Prim’s algorithm construct the same mincost spanning tree regardless of
which edge is chosen?
108 Chap. 9. Greedy Algorithms
454. Suppose that there are exactly two edges that have the same cost. Does
Kruskal’s algorithm construct the same mincost spanning tree regardless of
which edge is chosen?
455. Suppose Prim’s algorithm and Kruskal’s algorithm choose the lexi
cographically ﬁrst edge ﬁrst. That is, if a choice must be made between two
distinct edges, e
1
= (u
1
, v
1
) and e
2
= (u
2
, v
2
) of the same cost, where u
1
< v
1
and u
2
< v
2
, then the following strategy is used. Suppose the vertices are
numbered 1, 2, . . . , n. Choose e
1
if u
1
< u
2
, or u
1
= u
2
and v
1
< v
2
. Other
wise, choose e
2
. Prove that under these conditions, both algorithms construct
the same mincost spanning tree.
456. Design an algorithm for the maxcost spanning tree.
A directed spanning tree of a directed graph is a spanning tree in which the directions
on the edges point from parent to child.
457. Suppose Prim’s algorithm is modiﬁed to take the cheapest edge di
rected out of the tree.
(a) Does it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of a directed graph?
(b) If so, will it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of minimum cost?
458. Suppose Kruskal’s algorithm is used to construct a directed spanning
tree.
(a) Does it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of a directed graph?
(b) If so, will it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of minimum cost?
459. Consider the following algorithm. Suppose Prim’s algorithm is modi
ﬁed as described in Problem 457, and then run n times, starting at each vertex
in turn. The output is the cheapest of the n directed spanning trees.
(a) Does this algorithm output a directed spanning tree of a directed graph?
(b) If so, will it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of minimum cost?
Consider the following algorithm for ﬁnding a mincost spanning tree. Suppose the
graph has vertices numbered 1, 2, . . . , n. Start with a forest containing n trees, each
consisting of a single vertex. Repeat the following until a single tree remains. For
each vertex v = 1, 2, . . . , n in turn, consider the cheapest edge with at least one
endpoint in the tree that contains v. If it has both endpoints in the same tree, then
discard it. If not, then add it to the spanning forest.
460. Is this algorithm correct? Justify your answer.
461. Explain how to implement this algorithm in time O(e log n).
Sec. 9.4. Traveling Salesperson 109
9.4 TRAVELING SALESPERSON
The traveling salesperson problem is deﬁned as follows. Given a directed labeled
graph, ﬁnd a Hamiltonian cycle of minimum total cost. A “vanilla” greedy algorithm
for the traveling salesperson problem starts at node number 1, and moves along the
edge of minimum cost to the next node, and repeats this until it ﬁnds a node that
it has visited before, or can go no further.
462. Show that this greedy algorithm may fail to ﬁnd a cycle.
463. Show that even when the greedy algorithm ﬁnds a cycle, it may not be
a Hamiltonian cycle, even when one exists in the graph.
464. Suppose the greedy algorithm does ﬁnd a Hamiltonian cycle. Prove
that it is a Hamiltonian cycle of minimum cost.
465. Suppose the edge costs are distinct, and the greedy algorithm does
ﬁnd a Hamiltonian cycle. Show that it is the only mincost Hamiltonian cycle
in the graph.
466. Here is another greedy algorithm for the traveling salesperson prob
lem. Simply run the vanilla greedy algorithm described above n times, start
ing at each vertex in turn, and output the cheapest Hamiltonian cycle found.
Suppose this greedy algorithm does output a Hamiltonian cycle. Can it be a
diﬀerent cycle from the one found by the vanilla greedy algorithm? Justify
your answer.
Another greedy algorithm for the traveling salesperson problem proceeds as follows.
Start at node number 1, and move along the edge of minimum cost that leads to
an unvisited node, repeating this until the algorithm arrives at a vertex from which
all edges lead to visited nodes.
467. Show that this greedy algorithm may fail to ﬁnd a cycle.
468. Suppose the graph has a Hamiltonian cycle. Will this algorithm ﬁnd it?
469. Suppose this greedy algorithm ﬁnds a Hamiltonian cycle. Is it neces
sarily a Hamiltonian cycle of minimum cost? Justify your answer.
9.5 APPLICATIONS
The problems in this section ask you to apply the greedy method in new situations.
One thing you will notice about greedy algorithms is that they are usually easy to
design, easy to implement, easy to analyze, and they are very fast, but they are
almost always diﬃcult to prove correct.
110 Chap. 9. Greedy Algorithms
470. Given n ﬁles of length m
1
, m
2
, . . . , m
n
, the optimal tapestorage
problem is to ﬁnd which order is the best to store them on a tape, assuming
that each retrieval starts with the tape rewound, each retrieval takes time
equal to the length of the preceding ﬁles in the tape plus the length of the
retrieved ﬁle, and that ﬁles are to be retrieved in the reverse order. The greedy
algorithm puts the ﬁles on the tape in ascending order of size. Prove that this
is the best order.
471. Suppose A
n
= ¦a
1
, a
2
, . . . , a
n
¦ is a set of distinct coin types,
where each a
i
∈ IN, for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Suppose also that a
1
< a
2
< < a
n
. The
coinchanging problem is deﬁned as follows. Given C ∈ IN, ﬁnd the smallest
number of coins from A
n
that add up to C, given that an unlimited number
of coins of each type are available.
(a) Suppose a
1
= 1. A greedy algorithm will make change by using the
larger coins ﬁrst, using as many coins of each type as it can before it
moves to the next lower denomination. Show that this algorithm does
not necessarily generate a solution with the minimum number of coins.
(b) Show that for all c ∈ IN, if A
n
= ¦1, c, c
2
, . . . , c
n−1
¦, c ≥ 2, then for
all C ∈ IN, the greedy algorithm always gives a minimal solution to the
coinchanging problem.
472. The vertex cover problem is deﬁned as follows. Let G = (V, E) be an
undirected graph. A vertex cover of G is a set U ⊆ V such that for each edge
(u, v) ∈ E, either u ∈ U or v ∈ U. A minimum vertex cover is a vertex cover
with the smallest number of vertices in it. The following is a greedy algorithm
for this problem:
function cover(V, E)
1. U := ∅
2. repeat
3. let v ∈ V be a vertex of maximum degree
4. U := U ∪ ¦v¦; V := V −¦v¦
5. E := E −¦(u, w) such that u = v or w = v¦
6. until E = ∅
7. return(U)
Does this algorithm always generate a minimum vertex cover? Justify your
answer.
473. The oneprocessor scheduling problem is deﬁned as follows. We are
given a set of n jobs. Each job i has a start time t
i
, and a deadline d
i
. A
feasible schedule is a permutation of the jobs such that when the jobs are
performed in that order, then every job is ﬁnished before the deadline. A
greedy algorithm for the oneprocessor scheduling problem processes the jobs
Sec. 9.6. Hints 111
in order of deadline (the early deadlines before the late ones). Show that if a
feasible schedule exists, then the schedule produced by this greedy algorithm
is feasible.
9.6 HINTS
430. Show that a greedy solution (x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
) can be changed to an optimal
solution (y
1
, y
2
, . . . , y
n
) without aﬀecting its length by doing the following for
i = 1, 2, . . . , n. Change x
i
to y
i
and adjust the remaining x
i+1
, . . . , x
n
so that
the length remains the same.
446. This can be proved directly by induction. But a more insightful way to do it
is to prove that the mincost spanning tree is unique under these conditions.
447. See Problem 446.
449. This is really a data structures question.
471. For part (a), just play around until you get a counterexample. For part (b),
show that there is only one solution in which the number of coins of each type
is less than c, and that the mincost solution must have this form. These two
facts should enable you to easily prove that the greedy algorithm does the
right thing.
9.7 SOLUTIONS
430. Let X = (x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
) be the solution generated by the greedy algorithm.
If all the x
i
are 1, then the solution is clearly optimal (it is the only solution).
Otherwise, let j be the smallest number such that x
j
= 1. From the algorithm,
x
i
= 1 for 1 ≤ i < j
0 ≤ x
j
< 1
x
i
= 0 for j < i ≤ n.
Therefore,
j
¸
i=1
x
i
s
i
= S. (9.1)
Let Y = (y
1
, y
2
, . . . , y
n
) be a solution of minimal weight. We will prove that
X must have the same weight as Y , and hence has minimal weight too. If
X = Y , we are done. Otherwise, let k be the least number such that x
k
= y
k
.
112 Chap. 9. Greedy Algorithms
It must be the case that y
k
< x
k
. To see this, consider the three possible
cases:
Case 1. k < j. Then x
k
= 1. Therefore, since x
k
= y
k
, y
k
must be smaller
than x
k
.
Case 2. k = j. By the deﬁnition of k, x
k
= y
k
. If y
k
> x
k
,
n
¸
i=1
y
i
s
i
=
k−1
¸
i=1
y
i
s
i
+y
k
s
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
y
i
s
i
=
k−1
¸
i=1
x
i
s
i
+y
k
s
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
y
i
s
i
= S + (y
k
−x
k
)s
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
y
i
s
i
(by Equation 9.1, since k = j)
> S,
which contradicts the fact that Y is a solution. Therefore, y
k
< x
k
.
Case 3. k > j. Then x
k
= 0 and y
k
> 0, and so
n
¸
i=1
y
i
s
i
=
j
¸
i=1
y
i
s
i
+
n
¸
i=j+1
y
i
s
i
=
j
¸
i=1
x
i
s
i
+
n
¸
i=j+1
y
i
s
i
= S +
n
¸
i=j+1
y
i
s
i
(by Equation 9.1)
> S.
This is not possible, hence Case 3 can never happen. In the other two cases,
y
k
< x
k
as claimed. Now that we have established that y
k
< x
k
, we can
return to the proof. Suppose we increase y
k
to x
k
, and decrease as many of
y
k+1
, . . . , y
n
as necessary to make the total length remain at S. Call this new
solution Z = (z
1
, z
2
, . . . , z
n
). Then,
(z
k
−y
k
)s
k
> 0, (9.2)
n
¸
i=k+1
(z
i
−y
i
)s
i
< 0, (9.3)
(z
k
−y
k
)s
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
(z
i
−y
i
)s
i
= 0. (9.4)
Sec. 9.7. Solutions 113
Therefore,
n
¸
i=1
z
i
w
i
=
k−1
¸
i=1
z
i
w
i
+z
k
w
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
z
i
w
i
=
k−1
¸
i=1
y
i
w
i
+z
k
w
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
z
i
w
i
=
n
¸
i=1
y
i
w
i
−y
k
w
k
−
n
¸
i=k+1
y
i
w
i
+z
k
w
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
z
i
w
i
=
n
¸
i=1
y
i
w
i
+ (z
k
−y
k
)w
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
(z
i
−y
i
)w
i
=
n
¸
i=1
y
i
w
i
+ (z
k
−y
k
)s
k
w
k
/s
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
(z
i
−y
i
)s
i
w
i
/s
i
≤
n
¸
i=1
y
i
w
i
+ (z
k
−y
k
)s
k
w
k
/s
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
(z
i
−y
i
)s
i
w
k
/s
k
(by Equation 9.4 and density)
=
n
¸
i=1
y
i
w
i
+
(z
k
−y
k
)s
k
+
n
¸
i=k+1
(z
i
−y
i
)s
i
w
k
/s
k
=
n
¸
i=1
y
i
w
i
(by Equation 9.4).
Now, since Y is a minimalweight solution,
n
¸
i=1
z
i
w
i
<
n
¸
i=1
y
i
w
i
.
Hence, Y and Z have the same weight. But Z looks “more like” X than Y
does, in the sense that the ﬁrst k entries of Z are the same as X, whereas
only the ﬁrst k − 1 entries of Y are the same as X. Repeating this proce
dure suﬃciently often transforms Y into X and maintains the same weight.
Therefore, X must have minimal weight.
470. Suppose we have ﬁles f
1
, f
2
, . . . , f
n
, of lengths m
1
, m
2
, . . . , m
n
, respectively.
Let i
1
, i
2
, . . . , i
n
be a permutation of 1, 2, . . . , n. Suppose we store the ﬁles in
order
f
i
1
, f
i
2
, . . . , f
i
n
.
114 Chap. 9. Greedy Algorithms
To retrieve the kth ﬁle on the tape, f
i
k
, costs
¸
k
j=1
m
i
j
. Therefore, the cost
of retrieving them all is
n
¸
k=1
k
¸
j=1
m
i
j
=
n
¸
k=1
(n −k + 1)m
i
k
. (9.5)
To see this, consider the following table of costs:
f
i
1
: m
i
1
f
i
2
: m
i
1
+m
i
2
f
i
3
: m
i
1
+m
i
2
+m
i
3
.
.
.
f
i
n−1
: m
i
1
+m
i
2
+m
i
3
+ +m
i
n−1
f
i
n
: m
i
1
+m
i
2
+m
i
3
+ +m
i
n−1
+m
i
n
The lefthand side of Equation 9.5 adds this table by rows. If the total is
computed by columns, we get instead
nm
i
1
+ (n −1)m
i
2
+ (n −2)m
i
3
+ + 2m
i
n−1
+m
i
n
=
n
¸
k=1
(n −k + 1)m
i
k
,
which is the righthand side of Equation (9.5). The greedy algorithm picks
ﬁles f
i
in nondecreasing order of their size m
i
. It remains to prove that this
is the minimum cost permutation.
Claim: Any permutation in nondecreasing order of m
i
’s has minimum cost.
Proof: Let Π = (i
1
, i
2
, . . . , i
n
) be a permutation of 1, 2, . . . , n that is not
in nondecreasing order of m
i
’s. We will prove that it cannot have minimum
cost. Since m
i
1
, m
i
2
, . . . , m
i
n
is not in nondecreasing order, there must exist
1 ≤ j < n such that m
i
j
> m
i
j+1
. Let Π
be permutation Π with i
j
and i
j+1
swapped. The cost of permutation Π is
C(Π) =
n
¸
k=1
(n −k + 1)m
i
k
=
j−1
¸
k=1
(n −k + 1)m
i
k
+ (n −j + 1)m
i
j
+ (n −j)m
i
j+1
+
n
¸
k=j+2
(n −k + 1)m
i
k
.
The cost of permutation Π
is
C(Π
) =
j−1
¸
k=1
(n−k+1)m
i
k
+(n−j+1)m
i
j+1
+(n−j)m
i
j
+
n
¸
k=j+2
(n−k+1)m
i
k
.
Sec. 9.8. Comments 115
Hence,
C(Π) −C(Π
) = (n −j + 1)(m
i
j
−m
i
j+1
) + (n −j)(m
i
j+1
−m
i
j
)
= m
i
j
−m
i
j+1
> 0 (by deﬁnition of j).
Therefore, C(Π
) < C(Π), and so Π cannot be a permutation of minimum
cost. This is true of any Π that is not in nondecreasing order of m
i
’s. There
fore, the minimumcost permutation must be in nondecreasing order of m
i
’s.
9.8 COMMENTS
436, 456. These problems were suggested to the author by Farhad Shahrokhi in
1993.
471. See also Problem 95. In general, a dynamic programming algorithm is the
best solution to this problem (see Problem 415). This question is designed
to illustrate the point that a greedy algorithm is better in some (but not all)
cases.
Chapter 10
Exhaustive Search
Often it appears that there is no better way to solve a problem than to try all pos
sible solutions. This approach, called exhaustive search, is almost always slow, but
sometimes it is better than nothing. It may actually be practical in real situations if
the problem size is small enough. The most commonly used algorithmic technique
used in exhaustive search is divideandconquer (see Chapter 7).
The approach taken to exhaustive search in this chapter is very diﬀerent from
that taken by most textbooks. Most exhaustive search problems can be reduced to
the problem of generating simple combinatorial objects, most often strings, permu
tations, and combinations. Sections 10.1–10.4 cover some simple algorithms that
form our basic tools. Section 10.6 covers the application of these tools to various
interesting exhaustive search problems. Section 10.5 compares exhaustive search
algorithms to backtracking. Sometimes backtracking is faster, sometimes not.
10.1 STRINGS
A bitstring is an array of n bits. Bitstrings are often used to represent sets
(the term usually used is the bitvector representation of a set). The following
is a recursive algorithm for generating bitstrings. We assume the existence of a
procedure process(C) that processes a bitstring stored in an array C. Our aim is
to process all bitstrings of a ﬁxed length.
procedure binary(m)
comment process all binary strings of length m
1. if m = 0 then process(C) else
2. C[m] := 0; binary(m−1)
3. C[m] := 1; binary(m−1)
474. Show that the algorithm is correct, that is, that a call to binary(n)
processes all binary strings of length n.
475. How many assignments to array C are made (that is, how often are
lines 2 and 3 executed)? Hence, deduce the running time of the procedure.
116
Sec. 10.1. Strings 117
The following algorithm generates all strings of n bits in an array C[1..n]. A sentinel
is used at both ends of C, so C is actually an array indexed from 0 to n + 1. The
operation “complement a bit” used in line 8 means change it from a 0 to a 1, or
viceversa. It works by treating C as a binary number and repeatedly incrementing
it through all 2
n
possible values.
1. for i := 0 to n + 1 do C[i] := 0
2. while C[n + 1] = 0 do
3. process(C)
4. increment(C)
procedure increment(C)
5. i := 1
6. while C[i −1] = 0 do
7. Complement C[i]
8. i := i + 1
476. Prove that the algorithm is correct, that is, that procedure process(C)
is called once with C[1..n] containing each string of n bits.
477. Prove that for all n ≥ 1, the number of times that a bit of C is comple
mented (that is, the number of times that line 7 is executed) is 2
n+1
−(n+2).
Hence, deduce the running time of the algorithm.
A minimalchange algorithm for generating bitstrings generates them in such an
order that each string diﬀers from its predecessor in exactly one place. The following
algorithm generates all of the bitstrings of length n in minimalchange order. The
array b is initially set to all zeros, and the bitstrings are generated with a call to
generate(n).
procedure generate(n)
1. if n = 0 then process(b)
2. else
3. generate(n −1)
4. Complement b[n]
5. generate(n −1)
478. Prove that this algorithm does generate the 2
n
bitstrings of length
n in minimalchange order.
479. Prove that for all n ≥ 1, the number of times that a bit of b is comple
mented (that is, the number of times that line 4 is executed) is 2
n
−1. Hence,
deduce the running time of the algorithm.
118 Chap. 10. Exhaustive Search
A kary string is a string of digits drawn from ¦0, 1, . . . , k − 1¦. For example, if
k = 2, then a kary string is simply a binary string.
480. Design an optimal exhaustive search algorithm for generating all kary
strings of length n in lexicographic order in time O(k
n
). For example, if k = 3
and n = 4, then your algorithm should generate the strings
0000, 0001, 0002, 0010, 0011, 0012, 0020, 0021, 0022, 0100, . . . , 2221, 2222.
481. Prove that your algorithm for Problem 480 is correct.
482. Analyze the running time of your algorithm for Problem 480.
A minimalchange algorithm for generating kary strings generates them in such an
order that each string diﬀers from its predecessor in exactly one place.
483. Design a minimalchange exhaustive search algorithm for generating
all kary strings of length n. (See also Problem 480.)
484. Prove that your algorithm for Problem 483 is correct.
485. Analyze the running time of your algorithm for Problem 483.
10.2 PERMUTATIONS
Consider the problem of exhaustively generating all permutations of n things. Sup
pose A[1..n] contains n distinct values. The following algorithm generates all permu
tations of A[1..n] in the following sense: A call to procedure permute(n) will result
in procedure process(A) being called once with A[1..n] containing each permutation
of its contents.
procedure permute(n)
1. if n = 1 then process(A) else
2. B := A
3. permute(n −1)
4. for i := 1 to n −1 do
5. swap A[n] with A[1]
6. permute(n −1)
7. A := B cyclically shifted one place right
486. Prove that this algorithm calls process(A) with A containing each
permutation of n entries exactly once.
Sec. 10.2. Permutations 119
487. What is the running time of this algorithm?
488. Show that the eﬀect of line 7 is the same as performing a cyclic
shift of A[2..n]. Use this observation to eliminate the need for the array B.
Does this aﬀect the running time of the algorithm?
Consider the following algorithm for generating all permutations. To generate all
permutations of any n distinct values in A[1..n], call permute(1).
procedure permute(i)
1. if i = n then process(A) else
4. permute(i + 1)
2. for j := i + 1 to n do
3. swap A[i] with A[j]
4. permute(i + 1)
5. swap A[i] with A[j]
489. Prove this algorithm correct.
490. How many swaps are made by this algorithm, as a function of n? What
is its running time?
The following is a minimalchange algorithm for generating permutations. That is,
each permutation generated diﬀers from the previous one by having just two values
swapped. It is known as Heap’s algorithm (Heap [35]).
procedure permute(n)
1. for i := 1 to n do A[i] := i
2. if n is odd
3. then oddpermute(n)
4. else evenpermute(n)
procedure oddpermute(n)
5. if n = 1 then process else
6. evenpermute(n −1)
7. for i := 1 to n −1 do
8. swap A[1] and A[n]
9. evenpermute(n −1)
procedure evenpermute(n)
10. if n = 1 then process else
11. oddpermute(n −1)
12. for i := 1 to n −1 do
13. swap A[i] and A[n]
14. oddpermute(n −1)
120 Chap. 10. Exhaustive Search
491. Show that the algorithm is correct, that is, it generates all
permutations in minimalchange order.
492. Show that Heap’s algorithm uses the minimum number of swaps,
(that is, n! −1 swaps). What is its running time?
10.3 COMBINATIONS
Consider the problem of generating all combinations of r things chosen from n, for
some 0 ≤ r ≤ n. We will, without loss of generality, assume that the n items to be
chosen from are the natural numbers 1, 2, . . . , n.
The following algorithm generates all combinations of r things drawn from n
in the following sense: Procedure process(A) is called once with A[1..r] containing
each combination. To use it, call procedure choose(1, r).
procedure choose(b, c)
comment choose c elements out of b..n
1. if c = 0 then process(A)
2. else for i := b to n −c + 1 do
3. A[c] := i
4. choose(i + 1, c −1)
493. Prove that this algorithm is correct.
494. Prove that the combinations generated by this algorithm are in descend
ing order, that is, when process(A) is called, A[i] > A[i +1] for all 1 ≤ i < n.
495. Let T(n, r) be the number of assignments to array A. Show that
T(n, r) ≤ r
n
r
. Hence, deduce that the algorithm runs in time O
r
n
r
.
496. Show that for all 1 ≤ r ≤ n/2, T(n, r) ≤ 2
n
r
−r. Hence, deduce
that the algorithm is optimal for r ≤ n/2.
A minimalchange algorithm for combinations generates them in such a manner
that each choice of r objects diﬀers from the previous one by having one object
removed and replaced by another. The following is a minimalchange algorithm for
generating combinations. It is used by calling up(1, r).
Sec. 10.4. Other Elementary Algorithms 121
procedure up(b, c)
1. if c = 0 then process(a)
2. else for i := b to n do
3. a[r −c + 1] := i
4. if i is odd then up(i + 1, c −1) else down(i + 1, c −1)
procedure down(b, c)
5. if c = 0 then process(a)
6. else for i := n downto b do
7. a[r −c + 1] := i
8. if i is odd then up(i + 1, c −1) else down(i + 1, c −1)
497. Prove that the algorithm is correct, that is, that procedure
process(a) is called with a containing a sequence of combinations in minimal
change order.
498. How many assignments to a does the algorithm make? Hence, deduce
its running time.
499. Prove that the combinations generated by this algorithm are in ascending
order, that is, when process(a) is called, a[i] < a[i + 1] for all 1 ≤ i < n.
10.4 OTHER ELEMENTARY ALGORITHMS
If n is even, a perfect matching of size n is an unordered sequence of unordered
pairs (v
1
, v
2
), (v
3
, v
4
), . . . , (v
n−1
, v
n
), where ¦v
1
, v
2
, . . . , v
n
¦ = ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦. Note
that two perfect matchings are deemed to be identical even if the pairs are listed
in a diﬀerent order, and the values within each pair are listed in a diﬀerent order.
The following is an algorithm for generating all perfect matchings of size n in an
array M[1..n], where n is even:
procedure match(n)
1. if n = 2 then process(M) else
2. match(n −2)
3. for i := n −2 downto 1 do
4. swap A[i] with A[n −1]
5. match(n −2)
6. circular shift A[1..n −1] one place right
500. Let M(n) be the number of perfect matchings of n values. Show that if
n is even, then
M(n) =
n/2
¸
i=1
(2i −1).
122 Chap. 10. Exhaustive Search
501. Prove that the algorithm is correct.
502. Show that the algorithm runs in time O(M(n)).
503. If n is odd, the deﬁnition of perfect matching is similar except that there
is a leftover value that is not paired with any other. What is M(n) when n is
odd? How can the above algorithm be used to generate all perfect matchings
when n is odd, in time O(M(n))?
Suppose you have m marbles and n jars, each of which can hold at most c marbles.
504. Use divideandconquer to design an algorithm that generates all of
the ways of distributing the marbles into the jars so that no jar holds more
than c marbles, where m ≤ cn. Your algorithm must print the number of
marbles in each jar for each of the diﬀerent ways of distributing the marbles.
So, for example, with m = 10, n = 3, and c = 5, the output of your algorithm
would be
0 5 5 3 2 5 4 3 3 5 3 2
1 4 5 3 3 4 4 4 2 5 4 1
1 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 1 5 5 0
2 3 5 3 5 2 5 0 5
2 4 4 4 1 5 5 1 4
2 5 3 4 2 4 5 2 3
505. Prove that your algorithm for Problem 504 is correct.
506. Analyze the running time of your algorithm for Problem 504.
10.5 BACKTRACKING
Backtracking is a type of exhaustive search in which the combinatorial object is
constructed recursively, and the recursion tree is pruned, that is, recursive calls are
not made when the part of the current object that has already been constructed
cannot lead to a valid or optimal solution. For example, the recursive algorithm for
generating bitstrings from Section 10.1 can be modiﬁed easily to give a backtracking
algorithm for generating all bitstrings of length n with k or fewer bits. To use the
algorithm, call binary(n, 0).
procedure binary(m, c)
comment process all binary strings of length m
1. if m = 0 then process(C) else
2. C[m] := 0; binary(m−1, c)
3. if c < k then C[m] := 1; binary(m−1, c + 1)
Sec. 10.6. Applications 123
Note that the pruning is done in line 3: If enough ones have been put into C
already, then the recursion tree is pruned to prevent more ones from being put in.
507. Show that the algorithm is correct, that is, that a call to binary(n, 0)
processes all binary strings of length n with k or fewer bits.
508. How many assignments to array C are made (that is, how often are
lines 2 and 3 executed)? Hence, deduce the running time of the procedure. Is
it asymptotically optimal?
The following is a backtracking algorithm for generating permutations. It ﬁlls an
arrayA[1..n] with nary strings, and prunes away nonpermutations by using an
additional array U[1..n]. U is a Boolean array, with U[i] set to true if i has not yet
been used in the permutation. Initially, all entries in U are assumed to be true.
The algorithm is used by calling permute(n).
procedure permute(m)
comment process all permutations of length m
1. if m = 0 then process(A) else
2. for j := 1 to n do
3. if U[j] then
4. U[j]:=false
5. A[m] := j; permute(m−1)
6. U[j]:=true
509. Show that the algorithm is correct, that is, that a call to permute(n)
processes all permutations of length n.
510. How many assignments to array A are made (that is, how often are
lines 3 and 4 executed)? Hence, deduce the running time of the procedure. Is
it asymptotically optimal?
10.6 APPLICATIONS
The problems in this section are to be solved by reduction to one of the standard
exhaustive search algorithms from Sections 10.1–10.4. Some of them require back
tracking, and some do not.
511. A clique is an induced complete subgraph. The clique problem is the
following: Given a graph G and a natural number r, does G contain a clique
on r vertices? Devise an algorithm for the clique problem that runs in time
O
r
2
n
r
. Brieﬂy describe how to improve the running time by a factor
of Ω(r).
124 Chap. 10. Exhaustive Search
512. Deﬁne the Ramsey number R(i, j) to be the smallest number
n such that every graph on n vertices has either a clique of size i or an
independent set of size j. Ramsey’s Theorem states that R(i, j) exists for all
i, j ∈ IN. Devise an algorithm that, given i, j, ﬁnds R(i, j). Analyze your
algorithm.
513. An open knight’s tour is a sequence of n
2
− 1 knight’s moves
starting from some square of an n n chessboard, such that every square
of the board is visited exactly once. Design an algorithm for ﬁnding open
knight’s tours that runs in time O(n
2
8
n
2
). A closed knight’s tour, as we have
seen already, is a cyclic version of an open knight’s tour (that is, the start
point is reachable from the ﬁnish point a single knight’s move). Design an
algorithm for for ﬁnding closed knight’s tours that runs in time O(8
n
2
).
514. Suppose you have n students in a class and wish to assign them into
teams of two (you may assume that n is even). You are given an integer array
P[1..n, 1..n] in which P[i, j] contains the preference of student i for working
with student j. The weight of a pairing of student i with student j is deﬁned to
be P[i, j] P[j, i]. The pairing problem is the problem of pairing each student
with another student in such a way that the sum of the weights of the pairings
is maximized. Design an algorithm for the pairing problem that runs in time
proportional to the number of pairings. Analyze your algorithm.
515. The 15puzzle, invented by Sam Loyd, has been a source of enter
tainment for over a century. The puzzle consists of 15 square tiles numbered
1 through 15, arranged in rowmajor order in a square grid with a onetile
gap. The aim is to randomize the puzzle and then attempt to return it to
the initial conﬁguration by repeatedly sliding an adjacent tile into the gap
(see, for example, Figure 10.1). The general form of this puzzle, based on an
nn grid, is called the (n
2
−1)puzzle. Design an algorithm that, given some
conﬁguration of the (n
2
−1)puzzle, ﬁnds a sequence of moves that return the
puzzle to the initial conﬁguration, if such a sequence of moves exists. Your
algorithm should run in time O(n
2
+ 4
k
), where k is the number of moves
required for solution of the puzzle.
516. The following puzzle is called HiQ. You are given a board in which 33
holes have been drilled in the pattern shown in Figure 10.2. A peg (indicated
by a square) is placed in every hole except the center one (indicated by a
circle). Pegs are moved as follows. A peg may jump over its neighbor in the
horizontal or vertical direction if its destination is unoccupied. The peg that
is jumped over is removed from the board. The aim is to produce a sequence
of jumps that removes all pegs from the board except for one. The generalized
HIQ puzzle has n(n + 4m) holes arranged in a symmetrical crossshape as
shown in Figure 10.3, for any m and any odd n. Design an algorithm that
Sec. 10.6. Applications 125
13
14 15 9
10 11
12
5
6
7
8 1
2
3
4
13
14 15 9
10 11
12
5
6
7
8 1
2
3
4
13
14 15 9
10 11
12
5
6
7
8
1 2
3
4
13
14 15 9
10 11
12
5
6
7
8
1 2
3
4
13
14 15 9
10 11
12
5 6
7
8
1 2
3
4
13
14 15 9
10 11
12
5 6
7
8
1 2
3
4
13
14 15 9
10 11
12
5 6
7
8
1 2 3 4
13
14 15 9
10 11
12
5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
13
14 15 9
10 11
12
5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
13
14 15
9 10 11
12
5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
13
14 15
9 10 11
12
5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
13 14 15
9 10 11
12
5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
13 14 15
9 10 11
12
5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
13 14 15
9 10 11
12
5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
13 14 15
9 10 11
12
5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
13 14 15
9 10 11 12
5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4
Figure 10.1. Solving the 15puzzle.
The initial configuration
After peg
jumps peg
Figure 10.2. The initial conﬁguration of the HiQ puzzle
(left), and the same conﬁguration after a single move (right).
Pegs are indicated by a square, and empty holes are indicated
by a circle.
solves the HiQ puzzle. Let p = n(n + 4m). Your algorithm should run in
time O((4p)
p−2
).
517. The nqueens problem (also known as the peaceful queens
problem) is the problem of determining the number of ways that n queens
can be placed on an n n chessboard so that no queen threatens any other
(for example, Figure 10.4 shows one way of placing eight peaceful queens on
an 8 8 chessboard). Devise an exhaustive search algorithm that solves the
nqueens problem.
126 Chap. 10. Exhaustive Search
m n m
Figure 10.3. The generalized HiQ puzzle.
Figure 10.4. One way of placing eight peaceful queens on
an 8 8 chessboard.
518. The IC Ice Cream Company plans to place ice cream carts
at strategic intersections in Dallas so that for every street intersection, either
there is an ice cream cart there, or an ice cream cart can be reached by
walking along only one street to the next intersection. You are given a map of
Dallas in the form of a graph with nodes numbered 1, 2, . . . , n representing the
intersections, and undirected edges representing streets. For each ice cream
cart at intersection i, the city will levy $c
i
in taxes. The IC Ice Cream
Company has k ice cream carts, and can make a proﬁt if it pays at most
$d in taxes. Write a backtracking algorithm that outputs all of the possible
locations for the k carts that require less than $d in taxes. Analyze your
algorithm.
Sec. 10.6. Applications 127
519. Design a backtracking algorithm that inputs a natural number C,
and outputs all of the ways that a group of ascending positive numbers can
be summed to give C. For example, if C = 6, the output should be
1+2+3
1+5
2+4
6
and if C = 10, the output should be
1+2+3+4
1+2+7
1+3+6
1+4+5
1+9
2+3+5
2+8
3+7
4+6
10
520. Devise an algorithm that, given a directed graph G, prints all
Hamiltonian cycles in G. If G has n vertices, your algorithm must run in time
O(n!). Analyze the running time of your algorithm.
521. Devise an algorithm that, given a directed graph G, prints all
Hamiltonian cycles in G. If G has n vertices, your algorithm must run in time
O((n −1)!). Analyze the running time of your algorithm.
522. The outdegree of a vertex v in a graph is the number of edges directed
out of v. The outdegree of a graph is the largest outdegree of its vertices.
Devise a backtracking algorithm that, given a directed graph G of outdegree
d, determines whether G has a Hamiltonian cycle in time O(d
n
). Be sure to
analyze the running time of your algorithm.
523. If you were given a graph and asked to ﬁnd all Hamiltonian cycles
in it, which algorithm would you use, the algorithm from Problem 520 or the
algorithm from Problem 522? Explain your answer.
A dominating set of size k in a graph G = (V, E) is a set U ⊆ V of k vertices such
that for all v ∈ V , either v ∈ U, or there exists an edge (u, v) ∈ E such that u ∈ U.
For example, the shaded vertices in the graph of Figure 10.5 form a dominating set.
128 Chap. 10. Exhaustive Search
Figure 10.5. A dominating set (shaded vertices).
524. Let D(n, k) be the number of candidates for a dominating set in an
exhaustive search algorithm. Write a formula for D(n, k) in terms of n and k.
525. Devise an algorithm that, given G and k, ﬁnds a dominating set of
size k, if one exists. Your algorithm should run in time O(n
2
D(n, k)). Analyze
the running time of your algorithm.
526. Describe how to improve the running time of your algorithm to
O(nD(n, k)). Justify brieﬂy the running time of your modiﬁed algorithm.
A weighing matrix is an n n matrix with entries from ¦−1, 0, 1¦ such that the
scalar product of any two rows is zero. That is, a matrix
M =
m
1,1
m
1,2
. . . m
1,n
m
2,1
m
2,2
. . . m
2,n
.
.
.
m
n,1
m
n,2
. . . m
n,n
¸
¸
¸
¸
¸
,
where for all 1 ≤ j ≤ n and all 1 ≤ i < j,
n
¸
k=1
m
i,k
m
j,k
= 0.
527. Design an algorithm that ﬁnds all nn weighing matrices in time
O(n
3
3
n
2
). Analyze your algorithm.
528. Describe how to reduce the running time of your algorithm to
O(n3
n
2
).
Sec. 10.6. Applications 129
1 2 3 4
1
2
3
4
2 3 1 1
1 1 4 3
1 2 3 4
2 3 2 1
P
1 2 3 4
1
2
3
4 2 3
1
2 1
1
4
3
1
2
3
4
3 3
1
N
4
1 2 3 4
1 2 3 4
Pilot:
Navigator:
P[1,2]N[2,1]+P[2,4]N[4,2]+P[3,1]N[1,3]+P[4,3]N[3,4]
= 3.4+3.2+1.3+2.4 = 12+6+3+8 = 29
Preference
Matrices:
Candidate
Matching:
Weight:
Figure 10.6. The preference matrices P and N (top), a
candidate matching (center), and the sum of the weights of
the pairs in this matching (bottom).
Suppose you are given n pilots and n navigators. You have an integer array
P[1..n, 1..n] in which P[i, j] is the preference of pilot i for navigator j, and an
integer array N[1..n, 1..n] in which N[i, j] is the preference of navigator i for pilot
j. The weight of a pairing of pilot i with navigator j is deﬁned to be P[i, j] N[j, i].
The ﬂightassignment problem is the problem of pairing each pilot with a navigator
in such a way that the sum of the weights of the pairings is maximized. Figure 10.6
shows an example of the preference arrays, a candidate matching, and the sum of
the weights of the pairs in this matching:
529. Design an algorithm for the ﬂightassignment problem that runs in time
O((n + 1)!). Analyze your algorithm.
530. Describe how to improve the running time of your algorithm from Problem 529
to O(n!).
The postage stamp problem is deﬁned as follows. The Fussytown Post Oﬃce has n
diﬀerent denominations of stamps, each a positive integer. Fussytown regulations
allow at most m stamps to be placed on any letter.
531. Design an algorithm that, given n diﬀerent postage stamp values in
an array P[1..n] and the value of m, computes the length of the consecutive
series of postage values that can legally be realized under these rules starting
with the value 1. For example, if n = 4, m = 5, and the stamps have face
value 1, 4, 12, and 21, then all postage values from 1 to 71 can be realized.
Your algorithm should run in time O(n
m
).
130 Chap. 10. Exhaustive Search
Figure 10.7. The 4ominos.
532. Design an algorithm that, given n and m, computes the m postage
stamp values that can realize the longest consecutive run of postage values
starting at 1. Analyze your algorithm.
A polyomino, or more precisely, an nomino is a plane ﬁgure made up of n unitsize
squares lined up on a grid. For example, Figure 10.7 shows all of the 4ominos.
533. Design an algorithm that runs in time O(3
n
) to generate all nominos,
including all rotations and reﬂections.
534. Modify your algorithm to remove all rotations and reﬂections.
10.7 HINTS
487. Be very careful how you choose your recurrence relation. The obvious choice
of recurrence is quite diﬃcult to solve. The right choice can make it easy.
489. Suppose that A[i] = i for 1 ≤ i ≤ n, and pretend that procedure process(A)
prints the contents of A. Trace the algorithm by hand to see what it generates
when n = 1, 2, 3, 4. This should give you some intuition as to how it works,
what your induction hypothesis should be, and how the basic structure of
your proof should look.
491. See the hint for Problem 489. Your induction hypothesis should look some
thing like the following:
When n is even, a call to evenpermute(n)
• processes all permutations of the values in A[1..n], and
• ﬁnishes with the entries in A permuted in some order in which, if re
peated n − 1 times, cycles A[1] through all possible values from 1 to n.
Determining and describing this permutation is the diﬃcult part.
When n is odd, a call to oddpermute(n)
• processes all permutations of the values in A[1..n], and
• ﬁnishes with the ﬁrst and last entries in A swapped.
Sec. 10.8. Solutions 131
502. You may need to use the identity from Problem 23.
510. The answer is at most 1.718(n + 1)!. You will need to use the fact that
¸
n
i=1
i! = e −1 ≈ 1.718 (where e is the base of the natural logarithm).
518. Think about dominating sets.
517. It is possible to solve this problem in time O(n!).
520. The running time gives away the technique to be used. Reduce the problem
to that of generating permutations.
525. Reduce the problem to that of generating combinations, and take advantage
of Section 10.3.
526. Use a minimalchange algorithm.
527. Use the algorithm from Problem 480.
528. See Problem 483.
10.8 SOLUTIONS
487. Let T(n) be the running time of permute(n). Line 6 can be done in time
O(n). Therefore, T(1) = c, and for n > 2, T(n) = nT(n − 1) + d(n − 1), for
some c, d ∈ IN. We claim that for all n ≥ 1, T(n) = (c +d)n! −d. The proof
is by induction on n. The claim is certainly true for n = 1, since T(1) = c
and (c +d)1! −d = c. Now suppose the hypothesis is true for n. Then,
T(n + 1) = (n + 1)T(n) +dn
= (n + 1)((c +d)n! −d) +dn
= (c +d)(n + 1)! −d.
Hence, the running time is O(n!), which is linear in the number of permuta
tions.
520. The following algorithm prints all of the Hamiltonian cycles of a graph G.
132 Chap. 10. Exhaustive Search
for each permutation P[0..n −1] do
process(P)
procedure process(P)
if hamiltonian(P) then print(P)
function hamiltonian(P):boolean
ok:=true
for i := 0 to n −1 do
ok:=ok ∧ (P[i], P[(i + 1) mod n]) ∈ E
return(ok)
We use an optimal permutation generation algorithm such as one of the al
gorithms from Section 10.2. Since function hamiltonian(P) takes time O(n),
the search takes time O(n n!). The running time can be reduced to O(n!)
by observing that all of the permutations can begin with vertex 1.
521. The solution is similar to the solution of Problem 520, but we use a minimal
change algorithm such as Heap’s algorithm (see Section 10.2) to generate
permutations.
We keep a Boolean array D[0..n−1], where D[i] is true iﬀ (P[i], P[(i +1) mod
n) ∈ E, for 0 ≤ i < n, and a count of missing edges, called “missing.”
We initialize the array and count when processing the ﬁrst permutation. A
minimal change to P requires a minimal change to the array and the count.
Procedure process is exactly as in the solution to Problem 520.
missing:=0
P:= ﬁrst permutation
process(P)
for each permutation P in minimalchange order do
Suppose P[x] and P[y] were just swapped
iprocess(P, x, y)
procedure edge(i, j)
D[i] := (i, j) ∈ E
if (i, j) ∈ E then missing:=missing+1
procedure iprocess(P, x, y)
if ihamiltonian(P, x, y) then print(P)
function ihamiltonian(P, x, y):boolean
iedge(P[(x −1) mod n], P[x]);
iedge(P[x], P[(x + 1) mod n]);
iedge(P[(y −1) mod n], P[y]);
iedge(P[y], P[(y + 1) mod n]);
return(missing = 0)
Sec. 10.9. Comments 133
procedure iedge(i, j)
if D[i] ∧ ((i, j) ∈ E) then
D[i]:=false; missing:=missing + 1
else if (not D[i]) ∧ ((i, j) ∈ E) then
D[i]:=true; missing:=missing −1
The time needed to process the ﬁrst permutation is O(n). The other n! − 1
permutations require O(1) time each to process. The overhead for generating
the permutations is O(n!) with a minimalchange algorithm such as Heap’s
algorithm. Therefore, the total running time is O(n +(n! −1) +n!) = O(n!).
As before, this running time can be reduced by a factor of Ω(n) by observing
that all of the permutations can begin with vertex 1.
10.9 COMMENTS
478. The algorithm generates the binary reﬂected Gray code (see also Problems 96
and 97).
497. The algorithm is adapted from Lam and Soicher [51]. You will ﬁnd a cor
rectness proof there, but there is an easier and clearer explanation. Another
interesting algorithm with a stronger minimalchange property is given by
Eades and McKay [23].
507. See also Problem 474.
508. See also Problem 475.
512. For more information on Ramsey numbers, consult Graham and Spencer [32],
and Graham, Rothschild, and Spencer [31].
513. See also Problems 48 and 369 (and associated comments), which deal with
closed knight’s tours. Backtracking for n n closed knight’s tours is only
practical for n = 6 (there are no tours for smaller n), in which case there
are 9, 862 closed knight’s tours. It is not known exactly how many 8 8
tours exist. Rouse Ball and Coxeter [8] describe an interesting random walk
algorithm that they attribute to Euler. A heuristic attributed to Warnsdorﬀ
in 1823 by Conrad, Hindrichs, Morsy, and Wegener [15, 16] appears to help
both the exhaustive search and random walk algorithms ﬁnd solutions faster:
When there is a choice of squares to move to, move to the one with the least
number of unused legal moves out of it. Takefuji and Lee [79] (reprinted in
Takefuji [78, Chapter 7]) describe a neural network for ﬁnding closed knight’s
tours, but empirical evidence indicates that their algorithm is impractical
(Parberry [62]).
517. Although an algorithm that runs in time O(n!) is considered very slow, it
134 Chap. 10. Exhaustive Search
n count time
6 4 < 0.001 seconds
7 40 < 0.001 seconds
8 92 < 0.001 seconds
9 352 0.034 seconds
10 724 0.133 seconds
11 2,680 0.6 seconds
12 14,200 3.3 seconds
13 73,712 18.0 seconds
14 365,596 1.8 minutes
15 2,279,184 11.6 minutes
16 14,772,512 1.3 hours
17 95,815,104 9.1 hours
18 666,090,624 2.8 days
Table 10.1. The number of solutions to the nqueens prob
lem for 6 ≤ n ≤ 18 and the running time required to ex
haustively search for them using a naive exhaustive search
algorithm. The algorithm was implemented in Berkeley Unix
Pascal on a Sun Sparc 2.
is still usable in practice for very small n. Table 10.1 shows the number
of solutions to the nqueens problem and the running time required to ﬁnd
them using Berkeley Unix Pascal on Sun Sparc 2. It is known that there is
at least one solution to the nqueens problem for all n ≥ 4 (see, for example,
Bernhardsson [11]). Heuristics for ﬁnding large numbers of solutions (but not
necessarily all of them) include Takefuji [78], and Susic and Gu [77].
518. This problem was described to me by Mike Fellows.
Chapter 11
Data Structures
Algorithms and data structures are obviously very closely related. Firstly, you must
understand algorithms in order to design data structures, since an important issue
in choosing a particular data structure is the availability of eﬃcient algorithms for
creating, updating, and accessing it. Secondly, you must understand data structures
in order to design algorithms, since the proper organization of data is often the
key to developing eﬃcient algorithms. Some schools separate algorithms and data
structures into separate classes, but I prefer to teach them together. In case your
algorithms class requires it, here are some problems on advanced data structures,
principally heaps, binary search trees, AVL trees, 2–3 trees, and the unionﬁnd data
structure.
11.1 HEAPS
A heap is a binary tree with the data stored in the nodes. It has two important
properties: balance and structure. Balance means that it is as much like a complete
binary tree as possible. Missing leaves, if any, are on the last level at the far right
(see, for example, Figure 11.1). Structure means that the value in each parent is no
greater than the values in its children (see, for example, Figure 11.2).
535. Prove that the value in each node is no greater than the values in its
descendants (that is, its children, its children’s children, etc.)
Figure 11.1. A balanced binary tree.
135
136 Chap. 11. Data Structures
20
3
5
24
12 40 30 15 21
11
9
10
Figure 11.2. A heap.
536. Prove by induction that a heap with n vertices has exactly n/2 leaves.
537. Suppose a heap is stored in an array H in the standard fashion.
That is, store the root in H[1], and for every node stored in H[k], store its
children in H[2k] and H[2k +1]. Prove that an nnode heap occupies the ﬁrst
n contiguous entries of H.
538. Suppose a heap is stored in an array H in the standard fashion (see
Problem 537). Prove that a list of the array elements H[1], H[2], . . . , H[n]
form a breadthﬁrst traversal of the heap.
539. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm (see Chapter 7) for building a
heap stored in an array H[1..n] in O(n) time.
540. Give the array representation heap shown in Figure 11.2, and redraw the
heap and its array representation after each of the following operations have
been applied in sequence:
(a) deletemin, followed by
(b) insert the value 0.
541. Construct a heap containing the items 10, 2, 9, 16, 8, 6, 1, 3, 12. You
are to draw the heap (as a binary tree) at each of the major steps in the
construction.
(a) Inserting the items in the order given into an empty heap.
(b) Building the heap from the bottom up, as in heapsort.
542. Write a procedure that, given parameters A, n, and i, where A is the
array representation of an nelement heap, and 1 ≤ i ≤ n, deletes the element
A[i] from the heap in O(log n) time.
543. Halving is the process of taking a set S of integers and separating it
into two halfsized sets S
1
, S
2
, where all of the values in S
1
are smaller than
all of the values in S
2
. Show that halving is equivalent to ﬁnding the median,
that is:
Sec. 11.1. Heaps 137
(a) If the median can be found using T(n) comparisons, then a set of size n
can be halved with T(n) +n −1 comparisons.
(b) If a set of size n can be halved using T(n) comparisons, then the median
can be found using T(n) +n/2 −1 comparisons.
544. Devise a data structure that supports the following operations on
an nelement set: insert in time O(log n), and deletemin and deletemax in
O(1) time.
The standard heapsort algorithm uses binary heaps, that is, heaps in which each
node has at most two children. In a kary heap, each node has at most k children.
Heapsort works not only with binary heaps, but with kary heaps for any k =
1, 2, 3, . . ..
545. Deﬁne kary heaps and describe a spaceeﬃcient implementation in
an array. In particular, describe in detail how to get from any heap element
to its parent and its k children.
546. Write pseudocode for kary heapsort.
547. What familiar sorting algorithm is kary heapsort for k = 1?
548. For k > 1, analyze the number of binary comparisons used by kary
heapsort in terms of n and k, determining the coeﬃcient (depending on k) of
the most signiﬁcant nterm. Which k minimizes this factor? Why is k = 2
probably best anyway?
A parallel priority queue is a priority queue in which the insert operation inserts
p values, and the deletemin operation deletes the p smallest values in the priority
queue and returns them in no particular order. A parallel heap is a data structure
with the same tree structure as a heap, but with p values per node. It also has the
property that all of the values in a node are smaller than the values in its children,
and all of the values in one sibling are smaller than the values in the other (it doesn’t
matter which is the “smaller” sibling). For example, Figure 11.3 shows a parallel
heap with p = 4.
Sequential algorithms for parallel heaps are fairly straightforward: An insert
operation is processed by ﬁrst placing the p new items in the next unused node d,
which we will call dirty. Combine the values in d and its parent r, and place the
smallest p values into r, and the largest p values into d. Combine the values in d
and its sibling (if it has one), and place the largest p values into the sibling that
had the largest value between them, and the smallest p values into the other sibling.
Node r then becomes the dirty node, which is processed in a similar fashion. For
example, Figure 11.4 shows an insertion into a 4node parallel heap with p = 4.
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2
5
8
9
15
19
20
25
30
40
16
18
22
25
26
27
32
45
Figure 11.3. A parallel heap with p = 4.
A deletemin operation is processed by removing the values from the root and
replacing them with the values from the last used node. Call the root dirty. Let
d be the dirty node. Combine the values in d with those of its smallest child s,
and place the smallest p values into d and the largest p values into s. Combine the
values in d and its sibling (if it has one), and place the largest p values into the
sibling that had the largest value between them, and the smallest p values into the
other sibling. Node s then becomes the dirty node, which is processed in a similar
fashion.
549. Show that the insert algorithm is correct, that is, it results in a
parallel heap.
550. Show that the deletemin algorithm, that is, it results in a parallel
heap.
551. Analyze the running time of the insert and deletemin algo
rithms.
11.2 AVL TREES
A binary search tree is a binary tree with the data stored in the nodes. The following
two properties hold:
• The value in each node is larger than the values in the nodes of its left subtree.
• The value in each node is smaller than the values in the nodes of its right
subtree.
552. Prove that if the nodes of a binary search tree are printed in inorder,
they come out sorted.
Sec. 11.2. AVL Trees 139
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6
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8
Insert (50,3,23,10) Create a new node
Combine with parent Combine with sibling
Combine with parent Combine with sibling
Figure 11.4. An insertion into a 4node parallel heap with
p = 4. Heavily outlined nodes have been combined. The
dirty node is shaded.
140 Chap. 11. Data Structures
100
50 150
30 60 120 160
10 40
Figure 11.5. An AVL tree.
100
50 150
30
20
200 70
60 80
Figure 11.6. A second AVL tree.
An AVL tree is a binary search tree with one extra structure condition: For every
node, the magnitude of the diﬀerence in height between its left and right subtrees is
at most one. (the height of an AVL tree is the number of edges in the longest path
from the root to a leaf). This diﬀerence in height is maintained during insertions and
deletions using operations called single rotations and double rotations. Operations
insert, delete, member, and findmin can be performed in time O(log n).
553. Insert 5 into the AVL tree shown in Figure 11.5.
554. Insert 55 into the AVL tree shown in Figure 11.6.
555. Delete 30 from the AVL tree shown in Figure 11.7.
556. Find an AVL tree for which the deletion of a node requires two single
rotations. Draw the tree, indicate the node to be deleted, and explain why
two rotations are necessary and suﬃcient.
Sec. 11.3. 2–3 Trees 141
100
50 150
30
210
200 120
Figure 11.7. A third AVL tree.
557. Find an AVL tree for which the deletion of a node requires two double
rotations. Draw the tree, indicate the node to be deleted, and explain why
two rotations are necessary and suﬃcient.
558. Show that for all n ∈ IN, there exists an AVL tree for which the
deletion of a node requires n (single or double) rotations. Show how such
a tree is constructed, indicate the node to be deleted, and explain why n
rotations are necessary and suﬃcient.
559. Prove that the height of an AVL tree with n nodes is at most
1.4404 log n.
11.3 2–3 TREES
A 2–3 tree in a tree in which every internal vertex has 2 or 3 children, and every
path from the root to a leaf has the same length. The data are stored in the leaves in
sorted order from left to right. The internal nodes carry information to allow search
ing, for example, the largest values in the left and center subtrees. Insertions and
deletions are performed using a divideandconquer algorithm. Operations insert,
delete, member and findmin can be performed in time O(log n).
560. Insert the following elements in sequence into an initially empty 2–3
tree: 5, 2, 7, 0, 3, 4, 6, 1, 8, 9. Show the 2–3 tree after every insertion. Be sure
to include all of the information that is kept in the internal nodes. Delete the
element 3 from the resulting 2–3 tree.
561. Give a sequence of insertions and deletions that constructs the 2–3 trees
shown in Figure 11.8 (starting from the empty 2–3 tree each time). Draw the
2–3 tree after every insertion and deletion operation.
142 Chap. 11. Data Structures
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1:2 4:5 6:7
2:5
1:2 3:4 6:7
2:4
1:2 3:4 5:6
(a) (b) (c)
3:5
Figure 11.8. Three 2–3 trees.
11.4 THE UNIONFIND PROBLEM
Given a set ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦ initially partitioned into n disjoint subsets, one member
per subset, we want to perform the following operations:
• find(x): return the name of the subset that x is in, and
• union(x, y): combine the two subsets that x and y are in.
There is a standard data structure using a tree. Use a tree:
• implemented with pointers and records;
• set elements are stored in the nodes;
• each child has a pointer to its parent;
• there is an array P[1..n] with P[i] pointing to the node containing i.
There is an algorithm for union and find operations that works in worstcase time
O(log n) and amortized time O(log
∗
n).
562. Design an algorithm that can perform a sequence m union and
find operations on a Universal set of n elements, consisting of a sequence of
unions followed by a sequence of finds, in time O(m+n).
Suppose we modify the unionﬁnd algorithm so that the root of the shallower tree
points to the root of the deeper tree (instead of the root of the smaller tree pointing
to the root of the deeper tree).
563. Does this aﬀect the running time of the algorithm in the worst case?
564. Does it aﬀect the amortized running time when path compression is
used?
11.5 APPLICATIONS
This section asks you to use your knowledge of data structures to design algorithms
for new problems.
Sec. 11.5. Applications 143
565. Design a data structure for a set in which insertions, deletions, and
membership queries can be processed in O(1) time in the worst case. You may
assume that the set elements are integers drawn from a ﬁnite set ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦.
566. Let S = ¦s
1
, s
2
, . . . , s
¦ and T = ¦t
1
, t
2
, . . . , t
m
¦ be two sets of inte
gers such that 1 ≤ s
i
, t
j
≤ n for all 1 ≤ i ≤ and 1 ≤ j ≤ m. Design an
algorithm for determining whether S = T in time O( +m).
567. Design an implementation of the following Abstract Data Type:
a set with the operations:
insert(x, T) Insert item x into the set T.
delete(k, T) Delete the kth smallest element from T.
member(x, T) Return true iﬀ x ∈ T.
All operations on an n item set are to take time O(log n).
568. Design an implementation of the following Abstract Data Type: a
set with the operations:
insert(x, T) Insert item x into the set T.
delete(x, T) Delete x from T.
member(x, T) Return true iﬀ x ∈ T.
next(x, T) Return the smallest element of T greater than x
union(S, T) Set S to the union of S and T.
The operations insert, delete, member, and next are to take time O(log n),
and union is to take time O(n).
569. Design an implementation of an Abstract Data Type consisting of a
set with the following operations:
insert(S, x) Insert x into the set S.
delete(S, x) Delete x from the set S.
member(S, x) Return true if x ∈ S, false otherwise.
position(S, x) Return the number of elements of S less than x.
concatenate(S, T) Set S to the union of S and T, assuming every
element in S is smaller than every element of T.
All operations involving nelement sets are to take time O(log n).
570. The bin packing problem is the following. You are given n metal ob
jects, each weighing between zero and one kilogram. You also have a collection
of large, but fragile bins. Your aim is to ﬁnd the smallest number of bins that
will hold the n objects, with no bin holding more than one kilogram.
144 Chap. 11. Data Structures
The ﬁrstﬁt heuristic for the bin packing problem is the following. Take each
of the objects in the order in which they are given. For each object, scan the
bins in increasing order of remaining capacity, and place it into the ﬁrst bin
in which it ﬁts. Design an algorithm that implements the ﬁrstﬁt heuristic
(taking as input the n weights w
1
, w
2
, . . . , w
n
and outputting the number of
bins needed when using ﬁrstﬁt) in O(nlog n) time.
571. Suppose (A, ) is a semigroup, where A = ¦a
1
, . . . , a
n
¦. (That is,
A is closed under “”, and “” is associative.) Devise a data structure that
allows you to compute a
i
a
i+1
a
j
for any i ≤ j in only O(log n) semigroup
operations.
572. Reduce the running time in Problem 571 to O(1) when (A, ) is a
group, and group inversion is allowed for free.
573. The Dallas Tollway uses a computerized toll collection system.
The highway is modeled as as an ordered list of toll booths t
1
, t
2
, . . . , t
n
in
which toll booth t
i
collects a toll of $a
i
, for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Design a data structure
that can perform the following operations in O(log n) time.
insert(k, a) Insert a new toll booth after t
k
with toll $a.
delete(k) Delete toll booth t
k
.
toll(i, j) Return total toll for booths i through j, inclusive.
update(i, j, a) Add $a to the toll for booths i through j, inclusive.
574. Suppose we are to support a set of ordered pairs (p, k), where k is an
integer key and p is an integer priority. Devise a data structure in which the
following operations can be implemented in O(log n) time:
insert(p, k) Insert item with priority p and key k
member(k) Return item of smallest priority among those with key ≤ k.
delete(k) Delete all items with key k.
You are to design a memoryeﬃcient data structure that is constructed from a
sequence of n values x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
, and can quickly answer queries of the form:
“Given i, j, ﬁnd the smallest value in x
i
, . . . , x
j
.”
575. Design a data structure that uses O(nlog n) space and answers queries
in O(log n) time.
576. Design a data structure that uses O(n) space and answers queries in
O(log n) time.
Sec. 11.6. Hints 145
577. Use your solution to Problem 576 to design a data structure to quickly
answer leastcommonancestor queries in a tree. That is, your data structure
will be constructed from a description of a tree, and using this data structure
you must answer queries of the form: “What is the leastcommonancestor of
tree vertices v and w?”
11.6 HINTS
535. Prove it by induction on level.
537. Prove it by induction on n.
544. Use two heaps A and B, each containing n/2 elements (if n is odd, store
one item separately). Make A a minheap, B a maxheap, and ensure that
for each 1 ≤ i ≤ n/2, A[i] ≤ B[i]. Then, the root of A will be the smallest
value and the root of B will be the largest value.
551. See Problem 543.
559. Let N(h) be the minimum number of nodes in an AVL tree of height h.
Devise a recurrence relation for a lower bound for N(h) (start with N(0) = 1,
N(1) = 2). Show that this recurrence has solution
N(h) >
1 +
√
5
2
h
.
562. It’s the standard unionﬁnd algorithm with path compression. The diﬃcult
part is the amortized analysis.
570 You will need a data structure that allows you to ﬁnd the “ﬁrst bin in which
it ﬁts” in time O(log n).
11.7 SOLUTIONS
545. A kary heap is a kary tree with the data stored in the nodes. It has two
important properties: balance and structure. Balance means that it is as
much like a complete kary tree as possible. Missing leaves, if any, are on the
last level at the far right. Structure means that the value in each parent is
no greater than the values in its children. A kary heap on n vertices can be
eﬃciently implemented in storage using contiguous locations of a linear array
A[1..n], such that the root of the heap is stored in A[1], the vertices are stored
in level order, and for any level, the vertices in it are stored in lefttoright
146 Chap. 11. Data Structures
order. It can be shown that the parent of A[m] is A[(m+k −2)/k] and its
children are A[km−k + 2], . . . , A[min(km+ 1, n)].
559. Let N(h) be the minimum number of nodes in an AVL tree of height h.
Clearly, N(0) = 1 and N(1) = 2, and for h ≥ 2, N(h) > N(h−1) +N(h−2).
We claim that N(h) ≥ c
h
for some choice of c. The proof is by induction on
h. The claim is true for h ≤ 2 provided c < 2. For h > 2, by the induction
hypothesis,
N(h) > N(h −1) +N(h −2) ≥ c
h−1
+c
h−2
.
So we need (assuming c > 0) c
2
−c −1 ≤ 0. The largest value of c for which
this is true is (1 +
√
5)/2. Therefore, by induction,
N(h) >
1 +
√
5
2
h
.
What is the height of an AVL tree with n nodes? We know that
n ≥ N(h) >
1 +
√
5
2
h
.
Therefore,
h <
log n
log((1 +
√
5)/2)
≈ 1.4404 log n.
567. We use a 2–3 tree augmented with extra ﬁelds in each internal node recording
how many leaves are descendants of the left, middle, and right children. The
insertion is done as normal, with extra code to increment the leafcount of the
nodes on the path from the root to the new leaf, and to take care of the new
ﬁelds during node splitting. The deletion code is modiﬁed in a similar way,
with the extra modiﬁcation that the location of the leaf to be deleted is done
using the new leafcount ﬁelds in the obvious way (recall that in a 2–3 tree,
the leaves are in ascending order from left to right). The member operations
are done as normal.
11.8 COMMENTS
537. You’ll see this result in all competent data structures textbooks, but you’ll
seldom see a proof of it.
570. This problem is ^{complete (see Chapter 12 if you don’t know what this
means), and so it is unlikely that there is a polynomialtime algorithm for
ﬁnding an exact solution.
Chapter 12
^{completeness
Deﬁne { to be the set of decision problems (that is, problems that have a yes/no
answer) that can be solved in polynomial time. If x is a bit string, let [x[ denote the
number of bits in x. Deﬁne ^{ to be the set of decision problems of the following
form, where R ∈ {, c ∈ IN: “Given x, does there exist y with [y[ ≤ [x[
c
such that
(x, y) ∈ R.” That is, ^{ is the set of existential questions that can be veriﬁed in
polynomial time. Clearly, { ⊆ ^{. It is not known whether { = ^{, although
the consensus of opinion is that probably { = ^{. But it is known that there are
problems in ^{ with the property that if they are members of {, then { = ^{.
That is, if anything in ^{ is outside of {, then they are, too. They are called
^{complete problems.
A problem A is reducible to B if an algorithm for B can be used to solve A.
More speciﬁcally, if there is an algorithm that maps every instance x of A into an
instance f(x) of B such that x ∈ A iﬀ f(x) ∈ B. A problem A is polynomial time
reducible to B, written A ≤
m
p
B, if there is a polynomial time algorithm that maps
every instance x of A into an instance f(x) of B such that x ∈ A iﬀ f(x) ∈ B. Note
that the size of f(x) can be no greater than a polynomial of the size of x.
Listing problems on ^{completeness is a little bit redundant. The truly dedi
cated student can practice by picking two random ^{complete problems from the
long list in the back of Garey and Johnson [28] and attempting to prove that one
is reducible to the other. But here are a few problems that I ﬁnd useful.
12.1 GENERAL
This section contains a few general questions about ^{completeness. Many of
them use variants of the satisﬁability problem. The standard terminology is used
here: A literal is a complemented or uncomplemented variable, a clause is a dis
junction of literals, and a Boolean formula is a conjunction of clauses. Then SAT
is deﬁned as follows:
SAT
Instance: A Boolean formula F.
147
148 Chap. 12. ^{completeness
Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that makes
F true?
578. Prove that “≤
m
p
” is transitive, that is, if A ≤
m
p
B and B ≤
m
p
C,
then A ≤
m
p
C.
579. 2SAT is the satisﬁability problem with at most two literals per clause.
Show that 2SAT ∈ {.
580. A monom is a conjunction of literals. A Boolean formula in disjunctive
normal form is a disjunction of monoms. Consider the following problem:
DNF SAT
Instance: A Boolean formula F in disjunctive normal form.
Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that
makes F true?
Prove that DNF SAT ∈ {.
581. Show that the following problem can be solved in polynomial time:
STRONG 3SAT
Instance: A Boolean formula F in conjunctive normal form with
at most three literals per clause.
Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that
makes at least two literals in each clause of F true?
582. Show that the following problem can be solved in polynomial time:
PARITY 3SAT
Instance: A Boolean formula F in conjunctive normal form with
at most three literals per clause.
Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that
makes an odd number of literals in each clause of F true?
12.2 COOK REDUCTIONS
The deﬁnition of “reduction” used in the preamble to this chapter is the one most
commonly used in algorithms classes. Technically, it is called a polynomial time
manyone reduction or a Karp reduction (after Karp [43]).
There is another deﬁnition of reducibility that you will meet in the literature if
you read more about ^{completeness. A problem A is polynomial time Turing
reducible to B, written A ≤
T
p
B, if there is an algorithm for B that calls the
Sec. 12.2. Cook Reductions 149
algorithm for A as a subroutine, and this algorithm makes polynomially many calls
to A and runs in polynomial time if the calls to A are not counted. This type of
reduction is sometimes called a Cook reduction after Cook [17].
583. Prove that if A ≤
T
p
B and B ∈ {, then A ∈ {.
584. Prove that if B ∈ ^{ and for all A ∈ ^{, A ≤
T
p
B, then B is ^{
complete.
585. Prove that “≤
T
p
” is transitive, that is, if A ≤
T
p
B and B ≤
T
p
C, then
A ≤
T
p
C.
586. Prove that if B ≤
T
p
C, C ∈ ^{, and B is ^{complete, then C is
^{complete.
Consider the following two versions of the satisﬁability problem.
SAT1
Instance: A Boolean formula F.
Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that makes
F true?
SAT2
Instance: A Boolean formula F.
Output: A truth assignment to the variables of F that makes F true,
if one exists.
The former is the decision problem for satisﬁability, and the second requires the
construction of a solution. Clearly the decision problem is Cook reducible to the
solution problem. The term selfreducibility, coined by Mike Paterson, is used to
describe problems for which the opposite is true.
587. Show that SAT2 ≤
T
p
SAT1.
Consider the following variants of the traveling salesperson problem:
TSP1
Instance: A directed graph G with positive costs on the edges, and a
positive integer B.
Question: Is there a Hamiltonian cycle in G of cost at most B?
TSP2
Instance: A directed graph G with positive costs on the edges, and a
positive integer B.
Output: A Hamiltonian cycle in G of cost at most B, if one exists.
150 Chap. 12. ^{completeness
TSP3
Instance: A directed graph G with positive costs on the edges, and a
positive integer B.
Output: A Hamiltonian cycle in G of minimum cost, if one exists.
588. Prove that TSP2 ≤
T
p
TSP1.
589. Prove that TSP3 ≤
T
p
TSP2.
590. Prove directly that TSP3 ≤
T
p
TSP1, without using the fact that “≤
T
p
”
is transitive.
12.3 WHAT IS WRONG?
Scientists have been working since the early 1970s to either prove or disprove that
{ = ^{. This open problem is rapidly gaining popularity as one of the leading
mathematical open problems today (ranking with Fermat’s last theorem and the
Reimann hypothesis). There are several incorrect proofs that { = ^{ announced
every year. What is wrong with the following proofs that { = ^{?
591. It is known that the dominating set problem (see also Problem 523)
remains ^{complete even when the dominating set is required to be con
nected (see, for example, Garey and Johnson [28]). The interior nodes of a
breadthﬁrst search tree form a connected dominating set. For each vertex
v of a graph G = (V, E) with n vertices and e edges, ﬁnd the breadthﬁrst
search tree rooted at v in time O(n+e). Then, pick the tree with the smallest
number of interior vertices. These form a minimumsize connected dominating
set, found in time O(ne +n
2
). Hence, { = ^{.
592. It is known that 3SAT is ^{complete. Given a Boolean formula in
conjunctive normal form with at most three literals per clause, use the dis
tributive law to construct an equivalent formula in disjunctive normal form.
For example,
(x
1
∨ x
2
∨ x
3
) ∧ (x
1
∨ x
2
) = (x
1
∧ x
2
) ∨ (x
2
∧ x
1
) ∨ (x
3
∧ x
1
) ∨ (x
3
∧ x
2
).
Since DNFSAT ∈ { (see Problem 580), a satisfying assignment for the new
formula, and hence for the old formula, can be found in polynomial time. This
shows that 3SAT ∈ {, and hence that { = ^{.
593. The knapsack problem is deﬁned as follows:
KNAPSACK
Instance: Positive integers s
1
, s
2
, . . . , s
n
, S
Question: Does there exist X ⊆ ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦ such that
¸
i∈X
s
i
=
S?
Sec. 12.3. What is Wrong? 151
It is known that KNAPSACK is ^{complete. However, in Section 8.2 we
saw a dynamic programming algorithm for the knapsack problem that runs
in time O(nS). Therefore, KNAPSACK ∈ {, and hence { = ^{.
594. A split Turing machine is a variant of the Turing machine
in which the input and the computation are each split into two parts. (To
refresh your memory about standard Turing machines see, for example, Aho,
Hopcroft, and Ullman [1].) The ﬁrst part of the computation (which uses a
Turing machine) has access to the ﬁrst part of the input only, and the second
part of the computation (which uses Boolean formula evaluation) has access
both to the second part of the input and to the output of the ﬁrst part of the
computation. The ﬁrst part of the input is a string of bits that is presented
as input to a standard Turing machine in the usual manner, together with
the representation, in unary, of a natural number k. The Turing machine
computes in the normal manner, and produces an output of exactly k bits.
The second part of the input is the encoding of a Boolean formula using the
standard encoding scheme from Garey and Johnson [28].
A deterministic split Turing machine M is said to accept an input string
x#y, where x ∈ IB
n
, y ∈ IB
m
, iﬀ y is the encoding of a Boolean formula F
with k variables, and M on input x#1
k
outputs a satisfying assignment for
F. The time taken by a computation of a deterministic split Turing machine
M on input x#y is the number of steps taken by M on input x#1
k
. The time
complexity of M is deﬁned to be
T
M
(n, m) = max¦t [ there is an x#y where x ∈ IB
n
, y ∈ IB
m
, where y
encodes a Boolean formula on k variables, such that the
computation of M on input x#1
k
takes time t¦.
A nondeterministic split Turing machine M is said to accept an input string
x#y, where x ∈ IB
n
, y ∈ IB
m
, iﬀ y is the encoding of a Boolean formula F with
k variables, and some computation of M on input x#1
k
outputs a satisfying
assignment for F. The time taken by a computation of a deterministic split
Turing machine M on input x#y is the minimum over all accepting compu
tations of M of the number of steps taken by M on input x#1
k
. The time
complexity of M is deﬁned to be
T
M
(n, m) = max¦1¦ ∪ ¦t [ there is an x#y where x ∈ IB
n
, y ∈ IB
m
,
where y encodes a Boolean formula on k variables, such
that M takes time t to accept x#1
k
¦.
A split Turing machine M is said to run in polynomial time if there exists
a polynomial p such that for all m, n ≥ 1, T
M
(n, m) ≤ p(n, m). The class
152 Chap. 12. ^{completeness
split{ is then deﬁned to be the set of languages accepted by a deterministic
split Turing machine in polynomial time, and the class split^{ is deﬁned to
be the set of languages accepted by a nondeterministic split Turing machine
in polynomial time.
We claim that split{ = split^{. The proof is as follows. Consider the
language S that consists of the strings ε#y such that y is the encoding of
a satisﬁable Boolean formula F. Clearly, S ∈ split^{, since the Turing
machine on input ε#1
k
, where k is the number of variables in F, merely
need guess an output string of k bits, which it can do in time linear in k,
which is linear in the number of bits in y. However, S cannot be in split{,
since the deterministic part of the computation has access only to the number
of variables in F, and hence must give the same output for the twovariable
Boolean formulae x
1
∧x
2
and x
1
∧x
2
. Both of these formulae are satisﬁable, yet
since there is no truth assignment that satisﬁes them both, any deterministic
split Turing machine must make an error on one of them. Thus, S ∈ split^{,
and S ∈ split{, and so split{ = split^{.
Now, it is easy to see that { = split{. To see that { ⊆ split{, simply
assume that L ∈ { is encoded in binary, and append to every member of
L a ﬁxed string encoding the identity formula. Clearly, this is a member of
split{. To see that split{ ⊆ {, note that a deterministic Turing machine can
simulate a split Turing machine with polynomial overhead in time by simply
simulating the Turing machine part and then evaluating the Boolean formula
on the result obtained. This implies that { = split{, and it can be similarly
shown that ^{ = split^{. Hence, { = split{ = split^{ = ^{.
12.4 Circuits
An architecture is a ﬁnite combinational circuit (that is, a circuit constructed with
out feedback loops) with the gate functions left unspeciﬁed. A task for an archi
tecture is an inputoutput pair, and a task set is a ﬁnite set of tasks. The loading
problem is the following: Given an architecture and a task set, ﬁnd functions for
each of the gates that enable the circuit to give the correct output for each cor
responding input in the task set. The following questions deal with the decision
problem version of the loading problem: Given an architecture and a task set, de
cide whether there exist functions for each of the gates that enable the circuit to
give the correct output for each corresponding input in the task set. The problems
in this section are from Parberry [63].
595. Show that the loading problem is ^{complete.
596. Show that the loading problem for circuits of depth 2 is ^{
complete.
Sec. 12.5. OneinThree 3SAT 153
597. Show that the loading problem for circuits of fanin 3 is ^{
complete.
598. Show that the loading problem for circuits with nodefunction
set consisting of disjunctions and conjunctions of literals is ^{complete even
for circuits with only four nodes.
A cyclic circuit is a network of gates that may have cycles. Time is quantized,
and at each step, one or more of the gates reads its inputs, and computes a new
output. All connections are directed, and selfloops are allowed. The gatefunctions
are limited to are conjunction, disjunction, and complement. The circuit is said to
have converged to a stable conﬁguration if the output of all gates remains ﬁxed over
time. Consider the following problems:
The Stable Conﬁguration Problem (SNN)
Instance: A cyclic circuit M.
Question: Does M have a stable conﬁguration?
599. Show that SNN is ^{complete.
600. Show that SNN is ^{complete for cyclic circuits of fanin 2.
12.5 ONEINTHREE 3SAT
Consider the following variants of OneinThree 3SAT:
OneinThree 3SAT (O3SAT1)
Instance: A list of clauses C in which each clause contains at most
three literals.
Question: Is there a truth assignment for C in which each clause
contains exactly one true literal?
OneinThree 3SAT (O3SAT2)
Instance: A list of clauses C in which each clause contains exactly
three literals.
Question: Is there a truth assignment for C in which each clause
contains exactly one true literal?
OneinThree 3SAT (O3SAT3)
Instance: A list of clauses C in which each clause contains exactly
three variables, all uncomplemented.
Question: Is there a truth assignment for C in which each clause
contains exactly one true variable?
154 Chap. 12. ^{completeness
Balanced OneinThree 3SAT (B3SAT)
Instance: A list of clauses C in which each clause consists of three
variables and every variable appears in exactly three clauses.
Question: Is there a truth assignment for C in which each clause
contains exactly one true variable?
O3SAT1 is the original version of the problem studied by Schaefer [68], and O3SAT3
is the version listed by Garey and Johnson [28]. In the following problems, you may
assume that O3SAT1 is ^{complete.
601. Prove that O3SAT2 is ^{complete.
602. Prove that O3SAT3 is ^{complete.
603. Prove that B3SAT is ^{complete.
12.6 FACTORIZATION
Let p
i
denote the ith prime number, starting with p
1
= 2. The factorization problem
is deﬁned as follows:
FACTORIZATION
Instance: A natural number, N.
Output: A list of pairs (p
i
, a
i
) for 1 ≤ i ≤ k, such that N = p
a
1
1
p
a
2
2
p
a
k
k
.
604. Prove that if { = ^{, then FACTORIZATION can be solved in
polynomial time.
The Smarandache function, η: IN→IN, is deﬁned as follows: η(k) is the smallest
m ∈ IN such that k divides evenly into m!.
605. Prove that if FACTORIZATION can be solved in polynomial time,
then the Smarandache function can be computed in polynomial time.
606. Prove that if the Smarandache function can be computed in polyno
mial time, then FACTORIZATION can be solved in polynomial time.
12.7 HINTS
594. A lot of the details of this proof are missing. Most of them are correct. At
least one of them is wrong. It is up to you to discover which.
604. Prove a Turing reduction to the problem “is there a factor less than M.”
Sec. 12.8. Solutions 155
12.8 SOLUTIONS
595–597. A solution to these problems can be found in Judd [41].
598. A solution to this problem can be found in Parberry [61].
599–600. A solution to this problem can be found in Parberry [63].
603. A solution to this problem can be found in Parberry [60]. However, the
reduction is from O3SAT3, not O3SAT1 as requested; so technically you’ll
have to solve Problem 602 in order to complete this proof.
12.9 COMMENTS
578. Most textbooks (and classes) prove that if A ≤
m
p
B and B ∈ {, then A ∈ {,
and omit the proof of this result saying only that it is “similar.”
591. This problem came out of a conversation with B. Chitturi in 1994.
594. In a feverinduced dream in 1993 I hallucinated that I had succeeded in prov
ing that { = ^{ , and this was the proof. I awoke at 3 A.M. and instantly
knew that the proof was wrong (I was not that sick!).
595. For more information on the complexity of variants of the loading problem,
consult also Judd [39, 40, 42], Lin and Vitter [53], and Blum and Rivest [12,
13].
Chapter 13
Miscellaneous
Here are some miscellaneous problems, deﬁned to be those that do not necessarily
ﬁt into the earlier chapters, and those for which part of the problem is to determine
the algorithmic technique to be used. You’re on your own!
13.1 SORTING AND ORDER STATISTICS
This section contains questions on sorting and order statistics (the latter is a fancy
name for “ﬁnd the k smallest element”). These are mainly upper bounds. Problems
on lower bounds are mostly (but not exclusively) found in Section 13.2.
607. Show that n positive integers in the range 1 to k can be sorted in time
O(nlog k).
608. Devise an algorithm for ﬁnding the k smallest elements of an unsorted
set of n integers in time O(n +k log n).
609. Show that ﬁnding the median of a set S and ﬁnding the kth smallest
element are reducible to each other. That is, if [S[ = n, any algorithm for
ﬁnding the median of S in time T(n) can be used to design an O(T(n)) time
algorithm for ﬁnding the kth smallest, and viceversa, whenever the following
holds: T is monotone increasing and there exists a constant 0 < c < 1 such
that T(n/2) < c T(n) for n ∈ IN.
The nuts and bolts problem is deﬁned as follows. You are given a collection of n
bolts of diﬀerent widths, and n corresponding nuts. You are allowed to try a nut
and bolt together, from which you can determine whether the nut is too large, too
small, or an exact match for the bolt, but there is no way to compare two nuts
together, or two bolts together. You are to match each bolt to its nut.
610. Show that any algorithm for the nuts and bolts problem must
take Ω(nlog n) comparisons in the worst case.
156
Sec. 13.2. Lower Bounds 157
611. Devise an algorithm for the nuts and bolts problem that runs
in time O(nlog n) on average .
612. Suppose that instead of matching all of the nuts and bolts, you wish to
ﬁnd the smallest bolt and its corresponding nut. Show that this can be done
with only 2n −2 comparisons.
13.2 LOWER BOUNDS
The lower bounds considered in this section are for what is known as comparison
based algorithms. These are algorithms that store their input in memory, and the
only operations permitted on that data are comparisons and simple data movements
(that is, the input data are not used for computing an address or an index). The
two most common techniques used are the adversary argument and the decision
tree.
613. Show a matching lower bound for the sorting problem of Problem 607
in a comparisonbased model.
614. Prove that any comparisonbased algorithm that searches a sorted
array must make at least Ω(log n) comparisons.
615. Show that any comparisonbased algorithm for ﬁnding the median must
use at least n −1 comparisons.
616. Show that any comparisonbased algorithm for ﬁnding the secondsmallest
of n values can be extended to ﬁnd the smallest value also, without requiring
any more comparisons to be performed.
617. Show that at least n +log n −2 comparisons are necessary to ﬁnd
the smallest and second smallest of a list of n items.
618. Show that any comparisonbased algorithm for sorting can be modiﬁed
to remove all duplicates without requiring any more comparisons to be per
formed.
619. Show that any comparisonbased algorithm for removing duplicates
from a list of values must use Ω(nlog n) comparisons.
620. Use decision trees to ﬁnd a lower bound of
n + 0.5 log n −2.66
on the number of comparisons required to ﬁnd the median. You may use
Stirling’s approximation,
n! ∼
√
2πn(n/e)
n
.
158 Chap. 13. Miscellaneous
621. Show that if each of the n! permutations is equally likely, then
the average key is about n/3 places from its proper position in sorted order.
What does this say about the average case complexity of bubblesort?
13.3 GRAPH ALGORITHMS
This section contains general questions on graph algorithms. More graph algorithm
problems can be found in Sections 2.10, 2.11, 7.7, 8.4, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, and 13.4, and a
few scattered in applications sections in various chapters.
622. An ancestor query for a tree is a request for information about the
ancestor relationship between two nodes in the tree. It can be viewed as
evaluating the function:
ancestor(v, w) =
−1 if v is a proper ancestor of w
1 if w is a proper ancestor of v
0 otherwise.
Design and analyze an algorithm that takes a tree as input and preprocesses
it so that ancestor queries can subsequently be answered in O(1) time. Pre
processing of an nnode tree should take O(n) time.
623. Let G = (V, E) be a directed graph with n vertices. A sink is a vertex
s ∈ V such that for all v ∈ V , (v, s) ∈ E. Devise an algorithm that, given the
adjacency matrix of G, determines whether or not G has a sink in time O(n).
624. Suppose a set of truck drivers work for a shipping company that deliv
ers commodities between n cities. The truck drivers generally ignore their
instructions and drive about at random. The probability that a given truck
driver in city i will choose to drive to city j is p
ij
. You may assume that for
all 1 ≤ i, j ≤ n, 0 ≤ p
ij
≤ 1, and that for all 1 ≤ i ≤ n,
¸
n
j=1
p
ij
= 1. Devise
an algorithm that determines in time O(n
3
) the most probable path between
cities i and j for all 1 ≤ i, j ≤ n.
625. A graph is triconnected if there is no pair of vertices whose removal
disconnects the graph. Design an algorithm that determines whether a graph
with n vertices and e edges is triconnected in time O(ne).
Let G = (V, E) be a directed labeled graph with n vertices and e edges. Suppose
the cost of edge (v, w) is (v, w). Suppose c = (v
0
, v
2
. . . , v
k−1
) is a cycle, that is,
(v
i
, v
(i+1)modk
) ∈ E for all 0 ≤ i < k. The mean cost of c is deﬁned by
µ(c) =
1
k
k−1
¸
i=0
w(v
i
, v
(i+1)modk
).
Sec. 13.3. Graph Algorithms 159
Let µ be the cost of the minimum meancost cycle in G, that is, the minimum value
of µ
c
over all cycles c in G.
Assume without loss of generality that every v ∈ V is reachable from a source
vertex s ∈ V . Let δ(v) be the cost of the cheapest path from s to v, and δ
k
(v) be
the cost of the cheapest path of length exactly k from s to v (if there is no path
from s to v of length exactly k, then δ
k
(v) = ∞).
626. Show that if µ = 0, then G contains no negativecost cycles and for
all v ∈ V ,
δ(v) = min
0≤k≤n−1
δ
k
(v).
627. Show that if µ = 0, then for all vertices v ∈ V ,
max
0≤k≤n−1
δ
n
(v) −δ
k
(v)
n −k
≥ 0.
628. Let c be a cycle of cost zero, and let u, v be any pair of vertices
on c. Suppose that the cost of the path from u to v along c is x. Prove that
δ(v) = δ(u) +x.
629. Show that if µ = 0, then there exists a vertex v on the minimum
meancost cycle such that
max
0≤k≤n−1
δ
n
(v) −δ
k
(v)
n −k
= 0.
630. Show that if µ = 0, then
min
v∈V
max
0≤k≤n−1
δ
n
(v) −δ
k
(v)
n −k
= 0.
631. Show that if we add a constant c to the cost of every edge of G, then
µ is increased by exactly c. Hence, show that
µ = min
v∈V
max
0≤k≤n−1
δ
n
(v) −δ
k
(v)
n −k
.
632. Give an O(ne) time algorithm to compute µ.
160 Chap. 13. Miscellaneous
13.4 MAXIMUM FLOW
Suppose we are given a directed graph G = (V, E) in which each edge (u, v) ∈ E
is labeled with a capacity c(u, v) ∈ IN. Let s, t ∈ V be distinguished vertices called
the source and sink, respectively. A ﬂow in G is a function f : E→IN such that the
following two properties hold:
• for all e ∈ E, 0 ≤ f(e) ≤ c(e), and
• for all v ∈ V , v = s, t,
¸
u∈V
f(u, v) =
¸
u∈V
f(v, u)
(if (u, v) ∈ E, we assume that c(u, v) = f(u, v) = 0).
The total ﬂow of f is deﬁned to be
¸
v∈V
f(v, s) −f(s, v).
The maximum ﬂow problem is to ﬁnd a ﬂow f that has maximum total ﬂow.
Algorithms for the maximum ﬂow problem include the FordFulkerson algo
rithm, the Dinic algorithm, and the EdmondsKarp algorithm.
633. Let G = (V, E) be a DAG. Devise and analyze an eﬃcient algo
rithm to ﬁnd the smallest number of directed vertexdisjoint paths that cover
all vertices (that is, every vertex is on exactly one path).
634. Suppose we are given the maximum ﬂow in a ﬂow network G =
(V, E) with source s, sink t, and integer capacities. Suppose the capacity of a
single edge is increased by one. Give an O(n +e) algorithm for updating the
maximum ﬂow, where G has n vertices and e edges.
635. Suppose we are given the maximum ﬂow in a ﬂow network G =
(V, E) with source s, sink t, and integer capacities. Suppose the capacity of a
single edge is decreased by one. Give an O(n +e) algorithm for updating the
maximum ﬂow, where G has n vertices and e edges.
Consider a ﬂow problem on a graph G = (V, E) with n vertices and e edges with all
capacities bounded above by a polynomial in n. For any given ﬂow, let the largest
edge ﬂow be
max
(u,v)∈E
f(u, v).
636. Show that two diﬀerent maximum ﬂows in G can have diﬀerent largest
edge ﬂows. Design an algorithm to ﬁnd the minimum possible
largest edge ﬂow over all maximum ﬂows in G in time O(ne
2
log n).
Sec. 13.5. Matrix Reductions 161
Suppose we are given the maximum ﬂow in a ﬂow network G = (V, E) with source
s, sink t, and integer capacities c(u, v) on each edge (u, v) ∈ E. Suppose G has n
vertices and e edges. The following modiﬁed version of the standard FordFulkerson
algorithm can be used to ﬁnd a maximum ﬂow in G.
function maxﬂowbyscaling(G, s, t)
1. c := max
(u,v)∈E
c(u, v)
2. initialize ﬂow f to zero
3. k := 2
log c
4. while k ≥ 1 do
5. while there exists an augmenting path p of capacity ≥ k do
6. augment ﬂow f along p
7. k := k/2
8. return(f)
637. Prove that maxﬂowbyscaling returns a maximum ﬂow.
638. Show that the residual capacity of a minimum cut of G is at most
2ke whenever line 4 is executed.
639. Prove that the inner while loop of lines 5–6 is executed O(e) times
for each value of k.
640. Conclude from the statements of Problems 638–639 that maxﬂow
byscaling can be implemented in time O(e
2
log c).
13.5 MATRIX REDUCTIONS
Consider two problems A and B that have time complexities T
A
(n) and T
B
(n),
respectively. Problems A and B are said to be equivalent if T
A
(n) = Θ(T
B
(n)).
Some textbooks show that matrix multiplication is equivalent (under some extra
conditions) to matrix inversion. Here are some more problems along this line:
641. Show that multiplying two n n matrices is equivalent to
squaring an n n matrix.
642. Show that multiplying two n n matrices is equivalent to cubing
an n n matrix.
643. Show that multiplying two n n matrices is equivalent to raising
an n n matrix to the fourth power.
644. Show that for all k ≥ 2, multiplying two nn matrices is equivalent
to raising an n n matrix to the kth power.
162 Chap. 13. Miscellaneous
645. Deﬁne the closure of an n n matrix A to be
¸
∞
i=0
A
i
, where A
0
is the n n identity matrix, and for k > 0, A
k
= A A
k−1
, where“” denotes
matrix multiplication. (Note that closure is not deﬁned for all matrices.) Show
that multiplying two nn matrices is equivalent to computing the closure of
an n n matrix.
646. Show that multiplying two nn matrices is equivalent to multiplying
two n n lower triangular matrices.
647. Show that multiplying two n n matrices is equivalent to squaring
an n n lower triangular matrix.
648. Show that multiplying two n n matrices is equivalent to cubing an
n n lower triangular matrix.
649. Show that multiplying two n n matrices is equivalent to raising an
n n lower triangular matrix to the fourth power.
650. Show that for all k ≥ 2, multiplying two n n matrices is equivalent
to raising an n n lower triangular matrix to the kth power.
651. Show that multiplying nn matrices is equivalent to computing the
closure of an nn lower triangular matrix. (See Problem 645 for the deﬁnition
of matrix closure.)
13.6 GENERAL
652. You are facing a high wall that stretches inﬁnitely in both directions.
There is a door in the wall, but you don’t know how far away or in which
direction. It is pitch dark, but you have a very dim lighted candle that will
enable you to see the door when you are right next to it. Show that there
is an algorithm that enables you to ﬁnd the door by walking at most O(n)
steps, where n is the number of steps that you would have taken if you knew
where the door is and walked directly to it. What is the constant multiple in
the bigO bound for your algorithm?
653. You are given an n 2 matrix of integers. You are allowed
to permute the rows of the matrix as monolithic items, and to perform com
parisons on the elements of the matrix. Your task is to ﬁnd an O(nlog n)
time algorithm that permutes the rows so that neither column of the ma
trix contains an increasing subsequence (not necessarily contiguous) of length
exceeding
√
n.
654. It’s Texas Chile Pepper day and you have a schedule of events that
looks something like this:
Sec. 13.6. General 163
8:30 – 9:15 Pepper Pancake Party
9:30 – 10:05 Pepper Eating Contest
9:50 – 11:20 Pepper Personality Proﬁle
9:00 – 11:00 Pepper Parade
.
.
.
The schedule lists the times at which each event begins and ends. The events
may overlap. Naturally, you want to attend as many events as you can. Design
an eﬃcient algorithm to ﬁnd the largest set of nonoverlapping events. Prove
that your algorithm is correct. How fast is it?
655. Let A be an n n matrix of zeros and ones. A submatrix S of
A is any group of contiguous entries that forms a square, more formally,
¦A[i, j] [ ≤ i ≤ +k −1, m ≤ j ≤ m+k −1¦ for some 1 ≤ , m ≤ n, 0 ≤
k ≤ min(n − + 1, n −m+ 1). S is said to have size k. Design an algorithm
that determines the size of the largest submatrix of ones in A in time O(n
2
).
656. We wish to compute the laziest way to dial an ndigit number on a
standard pushbutton telephone using two ﬁngers. We assume that the two
ﬁngers start out on the ∗ and # keys, and that the eﬀort required to move a
ﬁnger from one button to another is proportional to the Euclidean distance
between them. Design and analyze an algorithm that computes in time O(n)
the method of dialing that involves moving your ﬁngers the smallest amount
of total distance.
657. Suppose S = ¦1, 2, . . . , n¦ and f : S→S. If R ⊂ S, deﬁne f(R) =
¦f(x) [ x ∈ R¦. Devise an O(n) time algorithm for determining the largest
R ⊂ S such that f(R) = R.
658. Let E be a set of m linear equations of the form x
i
= x
j
+ c
ij
over
the variables x
1
, . . . , x
n
(c
i,j
∈ ZZ for all 1 ≤ i, j ≤ n). Devise an O(m) time
algorithm for determining whether the equations in E are consistent, that is,
whether an assignment of integers can be made to the variables so that all of
the equations in E are satisﬁed.
The following group of questions deals with the generalized version of the popular
Sam Loyd 15puzzle, called the (n
2
−1)puzzle. For deﬁnitions, see Problem 515.
659. Design an algorithm for the (n
2
−1)puzzle that runs in time
O(n
3
). Your algorithm must input a legal state of the puzzle and output a
series of O(n
3
) moves that solves it.
660. Show that the worst case number of moves needed to solve the
(n
2
−1)puzzle is at least n
3
−O(n
2
).
164 Chap. 13. Miscellaneous
661. Show that the average case number of moves needed to solve the
(n
2
−1)puzzle is at least 2n
3
/3 −O(n
2
).
662. Show that for some constants 0 < α, β < 1, a random legal con
ﬁguration of the (n
2
− 1)puzzle requires at least αn
3
moves to solve with
probability 1 −1/e
−βn
2
.
Suppose you are given a collection of gold coins that includes a clever counterfeit
(all the rest are genuine). The counterfeit coin is indistinguishable from the real
coins in all measurable characteristics except weight. You have a scale with which
you can compare the relative weight of coins. However, you do not know whether
the counterfeit coin is heavier or lighter than the real thing. Your problem is to ﬁnd
the counterfeit coin and determine whether it is lighter or heavier than the rest.
663. Show that if there are 12 coins, the counterfeit coin can be
found in three weighings.
664. Show that if there are 39 coins, the counterfeit coin can be found in
four weighings.
665. Show that if there are n ≥ 3 coins, the counterfeit coin can be
found in log
3
2n weighings.
666. Show that if there are n ≥ 3 coins, at least log
3
2n weighings are
needed to ﬁnd the counterfeit coin.
Your job is to seat n rambunctious children in a theater with n balconies. You are
given a list of m statements of the form “i hates j.” If i hates j, then you do not
want to seat i above or in the same balcony as j, otherwise i will throw popcorn at
j instead of watching the play.
667. Give an algorithm that assigns the balconies (or says that it is not
possible) in time O(m+n).
668. Design and analyze an algorithm for ﬁnding the minimum number of
balconies needed.
13.7 HINTS
614. Show that if the search for two diﬀerent elements x, y, where x < y, in the set
leads to the same leaf of the comparison tree, then the search for any element
a of the universe with x < a < y must also lead to that leaf, which contradicts
the correctness of the algorithm.
Sec. 13.7. Hints 165
627. Use both properties from Problem 626.
628. The cost of the path from v to u along c is −x.
629. Show that a mincost path to any vertex on the minimum meancost cycle
can be extended along the cycle to the next vertex on the cycle.
633. Suppose V = ¦v
1
, . . . , v
n
¦. Form a network G
= (V
, E
) as follows.
V
= ¦s, t¦ ∪ ¦x
1
, . . . , x
n
¦ ∪ ¦y
1
, . . . , y
n
¦,
E
= ¦(s, x
i
) [ 1 ≤ i ≤ n¦ ∪ ¦(y
i
, t) [ 1 ≤ i ≤ n¦ ∪ ¦(x
i
, y
i
) [ (v
i
, v
j
) ∈ E¦.
The capacity of all edges is one. Show that the minimum number of paths
that cover V in G is equal to n −f, where f is the maximum ﬂow in G
.
636. Consider the EdmondsKarp algorithm for maximum ﬂow.
641–645. Consider Problems 647–651. The lower triangular property can actually
make the problem easier, if you think about it for long enough. On the other
hand, there do exist nontriangular solutions, as the solution to Problem 641
given later demonstrates.
659. Use a combination of greedy and divideandconquer techniques. Suppose the
hole is immediately to the right of a square S. Let L, R, U, D denote moving
the hole one place left, right, up, and down, respectively. Then the sequence
of moves ULDLUR moves S one square diagonally up and to the right. Use
this sequence of moves, and others like it, to move each square to its correct
space, stopping when there is not enough space left to perform the maneuver.
Figure out how to ﬁnish it, and you’ve solved the problem! The best I can
do is 5n
3
−Ω(n
2
) moves. Make sure that the conﬁguration you come up with
is solvable. It can be shown that if the hole is in the lower right corner, the
solvable states of the puzzle are exactly those that can be made with an even
number of transpositions.
660. The Manhattan distance of a tile in square (i, k) that belongs in square (k, )
is deﬁned to be [i − k[ + [j − [. The Manhattan distance of a conﬁguration
of the puzzle is deﬁned to be the sum of the Manhattan distances of its tiles.
Show that the Manhattan distance is a lower bound on the number of moves
needed to solve the puzzle, and that there exists a conﬁguration that has
Manhattan distance at least n
3
−O(n
2
).
661. Find a lower bound for the average Manhattan distance.
662. Find a lower bound for the Manhattan distance of a random conﬁguration.
The best value that I can get for α is 16/243. You will need to use Chernoﬀ
bounds. Let B(m, N, p) be the probability of obtaining at least m successes
166 Chap. 13. Miscellaneous
out of N Bernoulli trials, each with probability p of success. The following
result is a wellknown consequence of the Chernoﬀ bounds (see, for example,
Angluin and Valiant [5] and Valiant and Brebner [80]): Let β = m/Np − 1.
If 0 ≤ β ≤ 1, then β(m, N, p) ≤ e
−β
2
Np/2
.
663. Start by dividing the coins into three piles of four coins. Pick two piles and
compare their weights.
665. Start by solving Problems 663 and 664. Then generalize your solution.
13.8 SOLUTIONS
641. The trick is to embed A and B into a larger matrix that, when squared, has
AB has a submatrix. The solution can then be read oﬀ easily in optimal (that
is, O(n
2
)) time. There are many embeddings that work, including
¸
0 A
B 0
2
=
¸
AB 0
0 AB
.
663. Actually, I’m not going to give you a solution. This problem is so popular
with mathematicians that you ought to be able to ﬁnd one in the literature
somewhere. It even appears in a science ﬁction novel by Piers Anthony [6,
Chapter 16].
13.9 COMMENTS
610. The nuts and bolts problem is from Rawlins [66].
611. This algorithm is mentioned in Alon et al. [4].
653. This problem was suggested to the author by Arny Rosenberg. Interestingly,
one can prove by a counting argument that one can so permute an nk matrix,
but an actual eﬃcient algorithm is known only for k = 1, 2. For k = 1, this
is a relative of the Erd¨osSzekeres Theorem , which states that there exists
in every sequence of n integers a monotonic subsequence (either ascending or
descending) of length
√
n (for more recent proofs of this theorem, see, for
example, Dijkstra [22], and Seidenberg [73]).
659. Horden [36] gives an interesting history of this puzzle and its variants. See
also Gardner [27]. Early work on the 15puzzle includes Johnson [38] and
Storey [76]. The minimum number of moves to solve each legal permutation
of the 8puzzle has been found by exhaustive search by Schoﬁeld [69]. The
minimum number of moves needed to solve the 15puzzle in the worst case
is unknown, but has been the subject of various papers in the AI literature,
Sec. 13.9. Comments 167
including Michie, Fleming and Oldﬁeld [57] and Korf [48]. Ratner and War
muth [65] have proved that the problem of determining the minimum length
number of moves for any given legal conﬁguration of the (n
2
− 1)puzzle is
^{complete, and they demonstrate an approximation algorithm that makes
no more than a (fairly large) constant factor number of moves than necessary
for any given legal conﬁguration. Kornhauser, Miller, and Spirakis [49] have
shown an algorithm for the (n
2
−1)puzzle and its generalizations that always
runs in time O(n
3
).
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Index
8puzzle, 166
15puzzle, 124, 163, 166
2–3 tree, 135, 141, 146
2colorable, 79
2SAT, 148
3SAT, 150
balanced, see B3SAT
oneinthree, see O3SAT1, O3SAT2,
O3SAT3
parity, see parity 3SAT
strong, see strong 3SAT
accept, 151, 152
acyclic, 79, 81
addition, 47, 52, 59, 61–66, 69, 74, 81
adjacency
list, 82
matrix, 158
adversary, 157
airport, 103
allpairs shortestpath, 91
αpseudomedian, see pseudomedian
amortized
analysis, ix, 145
time, 142
ancestor, 145, 158
approximation algorithm, ix, 167
arbitrage, 97
architecture, 152
area, 25
areas, method of, see method of areas
arithmetic expression, 79
ascending, 80
assignment, 116, 120, 121, 123
operator, 3
satisfying, see satisfying assign
ment
truth, see truth assignment
average, 74, 77, 157, 158, 164, 165
AVL tree, 135, 140–141, 145, 146
B3SAT, 154
backtracking, 6, 116, 122–123, 126,
127, 133
balance, 135, 145
balanced oneinthree 3SAT, see B3SAT
balcony, 164
bank, 97
Bernoulli trial, 166
biconnected, 78
bin packing problem, 143–144
binary, 19, 24, 25, 152
comparison, 137
heap, 137
reﬂected Gray code, 133
search, 74–75, 85
tree, 90, 135, 138–140
string, 116, 118, 123
tree, 18, 135, 136, 138
binomial, 14
bolt, see nuts and bolts
Brahma, 86
breadthﬁrst
search tree, 150
traversal, 136
bubblesort, 50, 55, 62, 64, 158
174
Index 175
capacity, 144, 160, 161, 165
ceiling, 10
Chernoﬀ bound, 165, 166
chessboard, 12–14, 25, 26, 80, 82, 86,
124, 125
child, 18, 108, 135–138, 141, 142, 145,
146
Chomsky Normal Form, 92
circle, 18, 20
circuit, 152–153
cyclic, see cyclic circuit
city, 103, 126, 158
clause, 147, 148, 150, 153, 154
clique, 123, 124
problem, 123
closed knight’s tour, 12, 25, 80, 82, 86,
124, 133
closure, 162
coin, 19, 96, 98, 110, 111, 164, 166
coinchanging problem, 19, 96, 98, 110
color, 12, 14–18, 23, 26, 78, 79
colorable, 79
combination, 116, 120–121, 131
Communications of the ACM, 5
comparisonbased algorithm, 68, 157–
158
complete binary tree, 18, 135
connected, 16, 18, 19, 26, 81, 102, 103,
106, 150
component, 78
dominating set, 150
contextfree grammar, 92
continuous knapsack problem, 101–102
converge, 153
convex, 18
Cook reduction, 148–150
cost
max, see max cost
mean, see mean cost
min, see mincost
counterfeit, 164
cycle, 16, 18, 20, 26, 103, 109, 153,
158, 159, 165
Eulerian, see Eulerian cycle
Hamiltonian, see Hamiltonian cy
cle
cyclic, 124
circuit, 153
shift, 118, 119
DAG, 79, 160
decision
problem, 147, 149, 152
tree, 157
degree, 16, 20, 26, 79, 81, 82, 110
out, see outdegree
delete, 82, 90, 96, 136, 137, 140, 141,
143, 144, 146
deletemax, 137
deletemin, 104, 107, 136–138, 140
dense, 101
density, 101
depthﬁrst
search, 78–79
spanning tree, 78
descendant, 135, 146
dial, 163
Dijkstra’s algorithm, 102–103
dimension, 16, 17
Dinic algorithm, 160
directed spanning tree, 108
dirty, 137–139
disjunctive normal form, 148, 150
divideandconquer, x, 2, 6, 67–87, 92,
116, 122, 136, 165
division, 48, 61
DNF SAT, 148
dominating set, 127, 128, 131, 150
connected, see connected domi
nating set
double rotation, 140, 141
dynamic programming, x, 2, 6, 7, 87–
100, 115, 151
EdmondsKarp algorithm, 160, 165
elementary operation, 59, 62, 64
Erd¨ osSzekeres Theorem, 166
Euclidean distance, 163
176 Index
Euler, Leonhard, 26, 133
Eulerian cycle, 16, 20, 26, 81
exhaustive search, x, 2, 116–134, 166
existential, 147
exponential, 87
time, x, 2
exponentiation, 49, 53, 61, 63
factorial, 49, 53, 61, 63
factorization, 154
feedback loop, 152
Fermat’s last theorem, 150
Fibonacci numbers, 14, 38, 51, 54, 58,
62, 64–66
ﬁrstﬁt heuristic, 143–144
ﬂoor, 10
ﬂow, 7, 160
maximum, see maximum ﬂow
Floyd’s Algorithm, 91–92
FordFulkerson algorithm, 160, 161
forest, 79, 104, 108
spanning, see spanning forest
Gauss, 23, 24
geometry, ix, 18
grammar, see contextfree grammar
graph, x, 5, 6, 16–18, 20, 26, 78, 79,
81, 82, 91, 92, 97, 102–104,
106–110, 123, 124, 126, 127,
131, 149, 150, 158, 160
Gray code, 19, 20, 133
greedy algorithm, x, 2, 6, 100–115,
165
halving, 136, 137
Hamiltonian
cycle, 16, 109, 127, 131, 149, 150
path, 16
Hanoi, see towers of Hanoi
heap, 135–138, 145
Heap’s algorithm, 119, 120, 132, 133
heapsort, 136, 137
height, 140, 141, 145, 146
heuristic, 133
ﬁrstﬁt, see ﬁrstﬁt heuristic
HiQ, 124–125
Horner’s rule, 51
horse, 15, 26
hypercube, 16–17
ice cream cart, 126
increment, 47, 52, 61, 63, 117, 146
independent set, 124
induced subgraph, 81, 123
induction, x, 1, 2, 8–27, 35, 38, 41–46,
51, 52, 57, 66, 82–85, 111,
130, 131, 136, 145, 146
Journal of Algorithms, 5
Karp
reduction, 148
Richard M., 148, 160, 165
knapsack problem, 89, 97, 99, 150–
151
continuous, see continuous knap
sack problem
zeroone, see zeroone knapsack
problem
knight, 12
knight’s tour
closed, see closed knight’s tour
open, see open knight’s tour
Kruskal’s algorithm, 104, 106–108
language, 92, 100, 152
programming, see programming
language
string processing, see string pro
cessing language
level, 18, 135, 145
literal, 147, 148, 150, 153
loading, 152, 153, 155
longest ascending subsequence, 80, 93,
99
loop invariant, 46, 55–58
Loyd, Sam, 124, 163
Manhattan distance, 165
Index 177
marble, 122
matrix, 19, 87
adjacency, see adjacency matrix
inversion, 161
multiplication, 50, 62, 73–74, 161–
162
product, 19, 87, 88, 97
weighing, see weighing matrix
max cost spanning tree, 108
maximum
ﬂow, 160–161, 165
subsequence sum, 80
MAXMIN, 67, 68
mean cost, 158
median, 75, 76, 136, 137, 156, 157
weighted, see weighted median
merge, 81
method of areas, 25
mincost spanning tree, 102–108, 111
minimalchange, 117–121, 131–133
monom, 148
(n
2
−1)puzzle, 124, 163, 164, 167
nqueens problem, 125, 133–134
neural network, 133
nonterminal symbol, 92, 99, 100
^{, 147, 149–152, 154, 155
^{complete, x, 3, 5, 7, 146–155
nuts and bolts, 156–157, 166
O3SAT1, 153–155
O3SAT2, 153–154
O3SAT3, 153–155
oneinthree 3SAT, see O3SAT1, O3SAT2,
O3SAT3
oneprocessor scheduling problem, 110
open knight’s tour, 124
optimal, 86, 88, 93, 94, 98, 111, 118,
120, 122, 123, 132, 166
binary search tree, 90
tapestorage problem, 110
outdegree, 79, 127
{, 147–152, 154, 155
parallel
algorithm, ix
heap, 137, 138
lines, 19
priority queue, 137
parent, 98, 108, 135, 137, 142, 145,
146
parenthesize, 38, 87, 97, 99
parity 3SAT, 148
Pascal, x, 3–5, 69, 134
path, 16, 18, 79, 91, 92, 97, 102, 103,
106, 140, 141, 146, 158–160,
165
compression, 142, 145
Hamiltonian, see Hamiltonian path
patternmatching, 50, 62
peaceful queens problem, see nqueens
problem
perfect matching, 121, 122
permutation, 110, 113–116, 118–120,
123, 130–133, 158, 166
Pigeonhole Principle, 19
pivot, 75–77
polygon, 18
polynomial time, 147–152, 154
manyone reduction, 148
reducible, 147
Turing reduction, 148
polyomino, 130
popcorn, 164
postage stamp, 11–12, 22, 129
predecessor, 81
Prim’s algorithm, 103, 104, 106–108
prime, 154
priority, 144
queue, 103
parallel, see parallel priority queue
product rule, 36, 59
production, 92, 100
programming language, x
prune, 122, 123
pseudomedian, 75, 76
queen, 125
178 Index
quicksort, 55, 64, 66, 75–77, 85
Ramsey number, 124, 133
Ramsey’s Theorem, 124
recurrence relation, x, 1, 37–45, 62,
65–67, 70, 75, 76, 81, 95, 130,
145
recursion
tree, 122, 123
reﬂection, 130
Reimann hypothesis, 150
remaindering, 48, 61
repeated substitution, 41–45, 65
root, 17, 18, 35, 92, 98, 100, 136, 138,
140–142, 145, 146, 150
rooted tree, 17
rotation, 130
double, see double rotation
single, see single rotation
salesperson
traveling, see traveling salesper
son
SAT, 147, 149
DNF, see DNF SAT
satisﬁability problem, see SAT
satisfying assignment, 150, 151
savings certiﬁcate, 97
schedule, 110, 111, 162, 163
selfreducibility, 149–150
semigroup, 144
sentinel, 117
sibling, 137, 138
single rotation, 140, 141
singlesource
longestpaths, 103
shortestpaths, 102
sink, 158, 160, 161
Smarandache function, 154
sort, 50, 55, 62, 64, 66, 75–77, 80, 81,
85, 101, 104, 136–138, 141,
156–158
source, 159–161
spanning
forest, 104, 108
tree, 18, 102
depthﬁrst, see depthﬁrst span
ning tree
directed, see directed spanning
tree
maxcost, see maxcost span
ning tree
mincost, see mincost spanning
tree
squareroot, 74
stable conﬁguration, 153
stamp, see postage stamp
Stirling’s approximation, 26, 157
Strassen’s algorithm, 73–74
string processing language, 93
strong 3SAT, 148
sum rule, 36, 59
task, 152
telephone, 163
terminal symbol, 92
Texas Chile Pepper Day, 162
tile, 12, 14, 124, 165
toll, 144
tournament, 16
towers of Hanoi, 77–78
travel agent, 103
traveling salesperson, 109, 149–150
treasury bond, 97
tree, 17–18, 26, 79, 98, 137, 141, 142,
145, 150, 158, 164
23, see 23 tree
AVL, see AVL tree
binary, see binary tree
complete, see complete binary
tree
decision, see decision tree
recursion, see recursion tree
spanning, see spanning tree
triangle, 19–21, 79
triconnected, 158
triomino, 12–14
truck, 158
Index 179
truth assignment, 148, 149, 152–154
Turing machine, 151
unionﬁnd, 135, 142, 145
vertex cover, 110
warehouse, 94, 95, 98
weighing matrix, 128
weighted median, 80
zeroone knapsack problem, 89
Errata to “Problems on Algorithms”
∗
Ian Parberry
†
Department of Computer Sciences
University of North Texas
April 7, 1998
This note contains corrections to Parberry [5]. An uptodate copy of this document and
other useful information can be found on the WorldWide Web (Parberry [7]). I welcome
further errata and comments from readers — I prefer electronic mail, but if you must use
more primitive modes of communication, full contact information can be found in [6].
Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who
receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be ex
ceedingly simpleminded.
— Plato, Phaedrus
General Errata
Apparently I couldn’t make up my mind whether the keyword “return” in my algorithms
should be in bold face or Roman type. It appears in bold face in Chapters 5, 7–9, and 13;
in Roman face in Chapters 5, 6, and 10. Out of 71 occurrences, 39 are in bold face.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Speciﬁc Errata
Page 3, Line 1: The ﬁrst comma should be a period.
Page 6, Line 14: The second “but” should be deleted.
Page 7, Last Paragraph: Wilf’s textbook is now out of print, and is very diﬃcult to
obtain in its original form. Fortunately, the author has made it generally available in
postscript form from http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~wilf/index.html.
∗
Copyright c Ian Parberry. This Errata may be reproduced without fee provided that the copies are not
made for proﬁt, and the full text, including the author information and this notice, are included.
†
Author’s address: Department of Computer Sciences, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 13886, Den
ton, TX 762036886, U.S.A. Electronic mail: ian@cs.unt.edu.
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Page 10, Problem 22: That should be induction on n ≥ 2. If n = 0, the right side of
inequality doesn’t make sense, and if n = 1 equality holds.
Page 12, Problem 47: This problem does not have a comment associated with it; the
should be deleted.
Page 16, Line 10: In the set V , the ﬁrst occurrence of v
2
should be v
1
.
Page 16, Problem 67: I intended the graph here to be undirected and with no selfloops,
but this did not make it into the deﬁnition. I need to add to the deﬁnition of a graph
at the start of Section 2.10 the extra property that V is an ordered set and for all
(u, v) ∈ E, u < v.
Page 20, Hint to Problem 37: The comma at the end of the second sentence should be
a period.
Page 21, Solution to Problem 8: The fourth line of the multiline equation should begin
with “=”, not “−”.
Page 22, Solution to Problem 37, Line 5: Change “all values up to n−1 cents” to “all
values from 8 to n − 1 cents”.
Page 25, Comment to Problem 13, Line 6: Change “by Problem 1” to “by Problem 11”.
Page 35, Solution to Problem 133: On line 4, the denominator of the fraction should
be 6, not 2.
Page 40, Problem 241: This problem should ask you to show that 2n − 3log n − 1 ≤
T(n) ≤ 2n − log n − 1.
Page 40, Problem 242: That should be T(1) = 0, and T(n) = T(n/2)+T(n/2)+n−1
(otherwise it is inconsistent with the answer given on p. 41); it is the number of
comparisons used by mergesort.
Page 45, Line 3: “skip it is” should read “skip it if”.
Page 52, Problem 266: In Line 1 of the algorithm, the Roman “n” in the return statement
should be an italic “n”.
Page 52, Problem 269: In Line 2 of the algorithm, the ﬁnal Roman “y” in the return
statement should be an italic “y”.
Page 56, Hint to Problem 258: The loop invariant is x
j
=
y
0
k=y
j−1
k, for all j ≥ 1.
Page 56, Solution to Problem 250:
Line 4: “line 8” should read “line 7”.
Line 6: “lines 3–7” should read “lines 3–6”.
Line 14: “line 6” should read “line 5”.
Line 15: Delete the parenthetical comment “(see Problem 93)”.
Line 17: “line 5” should read “line 4”.
Line 15: Insert “(see Problem 93)” immediately before the period.
Page 64, Hint to Problem 283: Insert a period after the problem number.
Page 62, Problem 299: “line 3” should read “line 5”.
Page 68, Problems 317–318: When I wrote Problem 317 I assumed that the standard
recursive algorithm described at the start of Section 7.1 achieved this bound. But it
doesn’t — it requires 5n/3 − 2 comparisons when n = 3 · 2
k
. To ﬁx it, simply ensure
that the sizes of the two recursive splits are not both odd. (Thanks to Mike Paterson
for pointing all this out). Problem 317 should be rewritten, or a hint added to help
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make this clearer. The algorithm of Problem 318 almost meets the required bound.
It makes 2 more comparisons than necessary, and should be rewritten slightly to save
them (hint: consider the second and third comparisons).
Page 68, Problem 320: The second question is not worded very clearly. The algorithm
could be called upon to solve duplicate subproblems at the ﬁrst level of recursion, given
suitable inputs (can you ﬁnd one?), but I was looking for more. There comes a point
before the bottommost level of recursion at which the algorithm is obliged to solve
duplicate subproblems. This is also the key to the algorithm in Problems 328330.
Page 68, Problem 321: This problem has a comment, but is missing the .
Page 68, Problem 322: The solution to this problem is a little bit more subtle than I ﬁrst
thought. It begins: “Break the nbit number into n/m mbit numbers.” The remainder
of the analysis from that point is straightforward, but in that ﬁrst step lies a small
diﬃculty. It can be done by repeatedly shifting the large number to the right, removing
single bits and reconstructing the pieces in m registers. One needs to keep two counters,
one of which runs from 0 to m, and the other oﬀ which runs from 0 to n/m. Consider
the second counter. A naive analysis would show that this requires O(n/m) increment
operations, each of which takes O(log n−log m) bit operations. However, one needs to
notice that the total is O(n/m) amortized time (see Problems 476, and 477). I need
to increase the diﬃculty level of this problem and add a hint to this eﬀect.
Page 74, Problem 340: Change
√
n to
√
N.
Page 78, preamble to Section 7.7: Line 4 of the depthﬁrst search algorithm should read
“mark w used”.
Page 79, Problem 366: This problem should be deleted. There is no known way to ﬁnd
triangles in time O(n + e), using depthﬁrst search or otherwise. Of course, it can be
solved in time O(ne). This problem could be replaced with the much easier one of
ﬁnding a cycle (of any size) in a directed graph in time O(n).
Page 80, Problem 371: The array A should contain integers, not natural numbers. Oth
erwise the problem is trivial.
Page 82, Hint to Problem 361: Delete the second adjacent occurrence of the word “in”.
Page 85, Solution to Problem 369: Perhaps this should be called a comment, not a
solution.
Page 87, Preamble to Section 8.1: In Line 6 of the algorithm, the Roman “m” should
be replaced by an italic “m”.
Page 88, Problem 384, Line 3: The second occurrence of “M
2
” should be “M
i+2
”.
Page 88, Problem 390, Line 3: “M
2
” should be “M
i+2
”.
Page 90, Preamble to Section 8.3, Lines 11–12: The operation “member” should be
“search” (two occurrences).
Page 91, Preamble to Section 8.4, Line 4: “all pairs shortest paths” should be “all
pairs shortestpaths”.
Page 98, Problem 426: The function to be maximized should be:
R[c
1
, c
i
1
] · R[c
i
1
, c
i
2
] · · · R[c
i
k−1
, c
i
k
] · R[c
i
k
, c
1
].
Page 99, Hint to Problem 415: The last three lines are wrong, and should be deleted.
Page 106, Problem 447: The stated proposition is wrong! Here is a counterexample. The
3
problem should be changed to “prove or disprove”.
1
3
4
2
1
2
1
2
Page 107, Problem 449: The running time should be e log k.
Page 107, Problem 450: The third line of the putative variant of Prim’s algorithm should
have a period after the line number.
Page 117, Line 3: “line 8” should read “line 7”.
Page 119, Preamble to Problems 489, 490: The line numbering in procedure permute(i)
is totally wrong. The lines should of course be numbered consecutively.
Page 124, Problem 513, Line 4: The running time should be O(n8
n
2
) in line 4. One of
the two consecutive instances of the word “for” in the last line should be deleted.
Page 129, Problems 529, 530: Both of these problems should be ﬂagged . A
comment should also be added explaining that exhaustive search is unnecessary — the
ﬂightassignment problem can be solved in polynomial time by reducing the problem
to that of ﬁnding a maximumweight matching. For a polynomial time algorithm for
the latter, see, for example, Gabow [3], and Gabox and Tarjan [4].
Page 131, Hint to Problem 510: The series should read
∞
i=1
1/i! = e − 1 ≈ 1.718.
Page 131, Hints to Problems 517, 518: These hints are listed in the wrong order.
Page 131, Hint to Problem 518: A note should be added that the reader should read
ahead to p. 127 for the deﬁnition of dominating set. Either that, or Problem 518 should
be moved after Problem 526.
Page 131, Solution to Problem 487, Line 1: The sentence “Line 6 can be done in time
O(n).” should be replaced by the observation that the work in all of the other lines
can be done in time O(n). A comment should be made that the tail of “ + d(n − 1)”
in the recurrence for T(n) is used because it makes the solution very simple. If the
obvious “ +dn” is used, then the recurrence becomes very diﬃcult to solve.
Page 135, Preamble to Section 11.1: Heap operations have not been deﬁned. A heap
is a set S in which the following operations can be performed:
insert(x) insert x into S, that is, S := S ∪ {x}
findmin return the smallest value in S
deletemin return and delete the smallest value in S
Page 135, Problem 535: The should come after the .
Page 136–137, Problem 543: This problem should be moved to Section 11.5.
Page 137, Problem 544: This problem should ask for insert, deletemin, and deletemax
in O(log n) time, and findmin and findmax in O(1) time.
Page 138, Problem 550: Insert “is correct” after the word “algorithm”.
Page 140, Line 3: Capitalize the word “the” at the start of the parenthetical comment.
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Page 141, Preamble to Section 11.3, Line 1: Change the ﬁrst occurrence of “in” to
“is”.
Page 142, Problem 562, Line 1: Insert “of” after the word “sequence”.
Page 143, Problem 570: This problem has a hint and a comment, but lacks the appro
priate icons .
Page 144, Problem 573: Change “as as” to “as” in line 2.
Page 145, Hint to Problem 544: This hint is misleading, and should be deleted. (Less
signiﬁcantly, n/2 should be n/2 on lines 1 and 3).
Page 145, Hint to Problem 570: Insert a period after the problem number.
Page 150, Preamble to Section 12.3: “Riemann” is misspelled ‘Reimann” (also in the
Index on p. 178). Fermat’s Last Theorem may have been proved recently.
Page 155, Solutions: These aren’t really solutions, just bibliographic notes. Perhaps they
should be moved to the Comments section.
Page 155, Solutions to Problems 599–600: Change “this problem” to “these problems”.
Page 157, Problem 620: This problem should be changed from ﬁnding the median to
that of halving, which is dividing n values into two sets X, Y , of size n/2 and n/2,
respectively, such that for all x ∈ X and y ∈ Y , x < y. A comment should be added
explaining that this problem is merely practice in using decision trees, since there is a
3n/2 lower bound using the adversary method due to Blum et al. [2].
Page 164, Problem 665 This problem is much harder than I thought. An upper bound of
log
3
n+1 weighings is easy. A little more thought will get you log
3
9n/4 weighings.
The best algorithm known to me uses log
3
2n + 2 weighings (see Aigner [1]).
Page 171, references [46, 47]: For some reason BibT
E
X chose to list Knuth Vol. 3 before
Vol. 2.
Page 171, reference [52]: The authors’ initials are missing — H. R. Lewis and L. Denen
berg.
Page 172, references [66, 67]: These appear to be the same book. The correct reference
is [67].
Page 172, reference [75]: The second occurrence of the word “Edition” should be deleted.
Acknowledgements
The author is very grateful to the following individuals who helpfully pointed out many of the
above errors in the manuscript: Timothy Dimacchia, Sally Goldman, Narciso MartiOliet,
G. Allen Morris III, Paul Newell, Mike Paterson, Steven Skiena, Mike Talbert, Steve Tate,
and HungLi Tseng.
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[3] H. N. Gabow. An eﬃcient implementation of Edmond’s algorithm for maximum matching
on graphs. Journal of the ACM, 23(2):221–234, 1976.
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Supplementary Problems
By Bill Gasarch
Mathematical Induction
1 Games
1. Let A be any natural number. We deﬁne a sequence as a
n
as follows:
(1) a
10
= A. (2) To obtain a
n
, ﬁrst write a
n−1
in base n − 1. Then
let x be the number that is that string of symbols if it was in base n.
Let a
n
= x − 1. (EXAMPLE: if a
20
= 1005 then I write 1005 in base
20 as 2T5 = 2 20
2
+T 20 + 5 1 where T is the symbol for ten. So
x = 2 (21)
2
+ 10 21 + 5 1. So a
21
= x −1 = 1097 −1 = 1096.) For
which natural numbers A will the sequence go to inﬁnity?
2. Here is a game: there are n toothpicks on a table. There are two
players, called player I and player II. Player I will go ﬁrst. In each
move the player whose turn it is will remove 1,2, or 3 toothpicks from
the table. The player who removes the last toothpick wins. (Example
game with n = 10: player I removes 3 (so there are 7 left), player II
removes 2 (so there are 5 left), player I removes 2 (so there are 3 left),
player II removes 3 (so there are 0 left, and Player II wins).) Player I
has a FORCED WIN if there is a move he can make as his ﬁrst move
so that, NO MATTER WHAT PLAYER II does, player I can win
the game. This is called a WINNING FIRST MOVE. Player II has a
FORCED WIN if, whatever player I does for the ﬁrst move, there is
a move player II can make so that after that point, no matter what
player I does, player II can win. Player II’s move is called a WINNING
RESPONSE. (Example: if n = 4 then player II has a forced win: if (1)
player I removes 1, player II removes 3, (2) if player I removes 2 then
player II removes 2, (3) if player I removes 3 then player II removes
1. To specify a winning response you need to specify responses to all
moves.)
(a) Fill in the following sentence and justify: “Player I has a forced
win iﬀ X(n).”
(b) Modify the game so that you can remove 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 sticks.
Fill in the following sentence and justify: “Player I has a forced
win iﬀ X(n).”
(c) Let k ∈ N. Modify the game so that you can remove 1, 2, . . . , k−
1, or k sticks. Fill in the following sentence and justify: “Player
I has a forced win iﬀ X(n).”
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(d) Let k ∈ N. Modify the game so that you can remove 1, 2, or 4
sticks. Fill in the following sentence and justify: “Player I has a
forced win iﬀ X(n).”
(e) Let a
1
, . . . , a
k
∈ N. Modify the game so that you can remove
a
1
, . . . , a
k
sticks. Show that there exists A ∈ N and X ⊆ ¦0, . . . , A−
1¦ such that, for all but a ﬁnite number of n ∈ N, if n sticks are
in the pile then
Player I wins iﬀ (∃x ∈ X)[n ≡ x (mod A)].
3. (a) Consider the following game played between FILLER and EMP
TYIER There is initially a box with a ﬁnite (nonempty) number
of balls in it. Each ball has a natural number on it, called its
rank. (There may be many balls of the same rank. For ex
ample, a box could have 100 balls of rank 1, 20000 of rank 2,
and 4 of rank 1000.) In every round EMPTYIER makes the
ﬁrst move. EMPTYIER’s move consists of taking a ball from
the box. FILLER then counters be replacing the ball with a
ﬁnite number of balls of lower rank. (For example, he could re
place a ball of rank 1000 with 999999999999999 balls of rank 999,
888888888876234012 balls of rank 8, and 4 balls of rank 1.) EMP
TYIER wants the box to be empty eventually. FILLER wants
the box to never be empty. Show that no matter what the initial
box of balls has in it, EMPTYIER can win.
(b) Consider the same game as above except that the balls are labeled
with integers. Fill in the following sentence and prove it: “Player
XXX can always win.”
(c) Consider the same game as above except that the balls are labeled
with positive rationals. Fill in the following sentence and prove
it: “Player XXX can always win.”
(d) Consider the same game as above except that the balls are labeled
with ordered pairs of numbers, and we consider (a, b) to be of
lower rank than (c, d) if either a < c or a = c and b < d. Fill
in the following sentence and prove it: “Player XXX can always
win.”
(e) Fill in the following sentence and prove it: “If the game can
be played with a set A with ordering ≤ such that the ordering
has property XXX then the FILLER can win; however, if it has
property NOT(XXX) then the EMPTYIER can win.”
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4. Consider the following game of “NIM”. There are two piles of stones
of diﬀerent sizes. Players alternate turns. At each turn a player may
take as many stones as he or she likes from one (and only one) pile,
but must take at least one stone. The goal is to take the last stone.
The following is a winning strategy for the ﬁrst player: Take stones
from the larger pile so as to make the two piles have equal size. Prove
that this really is a winning strategy using mathematical induction.
5. Consider the following 2player game. There are n sticks on the table.
Player I can remove 1,2 or 3 sticks. Player II can remove 2,4, or 6
sticks. The player who removes the last stick WINS. Show that:
if n ≡ 1 mod 2 then player I has a winning strategy.
2 Sequences, Summations, Products, and Recur
rences
1. Consider the following sequence:
T(n) ≤ T(n −1) + 3
T(n −2) + 2n, T(0) = 0, T(1) = 1 .
Show that T(n) ≤ 16n
2
.
2. Consider the following sequence:
T(n) ≤ 3T(n −1) + 10, T(0) = 0 .
Find a constant c such that T(n) ≤ c
n
.
3. Consider the following sequence:
T(n) ≤ T(n −2) + 5
√
n, T(0) = 0, T(1) = 1 .
Find a constant c such that T(n) ≤ cn
3/2
. (Hint:
√
n −2 <
√
n.)
4. Consider the following sequence:
A(n) ≤ A(n/3) +A(n/5) + 2n, T(0) = 0 .
Find a constant c such that A(n) ≤ cn.
5. Let P(n) be a statement about an INTEGER n. Assume that the
following two statements are known:
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(a) P(10).
(b) (∀k)[P(k) → P(k −2)].
For which integers n do we know that P(n) is true?
6. Let a
n
be deﬁned as follows:
a
0
= 6
a
1
= 21
a
2
= 11
a
n
= 3a
n−1
+a
n−3
+ 10n + 2
7. Show that (∀n ∈ N)[a
n
≡ 1 mod 5].
8. Prove (∀n ∈ Z)[n
4
+ 1 ≡ 0 (mod 5) → n ≡ 0 (mod 5)].
9. Find a number a such that the following is true:
(∀n ∈ N, n ≥ a)[n
2
+ 5n + 6 < 2
n
].
Prove your claim by induction.
10. Let P(n) be some property of the natural number n (e.g. P(n) could
be ‘2
17n
≡ 10 (mod 8)’). Assume that P(10) and P(11) are known
to be true. Assume that
(∀n ≥ 5)[P(n −1) → P(n + 1)]
is known. For which n can we conclude P(n) is true? Brieﬂy explain.
11. Deﬁne the sequence a
n
by a
0
= 1 and a
n
=
n−1
i=0
a
i
. Find a function
f(n) such that (∀n)[a
n
≤ f(n)]. Prove your result.
12. Let a
n
be deﬁned as below. Show that (∀n ≥ 1)[a
n
≡ 0 (mod 3)].
a
0
= 3
a
1
= 6
(∀n ≥ 3)[a
n
= (a
n−1
+a
n−2
)
2
+ 6n]
13. Let P(n) be some property of the natural numbers. Assume that
the following are known (1) For all primes q, P(q) is true, and (2)
(∀n ∈ ^)[P(n) → P(n
2
)]. For which n ∈ ^ can we conclude P(n) is
true? Express your answer clearly. No explanation is needed.
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14. Let P(z) be some property of the integers. Assume that the following
are known
(a) P(−23).
(b) (∀z ∈ Z)[P(z) → P(z + 3)].
For which z can we conclude P(z) is true? (Express your answer
clearly!) No justiﬁcation required.
15. Let a
0
= 9, a
1
= 4, a
2
= 100, a
3
= 64, and
(∀n ≥ 4)
a
n
= 25a
n−1
a
log n
].
Let SQ = ¦n ∈ N [ (∃x ∈ N)[n = x
2
]¦. (That is, SQ is the set of all
squares.) Show that (∀n ≥ 0)[a
n
∈ SQ].
16. A sequence b
0
, b
1
, . . . is INCREASING if (∀x)(∀y)[x < y → b
x
< b
y
].
Let a
n
be deﬁned as follows: a
0
= 10, a
1
= 12, a
2
= 13, a
3
= 14,
a
4
= 15, a
5
= 16, and
(∀n ≥ 2) [a
n
= a
n−1
+a
n−3
−a
n−5
] .
17. Describe the set of all a ∈ N such that the following is true:
(n
2
+ 3n +a ≡ 0 (mod 5)) → (n ≡ 0 (mod 5)).
(No justiﬁcation required.)
18. Let S(n) =
n
i=1
i(i + 1). Find a, b such that S(n) = an
3
+bn. Prove
that your answer is correct by induction.
19. Deﬁne a sequence via a
1
= 4 and
(∀n ≥ 2)[a
n
= a
2
n−1
].
Show that
(∀n ≥ 1)[a
n
≤ 4 3
(3
n
)
].
20. Let a
0
= 4, a
1
= 49, a
2
= 104, and
(∀n ≥ 3)
a
n
= (a
n
2
)
3
+a
√
n
+ 11
.
Show that
(∀n ≥ 0)[a
n
≡ 4 (mod 5)].
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21. Let P(q) be some property of the rational q. Assume that the following
are known
(a) P(1).
(b) (∀q ∈ Q)[P(q) → P(
q
2
)].
Let A be the set of all q such that we can conclude P(q) is true.
Write down the set A clearly but DO NOT use the notation “. . .” No
justiﬁcation required.
22. Let a
0
= 10, a
1
= 90, and
(∀n ≥ 2)[a
n
= 5a
n−1
+ 20a
n−2
].
Find POSITIVE constants A, B, C ∈ N, such that
(∀n ≥ 0)[A (C −1)
n
≤ a
n
≤ B C
n
].
No justiﬁcation required (but show work for partial credit).
23. Let T(n) = 2T(n − 1) + T(
n
2
) + n. Prove what you can about this
recurrence.
24. Let T(n) ≤ T(
3
4
n) + T(
1
4
n) + 4n. Find a value of d such that for all
n, T(n) ≤ dnlog n.
25. Let T(n) ≤ T(an) + T(bn) + cn. For what values of a, b and c is it
possible to ﬁnd a d such that for all n, T(n) ≤ dnlog n.
26. Consider the following recurrence. Initial conditions T(0) = 0, T(1) =
5. T(n) = 7T(n−1) −12T(n−2). Solve the recurrence exactly. Then
express the answer more simply using Onotation.
27. Prove by induction that if T is a tree then T is 2colorable.
28. Let T(n) be deﬁned by T(1) = 10 and
T(n) = T(n −log n) +n.
Find a simple function f such that T(n) = Θ(f(n)). NO PROOF
REQUIRED.
29. Use mathematical induction to show that
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(a)
n
i=1
i(i + 1) =
n(n + 1)(n + 2)
3
(b)
n
i=0
i2
i−1
= (n −1)2
n
−1
30. Assume every node of a tree with n nodes has either 0 or 3 children.
How many leaves does the tree have? Prove your answer.
31. Simplify the following summation:
n
i=1
n
j=i
n−j
k=1
1
32. Simplify the following summation:
n
i=1
n
j=n−i
2j
k=j
1
33. Consider the following code fragment.
for i = 1 to n do
for j = i to 2*i do
for k = nj+1 to n do
output ‘foobar’
a. Let T(n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is printed as a func
tion of n. Express T(n) as a summation (actually three nested
summations).
b. Give a closedform solution for T(n) (i.e. no summations) by sim
plifying your summation. Show your work.
34. a. Assume that Christmas has n days. Exactly how many presents
did my “true love” send me? [If you do not understand this
question, you should do some research.]
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b. Using part (a), exactly how many presents did my “true love”
send during the twelve days of Christmas?
35. Evaluate the sum
∞
k=0
(3k −1)x
3k
for 0 < x < 1.
36. Evaluate
n
k=1
4 3
k
37. Consider the following code fragment.
for i=1 to n do
for j=i to 2*i do
output ‘foobar’
Let T(n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is printed as a function
of n.
a. Express T(n) as a summation (actually two nested summations).
b. Simplify the summation. Show your work.
38. Consider the following code fragment.
for i=1 to n step 2 do
for j=1 to i do
output ‘foobar’
Let T(n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is printed as a function of
n. Express T(n) as two nested summations. Be careful your “formula”
works for n both even and odd. Do not simplify the summation.
39. Consider the following code fragment.
for i=1 to n/2 do
for j=i to ni do
for k=1 to j do
output ‘foobar’
Assume n is even. Let T(n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is
printed as a function of n.
(a) Express T(n) as three nested summations.
(b) Simplify the summation. Show your work.
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40. Given an m n array of (positive and negative) numbers, ﬁnd the
largest sum of values in a (contiguous) rectangle.
a. Write down an English description of the “brute force” algorithm
for the “maximum contiguous rectangle problem”. One or two
sentences should suﬃce.
b. Write down the “brute force” algorithm in pseudocode.
c. How many times is the inner loop executed? Write it using sum
mations.
d. Simplify your answer. Justify your work. [If you do this right,
the solution involves very little calculation.]
e. Find a better algorithm for the “maximum contiguous rectangle
problem”. How well can you do?
41. Approximate
n
k=1
k
3
using integrals. Make sure to get an upper and
lower bound.
42. Approximate
n
k=1
4
3k−2
43. Use integrals to give upper and lower bounds for
∞
k=1
1
k
3/2
.
44. Appoximate
n
j=0
√
j using an integral.
45. Consider the following code fragment.
for i=1 to n do
for j=1 to lg i do
print ‘foobar’
Let T(n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is printed as a function
of n.
(a) Express T(n) exactly as two nested summations.
(b) Simplify down to one summation.
(c) Give good upper and lower bounds for T(n).
46. Find the solution for the recurrence relation
T(n) = T(n −c) +k
where both c and k are integer constants, n is a natural number, and
T(x) is 0 if x is a negative integer.
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47. Solve the recurrence
T(n) =
T(n −2) +n n > 1
0 otherwise
assuming n is even. Show your calculations.
48. Solve the recurrence T(n) = T(n − 1) + 2n − 1 (T(0) = 0) exactly.
Justify your answer.
49. Solve the recurrence T(n) = T(n − 1) + 3n − 2 (T(0) = 0) exactly.
Justify your answer.
50. Solve the recurrence
T(n) =
T(n/3) + 2 n > 1
0 otherwise
assuming n is a power of 3. Show your calculations.
51. Solve the recurrence T(n) = 4T(n/3) + 2n − 1 (T(0) = 0) exactly.
Assume n is a power of 3. Justify your answer.
52. Solve the recurrence T(n) = 3T(n/4) + 2n − 1 (T(0) = 0) exactly.
Assume n is a power of 4. Justify your answer.
53. Solve the recurrence
T(n) =
T(n/5) + 2 n > 1
3 otherwise
assuming n is a power of 5. Show your calculations.
54. Solve the recurrence T(n) = 5T(n/2) + 2n − 1 (T(1) = 7) exactly.
Assume n is a power of 2. Justify your answer.
55. Consider the following recurrence, deﬁned for n a power of 5:
T(n) =
19 if n = 1
3T(n/5) +n −4 otherwise
a. Solve the recurrence exactly using the iteration method. Simplify
as much as possible.
b. Use mathematical induction to verify your solution.
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56. Consider the following recurrence, deﬁned for n a power of 5:
T(n) =
7 if n = 1
4T(n/5) + 2n −3 otherwise
a. Solve the recurrence exactly using the iteration method. Simplify
as much as possible.
b. Use mathematical induction to verify your solution.
57. Obtain exact solutions to the following two recurrences.
a. T(n) = 5T(n/3) + 2n (T(1) = 7). Assume n is a power of 3.
b. T(n) = 2T(n/6) + 5n (T(1) = 7). Assume n is a power of 6.
58. Obtain exact solutions to the following two recurrences.
a. T(n) = 4T(n/3) + 2n (T(0) = 0).
b. T(n) = 3T(n/4) + 2n (T(0) = 0).
59. Obtain exact solutions to the following two recurrences.
a. Let n be a power of 2.
T(n) =
4 if n = 1
5T(n/2) + 3n
2
otherwise
b. Let n be a power of 4.
T(n) =
3 if n = 1
2T(n/4) + 4n otherwise
60. Obtain exact solutions to the following two recurrences.
(a) Let n be a power of 2.
T(n) =
3 if n = 1
7T(n/2) + 4n
2
+ 1 otherwise
(b) Let n be a power of 4.
T(n) =
4 if n = 1
3T(n/4) + 5n −2 otherwise
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61. Consider the following recurrence.
T(n) =
0 if n = 0
T(n/2) +T(n/4) + 3n otherwise
Find a constant c such that T(n) ≤ cn. Try to make c as small as
possible.
62. Consider the following recurrence.
T(n) =
0 if n = 1
T(2n/3) +T(n/6) + 5n otherwise
Use constructive induction to ﬁnd a constant c such that T(n) ≤ cn.
63. (a) Let r
1
, r
2
, . . . , r
k
be a list of positive fractions, i.e. 0 < r
i
< 1,
such that
k
i=1
r
i
< 1. Let a > 0 be a constant. Let
T(n) ≤
k
i=1
T(r
i
n) +an.
Show that T(n) is linear, i.e. T(n) ≤ cn for some constant c.
What can you say about c?
(b) What if
k
i=1
r
i
= 1? What if
k
i=1
r
i
> 1?
64. Let
T(n) =
2T(n/2) + 2 lg n if n > 1
0 if n = 1
a. Use constructive induction to show that T(n) = an + b lg n + c.
Find constants a, b, and c.
b. Solve the recurrence using the iteration method.
65. An S
0
tree is a single node. An S
i
tree, i > 0, is created by taking two
S
i−1
trees and making the root of one a child of the root of the other.
(These are the trees that create the largest height for as few nodes as
possible for the UNIONFIND algorithm with balancing.)
(a) Draw S
0
, S
1
, S
2
, and S
3
. You may also want to draw S
4
for
yourself.
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(b) The nodes on level i are all nodes distance i from the root. Tree
S
k
will have nodes on levels 0, . . . , k (and thus have k +1 levels).
For S
3
, how many nodes are on levels 0, 1, 2, and 3.
(c) Make a conjecture for how many nodes are on level i of S
k
. (You
may also want to look at S
4
.)
(d) Prove your conjecture.
66. Consider an Ftree created as follows. An F
0
tree is a single node.
An F
n+1
tree is created by taking two F
n
trees and making the root
of one the two trees the child of the other tree. Here are the ﬁrst few
Ftrees.
a. How many nodes are there in an F
n
tree. Justify your answer.
b. Recall that the depth of a node is its distance from the root (so
the root has depth 0, its children have level 1, etc.). Write down a
recurrence for how many nodes there are at depth d in F
n
? Note
that there are two parameters.
c. Guess a solution to your recurrence (by looking a few trees).
d. Prove that your guess is correct using mathematical induction on
your recurrence.
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Floors and Ceilings
1. Let r be a real number. Determine all real numbers such that the
following statement is true: r + = r.
2. For which positive reals x does x +
1
6
= x +
1
2
?
3. Find a number x such that (x)
2
< x
2
.
4. For which x is 4x = 4x?
5. For which real numbers x does the following hold: x +
1
3
= x +
1
2
.
6. For which real numbers x does x satisfy the following two conditions:
(a) 1 < x < 2, and (b) x
2
= x
2
. (HINT: Express x as 1 + where
0 < < 1.)
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Combinatorics
1. For this problem we express numbers in base 10. The last digit of a
number is the rightmost digit of the number (e.g., the last digit of
39489 is 9). Find the largest x ∈ N such that the following statements
is true:
If A ⊆ N and A = 59 then there are at least x numbers in A that
have the same last digit.
2. Every Sunday Bill makes lunches for Carolyn. Lunch consists of a
sandwich, a fruit, and a desert. Sandwich is either ham and cheese,
peanut butter and jelly, egg salad, or tuna ﬁsh. Fruit is either an
apple, an orange, or a coconut. Desert is either pretzels, a brownie, or
an apple pie.
(a) How many diﬀerent lunchs can Bill make for Carolyn ?
(b) If Carolyn does not like to have egg salad with apple pie, or tuna
ﬁsh with an apple, then how many lunches can Bill make for
Carolyn.
(c) Why does Bill call Carolyn his ‘gnilrad’ ?
3. Can you place 24 rooks on an 8 by 8 chessboard so that if you remove
all but 4 then there will always be 2 that attack each other? How
about 25?
4. Let f be the function that takes a number x = d
n
d
n−1
· · · d
0
(these
are the digits of x base 10) to the sum of the 2001 powers of the digits
(e.g., f(327) = 3
2001
+ 2
2001
+ 7
2001
). Show that, for any x, the set
{f(x), f(f(x)), f(f(f(x))), . . .} is ﬁnite.
5. Assume that there are at most 200 countries in the world. Assume
that there are 900 people in a room. Find a number x such that the
statement a is TRUE and statement b is FALSE. Brieﬂy explain WHY
statement a is TRUE and WHY statement b is FALSE.
(a) There must exist x people in the room that are from the same
country.
(b) There must exist x+1 people in the room that are from the same
country.
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Probability
1. Let r be a random number taking on the values 1, . . . , n, with proba
bility
P(r = i) =
1
n
1 ≤ i ≤
n
4
2
n
n
4
< i ≤
n
2
1
2n
n
2
< i ≤ n
For the algorithm below perform an average case analysis.
if (r ≤ n/4) then perform 10 operations
else
if (r > n/4 and r ≤ n/2) then perform 20 operations
else
if (r > n/2 and r ≤ 3n/4) then perform 30 operations
else perform n operations
Perform an average case cost analysis of this algorithm.
2. You are given a deck of ﬁfty two cards which have printed on them a
pair of symbols: an integer between 1 and 13, followed by one of the
letters “S,” “H,” “D,” or “C,” There are 4 × 13 = 52 such possible
combinations, and you may assume that you have one of each type,
handed to you face down.
(a) Suppose the cards are randomly distributed and you turn them
over one at a time. What is the average cost (i.e. number of
cards turned over) of ﬁnding the card [11,H]?
(b) Suppose you know that the ﬁrst thirteen cards have one of the
letters “H” or “D” on them, but otherwise all cards are randomly
distributed. Now what is the average cost of ﬁnding [11,H]?
3. Let P be a program that has the following behavior:
(a) The only inputs are {1, 2, . . . , n}, n is large, and n is divisible by
2.
(b) If the input i is one of {1, 2, . . . ,
n
2
} then P takes i
4
steps.
(c) If the input i is one of {
n
2
+ 1, . . . , n} then P takes 2
i
steps
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Find a distribution on the inputs such that every input has a nonzero
probability of occurring and the expected running time is θ(n
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).
4. Suppose we have one loaded die and one fair die, where the probabil
ities for the loaded die are
P(1) = P(2) = P(5) = P(6) = 1/6, P(3) = 1/7, P(4) = 4/21.
(a) What is the probability that a toss of these two dice produces a
sum of either seven or eleven?
(b) What is the expected value of the sum of the values of the dice?
(c) the product of the values of the dice?
5. Let a be a random number taking on the values 1, . . . , n, with proba
bility 1/2 that it is contained in (n/3, 2n/3], and probability 1/4 that
it is contained in either [1, n/3] or (2n/3, n]. Consider an algorithm
that has the following behavior:
if (a ≤ n/3) then perform i operations
else
if (a > n/3 and a ≤ 2n/3) then perform log
3
n operations
else
perform n
2
operations
Perform an average case cost analysis of this algorithm.
6. Given n numbers in a sorted list, we know that in general, the worst
case cost for linear search is n, and its average cost is is (n + 1)/2,
whereas the worst and average case costs for binary search are log
2
n
and (log
2
n)/2. Suppose instead that we have a special situation where
the probability that the item we are seeking is ﬁrst in the list is p, and
the probability that it in position i, 2 ≤ i ≤ n, is (1 −p)/(n −1). For
what values of p are we better oﬀ using linear search, in the sense that
the average cost for linear search is higher than that for binary search?
7. Let P be a program that has the following behavior:
(a) The only inputs are {1, 2, . . . , n}, n is large, and n is divisible by
3.
(b) If the input is one of {1, 2, . . . ,
n
3
} then P takes log n steps.
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(c) If the input is one of {
n
3
+ 1, . . . ,
2n
3
} then P takes n steps
(d) If the input is one of {
2n
3
+ 1, . . . , n} then P takes 2
n
steps
Find a probability distribution on the inputs such that every input has
a nonzero probability of occurring, but the expected time is θ(n).
8. Let A[1..n] be a sorted list. We are pondering writing a program that
will, given a number x, see if it is on the list. Suppose that we have a
special situation where the probability that the item we are seeking is
ﬁrst in the list is p, and the probability that it is in the second position
in the list is p, and the probability that it in position i, 3 ≤ i ≤ n,
is (1 − 2p)/(n − 2). For what values of p will the average case for
linear search do better than log n? (Obtain an inequality involving p,
without summations, but do not simplify it.)
9. Consider the following experiments. For each of them ﬁnd the expected
value and the variance.
(a) Roll a 6sided die and a 4sided die. Add the two values together.
Both dice are fair.
(b) Roll a 2sided die and a 3sided die. Multiply the two values
together. Both dice are fair.
(c) Roll a 3 sided die and another 3sided die. Add the two values
together. The ﬁrst die has probability p
1
of being 1, p
2
of being
2, and p
3
of being 3. The second die is fair. (In this case E and
V will be in terms of p
1
, p
2
, and p
3
.)
10. Let a be a random number taking on the values 1, . . . , n, with proba
bility 1/2 that it is contained in (n/3, 2n/3], and probability 1/4 that
it is contained in [1, n/3], and probability 1/4 that it is in (2n/3, n].
Consider an algorithm that has the following behavior:
if (a ≤ n/3) then perform a log a operations
else if (a > n/3 and a ≤ 2n/3) then perform log
3
n operations
else perform n
2
operations
Perform an average case cost analysis of this algorithm. The ﬁnal
answer can be in Θ notation.
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11. Given n (n > 10) numbers in a sorted list, we know that in general,
the worst case cost for linear search is n, and its average cost is (n +
1)/2, whereas the average case for binary search is (roughly) log n (its
actually (log n)−c for some constant c). Suppose instead that we have
a special situation where the probability that the ith item is sought is
p
i
, and (1) for i ≤ 10 we have p
i
= p, and (2) for i > 10 we have the
probability that it is in position i is p
i
=
1−10p
n−10
. What is the average
case cost of linear search with this probability distribution (the answer
will be in terms of p). For this problem do NOT use Θnotation, you
will need to look at exact results. Using a calculator ﬁnd values of
n > 10 and p < 1 such that linear search performs better than log n
average case.
12. We are going to pick a number from {1, . . . , n} There are constants
p
1
, p
2
, . . ., and a quantity A(n), such that the probability of picking i
is p
i
= A(n)i. What is A(n)?
13. Let n be a large number. Assume we pick numbers from the set
{1, . . . , n}, and after we get a number we square it. (Formally the
sample space is {1, . . . , n} and the random variable is X(a) = a
2
.)
Find a probability distribution such that E(X) = θ(log n).
14. Let P be a program that has the following behavior:
(a) The only inputs are {1, 2, . . . , n}, n is large.
(b) If the input i is ≤ log n then P takes 2
i
steps
(c) If the input i is such that log n < i ≤
n
2
then P takes n
2
steps
(d) If the input i is such that i >
n
2
then P takes n
3
steps.
Answer the following questions.
(a) What is the expected run time if the distribution is uniform? You
may use Θnotation.
(b) Find a distribution where the expected time is Θ(n
2
). (In this
distribution all elements must occur with nonzero probability.)
15. Let S = {1, 2, . . . , n}. We are going to pick a number i out of S
with the following probability distribution. Prob(i) =
A(n)
i
2
(where
A(n) is some function of n). Once we have this number i we compute
X(i) = i
3.2
. (a) Show A(n) = O(1). (b) Find E(X)? (Use Θ notation.)
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16. Let n be a large number. Let f be a function. Assume we pick
numbers from the set {1, . . . , n}, and after we get a number we apply
f to the result. (Formally the sample space is {1, . . . , n} and the
random variable is X(i) = f(i).)
(a) What is the expected value if f(i) = i
2
and the distribution is
uniform? (Use Θ notation.)
(b) Let a, b be reals such that 1 < a << b (a is much less than b).
Assume that f(i) = i
b
. Show that there exists a distribution such
that E(X) = Θ(n
a
). (There are several valid solutions to this
problem, some of which do not use the assumption 1 < a << b
and some of which do.)
17. You play a game of throwing two six sided dice (with integer values
1, . . . , 6). You lose a dollar if the two dice have diﬀerent values. You
win d dollars if the two dice land on the same value d (i.e. you throw
double d’s).
a. What is the expected value of playing this game once.
b. What is the variance of playing this game once.
c. What is the standard deviation of playing this game once.
d. What is the expected value of playing this game n times.
e. What is the variance of playing this game once n times.
f. What is the standard deviation of playing this game once n times.
18. Consider an ssided die, where the sides are marked with the numbers
1, 2, . . . , s, and each side has equal probability (1/s) of being rolled.
(a) What is the expected value of one roll of this die.
(b) What is the expected value of the sum of n (independent) rolls
of this die.
(c) What is the variance and standard deviation of one roll of this
die.
(d) What is the variance and standard deviation of the sum of n
(independent) rolls of this die.
(e) What is the probability of two rolls of this die summing to an
integer t (2 ≤ t ≤ 2s)? (Give your answer as a function of s and
t.)
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(f) What is the probability of two rolls of this die both being s given
that you know that at least one of the two rolls was an s. (Note:
The roll that was an s is NOT necessarily the ﬁrst roll.)
19. A combination lock works by turning to the right three times and
stopping a on particular integer from 1 to 60 (inclusive), turning to
the left two times and stopping on a particular integer from 1 to 60,
and then turning to the right and stopping on a ﬁnal integer from 1
to 60. How many possible combinations are there.
20. Assume a lock has C combinations. A thief tries a combination ran
domly. If it does not work he again tries a combination randomly,
which may (or may not) be the same as the ﬁrst. He keeps doing this
until he ﬁnally opens the lock. On average, how many times will he
try the lock?
21. Professor Pascal wakes up in the morning. He remembers that either
he has six blue socks and four red socks in the drawer or he has four
blue socks and six red socks in the drawer, but he cannot remember
which (assume each is equally likely). He pulls two socks randomly
out of the drawer. It turns out that they are both blue. What is the
probability that initially there were more blue socks.
22. A coin is tossed n times, each time with an independent probability p
of coming up heads and 1−p of coming up tails. Let H be the number
of heads occurring. What is
(a) E[H], the expected number of heads?
(b) V [H], the variance of H?
(c) the standard deviation of H?
(d) the probability that H > 2?
Show your calculations.
23. Consider a threeside die where a 1 has probability p of being rolled, a
2 has probability q of being rolled, and a 3 has probability r = 1−p−q
of being rolled.
(a) Assume you roll the dice once.
a. What is the expected value?
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b. What is the variance?
c. What is the standard deviation?
(b) Assume n independent such dice are rolled and their values are
summed.
a. What is the expected value?
b. What is the variance?
c. What is the standard deviation?
Show your calculations.
24. Assume every child born has probability 1/2 of being a boy or a girl.
Assume that (even within a family) children’s sexes are independent.
(a) Mr. Jones has two children. The older one is a boy. What is the
probability that they are both boys? Why?
(b) Mr. Smith has two children. At least one is a boy. What is the
probability that they are both boys? Why?
(c) Mr. Johnson has three children. At least one is a boy. What is
the probability that at least one is a girl? Why?
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Asympototics
1. For each of the following expressions f(n) ﬁnd a simple g(n) such that
f(n) = Θ(g(n)).
(a) f(n) =
n
i=1
1
i
.
(b) f(n) =
n
i=1
1
i
.
(c) f(n) =
n
i=1
log i.
(d) f(n) = log(n!).
2. Place the following functions into increasing asymptotic order.
f
1
(n) = n
2
log
2
n, f
2
(n) = n(log
2
n)
2
, f
3
(n) =
n
i=0
2
i
, f
4
(n) =
log
2
(
n
i=0
2
i
).
3. Let a, b be real numbers such that a ≥ 0 and Let 0 ≤ b ≤ 1.
(a) Let a ≥ 0. Find a function f
a
that does not involve summations
such that
n
i=0
a
i
= θ(f
a
(n)). (The function f
a
might involve sev
eral cases and might depend on a.)
(b) Let b ≥ 0. Find a function g
b
that does not involve summations
such that
n
i=1
i
b
= θ(g
b
(n)). (The function g
b
might involve sev
eral cases and might depend on b.)
(c) For what values of a and b does f
a
(n) = O(g
b
(n)). (Only consider
the cases where 0 ≤ a, b.)
4. Place the following functions into increasing asymptotic order. If two
or more of the functions are of the same asymptotic order then indicate
this.
f
1
(n) =
n
i=1
√
i, f
2
(n) = (
√
n) log n, f
3
(n) = n
√
log n, f
4
(n) =
12n
3
2
+ 4n,
5. Let k be an integer such that k ≥ 1. Find the constant A such that
the following holds.
n
i=1
i
k
= An
k+1
+ O(n
k
). Prove your result.
6. Let a, b, c be real numbers such that a, b, c ≥ 10. Consider the recur
rence T(n) = aT(
n
b
) +n
c
. You are given the option of either reducing
a, b, or c by 1. You want to make T(n) as small as possible. For
which values of a, b, c are you better oﬀ reducing a? For which values
of a, b, c are you better oﬀ reducing b? For which values of a, b, c are
you better oﬀ reducing c?
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7. Let a, b be real numbers such that a, b > 0. Consider the recurrence
T(n) = T(
n
a
)+T(
n
b
)+n. Specify an inﬁnite number of values for (a, b)
such that T(n) = Θ(n).
8. Let a, b, c be numbers such that 0 ≤ a, b < 1, and c > 0. Let T(n) be
deﬁned by T(2) = 4 and T(n) = T(an) + T(bn) + cn.
(a) Show that if a+b < 1 then T(n) is bounded by a linear function.
(b) Show that if a + b = 1 then T(n) is bounded by O(nlog n).
(c) Does there exist a d such that, for all a, b, c as above, T(n) =
O(n
d
)? (Recall that Onotation just means that n
d
is an upper
bound on T(n).)
9. Let c > 0. Let T be the function deﬁned by
T(0) = 1
T(n) = 81T(
n
3
) + c
n
Find a function g(n) such that T(n) = Θ(g(n)). (The function g may
involve several cases depending on what c is. The cases should be
clearly and easily speciﬁed.)
10. (a) For what values of a, b does the following hold?
n
i=0
i
a
b
i
= O(1).
(b) For which constants a is it the case that 3
n
2
+ 2
n
= O(a
n
)?
11. (a) Find a function f such that
n
i=1
i log i = Θ(f(n)).
(b) Find a simple function f such that
n
i=1
√
i log i = Θ(f(n)). Ex
plain your answer.
12. For each of the following expressions f(n) ﬁnd a simple g(n) such that
f(n) = Θ(g(n)). (You should be able to prove your result by exhibiting
the relevant parameters, but this is not required for the hw.)
(a) f(n) =
n
i=1
3i
4
+ 2i
3
−19i + 20.
(b) f(n) =
n
i=1
3(4
i
) + 2(3
i
) −i
19
+ 20.
(c) f(n) =
n
i=1
5
i
+ 3
2i
.
13. Which of the following are true?
(a)
n
i=1
3
i
= Θ(3
n−1
).
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(b)
n
i=1
3
i
= Θ(3
n
).
(c)
n
i=1
3
i
= Θ(3
n+1
).
14. Show that
∞
i=0
i
5
4
i
3
= O(1).
15. Let a, b be real numbers such that 0 ≤ a ≤ 1 and Let b ≥ 0.
(a) Find a function f
a
that does not involve summations such that
n
i=1
i
−a
= Θ(f
a
(n)). (The function f
a
might involve several
cases and might depend on a.)
(b) Find a function g
b
that does not involve summations such that
n
i=0
b
i
= Θ(g
b
(n)).
(c) For what values of a and b does f
a
(n) = O(g
b
(n))? (Only consider
the cases where 0 ≤ a ≤ 1, and b ≥ 0.)
(d) For what values of a and b does g
b
(n) = O(f
a
(n))? (Only consider
the cases where 0 ≤ a ≤ 1, and b ≥ 0.)
16. Let a, b be real numbers such a > 0 and b > 1. Consider the recurrence
T(n) = aT(
n
b
) + n. You are given the option of either reducing a or b
by 1. You want to make T(n) as small as possible. For which values
of a, b would reducing a by 1 reduce T(n)? For which values of a, b
would reducing b by 1 reduce T(n)?
17. Let a, b be real numbers such that a, b > 0. Consider the recurrence
T(1) = 10, T(n) = T(
n
a
) + T(
n
b
) + n. Specify an inﬁnite number of
values for (a, b) such that T(n) = Θ(n).
18. Let T(1) = 10 and T(n) = T(
√
n) + n. Show that T(n) = O(n).
19. Let a, b be real numbers such that −100 ≤ a ≤ 100 and b > 0.
(a) Find a function f
a
that does not involve summations such that
n
2
i=0
i
7a
= Θ(f
a
(n)). (The function f
a
might involve several
cases and might depend on a. Each case should be simple.)
(b) Find a function g
b
that does not involve summations such that
√
n
i=1
b
12i
= Θ(g
b
(n)). (The function g
b
might involve several
cases and might depend on b. Each case should be simple.)
20. For each of the following functions f ﬁnd a simple function g such that
f(n) = Θ(g(n)).
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(a) f
1
(n) = (1000)2
n
+ 4
n
.
(b) f
2
(n) = n + nlog n +
√
n.
(c) f
3
(n) = log(n
20
) + (log n)
10
.
(d) f
4
(n) = (0.99)
n
+ n
100
.
21. Let c, d be real numbers such that c, d ≥ 0. Consider the recurrence
T(n) = 49T(
n
7
) + n
c
d
n
.
Find a function g
c,d
such that T(n) = Θ(g
c,d
). (The function g
c,d
might
involve several cases and might depend on c and d. Each case should
be simple.)
22. Let a, b be real numbers such that a > 0 and −100 ≤ b ≤ 100.
23. (a) Find a function f
a
that does not involve summations such that
n
2
i=1
a
7i
= Θ(f
a
(n)). (The function f
a
might involve several
cases and might depend on a. Each case should be simple.)
(b) Find a function g
b
that does not involve summations such that
n
i=0
i
5b
= Θ(g
b
(n)). (The function g
b
might involve several cases
and might depend on b. Each case should be simple.)
(c) For what values of a and b does f
a
(n) = O(g
b
(n))? (Only consider
the cases a > 0 and −100 ≤ b ≤ 100.)
(d) For what values of a and b does f
a
(n) = Ω(g
b
(n))? (Only consider
the cases a > 0 and −100 ≤ b ≤ 100.)
24. Let a, b be any real numbers Let T be the function deﬁned by
T(n) =
n
i=1
i
a
(log n)
b
.
Find a function g
a,b
(n) such that T(n) = Θ(g(n)). The function g
a,b
should be as simple as possible. (The function g
a,b
may involve several
cases depending on what a, b is. The cases should be clearly and easily
speciﬁed. NO PROOF REQUIRED.)
25. For each pair of expressions (A, B) below, indicate whether A is O,
o, Ω, ω, or Θ of B. Note that zero, one or more of these relations may
hold for a given pair; list all correct ones.
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A B
(a) n
100
2
n
(b) (lg n)
12
√
n
(c)
√
n n
cos(πn/8)
(d) 10
n
100
n
(e) n
lg n
(lg n)
n
(f) lg (n!) nlg n
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Graph Problems
1. Let K
n
denote the complete graph with n vertices (i.e. each pair
of vertices contains one edge between them), and let K
n
denote the
modiﬁcation of K
n
in which one edge is removed.
(a) When does K
n
have an Euler path?
(b) When does K
n
have a Hamiltonian cycle?
(c) What is the mininum number of colors needed for a proper col
oring of K
n
?
2. Prove that in any (undirected) graph, the number of vertices of odd
degree is even.
3. Find a number a, 0 < a < 1 such that the following statement is true
“If G is a planar graph on n vertices then at least an vertices have
degree ≤ 99.”
4. Let n
1
, n
2
be natural numbers such that n
1
≥ 3 and n
2
≥ 3. Let
C(n
1
, n
2
) be the graph that is formed by taking C
n
1
, the cycle graph
on n
1
vertices, and C
n
2
, the cycle graph on n
2
vertices, and connecting
ALL the vertices of of C
n
1
to ALL the vertices of C
n
2
.
(a) For which values of (n
1
, n
2
) does C(n
1
, n
2
) have an Eulerian cy
cle?
(b) For which values of (n
1
, n
2
) does C(n
1
, n
2
) have a Hamiltonian
path?
(c) For which values of (n
1
, n
2
) is C(n
1
, n
2
) 5colorable but not 4
colorable?
5. Let A be a class of graphs with the following properties: (1) If G ∈ A
and H is a subgraph of G, then H ∈ A. (2) If G ∈ A then G has a
vertex of degree ≤ 10. Show that every graph in A is 10colorable.
6. Prove rigorously that if a graph has three vertices of degree 1, then
that graph does not have a Hamiltonian path.
7. For each of the following combinations of properties either exhibit a
connected graph on 10 vertices that exhibits these properties, or show
that no such graph can exist.
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(a) Eulerian but not Hamiltonian.
(b) Hamiltonian but not Eulerian.
(c) Hamiltonian and 2colorable.
8. Consider the following real world problem: Given n cities you want to
build a highway system such that, for any two cities x and y, there is
a way to go from x to y that only passes through at most one other
city. You want to minimize the number of roads you build. STATE
this problem rigorously as a problem in graph theory.
9. For every n, ﬁnd the maximal number of edges that a graph with n
vertices can have and still be unconnected.
10. Show that if G is a planar graph then at least half the vertices have
degree ≤ 10.
11. Give an example of a planar graph with an Eulerian path that has 2
vertices of degree 5.
12. A graph is almostplanar if there exists a vertex v it such that if you
remove that vertex then the graph is planar. Show that every almost
planar graph is 5colorable (you may assume that every planar graph
is 4colorable).
13. Let W
n
be the ‘wheel graph’ (pictured below). Formally it has vertices
{1, 2, . . . , n, n + 1} and edge set is the union of the sets
{(1, 2), (2, 3), . . . , (n −2, n −1), (n −1, n), (n, 1)}
and
{(1, n + 1), (2, n + 1), . . . , (n, n + 1)}.
We only consider n ≥ 3.
(a) For which values of n is W
n
2colorable?
(b) For which values of n is W
n
3colorable but not 2colorable?
(c) For which values of n is W
n
4colorable but not 3colorable?
(d) For which values of n is W
n
5colorable but not 4colorable?
14. Find a number c such that the following is true:
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If G is a connected planar graph then at least at least
3
4
of the vertices
have to have degree less than c.
You must prove that your answer is correct. You may assume that the
number of vertices in G is divisible by 4.
15. For n, m ∈ N let K
n,m
be the complete bipartite graph on n, m vertices
(i.e., the left set has n vertices, the right set has m vertices, and for
every left vertex a and right vertex b there is an edge between a and
b).
(a) Draw K
1,3
and K
3,4
.
(b) For what values of n, m does K
n,m
have a cycle that includes
every vertex exactly once.
(c) For what values of n, m does K
n,m
have a path that includes
every vertex exactly once.
16. For any graphs G and H the graph G ⊕ H is formed by placing an
edge between EVERY vertex of G and EVERY vertex of H. Let
n ≥ 3. Let C
n
= (V, E) be the cycle graph (i.e., V = {1, . . . , n} and
E = {(1, 2), . . . , (n −1, n), (n, 1)}.)
(a) Find all values of n, m such that C
n
⊕ C
m
4colorable but not
3colorable.
(b) Find all values of n, m such that C
n
⊕ C
m
5colorable but not
4colorable.
(c) Find all values of n, m such that C
n
⊕ C
m
6colorable but not
5colorable.
17. Show that if a graph on n vertices has ≥ n
√
n edges then it must have
a vertex of degree ≥ log n. (You may assume that n is large.)
18. Let G be a bipartite graph with m nodes on the left side and n nodes
on the right side. What is the maximum number of edges G can
have? What is the maximum number of edges G can have and still be
disconnected?
19. Deﬁne a notion of a kpartite graph. Phrase questions about kpartite
graphs similar to those in the last questions.
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20. The courses 150, 251, 451, and 650 must be taught. Bill can teach 150
or 650. Clyde can teach 150 or 451. Diane can teach 451 or 650. Edna
can teach 150 or 251.
(a) Model this scenario with a graph.
(b) Find all possible schedules that assign teachers to classes so that
all four classes are taught and every teacher teaches just one class.
21. Let T be a weighted tree. Let f be some function that is easily com
puted (it goes from Naturals to Naturals). An fminimal spanning tree
is a spanning tree where the weights are w
1
, ..., w
m
and
m
i=1
f(w
i
) is
minimal among all spanning trees. Give an eﬃcient algorithm to ﬁnd
the fminimal spanning tree of a weighted tree.
22. Let G = (V, E) be a directed graph.
(a) Assuming that Gis represented by an adjacency matrix A[1..n, 1..n],
give a Θ(n
2
)time algorithm to compute the adjacency list repre
sentation of G. (Represent the addition of an element v to a list
l using pseudocode by l ←l ∪ {v}.)
(b) Assuming that G is represented by an adjacency list Adj[1..n],
give a Θ(n
2
)time algorithm to compute the adjacency matrix of
G.
(c) Is there a reasonable assumption you can make to get the run
time of part b down to O(E)?
23. If we take a complete undirected graph (a graph that has n vertices,
and edges between all pairs of vertices) and direct all the edges in some
arbitrary manner, we obtain a graph called a tournament. (Think of
n players playing a game, in which every two players play against
each other, and the edge is directed towards the winner.) A directed
Hamilton path in G, is a directed path that includes every vertex of
G exactly once. Prove that every tournament has a Hamilton path.
(Hint: Try Induction.)
24. Prove that in a graph G = (V, E), the number of vertices that have
odd degree are even. (Hint: First show that
v∈V
deg(v) = 2m where
m is the number of edges in G.)
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25. Describe concisely and accurately a lineartime algorithm for solving
the singlesource shortest paths problem in a weighted DAG. Give a
rigorous, concise proof that your algorithm is correct.
Hints: Topological sort; relaxation lemma; try your alg. on examples.
26. Using depth ﬁrst search, outline an algorithm that determines whether
the edges of a connected, undirected graph can be directed to produce
a strongly connected directed graph. If so, the algorithm outputs such
an orientation of the edges. (Hint: Show that this can be done if and
only if removing an edge leaves a connected graph.)
27. An Euler Circuit for an undirected graph is a path which starts and
ends at the same vertex and uses each edge exactly once.
(a) Prove that a connected, undirected graph has an Euler circuit if
and only if every vertex has even degree.
(a) Give an O(V  + E) algorithm to ﬁnd an Euler circuit if one
exists.
28. A bipartite graph is one whose vertex set can be partitioned into two
sets A and B, such that each edge in the graph goes between a vertex
in A and a vertex in B. (No edges between nodes in the same set are
allowed.)
Give an O(E +V ) algorithm that takes an input graph (represented
in adjacency list form) and decides if the graph is bipartite. If the
graph is bipartite, the algorithm should also produce the bipartition.
(Hint: use BFS.)
29. Consider the following problem: There is a set of movies M
1
, M
2
, . . . , M
k
.
There is also a set of customers, with each one indicating the two
movies they would like to see this weekend. (Assume that customer i
speciﬁes a subset S
i
of the two movies that he/she would like to see.
Movies are shown on saturday evening and sunday evening. Multiple
movies may be screened at the same time.)
You need to decide which movies should be televised on saturday, and
which movies should be televised on sunday, so that every customer
gets to see the two movies they desire. The question is: is there a
schedule so that each movie is shown at most once? Design an eﬃcient
algorithm to ﬁnd such a schedule if one exists?
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(One naive solution would be to show all movies on both days, so that
each customer can see one desired movie on each day. We would need
k channels if k is the number of movies in this solution – hence if there
is a solution in which each movie is shown at most once, we would like
to ﬁnd it.)
30. Consider a rooted DAG (directed, acyclic graph with a vertex – the
root – that has a path to all other vertices). Give a linear time (O(V +
E)) algorithm to ﬁnd the length of the longest simple path from the
root to each of the other vertices. (The length of a path is the number
of edges on it.)
31. The diameter of a tree T = (V, E) is given by
max
u,v∈V
δ(u, v)
(where δ(u, v) is the number of edges on the path from u to v). De
scribe an eﬃcient algorithm to compute the diameter of a tree, and
show the correctness and analyze the running time of your algorithm.
Hint: Use BFS or DFS.
32. Show that the vertices of any nvertex binary tree can be partitioned
into two disconnected sets A and B by removing a single edge such
that A and B are at most 3n/4. Give a simple example where this
bound is met.
33. Let G = (V, E) be an undirected graph. Give an O(n + e)time algo
rithm to compute a path in G that traverses each edge in E exactly
once in each direction.
item Suppose you are given a set of tasks T, where task t takes time
D[t] from start to ﬁnish. Tasks may be performed simultaneously, with
the constraint that for each task t there is a set of tasks P[t] which
must be completed before task t is begun.
Let R =
t∈T
P[t]. Describe (give pseudocode for) an O(T +
R)time, DFSbased algorithm which, given D and P, computes the
minimum amount of time needed to complete all the tasks, or returns
∞ if it is not possible to meet the constraints.
Hint: work bottomup.
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34. a Show that if (u, v) is the lightest edge on a cut, there exists a
MST containing (u, v).
b Show that if (u, v) is the heaviest edge on a cycle, there exists a
MST not containing (u, v).
35. A pseudotree in an undirected graph is a connected subgraph that
is either a tree or a tree plus a single edge (so that it contains ex
actly one simple cycle). A pseudoforest in is a collection of vertex
disjoint pseudotrees. Describe and analyze a fast algorithm for ﬁnding
a pseudoforest of maximum total edge weight in an undirected graph
with nonnegative edge weights.
FACT: There are algorithms for this problem that run a least as fast
as the fastest known spanning tree algorithms.
36. Let G = (V, E) be a directed graph. The reversal of G is a graph
G
R
= (V, E
R
) where the directions of the edges have been reversed
(i.e. E
R
= {(i, j)(j, i) ∈ E}).
(a) Assuming that Gis represented by an adjacency matrix A[1..n, 1..n],
give an O(n
2
)time algorithm to compute the adjacency matrix
A
R
for G
R
.
(b) Assuming that G is represented by an adjacency list Adj[1..n],
give an O(n + e)time algorithm to compute an adjacency list
representation of G
R
.
37. Show that the vertices of any nvertex binary tree can be partitioned
into two disconnected sets A and B by removing a single edge such
that A and B are at most 3n/4. Give a simple example where this
bound is met.
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Data Structures
1. Let p
1
, . . . , p
n
be n points in the plane, with both coordinates in the
set {1, 2, . . . , N}. Devise an O(n
2
) data structure for them such that
the following type of query can be answered in O(1) steps: given a
rectangle, how many or p
1
, . . . , p
n
are in the rectangle.
2. Recall that a heap allows inserts and deletes in O(log n) steps, and
FINDMAX in O(1) steps. Devise a structure that allows inserts and
deletes in O(log n) steps and both FINDMAX and FINDMIN in O(1)
steps.
3. Devise an (nlog n) algorithm for the following problem: Given n points
in the plane, ﬁnd the pair with the shortest distance between them.
(Hint: Sort the points on the xcoordinate and then store in some
cleverly chosen data structure.)
4. Let S be a set of n orthogonal lines in the plane (lines parallel to either
the xaxis or yaxis). Devise a Data Structure for the following such
that the following query will be easy: Given an orthogonal line (not
in S), which of the n lines in S does it intersect?”
5. Let S be a set of N intervals I
1
, . . . , I
N
which have endpoints in
{1, 2, . . . n}. Assume every interval in S has a natural number associ
ated to it. Devise a data structure such that the following operation
are O(log n).
(a) Given k, what is
k∈I
j
∈S
(element associated to I
j
).
(b) Update by changing the value associated to an interval.
6. Let S = {p
1
, . . . , p
n
} be n points in the plane. Devise a Data Structure
for S such that the following operations can be carried out quickly
(a) a) which pair of points is closest together,
(b) b) insert a point,
(c) c) delete a point.
7. Let S = {p
1
, . . . , p
n
} be n points in the plane. Assume they all have x
coordinate in the set {1, 2, . . . , N}. Devise a Data Structure to answer
the following type of query: Given x
0
, x
1
∈ {1, 2, . . . , N} and y
0
a
natural number, ﬁnd {(x, y)  x
0
≤ x ≤ x
1
, y ≤ y
0
} ∩ S. The data
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structure should take up no more than O(N+n) space, and each query
should take O(k + log log n).
8. Let S = {w
1
, . . . , w
k
} where the w
i
are (very long) strings. Devise a
data structure that will support the following operations.
(a) FIND:Σ
+
→ Σ
+
. FIND(w) returns the longest preﬁx of w that
is a subword of some w
i
.
(b) FREQ:Σ
+
→N. FREQ(w) returns how often w occurs as a sub
word of any w
i
.
(c) LOC:Σ
+
→ 2
N×N
. LOC(w) returns the places w occurs, e.g. if
the output is {(1, 3), (1, 7), (4, 5)} then there is a w in w
1
starting
in the 3
rd
position, a w in w
1
starting in the 7
th
position, and a
w in w
4
starting in the 5
th
position.
9. Let A be a set of n disjoint sets. Devise a data structure that will
accommodate the following operations in the time bounds listed
(a) UNION(X, Y ). This sets X to X ∪ Y , and destroys Y .
(b) FIND(x). This returns where x is (recall that the sets are all
disjoint and these operations will keep them that way).
(c) DEUNION: Undoes the last union
(d) BACKTRACK: Undoes all the unions going back to and includ
ing the largest one formed.
10. Picture an environment where updates and queries are coming in
FAST. You might not have ANY time to do an update to the struc
ture, so you put the update itself in a buﬀer. Devise a structure for a
set on integers where the queries are just to see if some integer is in
the structure. How well does it do.
11. A Deap is a data structure that is a tree such that (a) there is nothing
at the root, (b) the left subtree is a Maxheap, (c) the right subtree
is a Minheap, (d) every leaf in the Maxheap is bigger that its corre
sponding leaf in the Minheap.
Show how to implement FINDMIN, FINDMAX in O(1), INSERT,
and DELETEMIN and DELETEMAX in O(log n), and CREATE in
O(n). (My notes about the reference claim that INSERT can be done
in O(log log n) steps — but I am not sure I believe that.
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12. Devise a Data Structure for a weighted Directed Graph on n nodes
that can do the following operations quickly.
(a) Merge two components,
(b) locate which component a vertex is in,
(c) retrieve minimum edge in a component.
13. Devise a Data Structure for a directed graph that can answer the
following three types of queries.
(a) Given two vertices x and y, determine if there is a path between
them. If so, then output the path. This should take time O(1) if
there is no path, and O(LENGTH OF PATH) if there is a path.
(b) Given edge, delete it.
(c) Given a nonedge, add it as an edge.
14. Consider the movetofront heuristic where you decide whether or not
to move the item up probabilistically: the more often the item has
been accessed, the more likely to move it up. Write pseudocode to
implement this heuristic.
15. Devise a data structure to store n horizontal lines so that you can
tell, given an inﬁnite vertical line, if it hits one of them. The data
structure should take O(n
2
) space and be able to answer the query in
O(1). Look into variants.
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Analysis of Algorithms
1. For the following program ﬁnd a function f(n) such the runtime is
Θ(f(n)).
BEGIN
Input(n)
For i := 1 to n do [TAKES 5
i
STEPS]
i := n
While i ≥
n
2
do
begin
SOMETHING THAT TAKES i STEPS
i := i −1
END
2. Assume you could multiply two 3 × 3 matrices in 18 multiplications
and 54 additions. How fast can you multiply two n ×n matrices (you
may assume n is a power of 3). Is this better than the algorithm in
class for n × n matrices? Give conditions on a, b, c, and d such the
following statement holds when a, b, c, and d satisfy that condition:
“If one could multiply 2 a × a matrices using b multiplications and c
additions then one could multiply two n ×n matrices in a better way
than that shown in class.” (Try to make the conditions as general as
possible.)
3. The result of applying Gaussian elimination to a square matrix is an
upper triangular matrix, U. Suppose you wish to solve the equation
Ux = c
for the unknown vector x, where U has n rows and columns and x
and c are vectors of size n. How many multiplications are required?
Justify your answer.
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Divide and Conquer
1. Assume we could multiply two 3 digit numbers with k multiplications.
a. How fast (just the order, i.e. do not worry about the constants)
is a new “fancy” multiplication algorithm based on this fact?
b. How small does k have to be for this algorithm to be asymptoti
cally faster than the “standard” (O(n
2
)) algorithm?
c. How small does k have to be for this algorithm to be asymptoti
cally faster than the O(n
lg 3
) algorithm?
2. Assume that additions and multiplications of numbers both take ex
actly one time unit.
(a) Exactly how many multiplications does the standard matrix mul
tiplication algorithm use to multiply two n×n matrices? Exactly
how many additions does it use? What is the exact time it uses
to multiply two n ×n matrices?
(b) What is the exact time to multiply two n × n matrices using
Strassen’s algorithm?
(c) For what values of n is Strassen’s algorithm better than the stan
dard algorithm? Justify your answer.
3. Devise an O(nlog n) algorithm for the following problem: Given n
points in the plane, ﬁnd the pair that is closed together.
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Dynamic Programming
1. Let k, n ∈ N. The (k, n)egg problem is as follows: There is a building
with n ﬂoors. You are told that there is a ﬂoor f such that if an egg is
dropped oﬀ the fth ﬂoor then it will break, but if it is dropped oﬀ the
(f −1)st ﬂoor it will not. (It is possible that f = 1 so the egg always
breaks, or f = n + 1 in which case the egg never breaks.) If an egg
breaks when dropped from some ﬂoor then it also breaks if dropped
from a higher ﬂoor. If an egg does not break when dropped from some
ﬂoor then it also does not break if dropped from a lower ﬂoor. Your
goal is, given k eggs, to ﬁnd f. The only operation you can perform is
to drop an egg oﬀ some ﬂoor and see what happens. If an egg breaks
then it cannot be reused. You would like to drop eggs as few times
as possible. Let E(k, n) be the minimal number of eggdroppings that
will always suﬃce.
(a) Show that E(1, n) = n.
(b) Show that E(k, n) = Θ(n
1
k
).
(c) Find a recurrence for E(k, n). Write a dynamic program to ﬁnd
E(k, n). How fast does it run?
(d) Write a dynamic program that can be used to actually yield the
optimal strategy for ﬁnding the ﬂoor f. How fast does it run?
2. Let α and β be constants. Assume that in a tree it costs α to go left,
and β to go right. Devise an algorithm that will, given keys k
1
, . . . , k
n
which have probabilities of being searched p
1
, . . . , p
n
, builds a tree with
optimal worst case cost.
3. Consider the following greedy algorithm for solving the chained matrix
multiplication problem: Let the matrices A
1
, ..., A
n
, have dimensions
p
1
×q
1
, ..., p
n
× q
n
. Look for the smallest dimension, say q
i−1
and p
i
,
and parenthesize between matrices A
i−1
and A
i
, so that we multiply
A
1
to A
i−1
in the best possible way, A
i
to A
n
in the best possible
way, and ﬁnally multiply the two resulting matrices. In order the
determine how to multiply A
1
to A
i−1
and A
i
to A
n
we apply the
algorithm recursively.
Show that this greedy algorithm does not ﬁnd the optimal way to
multiply a chain of matrices.
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4. Write an eﬃcient algorithm to determine an order of evaluating the
matrix product M
1
× M
2
× M
3
. . . ×M
n
so as to minimize the scalar
multiplications in the case where each M is of dimension 1 × 1, 1 ×
d, d ×1, d ×d for some ﬁxed d.
5. We are given a collection of n books, which must be placed in a library
book case. Let h[1..n] and w[1..n] be arrays, where h[i] denotes the
height of the ith book and w[i] denotes the width of the ith book.
Assume that these arrays are given by the books’ catalogue numbers
(and the books MUST be shelved in this order), and that books are
stacked in the usual upright manner (i.e., you CANNOT lay a book
on its side). All book cases have width W, but you may have any
height you like. The books are placed on shelves in the book case.
You may use as many shelves as you like, placed wherever you like (up
to the height of the book case), and you may put as many books on
each shelf as you like (up to the width of the book case). Assume for
simplicity that shelves take up no vertical height.
The bookshelver’s problem is, given h[1..n], w[1..n], and W, what is the
minimum height book case that can shelve all of these books. Below
shows an example of a shelving. The height and width of the 6th
book are shown to the right. (Notice that there is some unnecessarily
wasted height on the third shelf.)
h[6]
W
H
w[6]
(a) Write down a recurrence for book shelver’s problem.
(b) Use your recurrence to develop an eﬃcient dynamic programming
for solving the book shelver’s problem.
(c) Analyze the running time of your algorithm.
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6. Consider the problem of not only ﬁnding the value of the maximum
contiguous subsequence in an array, but also determining the two end
points. Give a linear time algorithm for solving this problem. [What
happens if all entries are negative?]
7. Assume that there are n numbers (some possibly negative) in an array
, and we wish to ﬁnd the maximum contiguous sum. Give an eﬃcient
algorithm for solving this problem. What is its time?
8. Assume that there are n numbers (some possibly negative) in a circle,
and we wish to ﬁnd the maximum contiguous sum on the circle. Give
an eﬃcient algorithm for solving this problem. What is its time?
9. Given an array a[1, . . . , n] of integers, consider the problem of ﬁnding
the longest monotonically increasing subsequence of not necessarily
contiguous entries in your array. For example, if the entries are 10, 3,
9, 5, 8, 13, 11, 14, then a longest monotonically increasing subsequence
is 3, 5, 8, 11, 14. The goal of this problem is to ﬁnd an eﬃcient dynamic
programming algorithm for solving this problem.
HINT: Let L[i] be the length of the longest monotonically increasing
sequence that ends at and uses element a[i].
(a) Write down a recurrence for L[i].
(b) Based on your recurrence, give a recursive program for ﬁnding
the length of the longest monotonically increasing subsequence.
What can you say about its running time?
(c) Based on your recurrence, give a Θ(n
2
) dynamic programming
algorithm for ﬁnding the length of the longest monotonically in
creasing subsequence.
(d) Modify your algorithm to actually ﬁnd the longest increasing sub
sequence (not just its length).
(e) Improve your algorithm so that it ﬁnds the length of the longest
monotonically increasing subsequence in Θ(nlg n) time.
10. Consider the problem of computing the probability of which team will
win a game consisting of many points. Assume team A has probability
p of winning each point and team B has probability q = 1−p of winning
each point. Let P(i, j) be the probability that team A will win the
game given that it needs i points to win and team B needs j points.
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(a) Write down a recurrence for P(i, j).
(b) Use your recurrence to develop an eﬃcient dynamic programming
algorithm for determining the probability that team A will win
the game given that it needs i points and team B needs j points.
(c) Analyze the running time of your algorithm.
11. The traditional world chess championship is a match of 24 games. The
current champion retains the title in case the match is a tie. Not only
are there wins and losses, but some games end in a draw (tie). Wins
count as 1, losses as 0, and draws as 1/2. The players take turns
playing white and black. White has an advantage, because he moves
ﬁrst. Assume the champion is white in the ﬁrst game, has probabilities
w
w
, w
d
, and w
l
of winning, drawing, and losing playing white, and
has probabilities b
w
, b
d
, and b
l
of winning, drawing, and losing playing
black.
(a) Write down a recurrence for the probability that the champion
retains the title. Assume that there are g games left to play in
the match and that the champion needs to win i games (which
may end in a 1/2).
(b) Based on your recurrence, give a dynamic programming to cal
culate the champion’s probability of retaining the title.
(c) Analyze its running time assuming that the match has n games.
12. You are given an n × n matrix A whose entries are either 0 or 1. We
want to decompose this matrix into rectangular submatrices such that
the entries in any submatrix are either all 0 or all 1. We limit the
decompositions to a special type called guillotine decompositions. A
guillotine decomposition of a subarray A[i
1
..i
2
, j
1
..j
2
] is deﬁned recur
sively, as follows. If i
1
= i
2
and j
1
= j
2
, then no further decomposition
is possible. If i
1
< i
2
then select any i, i
1
≤ i < i
2
and split the array
horizontally just after row i, creating two new subarrays A[i
1
..i, j
1
..j
2
]
and A[(i + 1)..i
2
, j
1
..j
2
]. If j
1
< j
2
then select any j, j
1
≤ j < j
2
and split the array vertically just after column j, creating two new
subarrays A[i
1
..i
2
, j
1
..j] and A[i
1
..i
2
, (j + 1)..j
2
]. If both i
1
< i
2
and
j
1
< j
2
then you are free to make either type of cut. Once the two
submatrices are formed, they may be further decomposed by a guil
lotine decomposition. An example of a guillotine decomposition into
submatrices of one value is shown below.
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0
0
0
0
0 0
1 1
1 1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0 0
0 0
0 0
0
1 0 0 1
0
0 0
0 0
0 0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1 1
1 1
0 0
0
0
0
0
Write a dynamic programming algorithm to determine the MINIMUM
number of guillotine cuts needed to decompose the matrix A into sub
matrices of one value. Justify the correctness of your algorithm, and
derive its running time. (Note: You do not have to output the actual
cuts themselves, just the number of cuts.)
13. Consider the problem of neatly printing a paragraph on a printer. The
input text is a sequence of n words of lengths l
1
, l
2
, . . . , l
n
, measured
in characters. We want to print this paragraph neatly on a number
of lines that hold a maximum of M characters each. Our criterion for
“neatness” is as follows. There MUST be at least one space between
any two words on the same line. Except for the last line, if a given
line contains words i through j, word i starts in the leftmost position
of the line, and word j ends in the rightmost position of the line, and
space is inserted between the words as evenly as possible. The amount
of extra space between any two words on this line is
M −
j
k=i
l
k
j −i
−1,
and the total cost of the line is the cube of this value multiplied times
(j −i). For the last line, we simply put one space between each word,
starting at the leftmost position of the line. We wish to minimize the
sum of costs of all lines (except the last). Give a dynamic programming
algorithm to determine the neatest way to print the words. It suﬃces
to determine the minimum cost, not the actual printing method. You
may assume that every word has length less than M/2, so that there
are at least two words on each line. Analyze the running time and
space of your algorithm.
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Greedy Algorithms
1. Write a greedy algorithm for the Traveling Salesperson Problem Find
an inﬁnite set of graphs for which it ﬁnds the optimal solution (no proof
required). (The Traveling Salesperson problems is, given a weighted
graph G, ﬁnd the minimum cost hamiltonian cycle.)
2. Give a GREEDY ALGORITHM that tries to ﬁnd a coloring of a graph
that uses the least number of colors. Give a class of graphs for which
your algorithm succeeds in ﬁnding the least number of colors needed.
Give a class of graphs for which your algorithm always uses more colors
then it has to.
3. Assume that you are given a set {x
1
, . . . , x
n
} of n points on the real
line and wish to cover them with unit length closed intervals.
(a) Describe an eﬃcient greedy algorithm that covers the points with
as few intervals as possible.
(b) Prove that your algorithm works correctly.
4. While walking on the beach one day you ﬁnd a treasure trove. Inside
there are n treasures with weights w
1
, . . . , w
n
and values v
1
, . . . , v
n
.
Unfortunately you have a knapsack that only holds a total weight M.
Fortunately there is a knife handy so that you can cut treasures if
necessary; a cut treasure retains its fractional value (so, for example,
a third of treasure i has weight w
i
/3 and value v
i
/3).
(a) Describe a Θ(nlg n) time greedy algorithm to solve this problem.
(b) Prove that your algorithm works correctly.
(c) Improve the running time of your algorithm to Θ(n).
5. Modify Kruskal’s algorithm as follows. Sort the edges of the graph
in DECREASING order, and then run the algorithm as before. True
or False: This modiﬁed algorithms produces a Maximum Cost Span
ning Tree. If True then prove your answer, and if False then give a
counterexample.
6. Modify Dijkstra’s algorithm as follows. (1) Initialize all d[v] values to
−∞, (2) rather than performing an ExtractMin, perform an Extract
Max, and (3) in relaxation, reverse all comparisons so that the shortest
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path estimate d[v] increases rather than decreases. True or False: This
modiﬁed algorithm determines the cost of the longest simple path from
the source to each vertex. If True then prove your answer, and if False
then give a counterexample.
7. Suppose we are given a graph G (connected, undirected) with costs on
the edges (all costs > 0). Now we construct a new graph G
, which is
the same as G, except for the costs. The cost of an edge e is deﬁned
to be 1/c
e
where c
e
is the cost of e in G.
(a) Is the Minimum cost spanning tree in G, the Maximum cost span
ning tree in G
? Prove or disprove.
(b) Suppose that P is the shortest path from s to v in G. Is P the
longest simple path from s to v in G
? Prove, or disprove.
8. Assume that we have a network (a connected undirected graph) in
which each edge e
i
has an associated bandwidth b
i
. If we have a path
P, from s to v, then the capacity of the path is deﬁned to be the mini
mum bandwidth of all the edges that belong to the path P. We deﬁne
capacity(s, v) = max
P(s,v)
capacity(P). (Essentially, capacity(s, v) is
equal to the maximum capacity path from s to v.) Give an eﬃcient
algorithm to compute capacity(s, v), for each vertex v; where s is some
ﬁxed source vertex. Show that your algorithm is “correct”, and ana
lyze its running time.
(Design something that is no more than O(n
2
), and with the right
data structures takes O(mlg n) time.)
9. Suppose that your boss gives you a connected undirected graph G,
and you compute a minimum cost spanning tree T. Now he tells
you that he wants to change the cost of an edge. Your job is to
recompute the new minimum spanning tree (say T
). A good algorithm
should recompute the MST by considering only those edges that might
change.
For each of the following situations, indicate whether 1) the MST
cannot change 2) the MST can possibly change. If case 2) occurs then
describe what changes might occur in the MST. State WHICH edges
might possibly be deleted from the MST, and WHICH edges might
possibly be inserted into the MST, and HOW you would select the
edges to be inserted/deleted. (For extra credit: give a proof for your
scheme.)
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(a) He decreases the cost of an edge e that belongs to T.
(b) He increases the cost of an edge e that belongs to T.
(c) He decreases the cost of an edge f that does not belong to T.
(d) He increases the cost of an edge f that does not belong to T.
You do not need to design an algorithm, but to simply state the edges
that need to be considered.
10. Prove that if a connected undirected graph has distinct edge weights,
then the minimum cost spanning tree is unique. (Hint: Recall the
proof of Kruskal’s algorithm.)
11. Prove the following lemma:
If an edge of an undirected weighted graph is the unique most expensive
edge on a cycle, then it is not in any minimumweight spanning tree.
12. Modify Dijkstra’s algorithm as follows. (1) Initialize all d[v] values to
−∞, (2) rather than performing an ExtractMin, perform an Extract
Max, and (3) in relaxation, reverse all comparisons so that the shortest
path estimate d[v] increases rather than decreases. True or False: This
modiﬁed algorithm determines the cost of the longest simple path from
the source to each vertex. If True then prove your answer, and if False
then give a counterexample.
13. A coloring of an undirected graph is assignment of colors to the nodes
so that no two neighboring nodes have the same color. In the graph
coloring problem, we desire to ﬁnd the minimum number of colors
needed to color an undirected graph.
One possible greedy algorithm for this problem is to start with an
arbitrary node and color it “1”. Then to consider every other node
one at a time and color it “1” if it does not neighbor a node already
colored “1”. Now do the same for all of the remaining nodes using the
color “2”. Continue in this fashion until all of the nodes in the graph
are colored.
(a) How would you implement this algorithm eﬃciently? Be brief but
clear. What is your running time as a function of the number of
vertices V , edges E, and colors C.
(b) Prove that for every graph, the algorithm might get lucky and
color it with as few colors as possible.
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(c) Prove that the algorithm can be arbitrarily bad. In other words,
for every constant α > 0 the ratio between the number of colors
used by the greedy algorithm and by the optimal algorithm could
be at least α.
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Sorting and Selection
1. Assume you have some kind of superhardware that, when given two
lists of length m that are sorted, merges them into one sorted list,
and takes only
√
m steps. Write down a recursive algorithm that uses
this hardware to sort lists of length n. Write down a recurrence to
describe the run time. (For your own enlightenment replace
√
m with
other functions and see what happens.)
2. Consider the following variation of mergesort. Given a set of n num
bers, divide it into three subsets of equal size, sort each of the three
subsets, merge the ﬁrst two subsets in sorted order, and then merge
the result with the third subset in sorted order. You may assume that
you have available a procedure merge that merges two sorted lists of
size n
1
and n
2
in time n
1
+n
2
. You may also assume that n is a power
of three.
(a) Write an informal program that could implement this algorithm.
(b) Analyze the cost of this algorithm.
3. Let a be a number such that 0 ≤ a ≤ 1. Assume that you have a
subroutine that ﬁnds the minimum of n numbers in n
a
steps. Using
this subroutine, write an algorithm that sorts a list of n numbers.
How fast does your algorithm run (you may use θnotation). For what
values of a is the algorithm better than θ(nlog n) (you may assume n
is large and reason asymptotically).
4. Assume that you have specialpurpose hardware that can take two
sorted lists of equal size n and merge them in
(n) steps. Devise
a sorting algorithm using this hardware that performs substantially
better than O(nlog n).
5. Let A[1..n] be an array such that the ﬁrst n−
√
n elements are already
sorted (though we know nothing about the remaining elements. Write
an algorithm that will sort A in substantially better than nlog n steps.
6. For what values of α, 0 ≤ α ≤ 1 is the following statement TRUE:
Given an array A[1..n] where the ﬁrst n − n
α
are sorted (though we
know nothing about the remaining elements), A can be sorted in linear
time (i.e., O(n) steps).
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7. Let P be a program that has the following format.
PROCEDURE P
begin
Input(n) (this takes 0 steps)
if n = 1 then execute 4 operations and stop. (if n = 1 this takes 0
operations.)
Execute n operations
Call P on input
n
3

Execute n operations
Call P on input
n
4

end
Write a recurrence for T(n), the running time of this program. Find
a number c such that for all n ≥ 1, T(n) ≤ cn.
8. Assume you had a way of expressing the product of two numbers of n
bits long by using a products of numbers that are
n
b
long, along with
addition of c numbers. How fast can you multiply two numbers of n
bits long. For what values of a, b, c is this better than the algorithm
in class.
9. In American we have coins for 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, and 25 cents.
Show that if you want x cents and the least amount of coins, the greedy
algorithm is optimal. Exhibit of set of coin denominations for which
greedy is not optimal, the includes a 1 cent coin.
10. Devise a structure that allows MAX and MIN in O(1) steps, INSERT
in O(log n) steps, and DELETE in O(n). (For your own enlighten
ment, and ONE extra point, come up with a structure that allows
MAX and MIN in O(1) steps, INSERT in O(log n), and DELETE
also in O(log n).)
11. You wish to store a set of n numbers in either a heap or a sorted array.
(Heap is MAXheap, has MAX element on top, etc.) For each of the
following desired properties state whether you are better oﬀ using a
heap or an ordered array, or that it does not matter. Justify your
answers.
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(a) Want to ﬁnd the MAX quickly.
(b) Want to be able to delete an element quickly.
(c) Want to be able to form the structure quickly.
(d) Want to ﬁnd the MIN quickly.
12. Given n elements we are going to, in the course of time, (1) do an add
or delete a times, (2) try to ﬁnd MAX b times, (3) try to ﬁnd MIN
c times. We can assume a, b, c are much smaller than n. For what
values of a, b, c are we better oﬀ using a heap? For what values are we
better oﬀ using a sorted array. (You must also take into consideration
the time spent forming these structures.)
13. Assume that we are going to be sorting arrays A[1..n] but that we have
a MAGIC algorithm that sorts arrays of size ≤
n
3
in n steps. Rewrite
the pseudocode for QUICKSORT on page 154 so that it can use this
MAGIC algorithm. What is the worst case performance? What is the
best case performance?
14. For each of the following scenarios indicate if you would use QUICK
SORT or HEAPSORT and why.
(a) It is absolutely crucial that the array gets sorted quickly.
(b) The array is such that you have a good idea of where the median
is.
(c) Space is a crucial parameter you can’t use even a little bit of
extra space.
(d) Space is relevant, but using a little extra space is okay.
15. Assume that you have hardware that can sort log n elements in ONE
step. We are thinking of sorting a list of n elements using this hard
ware. What is a LOWER BOUND on how well we can do? Explain
your result. (You can assume that the only operations allowed are
comparisons, the operation above, and swaps. Hence a variation of
the decision tree model is appropriate.)
16. Let f(n) be a function of n. Assume that we are going to sort n
numbers from the set ¦1, . . . , f(n)¦. Assume that we use RADIX sort.
Find an inﬁnite number of functions f such that RADIX SORT per
forms substantially better than O(nlog n).
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17. The algorithm for bucket sort is geared to take inputs in the range
[0, 1) (fractions allowed of course). Let p be a positive natural number.
Adjust the algorithm so it takes inputs that are natural numbers in
¦1, . . . , pn¦ and uses p buckets. Discuss informally how this algorithm
might behave if the inputs are chosen with the distribution Prob(x =
i) =
K
i
(Where K is the appropriate constant). How might you adjust
the algorithm so that it performs well for this distribution?
18. Consider the following two statements: (1) Sorting n elements RE
QUIRES Ω(nlog n) operations, (2) Radix sort, counting sort, and
bucket sort perform in time substantially better than O(nlog n). These
statements seem to be in contradiction. Explain carefully why they
are not.
19. Assume that you can ﬁnd the median of 7 elements in 12 comparisons.
Devise a lineartime MEDIAN FINDING algorithm that uses this.
Give an upper bound on the number of comparisons used (do NOT
use Onotation). Try to make the bound as tight as possible.
20. Let a, b be numbers. Assume that you can ﬁnd the median of a el
ements in b comparisons. Use this in the lineartime median ﬁnding
algorithm. Give an upper bound on the number of comparisons used
(do NOT use Onotation). Try to make the bound as tight as possible.
Find values of a, b such that you can ﬁnd medians in ≤ 4n comparisons.
21. For each of the following scenarios say whether you would use MERGE
SORT, QUICKSORT (or variants), RADIX SORT, or COUNTING
SORT. Brieﬂy explain why you chose the one you did.
(a) The elements to be sorted are numbers from the set ¦1, . . . , log n¦
but the only operations we are allowed to use are COMPARE and
SWAP.
(b) We have access to a VERY FAST median ﬁnding algorithm that
we can use as a subroutine.
(c) The elements to be sorted are numbers from the set ¦1, . . . , n¦
and we have access to the actual bits of the number.
(d) No bound is known on the elements to be sorted, but we need to
guarantee fast performance.
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22. Assume that c ≥ 0. Assume you had some kind of superhardware
that, when given two lists of length m that are sorted, merges them
into one sorted list, and takes only m
c
steps. Write down a recursive
algorithm that uses this hardware to sort lists of length n Write down
a recurrence to describe the run time. For what values of c does this
algorithm perform substantially better than O(nlog n)?
23. Assume that n numbers are in a MAXheap.
(a) Show that the third largest element can be found in O(1) steps.
(b) Show that if i is any constant then the ith largest element can be
found in O(1) steps
24. Let d(n) be a function of n such that d(n) << n. Imagine that we
redesigned MAXheaps so that instead of every internal node hav
ing 2 children (except possibly the rightmost internal node on the
secondtolast level, which may have 1 or 2 children), they had d(n)
children (except possibly the rightmost internal node on the second
tolast level, which may have 1, . . . , d(n) children). How fast would the
following operations be? You may use Θnotation. (a) FIND MAX,
(b) INSERT, (c) DELETE MAX, (d) FIND (given a key, determine
whether it is in the structure).
25. Let d ≥ 0. We have special hardware labeled MAGIC that, given
an array B[1..m], places the smallest
m
2
elements into B[1..
m
2
] (not
necessarily in order), places the largest
m
2
into B[(
m
2
+ 1)..m] (not
necessarily in order), and returns the index of the largest element in the
ﬁrst partition (i.e., MAGIC does what PARTITION does in the usual
QUICKSORT algorithm). Assume that this hardware works in m
d
steps. Describe a sorting algorithm similar to QUICKSORT that uses
MAGIC to sort A[1..n]. For what d, will this sorting algorithm perform
(1) much better than Θ(nlog n), (2) much worse than Θ(nlog n), (3)
in Θ(nlog n)?
26. In answering a, b, and c no explanations are needed. Also, QUICK
SORT refers to the randomized version.
(a) Give a scenario where RADIXSORT is better than MERGE
SORT.
(b) Give a scenario where MERGESORT is better than QUICK
SORT.
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(c) Give a scenario where QUICKSORT is better than RADIXSORT.
27. Let a, b ≥ 0. We are going to be sorting numbers between 1 and
n
a
(log n)
b
. Find all values of a, b such that COUNTING SORT will
perform substantially better than O(nlog n).
28. We are going to be sorting numbers in the interval [0, 1) using BUCK
ETSORT. (We use the version in the book where there are n buckets
and each individual one is sorted by INSERTION SORT.)
(a) Find an increasing function f such that the following holds: ‘If
when doing BUCKETSORT we are guaranteed that no bucket
has more than f(n) elements in it, then BUCKETSORT is guar
anteed to do substantially better than O(nlog n).’
(b) Find an inﬁnite number of such functions with diﬀerent orders of
magnitude.
29. Assume you have some kind of superhardware that, when given two
lists of length m that are sorted, merges them into one sorted list,
and takes only
√
m steps. Write down a recursive algorithm that uses
this hardware to sort lists of length n. Write down a recurrence to
describe the run time. (For your own enlightenment replace
√
m with
other functions and see what happens.)
30. Assume that we have a MAGIC ALGORITHM that can, given an
array of n elements, ﬁnds the
n
3
rd largest element in
√
n comparisons.
Use this to devise an algorithm that takes cnlog n comparisons. similar
to QUICKSORT. What is the lowest YOU can make c? (This last part
is for speculation, not serious grading.)
31. Assume that we have MAGIC HARDWARE that can sort k elements
in 1 step.
(a) Give an algorithm for sorting (n elements) that uses this hard
ware. What is its running time?
(b) Give a lower bound on how well any algorithm with this hardware
can do.
32. Assume that we have MAGIC HARDWARE that can ﬁnd the MAX
of three elements in 1 step.
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(a) Give an algorithm for MAX (of n elements) that uses this hard
ware. What is its running time?
(b) Give a lower bound on how well any algorithm with this hardware
can do. It should match the upper bound.
33. Assume that the array A[1..n] only has numbers from ¦1, . . . , n
2
¦ but
that at most log log n of these numbers ever appear. Devise an algo
rithm that sorts A in substantially less than O(nlog n).
34. In some applications the lists one wants to sort are already ‘partially
sorted’ Come up with a formal way to measure ‘how sorted’ a list
is. Devise an algorithm that does very well on lists that are almost
sorted (according to your deﬁnition). (Note— there is no one ‘right
answer’ to this problem, however whatever answer you give must be
well thought out. Your deﬁnition must be rigorous.)
35. Let a, b be real numbers such that a, b ≥ 0. Assume you have some
kind of superhardware that, when given 12 sorted lists of length m,
merges them in a
m
m
b
steps.
(a) Write an algorithm that uses this hardware to, given an array
A[1..n], sort it.
(b) Let T(n) be the running time of your algorithm. Find a function
f
a,b
such that T(n) = θ(f
a,b
). (The function f
a,b
might involve
several cases.)
(c) For what values of a, b does your algorithm run substantially
faster than O(nlog n)?
36. Let a FEAP be just like a HEAP except that the internal nodes have
FIVE children instead of TWO (only the right most internal node
might have less than FIVE children).
(a) Give an algorithm that does the following: given a FEAP and a
new element, remove the root of the FEAP and insert the new
element. (When you are done you must have a FEAP again.)
You must describe your algorithm informally (i.e., NO CODE).
Give an example of your algorithm at work.
(b) How many comparisons does your algorithm take in the worst
case? How many comparisons does your algorithm take in the
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best case? How many moves does it make in the worst case?
How many moves does it make in the best case? (Do not ignore
multiplicative constants.)
37. Assume that the array A[1..n] only has numbers from ¦1, . . . , n
1.2
¦ but
that all numbers that appear are multiples of
√
n. (You may assume
that
√
n and n
1.2
are integers.) Devise an O(n) algorithm to sort A.
38. Let a, b be real numbers such that a, b ≥ 0. Assume you have some
kind of superhardware that, when given an array A[1..m] returns
the following: the (
m
5
)
th
largest element, the (
2m
5
)
th
largest element,
the (
3m
5
)
th
largest element, and the (
4m
5
)
th
largest element. Assume
this hardware runs in time m
a
(log m)
b
. (Formally the numbers above
should be
m
5
, etc., but you may ignore this for the purposes of this
problem.)
(a) Write an algorithm that uses this hardware to sort lists of length
n.
(b) Let T(n) be the running time of your algorithm. Find a function
f
a,b
such that T(n) = θ(f
a,b
). (The function f
a,b
might involve
several cases and might depend on a and b.)
39. (a) Exhibit an O(log n) algorithm that will, given a heap on n ele
ments and a number m with m ≤ log log n, ﬁnd and delete the
mth largest element in the heap. (The end result is a heap that
has that one element deleted.)
(b) Assume m is a constant. Find functions g
B
(n) and g
W
(n) such
that your algorithm takes g
B
(n) + θ(1) comparisons in the Best
case, and g
W
(n) + θ(1) comparisons in the Worst case. (Note
that multiplicative constants are important.)
(c) Assume m is log log n. Find functions h
B
(n) and h
W
(n) such
that your algorithm takes h
B
(n) + θ(1) comparisons in the Best
case, and h
W
(n) + θ(1) comparisons in the Worst case. (Note
that multiplicative constants are important.)
40. Consider the following problem: given a list of n elements, output
some element larger than the median element. Derive both upper and
lower bounds for this problem in terms of the number of comparisons
needed. Also consider the model where you can ask k comparisons at
a time.
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41. Assume that we have MAGIC HARDWARE that can ﬁnd the 3rd
largest of log n elements in 1 step. Give a lower bound on how well
any algorithm with this hardware can do.
42. Let A be an array of positive integers (> 0), where A(1) < A(2) <
. . . < A(n). Write an algorithm to ﬁnd an i such that A(i) = i (if one
exists). What is the running time of your algorithm ?
If the integers are allowed to be both positive and negative, then what
is the running time of the algorithm (Hint: redesign a new algorithm
for this part.) ?
43. Consider a rectangular array of distinct elements. Each row is given
in increasing sorted order. Now sort (in place) the elements in each
column into increasing order. Prove that the elements in each row
remain sorted.
44. The professor claims that the Ω(nlg n) lower bound for sorting n num
bers does not apply to his workstation, in which the control ﬂow of the
program can split three ways after a single comparison a
i
: a
j
, accord
ing to whether a
i
< a
j
, a
i
= a
j
, or a
i
> a
j
. Show that the professor is
wrong by proving that the number of three way comparisons required
to sort n elements is still Ω(nlg n).
45. Let hilo BE the problem of, given n numbers, ﬁnd the smallest and
largest elements on the list. You may assume that n is even.
(a) Give an algorithm to solve HILO with 2n − 3 comparisons.
(b) Give an algorithm that uses substantially less than 2n compar
isons. (HINT: Imagine you are running a tennis tournament and
wish to ﬁnd the best and worst players.)
(c) Show that the algorithm presented in the last part is optimal.
46. Write an algorithm Partition(A,p,r,s) to partition array A from p
to r based on element A[s], using exactly r −p comparisons.
47. Show how to implement quicksort in worst case O(nlg n) time. Your
algorithm should be high level and very brief. (HINT: We need to
choose the partition element carefully.) Supply the analysis, which
should also be very brief.
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48. Consider the following quicksortlike sorting algorithm. Pick two el
ements of the list. Partition based on both of the elements. So the
elements smaller than both are to the left, the elements in between are
in the middle, and the elements larger than both are to the right.
a. Write high level code for this algorithm.
b. How many comparisons and exchanges does the partition algo
rithm use?
c. Assume the partition elements always partition exactly into thirds.
Write a recurrence for T(n), the number of comparisons. Find a
constant a such that, for all n, T(n) ≤ an.
d. Assume the partition elements always partition so exactly one
quarter are to the left, one half in the middle, and one quarter
to the right. Write a recurrence for T(n), the number of compar
isons. Find a constant a such that, for all n, T(n) ≤ an.
e. Can you reﬁne your analysis of this version of quicksort? For
example, can you ﬁnd its average case?
49. The usual deterministic linear time (worst case) SELECT algorithm
begins by breaking the set into groups of 5 elements each. Assume that
we changed the algorithm to break the set into groups of 7 elements
each.
a. Write down the recurrence for the new running time. (You can
let c be the number of comparisons needed to ﬁnd the median of
7 elements.)
b. Solve the recurrence.
50. A dary heap is like a binary heap, but instead of two children, nodes
have d children.
(a) How would you represent a dary heap in an array?
(b) What is the height of a dary heap of n elements in terms of n
and d.
(c) Explain loosely (but clearly) how to extract the maximum ele
ment from the dary heap (and restore the heap). How many
comparisons does it require?
(d) How many comparisons does it take to sort? Just get the high
order term exactly, but show your calculations.
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(e) What value(s) of d are optimal? Justify your answer.
51. We are going to derive the average number of moves for quicksort using
a somewhat unusual partitioning algorithm. We partition on the ﬁrst
element. Take it out. Look for the right most element that is smaller
and place it in the ﬁrst position (which is the newly opened position
on the left side). Look for the left most element that is larger and
place it in the newly opened position on the right side. Starting from
there look for the right most element that is smaller and place it in
the the newly opened position on the left side. Starting from there
look for the left most element that is larger and place it in the newly
opened position on the right side. Continue in this fashion until the
pointers cross. Finally, put the partition element into the hole, which
is its ﬁnal position in the sorted array.
(a) Assume that the partition element ends up in position q. What
is the probability that an element originally to the left went to
the right?
(b) Assume that the partition element ends up in position q. What
is the expected number of elements originally to the left that go
to the right?
(c) Assume that the partition element ends up in position q. What
is the expected number of moves?
(d) Write a recurrence for the expected number of moves.
(e) Simplify the recurrence, but do not solve it.
(f) To keep the calculations simple, assume you got the following
recurrence:
T(n) =
2
n
[
n−1
q=1
T(q) +q −
q
2
n
]
Use constructive induction to show that T(n) ≤ anlnn. Try to
get a good value of a.
(g) Heapsort makes about nlg n moves. How does quicksort com
pare?
52. Devise an algorithm that ﬁnds the second largest of four elements.
(a) Brieﬂy describe the algorithm in English.
(b) Give a decision tree for it.
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53. Let MAX
n
be the problem of ﬁnding the max of n numbers. Let
SEC
n
be the problem of ﬁnding the second largest of n numbers. We
assume the decision tree model, i.e., only comparisons are the main
operation.
(a) Show that in any Decision Tree for MAX
n
, every branch has
depth at least n −1. (HINT: if only n −2 comparisons are made
then show that the maximum cannot be determined.)
(b) Show that any Decision tree for MAX
n
has 2
n−1
leaves.
(c) Let T be a Decision tree for SEC
n
. Let i be such that 1 ≤ i ≤ n.
Let T
i
be formed as follows: take tree T and, whenever there is
a comparison between x
i
and x
j
, eliminate the comparison by
assuming that x
i
wins.
i. Argue that T
i
is essentially a decision tree to ﬁnd MAX on
¦x
1
, . . . , x
n
¦ − ¦x
i
¦.
ii. Show that, for all i, T
i
has 2
n−2
leaves.
iii. Show that, for all i and j, the leaves of T
i
and the leaves of
T
j
are disjoint.
iv. Find a lower bound on the number of leaves in T by using
the last two items.
v. Show that T has depth n + lg n −O(1).
54. Assume you had a special hardware component that could ﬁnd the
minimum of
√
n numbers in one step. Give upper and lower bounds
for sorting using this component.
55. Assume you had a special hardware component that could sort
√
n
numbers in one step. Give upper and lower bounds for sorting using
this component.
56. We are going to derive a lower bound for merging two lists of sizes
m, n. (Assume all of the elements are distinct.)
(a) Let S(m, n) be the number of arrangements of two lists X, Y
where each list keeps its original order. In this problem you will
ﬁnd S(m, n) two ways.
i. Show that
S(m,n)=m+n
m
using a combinatorial argument.
ii. In all of the arrangements, either the ﬁrst element of X is
the smallest or the ﬁrst element of Y is the smallest (but
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not both). Assume it is the ﬁrst element of X. How many
arrangements of the remaining elements are there? Assume
it is the ﬁrst element of Y . How many arrangements of the
remaining elements are there? Based on this information,
write down a recurrence for S(m, n). Show that
m+n
m
is a
solution to your recurrence.
(b) Give a lower bound for the number of comparisons needed to
merge two lists. Simplify your answer using Stirling’s formula.
(c) What is your answer when m = n (write it as simply as possible).
How does it compare to the lower bound of 2n − 1.
57. Consider the problem of sorting a sequence of n 0’s and 1’s using
comparisons. For each comparison of two values x and y, the algorithm
learns which of x < y, x = y, or x > y holds.
(a) Give an algorithm to sort in n−1 comparisons in the worst case.
Show that your algorithm is optimal.
(b) Give an algorithm to sort in 2n/3 comparisons in the average case
(assuming each of the n inputs is 0 or 1 with equal probability).
Show that your algorithm is optimal.
58. Assume you have a list of n elements, where each element is within k
positions of its correct sorted position (on either side). (If k = 0 then
the deck is sorted.)
(a) Give a lower bound on the number of comparisons it takes to sort
the list. Make your bound as exact as possible. A little looseness
in your “proof” is acceptable here. Justify your answer.
(b) Give an eﬃcient comparisonbased algorithm for sorting the list.
How many comparisons does it use in the worst case.
(c) Compare your upper and lower bounds.
59. Consider the problem of partitioning n elements into k equal sized
groups, so that the ﬁrst group has the smallest n/k elements (not nec
essarily sorted), the second group has the next smallest n/k elements
(not necessarily sorted), etc. (You may assume that k divides n.)
a. Derive a lower bound for the number of comparisons needed for
solving this problem.
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b. Give an eﬃcient algorithm for solving this problem.
c. Analyze its running time.
60. (a) Assume you are given a number X and two sorted lists of n
numbers each: A
1
≤ A
2
≤ ≤ A
n
and B
1
≤ B
2
≤ ≤
B
n
. Design a linear (i.e. O(n)) time algorithm to determine how
many pairs (i, j) there are such that A
i
+ B
j
≤ X. Justify the
correctness and running time of your algorithm.
(b) Show how to preprocess the lists A and B (in any way that you
like and producing any data structure that you like) so that given
X, the pair counting problem can be solved in o(n) time. How
much preprocessing time do you use? How much storage is used?
How much time is needed to answer one query (after preprocess
ing)?
61. Illustrate the operation of radix sort on the following list of English
words: RUT, TOP, SUP, POT, TON, OPT, TOR, ROT, TOO, OUT,
SUR, PUT
62. For this problem, assume that you have access to a procedure Merge(A,
B, C, na, nb), that merges two sorted arrays A[1..na] and B[1..nb]
into a single sorted array C[1..na+nb]. This procedure runs in O(n
a
+
n
b
) time. Assume we also have access to unlimited dynamic array al
location.
Suppose that you have a collection of n, 1dimensional arrays each of
length n, D[1..n][1..n], such that each array is sorted (i.e. D[i][j]
<= D[i][j+1]). We want to compute a single sorted array that con
tains all n
2
elements.
The ﬁrst strategy for accomplishing this is called cascading merging.
First merge D[1] with D[2] to form an array of length 2n, then merge
this array with D[3] to form an array of length 3n, etc. The ﬁnal
merge is between an array of length (n − 1)n with D[n] to form the
ﬁnal sorted array of length n
2
. See the ﬁgure below.
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D[1]
D[2]
D[3]
D[4] D[4]
D[3]
D[2]
D[1]
The second strategy is called balanced merging. Assume that n is a
power of 2. First merge pairs D[1] and D[2] together, D[3] and D[4]
together, and so on until merging D[n1] and D[n] together. The
result is n/2 sorted arrays of size 2n each. Next, repeat the balanced
merging on these arrays, resulting in n/4 arrays of size 4n each. This
is repeated until there is 1 array of size n
2
.
(a) What is the total running time of cascading merging? Justify
your answer.
(b) What is the total running time of balanced merging? Justify your
answer.
For both parts (a) and (b) count only the time spent in the merging
procedure.
63. Suppose you have a list of n numbers consisting of k ≤ n distinct
values. For 1 ≤ i ≤ k there are m
i
copies of the ith value.
(a) Show that
O
n + lg
n!
m
1
!m
2
! . . . m
k
!
comparisons are necessary to sort this list by a comparisonbased
sorting algorithm. (Note: You are required to show ONLY the
lower bound, you do not need to show that this is always possible.)
Note that any algorithm for this problem does NOT know in
advance what the values of m
1
, m
2
, . . . , m
k
are.
(b) Show that this many comparisons are suﬃcient to sort (i.e. give
an algorithm). Derive the running time of your algorithm.
64. Selection Sort can be thought of as a recursive algorithm as follows:
Find the largest element and put it at the end of the list (to be sorted).
Recursively sort the remaining elements.
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a. Write down the recursive version of Selection Sort in pseudocode.
b. Derive a recurrence for the exact number of comparisons the al
gorithm uses.
c. Use the iteration method to solve the recurrence. Simplify as
much as possible.
d. Use mathematical induction to verify your solution.
65. Insertion sort can be expressed as a recursive procedure as follows. In
order to sort A[1 . . . n], recursively sort A[1 . . . n − 1] and then insert
A[n] into the sorted array A[1 . . . n − 1].
a. Write the pseudocode for this (recursive) algorithm.
b. Give a recurrence for the number of comparisons this algorithm
uses in the worstcase.
c. What is the solution to the recurrence. Prove it using mathemat
ical induction.
66. Consider the following algorithm that merges two lists: X = x
1
, x
2
, . . . , x
n
and Y = y
1
, y
2
, . . . , y
n
. Assume n > 1 is a power of two. (For n = 1,
just compare the two elements.)
1) Separate X and Y into even and odd indexed items, so X
=
x
1
, x
3
, . . . , x
n−1
and X
= x
2
, x
4
, . . . , x
n
, and Y
= y
1
, y
3
, . . . , y
n−1
and Y
= y
2
, y
4
, . . . , y
n
.
2) Merge X
and Y
into U.
3) Merge X
and Y
into V .
4) Interleave U and V into u
1
, v
1
, u
2
, v
2
, u
3
, v
3
, . . . , u
n
, v
n
.
5) Compare each pair of elements v
i
and u
i+1
(and exchange if v
i
>
u
i+1
).
Answer the following questions about the algorithm.
(a) Write a recurrence for how many comparisons this merging algo
rithm uses.
(b) Solve the recurrence using the iteration method.
(c) Prove that this algorithm merges correctly.
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67. Consider an n n array A containing integer elements (positive, neg
ative, and zero). Assume that the elements in each row of A are in
strictly increasing order, and the elements if each column of A are in
strictly decreasing order. (Hence there cannot be two zeroes in the
same row or the same column.) Describe an eﬃcient algorithm that
counts the number of occurrences of the element 0 in A. Analyze its
running time.
68. Let f be a function deﬁned on the interval 0 to 1 (i.e. 0 ≤ x ≤ 1),
which achieves its maximum value at point x
M
, a point in the interval,
and is strictly increasing for 0 ≤ x < x
M
and strictly decreasing for
x
M
< x ≤ 1. (Note: x
M
may be 0 or 1.) The only operation you can
do with f is evaluate it at points in its interval.
(a) Write an algorithm to ﬁnd x
M
with error at most , i.e., if your
algorithm’s answer is p, then [p − x
M
[ < . Use instructions of
the form y ← f(x) to indicate evaluation of f at the point x. Try
to use as few evaluations as possible. Count your evaluations as
exactly as possible.
(b) How many evaluations does your algorithm do in the worst case?
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NPCompleteness
1. If G = (V, E) is a graph then a vertex cover for G is a set V
⊆ V such
that for every edge in G one of the endpoints is in V
. Let
A
1
= {(G, k)  G has a vertex cover of size ≤ k}.
A
2
= {G  G has a vertex cover of size ≤ 12}.
Show that A
1
∈ NP. Show that A
1
is NPcomplete. Show that A
2
∈ P.
Show that A
2
can be solved in O(n
a
) where a < 10.
2. We deﬁne A ≤
ww
B if there are 12 functions f
1
, . . . , f
12
such that each
one can be computed in polynomial time and
x ∈ A iﬀ at least 6 elements of {f
1
(x), . . . , f
12
(x)} are in B.
Show that if B ∈ P and A ≤
ww
B then A ∈ P.
3. Assume f
1
takes time p
1
(n), f
2
takes time p
2
(n), . . ., f
12
takes time
p
12
(n), and the algorithm for B takes time q(n), where n is the length
of the input. Express the runtime for the algorithm for A in terms of
p
1
, p
2
, . . . , p
12
and q.
4. For each of the following sets state whether it is in NP or not (no proof
required). Then state whether or not it is known to be in P. If it is
known to be in P then give an algorithm for it that takes polynomial
time. If it is not known to be in P then nothing more is required.
(a) A
1
= {(a
1
, . . . , a
k
, N)  some subset of {a
1
, . . . , a
k
} adds up to a
number that is ≤ N}.
(b) A
2
= {(a
1
, . . . , a
k
, N)  some subset of {a
1
, . . . , a
k
} adds up to
exactly N}.
(c) A
3
= {(a
1
, . . . , a
k
, N)  some subset of {a
1
, . . . , a
k
} adds up to a
number that is ≥ N}
5. Let G be a graph where every edge is labelled with a diﬀerent Boolean
variable. Let v be a vertex of G. Let φ
G,v
be the exclusiveOR of
all the edges that have v as an endpoint. Let φ
G
be the AND of all
the φ
G,v
as v ranges over the vertices of G. Is the following problem
NPcomplete: Given a graph G that has edges labelled with diﬀerent
Boolean variables, determine if φ
G
is satisﬁable.
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6. We deﬁne A ≤
w
B if there are 2 functions f
1
, f
2
such that each one
can be computed in polynomial time and
x ∈ A iﬀ f
1
(x) ∈ B and f
2
(x) / ∈ B.
Show that if B ∈ P and A ≤
w
B then A ∈ P. (Assume f
1
takes
time p
1
(n), f
2
takes time p
2
(n), and the algorithm for B takes time
q(n). With this, you should be able to express the running time for
the algorithm for A in terms of p
1
, p
2
, and q.)
7. Prove that P = NP, then P = coNP.
8. A stable set of vertices in a graph do not have any edges between them.
The optimization version of this problem is to ﬁnd a maximum stable
set in a graph.
a. Deﬁne a decision version of the stable set problem.
b. Show that the decision version is in NP.
c. Show that if you could solve the optimization version in polyno
mial time that you could also solve the decision version in poly
nomial time.
d. Show that if you could solve the decision version in polynomial
time that you could also solve the optimization version in poly
nomial time.
e. Show that it is NPcomplete. HINT: Use CLIQUE. (Or alterna
tively show that it is polynomially equivalent to the clique prob
lem.)
f. Show that you can solve the decision version for constant size
stable sets in polynomial time.
9. The Hamiltonian path problem (HP) is: given an undirected graph
G = (V, E), does there exist a simple path that passes through every
vertex of G? The Directed Hamiltonian path problem (DHP) is: given
a directed graph G = (V, E), does there exist a simple path that passes
through every vertex of G? The Hamiltonian cycle problem (HC) is:
given an undirected graph G = (V, E), does there exist a simple path
that passes through every vertex of G? The Directed Hamiltonian
cycle problem (DHC) is: given a directed graph G = (V, E), does
there exist a simple path that passes through every vertex of G?
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Show that all four of the problems above are in NP. For all pairs of
problems P
1
, P
2
from {HP, DHP, HC, DHC} show that P
1
≤
p
P
2
.
(HINT on HP ≤
p
HC. You will need to change the graph. Replace
some vertex v ∈ V by two new vertices, x and y, that are adjacent to
the same vertices that v was. What else do you need to do? Try to
“force” any Hamiltonian path to visit these vertices ﬁrst and last.)
10. Consider the problem DENSE SUBGRAPH: Given G, does it contain
a subgraph H that has exactly K vertices and at least Y edges ?
Prove that this problem is NPcomplete. You could pick any problem
to reduce from.
11. Assume that the following problem is NPcomplete.
PARTITION: Given a ﬁnite set A and a “size” s(a) (a positive integer)
for each a ∈ A. Is there a subset A
⊆ A such that
a∈A
s(a) =
a∈A−A
s(a) ?
Now prove that the following SCHEDULING problem is NPcomplete:
Given a set X of “tasks”, and a “length” (x) for each task, three
processors, and a “deadline” D. Is there a way of assigning the tasks
to the three processors such that all the tasks are completed within
the deadline D? A task can be scheduled on any processor, and there
are no precedence constraints. (Hint: ﬁrst prove the NPcompleteness
of SCHEDULING with two processors.)
12. Prove that the following ZERO CYCLE problem is NPcomplete:
Given a simple directed graph G = (V, E), with positive and negative
weights w(e) on the edges e ∈ E. Is there a simple cycle of zero weight
in G? (Hint: Reduce PARTITION to ZERO CYCLE.)
13. Let A be an algorithm that accepts strings in a language L. Let p(n)
be a polynomial. Assume that A runs in p(n) time if a given string x is
in L, but in superpolynomial time if x is not in L. Give a polynomial
time algorithm for recognizing strings in L.
14. Prove that the following problem is NPcomplete.
SPANNING TREE WITH A FIXED NUMBER OF LEAVES: Given
a graph G(V, E), and an integer K, does G contain a spanning tree
with exactly K leaves ?
(a) First prove that the problem is in NP by describing a “guessing”
algorithm for it. (Write out the algorithm in detail.)
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(b) Now prove that the problem is NPhard, by reducing UNDI
RECTED HAMILTONIAN PATH to it.
HAMILTONIAN PATH asks for a simple path that starts at some
vertex and goes to some other vertex, going through each remain
ing vertex exactly once.
15. Show that both of the following two problems are NPcomplete. For
each show that the problem is in NP, and show that a known NP
complete problem is reducible to this problem.
Subgraph Isomorphism: Given two undirected graphs G
1
= (V
1
, E
1
)
and G
2
= (V
2
, E
2
), is G
1
is a subgraph of G
2
? More formally is
there are 1–1 function π : V
1
→ V
2
such that for all {u, v} ∈ E
1
,
{π(u), π(v)} ∈ E
2
. (Hint: Use either CLIQUE or Hamiltonian
Cycle.)
Longest Simple Cycle: Given an undirected graph G and an inte
ger k, does G have a simple cycle of length greater than or equal
to k? (Hint: Use Hamiltonian Cycle.)
16. Assume that you are given access to function CLIQUE(G, K) that
returns “True” if G contains a clique of size at least K, and “False”
otherwise.
(a) Use the function CLIQUE to determine, in polynomial time, the
size of the largest clique by making. (Try and solve the problem
by asking the function CLIQUE as few questions as possible.)
(b) How can you use the function CLIQUE to actually compute a
clique that is largest in size ? (Try and solve the problem by
asking the function CLIQUE as few questions as possible.)
17. The cycle cover problem (CC) is: given a directed graph G = (V, E)
and an integer k is there a subset of vertices V
⊆ V of size k such
that every cycle of G passes through a vertex in V
? Prove that CC
is NPcomplete. (Hint: The proof that CC is in NP is tricky. Note
that a graph can have an exponential number of cycles, so the naive
veriﬁcation algorithm will not work. The reduction is from vertex
cover.)
18. Suppose we had a Boolean function SAT(F), which given a Boolean
formula F in conjunctive normal form, in polynomial time returns
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True if the function is satisﬁable and False otherwise. (This is very
unlikely since it would imply P = NP!) This function tells you nothing
about how to set the variables to satisfy the formula. Show how to use
this function to determine the actual variable assignment that makes
the formula True.
19. If G = (V, E) is a graph then a Dominating Set is a set V
⊆ V such
that, for all vertices v, either v ∈ V
or v is adjacent to an element of
V
.
(a) Let DOM = {(G, k)  G has a dominating set of size k}. Show
that DOM is NPcomplete (Hint: Use the Vertex Cover prob
lem.)
(b) Let PLANAR−DOM = {(G, k)  G is planar and has a dominating set of size k}.
Show that PLANAR − DOM is NPcomplete (Hint: Use the
DOM problem.)
(c) Let IND−PLANAR−DOM = {(G, k)  G is planar and has a dominating set of size k tha
Show that IND−PLANAR−DOM is NPcomplete (Hint: Use
the PLANAR −DOM problem.)
(d) Fix k. Let IND−PLANAR−DOM
k
= {G  G is planar and has a dominating set of size k
Show that IND −PLANAR −DOM
k
can be solved in O(6
k
n)
time where the constant does not depend on k. (Hint: Use that
a planar graph always has a vertex of degree ≤ 5.)
20. Let q, k be a ﬁxed constant. Let qCNF be CNF where each clause has
≤ q literals. A formulas is MONOTONE if it has no negated variables.
(a) Let q − k − MONO − SAT be the set of all qCNF monotone
formulas that are satisﬁable with an assignment that has at most
k variables set to TRUE. Show that q −k −MONO −SAT can
be solved in O(2
k
n) where the constant does not depend on k.
(b) q −k −SAT be the set of all qCNF formulas that are satisﬁable
with an assignment that has at most k variables set to TRUE.
Show that q−k−SAT can be solved in O(2
k
n) where the constant
does not depend on k.
21. (a) Show that the problem of testing if a graph is kcolorable is NP
complete.
(b) Show that if G is a graph and v is a node of degree ≤ d then G
is d + 1colorable iﬀ G−{v} is d + 1colorable.
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(c) Fix k. Show that determining if a graph is n − kcolorable can
be done in O(2
k
n) time.
22. If G = (V, E) is an undirected graph then let G = (V, E) be deﬁned
by
(x, y) ∈ E iﬀ (x, y) / ∈ E.
G is called the complement of G. Let HAMCGC be the set of graphs
G such that either G or G has a Hamiltonian cycle. Show that
HAMCGC is NPcomplete. (Let HAMP be the set of all (H, a, b)
such that H has a Hamiltonian Path that starts at a and ends at b.
You may use the fact that HAMP is NPcomplete.)
23. (a) Let
A = {G  either G or G has a Hamiltonian Cycle}.
Either show A ∈ P or that A is NPcomplete.
(b) Make up and solve similar problems to the one above where you
take some property of graphs and ask if the graph or its compli
ment has it.
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Problems on Algorithms
by
Ian Parberry
(ian@ponder.csci.unt.edu) Dept. of Computer Science University of North Texas Denton, TX 76203 August, 1994
Contents
Preface 1 Introduction 1.1 How to Use This Book 1.2 Overview of Chapters 1.3 Pseudocode 1.4 Useful Texts 2 Mathematical Induction 2.1 Summations 2.2 Inequalities 2.3 Floors and Ceilings 2.4 Divisibility 2.5 Postage Stamps 2.6 Chessboard Problems 2.7 Fibonacci Numbers 2.8 Binomial Coeﬃcients 2.9 What is Wrong? 2.10 Graphs 2.11 Trees 2.12 Geometry 2.13 Miscellaneous 2.14 Hints 2.15 Solutions 2.16 Comments
ix 1 1 1 3 4 8 8 10 10 11 11 12 14 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 23
iii
7 Hints 3.2.iv 3 BigO and BigΩ 3.6 Find the Functions 3.2 Arithmetic 5.2.3 General Formulae 4.1 Rank the Functions 3.1.5 Recurrences with Floors and Ceilings 4.4 Fibonacci Numbers 5.8 Comments 5 Correctness Proofs 5.2.4 Hints 5.3 Combined Iteration and Recursion 5.1 Iterative Algorithms 5.1 Arithmetic 5.5 Solutions 5.1.9 Comments 4 Recurrence Relations 4.8 Solutions 3.4 Manipulating BigO 3.2 More Diﬃcult Recurrences 4.3 Fibonacci Numbers 5.2 Recursive Algorithms 5.1 StraightLine Programs 5.1.6 Hints 4.2 True or False? 3.1.1 Iterative Algorithms Contents 28 28 30 31 32 33 34 35 35 36 37 37 38 39 39 40 41 41 44 46 46 47 47 49 51 51 52 53 54 54 55 56 58 59 59 .7 Solutions 4.3 Arrays 5.2 Arrays 5.6 Comments 6 Algorithm Analysis 6.3 Proving BigO 3.1 Simple Recurrences 4.5 Alternative Deﬁnitions 3.4 Recurrences with Full History 4.
2 Arrays 6.2 Integer Multiplication 7.2.10 Solutions 7.2 6.9 Comments .2 Arithmetic 6.8 Applications 7.1.4 Binary Search 7.7 DepthFirst Search 7.Contents v 6.5 Quicksort 7.3 Fibonacci Numbers Combined Iteration and Recursion Hints Solutions Comments 59 61 61 62 62 63 63 64 64 64 65 66 67 67 68 73 74 75 77 78 79 81 83 85 87 87 89 90 91 92 97 99 99 100 6.6 Finding the Solutions 8.11 Comments 8 Dynamic Programming 8.2 The Knapsack Problem 8.6 Towers of Hanoi 7.3 Arrays 6.4 6.2.9 Hints 7.1.5 6.3 Optimal Binary Search Trees 8.8 Solutions 8.6 7 DivideandConquer 7.1 Iterated Matrix Product 8.1 Maximum and Minimum 7.7 Hints 8.5 Applications 8.1.1.2.1 Arithmetic 6.3 6.1 What is Returned? 6.4 Floyd’s Algorithm 8.3 Strassen’s Algorithm 7.4 Fibonacci Numbers Recursive Algorithms 6.
6 Hints 11.7 Hints 10.1 General 12.1 Continuous Knapsack 9.5 Applications 9.3 2–3 Trees 11.6 Hints 9.4 The UnionFind Problem 11.4 Other Elementary Algorithms 10.7 Solutions 9.9 Comments 11 Data Structures 11.vi 9 Greedy Algorithms 9.3 MinCost Spanning Trees 9.3 What is Wrong? 12.3 Combinations 10.5 Applications 11.8 Comments 10 Exhaustive Search 10.2 Cook Reductions 12.8 Solutions 10.1 Heaps 11.5 Backtracking 10.2 Dijkstra’s Algorithm 9.6 Factorization Contents 101 101 102 103 109 109 111 111 115 116 116 118 120 121 122 123 130 131 133 135 135 138 141 142 142 145 145 146 147 147 148 150 152 153 154 .2 Permutations 10.5 OneinThree 3SAT 12.4 Traveling Salesperson 9.7 Solutions 11.2 AVL Trees 11.1 Strings 10.8 Comments 12 N Pcompleteness 12.4 Circuits 12.6 Applications 10.
7 Hints 12.1 Sorting and Order Statistics 13.6 General 13.4 Maximum Flow 13.9 Comments 13 Miscellaneous 13.Contents vii 154 155 155 156 156 157 158 160 161 162 164 166 166 168 174 12.5 Matrix Reductions 13.2 Lower Bounds 13.9 Comments Bibliography Index .7 Hints 13.8 Solutions 13.3 Graph Algorithms 13.8 Solutions 12.
viii Contents .
program in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. I have provided at the end of each chapter a small collection of hints. but would not make it more attractive for its intended audience — students and practicing programmers. A lengthy discussion of the provenance of each problem would help make this book more scholarly. I have chosen not to cover these areas. and as a selfstudy text for graduate students who are preparing for the qualifying (often called “breadth” or “comprehensive”) examination on algorithms for a Ph. The ﬁrst is to cover only what I consider to be the most important areas of algorithm design and analysis. and veriﬁcation of algorithms for use by practicing programmers who wish to hone and expand their skills. analysis. The second decision is not to search for the origin of the problems that I have used. approximation algorithms. as a supplementary text for students enrolled in an undergraduate or beginning graduate class on algorithms. To be eﬀective problem solvers. Although most instructors throw in a “fun” advanced topic such as amortized analysis. This book is a collection of problems on the design. Recognizing that a supplementary text must be costeﬀective if it is to be useful. The solutions are necessarily few for reasons of brevity.Preface The ability to devise eﬀective and eﬃcient algorithms in new situations is a skill that separates the master programmer from the merely adequate coder. masterprogrammersintraining must do more than memorize a collection of standard techniques and applications — they must in addition be able to internalize and integrate what they have learned and apply it in new circumstances. and comments. ix . computational geometry. The best way to develop that skill is to solve problems. To make this book suitable for selfinstruction. and also to avoid hindering instructors in their selection of homework problems.D. I have included various preambles that summarize the background knowledge needed to solve the problems so that students who are familiar with the notation and style of their textbook and instructor can become more familiar with mine. numbertheoretic algorithms. I have made two important and perhaps controversial decisions in order to keep its length within reasonable bounds. or parallel algorithms. randomized algorithms. solutions. It is intended to augment the problem sets found in any standard algorithms textbook.
120.edu.4). this manuscript was produced A from cameraready copy provided by the author using L TEX version 2.3. and 13. but the details of the programming language are not a major factor in the solutions. The dvi ﬁle produced by L TEX was translated into Postscript using dvips. bigO notation. dynamic programming. which is a pity when it contains many rich and interesting opportunities to practice the application of algorithm design. errata. A and the graphs using xgraph.csci. and makeidx style ﬁles. and in particular any new and interesting problems (including those from areas not presently covered). The introductory chapters include mathematical induction. suggestions. analysis.09 (which used TEX C Version 3. I believe that students of Computer Science should be literate in many diﬀerent programming languages. and basic algorithm analysis methods. The next four chapters are organized by algorithm design technique: divideandconquer. Two problems (Problems 326 and 327) require the reader to examine some code written in Pascal. but I believe that students proﬁt from it once they overcome their initial aversion to mathematical formalism. and those for which part of the problem is to determine the algorithmic technique or techniques to be used. which can be sent by electronic mail to ian@ponder. .3. recurrence relations. The ﬁgures were prepared in encapsulated Postscript form using idraw.7. The algorithms in this book are expressed in a Pascallike pseudocode.11. 9. mainly in Sections 2.2.sty written by J.edu (IP address 129.unt.1). Standard textbooks usually devote little time to exhaustive search because it usually requires exponential time. The Bibliography was created by BibTEX. and exhaustive search.4. epsf. using the Prentice Hall macros phstyle.4. This will be the case at some universities. 7. The ﬁnal chapter contains miscellaneous problems that do not necessarily ﬁt into the earlier chapters. and the twoside. 8.1. A list of errata for this book is available by anonymous ftp from ftp. in the directory ian/poa. Kenneth Shultis. but even then most students would proﬁt from brushing up on this material by attempting a few of the problems. For those who are interested in technical details. In any case. I will be grateful to receive feedback. 9. 2. The manuscript is rounded out with chapters on advanced data structures and N Pcompleteness. The index was produced using the program makeindex. greedy algorithms. 13. 9.14t3). This organization is somewhat nonstandard.10. After a chapter of introduction.x Preface The organization of this book is a little unusual and requires a few words of explanation. it begins with ﬁve chapters on background material that most algorithms instructors would like their students to have mastered before setting foot in an algorithms class. The correctness proof chapter goes beyond what is normally taught. but I believe that the pedagogical beneﬁts outweigh the drawbacks (the most signiﬁcant of which seems to be the scattering of problems on graph algorithms over several chapters.unt. correctness proofs. and veriﬁcation methods.
and analysis of algorithms. I strongly recommend 1 . The more mortarboards a problem has. 1.2 OVERVIEW OF CHAPTERS Chapters 2–4 contain problems on some background material on discrete mathematics that students should already have met before entering an undergraduate algorithms course. This chapter is the only background that you will get before we start listing problems. and the smiley face indicates that there is a comment. respectively mathematical induction. Each problem is labeled with a sequence of icons.1. the more diﬃcult it is. The ﬁrst section describes the philosophy of this book and how to get the best out of it. This is summarized for the reader’s convenience in Table 1. Problems with two or three mortarboards are suitable for a graduate class on algorithms. Only a limited number of solutions are given so that students are not tempted to peek.Chapter 1 Introduction Problems on Algorithms contains 668 problems on the design. Problems with one or two mortarboards are suitable for a seniorlevel undergraduate class on algorithms. The remaining indicates that icons indicate the existence of additional material: The lightbulb there is a hint. The third section brieﬂy touches on the pseudocode used to describe algorithms. The fourth section gives a quick review of some of the textbooks available on algorithms and related subjects. and to ensure that there remains a large number of problems that instructors can assign as homework. 1. the scroll and feather indicates that there is a solution. If you are a student in an algorithms class.1 HOW TO USE THIS BOOK Most chapters have sections with hints for. veriﬁcation. The solutions can be used as examples of the type of answers that are expected. solutions to. It is divided into four sections. and comments on selected problems. bigO notation. The hints should be consulted only when encountering serious diﬃculty in getting started. The second section contains an overview of the remaining chapters. and recurrence relations. It is recommended that readers ﬁrst attempt the problems on their own.
1. and exhaustive search. analysis. Chapter 6 contains some problems involving the analysis of some naive algorithms. and Chapter 12 . Some kind instructors may spend a few lectures “reminding” you of this material. extensive problems are provided here because exhaustive search contains many rich and interesting opportunities to practice the application of algorithm design. Divideandconquer has already been foreshadowed in earlier chapters. The approach to correctness proofs taken in Chapter 5 is closer to that taken by working researchers than the formallogic approach expounded by others such as Dijkstra [21]. and veriﬁcation methods. The treatment of exhaustive search in Chapter 10 goes beyond what is normally covered in algorithms courses. Chapter 11 contains problems on advanced data structures. but not all of them can aﬀord the time to do so. If you can master induction. but the problems in Chapter 7 will test your knowledge further. Not all instructors will emphasize correctness proofs in their algorithms class. However.2 Chap. dynamic programming. Problem symbols and their meaning. then think again. thinking that it is useless to a programmer. expression. You may also meet the material from Chapters 5 and 6 in other classes. You should have met this material in earlier classes. greedy algorithms. divideandconquer. and design. In any case. you have mastered recursion — they are two sides of the same coin. and ask you to demonstrate your knowledge by applying the techniques to new problems. The excuse for skimming over exhaustive search is usually a natural distate for exponential time algorithms. but mastering them will teach you important skills in formalization. that you review this material and attempt some of the problems from Chapters 2–4 before attending the ﬁrst class. If you ignored the material on mathematical induction in your discrete mathematics class. The problems address some of the standard applications of these techniques. Introduction Symbol Meaning easy medium diﬃcult hint solution comment Table 1. you will be ahead of the game if you devote some time to look over the material again. 1. Chapters 7–10 consist of problems on various algorithm design techniques: respectively. but you probably don’t have the depth of knowledge and facility that you can get from working the problems in this chapter. Chapter 5 contains problems on correctness proofs.
If it is false. Selection: The selection command uses Pascal’s ifthenelse syntax.Sec. Occasionally. Sequencing: A sequence of commands will be on separate lines or separated by semicolons. . which has the form if condition then S1 else S2 If the condition is true at time of execution. Indeﬁnite Iteration: Indeﬁnite iteration uses Pascal’s pretested while loop or posttested repeat loop.j] is shorthand for an array P . The repeat loop has the form repeat S until condition . 1. and those for which part of the problem is to determine the algorithmic technique to be used.3. in an attempt to save space. The condition is then reevaluated. Otherwise S is executed again. whose elements are P [i]. The else clause will be omitted if it is empty. then S1 is executed. The while loop has the form while condition do S If the condition is true. deﬁned to be those that do not necessarily ﬁt into the earlier chapters. Finally. Chapter 13 contains miscellaneous problems.or twodimensional arrays of integers. Pseudocode 3 contains problems on N Pcompleteness. variables will be other mathematical objects such as sets or lists. . P [i + 1]. . . 1. The notation P [i. otherwise S2 is executed. P [j]. Here is a quick overview of the conventions used: Data Types: Most variables are either integers or one. then S is executed. The process repeats until the condition is false. Assignment Statements: The “:=” symbol is the assignment operator. BlockStructuring: Indentation is used to indicate blockstructuring.3 PSEUDOCODE The algorithms in this text are described in a Pascallike pseudocode.. the loop terminates.
and some related texts that you might ﬁnd useful. i := s while i ≤ f do S i := i + 1 i := s while i ≥ f do S i := i − 1 for i := s downto f do S Subroutines and Parameters: Subroutines are expressed using Pascalstyle procedures and functions. and Patashnik [30]. and Ullman [2] in using a Clike return statement to describe the value returned by a function. Knuth. which unlike Pascal may be a complicated object. and some count down (using the keyword downto). Leiserson. 47]. and Knuth [45. Here is a quick thumbnail sketch of some of them. that diﬀerent texts have diﬀering areas of strength. Garey and Johnson [28].4 USEFUL TEXTS There are many good algorithms texts available. and Rivest [19]. though. I also strongly recommend that the practicing programmer include in their library a copy of Bentley [9. Cormen. 1. Procedures return values through their parameters. You’ll be able to tell the diﬀerence by context — those that return values are obviously variable parameters! Comments in the algorithms should give you an extra hint. Graham. respectively. Hopcroft. and appeal to diﬀerent types of reader. 1. 46. The syntax is as follows. 10]. with the upwardcounting loop on the left. Introduction Deﬁnite Iteration: Deﬁnite (countcontrolled) iteration is achieved using Pascal’s for loop. and more get published every year. . Remember. Functions return a value. An upwardcounting forloop will be done zero times if the start value is larger than the ﬁnish value (analogously for downwardcounting forloops).4 and is equivalent to S while not condition do S Chap. I have chosen to follow the lead of Aho. Some loops count up (using the keyword to). though some are variable parameters. Most parameters are value parameters. and the downwardcounting loop on the right: for i := s to f do S which are equivalent to. I recommend that the conscientious student examine as many texts as possible in the library and choose one that suits their individual taste.
but it is not for the faint of heart. It is showing its age a little. which is what they (perhaps more aptly) call Computer Science. it does not mess around.4. Cormen. 1. and Ullman [1] This was the standard graduate text on algorithms and data structures for many years.Sec. Aho and Ullman [3] This textbook is redeﬁning the undergraduate computer science curriculum at many leading institutions. but nonetheless a useful pair of books. and Ullman [2] This is the undergraduate version of the previous book. Useful Texts 5 Aho. A large number of the Pascal program fragments don’t work. with some sentences requiring a paragraph of explanation for some students. with more emphasis on programming. Garey and Johnson [28] This is the canonical book on N Pcompleteness. Leiserson. and Rivest [19] This is an excellent text for those who can handle it. data structures. It is a little dated in presentation and material. Hopcroft. even when you correctly implement their Clike return statement. Aho. It is full of minor errors. Hopcroft. but David Johnson recently assured me that more are planned). 10] This delightful pair of books are a collection of Jon Bentley’s Programming Pearls column from Communications of the ACM. plus more. this is the book for you. . It is the deﬁnitive text for those who want to get right down to business. It is a little dated. If you want the plain facts with no singing or dancing. It is written quite tersely. but David Johnson has expressed an intention to work on a Second Edition. and Ullman [1]. More modern subjects are covered by David Johnson in “The NPCompleteness Column: An OnGoing Guide” published on a semiregular basis in Journal of Algorithms (the latest was in September 1992. Bentley explores the problems and pitfalls of algorithm design and analysis. In the spirit of Aho. but not particularly so. but still very useful. and problem solving skills. It is a good place to go to brush up on your discrete mathematics. Even [26] This is the canonical book on graph algorithms covering most of the graph algorithm material taught in the typical algorithms course. Bentley [9. Hopcroft. it contains enough material for both a graduate and undergraduate course in algorithms. The title comes from the French word algorithmique. and pays careful attention to implementation and experimentation. It is particularly useful for its large list of N Pcomplete problems. The subjects chosen are too idiosyncratic and anecdotal to be a textbook. They should be recommended reading for all undergraduate computer science majors. Brassard and Bratley [14] This is another good algorithms text with a strong emphasis on design techniques. Baase [7] A good algorithms text at the upperdivision undergraduate level. A massive tome.
Introduction Gibbons [29] A more modern and carefully presented text on graph algorithms. but the coverage is a little shallow for advanced undergraduates. It is noted for its biblical quotes. Recommended for the serious graduate student. which is algorithm design by successive reﬁnement of intuitive but ﬂawed version of the algorithm. Others. The choice of material is strong but not to everybody’s taste. superior in many ways to Even [26]. as opposed to the normal text that allows the instructor to pick and choose the material to be covered. 47] The Knuth threevolume series is the standard reference text for researchers and students. hate it. and Patashnik [30] An excellent book on discrete mathematics for computer science. The chapter on correctness proofs is an unusual but welcome addition. The homework problems (all of which have solutions) and miscellaneous exercises (some of which have solutions) are particularly useful. Harel [34] This is another good text along the lines of Brassard and Bratley. very helpful. It contains enough material for a single graduate course. 1. 46. except for Knuth’s penchant for an obscure ﬁctitious assemblylevel code instead of the more popular and easy to understand pseudocode. It is noted for its marginal (and often obscure) graﬃti. The material in it has aged well. Greene and Knuth [33] A highly mathematical text for an advanced course on algorithm analysis at Stanford. It contains excellent highlevel descriptions of subjects that tend to confuse the beginning student if they are presented in all their detailed glory. The terse presentation is not for everybody. who do not think this way. Divideandconquer and dynamic programming are covered very sketchily. It is certainly more realistic in its approach to algorithm design than more formal . Manber [56] Some students ﬁnd the approach taken in this book. Graham. and the approach to greedy algorithms is idiosyncratic but likely to strike a chord with some students. many students ﬁnd it quite diﬃcult going. Knuth [45. Kingston [44] A strong textbook for the elementary undergraduate algorithms course. Lewis and Denenberg [52] A strong data structures text that also covers some of the material in the typical algorithms course. Kozen [50] A text for graduate students containing 40 lectures on algorithms. Horowitz and Sahni [37] This is a reasonable text for many of the topics found in the typical algorithms class. but it is weak on analysis and but its approach to backtracking is somewhat idiosyncratic and hard to follow. Knuth. However.6 Chap.
and N Pcompleteness. Rawlins [67] An entertaining text that nonetheless is technically rigorous and detailed. Papadimitriou and Steiglitz [59] A reasonable text for an algorithms course. but perhaps it encourages the wrong habits. or design techniques.Sec. Sedgewick [72] This book studies a large array of standard algorithms. Wilf [83] A book that does a good job on analysis.4. numbertheoretic algorithms. and the second volume (unsighted as yet) will cover intractable problems. It has a deﬁnite combinatorial optimization ﬂavor. The selection of topics is limited to chapters on mathematical preliminaries. Dynamic programming is a notable omission from the ﬁrst volume. Moret and Shapiro [58] This is planned as the ﬁrst volume of a twovolume set. recursion. but not suﬃciently rigorous for upperdivision courses. . The chapter on induction may be particularly useful for those who have trouble getting started. but does not cover algorithm design techniques. but one which is very heavy with the jargon and mindset of the combinatorial optimization and numerical analysis community. Weiss [82] A strong data structures text that also covers quite a bit of the material in the typical algorithms course. Purdom and Brown [64] A mathematically rigorous text that focuses on analysis almost to the exclusion of design principles. which makes it a diﬃcult book to just dip into at random for the parts of it that are useful. This volume covers tractable problems. Solow [75] This is a good text for the student who has trouble with mathematical formalism. 1. but it is largely descriptive in nature and does not spend much time on veriﬁcation. Useful Texts 7 texts. analysis. network ﬂow. Smith [74] This is another strong algorithms text with an awesome collection of problems. It is excellent for the elementary undergraduate algorithms curriculum. Some important topics are not covered in very great detail.
you should start by attempting at least some of the following problems. i=0 5. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n n i=1 i(i + 1) = n(n + 1)(n + 2)/3. 2. Although the problems in this chapter are mainly mathematical in nature and have very little to do with algorithms. 2. and 2. they are good practice in a technique that is fundamental to algorithm design.11. many students come to my algorithms class poorly versed in the use of induction. If you are one of these students. 2.Chapter 2 Mathematical Induction At ﬁrst sight.1 1. 2. SUMMATIONS Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n 2 i=1 i n i=1 i = n(n + 1)/2. veriﬁcation. Unfortunately. Either it was badly taught or they discarded it as useless information (or both). Some of them are quite useful in algorithm design and analysis. i=1 8 . this chapter may seem out of place because it doesn’t seem to be about algorithms at all. as we shall see later. you should pay particular attention to the results in Sections 2. 3.8. 2.10. In addition to mastering the technique of mathematical induction. and analysis.2. 6.3. = n(n + 1)(2n + 1)/6. (2i + 1)2 = (n + 1)(2n + 1)(2n + 3)/3. i(i + 1)(i + 2) = n(n + 1)(n + 2)(n + 3)/4.1. 2. n 3 i=1 i Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n = n2 (n + 1)2 /4. 2. 4.7.
. i(i + 1) n+1 n i=1 13. and all 0 ≤ j ≤ n. 2. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that i · i! = (n + 1)! − 1. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that for every a = 1. n i=1 Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that 1/2i = 1 − 1/2n . Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that i2i = (n − 1)2n+1 + 2. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that n i=1 2i = 2n+1 − 1. (a − 1)2 15. a−1 n i=0 11. n 1 = . n ai = i=0 an+1 − 1 .1. 8. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n i2 2n−i = 2n+3 − 2n+1 − n2 − 4n − 6. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that for every a = 1. i=1 17. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n i=1 1 = n+i n i=1 1 1 − 2i − 1 2i . Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that for every a = 1. Summations 9 n i=1 7. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n i2 2i = n2 2n+1 − n2n+2 + 3 · 2n+1 − 6. i=1 16. 14. n iai = i=1 nan+2 − (n + 1)an+1 + a . a−1 10. n ai = i=j an+1 − aj . 12.Sec. 9.
2 18.3 FLOORS AND CEILINGS Suppose x ∈ IR+ . The ceiling of x. 26. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n = 2 25. and 2 ≤ i ≤ n/2. then i k i (n − 2j + 1) ≤ 2 k=1 j=1 (n − 2j + 1). The ﬂoor of x. j=1 2. Prove by induction on k ≥ 1 that Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n i=1 n k i=1 i ≤ nk (n + 1)/2. then (1 + x)n ≥ 1 + nx. INEQUALITIES Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that if x > −1. Prove by induction on n ≥ 5 that 2n > n2 . denoted x . 20. m m . is deﬁned to be the largest integer that is no larger than x. 19. 22. Prove by induction on n ≥ 7 that 3n < n!. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n = 2 n/2 if n is even (n + 1)/2 if n is odd. 21. Mathematical Induction 2. 1 1 <2− . Prove by induction that if n ≥ 4 is even. n+m−1 n = . n/2 if n is even (n − 1)/2 if n is odd.10 Chap. 2. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that for all m ∈ IR+ . i2 n 23. 24. denoted x . is deﬁned to be the smallest integer that is no smaller than x.
4 27.Sec. 32. 2n} be the set of integers from 1 to 2n. Prove by induction that a decimal number is divisible by 9 iﬀ the sum of its digits is divisible by 9. 40. Divisibility 11 2. Prove by induction that the sum of the cubes of three successive natural numbers is divisible by 9. 2. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that 8n+2 + 92n+1 is divisible by 73. Show that any integer postage greater than 34 cents can be formed by using only 5cent and 9cent stamps. . n) ∈ S. such that x divides evenly into y with no remainder. x = y. Prove by induction that a decimal number is divisible by 3 iﬀ the sum of its digits is divisible by 3. Show that any integer postage greater than 59 cents can be formed by using only 7cent and 11cent stamps. m + n is divisible by 5.5 37. 34. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n5 − n is divisible by 5. DIVISIBILITY Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n3 + 2n is divisible by 3. . Let T ⊂ Sn be any subset containing exactly n + 1 elements of Sn . Show that any integer postage greater than 5 cents can be formed by using only 2cent and 7cent stamps. 11n+2 + 122n+1 is divisible by 133.4. 28. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that for all (m. 30. 0) ∈ S. Deﬁne S ⊆ IN × IN as follows. 38. Let Sn = {1. n) ∈ S. 2. If (m. Prove by induction on n that there exists x. 41. y ∈ T . . What is the smallest value of k such that any integer postage greater than k cents can be formed by using only 4cent and 9cent stamps? Prove your answer correct. 2. Prove by induction that for all n ≥ 0. 35. n + 3) ∈ S. 31. 39. (0. then (m + 2. 36. . 29. Prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that 5n+1 + 2 · 3n + 1 is divisible by 8. POSTAGE STAMPS Show that any integer postage greater than 7 cents can be formed by using only 3cent and 5cent stamps. . 33.
an n × m chessboard has exactly the same number of black squares and white squares.3. An arrangement of triominoes is a tiling of a chessboard if it covers it exactly without overlap. Recall that a knight can make one of eight legal moves depicted in Figure 2. any positive integer amount of postage that is at least n(n − 1) cents can be formed by using only ncent and (n + 1)cent stamps. an n × m chessboard with the corner squares colored white has one more white square than black square. m ∈ IN. Mathematical Induction What is the smallest value of k such that any integer postage greater than k cents can be formed by using only 6cent and 11cent stamps? Prove your answer correct. (b) 6 × 2n .1. a circular tour of knight’s moves that visits every square of the chessboard exactly once before returning to the ﬁrst square.2 shows a closed knight’s tour on an 8 × 8 chessboard. and a tiling with triominos that covers every square of the board except this one on the right. Prove by induction that a closed knight’s tour exists for any 2k × 2k chessboard for all k ≥ 3. n ≥ 1 such that gcd(m. 2. that is. Prove by induction that for all odd n. Show that for all n ≥ 1. Chap.4 shows a chessboard with a missing square ﬁlled in black on the left. regardless of where the missing square is. n) = 1. Prove by induction that for all odd n. 47. 2. m ∈ IN. shown in Figure 2. For example. Prove or disprove that all chessboards of the following dimensions can be tiled by triominoes: (a) 3 × 2n . (d) 6n × 6n .12 42. 43. 48. . CHESSBOARD PROBLEMS Prove by induction that for all n ∈ IN and all even m ∈ IN. A triomino is an “L”shaped tile formed by three adjacent squares of a chessboard. except for one square which is missed. 44.6 45. 46. 49. 50. (c) 3n × 3n . Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that any 2n × 2n chessboard that is missing one square can be tiled with triominoes. Figure 2. Figure 2. Show that for all m. an n × m chessboard has all four corner squares colored the same. there exists k ∈ IN such that any positive integer amount of postage that is at least k cents can be formed by using only mcent and ncent stamps.
A chessboard with a missing square ﬁlled in black (left). Figure 2. . Figure 2.2. The eight legal moves that a knight on the center square can make.Sec. 2. and a tiling with triominos that covers every square of the board except the missing one (right).1.3. A triomino. Figure 2.6.4. A closed knight’s tour on an 8 × 8 chessboard. Chessboard Problems 13 2 1 3 4 8 7 6 5 Figure 2.
that is. 58. n r 57. 53. r!(n − r)! Prove by induction on n that n m=0 n m = 2n . . Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that n i=1 Fi2 = Fn Fn+1 . 55. F1 = 1. r ∈ IN. r ≤ n. = n! .8 BINOMIAL COEFFICIENTS n r . Fn = Fn−1 + Fn−2 . 52.7 FIBONACCI NUMBERS The Fibonacci numbers Fn for (n ≥ 0) are deﬁned recursively as follows: F0 = 0. Prove by induction on n that n i=0 Fi = Fn+2 − 1. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that Fn+1 Fn+2 = Fn Fn+3 + (−1)n . Chap. n m ≤ nm . 2.14 51. 54. 56. 2 Prove by induction on n ≥ 2 that Fn−1 Fn+1 = Fn + (−1)n . and for n ≥ 2. The binomial coeﬃcient for n. 2. Prove by induction that Fn+k = Fk Fn+1 + Fk−1 Fn . is deﬁned to be the number of ways of choosing r things from n without replacement. Mathematical Induction Prove that any 2n × 2n chessboards with one square missing can be tiled by triominoes of only three colors so that no pair of triominoes that share an edge have the same color. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that for all 1 ≤ m ≤ n. 2.
Prove by induction that for all n ∈ IN. Since horse 2 is black. if n = 0. 2. The proof is by induction on the number of horses. Prove by induction on n that for all even n. n 2−i · i=0 n i = (3/2)n . 6a = 0 and 6b = 0. horses 1 through n − 1 have the same color (let’s say black).9. numbered 1 through n. Now suppose that there are n horses. Prove by induction on n that n (a + b)n = m=0 n m am bn−m . Clearly. then n n/2 > n k . then 6n = 0. horses 2 through n have the same color. horse 2 is black. In particular. n i· i=0 n i = n2n−1 . WHAT IS WRONG? What. By the induction hypothesis. What is wrong with the following proof? We claim that 6n = 0 for all n ∈ IN. 61. if k = n/2.9 64. Now. then it is trivially the same color as itself. Let n = a + b. 65. Prove by induction that for all n ∈ IN. if anything is wrong with the following reasoning? All horses are the same color. suppose that n > 0. What is Wrong? 15 59. this means that horses 2 through n must be black.Sec. The base of the induction is easy: If there is one horse. Prove by induction on n that for all even n. . Therefore. Therefore. Also by the induction hypothesis. all of the horses have the same color. The proof is by induction on n ≥ 0. 63. n n/2 = Ω(2n /n). 2. 6n = 6(a + b) = 6a + 6b = 0 + 0 = 0. By the induction hypothesis. 62. 60.
An Eulerian cycle in a connected graph is a cycle in which every edge appears exactly once. u) ∈ E. Thus. . Take a second. Prove by induction that every graph in which each vertex has even degree (that is. Prove by induction that a graph with n vertices can have at most n(n − 1)/2 edges. . 2. and must therefore be even. start with a hypercube of dimension n − 1. Prove by induction that the vertices of a hypercube can be colored using two colors so that no pair of adjacent vertices have the same color. Figure 2. since F3 = 2. Fn is even. vn }. 1. 3. either exactly one of (u. v ∈ V . Prove by induction that a hypercube of dimension n has 2n vertices. 68. E) such that for all u. The hypercube of dimension n is a graph deﬁned as follows. 69. exact copy of this hypercube. 67. We will follow the normal conventions of using n for the number of nodes and e for the number of edges. it is a graph G = (V. Show that every tournament has a Hamiltonian path.5 shows the hypercubes of dimensions 0. and 4. For example. That is.10 GRAPHS A graph is an ordered pair G = (V. that is. and the elements of E are called edges. 70. E). where V is a ﬁnite set and E ⊆ V × V . The base of the induction is trivial. v). Prove by induction that a hypercube of dimension n has n2n−1 edges. Chap. v2 . 72. 71. . a cycle that visits every vertex exactly once.16 66. each vertex has an even number of edges incident with it) has an Eulerian cycle. a path that visits every vertex exactly once. The elements of V are called nodes or vertices. Prove by induction that every hypercube has a Hamiltonian cycle. that is. Draw an edge from each vertex in the ﬁrst copy to the corresponding vertex of the second copy. 2. Mathematical Induction What is wrong with the following reasoning? We show that for every n ≥ 3. Now suppose that n ≥ 4 and that Fm is even for all m < n. To build a hypercube of dimension n. (v. 2. . and by the induction hypothesis Fn−1 and Fn−2 are even. 73. A hypercube of dimension 0 is a single vertex. Fn is the sum of two even numbers. Then Fn = Fn−1 +Fn−2 . A tournament is a directed graph formed by taking the complete undirected graph and assigning arbitrary directions on the edges. . Where convenient we will take V = {v2 .
Then. but the distinction is not of prime importance here. this is actually called a rooted tree. . (r.11 TREES A tree is a special kind of graph deﬁned as follows1 . E) is a tree. . Prove by induction that an ndimensional hypercube has exactly n k diﬀerent subcubes of dimension k. 2n−k 75.Sec.11. where V E = V1 ∪ V2 ∪ · · · ∪ Vk ∪ {r}. 1 Technically. . Suppose Ti = (Vi . Ei ) are disjoint trees with roots ri respectively. r1 ). Vk . . r2 ). .5. (r. V2 . . = E1 ∪ E2 ∪ · · · ∪ Ek ∪ {(r. T = (V. . . Some hypercubes of various dimensions. A single vertex v is a tree with root v. rk )}. 2. Trees 17 Dimension 0 Dimension 1 Dimension 2 Dimension 3 Dimension 4 Figure 2. Prove by induction that the edges of an ndimensional hypercube can be colored using n colors so that no pair of edges that share a common vertex have the same color. 74. Suppose r ∈ V1 . 2. . for 1 ≤ i ≤ k.
85. F ). Prove by induction that between any pair of vertices in a tree there is a unique path. 81. a child of a level i node is said to be at level i + 1. . 76. Prove by induction that a complete binary tree with n levels has 2n − 1 vertices. . then n mod k = 1. GEOMETRY Prove that any set of regions deﬁned by n lines in the plane can be colored with two colors so that no two regions that share an edge have the same color. 82. v2 . Prove by induction that a tree with n vertices has exactly n − 1 edges. The number of levels in a tree is the largest level number of any node in the tree. v1 ) ∈ E. 2. 80. E) is a sequence of distinct vertices v1 . 83. 86. (vi . A complete binary tree is a binary tree in which all leaves are at the same level. vk such that (vk . . . Prove by induction on n ≥ 3 that the sum of the angles of an nvertex convex polygon is 180(n−2) degrees. 78. 2. vi+1 ) ∈ E. there exists an nnode tree in which all of the nonleaf nodes have k children.12 84. Prove by induction that for every n such that n mod k = 1. . Prove by induction that if there exists an nnode tree in which all the nonleaf nodes have k children. 79. A spanning tree of a graph G = (V.18 Chap. where F ⊆ E. Prove by induction that n circles divide the plane into n2 − n + 2 regions if every pair of circles intersect in exactly two points. Prove by induction that an nnode graph can have as many as (n−1)! spanning trees. Prove by induction that a tree is a connected graph that has no cycles. 77. For all i ≥ 1. E) is a tree T = (V. Does this hold for closed shapes other than circles? A polygon is convex if every pair of points in the polygon can be joined by a straight line that lies in the polygon. and for all 1 ≤ i < k. A binary tree is a tree in which all nodes have at most two children. Prove by induction that a connected graph that has no cycles is a tree. A cycle in a graph G = (V. and no three circles intersect in a common point. Mathematical Induction The root of a tree is said to be at level 1.
Prove by induction on n that x1 ⊕ x2 ⊕ · · · ⊕ xn is true iﬀ an odd number of x1 . a ⊕ (b ⊕ c) = (a ⊕ b) ⊕ c. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that the binary representation of n has log n + 1 bits. where each ai ∈ IN. no three of which meet in a straight line.13 91. . that is. if a1 = 1. 92. Prove by induction on n ≥ 1 that the matrix product M1 · M2 · · · Mn is an r0 × rn matrix. divide the plane into 2n regions. which is deﬁned to be true iﬀ exactly one of x and y is true. and that solution uses less than a2 coins of type a1 . . 89. all passing through a single point. . What happens when a1 = 1? 94. Show that for all n ≥ 2. for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Miscellaneous 19 87. false}. Is this bound tight? Prove that n straight lines in the plane. Consider the following algorithm for listing the . Prove by induction on n that there must be at least one hole containing at least n/m pigeons. let x ⊕ y denote the exclusiveor of x and y. y ∈ {true. . a2 . 2. . The coinchanging problem is deﬁned as follows. Suppose An = {a1 . 95. divide space into n(n − 2) + 2 regions. A Gray code is a list of the 2n nbit strings in which each string diﬀers from the previous one in exactly one bit.13. Suppose also that a1 ≤ a2 ≤ · · · ≤ an . . xn are true. Consider any arrangement of n ≥ 3 lines in general position in the plane. all passing through a single point. 88. 90. Given C ∈ IN. Consider any arrangement of n ≥ 3 lines in general position in the plane (that is. then there is always a solution to the coinchanging problem. Prove that at least n − 2 of the minimal connected regions in any such arrangement are triangles. for 1 ≤ i ≤ n.Sec. Note that the exclusiveor operation is associative. MISCELLANEOUS Suppose Mi is an ri−1 × ri matrix. . Prove that at least one of the minimal connected regions that they form is a triangle. If x. no pair of lines is parallel. 2. Prove that n planes in space. an } is a set of distinct coin types. . 93. x2 . and no three lines can have a common point). given that an unlimited number of coins of each type are available. ﬁnd the smallest number of coins from An that add up to C. (The Pigeonhole Principle) Suppose n pigeons roost in m holes.
001. 69. proving that the sum of the three angles of a triangle is 180 degrees. 2. 10. Mathematical Induction nbit strings. HINTS You will need to use strong induction. leaving a smaller graph in which all vertices have even degree. take a second copy of the list of (n − 1)bit strings. If n > 1. First. Then. the list is 0. 97. 96. 111. Show that the list has the Gray code property. 01. First. (Can you prove this identity?) Be careful how you apply this identity (it doesn’t always hold). The circles are a red herring. consider the hint to Problem 48.20 Chap. Delete C. 1. 57. and for n = 3 the list is 000. The hardest part of this is the base case. 53. If n = 1. So. and take special care with the upper and lower limits of the summation. You will need to use the identity n r = n−1 r + n−1 r−1 . Apply the induction hypothesis (careful: there is something I am not telling you). Put together C and the results of applying the induction hypothesis to give the Eulerian cycle. It illustrates the technique that you will need. 2. 101. 110. that each string diﬀers from the previous one in exactly one bit. reverse the order of the strings. ﬁrst take the list of (n − 1)bit strings. and place a 0 in front of each string. . for example. place a 1 in front of each string. for n = 2 the list is 00. 49. and place it after the ﬁrst list.14 37. You will need to use strong induction here. Try combining four n/2 × n/2 tours into one. 11. 100. Show that every nbit string appears exactly once in the list generated by the algorithm. that is. prove that any graph in which all vertices have even degree must have a cycle C (try constructing one). Your induction hypothesis must be stronger than what you really need to prove — the tours you build must have some extra structure to allow them to be joined at the corners. 011. Look carefully at the example given before the problem. And your base case may not be what you expect at ﬁrst. prove 85. It can be proved as follows. 48. 86. Also. 010.
The claim is certainly true for n = 0. in which case both sides of the equation are zero. The i=0 2 = 2 0 i 2 = 1 = 21 − 1.15. It remains to prove i=1 that n+1 1/2i = 1 − 1/2n+1 . Now suppose that n ≥ 1. − 1. i=1 1/2i = 1 − 1/2n . 92. i=1 i = n(n + 1)/2. 2. You’ll need to make two cases in your inductive step. 11. as required. We are required to prove that i=0 . as required. claim is certainly true for n = 0. Now. Once you have mastered the base case. This can be extended to any triangle by judicious choice of diagonal. according to whether n is a power of 2 (or something like that) or not. SOLUTIONS We are required to prove that for all n ≥ 0. We are required to prove that for all n ≥ 1. in which case i=0 Suppose that n ≥ 0 and n 2i = 2n+1 − 1.15 1. Suppose that n ≥ 0 and n i = n(n + 1)/2. 8.Sec. Solutions 21 it for a rightangled triangle (using symmetry). and n 1/2i = 1 − 1/2n . since in this case both sides of the equation are equal to 1/2. n+1 n n i = i=1 i=1 i + (n + 1) (by the induction hypothesis) = n(n + 1)/2 + (n + 1) = (n + 1)(n + 2)/2. 2. i=1 n+1 n 1/2i i=1 = = = 1 1 1 1 + + + · · · + n+1 2 4 8 2 1 1 + 2 2 1 1 + 2 2 1 1 1 1 + + + ··· + n 2 4 8 2 n i=1 1 2i (by the induction hypothesis) 1 1 1 + · (1 − n ) − 2 2 2 = 1 − 1/2n+1 . the inductive step should be obvious. The claim is true for n = 1. We are required to prove that i=1 n+1 i=1 i = (n + 1)(n + 2)/2. n i n+1 We are required to prove that for all n ≥ 0.
Then. Notice that we can prove something stronger with just a little more work. The claim is certainly true for n = 8 (one 3cent and one 5cent stamp). since the lefthand side of the equation is F0 = 0. Mathematical Induction 2i = 2n+2 − 1. n n−1 n 52. 27. as required. and n−1 that i=0 Fi = Fn+1 − 1. it follows that (n + 1)3 + 2(n + 1) is divisible by 3. Now. as required. and n3 + 2n is divisible by 3. 2. Fi i=0 = i=0 Fi + Fn (by the induction hypothesis) = (Fn+1 − 1) + Fn = Fn+2 − 1. We are required to prove by induction on n ≥ 0 that n3 + 2n is divisible by 3. The claim is certainly true for n = 0. since then n3 + 2n = 0. n+1 n 2i i=0 = i=0 2i + 2n+1 (by the induction hypothesis) = (2n+1 − 1) + 2n+1 = 2n+2 − 1. Since n ≥ 11. and n = 10 (two 5cent stamps). We are required to prove that (n + 1)3 + 2(n + 1) is divisible by 3. Suppose that n ≥ 0. Now suppose that n ≥ 11 and all values up to n − 1 cents can be made with 3cent and 5cent stamps. i=0 Fi = Fn+2 − 1. Now. The required postage can always be made using at most two 5cent stamps. Since the ﬁrst term is divisible by 3 (by the induction hypothesis) and the second term is obviously divisible by 3. as required. We are required to show that any amount of postage that is a positive integer number of cents n > 7 can be formed by using only 3cent and 5cent stamps. Can you prove this? We are required to prove that for all n ≥ 0.22 n+1 i=0 Chap. The claim is true for n = 0. n = 9 (three 3cent stamps). n − 3 cents can be made with 3cent and 5cent stamps. and the righthand side is F2 − 1 = 1 − 1 = 0. and hence by hypothesis. which is certainly divisible by 3. Now suppose that n ≥ 1. . Simply add a 3cent stamp to this to make n cents. 37. (n + 1)3 + 2(n + 1) = = = (n3 + 3n2 + 3n + 1) + (2n + 2) n3 + 3n2 + 5n + 3 (n3 + 2n) + (3n2 + 3n + 3). n − 3 ≥ 8.
Comments 23 L Figure 2. Consider two regions that have a line in common. Suppose we are given n + 1 lines in the plane. they now have diﬀerent colors. he came up with the wrong answer. 84. and started to add. The teacher was dismayed. Replace L. Gauss came to the teacher within a few minutes with an answer of 5050. If that line is L.Sec. Another said that it was punishment for the class being unruly and disruptive. and the new shading obtained by ﬂipping the colors on one side of L (bottom). then the two regions formed a single region before L was replaced. the two regions have diﬀerent colors (either the same as before or reversed). One account I have heard said that the teacher was lazy.6. the other side dark). He refused to believe that he was wrong until Gauss explained: . then by the induction hypothesis. The hypothesis is true for n = 1 (color one side light. and wanted to occupy the students for a long time so that he could read a book. 2. We are required to prove that any set of regions deﬁned by n lines in the plane can be colored with only two colors so that no two regions that share an edge have the same color.16. COMMENTS This identity was apparently discovered by Gauss at age 9 in 1786.16 1. Now suppose that the hypothesis is true for n lines. There is an apocryphal story attached to this discovery. and color the remaining regions with two colors (which can be done. If that line is not L. by the induction hypothesis). Some time later. Remove one of the lines L. Since we reversed colors on one side of L only. 2. Gauss’ teacher set the class to add the numbers 1 + 2 + · · · + 100. after some fretting and fuming. Shading the regions formed by all lines except L (top). Reverse all of the colors on one side of the line.
Simply hypothesize that the sum is ak+1 nk+1 + ak nk + · · · + a1 n + a0 for some choice of ai ∈ IR. This is a special case of the identity in Problem 9. This can also be solved by applying the identity of Problem 9 twice. Yes.24 Chap. There is an elegant noninductive proof of this that you should have met in high school. aS − S = i=1 ai − i=0 ai = an+1 − 1. 9. i=0 n+1 n 5. 6. In general. The case for odd n is similar. There is an easy noninductive proof of this fact that appeals more to computer science students than n math students. though. try k = 4. The right values for the constants will drop right out of the proof. as required. 11 · · · 1 . See the comment to Problem 4. I could go on asking for more identities like this. there is not much need to. + 3. 2. n+1 . 10. Hence. If you want a challenge to your ability to do arithmetic. 11. Can you prove this result without using induction? The case for even n can easily be inferred from Gauss’ example. What I want you to do is practice your induction by proving this identity from ﬁrst principles. Let S = n ai . The binary representation of i=0 2i is a string of n + 1 ones. I can never remember the exact form of the solution. 4. if you are asked to solve n ik i=1 for some k ≥ 1. 0 ≤ i ≤ k + 1. I realize that you can solve this without induction by applying some elementary algebra and the identities of Problems 1 and 2. Mathematical Induction 1 + 2 + ··· + 50 100 + 99 + · · · + 51 101 + 101 + · · · + 101 = 50 × 101 = 5050. that is. It gets a bit tricky as k becomes larger. See the comment to Problem 4. and try to prove it by induction. If you want to practice this technique. Fortunately. start with k = 2. S = (an+1 − 1)/(a − 1). Then. just remember that the solution is a polynomial in n with largest exponent k + 1 (see Problem 21).
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. This can also be solved using algebra and the identity from Problem 15. And. 3n = O(n!). Note that Problem 47 implies that there can be no such tour for odd n. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. There are actually closed knight’s tours on n × n chessboards for all even n ≥ 6 (see Problem 369).Sec. 15. If you add 1 to this.7. n+1 that is. 1 00 · · · 0. See Chapter 3. n i=0 2i = There is an elegant noninductive proof of this using the method of areas. This technique works well for sums of products: Simply make a rectangle with area equal to each term of the sum. n i=0 2i + 1 = 2n+1 or. Therefore. 2n+1 − 1. you get. 2n+1 . 48. Using the method of areas to show that n n−1 i i n i=1 i2 = (2n − 1)2 − i=1 2 . The formal study of the knight’s tour problem is said . 2.7) (by Problem 1) = (2n − 1)2n − (2 − 2) = (n − 1)2n+1 + 2. equivalently. therefore. and analyze the missing area. in binary. 2n = Ω(n2 ). 13. n n−1 i2i i=1 = (2n − 1)2n − i=1 n 2i (see Figure 2.16. This can also be solved using the method of areas sketched in the comment to Problem 13. And. 20. 16. Comments 25 2 n1 n1 n 2n 2 n1 Figure 2. 19. See Chapter 3. therefore. ﬁt them together to “nearly” make a rectangle.
. This problem was suggested to the author by Nainan Kovoor in 1990. 60. An Eulerian cycle is not possible if the graph has at least one vertex of odd degree. there must be n2n−1 ones. Since there are i ones. See the comment for Problem 81. 64. What I want you to do is point out where in the proof is there a false statement made? This can be proved using Problem 1. 62. 81. 61. But since you have written exactly as many ones as zeros. 82. but what I’m looking for is a straightforward inductive proof. n i Write down every string of n bits. Don’t cheat by using Stirling’s approximation. 69. since all horses are not of the same color. you must have written exactly n strings with exactly i· i=0 n i ones. who considered the standard 8 × 8 chessboard. Rouse Ball and Coxeter [8] give an interesting bibliography of the history of the problem from this point. You’re supposed to be practicing your induction! See the comment for Problem 60. You’ll see this in the literature as often as you’ll see the recursive deﬁnition given at the beginning of Section 2.11.26 Chap. There is an elegant noninductive proof of the identity n i· i=0 n i = n2n−1 . 2. (Can you prove this?) Therefore. and you have written n2n bits in all. Of course it is obvious that the proof is wrong. This problem together with Problem 82 show that “a connected graph with no cycles” is an alternate deﬁnition of a tree. Mathematical Induction to have begun with Euler [25] in 1759. we conclude that a graph has a Eulerian cycle iﬀ it is connected and all vertices have even degree. The Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler ﬁrst proved this in 1736 [24]. 51. 67.
But it’s good practice in using induction.16. 95. 2. this is a little contrived. Yes. . See also Problems 415 and 471.Sec. Comments 27 94. It’s easier to prove by contradiction.
“f (n) = O(g(n))” can be interpreted as meaning “f (n) ∈ O(g(n)). RANK THE FUNCTIONS Consider the following eighteen functions: √ n n log n n2 n1/3 + log n ln n (1/3)n n n − n3 + 7n5 n3 (log n)2 n/ log n (3/2)n 2n n2 + log n log n n! log log n 6 28 . for example. • f (n) is ω(g(n)) if limn→∞ g(n)/f (n) = 0.1 98. We will use the following deﬁnitions (although alternatives exist. f (n) ≤ c · g(n)}. n0 ∈ IR+ such that for all n ≥ n0 . We will follow the normal convention of writing. see Section 3.Chapter 3 BigO and BigΩ BigO notation is useful for the analysis of algorithms since it captures the asymptotic growth pattern of functions and ignores the constant multiple (which is out of our control anyway when algorithms are translated into programs).5). g : IN → IN. Then.” 3. f (n) ≥ c · g(n). even though the equality sign does not indicate true equality. • f (n) is o(g(n)) if limn→∞ f (n)/g(n) = 0. The proper deﬁnition of “O(g(n))” is as a set: O(g(n)) = {f (n)  there exists c. n0 ∈ IR+ such that for all n ≥ n0 . • f (n) is Θ(g(n)) if f (n) is O(g(n)) and f (n) is Ω(g(n)). Suppose that f. • f (n) is O(g(n)) if there exists c. • f (n) ∼ g(n) if limn→∞ f (n)/g(n) = 1. n0 ∈ IR+ such that for all n ≥ n0 . • f (n) is Ω(g(n)) if there exists c. f (n) ≤ c · g(n). “f (n) = O(g(n))” instead of “f (n) is O(g(n))”.
g(n) = n2 . 101.1. g(n) = log n + 1. 100. 102. f (n) = (n2 − n)/2. √ f (n) = n + log n. √ f (n) = n + log n. 104. Determine which is the case. g(n) = n n/2. either f (n) = O(g(n)) or g(n) = O(f (n)). √ f (n) = n + 2 n. f (n) = n2 + 3n + 4. √ f (n) = n log n. and the best bigO value on the right.00001 ) O(n2 / log2 n) O(n2 / log n) O(n2 ) O(n3/2 ) O(2n ) O(5n ) O(nn ) 2 O(nn ) 1/(log n) 7n5 − 3n + 2 (n2 + n)/(log2 n + log n) 2 2log n 3n For each of the following pairs of functions f (n) and g(n). g(n) = (n2 − n)/2. g(n) = n n. 99. g(n) = 6n. f (n) = 2(log n)2 . Rank the Functions 29 Group these functions so that f (n) and g(n) are in the same group if and only if f (n) = O(g(n)) and g(n) = O(f (n)).00001 ) Ω(n2 / log2 n) Ω(n2 / log n) Ω(n2 ) Ω(n3/2 ) Ω(2n ) Ω(5n ) Ω(nn ) 2 Ω(nn ) O(1/n) O(1) O(log log n) O(log n) O(log2 n) √ O( 3 n) O(n/ log n) O(n) O(n1. 3. g(n) = n3 . Draw a line from each of the ﬁve functions in the center to the best bigΩ value on the left. . and list the groups in increasing order. 105. 107. 103. f (n) = 4n log n + n. 106. Ω(1/n) Ω(1) Ω(log log n) Ω(log n) Ω(log2 n) √ Ω( 3 n) Ω(n/ log n) Ω(n) Ω(n1.Sec. g(n) = n. but not both.
118. √ n log n = O(n). 116. 129. If f (n) = Θ(g(n)). f (n) = Θ(g(n)). √ n2 (1 + n) = O(n2 ). . 121.30 Chap. 117.2 108. √ f (n) = n + n n. 115. √ log n + n = O(n). 113. √ log n = O( n). 131. 125. 3. then f (n) = Θ(g(n)). 122. 119. log n = O(1/n). For each of the following pairs of functions f (n) and g(n). 130. state whether f (n) = O(g(n)). √ 3n2 + n = O(n2 ). √ n = O(log n). 112. If f (n) ∼ g(n). √ √ √ 3n2 + n = O(n + n n + n). 110. g(n) = n + 3. √ n log n = O(n n). 109. TRUE OR FALSE? n2 = O(n3 ). n3 = O(n2 ). 114. or none of the above. 123. g(n) = log(n + 3). 111. 126. 128. 1/n = O(log n). √ n2 (1 + n) = O(n2 log n). f (n) = Ω(g(n)). n3 = O(n2 (1 + n2 )). √ f (n) = n n. g(n) = n4 + n2 . 120. 127. √ √ n + n = O( n log n). g(n) = n2 − n. g(n) = 6n + 7. f (n) = 2n − n2 . 132. 124. f (n) = (n2 + 2)/(1 + 2−n ). √ f (n) = n. then g(n) = Θ(f (n)). log n = O(n−1/2 ). g(n) = 4n log(n2 + 1). BigO and BigΩ 3. 2n2 + 1 = O(n2 ). f (n) = n2 + 3n + 4.
142. Prove that 2n + 1 = O(2n ). Does (n!)! = O(((n − 1)!)!(n − 1)!n! )? Prove your answer. Prove that cn2 + d = O(2n ) for all c. d ∈ IR+ . a0 ∈ IR. Prove that cn + d = O(2n ) for all c. 3. a1 . . Does nlog n = Ω((log n)n )? Prove your answer. . k ∈ IR+ . ak−1 . 145. Prove or disprove: O n2 log log n 1/2 = O( √ n ). 143. . 150. 151. Prove that n2 = O(2n ). 138. 137. 144. Does nlog log log n = O((log n)!)? Prove your answer. 135. . 147. Does (n!)! = Ω(((n − 1)!)!(n − 1)!n! )? Prove your answer. Prove that 2n = O(n!). Prove that 3n log n = O(n2 ). Prove that 9999n + 635 = O(2n ). 140. 134.3. 141. PROVING BIGO Prove that (n + 1)2 = O(n2 ). Does nlog log log n = Ω((log n)!)? Prove your answer. Prove that n2 − 3n − 18 = Ω(n). d.Sec. 136. 154. 146. . 139. 155. 149. 153. Prove that 3n2 − 8n + 9 = O(n2 ). Does nlog n = O((log n)n )? Prove your answer. 148. Prove that log n = O(n). Prove that for all k ≥ 1 and all ak .3 133. ak nk + ak−1 nk−1 + · · · + a1 n + a0 = O(nk ). Prove that n = O(2n ). Proving BigO 31 3. Prove that n! = Ω(2n ). d ∈ IR+ . 152. Prove that cnk + d = O(2n ) for all c. Prove that n3 − 3n2 − n + 1 = Θ(n3 ).
g(n) = n10 . g(n) = n2 /2. g(n) = n + n2 . 157. . f (n) = n2 + n. In each case. 169. 165. 161. f (n) = n2 − n + 1. √ f (n) = 2 n + 1. MANIPULATING BIGO Prove that if f1 (n) = O(g1 (n)) and f2 (n) = O(g2 (n)). g(n) = 3n . 160. g(n) = n2 . 170. g. f (n) = log n. g(n) = 2n3 . then f1 (n) + f2 (n) = O(g1 (n) + g2 (n)). 167. 2 Chap. 158. 163. g(n) = n + (log n)2 . 173. g(n) = n(log n)2 . Prove that if f1 (n) = O(g1 (n)) and f2 (n) = O(g2 (n)). f (n) = n log n. 3. f (n) = (log n)10 . BigO and BigΩ Compare the following pairs of functions f . f (n) = 100n + log n. 162. then f1 (n) + f2 (n) = O(max{g1 (n). g(n) = 2n − 1. 164. f (n) = 12n + 3. 3. 168. g(n) = n2 . √ √ f (n) = 5 n − 1. g(n) = n − n . 166. f (n) = n2 + n + 1. Prove that if f1 (n) = Ω(g1 (n)) and f2 (n) = Ω(g2 (n)). f = ω(g). √ f (n) = n n + n2 . and prove your claim. g(n) = (n2 − 6n)/2. say whether f = o(g).32 156. or f = Θ(g). then f1 (n) + f2 (n) = Ω(g1 (n) + g2 (n)). f (n) = 5n + 1. f (n) = n2 /log n.4 171. 159. 6 −6 For each of the following pairs of functions f (n) and g(n). g2 (n)}). ﬁnd c ∈ IR+ such that f (n) ≤ c · g(n) for all n > 1. f (n) = n2n . g(n) = log log(n2 ). g(n) = (log n)log n . Prove or disprove: 2(1+O(1/n)) = 2 + O(1/n). 172.
√ 182. 181. then f1 (n)·f2 (n) = Ω(g1 (n) · g2 (n)). • f (n) is O1 (g(n)) if there exists c ∈ IR such that limn→∞ f (n)/g(n) = c. Suppose f (n) = Θ(g(n)). Alternative Deﬁnitions 33 174.5. 3.Sec. then f1 (n) · f2 (n) = O(g1 (n) · g2 (n)). Is it true that f1 (n) + f2 (n) = Θ(g1 (n) + g2 (n))? Is it true that f1 (n) + f2 (n) = Θ(max{g1 (n). then O(f (n) + g(n)) = f (n) + O(g(n)). 187. 177. either f (n) = O(g(n)) or g(n) = O(f (n)). Prove that if f (n) = O(g(n)). Prove or disprove: If f (n) = O(g(n)). 180.5 ALTERNATIVE DEFINITIONS Here is an alternative deﬁnition of O. Show that bigO is transitive. Prove or disprove: If f (n) = O(g(n)). then 2f (n) = O(2g(n) ). Prove or disprove: O(f (n)α ) = O(f (n))α for all α ∈ IR+ . or ﬁnd a counterexample to this claim. 179. g2 (n)})? Is it true that f1 (n) + f2 (n) = Θ(min{g1 (n). 189. Prove or disprove: O(x + y)2 = O(x2 ) + O(y 2 ). Prove or disprove: If f (n) = O(g(n)). then f (n) = O(h(n)). then f (n) = O1 (g(n)). g2 (n)}). Prove or disprove: If f (n) > 0 and g(n) > 0 for all n. then f (n)/h(n) = O(g(n)/h(n)). then f (n)k = O(g(n)k ). 188. 3. Prove that if f1 (n) = Ω(g1 (n)) and f2 (n) = Ω(g2 (n)). 184. then f1 (n) + f2 (n) = Ω(min{g1 (n). Multiply log n + 6 + O(1/n) by n + O( n) and simplify your answer as much as possible. 178. Prove that if f1 (n) = Ω(g1 (n)) and f2 (n) = Ω(g2 (n)). Suppose that f1 (n) = Θ(g1 (n)) and f2 (n) = Θ(g2 (n)). 183. Prove that h(n) = O(f (n)) iﬀ h(n) = O(g(n)). 185. 176. That is. 186. if f (n) = O(g(n)) and g(n) = O(h(n)). Prove or disprove: For all functions f (n) and g(n). g2 (n)})? Justify your answer. 175. . Prove that if f (n) = O(g(n)). Prove that if f1 (n) = O(g1 (n)) and f2 (n) = O(g2 (n)). then log f (n) = O(log g(n)).
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Prove that if f (n) = O1 (g(n)), then f (n) = O(g(n)), or ﬁnd a counterexample to this claim.
Here are two alternative deﬁnitions of Ω. • f (n) is Ω1 (g(n)) if there exists c ∈ IR+ such that for inﬁnitely many n, f (n) ≥ c · g(n). • f (n) is Ω2 (g(n)) if there exists c ∈ IR+ such that for all n0 ∈ IN, there exists n ≥ n0 such that f (n) ≥ c · g(n). 191. 192. 193. 194. 195. 196. Prove that if f (n) = Ω(g(n)), then f (n) = Ω2 (g(n)), or ﬁnd a counterexample to this claim. Prove that if f (n) = Ω2 (g(n)), then f (n) = Ω(g(n)), or ﬁnd a counterexample to this claim. Prove that if f (n) = Ω1 (g(n)), then f (n) = Ω2 (g(n)), or ﬁnd a counterexample to this claim. Prove that if f (n) = Ω2 (g(n)), then f (n) = Ω1 (g(n)), or ﬁnd a counterexample to this claim. Prove or disprove: If f (n) = O(g(n)), then f (n) = Ω(g(n)). If f (n) = O(g(n)), then f (n) = Ω2 (g(n)). Deﬁne the relation ≡ by f (n) ≡ g(n) iﬀ f (n) = Ω(g(n)) and g(n) = Ω(f (n)). Similarly, deﬁne the relation ≡2 by f (n) ≡ g(n) iﬀ f (n) = Ω2 (g(n)) and g(n) = Ω2 (f (n)). Show that ≡ is an equivalence relation, but ≡2 is not an equivalence relation.
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Find two functions f (n) and g(n) that satisfy the following relationships. If no such f and g exist, write “None.” 197. 198. 199. 200. 201. f (n) = o(g(n)) and f (n) = Θ(g(n)). f (n) = Θ(g(n)) and f (n) = o(g(n)). f (n) = Θ(g(n)) and f (n) = O(g(n)). f (n) = Ω(g(n)) and f (n) = O(g(n)). f (n) = Ω(g(n)) and f (n) = o(g(n)).
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There are a lot of groups. Be careful with (n2 + n)/(log2 n + log n).
136. When solving problems that require you to prove that f (n) = O(g(n)), it is a good idea to try induction ﬁrst. That is, pick a c and an n0 , and try to prove that for all n ≥ n0 , f (n) ≤ c · g(n). Try starting with n0 = 1. A good way of guessing a value for c is to look at f (n) and g(n) for n = n0 , · · · , n0 + 10. If the ﬁrst function seems to grow faster than the second, it means that you must adjust your n0 higher — eventually (unless the thing you are trying to prove is false), the ﬁrst function will grow more slowly than the second. The ratio of f (n0 )/g(n0 ) gives you your ﬁrst cut for c. Don’t be afraid to make c higher than this initial guess to help you make it easier to prove the inductive step. This happens quite often. You might even have to go back and adjust n0 higher to make things work out correctly. 171. Start by writing down the deﬁnitions for f1 (n) = O(g1 (n)) and f2 (n) = O(g2 (n)).
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SOLUTIONS
133. We are required to prove that (n + 1)2 = O(n2 ). We need to ﬁnd a constant c such that (n + 1)2 ≤ cn2 . That is, n2 + 2n + 1 ≤ cn2 or, equivalently, this possible? It is if c > 1. Take c = 4. The roots (c − 1)n2 − 2n − 1 ≥ 0. Is√ of 3n2 − 2n − 1 are (2 ± 4 + 12)/2 = {−1/3, 1}. The second root gives us the correct value for n0 . Therefore, for all n ≥ 1, (n + 1)2 ≤ 4n2 , and so by deﬁnition, (n + 1)2 = O(n2 ). 136. We are required to prove that log n = O(n). By looking at log n for small values of n, it appears that for all n ≥ 1, log n ≤ n. The proof is by induction on n. The claim is certainly true for n = 1. Now suppose that n > 1, and log(n − 1) ≤ n − 1. Then, log n ≤ log(n − 1) + 1 ≤ (n − 1) + 1 (by the induction hypothesis) = n.
Hence, we can take c = 1 and n0 = 1. 137. We are required to prove that 3n log n = O(n2 ). By looking at 3n log n for small values of n, it appears that for all n ≥ 1, 3n log n ≤ 3n2 . The proof is by induction on n. The claim is certainly true for n = 1. Now suppose that
36 n > 1, and 3(n − 1) log(n − 1) ≤ 3(n − 1)2 . Then,
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3n log n 3n( log(n − 1) + 1) 3(n − 1)( log(n − 1) + 1) + 3( log(n − 1) + 1) 3(n − 1) log(n − 1) + 3(n − 1) + 3( log(n − 1) + 1) 3(n − 1)2 + 3(n − 1) + 3( log(n − 1) + 1) (by the induction hypothesis) ≤ 3(n − 1)2 + 3(n − 1) + 3n (see the solution to Problem 136) = 3n2 − 6n + 3 + 3n − 3 + 3n = 3n2 . ≤ = = ≤ Hence, we can take c = 3 and n0 = 1. 171. We are required to prove that if f1 (n) = O(g1 (n)) and f2 (n) = O(g2 (n)), then f1 (n)+f2 (n) = O(g1 (n)+g2 (n)). Suppose for all n ≥ n1 , f1 (n) ≤ c1 ·g1 (n) and for all n ≥ n2 , f2 (n) ≤ c2 ·g2 (n). Let n0 = max{n1 , n2 } and c0 = max{c1 , c2 }. Then for all n ≥ n0 , f1 (n) + f2 (n) ≤ c1 · g1 (n) + c2 · g2 (n) ≤ c0 (g1 (n) + g2 (n)).
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173. This is often called the sum rule for bigOs. 176. This is often called the product rule for bigOs.
Chapter 4
Recurrence Relations
Recurrence relations are a useful tool for the analysis of recursive algorithms, as we will see later in Section 6.2. The problems in this chapter are intended to develop skill in solving recurrence relations.
4.1
SIMPLE RECURRENCES
T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T (n) = 3T (n − 1) + 2. T (1) = 8, and for all n ≥ 2, T (n) = 3T (n − 1) − 15. T (1) = 2, and for all n ≥ 2, T (n) = T (n − 1) + n − 1. T (1) = 3, and for all n ≥ 2, T (n) = T (n − 1) + 2n − 3. T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T (n) = 2T (n − 1) + n − 1. T (1) = 5, and for all n ≥ 2, T (n) = 2T (n − 1) + 3n + 1. T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T (n) = 2T (n/2) + 6n − 1. T (1) = 4, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T (n) = 2T (n/2) + 3n + 2. T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 6, T (n) = 6T (n/6) + 2n + 3. T (1) = 3, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 6, T (n) = 6T (n/6) + 3n − 1. T (1) = 3, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 3, T (n) = 4T (n/3) + 2n − 1. T (1) = 2, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 3, T (n) = 4T (n/3) + 3n − 5. T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T (n) = 3T (n/2) + n2 − n. T (1) = 4, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T (n) = 3T (n/2) + n2 − 2n + 1. T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T (n) = 3T (n/2) + n − 2. 37
Solve the following recurrences exactly. 202. 203. 204. 205. 206. 207. 208. 209. 210. 211. 212. 213. 214. 215. 216.
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T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2, T (n) = 3T (n/2) + 5n − 7. T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 3, T (n) = 4T (n/3) + n2 . T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 3, T (n) = 4T (n/3) + n2 − 7n + 5. √ T (1) = 1, and for n ≥ 4 a power of 4, T (n) = T (n/4) + n + 1.
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MORE DIFFICULT RECURRENCES
Suppose 0 < α, β < 1, where α + β = 1. Let T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 1, T (n) = T (αn) + T (βn) + cn, for some c ∈ IN. Prove that T (n) = O(n log n). You may make any necessary assumptions about n. The Fibonacci numbers Fn for n ≥ 0 are deﬁned recursively as follows: F0 = 0, F1 = 1, and for n ≥ 2, Fn = Fn−1 +Fn−2 . Prove by induction √ √ √ ˆ ˆ on n that Fn = (φn − φn )/ 5, where φ = (1 + 5)/2, and φ = (1 − 5)/2.
222.
Let X(n) be the number of diﬀerent ways of parenthesizing the product of n values. For example, X(1) = X(2) = 1, X(3) = 2 (they are (xx)x and x(xx)), and X(4) = 5 (they are x((xx)x), x(x(xx)), (xx)(xx), ((xx)x)x, and (x(xx))x). 223. Prove that if n ≤ 2, then X(n) = 1; and otherwise
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Show that for all n ≥ 1, X(n) ≥ 2n−2 . Show that X(n) = 1 n 2n − 2 n−1 .
Solve the following recurrences exactly. 226. 227. 228. T (1) = 1, T (2) = 6, and for all n ≥ 3, T (n) = T (n−2)+3n+4. T (0) = c, T (1) = d, and for n > 1, T (n) = T (n − 2) + n. T (1) = 1, T (2) = 6, T (3) = 13, and for all n ≥ 4, T (n) = T (n − 3) + 5n − 9. 229. 230. T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T (n) = 2T (n − 1) + n2 − 2n + 1. T (1) = 1, and for all n ≥ 2, T (n) = n · T (n − 1) + n.
n−1 T (n) = i=1 T (i) + 7. 4. Aho. The following are interesting variants of this recurrence. for example. d if n ≤ 1 aT (n/c) + b otherwise. General Formulae 39 4. Theorem 1. 235. 4.3. k ∈ IN. 234. 231. State and prove a general formula for recurrences of the form T (n) = 232. n−1 T (n) = i=1 T (i) + 1. .1]). is T (n) = Θ(dn ) for some constant d. 236. 233. T (1) = 1.3 GENERAL FORMULAE It is normal to teach the general solution to recurrences of the form T (n) = aT (n/c) + bn (see. State and prove a general formula for recurrences of the form T (n) = d aT (n/c) + bn2 if n ≤ 1 otherwise. and for all n ≥ 2.Sec. and for all n ≥ 2. and Ullman [1. where c. Hopcroft.4 RECURRENCES WITH FULL HISTORY Solve the following recurrences exactly. Prove that the asymptotic solution of the recurrence relation T (n) = 0 2T (n − c) + k if 0 ≤ n < c otherwise. State and prove a general formula for recurrences of the form T (n) = d aT (n/c) + bnk if n ≤ 1 otherwise. T (1) = 1.
Solve the following recurrence relation exactly. T (1) = 1 and for all n ≥ 2. Find an exact solution for T (n). and for all n ≥ 2. T (n) = T ( n/2 ) + 1. Solve the following recurrence relation exactly. 238. Suppose T (1) = 1. Recurrence Relations T (n) = i=1 T (i) + n2 . T (n) = 2T ( n/2 ) + 6n − 1. T (1) = 1 and for all n ≥ 2. and for all n ≥ 2. and for all n ≥ 2. Show that 2n − log n − 1 ≤ T (n) ≤ 2n − log n /2 − 1. T (n) = T ( n/2 ) + n − 1.5 241. T (n) = T ( n/2 ) + T ( n/2 ) + n − 1. Solve the following recurrence relation exactly.40 237. 246. n−1 Chap. and for all n ≥ 3. 4. n−1 T (n) = i=1 T (n − i) + 1. 247. T (n) = 4T ( n/3 ) + 3n − 5. Solve the following recurrence: T (1) = T (2) = 1. 248. 240. 245. 242. T (1) = 1. 4. 239. T (1) = 1. and for all n ≥ 2. n−1 T (n) = 2 i=1 T (i) + 1. 244. and for all n ≥ 2. RECURRENCES WITH FLOORS AND CEILINGS Suppose T (1) = 1. Solve the following recurrence relation exactly. and for all n ≥ 2. and for all n ≥ 2. T( √ Solve the following recurrence: T (1) = 1. . and for n ≥ 2. T (1) = 2. T (n) = T ( n/ log n ) + 1. n−1 T (n) = i=1 (T (i) + T (n − i)) + 1. T (1) = 1. T (1) = 1. T (n) = n ) + 1. 243. T (1) = 1. and for all n ≥ 2. T (n) = T ( n/2 ) + 1.
6 HINTS 202. and and Patashnik [30.Sec. Z. Hints 41 4. i−1 T (n) = 3i T (n − i) + 2 j=0 3j . The solution is T (n) = n log n −2 log n +1. this is really two independent recurrence relations. If you think about it.6]. This problem is diﬃcult to solve directly. After i substitutions. f ( x ) = f (x) . T (n) = 3T (n − 1) + 2. (4. you will need to make a special case for even n and one for odd n. Therefore. Section 6. but this may not help you much. Suppose T (1) = 1. Once you realize this. Knuth. The answer is that for n ≥ 3. one for odd n and one for even n. but it becomes easy when you use the following fact from Graham. the recurrences in this group of problems are fairly easy. 248.6. T (n) = = = = = 3T (n − 1) + 2 (after one substitution) 3(3T (n − 2) + 2) + 2 9T (n − 2) + 2 · 3 + 2 (after two substitutions) 9(3T (n − 3) + 2) + 2 · 3 + 2 27T (n − 3) + 2 · 9 + 2 · 3 + 2 (after three substitutions). 226. Try repeated substitution (see the comment to Problem 202 for a deﬁnition of this term). and has the property that if f (x) ∈ Z then x ∈ Z Then. Can you derive this answer from ﬁrst principles? 243. T (n) ≤ 1. then by repeated substitution. 4. 4. 242. and for all n ≥ 2. This can be proved by induction.7 SOLUTIONS 202.76 log n/ log log n. f ( x ) = f (x) and Z. Use induction on n. 224.1) . The base case will be n ≤ 4. Suppose f : IR → IR is continuous and monotonically increasing. If n is large enough. It looks like there’s a pattern developing.
by identity (4. we can continue with solving the recurrence. after i substitutions. as required. T (n) = = = = = 2T (n/2) + 6n − 1 (after one substitution) 2(2T (n/4) + 6n/2 − 1) + 6n − 1 4T (n/4) + (6n − 2) + (6n − 1) (after two substitutions) 4(2T (n/8) + 6n/4 − 1) + (6n − 2) + (6n − 1) 8T (n/8) + (6n − 4) + (6n − 2) + (6n − 1) (after three substitutions). T (n) = 2T (n/2) + 6n − 1.42 Chap. Then. 208. n−2 T (n) = 3 n−1 T (1) + 2 j=0 3j (by Problem 9) = 3n−1 + 3n−1 − 1 = 2 · 3n−1 − 1. 4.1). It is trivially true for i = 1. Suppose we take i = n − 1. . and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2. i−2 T (n) = 3i−1 T (n − i + 1) + 2 j=0 3j i−2 = 3i−1 (3T (n − i) + 2) + 2 j=0 i−1 3j = 3i T (n − i) + 2 j=0 3j . Recurrence Relations We can prove that identity (4. Therefore. Now that we’ve established identity (4. i−1 T (n) = 2i T (n/2i ) + 6in − j=0 2j . Then. Suppose T (1) = 1.1) is true by induction on i. If n is large enough.1). Now suppose that i > 1 and that i−2 T (n) = 3i−1 T (n − i + 1) + 2 j=0 3j . then by repeated substitution.
then by repeated substitution. after i substitutions. Solutions 43 This can be veriﬁed easily by induction. Therefore. Hence. If n is large enough. i−1 i−1 T (n) = 3i T (n/2i ) + n2 j=0 i i 2 (3/4)j − n j=0 i 2 (3/2)j (by Problem 11). Therefore. If n is large enough. 4. taking i = log n. and for all n ≥ 2 a power of 2. T (n) = 3T (n/2) + n2 − n. T (n) = = = = = 3T (n/2) + n2 − n (after one substitution) 3(3T (n/4) + n2 /4 − n/2) + n2 − n 9T (n/4) + 3(n2 /4 − n/2) + (n2 − n) (after two substitutions) 9(3T (n/8) + n2 /16 − n/4) + 3(n2 /4 − n/2) + (n2 − n) 27T (n/8) + 9(n2 /16 − n/4) + 3(n2 /4 − n/2) + (n2 − n) (after three substitutions).7. 226. i−1 T (n) = T (n − 2i) + 3 j=0 (n − 2j) + 4i .Sec. T (n) = 3log n − 4n2 (3/4)log n + 4n2 − 2n(3/2)log n + 2n = nlog 3 − 4nlog 3 + 4n2 − 2nlog 3 + 2n = 4n2 − 5nlog 3 + 2n. 214. = 3 T (n/2 ) − 4n (3/4) + 4n − 2n(3/2)i + 2n This can be veriﬁed easily by induction. and for all n ≥ 3. Suppose T (1) = 1. then by repeated substitution. Suppose T (1) = 1. T (n) = T (n − 2) + 3n + 4 = T (n − 4) + (3(n − 2) + 4) + (3n + 4) = T (n − 6) + (3(n − 4) + 4) + (3(n − 2) + 4) + (3n + 4). taking i = log n. T (2) = 6. after i substitutions. log n−1 T (n) = nT (1) + 6n log n − j=0 2j (by Problem 11) = n + 6n log n − (2log n − 1) = 6n log n + 1. Hence. T (n) = T (n − 2) + 3n + 4.
Therefore. T (n) = T (n − 2i) + 3in − 3i2 + 7i = T (2) + 3(n/2 − 1)n − 3(n/2 − 1)2 + 7(n/2 − 1) = 6 + 3n2 /2 − 3n − 3n2 /4 + 3n − 3 + 7n/2 − 7 = 3n2 /4 + 7n/2 − 4. when n is even. This can be veriﬁed easily by induction. Recurrence Relations = = = T (n − 2i) + 3in − 6 j=0 j + 4i (by Problem 1) T (n − 2i) + 3in − 3i(i − 1) + 4i T (n − 2i) + 3in − 3i2 + 7i. 235. Now. T (n) = n−1 n−1 i=1 n−2 T (i) + 1. 4. T (n) = (3n2 + 14n − 13)/4. T (n) = (3n2 + 14n − 16)/4. It works as follows. Then.44 i−1 Chap.8 COMMENTS 202. Repeatedly substitute until you see a pattern developing. we have reduced a recurrence with full history to a simple recurrence that can be solved by repeated substitution (I’ll leave that to you) to give the solution T (n) = 2n−1 . T (n) − T (n − 1) = ( i=1 T (i) + 1) − ( i=1 T (i) + 1) = T (n − 1). suppose that n is even. To be completely formal. and for all n ≥ 2. Or. Now. more succinctly. Take i = (n − 1)/2. Write down a formula for T (n) in terms of n and the number of substitutions (which you can call i). The technique used to solve this problem in the previous section is called repeated substitution. 4. suppose that n is odd. i−1 T (n) = = = = T (n − 2i) + 3 j=0 (n − 2j) + 4i T (1) + 3n(n − 1)/2 − 3((n − 1)/2)2 + 7(n − 1)/2 1 + 3n2 /2 − 3n/2 − 3n2 /4 + 3n/2 − 3/4 + 7n/2 − 7/2 3n2 /4 + 7n/2 − 13/4. Thus. T (n) = (3n2 + 14n − 16 + 3(n mod 2))/4. Take i = n/2 − 1. Therefore. and when n is odd. . Then. Suppose that T (1) = 1. T (n) = 2T (n − 1).
Comments 45 verify this pattern by induction on i. The claim is certainly true for n = 1. see Graham. We are required to prove that the solution to the recurrence T (1) = 1. You are usually left with some algebra to do.8. (It is not normally necessary to hand in this extra work when you are asked to solve the recurrence on a homework or an exam. Fn = O(1.) Then choose i to be whatever value it takes to make all of the T (·)s in the pattern turn into the base case for the recurrence. 4. (by the induction hypothesis) . Then. 222. but you can skip it is you are short of time. Now suppose that n > 1 and T (n − 1) = 2 · 3n−2 − 1. (You should do this if you are asked to prove that your answer is correct or if you want to be sure that the pattern is right. Hence. Knuth. such as a summation or two. and for all n ≥ 2. is T (n) = 2 · 3n−1 − 1. and Patashnik [30]. it is prudent to check your answer by using induction. 3T (n − 1) + 2 3(2 · 3n−2 − 1) + 2 2 · 3n−1 − 1. For more information on the constant multiple in the bigO bound.) Let’s do it for this problem. Once you have used repeated substitution to get an answer. The proof is by induction on n. T (n) = 3T (n − 1) + 2. T (n) = = = as required.Sec. but it’s a good idea to do it for your own peace of mind.62n ).
for j ≥ 0. proving them correct by induction.3. The loop invariants discussed in this section use the following convention: If v is a variable used in a loop. 46 . The algorithms use a simple pseudocode as described in Section 1. • Prove that the loop invariants hold.Chapter 5 Correctness Proofs How do we know that a given algorithm works? The best method is to prove it correct. The value v0 means the contents of v immediately before the loop is entered. Use this for your inductive step. • Use the loop invariants and the termination conditions to prove that the algorithm computes the correct result (according to the speciﬁcation). This is usually done by induction on the number of iterations. then vj denotes the value stored in v immediately after the jth iteration of the loop. and using them to establish that the algorithm terminates with the correct result. devise a loop invariant that remains true each time through the loop and captures the “progress” made by the loop.1 ITERATIVE ALGORITHMS To prove correctness of an iterative algorithm. 5. you need to do the following: • Write down a speciﬁcation for the output to be produced by the algorithm as a function of its inputs (this will be easy for the simple algorithms considered in this chapter). • For each loop. • Use the loop invariants to prove that the algorithm terminates. Purely iterative algorithms can be proved correct by devising a loop invariant for every loop. Start by listing the new values of the variables in terms of the old values. starting at the inner loop in case of nested loops. • Verify the algorithm one loop at a time. Purely recursive algorithms can be proved correct directly by induction. Here are some simple algorithms to practice on.
Iterative Algorithms 47 5. d := 1. return(x) 1. x := x + y y := x − y x := x − y 1. StraightLine Programs Prove that the following algorithm for swapping two numbers is correct. 6. 3. 3. 252. c := a ∧ c. 7. d := 2d. procedure swap(x. z) comment Return y + z. 3. 2. 6. 4.1 249.1. if a ⊕ c then x := x + d.1. d := 1. 5.1. Arithmetic Prove that the following algorithm for the addition of natural numbers is correct. z := z/2 . function increment(y) comment Return y + 1. 2. 5. function add(y. 7. Prove that the following algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers is correct. b := z mod 2. Prove that the following algorithm for incrementing a natural number is correct. . 4. 5. c := (a ∧ b) ∨ (b ∧ c) ∨ (a ∧ c). z ∈ IN x := 0. 251. c := 0. y := y/2 . 5. where y ∈ IN x := 0. if a ⊕ b ⊕ c then x := x + d. return(x) 1.Sec. c := 1. while (y > 0) ∨ (c > 0) do a := y mod 2. 2. y := y/2 . while (y > 0) ∨ (z > 0) ∨ (c > 0) do a := y mod 2.2 250. d := 2d. y) comment Swap x and y. where y.
function multiply(y. 253. where y. Correctness Proofs 1. return(x) Prove that the following algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers is correct. z ∈ IN x := 0. 2. r ∈ IN such that y = qz + r and r < z. r) 1. while w ≤ y do w := 2w. z ∈ IN x := 0. 6. z := z/2 . 5. y := 2y. function multiply(y. while w > z do q := 2q. w := w/2 . z) comment Return yz. q := q + 1 return(q. z) comment Return q. 5. function multiply(y. 3. 4. y := 2y. 3. 5. z) comment Return yz. w := z. return(x) 1. function divide(y. 2. where y. while z > 0 do x := x + y · (z mod c). Prove that the following algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers is correct. 4. z := z/2 . z) comment Return yz. y := c · y. 254. 2. z ∈ IN x := 0. 5. for all integer constants c ≥ 2. where y. q := 0. 5. 3. while z > 0 do if z mod 2 = 1 then x := x + y. while z > 0 do x := x + y · (z mod 2). 4. where y. if w ≤ r then r := r − w. z := z/c . 4. Prove that the following algorithm for division and remaindering of natural numbers is correct. 3. . z ∈ IN r := y. 255. 2. return(x) 1. 7.48 Chap.
function power(y. 3.n] is correct. y := y − 1 return(x) 1. 5. 258. 3. Iterative Algorithms 49 256. 5..3 259. where y ∈ IN x := 1 while y > 1 do x := x · y. Prove that the following algorithm for exponentiation is correct. z) comment Return y z . function power(y. 3. function sum(A) comment Return s := 0. 2. Prove that the following algorithm for exponentiation is correct. Prove that the following algorithm for computing factorials is correct.Sec. z) comment Return y z . 4. z ∈ IN x := 1. . for i := 1 to n do s := s + A[i] return(s) n i=1 A[i] 1. while z > 0 do if z is odd then x := x · y z := z/2 y := y 2 return(x) 1.1. 5. 2. where y ∈ IR. 4. z ∈ IN x := 1. function factorial(y) comment Return y!. 257. 2. 4. while z > 0 do x := x · y z := z − 1 return(x) 1.1. where y ∈ IR. 6. 3. 5. 4. 2. Arrays Prove that the following algorithm that adds the values in an array A[1.
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Prove that the following algorithm for computing the maximum value in an array A[1..n] is correct.
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function max(A) comment Return max A[1], . . . , A[n] m := A[1] for i := 2 to n do if A[i] > m then m := A[i] return(m)
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Prove the correctness of the following bubblesort algorithm. The values to be sorted are in an array A[1..n].
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procedure bubblesort(A[1..n]) comment Sort A[1], A[2], . . . , A[n] into nondecreasing order for i := 1 to n − 1 do for j := 1 to n − i do if A[j] > A[j + 1] then Swap A[j] with A[j + 1]
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Prove the correctness of the following patternmatching algorithm. The input consists of a string S[1..n], and a pattern P [0..m − 1], where 1 ≤ m ≤ n. The algorithm locates the ﬁrst contiguous occurrence of the pattern P in the string S, that is, = p if S[p..p + m − 1] = P , and = n − m + 1 if the pattern P does not occur at all in the string S. function match(P, S, n, m) comment Find the pattern P [0..m − 1] in string S[1..n] := 0; matched := false while ( ≤ n − m) ∧ ¬matched do := + 1 ; r := 0; matched := true while (r < m) ∧ matched do matched := matched ∧ (P [r] = S[ + r]) r := r + 1 return( )
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Prove that the following matrix multiplication algorithm is correct.
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procedure matmultiply(Y, Z, n); comment multiplies n × n matrices Y Z for i := 1 to n do for j := 1 to n do X[i, j] := 0; for k := 1 to n do X[i, j] := X[i, j] + Y [i, k] · Z[k, j]; return(X)
Prove that the following algorithm for evaluating the polynomial an xn + an−1 xn−1 + · · · + a1 x + a0 is correct, where the coeﬃcients are stored in an array A[0..n], with A[i] = ai for all 0 ≤ i ≤ n. The algorithm is named after its inventor, William G. Horner, and is often called Horner’s rule. function Horner(A, n) comment Return n A[i] · xi i=0 v := 0 for i := n downto 0 do v := A[i] + v · x return(v)
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Fibonacci Numbers
Prove that the following algorithm for computing Fibonacci numbers is correct. function ﬁb(n) comment Return Fn , the nth Fibonacci number if n = 0 then return(0) else last:=0; current:=1 for i := 2 to n do temp:=last+current; last:=current; current:=temp return(current)
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To prove correctness of a recursive algorithm, you need to do the following: • You will prove correctness by induction on the “size” of the problem being solved (for example, the size of array chunk, number of bits in an integer, etc.). Your ﬁrst task is to identify what is to be used as the “size.”
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• Then, you prove the base of the induction, which will usually involve only the base of the recursion. • Next, you need to prove that recursive calls are given subproblems to solve (that is, there is no inﬁnite recursion). This is often trivial, but it can be diﬃcult to prove and so should not be overlooked. • Finally, you prove the inductive step: Assume that the recursive calls work correctly, and use this assumption to prove that the current call works correctly.
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Prove that the following recursive algorithm computes 3n − 2n for all n ≥ 0. 1. 2. function g(n) if n ≤ 1 then return(n) else return(5 · g(n − 1) − 6 · g(n − 2))
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Prove that the following recursive algorithm for incrementing a natural number is correct. function increment(y) comment Return y + 1. if y = 0 then return(1) else if y mod 2 = 1 then return(2 · increment( y/2 )) else return(y + 1)
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Prove that the following recursive algorithm for the addition of natural numbers is correct. function add(y, z, c) comment Return the sum y + z + c, where c ∈ {0, 1}. if y = z = 0 then return(c) else a := y mod 2; b := z mod 2; return(2 · add( y/2 , z/2 , (a + b + c)/2 ) + (a ⊕ b ⊕ c))
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Prove that the following recursive algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers is correct. function multiply(y, z) comment Return the product yz. if z = 0 then return(0) else if z is odd then return(multiply(2y, z/2 )+y) else return(multiply(2y, z/2 ))
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Prove that the following recursive algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers is correct. function multiply(y, z) comment Return the product yz. if z = 0 then return(0) else return(multiply(2y, z/2 ) + y · (z mod 2))
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Prove that the following recursive algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers is correct, for all integers constants c ≥ 2. function multiply(y, z) comment Return the product yz. if z = 0 then return(0) else return(multiply(cy, z/c ) + y · (z mod c))
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Prove that the following recursive algorithm for exponentiation is correct. function power(y, z) comment Return y z , where y ∈ IR, z ∈ IN. if z = 0 then return(1) if z is odd then return(power(y 2 , z/2 ) · y) else return(power(y 2 , z/2 ))
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Prove that the following recursive algorithm for computing factorials is correct. function factorial(n) comment Return n!. if n ≤ 1 then return(1) else return(n · factorial(n − 1))
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Arrays
Prove that the following recursive algorithm for computing the maximum value in an array A[1..n] is correct. function maximum(n) comment Return max of A[1..n]. if n ≤ 1 then return(A[1]) else return(max(maximum(n − 1),A[n])) function max(x, y) comment Return largest of x and y. if x ≥ y then return(x) else return(y)
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Prove that the following recursive algorithm that adds the values in an array A[1..n] is correct. function sum(n) comment Return sum of A[1..n]. if n ≤ 1 then return(A[1]) else return(sum(n − 1) + A[n])
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Fibonacci Numbers
Prove that the following algorithm for computing Fibonacci numbers is correct. function ﬁb(n) comment Return Fn , the nth Fibonacci number. if n ≤ 1 then return(n) else return(ﬁb(n − 1)+ﬁb(n − 2))
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Prove that the following algorithm for computing Fibonacci numbers is correct. function ﬁb(n) comment Return (Fn−1 , Fn ) if n is odd then (a, b) := even(n − 1) return(b, a + b) else return(even(n)) function even(n) comment Return (Fn−1 , Fn ) when n is even if n = 0 then return(1, 0) else if n = 2 then return(1, 1) else if n = 4 then return(2, 3) (a, b) := ﬁb(n/2 − 1) c := a + b; d := b + c return(b · d + a · c, c · (d + b))
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COMBINED ITERATION AND RECURSION
The following questions ask you to prove correct some recursive algorithms that have loops in them. Naturally enough, you can solve them by applying both of the techniques you have used in this chapter.
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Prove that the following recursive bubblesort algorithm is correct. The values to be sorted are in an array A[1..n]. procedure bubblesort(n) comment Sort A[1..n]. if n > 1 then for j := 1 to n − 1 do if A[j] > A[j + 1] then Swap A[j] with A[j + 1] bubblesort(n − 1)
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Prove that the following variant of quicksort is correct. The values to be sorted are in an array A[1..n]. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. procedure quicksort( , r) comment sort S[ ..r] i := ; j := r a := some element from S[ ..r] repeat while S[i] < a do i := i + 1 while S[j] > a do j := j − 1 if i ≤ j then swap S[i] and S[j] i := i + 1; j := j − 1 until i > j if < j then quicksort( , j) if i < r then quicksort(i, r)
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In each of the following hints, if the algorithm uses a variable v, then vi denotes the contents of v immediately after the ith iteration of the single loop in the algorithm (v0 denotes the contents of v immediately before the loop is entered for the ﬁrst time). 250. The loop invariant is the following: (yj + zj + cj )dj + xj = y0 + z0 . 252. The loop invariant is the following: yj zj + xj = y0 z0 . 255. The loop invariant is the following: qj wj + rj = y0 and rj < wj .
z 256. The loop invariant is the following: xj yj zj = y00 .
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258. The loop invariant is the following: mj = 259. The loop invariant is the following: sj =
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260. The loop invariant is the following: mj is the maximum of A[1], . . . , A[j + 1]. 261. The loop invariant for the inner loop is the following: after the jth iteration, for all 1 ≤ i < j, A[i] ≤ A[j]. The loop invariant for the outer loop is the following: after the jth iteration, for all n − j + 1 ≤ i ≤ n, for all k < i, A[k] ≤ A[i]. 277. The identity from Problem 53 might help.
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250. This correctness proof will make use of the fact that for all n ∈ IN, 2 n/2 + (n mod 2) = n. (5.1)
(Can you prove this?) We claim that if y, z ∈ IN, then add(y, z) returns the value y + z. That is, when line 8 is executed, x = y + z. For each of the identiﬁers, use a subscript i to denote the value of the identiﬁer after the ith iteration of the whileloop on lines 3–7, for i ≥ 0, with i = 0 meaning the time immediately before the while loop is entered and immediately after the statement on line 2 is executed. By inspection, aj+1 bj+1 yj+1 zj+1 dj+1 = yj mod 2 = zj mod 2 = yj /2 = zj /2 = 2dj .
From line 6 of the algorithm, cj+1 is 1 iﬀ at least two of aj+1 , bj+1 , and cj are 1 (see Problem 93). Therefore, cj+1 = (aj+1 + bj+1 + cj )/2 . Note that d is added into x in line 5 of the algorithm only when an odd number of a, b, and c are 1. Therefore, xj+1 = xj + dj ((aj+1 + bj+1 + cj ) mod 2). We will now prove the following loop invariant: For all natural numbers j ≥ 0, (yj + zj + cj )dj + xj = y0 + z0 .
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The proof is by induction on j. The base j = 0 is trivial, since c0 = 0, d0 = 1, and x0 = 0. Now, suppose that (yj + zj + cj )dj + xj = y0 + z0 . We are required to prove that (yj+1 + zj+1 + cj+1 )dj+1 + xj+1 = y0 + z0 . By the preceding, (yj+1 + zj+1 + cj+1 )dj+1 + xj+1 = ( yj /2 + zj /2 + (yj mod 2 + zj mod 2 + cj )/2 )2dj + xj + dj ((yj mod 2 + zj mod 2 + cj ) mod 2) = ( yj /2 + zj /2 )2dj + xj + dj (yj mod 2 + zj mod 2 + cj ) (by Equation 5.1) = (yj + zj + cj )dj + xj (by Equation 5.1 twice). Therefore, by the induction hypothesis, (yj+1 + zj+1 + cj+1 )dj+1 + xj+1 = y0 + z0 . This ends the proof of the loop invariant. It remains to use it to prove that the algorithm is correct. We need to prove that the algorithm terminates with x containing the sum of y and z. First, we will prove that it terminates. By inspection, the values of y and z are halved (rounding down if they are odd) on every iteration of the loop. Therefore, they will eventually both have value zero, and stay that way. At the ﬁrst point at which y = z = 0, either c will equal zero or c will be assigned zero on the next iteration of the loop. Therefore, eventually y = z = c = 0, at which point the loop terminates. Now we will prove that x has the correct value on termination. Suppose the loop terminates after t iterations, for some t ≥ 0. By the loop invariant, (yt + zt + ct )dt + xt = y0 + z0 . Since yt = zt = ct = 0, we see that xt = y0 + z0 . Therefore, the algorithm terminates with x containing the sum of the initial values of y and z, as required. 269. The correctness proof is by induction on z. We claim that multiply(y, z) returns the product yz. The hypothesis is true for z = 0, since multiply(y, 0) returns 0. Now, suppose that for z ≥ 0, multiply(y, z) returns yz. We now must prove that multiply(y, z + 1) returns y(z + 1). There are two cases to be considered, depending on whether z + 1 is odd or even. By inspection, if
58 z + 1 is odd, then multiply(y, z + 1) returns
Chap. 5. Correctness Proofs
multiply(2y, (z + 1)/2 ) + y = 2y (z + 1)/2 + y (by the induction hypothesis) = 2y(z/2) + y (since z is even) = y(z + 1). By inspection, if z + 1 is even, then multiply(y, z + 1) returns multiply(2y, (z + 1)/2 ) 2y (z + 1)/2 (by the induction hypothesis) 2y(z + 1)/2 (since z is odd) y(z + 1).
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253. The hard part about this problem (and other similar problems in this section) is that you will need to ﬁnd your own loop invariant. 265. See Section 2.7 for the deﬁnition of Fibonacci numbers. This is the obvious iterative algorithm. 276. See Section 2.7 for the deﬁnition of Fibonacci numbers. This is the obvious recursive algorithm. 277. See Section 2.7 for the deﬁnition of Fibonacci numbers. This is a sneaky recursive algorithm.
) Then.1 ITERATIVE ALGORITHMS The analysis of iterative algorithms is fairly easy. you can analyze the exact number of elementary operations as a function of n in the worst case. Another useful technique is to pick an elementary operation. using bigO notation. As we will see. multiplications. and observe that the running time of the algorithm is bigO of the number of elementary operations. (To ﬁnd the elementary operation. Give. 6. Simply charge O(1) for code without loops (assuming that your pseudocode isn’t hiding something that takes longer). What is Returned? What is the value returned by the following function? Express your answer as a function of n. just ignore the “book keeping” code and look for the point in the algorithm where the real work is done. 59 .” (Of course.Chapter 6 Algorithm Analysis Algorithm analysis usually means “give a bigO ﬁgure for the running time of an algorithm. This is often easier to deal with because it is an exact function of n and you don’t have the messy bigO symbols to carry through your analysis. and use the sum and product rules for bigO (see Problems 173 and 176).) This can be done by getting a bigO ﬁgure for parts of the algorithm and then combining these ﬁgures using the sum and product rules for bigO (see Problems 173 and 176). such as additions. 6.1. If you get tired of carrying around bigOs. a bigΘ bound would be even better. the worstcase running time.1 280. use the “elementary operation” technique described earlier. recursive algorithms are more diﬃcult to analyze than nonrecursive ones. or comparisons.
4. What is the value returned by the following function? Express your answer as a function of n. function pesky(n) r := 0. 6. 2. for i := 1 to n do for j := i + 1 to n do for k := i + j − 1 to n do r := r + 1 return(r) . using bigO notation. 2. 4. for i := 1 to n do for j := 1 to i do for k := j to i + j do for := 1 to i + j − k do r := r + 1 return(r) 283. 6. 4. 3. 1. Give. Give. using bigO notation. Algorithm Analysis 1. 2. for i := 1 to n − 1 do for j := i + 1 to n do for k := 1 to j do r := r + 1 return(r) What is the value returned by the following function? Express your answer as a function of n. 6. What is the value returned by the following function? Express your answer as a function of n. 4. the worstcase running time. 6. function conundrum(n) r := 0. 5. 2. 5. function mystery(n) r := 0. for i := 1 to n do for j := 1 to i do for k := j to i + j do r := r + 1 return(r) 282. 6.60 Chap. 281. 7. 5. 3. 3. the worstcase running time. using bigO notation. function pestiferous(n) r := 0. 1. 5. the worstcase running time. 1. 3. Give.
how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the algorithm for computing factorials in Problem 258.1. How many additions does it use (that is. How many additions does it use (that is. 289. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? 294.2 284. . How many multiplications does it use (that is. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? You may assume that c ≥ 2 is an integer. 287. 290. how many times is line 6 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the algorithm for exponentiation in Problem 256.3 293. Analyze the algorithm for division and remaindering of natural numbers in Problem 255. How many additions does it use (that is. How many multiplications does it use (that is. 6. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers in Problem 253. How many additions does it use (that is. how many times is line 4 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the algorithm for incrementing a natural number in Problem 251. how many times is line 4 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers in Problem 252. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers in Problem 254. How many additions does it use (that is.1.1. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the array maximum algorithm in Problem 260. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? 285. 292. Arrays Analyze the array addition algorithm in Problem 259. 291. Iterative Algorithms 61 6. How many subtractions does it use (that is. 286. 288. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the algorithm for exponentiation in Problem 257. How many multiplications does it use (that is. 6. How many additions does it use (that is. How many comparisons does it use (that is. Arithmetic Analyze the algorithm for the addition of natural numbers in Problem 250.Sec.
giving a term “a · T (f (n))” in the recurrence relation. Algorithm Analysis Analyze the bubblesort algorithm in Problem 261. n = 1).1. how many times is line 5 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the algorithm for evaluating a polynomial in Problem 264. Techniques for the solution of recurrence relations are explained in Chapter 4. Chap. 6. 297. How many accesses of the array P does it use (that is. • Figure out what T (n0 ) is. 298. 6. and then you have to solve it. but may be multiple values. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? 296. How many comparisons does it use (that is.” but sometimes a speciﬁc number will be needed. . First. How many multiplications does it use (that is. the problem size. too. how many times is line 6 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the matrix multiplication algorithm in Problem 263. the recursive calls will be solving a subproblems of the same size f (n). The “elementary operation” technique described in the ﬁrst paragraph of this chapter can be used to good eﬀect here.4 299. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the patternmatching algorithm in Problem 262. Usually. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? 6. Fibonacci Numbers Analyze the algorithm for computing Fibonacci numbers in Problem 265. • See what value of n is used as the base of the recursion. plus the sum of the other work done.62 295. • The general T (n) is usually a sum of various choices of T (m) (for the recursive calls). How many additions does it use (that is. You can usually use “some constant c. Suppose it is n0 .2 RECURSIVE ALGORITHMS The analysis of recursive algorithms is a little harder than that of nonrecursive ones. is. It will usually be a single value (for example. How many multiplications does it use (that is. you have to derive a recurrence relation for the running time. To derive a recurrence relation for the running time of an algorithm: • Decide what “n”.
302.1 300. How many additions does it use (that is. how many times is line 2 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the recursive algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers in Problem 270. how many times is line 2 executed) in the worst case? 301. Recursive Algorithms 63 6.Sec. how many times is line 2 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the recursive algorithm for incrementing a natural number in Problem 267. 304. . how many times is line 2 executed) in the worst case? 309. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the recursive algorithm for the addition of natural numbers in Problem 268.2. How many additions does it use (that is. 307. How many rightshifts does it use (that is. how many times is line 2 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the recursive algorithm for computing factorials in Problem 273. 306. Arrays Analyze the recursive algorithm for computing the maximum value in an array in Problem 274. How many additions does it use (that is. How many times is line 3 executed in the worst case? Analyze the recursive algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers in Problem 269.2.2. How many multiplications does it use (that is. How many comparisons does it use (that is. Analyze the recursive algorithm for exponentiation in Problem 272. how many times is line 2 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the recursive algorithm that adds the values in an array in Problem 275. 6. 303.2 308. how many times is line 2 executed) in the worst case? You may assume that c ≥ 2 is an integer. Arithmetic Analyze the recursive algorithm from Problem 266. how many times is line 2 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the recursive algorithm for the multiplication of natural numbers in Problem 271. 305. How many additions does it use (that is. 6. How many multiplications does it use (that is. How many additions does it use (that is.
3 310. 312. The correct answer is n(n + 2)(2n − 1)/24 if n is even. . I am looking for a bigO analysis of the running time. Algorithm Analysis 6. you can do this by applying both of the techniques you have used in this chapter. How many comparisons does it use (that is. of course) to give the answer for the ﬁrst part of the question. 284. 6. Naturally enough. 6. how many times are lines 5 and 6 executed) in the worst case? 313.64 Chap. or if you are clever. How many comparisons does it use (that is. (You didn’t think I would give you the whole answer. How many additions does it use (that is. did you?) You can partially verify your solution in a few minutes by coding the algorithm as a program and printing n and r for a few values of n. how many times is line 2 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the algorithm for computing Fibonacci numbers in Problem 277. How many additions does it use (that is. This is wrong. and an exact function of n (with no bigO at the front) for the number of additions. You can do the running time ﬁrst.” count them exactly.3 COMBINED ITERATION AND RECURSION The following questions ask you to analyze some recursive algorithms that have loops in them. you can observe that additions are the “elementary operation. and something diﬀerent if n is odd. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? 311. and then put a bigO around the function you get as answer to the second part of the question (reducing it to the simplest form.4 HINTS 283 If you use the technique from the solution of Problem 280 blindly. Analyze the recursive version of bubblesort in Problem 278.2. 6. how many times is line 3 executed) in the worst case? Analyze the variant of quicksort in Problem 279. More subtlety is necessary. Fibonacci Numbers Analyze the algorithm for computing Fibonacci numbers in Problem 276. you’ll get the answer n(n−1)/2.
r := r + n(n + 1)/2 − i(i + 1)/2. A(n) = A(n − 1) + A(n − 2) + 1. function mystery runs in time O(n3 ). for j := i + 1 to n do r := r + j. The forloop that begins on line 4 is executed for O(n) iterations.7 for deﬁnitions). Then A(0) = A(1) = 0 and for all n > 1. the forloop on lines 2–5 has the following eﬀect: for i := 1 to n − 1 do 2–5. This analysis is tight because the preceding paragraph showed that line 5 is executed n(n2 − 1)/3 times. you will need to apply the results from Problems 52 and 222. r := r + i=1 (n(n + 1)/2 − i(i + 1)/2). 6. Now. Let A(n) be the number of additions used in function g(n). n−1 (n(n + 1)/2 − i(i + 1)/2) i=1 = (n − 1)n(n + 1) 1 − 2 2 n−1 i2 − i=1 1 2 n−1 i i=1 = (n − 1)n(n + 1)/2 − n(n − 1)(2n − 1)/12 − n(n − 1)/4 (by Problems 1 and 2) = n(n2 − 1)/3. the forloop on lines 3–5 has the following eﬀect: 3–5. j. Therefore. r := r + n j=i+1 n n i j= j=i+1 j=1 j− j=1 j = n(n + 1)/2 − i(i + 1)/2. The forloop that begins on line 3 is executed for O(n) iterations.5 SOLUTIONS 280. equivalently. 300.Sec. The forloop on lines 4–5 has the same eﬀect as r := r + j. Lines 1 and 5 take O(1) time. but repeated substitution will do it: A(n) = = A(n − 1) + A(n − 2) + 1 (A(n − 2) + A(n − 3) + 1) + A(n − 2) + 1 . Therefore. Therefore. This recurrence relation is a little tricky to solve. 6. The forloop that begins on line 2 is executed for O(n) iterations. Now.5. Speciﬁcally. Therefore. function mystery returns n(n2 − 1)/3. Fibonacci numbers are involved (see Section 2. Solutions 65 300. n−1 equivalently. A sloppy analysis goes as follows.
or the one from Problem 310? 313. the one in this problem or the one from Problem 290? 311. but if not. Which algorithm would you use in practice. 303. . A(n) = A(n − 1) + 1. and is hence O(Fn+1 ) = O(1. taking i = n − 1.6 COMMENTS 291. Let n be the number of bits in z. The solution to this recurrence is A(n) = n. = Fn+1 − 1 The running time of procedure g(n) is clearly bigO of the number of additions. 6. the one in this problem.66 = = = = = 2A(n − 2) + A(n − 3) + 1 + 1 Chap. (Can you verify this by induction on n? If I didn’t tell you the answer. and A(n) be the number of additions used in the multiplication of y by z. 6. Algorithm Analysis 2(A(n − 3) + A(n − 4) + 1) + A(n − 3) + 1 + 1 3A(n − 3) + 2A(n − 4) + 1 + 1 + 2 3(A(n − 4) + A(n − 5) + 1) + 2A(n − 4) + 1 + 1 + 2 5A(n − 4) + 3A(n − 5) + 1 + 1 + 2 + 3. Which algorithm would you use in practice. Then A(0) = 0 and for all n ≥ 1. The worstcase analysis of quicksort is often presented in class. Hence. and is hence O(n). It can be veriﬁed by induction on i ≥ 1 that after i substitutions. the one from Problem 299. n−1 A(n) = Fn A(1) + Fn−1 A(0) + j=1 n−1 Fj = j=1 Fj (see Problem 52). could you have derived it for yourself?) The running time of procedure multiply is clearly bigO of the number of additions.7) developing here. There is a pattern involving Fibonacci numbers (see Section 2. see the comment to Problem 222).62n ) (for the latter. then it makes a good exercise. i A(n) = Fi+1 A(n − i) + Fi A(n − i − 1) + j=1 Fj .
S[y])) else max1:=maximum(x. You may assume that n is a power of 2. The main body of the algorithm consists of a call to maximum(1.Chapter 7 DivideandConquer Divideandconquer is perhaps the most commonly used algorithm design technique in computer science. n). Most textbooks introduce divideandconquer using the MAXMIN problem. divide it into smaller problems. n)? Explain your answer. Sound like recursion? Not surprisingly. 5. It is 67 . function maximum(x. the problem of ﬁnding the largest and smallest values in an array of n values.y] if y − x ≤ 1 then return(max(S[x]. 7. y) return(max(max1. Write down a recurrence relation for the worstcase number of comparisons used by maximum(1. a recursive procedure is usually the easiest way of implementing divideandconquer. What is the running time of maximum(1. 315.1 MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM The following is a divideandconquer algorithm for ﬁnding the maximum value in an array S[1. Faced with a big problem P . But how do you solve the smaller problems? Simply divide each of the small problems into smaller problems.. n). Solve this recurrence relation. 3.max2)) 1. y) comment return maximum in S[x. solve these subproblems. and keep doing this until the problems become so small that it is trivial to solve them. 314.. You may assume that n is a power of 2. (x + y)/2 ) max2:=maximum( (x + y)/2 + 1. and combine their solutions into a solution for P . 4. 2. Prove that the algorithm is correct. 316.n].
5. 8. you can multiply two nbit integers in time O(n1. Consider the following MAXMIN algorithm. 321. 7. large:=S[2i − 1] if small < min then min:=small if large > max then min:=small 1. . large:=S[2i] else small:=S[2i]. in time O(nmlog 3−1 ). 317. The following questions will test your understanding of this algorithm and its analysis. min:=∞ for i := 1 to n/2 do if S[2i − 1] ≤ S[2i] then small:=S[2i − 1].59 ) time integer multiplication algorithm. for all n ∈ IN. where n ≥ m.2925 ). Devise an algorithm to multiply an nbit integer by an mbit integer. How many comparisons does it use? Is it likely to be faster or slower than the divideandconquer algorithm in practice? procedure maxmin2(S) comment computes maximum and minimum of S[1..n] in max and min resp. 2. if n is odd then max:=S[n]. min:=S[n] else max:=−∞. 7. 318. Design and analyze a divideandconquer MAXMIN algorithm that uses 3n/2 − 2 comparisons for any n ∈ IN. and you are told that you have a computer with word size n. and √ hence that you can multiply two nbit integers in O(1) time. 7. 4. 6. The following problems ask you to extend this to arbitrary n. 319. What is the depth of recursion of the divideandconquer integer multiplication algorithm? At what depth does it start to repeat the same subproblems? Suppose you are to write an algorithm for multiplying two nbit √ integers.68 Chap. Show that. by using the divideandconquer multiplication and stopping the recursion early. 320. Show that any comparisonbased MAXMIN algorithm must use at least 3n/2 − 2 comparisons in the worst case.2 INTEGER MULTIPLICATION Another popular example of divideandconquer is the O(n1. DivideandConquer usually described for n a power of 2. 3. 322.
f .Precision] of Bit.) We use a technique similar to the standard divideandconquer algorithm. Show that x = yz.summand:longinteger). Break y into three parts.. the naive algorithm takes time O(n2 ) and the divideandconquer algorithm takes time O(n1. . Suppose y and z have n bits. a. where n is a power of 3. He started by writing procedures to do addition. type Bit=0. It must be faster for large enough n since. Instead of dividing the inputs y and z into two parts. For example.63 ). e. Here is the Pascal data structure that he used: const Precision=5000. Show that this algorithm runs in O(n1.63 ) bitoperations. c.1. Then. {result:=result+summand} var index. as claimed.Sec. (This is slower than the standard algorithm. here is his addition procedure: procedure LongAdd(var result. Student is confused. each with n/3 bits. and so on.2. yz = ad24n/3 + (ae + bd)2n + (af + cd + be)22n/3 + (bf + ce)2n/3 + cf. 323. as he saw in class.digitsum:integer. Joe D. b. 7.585 ). Integer Multiplication 69 Complete the design of the following algorithm for performing integer multiplication in time O(n1. we divide them into three parts. but its veriﬁcation and analysis will test your abilities. Break z into three parts. 324. He was told to implement the divideandconquer algorithm for integer multiplication.. d. leftshifting. and ﬁnd the value of n for which the divideandconquer algorithm is faster than the naive algorithm (see Problem 252) on nbit integers. each with n/3 bits. This can be computed as follows: r1 := r2 := r3 := r4 := r5 := r6 := x := ad (a + b)(d + e) be (a + c)(d + f ) cf (b + c)(e + f ) r1 24n/3 + (r2 − r1 − r3 )2n + (r3 + r4 − r1 − r5 )22n/3 + (r6 − r3 − r5 )2n/3 + r5 . longinteger=packed array[1.
However. FastLongMultiply becomes slower than LongMultiply by more than a constant factor. Perform the divideandconquer algorithm with the base of recursion n ≤ k. DivideandConquer carry:Bit. Devise and solve a recurrence relation for the divideandconquer multiplication algorithm when the base of recursion is T (n) = O(1) for all n ≤ k. That is. and that this gives an algorithm that uses O(n1. and Figure 7. cut the numbers in half and perform the recursion as normal. 7. Show that the worst case for the naive integer multiplication algorithm is. 327.2 their ratio. Your solution must be a function of both n and k. then simply look up the result in the table. Show that the best value of k is Θ(log n). he found that LongMultiply was faster than FastLongMultiply. Show that a table of all kbit products can be constructed using O(k4k ) bitoperations.585 /(log n)0.{for} if carry>0 then LongError(LongOverflow) end. result[index]:=digitsum mod 2. and the divideandconquer multiplication algorithm as procedure FastLongMultiply. 326.585 /(log n)0. 330. . carry:=digitsum div 2. Joe’s data show that as n increases. construct a table of all kbit products. 325. Figure 7. To multiply two nbit numbers. if n ≤ k. What did Joe do wrong? What can Joe do to ﬁx his program so that FastLongMultiply is faster than LongMultiply for large enough n? Complete the design of the following algorithm for performing integer multiplication using O(n1. Both of these procedures worked perfectly. end. for index:=1 to Precision do begin{for} digitsum:=result[index]+summand[index]+carry.{LongAdd} Joe carefully implemented the naive multiplication algorithm from Problem 252 as procedure LongMultiply. Otherwise. multiplying 2n − 1 by itself. as claimed above. 328. 329. do the following.585 ) bitoperations.1 shows his running times. as claimed.70 Chap. even when he tried multiplying 2n − 1 by itself (which is guaranteed to make LongMultiply slow).585 ) bitoperations. First. begin{LongAdd} carry:=0.
1.50 1.70 0.00 Comparison of Multiplication Algorithms FastLongMultiply LongMultiply n x 103 0.80 0.70 1.30 0.00 1.50 Figure 7.00 0.50 2.20 1.Sec.60 1. Integer Multiplication 71 Time (ms) x 106 2. Running times for procedures LongMultiply and FastLongMultiply observed by Joe D.90 0.00 2.30 1.60 0.10 1.10 0.90 1.20 0. . 7.00 0.00 1.40 1.50 1.2.50 0. Student.40 0.80 1.
00 45.00 15. DivideandConquer Ratio of Running Times 60.00 25.00 5.00 55.00 35.00 10.00 30. The ratio of the running times for procedures LongMultiply and FastLongMultiply observed by Joe D.00 0. 7.00 40.00 50.00 0.50 1.00 0.50 2.00 1.00 20.2.72 Chap.00 2. . Student.50 n x 103 Ratio Figure 7.
Suppose we were to come up with a variant of Strassen’s algorithm based on the fact that 3 × 3 matrices can be multiplied in only m multiplications instead of the normal 27. = = = = m2 + m3 t1 + m 5 + m 6 t2 − m 7 t2 + m 5 . To compute A C B D = E G F H · I K J L .3 STRASSEN’S ALGORITHM Strassen’s algorithm is a divideandconquer algorithm for multiplying n×n matrices in time O(n2. Devise an algorithm that runs in time O(n2.3. 333. The standard description of Strassen’s algorithm assumes that n is a power of 2. =G+H = s1 − E =E−G = F − s2 =J −I = L − s5 =L−J = s6 − K. 7. ﬁrst compute the following values: s1 s2 s3 s4 s5 s6 s7 s8 Then.81 ). 331. due to Coppersmith and Winograd [18]. m1 m2 m3 m4 m5 m6 m7 = s2 s6 = EI = FK = s3 s7 = s1 s5 = s4 L = Hs8 t1 = m 1 + m 2 t2 = t 1 + m 4 Prove that this algorithm is correct.376 ).81 ) when n is not necessarily a power of 2.Sec. A B C D 334. Strassen’s Algorithm 73 7. Another version of Strassen’s algorithm uses the following identities. The key ideas behind the algorithm are that 2 × 2 matrices can be multiplied using only seven multiplications instead of the usual eight (see Problems 263 and 297). . How small would m have to be for this algorithm to be faster than Strassen’s algorithm for large enough n? The current record for matrix multiplication is O(n2. and that this can be used as the base of recursion in a divideandconquer algorithm. How small would m need to be in Problem 332 in order to improve on this bound? 332.
If not. DivideandConquer Analyze its running time. Do an exact analysis for the average number of comparisons used by binary search for successful searches.r] if = r then return( ) else m := + (r − + 1)/2 if x ≤ A[m] then return(search(A. . Is the following algorithm for binary search correct? If so. x. . . but deserves to be dusted oﬀ again for a brief inspection during the algorithms course. and leave the extension to general n as an exercise (Problem 336).74 335.r] if = r then return( ) else m := ( + r)/2 if x ≤ A[m] then return(search(A.. Use the binary search technique to devise an algorithm for the problem of ﬁnding √ squareroots of natural numbers: Given an nbit natural number n using only O(n) additions and shifts. give an example on which it fails. Is it likely to be faster or slower than the standard version of Strassen’s algorithm in practice? 7. 337. compute 340. prove it.. x.4 BINARY SEARCH Binary search is a classic divideandconquer algorithm that is usually covered in more elementary courses. Show that the number of comparisons used by the binary search algorithm when n is not necessarily a power of 2 is at most log n . x. r) comment ﬁnd x in A[ . x. function search(A. 336. x. m)) else return(search(A. m)) else return(search(A. m. r) comment ﬁnd x in A[ . What is wrong with the following binary search algorithm? function search(A. 7. I usually teach it for n a power of 2. N . assuming that all elements in the sequence are accessed with equal probability. . Chap. r)) 338. . m + 1. r)) 339. x.
344.. =. 6. but into two sets of sizes approximately onethird and twothirds. Suppose S is a set of numbers. Quicksort 75 The following problems ask you to modify binary search in some way. The median of a set of n values is the n/2 th smallest value.5. Modify the binary search algorithm to give a ternary search algorithm that splits the input not into two sets of almostequal sizes.quicksort(S3 )) The operation described in line 5 is known as pivoting on a. 341. Let T [1. Assume .Sec. An αpseudomedian of a list of n distinct values (where 0 < α < 1) is a value that has at least nα list elements larger than it. 342. and analyze the running time of your algorithm. 4. Give a divideandconquer algorithm that ﬁnds an index i such that T [i] = i (if one exists) and runs in time O(log n). devise and solve a recurrence relation for the number of comparisons used. S3 be the elements of S that are respectively <. 7.n] be a sorted array of distinct integers. 2. 343. function quicksort(S) if S ≤ 1 then return(S) else Choose an element a from S Let S1 . write pseudocode for the algorithm. The following is a divideandconquer algorithm for computing a pseudomedian (that is. How many comparisons would be made then in the worst case? 345. 7. 1. 3.S2 . Suppose quicksort were to always pivot on the median value. but into three sets of sizes approximately onethird. > a return(quicksort(S1 ). an αpseudomedian for some value of α to be determined later). 5.5 QUICKSORT The following is a highlevel version of Hoare’s quicksort algorithm. and at least nα list elements smaller than it. Modify the binary search algorithm so that it splits the input not into two sets of almostequal sizes. S2 . For each of them. How many comparisons would be made then in the worst case? Suppose quicksort were to always pivot on the n/3 th smallest value.
How many comparisons does it use to sort n values in the worst case? .76 Chap. if i < r then quicksort(i. 7. What is the value of α? Any odd number can be used instead of 3. r). 1 0 2 1 3 3 4 5 5 7 6 10 7 13 8 16 9 19 10 22 11 26 347. j := r.r] i := . if < j then quicksort( .. 12. j). Now recursively apply the procedure to ﬁnd a pseudomedian of these values.. procedure quicksort( . j := j − 1. which gives the minimum number of comparisons S(n) needed to sort n ≤ 11 numbers. 10. Let T (n) be the number of comparisons used by the preceding algorithm for computing a pseudomedian. if i ≤ j then swap S[i] and S[j]. Write a recurrence relation for T (n). 4. r) comment sort S[ . 6. divide the n items into n/3 groups of 3 values. 7. and hence prove that the algorithm does return a pseudomedian. until i > j.n] due to Dijkstra [21]. Let E(n) be the number of values that are smaller than the value found by the preceding algorithm. 8. Hence. 2.r]. 3. 348. 13.. a := some element from S[ . 9. show that the algorithm runs in time O(n). Suppose the pseudomedian algorithm is used to ﬁnd the pivot value in quicksort. while S[j] > a do j := j − 1. 11. and pick out the n/3 medians. 1. Is there any odd number less than 13 which is better? You may use the following table. You were asked to prove it correct in Problem 279 and analyze it in Problem 313. If n = 3. 5. Does it improve the worstcase number of comparisons made? The following is an implementation of Quicksort on an array S[1. Write a recurrence relation for E(n). 346. and solve it exactly. 350. i := i + 1. then simply sort the 3 values and return the median. Otherwise. DivideandConquer n is a power of 3. n S(n) 349. Sort each group of 3. repeat while S[i] < a do i := i + 1.
Towers of Hanoi 77 351. You are given n disks of diﬀering diameter. then start by moving the smallest disk one jump in the counterclockwise direction. but you must not place a larger disk on top of a smaller one. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi problem when moves between peg 1 and peg 3 are not allowed (that is. then start by moving the smallest disk one jump in the clockwise direction. Alternate between moving the smallest disk in this manner and the only other legal move available. 357. with clockwise moves being from peg 1 to peg 2 to peg 3 to peg 1. arranged in increasing order of diameter from top to bottom on the leftmost of three pegs. Knuth. 7. and analyze the number of moves made. Alternate between moving the smallest disk in this manner and the only other legal move available. How many comparisons does it use to sort n values on average ? Suppose the preceding algorithm pivots on the middle value. Write pseudocode for each algorithm. Prove that any algorithm that solves the Towers of Hanoi problem must make at least 2n − 1 moves.6. You are allowed to move a single disk at a time from one peg to another. . Each of the following problems asks you to devise a divideandconquer algorithm for a variant of the Towers of Hanoi problem. Think of the pegs as being arranged in a circle. 354. line 4 is replaced by a := S[ ( + r)/2 ]. How many moves does the divideandconquer algorithm use? Show that the following algorithm solves the Towers of Hanoi problem. Give an input of 8 values for which quicksort exhibits its worstcase behavior. If n is odd.Sec. that is. If n is even. 352.6 TOWERS OF HANOI The Towers of Hanoi problem is often used as an example of recursion in introductory programming courses. line 4 is replaced by a := S[ ( + r)/2 ]. that is. usually to good eﬀect. Give an input of n values for which quicksort exhibits its worstcase behavior. Your task is to move all disks to the rightmost peg via a sequence of these moves. 353. Suppose the above algorithm pivots on the middle value. all moves must be either to or from peg 2). and Patashnik [30]. 356. This problem can be resurrected later in an algorithms course. 7. The earliest reference to ´ this problem known to the author is Edouard Lucas [55] in Graham. 355. prove that it is correct.
where w = k − 2 is the number of workpegs. Chap. 2. ﬁnding connected components of a directed graph and biconnected components of an undirected graph are the ones most commonly covered in algorithms courses. and we add the extra rule that no disk may be placed on any other disk of the same color. Devise an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi problem when all moves must be in a clockwise direction (that is. Devise an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi problem when the disks are colored alternately red and blue.78 358. 363. and you are not allowed to put a larger disk on top of a smaller one (but you can put a disk on top of a samesize one). from peg 2 to peg 3. DivideandConquer Devise an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi problem when there are 2n disks of n diﬀerent sizes. using at most O( n2 · 2w n/ 2 ) moves. 360. 7. Among its many applications.7 DEPTHFIRST SEARCH Depthﬁrst search is a search technique for directed graphs. 4. . How many moves does your algorithm make? Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for√the Towers of Hanoi problem when there are four pegs. Depthﬁrst search is performed on a directed graph G = (V. w) used dfs(w) The set of marked edges form a depthﬁrst spanning tree of a connected component of G. procedure dfs(v) mark v used for each w ∈ V such that (v. 359. 7. from peg 1 to peg 2. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi √ √ √ w w problem when there are k ≥ 4 pegs. E) by executing the following procedure on some v ∈ V : 1. 3. 361. 5. two of each size.) Devise an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm for the Towers of Hanoi problem that works when the disks are started in any legal position (and still moves all disks to peg 3). w) ∈ E do if w is unused then mark (v. using at most O(n2 2n ) moves. 362. or from peg 3 to peg 1.
v. given a directed graph G = (V.8 APPLICATIONS The following problems ask you to solve new problems using divideandconquer. 366. describe it in prose or pseudocode. Design an algorithm that. A triangle in an undirected graph G = (V. 7. the expression 2 + 3 ∗ 4 + 5/(3 ∗ 4) would be given as the DAG shown in Figure 7. v) ∈ E. For each of your algorithms. E) and a distinguished vertex s ∈ V . w) ∈ E. 365. determines whether G is a forest in time O(n).8. . given a graph G with n nodes.Sec.3. If G has n vertices and e edges. If G has n vertices and e edges. 364. then your algorithm should run in time O(n + e). 368. A forest is a graph composed of zero or more disconnected trees. 7. Applications 79 + + 2 3 * 4 / 5 Figure 7. Design an algorithm to test whether an undirected graph has a triangle. and analyze its running time. Devise an algorithm for evaluating such a DAG with outdegree 2 (that is. Design an algorithm that. and (u. determines for each v ∈ V the shortest path from s to v. An undirected graph G = (V. prove it correct. w ∈ V such that (u. E) is a set of three pairwise distinct vertices u. Suppose an arithmetic expression is given as a DAG (directed acyclic graph) with common subexpressions removed. then your algorithm must run in time O(n + e). Design an algorithm that runs in time O(n + e) to color a graph with two colors or determine that the graph is not 2colorable. For example. 367. (v.3. w) ∈ E. A DAG representing the arithmetic expression 2 + 3 ∗ 4 + 5/(3 ∗ 4). all vertices have at most 2 outgoing edges) in time O(n). E) is said to be kcolorable if all the vertices of G can be colored using k diﬀerent colors such that no two adjacent vertices have the same color.
Given an array A[1. Your algorithm must run in time O(n2 ).10. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for multiplying n complex numbers using only 3(n − 1) real multiplications.13 because wl = w2 + w4 = 0. where each ki has an associated weight wi ≥ 0 such that n wi = 1.15 + 0. w5 = 0. (Note that the ki s need not be given in sorted order. 373.25. k3 = 9. The maximum subsequence sum problem is deﬁned as follows. . linear time) algorithm to ﬁnd the weighted median. . . (A subsequence is a list A[i1 ]. The longest ascending subsequence problem is deﬁned as follows. 371.25. kl ≤4.55. k2 = 2. w2 = 0.n] of natural numbers. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for solving the maximum subsequence sum problem in time O(n log n).10 = 0.30 = 0. DivideandConquer Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for constructing a closed knight’s tour on an n × n chessboard for all even n ≥ 6 (see Problem 48 for deﬁnitions).65.13 wl = w2 + w4 + w1 = 0.00. kn . 372. . Given an array A[1.80 369. A[im ] for some 1 ≤ i1 < i2 < · · · < im ≤ n.. Suppose we are given a set of n numbers k1 .. The value m is called the length of the subsequence. w4 = 0. 7.15. w1 = 0. ﬁnd the length of the longest ascending subsequence of A.13.10 + 0.20 the weighted median is k1 = 4.09. A[k] k=i is maximized.76. The weighted i=1 median of the set {(ki . ﬁnd values of i and j with 1 ≤ i ≤ j ≤ n such that j 370.30. wi )  1 ≤ i ≤ n} is the number km such that wl < kl <km 1 . w3 = 0.15 + 0.n] of natural numbers. Such a subsequence is called ascending if A[i1 ] ≤ A[i2 ] ≤ · · · ≤ A[im ].) Prove that your algorithm performs as claimed. 2 wl ≥ kl ≤km 1 . Chap. . given k1 = 4. .13 Design an eﬃcient (that is. kl <4. k4 = 3. k5 = 7. . 2 For example. . A[i2 ].) Devise a divideandconquer algorithm for solving the longest ascending subsequence problem in time O(n2 ). .
Sec. n elements. or determine that it does not exist. 7. 377. Hints 81 374. Given two sorted sequences with m. ﬁnd the maximum induced subgraph H of G such that each vertex in H has degree at least k. E) is a graph H = (U. Solve the resulting recurrence relation.) Let G = (V. given a connected graph in which all vertices have even degree. 355. 7. n))). plus some additions and shifts. 376. It is possible to devise a divideandconquer . E) and an integer k. or to determine that no such labeling is possible (w is a predecessor of v iﬀ (w. No. Show that this algorithm makes exactly the same moves as the standard divideandconquer algorithm. design and analyze an eﬃcient divideandconquer algorithm to ﬁnd the kth element in the merge of the two sequences. 357. Start by deriving and solving a recurrence relation for the number of times that Joe’s procedure LongAdd is called by procedures LongMultiply and FastLongMultiply. Observe that x is computed using only six multiplications of n/3bit integers. No. Your algorithm should run in time O(n + e). An induced subgraph of a graph G = (V. it is not enough to use the standard algorithm and replace every move from peg 1 to peg 3 (for example) with two moves to and from peg 2.9. F ) such that U ⊆ V . 359. constructs an Eulerian cycle in time O(n + e). That may require you to place a large disk on top of a small one. That may require you to place a large disk on top of a small one. it is not enough to use the standard algorithm and replace every counterclockwise move with two clockwise moves. 375. Given an undirected graph G = (V. and F = E ∩(U ×U ). 326. v) ∈ E). Design an eﬃcient algorithm to label the vertices of the graph with distinct labels from 1 to V  such that the label of each vertex v is greater than the label of at least one of v’s predecessors (if v has any). The best algorithm runs in time O(log(max(m. The algorithm should run in time O(n + e). (See also Problem 69. respectively. Find an algorithm that. E) be a directed graph (not necessarily acyclic). Separate the n numbers into disjoint subsets (ﬁnding the right decomposition is crucial) and ﬁrst run the known recursive algorithm on the subsets.9 HINTS 317. 324.
To get the idea. or you can make use of the tours shown in Figure 7. DivideandConquer algorithm for moving all of the disks one peg clockwise using (4n −1)/3 moves. 368. 363. which slightly simpliﬁes the analysis. play with some examples. √ w . deletes that vertex from the graph. you will only need n × (n + 2) tours. In order to construct closed knight’s tours on square chessboards. 361. (If you read their paper. given a vertex v of degree less than k. In addition. it is long enough and idiosyncratic enough that your instructor will be sure to recognize it. and all vertices of degree less than k that are adjacent to it. Use the adjacency list representation. You will have to devise an exhaustive search algorithm for ﬁnding small tours for the base of your divideandconquer (see Problem 513). note that their k is the number of work pegs. We are interested in the case k = 4. 7.82 Chap. If you are smart enough. which is w in our notation. 375. Take note of which section this problem is in. you will need a method for constructing tours on rectangular boards. See Problem 69. but be careful about the bottom disk on each peg.4. If you try to pass oﬀ their analysis as your own. Apply this algorithm to solve the required problem. You will also need some extra structure in your tours to enable them to be joined at the corners (see Problem 48).73n ) moves. A problem from Chapter 2 is relevant. This can be used to solve the Towers of Hanoi problem (which is to move all of the disks one peg counterclockwise) in 2(4n − 1)/3 moves. 374. 365. n) = T (k/2 + 1. You can prove it by induction on n. The best algorithm √ known to the author uses less than (1 + 3)n − 1 = O(2. Store for each v ∈ V an additional ﬁeld called its degree. the standard algorithm solves this problem. the analysis is much simpler if you prove it by induction. Surprisingly. The induction hypothesis will have to be stronger than just the statement of the required result.) The algorithm that I have in mind √ has recurrence T (k. but that is not what is asked for. 369. 362. Then write a divideandconquer algorithm that. Start by giving an algorithm that sets this ﬁeld to the correct value. An algorithm by Lu [54] was shown to use at most n2 w!·n moves by Veerasamy and Page [81]. n)2 . An analysis of a kpeg algorithm by Lu [54] can be found in in Veerasamy and Page [81]. It’s easy to do this in time O(n + e).
y] whenever y − x + 1 < n. then y − x is odd. we must prove that (x + y)/2 − x + 1 < n. The algorithm is clearly correct when n ≤ 2. −x+1= 2 2 2 2 (The last inequality holds since n > 2. y) will return the maximum value in S[x.10 SOLUTIONS 314. and that maximum(x.Sec. then y − x is even. Now suppose n > 2. Therefore. y − x + 1. In order to apply the induction hypothesis to the ﬁrst recursive call. Here is a full solution when n is not necessarily a power of 2. y) will return the maximum value in S[x. and 10 × 12 boards. x+y y−x+2 n+1 x+y −x+1= = < n. 7. 10 × 10.y]. and hence y + x is odd.4. There are two cases to consider.10.. we must prove that y − ( (x + y)/2 + . 8 × 8.) In order to apply the induction hypothesis to the second recursive call.. If y − x + 1 is even. 8 × 10. and hence y + x is even. −x+1= 2 2 2 2 (The last inequality holds since n > 1.) If y − x + 1 is odd. y−x+1 n x+y x+y−1 −x+1= = < n. Knight’s tours for (in rowmajor order) 6 × 6. We will prove by induction on n = y − x + 1 that maximum(x. Solutions 83 r r r r r r r r ✟ ❍r ✟❍❆ ❍✟ ✟❍✟✟✟✟✟ ✟ ❆ r ✁❆ r r r r r ✁r ❆ ✟❆ ✟❍✟❍ ❆ r ❆ ❆ ❍r ✁❆ ✁✁r ❆r ✁r ✁r ❆✟r ❆r ✁ ❆ ❍ ✁ r ✁✟r r r r r ❆r ❆❆r ✁ ✟❆ ✁ ❆✁ ✁ ✟ ❍r ❆r r r ❍❍ ❆ ✟ ❆ ✁✁ r ❆r r r ✁❍ ❆❆ ✁ ✟❆ ❍ r ✁r ❆r ❆✁✁r r r ❆r ❆ ❍r ❍ ✁ ✟ ❆ ❍ ❆ r ✁❆ r r ❆r r r ✁r ❆ ❍❍❍❆ ❆ ✟ ❍ ✁❆r ✟✁ ✟❍❆❆ ❍r ❆r r r ❆r ❆✁❆r r ❆✟❍✟✟✟r ✟✟ ✁ ❍ ❍ ✟❍ r r r r r r r r r r r r ❍✟✟❍r ✟✟❍❍✟r ❍ ✟❍❆ ❍❍❍ ✟ r ✁r ✁r r ✁❆ r r r ✁r r ✁❆✁r ❆ ❍❍✟❍✟❍✟✟❍✟ ✟✟ ✟ ✁ ✁❆ ❆ r ✁r r r ✁r ❆r ✁r ❆✁✁❆ r r ✁r ❆ ✁ ✁❆✟ ✟✟ ✁ ✟ ✟ ❍r r r r ❆r r ❆r ✁ ✟❍ ✟✟ ❍❆✁ ❍ r ❆r ✁r ✁r r ✁✁✟r r ✁ ✟ ❍✟✟❍❆ ✁ ❆ ✁ ✁ ❍ ✟✟✟❆❆ ✁ ❍ ❆ r ✁r r r r r r ❆r r ✁r r ❆r ✁ ✟✟❍✁ ✟ ❍ ❆ ✟ ❍r r ❆r r r r r ✁r ❆r r r ❍ r ✁❍ ❆ ❍✟ ✟✁ ❍❆✁ ❆ ✟ ✁ ❍ ❆ ✟ ❍❆ r ❆r r ✁r ✁r ✁r r ✁r r ✁r r ✁r ✟✟ ✁ ✟ ✟❍❍ ❆✟❍ ✁ ❆ ❍✁❆ ❍❍✟ ❍ ❆ ✁ ✟✁ ❍✁ r ✁r ❆r r r ✁r r r r ❆r r ✁r ✁ ✟ ✁ ✁ ✟ ✟✟❍❆ ❆ ✁ r ✁❆ r r ❆✁✁r r r r r ❆r ❆r ✁ r ✟ r ❍✟❆ ✟❍❆✁ ❆ ✟✟❍✟❆ ✟❍❍ ✟ ✟ ❍✟ ❍❍r r r r ❆r r ❆r r r ❆r ✟❍❍ r ✟ ❍✁ ✟❍ ❍✁ ✁❆r ❆❍✟❍✟❍✟❍✟❍ r r r r r r ❍❍✟✟❆ r ✁r r r r ✁r ❆ ✟❍❍✟ ✟❆ ✟❍❍ ❍✟ ✟✟ r ❆r ❆r r ✁r ❆r ✁✁❍ ❆ ✁ ❍ ✟ r r r r ❆r ✁r ❆ ✟❍❍❆ ✁ ❍✁ ❍ r ✁❆ r r r ❆r ✟r ❍✁ ❆❆ ❆ ❍r ❆r r r ✁r ✟ r ❆❍❍✟✟ ✁ ❍✟❍❍ ✟✟❍❍✁❆ r r r r r r r ❍❍❍❍✟✟❆✁r ❍❍❍ ✟✟r r ✁❍✟r r ❍ r ❆✁✟✟❍r ✁r ✟r ❍ ❍❍❍❍r r r ❆r ✁❆r ✁r r ❍✟✁ r✁ ✁ ✁ ✟ ❆ ❆ ❍❍❆ ❆ ✟❆❆ r ✟r ✟ r ✁ ✁ ❆ r r r r ✁r r ❆❍ ❆ ❆ ✟✟✟ ❆✟❆ r ✁ ❆✁r ✁r ✁r ✁r ✁r ✁❆r ❍❍✁❆r ✁ r ❆r ❆ r r ❍✁ ❍✟❍ r ❍✁ ✁❆✁ r ❍✟✟✟r ✟ r r r r r r r r r r ❍❍✟✟❍❍✟✟✟ ❍ ✟ r ✁r r ✁r r ✁r r r r ✁r ❆ ✟❆ ❍❍✟❆ ✟❆ ✟❍❍✟✟✟✟❍❍ ❍✁ ❍❍✁ ❆ r ✁r r ❆r r r r ❆r ✁r ❆r ❍ ❆ ✁❆ ❍ ✟ ✁ ❍r r r r ❆r ✁r ✁r r ✁r ❍❍❆ ✁ ❆❆ r ✁❍ ✟ ✁ ✁ ❍❍ ❆ ✁ ❍✁❆ ✁✁ ❍❍ r ✁r ✁r r r r r ✁r r ❆r ✁ ❆ ❍❍✁ ❍❍❆ ✟r r ✁r ❆r r r ✁r ✁r ❍❍❆❆❆ ❆ ✁ ✁❆ r r❆ ❆ ✁ ✟✟ ✁ ❆ ✟❍ ✟ ✟ r ❆r ❆✟r ❆r r ✁r ✁r ✁r r ✁ ✁ ❆ ✁ ✟ ✟ r ❆ ✟✟ ✟✁ r ✁r r r ❆r r r r r ✁r ❆ ✁ ✟ ✟✟ ✁ ✟ ❆ ✟✟✟✟✁ ✁ ✟❆ r ✁r ✁❆ r r ❆r ✁r r ✁r ❆r ✁❆✟r ✟ ✟❍✟❆✁ ❆ ❍✁ ❍❍✟❍✟❍✟✟❍ ✟❍ ✟ ❍✟ r ❆✁ r ❆✟r r r r r ❆r ✟✟❍r ❍✁ ✁ ✟ ❍✁ ✁ r r r r r r r r r r r ❍ ✟ ❍✟✟❍❍✟✟❍❍ ✟✟❍❍✟✟❍✟✟ ❍ r ✁r r r r ✁r r r r ✁r ❆ ❍✟✟❍❍✟✟❆ ❍ ❍✟ ❆ r ✁r r r r r r r r ✁r ✁❆❍✟ ✁ ✟ ❍❍ ❍❍❍ ✁❆ ❍❍ r ✁r ✁r ✁r r ✁r r ✁r r ❆r ❆ ✁ ✟ ❍✟❍❆ ❆ ✁ r r r ✁r r r r ❆✟r ❆r ✁ ❆ ✟ ✟ ❍ ❆ ❆ ✁ ✟✟❆ ✁ r ❆❆ ✁ ✟❆ ✁ ✟❍❍ r ❆r ❆r ❆r r ❆r ❆r r r ❆r ❆✁ ✁ ❆ ❍❍ ❍ ✁ ✟ ✟✟ ✟ ✟ r ✁r r ✁r ❆r r r r r ✁r ✁ ❆❆❍✟✟✟❍✟❍❍ ✟✟✁ ❆ ❍❍✁ ❆ ❍✟❆ ✁ r ❆✟r r r ❆✟r r ❆r ❆r ✁ r ❍✟❍r ❍✟✟ ❍ ✟✟❍❍✟✟ Figure 7. Therefore. The size of the problem is the number of entries in the array. 6 × 8. 7.
Hence.84 Chap. Let D be the opposite direction. it runs in time O(n). • Make the only other legal move. and for all n > 1 a power of 2. 354. Let D be a direction. DivideandConquer 1) + 1 < n. To move n disks in direction D. by the preceding. where n = y − x + 1 is the size of the array chunk processed. Therefore. +1 +1=y− 2 2 2 2 2 Procedure maximum divides the array into two parts. 1 if n = 1 T (n) = 2T (n − 1) + 1 otherwise. Suppose we use the recursive algorithm to move n + 1 disks in direction D. T (n) = 2T (n/2) + 1. Hence. Then if n is a power of 2. 7. then y− x+y y−x+1 n 1 x+y = − 1/2 = − < n. move the smallest disk in direction D. 355. Let T (n) be the number of comparisons used by maximum(x. y). It does the following: • Move n disks in direction D. Clearly. This is enough to prove correctness of the new algorithm. the recursive calls correctly ﬁnd the maxima in these parts. move the smallest disk in direction D. • Move n disks in direction D. we are told to alternate between the following two moves: • If n is odd. T (n) = 2n − 1. it alternates between the preceding two moves. The proof of the claim is by induction on n. +1 +1=y− 2 2 2 2 If y − x + 1 is odd. If n is even. since the procedure returns the maximum of the two maxima. The running time of procedure maximum is clearly a constant times the number of comparisons. then y− x+y y−x+1 n x+y−1 = = < n. using the techniques of Chapter 4. • Move one disk in direction D. . If y − x + 1 is even. There are two cases to consider. it returns the correct values. using the techniques of Chapter 4. Let T (n) be the number of moves it takes to move n disks from peg i to peg j. Now suppose that the claim is true for n disks. By the induction hypothesis. 315. T (1) = 0. either clockwise or counterclockwise. T (n) = n − 1. 316. We claim that when the recursive algorithm is used to move n disks in direction D. Hence. The claim is obviously true when n = 1.
Then n is odd. so the preceding sequence of moves ends with D. so the preceding sequence of moves ends with D. 349. See also Problem 321. • “D” denote moving the smallest disk in direction D. n + 1 is odd.11. moving n+1 disks in direction D uses moves: DODO · · · OD O DODO · · · OD . there is a faster algorithm than this one (see Sch¨nhage and Strassen [70]). Binary search is normally described and analyzed for n a power of 2. 330. moving n+1 disks in direction D uses DODO · · · OD O DODO · · · OD . This problem asks you to extend this to any value of n. 7. Then n is even. 369. See also Problem 329. moving n disks in direction D uses moves DODO · · · OD. 7. not O. 329. the claim holds for any number of disks. and so by the induction hypothesis. by induction. This is just an exercise in the design. (Note that by Problem 354. n disks n disks as required. Case 1.11 COMMENTS 321. Case 2. A solution to this problem appears in Parberry [62]. and • “O” denote making the only other legal move.) Hence. n disks n disks as required. n + 1 is even. o 336.) Hence. I don’t propose this as a viable alternative to quicksort. moving n disks in direction D uses moves: DODO · · · OD. (Note that by Problem 354. not O. and analysis of divideandconquer algorithms. the number of moves is odd. Comments 85 Let • “D” denote moving the smallest disk in direction D. So where does this algorithm get its speed from? The secret is in Problem 320. correctness proof. Hence. Although it is faster than the standard divideandconquer.Sec. and so by the induction hypothesis. the number of moves is odd. .
that’s 5.54 × 1014 years. 360. . it would take 1.84 × 1019 moves. Perhaps the legend is correct. it will take T (64) = 264 − 1 = 1. There is a faster algorithm for this problem. The current age of the Universe is estimated at ≈ 1010 years. 369. At one move per second. 370. there is a set of 64 gold disks on 3 diamond needles being solved by priests of Brahma.85 × 1011 years.86 Chap. If done correctly. More realistically. 371. There is even one that is provably optimal. DivideandConquer 354. According to legend. There is an algorithm that will do this using at most 2n − 1 moves. at 1 minute per move (since the largest disks must be very heavy) during working hours. 7. Alternative algorithms for constructing closed knight’s tours on rectangular chessboards appear in Cull and DeCurtins [20] and Schwenk [71]. The Universe is supposed to end when the task is complete. See Problem 409. There is an O(n) time algorithm for this problem.
Instead of solving subproblems recursively. k] + m[k + 1. solve them sequentially and store their solutions in a table. 2. the following problems include a few of this nature. In general. . where for 1 ≤ i ≤ n.) Here is the dynamic programming algorithm for the matrix product problem: 1. Given n matrices. instead of recomputing it recursively every time it is needed. Dynamic programming is particularly useful on problems for which divideandconquer appears to yield an exponential number of subproblems. M1 . j] := mini≤k<j (m[i. The trick is to solve them in the right order so that whenever the solution to a subproblem is needed. (See also Problems 91 and 263. Mn . M2 . . I don’t approve of busywork problems. In this case.Chapter 8 Dynamic Programming Dynamic programming is a fancy name for divideandconquer with a table. n]) Find three other orders in which the cost table m can be ﬁlled in (ignoring the diagonal). assuming that the cost of multiplying an ri−1 × ri matrix by a ri × ri+1 matrix using the naive algorithm is ri−1 ri ri+1 . 378. it makes sense to compute each solution the ﬁrst time and store it away in a table for later use. j] + ri−1 rk rj ) return(m[1. 4. 6. i] := 0 for d := 1 to n − 1 do for i := 1 to n − d do j := i + d m[i. but I have found that undergraduates don’t really understand dynamic programming unless they ﬁll in a few tables for themselves. 87 . function matrix(n) for i := 1 to n do m[i. 8. parenthesize the product M1 ·M2 · · · Mn so as to minimize the total cost. but there are really only a small number of subproblems repeated exponentially often. 3. . Hence. it is already available in the table. .1 ITERATED MATRIX PRODUCT The iterated matrix product problem is perhaps the most popular example of dynamic programming used in algorithms texts. 5. Mi is a ri−1 ×ri matrix.
and that ri is the smallest of r1 . . Suppose ri is the largest of r1 . r1 = 3. 384. . . Start by multiplying Mi by Mi+1 . . . Suppose n > 2. Repeat this until the product has been evaluated. rn−1 . Start by multiplying Mi by Mi+1 . and recursively apply this procedure to the products M1 × M2 × · · · × Mi and Mi+1 × M2 × · · · × Mn . . n = 4. r2 = 2. . r2 . 386. r1 = 7. 382. . r1 = 2. . n = 4. 387. n = 5. r3 = 16. 381. . r4 = 10. rn−1 . 390. r4 = 18. r2 . Multiply left to right. r3 = 19. Chap. . Dynamic Programming Prove that there are Ω(2n ) diﬀerent orders in which the cost table m can be ﬁlled in. . r2 . ﬁnd n. 385. . rn−1 . r4 = 10. r2 = 2. r1 . r1 = 5. . r0 . r0 = 2. rn−1 . r0 = 3. r3 = 5. . and recursively apply this procedure to the products M1 × M2 × · · · × Mi and Mi+1 × M2 × · · · × Mn . Multiply right to left. Break the product after Mi . Suppose ri is the largest of r1 . r4 = 8. 388. . r2 = 4. Fill in the cost table m in the dynamic programming algorithm for iterated matrix products on the following inputs: 380. Suppose ri is the smallest of r1 . r0 = 12. That is. . the cost is higher than optimal. 389. Start by cutting the product in half. . rn such that. r2 = 15. r0 = 8. r3 = 1. n = 5. . and then repeat the same thing recursively in each half. 8. Break the product after Mi . when the product of the matrices with these dimensions is evaluated in the order given. r5 = 3. 383. r5 = 7.88 379. . Repeat this until the product has been evaluated. Find counterexamples to the following algorithms for the iterated matrix products problem. r2 . .
2. . j] := t[i. 391. j] ∨ t[i − 1. 0] :=true for j := 1 to S do t[0. j] :=false for i := 1 to n do for j := 0 to S do t[i. 3. . sn .Sec. 396. j] := t[i − 1. S]) 1. 394. 3. Let t[i. 1. function knapsack(s1 . . 5. The Knapsack Problem 89 8. Fill in the table t in the dynamic programming algorithm for the knapsack problem on a knapsack of size 19 with rods of the following lengths: 15. That is. 2. 393. s1 . . . and a natural number S. Find counterexamples to the following algorithms for the knapsack problem. 1. Fill in the table t in the dynamic programming algorithm for the knapsack problem on a knapsack of size 10 with rods of the following lengths: 392. .2 THE KNAPSACK PROBLEM The knapsack problem (often called the zeroone knapsack problem) is as follows: given n rods of length s1 . . . 4. The standard dynamic programming algorithm for the knapsack problem is as follows. 8. 16. n. 2. Put them in the knapsack in left to right order (the ﬁrstﬁt algorithm). 3. 4. ﬁnd S. 2. . 7. 397. 3. 395. 6. j] be true if there is a subset of the ﬁrst i items that has total length exactly j. Put them in largest ﬁrst (the worstﬁt algorithm). 6. sn . . . 15. Put them in smallest ﬁrst (the bestﬁt algorithm). . 3. 5. j] if j − si ≥ 0 then t[i. the knapsack is not completely full. 4. 3. sn such that when the rods are selected using the algorithm given. . 2. j − si ] return(t[n. 6. s2 . S) t[0. ﬁnd a subset of the rods that has total length exactly S. 5. 7. s2 .
6. p4 = 0. p1 = 0. 400. The standard dynamic programming algorithm for this problem is as follows. return the smallest value in S.1. n = 4. S): min(S): delete(x.03. The optimal binary search tree problem is the following.90 Chap. p2 . n]) Fill in the cost table c in the dynamic programming algorithm for the optimal binary search tree problem on the following inputs. . p1 = 0. .j . function bst(p1 . S) for some xi < x < xi+1 (where x0 = −∞. i] := qi . j] := mini<k≤j (c[i. q2 = 0. and c[i.07. . S): insert(x. 1. .17. . q4 = 0. S = {x1 .2) that has the minimum number of expected comparisons. q3 = 0.07. p3 = 0. .32.07. xj . p2 = 0. q4 = 0. . 4. xn }. Dynamic Programming 8. 3. p2 = 0. with operations: search(x. .28. p4 = 0. 8. . 5.1. q0 = 0. q3 = 0. i] := 0 for := 1 to n do for i := 0 to n − do j := i + w[i. j] := w[i. c[i.11. where xi < xi+1 for all 1 ≤ i < n.12. j]) return(c[0. . the probability pi that we will be asked member(xi . p3 = 0. qn ) for i := 0 to n do w[i.02. . p4 = 0. 2. j − 1] + pj + qj c[i. construct a binary search tree (see also Section 11. . q1 . q1 = 0. pn . .j be the mincost binary search tree for xi+1 . 8.21.01. q4 = 0. n = 4. xn+1 = ∞). 1.12. q3 = 0.2. Let Ti. j] + w[i. insert x into S. 398. q2 = 0. q0 = 0. q0 = 0. for 0 ≤ i ≤ n.03. S). . S): return true iﬀ x ∈ S.3 OPTIMAL BINARY SEARCH TREES Binary search trees are useful for storing a set S of ordered elements. 2. . p1 = 0.16. q1 = 0. p2 = 0. j] be the expected number of comparisons for Ti. Given the following three sets of data. q2 = 0.21. 7.09. delete x from S.04. .15. the probability qi that we will be asked member(x. for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. p3 = 0. q0 .05. n = 4.22. 3. q1 = 0. 399.03. k − 1] + c[k.01.02.
8. w ∈ V the cost of the shortest (that is. . n}. k] + A[k. Can an allpairs shortestpath algorithm be designed simply by choosing such a cheapest edge for each vertex? What if all edge costs are diﬀerent? Modify Floyd’s algorithm to solve the following problems on directed graphs. Show that Floyd’s algorithm on an undirected graph chooses a minimum cost edge (v. j] := ∞ A[i. 6. 3. . 7. j) else A[i. 8.4 FLOYD’S ALGORITHM The allpairs shortestpaths problem is as follows.Sec. The standard dynamic programming algorithm for the all pairs shortest paths problem (Floyd’s algorithm) is as follows. Floyd’s Algorithm 91 (a) 1 10 4 6 5 2 50 (b) 2 100 4 6 1 30 (c) 12 4 9 21 3 3 3 5 4 1 8 1 2 30 65 70 3 23 4 20 44 65 25 3 5 9 20 23 4 Figure 8.1. 8. k] + A[k. . n) for i := 1 to n do for j := 1 to n do if (i. .1. j] < A[i. Suppose V = {1. Some graphs. 401. 2. ﬁnd for each pair of vertices v. 1.4. 9. j] := A[i. E). j] return(A) Fill in the cost table A in Floyd’s algorithm on the graphs shown in Figure 8. 402. Analyze your algorithms. j] then A[i. 5. 4. w) for each vertex v. . j) ∈ E then A[i. function ﬂoyd(C. 10. i] := 0 for k := 1 to n do for i := 1 to n do for j := 1 to n do if A[i. Given a labeled directed graph G = (V. j] := cost of edge (i. the leastcost) path from v to w in G. 11. 2.
Determine the number of evenlength paths and of oddlength paths between each pair of vertices. determine whether x is in the language generated by the grammar. A set of terminal symbols T . One way to proceed is to start by devising a divideandconquer algorithm. Analyze your algorithm. 404. If A ∈ N . Fill in the tables in the dynamic programming algorithm for the CFL recognition problem (see Problem 407) on the following inputs. A special nonterminal symbol called the root. or A → a. Dynamic Programming Determine the number of paths (possibly inﬁnite) between each pair of vertices. B → b.5 APPLICATIONS The problems in this section ask you to apply dynamic programming in new situations. In each case. R → SB. 8. A → a. deﬁne L(A) as follows: L(A) = {bc  b ∈ L(B). Chap. a ∈ T . where A. Determine the number of shortest paths between each pair of vertices. B. . and devise a series of loops that ﬁll in the table in the correct order. The language generated by a grammar with root R is deﬁned to be L(R). on input a string of terminals x. replace the recursion with table lookups. String: aaabbb. 408. 406. c ∈ L(C). The CFL recognition problem is the following: For a ﬁxed contextfree grammar in Chomsky Normal Form. S → s. 8. • • • • A contextfree grammar in Chomsky Normal Form consists of A set of nonterminal symbols N . S → AB. C ∈ N . Given an nvertex graph whose vertices are labeled with distinct integers from 1 to n. the label of each path is obtained by taking the labels of vertices on the path in order. (a) (b) Grammar: S → SS. 405. the root symbol is S. where A → BC} ∪ {a  A → a}. A set of productions of the form either A → BC. Determine the label and length of the lexicographically ﬁrst shortest path between each pair of vertices. Grammar: S → AR.92 403. Devise an algorithm for the CFL recognition problem. 407. String: ssssss.
Devise a dynamic programming algorithm that. 411. a total of 38 units of time (see Figure 8. a total of 49 units of time (see Figure 8. suppose we wish to break a 20 character string after characters 3. when given the numbers of the characters after which to break. starting from 1). it costs n units of time to break a string of n characters into two pieces. Since this involves copying the old string. the second breaks costs 17 units of time.Sec. the cost in higher than optimal. Y → SB. then the ﬁrst breaks costs 20 units of time. 410. That is. 8. S → CZ. A → a. For example. X → SA. Devise a dynamic programming algorithm that solves the longest ascending subsequence (see Problem 370) in time O(n log n). C → c. Find counterexamples to the following algorithms for the stringcutting problem introduced in Problem 410. The cost of making the breaks in lefttoright order. determines the cheapest cost of those breaks in time O(n3 ). and the third break costs 8 units of time. 8. Applications 93 t h i s i s a s t r i ngo f c ha r s t h i s i s a s t r i ngo f c ha r s t h i s i s a s t r i ngo f c ha r s t hi s i sas t r i ngo f c ha r s Cost: 20 units Cost: 17 units Cost: 12 units Total: 49 units Figure 8. (a) Start by cutting the string as close to the middle as possible. A certain stringprocessing language allows the programmer to break a string into two pieces. (c) Grammar: S → AX. If the breaks are made in righttoleft order.3). The order in which the breaks are made can aﬀect the total amount of time used. Z → SC. and then repeat the same thing recursively in each half. String: abacbbcaba. . S → BY .2.5. 409. and 10 (numbering the characters in ascending order from the lefthand end. the second break costs 10 units of time. Suppose a programmer wants to break a string into many pieces. B → b. ﬁnd the length of the string.2). and several places to cut such that when cuts are made in the order given. and the third breaks costs 12 units of time. then the ﬁrst break costs 20 units of time. If the breaks are made in lefttoright order.
respectively. and rV . rW be the number of widgets available at V and W . Repeat this until ﬁnished. The cost of making the breaks in righttoleft order. n xi = rV .3. n (vi xi + wi yi ) i=1 is minimized. The warehouse problem is the problem of ﬁnding xi . There are two warehouses V and W from which widgets are to be shipped to destinations Di . that is. for 1 ≤ i ≤ n.94 Chap. that is. that n rV + rW = i=1 di . 412. xi + yi = di . (b) Start by making (at most) two cuts to separate the smallest substring. Assume that there are enough widgets available to ﬁll the demand. and wi be the cost of shipping a widget from warehouse W to destination Di . • the inventory at V is suﬃcient. 8. 1 ≤ i ≤ n. that is. i=1 n • the inventory at W is suﬃcient. yi ∈ IN for 1 ≤ i ≤ n such that when xi widgets are sent from V to Di and yi widgets are sent from W to Di : • the demand at Di is ﬁlled. that is. (8. (a) Let gj (x) be the cost incurred when V has an inventory of x widgets.1) Let vi be the cost of shipping a widget from warehouse V to destination Di . Start by making (at most) two cuts to separate the largest substring. and the total cost of shipping the widgets. Let di be the demand at Di . i=1 yi = rW . Repeat this until ﬁnished. Dynamic Programming t h i s i s a s t r i ngo f c ha r s t his i sas t r t his i sas t r t hi s i sas t r i ngo f c ha r s i ngo f c ha r s i ngo f c ha r s Cost: 20 units Cost: 10 units Cost: 8 units Total: 38 units Figure 8. for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. and supplies are sent to destinations Di for all 1 ≤ i ≤ j in the optimal .
Replace the character under the cursor with another. For example.) Write a recurrence relation for gj (x) in terms of gj−1 . . manner (note that W is not mentioned because knowledge of the inventory for V implies knowledge of the inventory for W . Analyze your algorithm. n . then we wish to minimize b3 + b3 + · · · + b3 ). Each line on the printer can hold up to M characters. . if there are k lines with b1 . then the number of blanks left at the end of the line (given that there is one blank between each pair of words) is j M −j+i− k=i k.Sec. This can only be the last operation.5. Give a dynamic programming algorithm to compute this 1 2 k−1 value. 413. 414. Table 8. by (8. respectively. bk blanks at the ends. The cursor remains stationary. .4. A “smart” terminal changes one string displayed on the screen into another by a series of simple operations. over all lines except the last.1. 8. respectively. . .1. Applications 95 Advance Delete Replace Insert Kill Move cursor one character to the right Delete the character under the cursor. and move the cursor to the next character. The operations are shown in Table 8. If a printed line contains words i through j. b2 . . Insert a new character before the one under the cursor. (b) Use this recurrence to devise a dynamic programming algorithm that ﬁnds the cost of the cheapest solution to the warehouse problem. The cursor remains stationary.1). of the cubes of the number of blanks at the end of each line (for example. We wish to minimize the sum. . 2 . Delete all characters from (and including) the one under the cursor to the end of the line. Consider the problem of neatly printing a paragraph of text on a printer with ﬁxedwidth fonts. The input text is a sequence of n words containing 1 . one way to transform the string algorithm to the string altruistic is shown in Figure 8. The cursor is initially on the ﬁrst character of the string. . Analyze your algorithm. Operations allowed on a smart terminal. . characters.
(b) Devise a dynamic programming algorithm that. . for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. outputs the minimum number of coins needed to solve the coinchanging problem. a2 .96 Chap. the advance operation takes a milliseconds. The coinchanging problem is deﬁned as follows. Suppose An = {a1 . the replace operation takes r milliseconds. . for example. So. given that an unlimited number of coins of each type are available. Given C ∈ IN.1.n] and y[1. Suppose also that a1 < a2 < · · · < an . the delete operation takes d milliseconds. Dynamic Programming Operation advance advance replace with t advance delete advance insert u advance insert s advance insert i insert c kill String Algorithm aLgorithm alGorithm alTorithm altOrithm altRithm altrIthm altruIthm altruiThm altruisThm altruistHm altruistiHm altruisticHm altruistic Figure 8.n]. 415. where each ai ∈ IN... There are many sequences of operations that achieve the same result. an } is a set of distinct coin types. determines the fastest time needed to transform x to y. and everything to the right of the cursor is a suﬃx of the old string. (a) Show that everything to the left of the cursor is a preﬁx of the new string.4. given two strings x[1. the insert operation takes i milliseconds. Suppose that on a particular brand of terminal. ﬁnd the smallest number of coins from An that add up to C. Transforming algorithm to altruistic using the operations shown in Table 8. . Analyze your algorithm. Design a dynamic programming algorithm that on inputs An and C. and the kill operation takes k milliseconds. Analyze your algorithm. The cursor position is indicated by a capital letter. . the sequence of operations to transform algorithm into altruistic takes time 6a + d + r + 4i + k. . 8.
then you will have $(k − CB (t))B(t) at time t + 6.05 U. . 419. You have $1 and want to invest it for n months. Write an algorithm for recovering the packing from the information generated by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm. Arbitrage is the use of discrepancies in currencyexchange rates to make a proﬁt. Finding the Solutions 97 416. dollar and end up with 0. dollars. Modify the dynamic programming algorithm for the knapsack problem so that the actual packing of the knapsack can be found.Sec.70 U. such that one unit of currency ci buys R[i. cn . Devise a dynamic programming algorithm that computes the maximum amount of money that you can make over the n months in time O(n). you must choose from the following three options: (a) Purchase a savings certiﬁcate from the local bank. and an n × n table R of exchange rates. (b) Purchase a state treasury bond.S. Suppose you have predicted values for S. ci1 ] · R[ci1 . cik ] · R[cik .6. That is. there will be a fee of CS (t) and after a month.S. a proﬁt of 5%. 420. 8. and 1 Australian dollar buys 0. If you buy it at time t. ci2 ] · · · R[cik−1 . B. dollars.7 = 1. it will return S(t) for every dollar invested. That is. . For example. there may be a small window of time during which 1 U. (c) Store the money in a sock under your mattress for a month. If you buy it at time t.S. 1 British pound buys 2 Australian dollars. At the beginning of each month. there will be a fee of CB (t) and after six months. Then. Show the contents of the array P for each of the graphs in Problem 401. . then you will have $k at time t + 1. Your money will be tied up for one month. FINDING THE SOLUTIONS Show the contents of the array P for each of the parts of Problems 380– 383. then you will have $(k − CS (t))S(t) at time t + 1.S. dollar buys 0. Devise and analyze a dynamic programming algorithm to determine the maximum value of R[c1 . . . a smart trader can trade one U. CS . 8. if you have $k at time t. j] units of currency cj .75 × 2 × 0. Suppose that there are n currencies c1 .75 British pounds. if you have $k at time t. if you have $k at time t. CB for the next n months.6 418. c1 ]. 417. Write down the shortest path between each pair of vertices. That is. Write down the cheapest parenthesization of each of the matrix products. Your money will be tied up for six months. it will return B(t) for every dollar invested.
Modify your algorithm for Problem 416 to determine the sequence of currencies i1 . 426. and analyze it. and conviviality ratings for each employee. 427. Chap. 1]. The personnel oﬃce has ranked each employee with a conviviality rating between 0 and 10. Write an algorithm for recovering the cuts from the information generated by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm. 424. Write an algorithm for recovering these values from the information generated by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm. Design such a dynamic programming algorithm. After graduation.98 421. Modify your algorithm for Problem 417 so that it determines the optimal investment strategy. and ensures that for every employee invited to the party. Write an algorithm for recovering this data from the information generated by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm. ik ] · R[ik . Dynamic Programming Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the stringcutting problem (Problem 410) so that the cuts can be recovered. ci2 ] · · · R[ik−1 . 8. . Your ﬁrst assignment is to design a dynamic programming algorithm to construct the guest list for the oﬃce Christmas party. their parent in the tree) is not invited. Write an algorithm for recovering this sequence of operations from the information generated by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm. ik that maximizes R[c1 . 425. The algorithm has input consisting of the hierarchy tree. Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the coinchanging problem (Problem 415) so that the number of each type of coin can be recovered. The output is to be a guest list that maximizes the total conviviality. 422. Write an algorithm for recovering these values from the information generated by your modiﬁed dynamic programming algorithm. . his or her immediate supervisor (that is. Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the warehouse problem (Problem 412) so that the values xi and yi for 1 ≤ i ≤ n can be recovered. i2 . Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the fastest editsequence problem (Problem 414) so that the fastest edit sequence can be recovered. you start working for a company that has a hierarchical supervisor structure in the shape of a tree. Modify your dynamic programming algorithm for the printing problem (Problem 413) so that the number of words on each line can be recovered. rooted at the CEO. . . . ci1 ] · R[ci1 . 423. 428.
be able to output a longest ascending subsequence (there may be more than one of them. You should also. Hints 99 429. keep a Boolean table tS [1.n] such that B[i] contains the length of the longest ascending subsequence that starts with A[i]. For each nonterminal symbol S ∈ N .7 HINTS 378. r1 = 2. SOLUTIONS 1 1 2 3 4 5 0 2 48 0 3 352 114 0 4 1020 792 684 0 5 1096 978 936 2394 0 384. 8. Suppose n = 3. 407. You are not sure if the CEO should get invited to the party. 2. at a cost of 2·23·12+1·2·12 = 792. The base case is more than just ﬁlling in the diagonal entries. 1.2). obviously) in time O(n). 409. For a larger example. but you suspect that you might get ﬁred if he is not. Fill B from back to front. and dimensions 1.n]. and r0 = 1. Construct an array B[1. at a cost of 1 · 2 · 32 + 1 · 32 · 12 = 448. 6.7.n. 8. We . j] depends. It is easy to formulate an inferior algorithm that appears to run in time O(nC 2 ). Start by drawing a picture of the array entries on which m[i. 413. r2 = 32. for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. From the information in B. The most eﬃcient way to parenthesize the product is (M1 · M2 ) · M3 . 5. take n = 7. 12. In addition to the table of costs for subproblems. with a little thought.Sec. An O(nC) time algorithm can be constructed by exploiting the similarity between the coin changing problem and the knapsack problem (see Section 8. The suggested algorithm parenthesizes the product as M1 ·(M2 ·M3 ). 12. Make sure that the array is ﬁlled in such way that the required entries are there when they are needed. you will need to keep track of the number of blanks in the last line of text in the solution of each subproblem. r3 = 12.. 17. which is superior for C = o(n/ log n). but with a little thought it can be analyzed using Harmonic numbers to give a running time of O(C 2 log n). 32. you should be able to ﬁnd the length of the longest ascending subsequence. 415.. Can you modify your algorithm to ensure that the CEO does get invited? 8..8 383.
the algorithm runs in time O(n3 ). Line 10 costs O(n) (a single forloop). j] :=false 9. function cﬂ(x1 x2 · · · xn ) 1. Although the easiest way to do this is to write a program to do it for you. Dynamic Programming will ﬁll the tables so that for 1 ≤ i ≤ j ≤ n. j] ∨ j−1 (tT [i. for d := 1 to n − 1 do 5. where tT [i. j] is true iﬀ the string xi xi+1 · · · xj is in the language generated by S. It will help you to understand the subtleties of the algorithm. tS [i. return(tR [1. j] is true iﬀ either i = j and S → xi . for each nonterminal S do 8. 415. for i := 1 to n − d do 6. there is nothing wrong with using such a program to verify that your answer is correct. tS [i. I recommend strongly that you do it by hand instead. Therefore. or there exists k such that i ≤ k < j and S → T U . j] are true. The forloop on lines 5–10 costs O(n2 ). tS [i. for i := 1 to n do 3. k] and tU [k + 1.9 COMMENTS 380. j]) k=i 11. j := i + d 7.100 Chap. . tS [i. k] ∧ tU [k + 1. i] :=true iﬀ S → xi 4. tS [i. 8. However. n]) where R is the root Since there are O(1) nonterminals: • • • • • The forloop on lines 1–3 costs O(n). for each nonterminal S do 2. for each production S → T U do 10. See also Problem 95. The forloop on lines 7–10 costs O(n). j] := tS [i. The forloop on lines 4–10 costs O(n3 ). a greedy algorithm for this problem is superior to dynamic programming (see Problem 471). 8. In some cases.
1 CONTINUOUS KNAPSACK The continuous knapsack problem is similar to the knapsack problem studied in Section 8. . A1 . we perform the following pseudocode: s := S. mum weight. We are given n objects. process each in increasing order of density. greedy algorithms sometimes lead to the best solution. If not. and discard the rest. 101 Show that the greedy algorithm gives a solution of mini . . i := i + 1 xi := s/si for j := i + 1 to n do xj := 0 430. we ﬁrst sort the objects in nondecreasing density. ﬁll the remaining space with a fraction of the current object. i := 1 while si ≤ s do xi := 1. . an xi fraction of Ai has length xi si and weight xi wi ). The trick is to determine when to be greedy. That is. The greedy algorithm proceeds as follows. we must ﬁnd 0 < x1 . . An . so that wi /si ≤ wi+1 /si+1 for 1 ≤ i < n. object Ai has length si and weight wi . . That is.Chapter 9 Greedy Algorithms A greedy algorithm starts with a solution to a very small subproblem and augments it successively to a solution for the big problem. assuming that the objects are uniformly dense (so that for all 0 ≤ xi ≤ 1. That is.2. where for all 1 ≤ i ≤ n. x2 . xn < 1 n n that minimizes i=1 xi wi subject to the constraint S = i=1 xi si . paying attention to shortterm or local gain. so that the total weight is minimized. . that is. without regard to whether it will lead to a good longterm or global solution. Use as much of lowdensity objects as possible. Then. and sometimes lead to lousy solutions. As in real life. . A2 . sometimes lead to pretty good solutions.s := s − si . If the whole thing ﬁts. use all of it. . 9. This augmentation is done in a “greedy” fashion. Deﬁne the density of object Ai to be wi /si . We must ﬁll a knapsack of length S as full as possible using fractional parts of the objects.
v] < D[v] then D[v] := D[w] + C[w. Greedy Algorithms Solve the continuous knapsack problem on the following inputs: (a) S = 20. the shortest (that is. w5 = 6. P [v] := w Show the contents of arrays D and P after each iteration of the main forloop in Dijkstra’s algorithm executed on the graphs shown in Figure 9.2 DIJKSTRA’S ALGORITHM The singlesource shortestpaths problem is deﬁned as follows. j] denotes the cost of the edge from vertex i to vertex j. Dijkstra’s algorithm for the singlesource shortestpaths problem is the following.) Is the spanning tree formed by Dijkstra’s algorithm on a connected undirected graph a mincost spanning tree? (See also Problem 434. . s2 = 5. S := {s} for each v ∈ V do D[v] := C[s. (b) S = 18. w2 = 15. 6. w1 = 18. 432.1. with source vertex 1. s2 = 5. 2. w3 = 8. s5 = 23. Use this information to list the shortest paths from vertex 1 to each of the other vertices. v]. Given a labeled.) Vertex s is called the source. 434. directed graph G = (V. w3 = 28. C[i. ﬁnd for each vertex w ∈ V . s4 = 12. Show that an arbitrary collection of singlesource shortest paths in an undirected graph does not necessarily form a spanning tree. 4. 3. w3 = 28. 9. leastcost) path from s to w. w2 = 4. Show that the singlesource shortest paths constructed by Dijkstra’s algorithm on a connected undirected graph form a spanning tree. v) ∈ E then P [v] := s else P [v] := 0 for i := 1 to n − 1 do choose w ∈ V − S with smallest D[w] S := S ∪ {w} for each vertex v ∈ V do if D[w] + C[w. w4 = 50. s5 = 3. w5 = 1. s1 = 9. 5. (c) S = 25. w5 = 47. all edge labels are equal to unity. 435. v] if (s.) 433. w4 = 5.102 431. w1 = 4. s3 = 7. 1. Chap. 7. s3 = 7. s3 = 17. (See also Problem 367 for the unweighted version of this problem. s2 = 6. 8. s1 = 12. s4 = 32. w4 = 50. w1 = 18. w2 = 15. s4 = 12. 9. E) and a distinguished vertex s ∈ V . 10. 9. (See also Problem 433. s1 = 9. that is. s5 = 3.
it is reasonable to assume that fxy (t) ≥ t). E) if S is a tree (that is. Desperate. 9. Some graphs. Can we modify Dijkstra’s algorithm to solve this problem by changing minimum to maximum? If so. then you will be in y at time fxy (t) (including waiting time and ﬂying time). you immediately think of using Dijkstra’s algorithm on the graph of cities. Suppose we want to solve the singlesource longest path problem. 437. then provide a counterexample. It is a mincost spanning tree of a labeled graph if it is a spanning tree of smallest cost. and explain why it works.1. as follows: . then prove your algorithm correct.Sec.3 MINCOST SPANNING TREES A graph S = (V. T ) is a spanning tree of an undirected graph G = (V. MinCost Spanning Trees 103 (a) 1 10 4 6 5 2 50 (b) 2 100 4 6 1 30 (c) 12 4 9 21 3 3 3 5 4 1 8 1 2 30 65 70 3 23 4 20 44 65 25 3 5 9 20 23 4 Figure 9. Since you got an A in my algorithms course. But the shortest path in this graph corresponds to shortest ﬂying time.3. you instead label each edge from city x to city y with a function fxy (t) that maps from your arrival time at x to your arrival time at y in the following fashion: If you are in x at time t. If not. Prim’s algorithm constructs a spanning tree using a priority queue Q of edges. 9. S is connected and has no cycles). 436. Suppose you are the programmer for a travel agent trying to determine the minimum elapsed time from DFW airport to cities all over the world. which does not include the time spent waiting at various airports for connecting ﬂights. with an edge between two cities labeled with the ﬂying time between them. and T ⊆ E. Modify Dijkstra’s algorithm to work under this new formulation. State clearly any assumptions that you make (for example.
v)} Draw the spanning forest after every iteration of the main whileloop in Kruskal’s algorithm on each of the graphs in Figure 9. Would Prim’s algorithm start by making the choice of edges shown in Figure 9. 441. 6. . ignoring the directions on the edges. 442. Chap. Q := empty for each w ∈ V such that (1.2. 5. Number the edges in order of selection. 10.3? 439. where u ∈ V1 if v ∈ V1 then T := T ∪ {e} V1 := V1 ∪ {v} for each w ∈ V such that (v. 11. 438. Draw the spanning forest after every iteration of the main whileloop in Prim’s algorithm on each of the graphs in Figure 9.1. w) ∈ E do insert(Q. v) := the next edge in sorted order if ﬁnd(u) = ﬁnd(v) then union(u. v) T := T ∪ {(u.1. Number the edges in order of selection. 6. 4. v). w)) Kruskal’s algorithm constructs a spanning tree using the unionﬁnd abstract data type (see Section 11. 443. 3 4. 8. 3.5 on the graph shown in Figure 9. T := ∅. ignoring the directions on the edges. 7. Greedy Algorithms T := ∅.104 1. F := ∅ for each vertex v ∈ V do F := F ∪ {{v}} Sort edges in E in ascending order of cost while F  > 1 do (u.4).2. 440. w) ∈ E do insert(Q. Draw the spanning forest after every iteration of the main whileloop in Prim’s algorithm on the graph shown in Figure 9. F is the set of vertexsets in the forest.3? Would Kruskal’s algorithm start by making the choice of edges shown in Figure 9. 2. 9. 7. 9. Draw the spanning forest after every iteration of the main whileloop in Kruskal’s algorithm on the graph shown in Figure 9. V1 := {1}. w)) while V1  < n do e :=deletemin(Q) Suppose e = (u. 1. (v.4 for the graph shown in Figure 9. (1. 2. 5. 8.
3 5 1 1 7 2 8 6 12 6 9 3 7 2 4 10 4 5 11 1 1 7 2 8 6 12 6 9 3 5 2 4 3 5 4 5 10 7 11 1 1 7 2 8 6 12 6 9 3 2 4 3 5 4 5 10 7 11 1 1 7 2 8 6 12 6 9 3 2 4 3 4 5 10 7 11 Figure 9.Sec. A mincost spanning tree under construction using Prim’s algorithm? . 3 5 1 1 7 2 8 6 12 6 9 3 7 2 4 10 4 5 11 Figure 9. Another graph. A graph.3. MinCost Spanning Trees 105 16 1 7 10 3 2 2 13 5 9 6 20 8 4 11 11 6 5 14 9 12 12 1 4 21 3 15 7 18 8 17 10 19 Figure 9. 9.4.2.3.
6 on the graph shown in Figure 9. 447.7 on the graph shown in Figure 9.3? Show that Prim’s algorithm and Kruskal’s algorithm always construct the same mincost spanning tree on a connected undirected graph in which the edge costs are distinct. A mincost spanning tree under construction using Kruskal’s algorithm? 3 5 2 1 1 7 8 6 12 6 9 3 7 2 4 10 4 5 2 8 7 6 12 6 9 3 1 1 11 5 2 4 3 5 4 5 10 7 2 8 7 6 12 6 9 3 1 1 11 2 4 3 5 4 5 10 7 2 8 7 6 12 6 9 3 1 1 11 2 4 3 4 5 10 7 11 Figure 9. Could a greedy algorithm for mincost spanning trees start by making the choice of edges shown in Figure 9. Greedy Algorithms 3 5 2 1 1 7 8 6 12 6 9 3 7 2 4 10 4 5 2 8 7 6 1 1 11 5 12 6 9 3 2 4 3 4 5 10 7 11 2 1 1 7 8 6 5 12 6 9 3 2 4 3 4 5 10 7 11 2 1 1 7 8 6 5 12 6 9 3 2 4 3 4 5 10 7 11 Figure 9.6.3? Could a greedy algorithm for mincost spanning trees start by making the choice of edges shown in Figure 9.106 Chap.5. 446. 448. 9. Show that Prim’s algorithm and Kruskal’s algorithm always construct the same mincost spanning tree on a connected undirected graph in which no pair of edges that share a vertex have the same cost. Is the path between a pair of vertices in a mincost spanning tree of an undirected graph necessarily a mincost path? Is this true if the mincost spanning tree is unique? If it is not unique? 445. . A mincost spanning tree under construction? 444.
9. 10. A mincost spanning tree under construction? 449. T := ∅. MinCost Spanning Trees 107 3 1 2 5 1 7 8 6 12 4 6 9 3 7 10 5 2 5 1 7 1 2 4 2 8 6 12 4 6 9 3 2 3 4 5 10 7 2 2 5 1 7 8 6 1 12 4 6 9 3 2 3 4 5 10 7 2 2 5 1 7 8 6 1 12 4 6 9 3 2 3 4 5 10 7 2 Figure 9. Show how to modify Prim’s algorithm so that it runs in time O(n log k) on a graph that has only k diﬀerent edge costs. (1. it doesn’t matter which of the two edges is chosen. Prove that for Prim’s algorithm. 450. 8. (v.7. Suppose that there are exactly two edges that have the same cost. 6. If not. 1. 7. w) ∈ E do if w ∈ V1 then insert(Q. prove it correct. Q := empty for each w ∈ V such that (1. Does Prim’s algorithm construct the same mincost spanning tree regardless of which edge is chosen? . 452. 5. explain why it is wrong and give a graph on which it fails. Here is a version of Prim’s algorithm that is diﬀerent from the one given earlier in this section. 451. it doesn’t matter which of the two edges is chosen. v). w)) while V1  < n do e :=deletemin(Q) Suppose e = (u. w)) In the vanilla version of Prim’s algorithm and Kruskal’s algorithm. V1 := {1}. 9.Sec. 453. 2. it is not speciﬁed what to do if a choice must be made between two edges of minimum cost. 3 4. w) ∈ E do insert(Q. where u ∈ V1 T := T ∪ {e} V1 := V1 ∪ {v} for each w ∈ V such that (v. Prove that for Kruskal’s algorithm. Is it correct? If so.3.
then add it to the spanning forest. Repeat the following until a single tree remains. (a) Does it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of a directed graph? (b) If so. v2 ) of the same cost. For each vertex v = 1. 461. 456. If it has both endpoints in the same tree. Is this algorithm correct? Justify your answer. both algorithms construct the same mincost spanning tree. where u1 < v1 and u2 < v2 . will it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of minimum cost? 459. 460. n. if a choice must be made between two distinct edges. and then run n times. each consisting of a single vertex. will it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of minimum cost? 458. n in turn. n. Prove that under these conditions. Start with a forest containing n trees. 2. . Suppose the graph has vertices numbered 1. Suppose Kruskal’s algorithm is used to construct a directed spanning . will it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of minimum cost? Consider the following algorithm for ﬁnding a mincost spanning tree. . That is. . . then discard it.108 454. choose e2 . Does Kruskal’s algorithm construct the same mincost spanning tree regardless of which edge is chosen? Suppose Prim’s algorithm and Kruskal’s algorithm choose the lexicographically ﬁrst edge ﬁrst. If not. 2. (a) Does it ﬁnd a directed spanning tree of a directed graph? (b) If so. . v1 ) and e2 = (u2 . . Design an algorithm for the maxcost spanning tree. Greedy Algorithms Suppose that there are exactly two edges that have the same cost. Explain how to implement this algorithm in time O(e log n). 455. A directed spanning tree of a directed graph is a spanning tree in which the directions on the edges point from parent to child. then the following strategy is used. Choose e1 if u1 < u2 . Chap. e1 = (u1 . The output is the cheapest of the n directed spanning trees. Suppose the vertices are numbered 1. consider the cheapest edge with at least one endpoint in the tree that contains v. Suppose Prim’s algorithm is modiﬁed to take the cheapest edge directed out of the tree. tree. or u1 = u2 and v1 < v2 . 9. 457. . 2. (a) Does this algorithm output a directed spanning tree of a directed graph? (b) If so. Suppose Prim’s algorithm is modiﬁed as described in Problem 457. Otherwise. . . . . starting at each vertex in turn. Consider the following algorithm. .
465. easy to analyze. One thing you will notice about greedy algorithms is that they are usually easy to design. and move along the edge of minimum cost that leads to an unvisited node. repeating this until the algorithm arrives at a vertex from which all edges lead to visited nodes. Simply run the vanilla greedy algorithm described above n times. easy to implement. Suppose this greedy algorithm does output a Hamiltonian cycle. Is it necessarily a Hamiltonian cycle of minimum cost? Justify your answer. Suppose the greedy algorithm does ﬁnd a Hamiltonian cycle. 9. Show that this greedy algorithm may fail to ﬁnd a cycle. Show that this greedy algorithm may fail to ﬁnd a cycle. 469. 462. or can go no further. and output the cheapest Hamiltonian cycle found. A “vanilla” greedy algorithm for the traveling salesperson problem starts at node number 1. 466. 463. 464. it may not be a Hamiltonian cycle. Can it be a diﬀerent cycle from the one found by the vanilla greedy algorithm? Justify your answer. Prove that it is a Hamiltonian cycle of minimum cost. Show that it is the only mincost Hamiltonian cycle in the graph. starting at each vertex in turn.5 APPLICATIONS The problems in this section ask you to apply the greedy method in new situations.4 TRAVELING SALESPERSON The traveling salesperson problem is deﬁned as follows. and repeats this until it ﬁnds a node that it has visited before. Here is another greedy algorithm for the traveling salesperson problem. Will this algorithm ﬁnd it? Suppose this greedy algorithm ﬁnds a Hamiltonian cycle. 468. Show that even when the greedy algorithm ﬁnds a cycle.Sec. Start at node number 1. Another greedy algorithm for the traveling salesperson problem proceeds as follows. Traveling Salesperson 109 9.4. Given a directed labeled graph. ﬁnd a Hamiltonian cycle of minimum total cost. . 9. and the greedy algorithm does ﬁnd a Hamiltonian cycle. and they are very fast. Suppose the edge costs are distinct. and moves along the edge of minimum cost to the next node. Suppose the graph has a Hamiltonian cycle. but they are almost always diﬃcult to prove correct. even when one exists in the graph. 467.
. then every job is ﬁnished before the deadline. the greedy algorithm always gives a minimal solution to the coinchanging problem. 4. an } is a set of distinct coin types. Suppose An = {a1 . (b) Show that for all c ∈ IN. the optimal tapestorage problem is to ﬁnd which order is the best to store them on a tape. mn . given that an unlimited number of coins of each type are available. and that ﬁles are to be retrieved in the reverse order. The coinchanging problem is deﬁned as follows. . where each ai ∈ IN. c2 . Show that this algorithm does not necessarily generate a solution with the minimum number of coins.110 470. . using as many coins of each type as it can before it moves to the next lower denomination. A greedy algorithm will make change by using the larger coins ﬁrst. We are given a set of n jobs. Suppose also that a1 < a2 < · · · < an . The oneprocessor scheduling problem is deﬁned as follows. Does this algorithm always generate a minimum vertex cover? Justify your answer. The following is a greedy algorithm for this problem: function cover(V. ﬁnd the smallest number of coins from An that add up to C. m2 . A greedy algorithm for the oneprocessor scheduling problem processes the jobs . (a) Suppose a1 = 1. 471. A minimum vertex cover is a vertex cover with the smallest number of vertices in it. . . E) U := ∅ repeat let v ∈ V be a vertex of maximum degree U := U ∪ {v}. and a deadline di . Chap. Greedy Algorithms Given n ﬁles of length m1 . 5. The greedy algorithm puts the ﬁles on the tape in ascending order of size. 9. Let G = (V. . The vertex cover problem is deﬁned as follows. c ≥ 2. a2 . . either u ∈ U or v ∈ U . 6. cn−1 }. Given C ∈ IN. E) be an undirected graph. 2. for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. A vertex cover of G is a set U ⊆ V such that for each edge (u. V := V − {v} E := E − {(u. Prove that this is the best order. v) ∈ E. . if An = {1. each retrieval takes time equal to the length of the preceding ﬁles in the tape plus the length of the retrieved ﬁle. . A feasible schedule is a permutation of the jobs such that when the jobs are performed in that order. . 472. w) such that u = v or w = v} until E = ∅ return(U) 1. c. then for all C ∈ IN. 473. Each job i has a start time ti . . assuming that each retrieval starts with the tape rewound. 7. 3. .
447. . . i=1 (9. xi = 1 for 1 ≤ i < j 0 ≤ xj < 1 xi = 0 for j < i ≤ n. . . Show that if a feasible schedule exists. For part (a).Sec. . 9. . . . . Hints 111 in order of deadline (the early deadlines before the late ones). . Otherwise. . 9. Show that a greedy solution (x1 . . 2.7 SOLUTIONS 430. then the schedule produced by this greedy algorithm is feasible. 9. and that the mincost solution must have this form. xn ) be the solution generated by the greedy algorithm. If X = Y . If all the xi are 1. Change xi to yi and adjust the remaining xi+1 . . These two facts should enable you to easily prove that the greedy algorithm does the right thing. . 471. . xn ) can be changed to an optimal solution (y1 . just play around until you get a counterexample. .6 HINTS 430. then the solution is clearly optimal (it is the only solution). See Problem 446. let k be the least number such that xk = yk . . yn ) without aﬀecting its length by doing the following for i = 1. j xi si = S. Otherwise. . . From the algorithm. . . .6. 449. y2 . x2 .1) Let Y = (y1 . x2 . This is really a data structures question. . We will prove that X must have the same weight as Y . Therefore. yn ) be a solution of minimal weight. 446. show that there is only one solution in which the number of coins of each type is less than c. xn so that the length remains the same. . But a more insightful way to do it is to prove that the mincost spanning tree is unique under these conditions. This can be proved directly by induction. we are done. and hence has minimal weight too. let j be the smallest number such that xj = 1. . Let X = (x1 . y2 . For part (b). n.
xk = yk . which contradicts the fact that Y is a solution. To see this. hence Case 3 can never happen. since xk = yk . (zk − yk )sk n > < 0.2) (9. since k = j) i=k+1 = S + (yk − xk )sk + > S. 9. k > j.1. Therefore. yk < xk . . k = j. . By the deﬁnition of k. we can return to the proof.3) (zi − yi )si i=k+1 n (zk − yk )sk + (zi − yi )si i=k+1 = 0. n k−1 n yi si i=1 = i=1 k−1 yi si + yk sk + i=k+1 n yi si = i=1 xi si + yk sk + i=k+1 n yi si yi si (by Equation 9. This is not possible. Then xk = 1. . k < j. consider the three possible cases: Case 1. In the other two cases. . 0. yk must be smaller than xk . Case 2. Greedy Algorithms It must be the case that yk < xk . .112 Chap. . Suppose we increase yk to xk . If yk > xk .1) = > S+ i=j+1 S. yk < xk as claimed. and decrease as many of yk+1 . Therefore. Now that we have established that yk < xk .4) . . (9. Call this new solution Z = (z1 . and so n j n yi si i=1 = i=1 j yi si + i=j+1 n yi si = i=1 xi s i + i=j+1 n yi si yi si (by Equation 9. z2 . zn ). Then xk = 0 and yk > 0. Case 3. yn as necessary to make the total length remain at S. (9. . Then.
. Repeating this procedure suﬃciently often transforms Y into X and maintains the same weight. . . Let i1 . . f2 . . 9. 2.7. Therefore. Hence. i2 . in be a permutation of 1. . Suppose we have ﬁles f1 . Now. n. . of lengths m1 .4). Y and Z have the same weight. .4 and density) n n (zi − yi )si wk /sk i=k+1 = i=1 n yi wi + (zk − yk )sk + (zi − yi )si i=k+1 wk /sk = i=1 yi wi (by Equation 9. . But Z looks “more like” X than Y does. . . fn . mn . . . fi2 . . . since Y is a minimalweight solution. respectively. . n n zi wi < i=1 i=1 yi wi . . Solutions 113 Therefore. . X must have minimal weight. n k−1 n zi wi i=1 = i=1 k−1 zi wi + zk wk + i=k+1 n zi wi = i=1 n yi wi + zk wk + i=k+1 n zi wi n = i=1 n yi wi − yk wk − i=k+1 yi wi + zk wk + i=k+1 n zi wi = i=1 n yi wi + (zk − yk )wk + yi wi + (zk − yk )sk wk /sk + i=1 n (zi − yi )wi i=k+1 n = ≤ i=1 (zi − yi )si wi /si i=k+1 n yi wi + (zk − yk )sk wk /sk + (by Equation 9. . . 470. Suppose we store the ﬁles in order fi1 . m2 .Sec. . fin . whereas only the ﬁrst k − 1 entries of Y are the same as X. in the sense that the ﬁrst k entries of Z are the same as X.
9. . Claim: Any permutation in nondecreasing order of mi ’s has minimum cost. . min is not in nondecreasing order. Proof: Let Π = (i1 . k=j+2 The cost of permutation Π is j−1 n C(Π ) = (n−k+1)mik +(n−j +1)mij+1 +(n−j)mij + k=1 (n−k+1)mik . Let Π be permutation Π with ij and ij+1 swapped. It remains to prove that this is the minimum cost permutation. Therefore. .5 adds this table by rows. n that is not in nondecreasing order of mi ’s. k=1 (9. . fin−1 : mi1 +mi2 +mi3 +· · ·+min−1 fin : mi1 +mi2 +mi3 +· · ·+min−1 +min The lefthand side of Equation 9. . we get instead n nmi1 + (n − 1)mi2 + (n − 2)mi3 + · · · + 2min−1 + min = (n − k + 1)mik . mi2 . We will prove that it cannot have minimum cost.5). If the total is computed by columns. . . costs of retrieving them all is n k n k j=1 Chap. . the cost m ij = k=1 j=1 (n − k + 1)mik . The cost of permutation Π is n C(Π) = j−1 (n − k + 1)mik k=1 = + (n − k + 1)mik + (n − j + 1)mij + (n − j)mij+1 k=1 n (n − k + 1)mik .114 To retrieve the kth ﬁle on the tape. . . . k=1 which is the righthand side of Equation (9. k=j+2 . 2. . in ) be a permutation of 1. .5) To see this. The greedy algorithm picks ﬁles fi in nondecreasing order of their size mi . consider the fi1 : fi2 : fi3 : following table of costs: m i1 mi1 +mi2 mi1 +mi2 +mi3 . . Since mi1 . there must exist 1 ≤ j < n such that mij > mij+1 . Greedy Algorithms mij . fik . i2 .
8. the minimumcost permutation must be in nondecreasing order of mi ’s. 456. . Therefore. Comments 115 Hence. C(Π) − C(Π ) = (n − j + 1)(mij − mij+1 ) + (n − j)(mij+1 − mij ) = mij − mij+1 > 0 (by deﬁnition of j). and so Π cannot be a permutation of minimum cost. These problems were suggested to the author by Farhad Shahrokhi in 1993. 9.8 COMMENTS 436. Therefore. This is true of any Π that is not in nondecreasing order of mi ’s.Sec. This question is designed to illustrate the point that a greedy algorithm is better in some (but not all) cases. 9. In general. See also Problem 95. 471. a dynamic programming algorithm is the best solution to this problem (see Problem 415). C(Π ) < C(Π).
6 covers the application of these tools to various interesting exhaustive search problems. How many assignments to array C are made (that is. Our aim is to process all bitstrings of a ﬁxed length. Bitstrings are often used to represent sets (the term usually used is the bitvector representation of a set). 116 . but sometimes it is better than nothing. Sometimes backtracking is faster. procedure binary(m) comment process all binary strings of length m if m = 0 then process(C) else C[m] := 0. 475.Chapter 10 Exhaustive Search Often it appears that there is no better way to solve a problem than to try all possible solutions. called exhaustive search. 474. Most exhaustive search problems can be reduced to the problem of generating simple combinatorial objects. binary(m − 1) C[m] := 1. deduce the running time of the procedure.5 compares exhaustive search algorithms to backtracking. that is. The most commonly used algorithmic technique used in exhaustive search is divideandconquer (see Chapter 7). most often strings. The following is a recursive algorithm for generating bitstrings. is almost always slow. Section 10. It may actually be practical in real situations if the problem size is small enough. binary(m − 1) 1. We assume the existence of a procedure process(C) that processes a bitstring stored in an array C. 3. Show that the algorithm is correct.1 STRINGS A bitstring is an array of n bits. The approach taken to exhaustive search in this chapter is very diﬀerent from that taken by most textbooks.1–10. and combinations. how often are lines 2 and 3 executed)? Hence.4 cover some simple algorithms that form our basic tools. 2. Sections 10. permutations. sometimes not. 10. Section 10. This approach. that a call to binary(n) processes all binary strings of length n.
477. Prove that for all n ≥ 1..Sec.1. the number of times that line 4 is executed) is 2n − 1.. 479. The following algorithm generates all of the bitstrings of length n in minimalchange order. the number of times that a bit of b is complemented (that is. Strings 117 The following algorithm generates all strings of n bits in an array C[1. 476. 2. Hence. deduce the running time of the algorithm. It works by treating C as a binary number and repeatedly incrementing it through all 2n possible values. procedure generate(n) if n = 0 then process(b) else generate(n − 1) Complement b[n] generate(n − 1) 1. the number of times that line 7 is executed) is 2n+1 − (n + 2). that is. so C is actually an array indexed from 0 to n + 1.n]. 3. 4.n] containing each string of n bits. 4. Prove that this algorithm does generate the 2n bitstrings of length n in minimalchange order. deduce the running time of the algorithm. 5. The operation “complement a bit” used in line 8 means change it from a 0 to a 1. 10. Hence. A sentinel is used at both ends of C. 1. Prove that the algorithm is correct. the number of times that a bit of C is complemented (that is. The array b is initially set to all zeros. A minimalchange algorithm for generating bitstrings generates them in such an order that each string diﬀers from its predecessor in exactly one place. for i := 0 to n + 1 do C[i] := 0 while C[n + 1] = 0 do process(C) increment(C) procedure increment(C) i := 1 while C[i − 1] = 0 do Complement C[i] i := i + 1 5. and the bitstrings are generated with a call to generate(n). 7. that procedure process(C) is called once with C[1. . 3. or viceversa. 6. 8. 2. 478. Prove that for all n ≥ 1.
Design a minimalchange exhaustive search algorithm for generating all kary strings of length n. 483. 2. Analyze the running time of your algorithm for Problem 483. 0002. 4. 481.n] containing each permutation of its contents. Suppose A[1. A minimalchange algorithm for generating kary strings generates them in such an order that each string diﬀers from its predecessor in exactly one place. 486. . 0001. 484.. 1. 0011. . . . 7.) Prove that your algorithm for Problem 483 is correct. 1. Design an optimal exhaustive search algorithm for generating all kary strings of length n in lexicographic order in time O(kn ).. . . . 0021. Analyze the running time of your algorithm for Problem 480. Exhaustive Search A kary string is a string of digits drawn from {0. For example.118 Chap. 3. . then your algorithm should generate the strings 0000.. k − 1}. .n] in the following sense: A call to procedure permute(n) will result in procedure process(A) being called once with A[1. Prove that your algorithm for Problem 480 is correct.n] contains n distinct values. 480. procedure permute(n) if n = 1 then process(A) else B := A permute(n − 1) for i := 1 to n − 1 do swap A[n] with A[1] permute(n − 1) A := B cyclically shifted one place right Prove that this algorithm calls process(A) with A containing each permutation of n entries exactly once. 482. (See also Problem 480. 0010. if k = 3 and n = 4. 10. 10. 2221. For example. 485. 0022. 0012. 6. then a kary string is simply a binary string. 5. 2222. 0020.2 PERMUTATIONS Consider the problem of exhaustively generating all permutations of n things. 0100. The following algorithm generates all permutations of A[1. if k = 2.
13. each permutation generated diﬀers from the previous one by having just two values swapped. 4. 14. 12. . 490.2. 4.n]. Use this observation to eliminate the need for the array B. 3. That is. 7.. 9. How many swaps are made by this algorithm. 11. 1.Sec. To generate all permutations of any n distinct values in A[1. 4. 2. Permutations 119 What is the running time of this algorithm? 487. procedure permute(n) for i := 1 to n do A[i] := i if n is odd then oddpermute(n) else evenpermute(n) procedure oddpermute(n) if n = 1 then process else evenpermute(n − 1) for i := 1 to n − 1 do swap A[1] and A[n] evenpermute(n − 1) procedure evenpermute(n) if n = 1 then process else oddpermute(n − 1) for i := 1 to n − 1 do swap A[i] and A[n] oddpermute(n − 1) 5. 1. call permute(1). It is known as Heap’s algorithm (Heap [35]). as a function of n? What is its running time? The following is a minimalchange algorithm for generating permutations. 8.n]. 6. 5. 3. 2. 488. 489. procedure permute(i) if i = n then process(A) else permute(i + 1) for j := i + 1 to n do swap A[i] with A[j] permute(i + 1) swap A[i] with A[j] Prove this algorithm correct. 10. Show that the eﬀect of line 7 is the same as performing a cyclic shift of A[2. 10. Does this aﬀect the running time of the algorithm? Consider the following algorithm for generating all permutations..
that is. Chap. n. 493. n! − 1 swaps). for some 0 ≤ r ≤ n. deduce A minimalchange algorithm for combinations generates them in such a manner that each choice of r objects diﬀers from the previous one by having one object removed and replaced by another. Show that Heap’s algorithm uses the minimum number of swaps. Let T (n. To use it. Exhaustive Search Show that the algorithm is correct. T (n. − r. 3. 496. Hence. Prove that the combinations generated by this algorithm are in descending order. . r) be the number of assignments to array A. The following is a minimalchange algorithm for generating combinations. it generates all permutations in minimalchange order. Show that T (n.. 494.. procedure choose(b. r). 2. A[i] > A[i + 1] for all 1 ≤ i < n. 10.3 COMBINATIONS Consider the problem of generating all combinations of r things chosen from n. n r 495.n if c = 0 then process(A) else for i := b to n − c + 1 do A[c] := i choose(i + 1. . . without loss of generality. Hence. (that is.r] containing each combination. r) ≤ r n . What is its running time? 492. that is. . The following algorithm generates all combinations of r things drawn from n in the following sense: Procedure process(A) is called once with A[1. We will. It is used by calling up(1. r r Show that for all 1 ≤ r ≤ n/2. 4. Prove that this algorithm is correct. c − 1) 1. 10. call procedure choose(1. deduce that the algorithm runs in time O r n . r) ≤ 2 that the algorithm is optimal for r ≤ n/2.120 491. when process(A) is called. 2. assume that the n items to be chosen from are the natural numbers 1. c) comment choose c elements out of b. r). .
498. 3. . procedure up(b. procedure match(n) if n = 2 then process(M ) else match(n − 2) for i := n − 2 downto 1 do swap A[i] with A[n − 1] match(n − 2) circular shift A[1. . 4. vn } = {1. v4 ). 2. . . c) if c = 0 then process(a) else for i := b to n do a[r − c + 1] := i if i is odd then up(i + 1.n − 1] one place right Let M (n) be the number of perfect matchings of n values.. 2. Prove that the algorithm is correct. vn ).. . 3. . 497.n]. 6. that is. (vn−1 . 7. where {v1 . . c) if c = 0 then process(a) else for i := n downto b do a[r − c + 1] := i if i is odd then up(i + 1. . 500. 5. 10. . that procedure process(a) is called with a containing a sequence of combinations in minimalchange order. 6. How many assignments to a does the algorithm make? Hence. 4. 499. . (v3 . 8. when process(a) is called. deduce its running time. v2 ).Sec.4.4 OTHER ELEMENTARY ALGORITHMS If n is even. Note that two perfect matchings are deemed to be identical even if the pairs are listed in a diﬀerent order. then n/2 M (n) = i=1 (2i − 1). Show that if n is even. v2 . . 2. 10. Prove that the combinations generated by this algorithm are in ascending order. The following is an algorithm for generating all perfect matchings of size n in an array M [1. c − 1) else down(i + 1. c − 1) procedure down(b. and the values within each pair are listed in a diﬀerent order. a perfect matching of size n is an unordered sequence of unordered pairs (v1 . n}. . a[i] < a[i + 1] for all 1 ≤ i < n. Other Elementary Algorithms 121 1. where n is even: 1. c − 1) 5. . that is. c − 1) else down(i + 1.
and the recursion tree is pruned. 5 4 5 3 4 5 5 5 4 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 2 3 4 5 1 2 5 4 3 2 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 2 1 5 4 3 5 5 5 3 4 5 2 1 0 Prove that your algorithm for Problem 504 is correct. the output of your algorithm would be 0 1 1 2 2 2 505. Analyze the running time of your algorithm for Problem 504. Prove that the algorithm is correct. recursive calls are not made when the part of the current object that has already been constructed cannot lead to a valid or optimal solution. c) if c < k then C[m] := 1. 3. for example. 503. 10. that is. procedure binary(m. 506. Use divideandconquer to design an algorithm that generates all of the ways of distributing the marbles into the jars so that no jar holds more than c marbles. where m ≤ cn. To use the algorithm. . c) comment process all binary strings of length m if m = 0 then process(C) else C[m] := 0. in time O(M (n))? Suppose you have m marbles and n jars. the recursive algorithm for generating bitstrings from Section 10. and c = 5. 2. Chap. If n is odd. call binary(n. with m = 10. What is M (n) when n is odd? How can the above algorithm be used to generate all perfect matchings when n is odd. each of which can hold at most c marbles.5 BACKTRACKING Backtracking is a type of exhaustive search in which the combinatorial object is constructed recursively. binary(m − 1. 0).122 501. 504. 502. n = 3.1 can be modiﬁed easily to give a backtracking algorithm for generating all bitstrings of length n with k or fewer bits. Your algorithm must print the number of marbles in each jar for each of the diﬀerent ways of distributing the marbles. For example. binary(m − 1. the deﬁnition of perfect matching is similar except that there is a leftover value that is not paired with any other. Exhaustive Search Show that the algorithm runs in time O(M (n)). 10. c + 1) 1. So.
510. deduce the running time of the procedure. deduce the running time of the procedure. 3. and some do not. Some of them require backtracking.Sec. all entries in U are assumed to be true.6.. 511. 6. 10.. does G contain a clique on r vertices? Devise an algorithm for the clique problem that runs in time . 508. how often are lines 2 and 3 executed)? Hence. Initially. how often are lines 3 and 4 executed)? Hence. procedure permute(m) comment process all permutations of length m if m = 0 then process(A) else for j := 1 to n do if U [j] then U [j]:=false A[m] := j. 509. 2. A clique is an induced complete subgraph. with U [i] set to true if i has not yet been used in the permutation. 0) processes all binary strings of length n with k or fewer bits. Show that the algorithm is correct. The clique problem is the following: Given a graph G and a natural number r.4. It ﬁlls an arrayA[1. Brieﬂy describe how to improve the running time by a factor O r2 n r of Ω(r). that is. that a call to permute(n) processes all permutations of length n. permute(m − 1) U [j]:=true 1. Show that the algorithm is correct. then the recursion tree is pruned to prevent more ones from being put in. . that a call to binary(n. 4. How many assignments to array C are made (that is. that is.n].n] with nary strings. 507. 5. Applications 123 Note that the pruning is done in line 3: If enough ones have been put into C already. The algorithm is used by calling permute(n). How many assignments to array A are made (that is. Is it asymptotically optimal? 10. and prunes away nonpermutations by using an additional array U [1. U is a Boolean array. Is it asymptotically optimal? The following is a backtracking algorithm for generating permutations.6 APPLICATIONS The problems in this section are to be solved by reduction to one of the standard exhaustive search algorithms from Sections 10.1–10.
the start point is reachable from the ﬁnish point a single knight’s move). The aim is to randomize the puzzle and then attempt to return it to the initial conﬁguration by repeatedly sliding an adjacent tile into the gap (see. A peg (indicated by a square) is placed in every hole except the center one (indicated by a circle). 1.n. Your algorithm should run in time O(n2 + 4k ). ﬁnds R(i. ﬁnds a sequence of moves that return the puzzle to the initial conﬁguration. i]. Analyze your algorithm. Pegs are moved as follows. such that every square of the board is visited exactly once. j] contains the preference of student i for working with student j.124 512. j) exists for all i. arranged in rowmajor order in a square grid with a onetile gap. is a cyclic version of an open knight’s tour (that is. j). Analyze your algorithm. The 15puzzle. The generalized HIQ puzzle has n(n + 4m) holes arranged in a symmetrical crossshape as shown in Figure 10. You are given a board in which 33 holes have been drilled in the pattern shown in Figure 10. You are given an integer array P [1. The weight of a pairing of student i with student j is deﬁned to be P [i. for example. Figure 10.3. is called the (n2 − 1)puzzle.. where k is the number of moves required for solution of the puzzle.1). Suppose you have n students in a class and wish to assign them into teams of two (you may assume that n is even). Devise an algorithm that. The general form of this puzzle. Chap. j] · P [j. given some conﬁguration of the (n2 − 1)puzzle. 515. The pairing problem is the problem of pairing each student with another student in such a way that the sum of the weights of the pairings is maximized. based on an n × n grid. given i. Ramsey’s Theorem states that R(i. The aim is to produce a sequence of jumps that removes all pegs from the board except for one. has been a source of entertainment for over a century.. . Design an algorithm that 513. A closed knight’s tour. Exhaustive Search Deﬁne the Ramsey number R(i. The puzzle consists of 15 square tiles numbered 1 through 15. Design an algorithm that. j) to be the smallest number n such that every graph on n vertices has either a clique of size i or an independent set of size j. The peg that is jumped over is removed from the board.n] in which P [i. as we have seen already. Design an 2 algorithm for for ﬁnding closed knight’s tours that runs in time O(8n ).2. 516. j. Design an algorithm for the pairing problem that runs in time proportional to the number of pairings. An open knight’s tour is a sequence of n2 − 1 knight’s moves starting from some square of an n × n chessboard. 10. if such a sequence of moves exists. for any m and any odd n. invented by Sam Loyd. 514. The following puzzle is called HiQ. Design an algorithm for ﬁnding open 2 knight’s tours that runs in time O(n2 8n ). A peg may jump over its neighbor in the horizontal or vertical direction if its destination is unoccupied. j ∈ IN.
and empty holes are indicated by a circle.4 shows one way of placing eight peaceful queens on an 8 × 8 chessboard).1.2.6.Sec. solves the HiQ puzzle. Devise an exhaustive search algorithm that solves the nqueens problem. . The initial conﬁguration of the HiQ puzzle (left). The initial configuration After peg jumps peg Figure 10. Figure 10. Applications 125 6 1 5 13 10 14 9 2 4 3 8 7 11 15 12 6 2 4 1 5 3 8 13 10 7 11 14 9 15 12 1 6 2 5 3 13 10 7 14 9 15 4 8 11 12 1 6 5 13 10 14 9 2 4 3 8 7 11 15 12 1 2 4 5 6 3 8 13 10 7 11 14 9 15 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 13 9 10 11 14 15 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 13 10 11 14 9 15 12 1 2 3 5 6 7 13 10 14 9 15 4 8 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 13 10 7 11 14 9 15 12 1 5 13 14 2 4 6 3 8 10 7 11 9 15 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 13 9 10 11 14 15 12 1 2 3 5 6 7 9 10 13 14 15 4 8 11 12 1 2 3 5 6 7 9 10 13 14 15 4 8 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 11 9 10 13 14 15 12 1 5 9 13 2 3 4 6 7 8 10 11 14 15 12 1 5 9 13 2 3 4 6 7 8 10 11 12 14 15 Figure 10. 10. Your algorithm should run in time O((4p)p−2 ). The nqueens problem (also known as the peaceful queens problem) is the problem of determining the number of ways that n queens can be placed on an n × n chessboard so that no queen threatens any other (for example. Pegs are indicated by a square. and the same conﬁguration after a single move (right). Solving the 15puzzle. Let p = n(n + 4m). 517.
Write a backtracking algorithm that outputs all of the possible locations for the k carts that require less than $d in taxes. or an ice cream cart can be reached by walking along only one street to the next intersection. . The IC Ice Cream Company plans to place ice cream carts at strategic intersections in Dallas so that for every street intersection. For each ice cream cart at intersection i. . You are given a map of Dallas in the form of a graph with nodes numbered 1. Analyze your algorithm. 518. n representing the intersections. either there is an ice cream cart there. and undirected edges representing streets. 10. and can make a proﬁt if it pays at most $d in taxes. the city will levy $ci in taxes. One way of placing eight peaceful queens on an 8 × 8 chessboard.3. . Exhaustive Search m n m Figure 10. 2. The generalized HiQ puzzle. The IC Ice Cream Company has k ice cream carts.4.126 Chap. . . Figure 10.
For example. Analyze the running time of your algorithm. A dominating set of size k in a graph G = (V. Devise an algorithm that.Sec. 10. The outdegree of a vertex v in a graph is the number of edges directed out of v. 523. Devise a backtracking algorithm that. 521. . Devise an algorithm that. If G has n vertices. the output should be 1+2+3 1+5 2+4 6 and if C = 10. prints all Hamiltonian cycles in G. the shaded vertices in the graph of Figure 10. If G has n vertices. Be sure to analyze the running time of your algorithm. given a directed graph G. prints all Hamiltonian cycles in G. either v ∈ U . If you were given a graph and asked to ﬁnd all Hamiltonian cycles in it. given a directed graph G of outdegree d. Design a backtracking algorithm that inputs a natural number C. the algorithm from Problem 520 or the algorithm from Problem 522? Explain your answer. 522. and outputs all of the ways that a group of ascending positive numbers can be summed to give C.6. E) is a set U ⊆ V of k vertices such that for all v ∈ V . which algorithm would you use. Applications 127 519. or there exists an edge (u. your algorithm must run in time O(n!).5 form a dominating set. given a directed graph G. if C = 6. determines whether G has a Hamiltonian cycle in time O(dn ). your algorithm must run in time O((n − 1)!). v) ∈ E such that u ∈ U . the output should be 1+2+3+4 1+2+7 1+3+6 1+4+5 1+9 2+3+5 2+8 3+7 4+6 10 520. The outdegree of a graph is the largest outdegree of its vertices. For example. Analyze the running time of your algorithm.
2 m2. m1..128 Chap. . Exhaustive Search Figure 10. . Devise an algorithm that. O(n3n ). m2.n .n . A dominating set (shaded vertices). . entries from {−1. a matrix .k mj. . k) in terms of n and k. 0. Analyze your algorithm. Justify brieﬂy the running time of your modiﬁed algorithm.2 M = mn. That m1.1 mn.1 m2. k)).1 m1.5. Design an algorithm that ﬁnds all n × n weighing matrices in time 2 O(n3 3n ). mn. 524. Analyze the running time of your algorithm. Let D(n. 10. Describe how to reduce the running time of your algorithm to . 1} such that the is.k = 0. n mi. k)). 526. k) be the number of candidates for a dominating set in an exhaustive search algorithm. .n 525. 2 528. Write a formula for D(n.2 where for all 1 ≤ j ≤ n and all 1 ≤ i < j. A weighing matrix is an n × n matrix with scalar product of any two rows is zero. . Describe how to improve the running time of your algorithm to O(nD(n. ﬁnds a dominating set of size k. . . given G and k. k=1 527. Your algorithm should run in time O(n2 D(n. . if one exists.
Describe how to improve the running time of your algorithm from Problem 529 to O(n!).n] in which P [i. Applications 129 Preference Matrices: P 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 2 1 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 4 1 1 N 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 2 2 4 4 1 3 3 3 1 2 1 2 3 3 1 3 4 4 2 1 4 3 Candidate Matching: Pilot: Navigator: 1 Weight: P[1. The Fussytown Post Oﬃce has n diﬀerent denominations of stamps.n. Design an algorithm that. then all postage values from 1 to 71 can be realized. Design an algorithm for the ﬂightassignment problem that runs in time O((n + 1)!).3+2.3]+P[4. j] is the preference of pilot i for navigator j. and the stamps have face value 1.4]N[4. i].2]+P[3.3]N[3. 4.2]N[2. computes the length of the consecutive series of postage values that can legally be realized under these rules starting with the value 1. 12.. 1.. 10. Figure 10. each a positive integer. and the sum of the weights of the pairs in this matching: 529. The preference matrices P and N (top). Fussytown regulations allow at most m stamps to be placed on any letter.1]N[1. 531.n. You have an integer array P [1. m = 5.6.6.4+3.n] and the value of m.6 shows an example of the preference arrays. a candidate matching.Sec. The postage stamp problem is deﬁned as follows. and an integer array N [1. 530. and the sum of the weights of the pairs in this matching (bottom). if n = 4. . Your algorithm should run in time O(nm ). a candidate matching (center). and 21.2+1. j] · N [j.4] = 3. For example.1]+P[2. 1. Analyze your algorithm. given n diﬀerent postage stamp values in an array P [1. The ﬂightassignment problem is the problem of pairing each pilot with a navigator in such a way that the sum of the weights of the pairings is maximized.n] in which N [i. j] is the preference of navigator i for pilot j..4 = 12+6+3+8 = 29 Figure 10. The weight of a pairing of pilot i with navigator j is deﬁned to be P [i.. Suppose you are given n pilots and n navigators..
The right choice can make it easy. Design an algorithm that. given n and m. an nomino is a plane ﬁgure made up of n unitsize squares lined up on a grid. 491. For example. Your induction hypothesis should look something like the following: When n is even.7 shows all of the 4ominos.n]. and how the basic structure of your proof should look. Exhaustive Search Figure 10. Determining and describing this permutation is the diﬃcult part. This should give you some intuition as to how it works. Suppose that A[i] = i for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Trace the algorithm by hand to see what it generates when n = 1. cycles A[1] through all possible values from 1 to n. 533. 532. Modify your algorithm to remove all rotations and reﬂections. Figure 10. 10. and • ﬁnishes with the entries in A permuted in some order in which.. 4.130 Chap. a call to oddpermute(n) • processes all permutations of the values in A[1. what your induction hypothesis should be. The obvious choice of recurrence is quite diﬃcult to solve. A polyomino. including all rotations and reﬂections.. if repeated n − 1 times. a call to evenpermute(n) • processes all permutations of the values in A[1. See the hint for Problem 489. or more precisely. When n is odd. 3. 534. Be very careful how you choose your recurrence relation. and pretend that procedure process(A) prints the contents of A. 489. Design an algorithm that runs in time O(3n ) to generate all nominos.n]. 2.7. .7 HINTS 487. 10. Analyze your algorithm. The 4ominos. and • ﬁnishes with the ﬁrst and last entries in A swapped. computes the m postage stamp values that can realize the longest consecutive run of postage values starting at 1.
Solutions 131 502. 526. We claim that for all n ≥ 1. You will need to use the fact that n i=1 i! = e − 1 ≈ 1.Sec.718(n + 1)!. 517. 510. 10. and for n > 2. Think about dominating sets. Hence. which is linear in the number of permutations.3. Line 6 can be done in time O(n). . 10. and take advantage of Section 10. 520.8. 518. Use the algorithm from Problem 480. The running time gives away the technique to be used. Reduce the problem to that of generating permutations. 527. T (n) = (c + d)n! − d. 528. The claim is certainly true for n = 1. See Problem 483. The following algorithm prints all of the Hamiltonian cycles of a graph G. d ∈ IN. Therefore. Now suppose the hypothesis is true for n. You may need to use the identity from Problem 23. the running time is O(n!). It is possible to solve this problem in time O(n!). 520. T (n) = nT (n − 1) + d(n − 1). Let T (n) be the running time of permute(n). 525. Use a minimalchange algorithm. for some c. T (n + 1) = = = (n + 1)T (n) + dn (n + 1)((c + d)n! − d) + dn (c + d)(n + 1)! − d.718 (where e is the base of the natural logarithm). since T (1) = c and (c + d)1! − d = c. T (1) = c. The proof is by induction on n. Reduce the problem to that of generating combinations. Then.8 SOLUTIONS 487. The answer is at most 1.
x. y) then print(P ) function ihamiltonian(P. y) if ihamiltonian(P. iedge(P [(y − 1) mod n]. P [(i + 1) mod n]) ∈ E return(ok) We use an optimal permutation generation algorithm such as one of the algorithms from Section 10. iedge(P [x]. P [(x + 1) mod n]). The solution is similar to the solution of Problem 520. x. called “missing. missing:=0 P := ﬁrst permutation process(P ) for each permutation P in minimalchange order do Suppose P [x] and P [y] were just swapped iprocess(P. y):boolean iedge(P [(x − 1) mod n]. iedge(P [y].” We initialize the array and count when processing the ﬁrst permutation. P [(i + 1) mod n) ∈ E.n − 1]. 10. return(missing = 0) . where D[i] is true iﬀ (P [i]. j) D[i] := (i. but we use a minimalchange algorithm such as Heap’s algorithm (see Section 10.. and a count of missing edges. y) procedure edge(i. A minimal change to P requires a minimal change to the array and the count. We keep a Boolean array D[0.n − 1] do process(P ) procedure process(P ) if hamiltonian(P ) then print(P ) function hamiltonian(P ):boolean ok:=true for i := 0 to n − 1 do ok:=ok ∧ (P [i]. The running time can be reduced to O(n!) by observing that all of the permutations can begin with vertex 1.2) to generate permutations. 521. the search takes time O(n · n!). P [y]). j) ∈ E then missing:=missing+1 procedure iprocess(P. P [x]). x. j) ∈ E if (i. x. Since function hamiltonian(P ) takes time O(n). Procedure process is exactly as in the solution to Problem 520. Exhaustive Search for each permutation P [0. for 0 ≤ i < n.132 Chap. P [(y + 1) mod n])..2.
which deal with closed knight’s tours. and Graham. See also Problem 474.Sec. 16] appears to help both the exhaustive search and random walk algorithms ﬁnd solutions faster: When there is a choice of squares to move to. this running time can be reduced by a factor of Ω(n) by observing that all of the permutations can begin with vertex 1. Therefore. 508. 507. For more information on Ramsey numbers. Rothschild. The algorithm generates the binary reﬂected Gray code (see also Problems 96 and 97).9 COMMENTS 478. See also Problems 48 and 369 (and associated comments). Rouse Ball and Coxeter [8] describe an interesting random walk algorithm that they attribute to Euler. Backtracking for n × n closed knight’s tours is only practical for n = 6 (there are no tours for smaller n). It is not known exactly how many 8 × 8 tours exist. 497. and Wegener [15. Takefuji and Lee [79] (reprinted in Takefuji [78. See also Problem 475. 517. 512. You will ﬁnd a correctness proof there. Although an algorithm that runs in time O(n!) is considered very slow. and Spencer [31]. j) ∈ E) then D[i]:=true.9. 862 closed knight’s tours. consult Graham and Spencer [32]. 513. in which case there are 9. Morsy. Comments 133 procedure iedge(i. The other n! − 1 permutations require O(1) time each to process. but empirical evidence indicates that their algorithm is impractical (Parberry [62]). Hindrichs. The algorithm is adapted from Lam and Soicher [51]. but there is an easier and clearer explanation. Chapter 7]) describe a neural network for ﬁnding closed knight’s tours. As before. missing:=missing − 1 The time needed to process the ﬁrst permutation is O(n). 10. missing:=missing + 1 else if (not D[i]) ∧ ((i. the total running time is O(n + (n! − 1) + n!) = O(n!). The overhead for generating the permutations is O(n!) with a minimalchange algorithm such as Heap’s algorithm. Another interesting algorithm with a stronger minimalchange property is given by Eades and McKay [23]. it . move to the one with the least number of unused legal moves out of it. j) ∈ E) then D[i]:=false. j) if D[i] ∧ ((i. 10. A heuristic attributed to Warnsdorﬀ in 1823 by Conrad.
It is known that there is at least one solution to the nqueens problem for all n ≥ 4 (see.034 seconds 0.001 seconds < 0.090. Exhaustive Search Table 10. 10.1 shows the number of solutions to the nqueens problem and the running time required to ﬁnd them using Berkeley Unix Pascal on Sun Sparc 2.6 seconds 3. is still usable in practice for very small n.133 seconds 0.712 365.772.3 seconds 18.134 n 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 count 4 40 92 352 724 2.624 time < 0.104 666. Table 10.8 minutes 11. for example.001 seconds < 0.512 95.815. .680 14.3 hours 9.1. 518. The number of solutions to the nqueens problem for 6 ≤ n ≤ 18 and the running time required to exhaustively search for them using a naive exhaustive search algorithm.8 days Chap.6 minutes 1. and Susic and Gu [77].001 seconds 0.0 seconds 1. Heuristics for ﬁnding large numbers of solutions (but not necessarily all of them) include Takefuji [78].279.200 73. This problem was described to me by Mike Fellows.596 2.184 14. The algorithm was implemented in Berkeley Unix Pascal on a Sun Sparc 2.1 hours 2. Bernhardsson [11]).
etc. 2–3 trees. It has two important properties: balance and structure. Structure means that the value in each parent is no greater than the values in its children (see. are on the last level at the far right (see. but I prefer to teach them together. Secondly. here are some problems on advanced data structures. Balance means that it is as much like a complete binary tree as possible. for example. and accessing it. In case your algorithms class requires it. AVL trees. binary search trees. updating. principally heaps. you must understand data structures in order to design algorithms. Firstly. 135 . 535. if any. A balanced binary tree. its children.1 HEAPS A heap is a binary tree with the data stored in the nodes. since the proper organization of data is often the key to developing eﬃcient algorithms.2). Some schools separate algorithms and data structures into separate classes.1.1). 11. Prove that the value in each node is no greater than the values in its descendants (that is. for example. its children’s children. and the unionﬁnd data structure. you must understand algorithms in order to design data structures. Missing leaves. Figure 11.Chapter 11 Data Structures Algorithms and data structures are obviously very closely related. Figure 11. since an important issue in choosing a particular data structure is the availability of eﬃcient algorithms for creating.) Figure 11.
. store its children in H[2k] and H[2k + 1]. A heap.2. 536. store the root in H[1]. 2. 3. and 1 ≤ i ≤ n. 12. 8. 11.136 Chap. 539. Halving is the process of taking a set S of integers and separating it into two halfsized sets S1 . That is. Suppose a heap is stored in an array H in the standard fashion.2. as in heapsort. 540. 542. and for every node stored in H[k].n] in O(n) time. Give the array representation heap shown in Figure 11. Write a procedure that. Construct a heap containing the items 10. 16. Data Structures 3 9 11 20 10 5 24 21 15 30 40 12 Figure 11. Prove that a list of the array elements H[1]. and redraw the heap and its array representation after each of the following operations have been applied in sequence: (a) deletemin. Prove by induction that a heap with n vertices has exactly n/2 leaves. . H[n] form a breadthﬁrst traversal of the heap. that is: 543. You are to draw the heap (as a binary tree) at each of the major steps in the construction. n. .. Suppose a heap is stored in an array H in the standard fashion (see Problem 537). 538. . given parameters A. Devise a divideandconquer algorithm (see Chapter 7) for building a heap stored in an array H[1. Prove that an nnode heap occupies the ﬁrst n contiguous entries of H. 537. followed by (b) insert the value 0. (b) Building the heap from the bottom up. Show that halving is equivalent to ﬁnding the median. 9. deletes the element A[i] from the heap in O(log n) time. . 541. (a) Inserting the items in the order given into an empty heap. H[2]. and i. 1. S2 . where A is the array representation of an nelement heap. where all of the values in S1 are smaller than all of the values in S2 . 6.
that is. . and all of the values in one sibling are smaller than the values in the other (it doesn’t matter which is the “smaller” sibling). determining the coeﬃcient (depending on k) of the most signiﬁcant nterm. The standard heapsort algorithm uses binary heaps.3 shows a parallel heap with p = 4. but with p values per node. but with kary heaps for any k = 1. 547. 2. then the median can be found using T (n) + n/2 − 1 comparisons. Figure 11. . heaps in which each node has at most two children. In a kary heap. It also has the property that all of the values in a node are smaller than the values in its children. In particular. Figure 11. Sequential algorithms for parallel heaps are fairly straightforward: An insert operation is processed by ﬁrst placing the p new items in the next unused node d. Which k minimizes this factor? Why is k = 2 probably best anyway? 546. Combine the values in d and its parent r. and the smallest p values into the other sibling. and deletemin and deletemax in O(1) time. Heaps 137 (a) If the median can be found using T (n) comparisons. then a set of size n can be halved with T (n) + n − 1 comparisons. Write pseudocode for kary heapsort. and place the largest p values into the sibling that had the largest value between them. Combine the values in d and its sibling (if it has one). Node r then becomes the dirty node. For example. which is processed in a similar fashion. and place the smallest p values into r. and the largest p values into d. 548. Devise a data structure that supports the following operations on an nelement set: insert in time O(log n). which we will call dirty. each node has at most k children. Deﬁne kary heaps and describe a spaceeﬃcient implementation in an array.4 shows an insertion into a 4node parallel heap with p = 4. A parallel priority queue is a priority queue in which the insert operation inserts p values.Sec. For example. describe in detail how to get from any heap element to its parent and its k children. 545. . and the deletemin operation deletes the p smallest values in the priority queue and returns them in no particular order. Heapsort works not only with binary heaps. 3. (b) If a set of size n can be halved using T (n) comparisons.1. analyze the number of binary comparisons used by kary heapsort in terms of n and k. 11.. A parallel heap is a data structure with the same tree structure as a heap. What familiar sorting algorithm is kary heapsort for k = 1? For k > 1. . 544.
and place the smallest p values into d and the largest p values into s.3. The following two properties hold: • The value in each node is larger than the values in the nodes of its left subtree. Show that the deletemin algorithm. Let d be the dirty node. which is processed in a similar fashion. • The value in each node is smaller than the values in the nodes of its right subtree. Analyze the running time of the insert and deletemin algoShow that the insert algorithm is correct. Combine the values in d and its sibling (if it has one).138 Chap. 550. it results in a parallel heap. and the smallest p values into the other sibling.2 AVL TREES A binary search tree is a binary tree with the data stored in the nodes. 551. they come out sorted. 552. and place the largest p values into the sibling that had the largest value between them. Prove that if the nodes of a binary search tree are printed in inorder. that is. A parallel heap with p = 4. that is. heap. rithms. 11. Combine the values in d with those of its smallest child s. Call the root dirty. it results in a parallel 11. . A deletemin operation is processed by removing the values from the root and replacing them with the values from the last used node. Node s then becomes the dirty node. 549. Data Structures 6 1 2 5 19 15 20 25 30 40 8 9 32 26 27 45 18 25 22 16 Figure 11.
Heavily outlined nodes have been combined.4.Sec. The dirty node is shaded.10) 6 1 2 5 20 25 30 40 19 15 Create a new node 6 1 2 5 20 25 30 40 19 15 8 9 8 9 32 26 27 45 Combine with parent 6 1 2 5 10 3 20 23 50 30 25 40 19 15 32 26 27 45 50 3 10 23 Combine with sibling 6 1 2 5 10 3 20 23 25 26 27 30 5045 32 40 19 15 8 9 8 9 32 26 27 45 Combine with parent 3 1 2 10 6 20 23 25 26 27 30 5045 32 40 8 5 19 15 Combine with sibling 3 1 2 15 19 20 23 25 26 27 30 5045 32 40 5 9 10 8 6 9 Figure 11.3. An insertion into a 4node parallel heap with p = 4. 11.2.23. AVL Trees 139 Insert (50. .
the magnitude of the diﬀerence in height between its left and right subtrees is at most one. . Draw the tree. indicate the node to be deleted. A second AVL tree.6. member. and findmin can be performed in time O(log n).5. Insert 55 into the AVL tree shown in Figure 11. This diﬀerence in height is maintained during insertions and deletions using operations called single rotations and double rotations. 556. Find an AVL tree for which the deletion of a node requires two single rotations. 100 50 30 20 60 70 80 150 200 Figure 11. and explain why two rotations are necessary and suﬃcient. An AVL tree is a binary search tree with one extra structure condition: For every node. (the height of an AVL tree is the number of edges in the longest path from the root to a leaf).6. Delete 30 from the AVL tree shown in Figure 11. Insert 5 into the AVL tree shown in Figure 11. 11. Operations insert. 555.140 Chap. Data Structures 100 50 30 10 40 60 120 150 160 Figure 11.5. delete. 553.7. An AVL tree. 554.
The internal nodes carry information to allow searching.3 2–3 TREES A 2–3 tree in a tree in which every internal vertex has 2 or 3 children. Draw the 2–3 tree after every insertion and deletion operation. 560. 11. 2–3 Trees 141 100 50 30 120 150 200 210 Figure 11.3. Find an AVL tree for which the deletion of a node requires two double rotations. 558. member and findmin can be performed in time O(log n).Sec. Show how such a tree is constructed. Show that for all n ∈ IN. 1. The data are stored in the leaves in sorted order from left to right. 8. Give a sequence of insertions and deletions that constructs the 2–3 trees shown in Figure 11. Insert the following elements in sequence into an initially empty 2–3 tree: 5. delete. Insertions and deletions are performed using a divideandconquer algorithm. indicate the node to be deleted. . Show the 2–3 tree after every insertion. and every path from the root to a leaf has the same length. Delete the element 3 from the resulting 2–3 tree. 3. Operations insert. 0. the largest values in the left and center subtrees. 6.4404 log n. 7. 561. and explain why two rotations are necessary and suﬃcient. for example. indicate the node to be deleted. Draw the tree. A third AVL tree.7. 557. Be sure to include all of the information that is kept in the internal nodes. and explain why n rotations are necessary and suﬃcient.8 (starting from the empty 2–3 tree each time). 559. 9. there exists an AVL tree for which the deletion of a node requires n (single or double) rotations. 4. 2. 11. Prove that the height of an AVL tree with n nodes is at most 1.
5 APPLICATIONS This section asks you to use your knowledge of data structures to design algorithms for new problems. 562. Use a tree: • • • • implemented with pointers and records. one member per subset. used? Does this aﬀect the running time of the algorithm in the worst case? Does it aﬀect the amortized running time when path compression is 11. consisting of a sequence of unions followed by a sequence of finds. and • union(x.n] with P [i] pointing to the node containing i. we want to perform the following operations: • find(x): return the name of the subset that x is in. There is an algorithm for union and find operations that works in worstcase time O(log n) and amortized time O(log ∗ n).8. 11. in time O(m + n). There is a standard data structure using a tree. 2. Design an algorithm that can perform a sequence m union and find operations on a Universal set of n elements. 11. there is an array P [1. n} initially partitioned into n disjoint subsets. ..4 THE UNIONFIND PROBLEM Given a set {1. set elements are stored in the nodes. . 563. . each child has a pointer to its parent. Suppose we modify the unionﬁnd algorithm so that the root of the shallower tree points to the root of the deeper tree (instead of the root of the smaller tree pointing to the root of the deeper tree). 564.142 Chap. . Data Structures (a) 3:5 (b) 2:5 (c) 2:4 1:2 4:5 6:7 6 7 1:2 1 2 3:4 6:7 1:2 1 2 3:4 3 4 5:6 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 6 7 Figure 11. y): combine the two subsets that x and y are in. Three 2–3 trees. .
. x) delete(S. Delete x from T . false otherwise. . tj ≤ n for all 1 ≤ i ≤ and 1 ≤ j ≤ m. Design an algorithm for determining whether S = T in time O( + m). x) position(S. deletions. T ) Insert item x into the set T . You are given n metal objects. n}. T ) union(S. . .Sec. Set S to the union of S and T . s } and T = {t1 . 568. 567. 569. T ) Insert item x into the set T . Return true if x ∈ S. tm } be two sets of integers such that 1 ≤ si . x) member(S. and union is to take time O(n). Return the number of elements of S less than x. . member. Return true iﬀ x ∈ T . Your aim is to ﬁnd the smallest number of bins that will hold the n objects. Design an implementation of an Abstract Data Type consisting of a set with the following operations: insert(S. 11. T ) delete(k. All operations involving nelement sets are to take time O(log n). All operations on an n item set are to take time O(log n). and next are to take time O(log n). The bin packing problem is the following. Design an implementation of the following Abstract Data Type: a set with the operations: insert(x. but fragile bins. Let S = {s1 . assuming every element in S is smaller than every element of T . x) concatenate(S. s2 . T ) member(x. t2 . Return the smallest element of T greater than x Set S to the union of S and T . . You may assume that the set elements are integers drawn from a ﬁnite set {1. . . T ) next(x.5. T ) delete(x. . T ) member(x. . Design an implementation of the following Abstract Data Type: a set with the operations: insert(x. . each weighing between zero and one kilogram. . 566. . and membership queries can be processed in O(1) time in the worst case. Applications 143 565. Design a data structure for a set in which insertions. You also have a collection of large. Return true iﬀ x ∈ T . with no bin holding more than one kilogram. T ) Insert x into the set S. 570. Delete the kth smallest element from T . delete. Delete x from the set S. 2. The operations insert.
x2 . j. A is closed under “·”. Design a data structure that can perform the following operations in O(log n) time. . inclusive. k). . t2 . k) member(k) delete(k) Insert item with priority p and key k Return item of smallest priority among those with key ≤ k. j) update(i. The highway is modeled as as an ordered list of toll booths t1 . . w2 . and can quickly answer queries of the form: “Given i. . Design a data structure that uses O(n) space and answers queries in O(log n) time. You are to design a memoryeﬃcient data structure that is constructed from a sequence of n values x1 . . . xn . 573. Add $a to the toll for booths i through j. ·) is a group.144 Chap. . . tn in which toll booth ti collects a toll of $ai . Delete toll booth tk . scan the bins in increasing order of remaining capacity. inclusive. ﬁnd the smallest value in xi . Design a data structure that uses O(n log n) space and answers queries in O(log n) time. . . wn and outputting the number of bins needed when using ﬁrstﬁt) in O(n log n) time. Take each of the objects in the order in which they are given. . . for 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Devise a data structure in which the following operations can be implemented in O(log n) time: insert(p. Suppose (A. 571. . and group inversion is allowed for free. . where A = {a1 . Return total toll for booths i through j. The Dallas Tollway uses a computerized toll collection system. xj . (That is. 574. 576. Data Structures The ﬁrstﬁt heuristic for the bin packing problem is the following. Delete all items with key k. . .) Devise a data structure that allows you to compute ai · ai+1 · · · aj for any i ≤ j in only O(log n) semigroup operations. insert(k. For each object. Suppose we are to support a set of ordered pairs (p. Reduce the running time in Problem 571 to O(1) when (A. 11. Design an algorithm that implements the ﬁrstﬁt heuristic (taking as input the n weights w1 . 572. . . j. a) Insert a new toll booth after tk with toll $a. and “·” is associative. and place it into the ﬁrst bin in which it ﬁts. ·) is a semigroup. a) delete(k) toll(i. where k is an integer key and p is an integer priority. . .” 575. . an }.
562. each containing n/2 elements (if n is odd. 11. Let N (h) be the minimum number of nodes in an AVL tree of height h. the vertices in it are stored in lefttoright . 551. Missing leaves. That is. Hints 145 577. It’s the standard unionﬁnd algorithm with path compression. the vertices are stored in level order. 559. A kary heap on n vertices can be eﬃciently implemented in storage using contiguous locations of a linear array A[1. See Problem 543. are on the last level at the far right.n].Sec. N (1) = 2).7 SOLUTIONS 545. your data structure will be constructed from a description of a tree. and using this data structure you must answer queries of the form: “What is the leastcommonancestor of tree vertices v and w?” 11.6. 537. The diﬃcult part is the amortized analysis. and for any level. B a maxheap. such that the root of the heap is stored in A[1]. Use two heaps A and B. 570 You will need a data structure that allows you to ﬁnd the “ﬁrst bin in which it ﬁts” in time O(log n). 544. A kary heap is a kary tree with the data stored in the nodes. Structure means that the value in each parent is no greater than the values in its children. Show that this recurrence has solution N (h) > √ 1+ 5 2 h . store one item separately). A[i] ≤ B[i]. the root of A will be the smallest value and the root of B will be the largest value. Use your solution to Problem 576 to design a data structure to quickly answer leastcommonancestor queries in a tree. Balance means that it is as much like a complete kary tree as possible.. Prove it by induction on n. Then. Prove it by induction on level. Devise a recurrence relation for a lower bound for N (h) (start with N (0) = 1. and ensure that for each 1 ≤ i ≤ n/2 . if any.6 HINTS 535. Make A a minheap. It has two important properties: balance and structure. 11.
567. h< log n √ ≈ 1. The proof is by induction on h. . . with the extra modiﬁcation that the location of the leaf to be deleted is done using the new leafcount ﬁelds in the obvious way (recall that in a 2–3 tree. The deletion code is modiﬁed in a similar way. middle. the leaves are in ascending order from left to right).8 COMMENTS 537. 11. with extra code to increment the leafcount of the nodes on the path from the root to the new leaf. What is the height of an AVL tree with n nodes? We know that n ≥ N (h) > Therefore. . and so it is unlikely that there is a polynomialtime algorithm for ﬁnding an exact solution. . . 570. and to take care of the new ﬁelds during node splitting. The largest value of c for which √ this is true is (1 + 5)/2. We claim that N (h) ≥ ch for some choice of c. N (h) > N (h − 1) + N (h − 2) ≥ ch−1 + ch−2 . 559. but you’ll seldom see a proof of it. N (h) > √ 1+ 5 2 h . A[min(km + 1. The claim is true for h ≤ 2 provided c < 2. by the induction hypothesis. Therefore. Let N (h) be the minimum number of nodes in an AVL tree of height h. and for h ≥ 2. It can be shown that the parent of A[m] is A[ (m + k − 2)/k ] and its children are A[km − k + 2].146 Chap. Clearly. n)]. The member operations are done as normal. by induction. So we need (assuming c > 0) c2 − c − 1 ≤ 0. N (0) = 1 and N (1) = 2. For h > 2.4404 log n. The insertion is done as normal. N (h) > N (h − 1) + N (h − 2). We use a 2–3 tree augmented with extra ﬁelds in each internal node recording how many leaves are descendants of the left. 11. log((1 + 5)/2) √ 1+ 5 2 h . This problem is N Pcomplete (see Chapter 12 if you don’t know what this means). and right children. You’ll see this result in all competent data structures textbooks. Data Structures order.
The standard terminology is used here: A literal is a complemented or uncomplemented variable. if there is an algorithm that maps every instance x of A into an instance f (x) of B such that x ∈ A iﬀ f (x) ∈ B. where R ∈ P. too. does there exist y with y ≤ xc such that (x. Then SAT is deﬁned as follows: SAT Instance: A Boolean formula F . It is not known whether P = N P. 12. But it is known that there are problems in N P with the property that if they are members of P. problems that have a yes/no answer) that can be solved in polynomial time. N P is the set of existential questions that can be veriﬁed in polynomial time.” That is. More speciﬁcally. written A ≤m B. c ∈ IN: “Given x. Deﬁne N P to be the set of decision problems of the following form. A problem A is polynomial time reducible to B. P ⊆ N P. 147 . If x is a bit string. if anything in N P is outside of P. Many of them use variants of the satisﬁability problem. y) ∈ R. They are called N Pcomplete problems. and a Boolean formula is a conjunction of clauses. But here are a few problems that I ﬁnd useful. Note that the size of f (x) can be no greater than a polynomial of the size of x. The truly dedicated student can practice by picking two random N Pcomplete problems from the long list in the back of Garey and Johnson [28] and attempting to prove that one is reducible to the other. That is. a clause is a disjunction of literals.Chapter 12 N P completeness Deﬁne P to be the set of decision problems (that is. if there is a polynomial time algorithm that maps p every instance x of A into an instance f (x) of B such that x ∈ A iﬀ f (x) ∈ B. Clearly. then P = N P. let x denote the number of bits in x. although the consensus of opinion is that probably P = N P. A problem A is reducible to B if an algorithm for B can be used to solve A. then they are. Listing problems on N Pcompleteness is a little bit redundant.1 GENERAL This section contains a few general questions about N Pcompleteness.
written A ≤T B. that is. 581. if there is an algorithm for B that calls the p . Technically. Consider the following problem: DNF SAT Instance: A Boolean formula F in disjunctive normal form. Show that the following problem can be solved in polynomial time: STRONG 3SAT Instance: A Boolean formula F in conjunctive normal form with at most three literals per clause. Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that makes at least two literals in each clause of F true? 582.2 COOK REDUCTIONS The deﬁnition of “reduction” used in the preamble to this chapter is the one most commonly used in algorithms classes.148 Chap. it is called a polynomial time manyone reduction or a Karp reduction (after Karp [43]). Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that makes F true? Prove that DNF SAT ∈ P. Show that the following problem can be solved in polynomial time: PARITY 3SAT Instance: A Boolean formula F in conjunctive normal form with at most three literals per clause. p p p C. 580. 12. N P completeness Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that makes F true? 578. A Boolean formula in disjunctive normal form is a disjunction of monoms. Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that makes an odd number of literals in each clause of F true? 12. 2SAT is the satisﬁability problem with at most two literals per clause. Show that 2SAT ∈ P. A problem A is polynomial time Turing reducible to B. if A ≤m B and B ≤m C. A monom is a conjunction of literals. then A 579. ≤m p Prove that “≤m ” is transitive. There is another deﬁnition of reducibility that you will meet in the literature if you read more about N Pcompleteness.
is used to describe problems for which the opposite is true. Output: A Hamiltonian cycle in G of cost at most B. and B is N Pcomplete. 584. 585. Prove that if B ≤T C. C ∈ N P. The term selfreducibility.2. then B is N Pp complete. if one exists. A 586. A ≤T B. Clearly the decision problem is Cook reducible to the solution problem. 583. then A ∈ P. 12. This type of reduction is sometimes called a Cook reduction after Cook [17]. and this algorithm makes polynomially many calls to A and runs in polynomial time if the calls to A are not counted. Consider the following two versions of the satisﬁability problem. ≤T p Prove that if A ≤T B and B ∈ P. and a positive integer B. that is. and the second requires the construction of a solution. Prove that “≤T ” is transitive. p Consider the following variants of the traveling salesperson problem: TSP1 Instance: A directed graph G with positive costs on the edges. 587. then C is p N Pcomplete. and a positive integer B. coined by Mike Paterson. p Prove that if B ∈ N P and for all A ∈ N P. if A ≤T B and B ≤T C. Cook Reductions 149 algorithm for A as a subroutine. . The former is the decision problem for satisﬁability. Show that SAT2 ≤T SAT1. Question: Is there a Hamiltonian cycle in G of cost at most B? TSP2 Instance: A directed graph G with positive costs on the edges.Sec. Output: A truth assignment to the variables of F that makes F true. then p p p C. if one exists. SAT1 Instance: A Boolean formula F . Question: Is there a truth assignment to the variables of F that makes F true? SAT2 Instance: A Boolean formula F .
Prove that TSP2 ≤T TSP1. 589. 593. i∈X si = . can be found in polynomial time. and hence for the old formula. if one exists. without using the fact that “≤T ” p p is transitive. There are several incorrect proofs that P = N P announced every year. Hence. What is wrong with the following proofs that P = N P? 591. It is known that 3SAT is N Pcomplete. Since DNFSAT ∈ P (see Problem 580). found in time O(ne + n2 ). 588. n} such that S? 592. (x1 ∨ x2 ∨ x3 ) ∧ (x1 ∨ x2 ) = (x1 ∧ x2 ) ∨ (x2 ∧ x1 ) ∨ (x3 ∧ x1 ) ∨ (x3 ∧ x2 ). Output: A Hamiltonian cycle in G of minimum cost. 2. a satisfying assignment for the new formula. p Prove directly that TSP3 ≤T TSP1. . E) with n vertices and e edges. These form a minimumsize connected dominating set. For each vertex v of a graph G = (V. sn . . ﬁnd the breadthﬁrst search tree rooted at v in time O(n + e). . and a positive integer B. P = N P. . This shows that 3SAT ∈ P. The knapsack problem is deﬁned as follows: KNAPSACK Instance: Positive integers s1 . p Prove that TSP3 ≤T TSP2. . This open problem is rapidly gaining popularity as one of the leading mathematical open problems today (ranking with Fermat’s last theorem and the Reimann hypothesis). N P completeness TSP3 Instance: A directed graph G with positive costs on the edges. Given a Boolean formula in conjunctive normal form with at most three literals per clause. The interior nodes of a breadthﬁrst search tree form a connected dominating set. . . 12.3 WHAT IS WRONG? Scientists have been working since the early 1970s to either prove or disprove that P = N P. 590. Then. S Question: Does there exist X ⊆ {1. s2 . . For example. use the distributive law to construct an equivalent formula in disjunctive normal form. for example. pick the tree with the smallest number of interior vertices.150 Chap. and hence that P = N P. It is known that the dominating set problem (see also Problem 523) remains N Pcomplete even when the dominating set is required to be connected (see. 12. Garey and Johnson [28]).
together with the representation. y ∈ IBm . m). The Turing machine computes in the normal manner. m) = A split Turing machine M is said to run in polynomial time if there exists a polynomial p such that for all m. iﬀ y is the encoding of a Boolean formula F with k variables.2 we saw a dynamic programming algorithm for the knapsack problem that runs in time O(nS). TM (n. The time taken by a computation of a deterministic split Turing machine M on input x#y is the number of steps taken by M on input x#1k . where x ∈ IBn . A split Turing machine is a variant of the Turing machine in which the input and the computation are each split into two parts.3. and M on input x#1k outputs a satisfying assignment for F . (To refresh your memory about standard Turing machines see. such that the computation of M on input x#1k takes time t}. The time taken by a computation of a deterministic split Turing machine M on input x#y is the minimum over all accepting computations of M of the number of steps taken by M on input x#1k .Sec. Therefore. y ∈ IBm . and produces an output of exactly k bits. for example. The time complexity of M is deﬁned to be max{t  there is an x#y where x ∈ IBn . y ∈ IBm . The time complexity of M is deﬁned to be max{1} ∪ {t  there is an x#y where x ∈ IBn . and Ullman [1]. and hence P = N P. of a natural number k.) The ﬁrst part of the computation (which uses a Turing machine) has access to the ﬁrst part of the input only. The class . n ≥ 1. and the second part of the computation (which uses Boolean formula evaluation) has access both to the second part of the input and to the output of the ﬁrst part of the computation. KNAPSACK ∈ P. 12. However. such that M takes time t to accept x#1k }. 594. A deterministic split Turing machine M is said to accept an input string x#y. TM (n. where y encodes a Boolean formula on k variables. and some computation of M on input x#1k outputs a satisfying assignment for F . What is Wrong? 151 It is known that KNAPSACK is N Pcomplete. where y encodes a Boolean formula on k variables. m) ≤ p(n. The second part of the input is the encoding of a Boolean formula using the standard encoding scheme from Garey and Johnson [28]. TM (n. Hopcroft. Aho. m) = A nondeterministic split Turing machine M is said to accept an input string x#y. where x ∈ IBn . in Section 8. iﬀ y is the encoding of a Boolean formula F with k variables. in unary. The ﬁrst part of the input is a string of bits that is presented as input to a standard Turing machine in the usual manner. y ∈ IBm .
and so splitP = splitN P. We claim that splitP = splitN P. The loading problem is the following: Given an architecture and a task set. Clearly. S ∈ splitN P. which is linear in the number of bits in y. since the Turing machine on input ε#1k . and the class splitN P is deﬁned to be the set of languages accepted by a nondeterministic split Turing machine in polynomial time. Clearly. and it can be similarly shown that N P = splitN P. Consider the language S that consists of the strings ε#y such that y is the encoding of a satisﬁable Boolean formula F . yet since there is no truth assignment that satisﬁes them both.4 Circuits An architecture is a ﬁnite combinational circuit (that is.152 Chap. 12. N P completeness splitP is then deﬁned to be the set of languages accepted by a deterministic split Turing machine in polynomial time. Show that the loading problem for circuits of depth 2 is N P . The proof is as follows. and a task set is a ﬁnite set of tasks. A task for an architecture is an inputoutput pair. complete. ﬁnd functions for each of the gates that enable the circuit to give the correct output for each corresponding input in the task set. decide whether there exist functions for each of the gates that enable the circuit to give the correct output for each corresponding input in the task set. This implies that P = splitP. Thus. merely need guess an output string of k bits. which it can do in time linear in k. 596. simply assume that L ∈ P is encoded in binary. any deterministic split Turing machine must make an error on one of them. this is a member of splitP. Both of these formulae are satisﬁable. since the deterministic part of the computation has access only to the number of variables in F . To see that splitP ⊆ P. 595. However. The following questions deal with the decision problem version of the loading problem: Given an architecture and a task set. a circuit constructed without feedback loops) with the gate functions left unspeciﬁed. Show that the loading problem is N Pcomplete. it is easy to see that P = splitP. Hence. and hence must give the same output for the twovariable Boolean formulae x1 ∧x2 and x1 ∧x2 . Now. The problems in this section are from Parberry [63]. and append to every member of L a ﬁxed string encoding the identity formula. where k is the number of variables in F . P = splitP = splitN P = N P. note that a deterministic Turing machine can simulate a split Turing machine with polynomial overhead in time by simply simulating the Turing machine part and then evaluating the Boolean formula on the result obtained. To see that P ⊆ splitP. 12. and S ∈ splitP. S cannot be in splitP. S ∈ splitN P.
OneinThree 3SAT 153 597. The gatefunctions are limited to are conjunction. Show that the loading problem for circuits of fanin 3 is N PShow that the loading problem for circuits with nodefunction set consisting of disjunctions and conjunctions of literals is N Pcomplete even for circuits with only four nodes. all uncomplemented. Consider the following problems: The Stable Conﬁguration Problem (SNN) Instance: A cyclic circuit M . Question: Is there a truth assignment for C in which each clause contains exactly one true literal? OneinThree 3SAT (O3SAT2) Instance: A list of clauses C in which each clause contains exactly three literals. A cyclic circuit is a network of gates that may have cycles. disjunction. Show that SNN is N Pcomplete for cyclic circuits of fanin 2. 598. Time is quantized. Question: Does M have a stable conﬁguration? 599. 12. and complement. complete. Show that SNN is N Pcomplete. Question: Is there a truth assignment for C in which each clause contains exactly one true literal? OneinThree 3SAT (O3SAT3) Instance: A list of clauses C in which each clause contains exactly three variables.5 ONEINTHREE 3SAT Consider the following variants of OneinThree 3SAT: OneinThree 3SAT (O3SAT1) Instance: A list of clauses C in which each clause contains at most three literals.Sec. 600.5. and computes a new output. Question: Is there a truth assignment for C in which each clause contains exactly one true variable? . and selfloops are allowed. one or more of the gates reads its inputs. The circuit is said to have converged to a stable conﬁguration if the output of all gates remains ﬁxed over time. 12. and at each step. All connections are directed.
then FACTORIZATION can be solved in polynomial time. 601. 605. Prove that if the Smarandache function can be computed in polynomial time. N P completeness Balanced OneinThree 3SAT (B3SAT) Instance: A list of clauses C in which each clause consists of three variables and every variable appears in exactly three clauses.” .154 Chap. 604.6 FACTORIZATION Let pi denote the ith prime number. and O3SAT3 is the version listed by Garey and Johnson [28]. 12. Prove that if FACTORIZATION can be solved in polynomial time. then the Smarandache function can be computed in polynomial time. A lot of the details of this proof are missing. It is up to you to discover which. 606. 1 2 k 604. 12. η : IN → IN. 603. Question: Is there a truth assignment for C in which each clause contains exactly one true variable? O3SAT1 is the original version of the problem studied by Schaefer [68]. N . Output: A list of pairs (pi . The factorization problem is deﬁned as follows: FACTORIZATION Instance: A natural number. is deﬁned as follows: η(k) is the smallest m ∈ IN such that k divides evenly into m!.7 HINTS 594. such that N = pa1 pa2 · · · pak . you may assume that O3SAT1 is N Pcomplete. Prove that O3SAT3 is N Pcomplete. At least one of them is wrong. Prove a Turing reduction to the problem “is there a factor less than M . 12. then FACTORIZATION can be solved in polynomial time. ai ) for 1 ≤ i ≤ k. In the following problems. Prove that if P = N P. 602. Prove that O3SAT2 is N Pcomplete. Prove that B3SAT is N Pcomplete. The Smarandache function. starting with p1 = 2. Most of them are correct.
p and omit the proof of this result saying only that it is “similar. A solution to this problem can be found in Parberry [60].8 SOLUTIONS 595–597.9 COMMENTS 578. and this was the proof. This problem came out of a conversation with B. A solution to this problem can be found in Parberry [61]. However. Most textbooks (and classes) prove that if A ≤m B and B ∈ P. not O3SAT1 as requested. 599–600. 13]. I awoke at 3 A. 595. 603. In a feverinduced dream in 1993 I hallucinated that I had succeeded in proving that P = N P . A solution to this problem can be found in Parberry [63]. and instantly knew that the proof was wrong (I was not that sick!). 594. 598. 12. A solution to these problems can be found in Judd [41]. Chitturi in 1994. so technically you’ll have to solve Problem 602 in order to complete this proof. 42]. 40. then A ∈ P.M. . the reduction is from O3SAT3. Lin and Vitter [53].” 591. 12.Sec. and Blum and Rivest [12. Solutions 155 12. For more information on the complexity of variants of the loading problem.8. consult also Judd [39.
but there is no way to compare two nuts together. You’re on your own! 13. whenever the following holds: T is monotone increasing and there exists a constant 0 < c < 1 such that T (n/2) < c · T (n) for n ∈ IN. 156 Show that any algorithm for the nuts and bolts problem must take Ω(n log n) comparisons in the worst case. any algorithm for ﬁnding the median of S in time T (n) can be used to design an O(T (n)) time algorithm for ﬁnding the kth smallest. and viceversa. if S = n.1 SORTING AND ORDER STATISTICS This section contains questions on sorting and order statistics (the latter is a fancy name for “ﬁnd the k smallest element”). The nuts and bolts problem is deﬁned as follows. deﬁned to be those that do not necessarily ﬁt into the earlier chapters. Devise an algorithm for ﬁnding the k smallest elements of an unsorted set of n integers in time O(n + k log n). from which you can determine whether the nut is too large. You are allowed to try a nut and bolt together.2. or two bolts together. You are to match each bolt to its nut. Show that n positive integers in the range 1 to k can be sorted in time O(n log k). 610.Chapter 13 Miscellaneous Here are some miscellaneous problems. 609. too small. 608. and n corresponding nuts. These are mainly upper bounds. 607. Problems on lower bounds are mostly (but not exclusively) found in Section 13. . You are given a collection of n bolts of diﬀerent widths. Show that ﬁnding the median of a set S and ﬁnding the kth smallest element are reducible to each other. or an exact match for the bolt. and those for which part of the problem is to determine the algorithmic technique to be used. That is.
618. Show that any comparisonbased algorithm for ﬁnding the secondsmallest of n values can be extended to ﬁnd the smallest value also. Suppose that instead of matching all of the nuts and bolts. 13.2. you wish to ﬁnd the smallest bolt and its corresponding nut. Devise an algorithm for the nuts and bolts problem that runs in time O(n log n) on average . The two most common techniques used are the adversary argument and the decision tree. and the only operations permitted on that data are comparisons and simple data movements (that is. Prove that any comparisonbased algorithm that searches a sorted array must make at least Ω(log n) comparisons. 620. Use decision trees to ﬁnd a lower bound of n + 0. Show that any comparisonbased algorithm for ﬁnding the median must use at least n − 1 comparisons. without requiring any more comparisons to be performed. . Show a matching lower bound for the sorting problem of Problem 607 in a comparisonbased model. Show that at least n + log n − 2 comparisons are necessary to ﬁnd the smallest and second smallest of a list of n items. 613. √ n! ∼ 2πn(n/e)n . 614. Show that any comparisonbased algorithm for removing duplicates from a list of values must use Ω(n log n) comparisons. 13. 617. These are algorithms that store their input in memory. Show that this can be done with only 2n − 2 comparisons. 615.66 on the number of comparisons required to ﬁnd the median. 612. Show that any comparisonbased algorithm for sorting can be modiﬁed to remove all duplicates without requiring any more comparisons to be performed. Lower Bounds 157 611. You may use Stirling’s approximation.Sec. the input data are not used for computing an address or an index). 616.5 log n − 2. 619.2 LOWER BOUNDS The lower bounds considered in this section are for what is known as comparisonbased algorithms.
4. A sink is a vertex s ∈ V such that for all v ∈ V . vk−1 ) is a cycle. Chap.4. w). . E) be a directed labeled graph with n vertices and e edges. 9. 8. 623. Preprocessing of an nnode tree should take O(n) time. Design an algorithm that determines whether a graph with n vertices and e edges is triconnected in time O(ne). and a few scattered in applications sections in various chapters. The probability that a given truck driver in city i will choose to drive to city j is pij .7. (v. 9. 625. 2. 0 ≤ pij ≤ 1. What does this say about the average case complexity of bubblesort? 13. n pij = 1.2. 9. w) = 0 otherwise. Suppose a set of truck drivers work for a shipping company that delivers commodities between n cities. An ancestor query for a tree is a request for information about the ancestor relationship between two nodes in the tree. It can be viewed as evaluating the function: −1 if v is a proper ancestor of w 1 if w is a proper ancestor of v ancestor(v. v2 . determines whether or not G has a sink in time O(n). (vi . 624. More graph algorithm problems can be found in Sections 2. 622. 13. A graph is triconnected if there is no pair of vertices whose removal disconnects the graph. and 13. that is. You may assume that for all 1 ≤ i. Devise j=1 an algorithm that determines in time O(n3 ) the most probable path between cities i and j for all 1 ≤ i. E) be a directed graph with n vertices. then the average key is about n/3 places from its proper position in sorted order.3 GRAPH ALGORITHMS This section contains general questions on graph algorithms. Let G = (V. w) is (v. Let G = (V.10.158 621. Suppose c = (v0 . v(i+1)modk ) ∈ E for all 0 ≤ i < k. j ≤ n. 7. Design and analyze an algorithm that takes a tree as input and preprocesses it so that ancestor queries can subsequently be answered in O(1) time. i=0 . j ≤ n. given the adjacency matrix of G. . . Suppose the cost of edge (v.11. s) ∈ E. The truck drivers generally ignore their instructions and drive about at random. v(i+1)modk ). Miscellaneous Show that if each of the n! permutations is equally likely.4. The mean cost of c is deﬁned by µ(c) = 1 k k−1 w(vi . and that for all 1 ≤ i ≤ n. Devise an algorithm that.3.
show that µ = min max δn (v) − δk (v) . the minimum value of µc over all cycles c in G.Sec. Prove that δ(v) = δ(u) + x. Show that if µ = 0.3. then there exists a vertex v on the minimum meancost cycle such that max δn (v) − δk (v) = 0. n−k 0≤k≤n−1 628. 626. δ(v) = 0≤k≤n−1 min δk (v). Show that if µ = 0. that is. Hence. then for all vertices v ∈ V . and δk (v) be the cost of the cheapest path of length exactly k from s to v (if there is no path from s to v of length exactly k. Show that if µ = 0. . and let u. then G contains no negativecost cycles and for all v ∈ V . n−k v∈V 0≤k≤n−1 632. 0≤k≤n−1 630. 0≤k≤n−1 n−k max 631. Let c be a cycle of cost zero. then min v∈V δn (v) − δk (v) = 0. then δk (v) = ∞). v be any pair of vertices on c. Assume without loss of generality that every v ∈ V is reachable from a source vertex s ∈ V . n−k 629. Let δ(v) be the cost of the cheapest path from s to v. Give an O(ne) time algorithm to compute µ. 13. max δn (v) − δk (v) ≥ 0. 627. Show that if we add a constant c to the cost of every edge of G. Graph Algorithms 159 Let µ be the cost of the minimum meancost cycle in G. Show that if µ = 0. then µ is increased by exactly c. Suppose that the cost of the path from u to v along c is x.
every vertex is on exactly one path).v)∈E 636. t ∈ V be distinguished vertices called the source and sink. respectively. u) (if (u. v) = 0). (u. E) in which each edge (u. 634. v) = f (u. Suppose we are given the maximum ﬂow in a ﬂow network G = (V. and integer capacities. Suppose we are given the maximum ﬂow in a ﬂow network G = (V. . E) with n vertices and e edges with all capacities bounded above by a polynomial in n. 0 ≤ f (e) ≤ c(e). v) ∈ E is labeled with a capacity c(u. E) with source s. Algorithms for the maximum ﬂow problem include the FordFulkerson algorithm. The total ﬂow of f is deﬁned to be f (v. Devise and analyze an eﬃcient algorithm to ﬁnd the smallest number of directed vertexdisjoint paths that cover all vertices (that is. v = s. 13. E) with source s. Show that two diﬀerent maximum ﬂows in G can have diﬀerent largest edge ﬂows. 635. and • for all v ∈ V . s) − f (s. E) be a DAG. Consider a ﬂow problem on a graph G = (V. the Dinic algorithm. Give an O(n + e) algorithm for updating the maximum ﬂow. let the largest edge ﬂow be max f (u. t.4 MAXIMUM FLOW Suppose we are given a directed graph G = (V. v). Design an algorithm to ﬁnd the minimum possible largest edge ﬂow over all maximum ﬂows in G in time O(ne2 log n). Suppose the capacity of a single edge is increased by one. and the EdmondsKarp algorithm. v) ∈ E. where G has n vertices and e edges. Let s. Miscellaneous 13. v) ∈ IN. A ﬂow in G is a function f : E → IN such that the following two properties hold: • for all e ∈ E. v) = u∈V u∈V f (v. Let G = (V. and integer capacities. 633. where G has n vertices and e edges. we assume that c(u. v∈V The maximum ﬂow problem is to ﬁnd a ﬂow f that has maximum total ﬂow. v). Suppose the capacity of a single edge is decreased by one. For any given ﬂow. f (u. Give an O(n + e) algorithm for updating the maximum ﬂow. sink t. sink t.160 Chap.
637. and integer capacities c(u. 4. 13. multiplying two n×n matrices is equivalent to raising an n × n matrix to the kth power. 3. function maxﬂowbyscaling(G. . Problems A and B are said to be equivalent if TA (n) = Θ(TB (n)). 638. t) c := max(u.Sec. Show that multiplying two n × n matrices is equivalent to squaring an n × n matrix. Here are some more problems along this line: 641. 6. v) on each edge (u. Show that for all k ≥ 2. 640. 1. 8. 639. v) ∈ E. respectively. Some textbooks show that matrix multiplication is equivalent (under some extra conditions) to matrix inversion. 642. 13. 643. 644. Show that multiplying two n × n matrices is equivalent to raising an n × n matrix to the fourth power.v)∈E c(u. Show that the residual capacity of a minimum cut of G is at most 2ke whenever line 4 is executed. The following modiﬁed version of the standard FordFulkerson algorithm can be used to ﬁnd a maximum ﬂow in G. Conclude from the statements of Problems 638–639 that maxﬂowbyscaling can be implemented in time O(e2 log c).5 MATRIX REDUCTIONS Consider two problems A and B that have time complexities TA (n) and TB (n). 5. sink t. 2. v) initialize ﬂow f to zero k := 2 log c while k ≥ 1 do while there exists an augmenting path p of capacity ≥ k do augment ﬂow f along p k := k/2 return(f ) Prove that maxﬂowbyscaling returns a maximum ﬂow. Prove that the inner while loop of lines 5–6 is executed O(e) times for each value of k. E) with source s. Suppose G has n vertices and e edges.5. s. Matrix Reductions 161 Suppose we are given the maximum ﬂow in a ﬂow network G = (V. Show that multiplying two n × n matrices is equivalent to cubing an n × n matrix. 7.
There is a door in the wall. and for k > 0. 649. Chap. multiplying two n × n matrices is equivalent to raising an n × n lower triangular matrix to the kth power. 650.162 645. 647. Show that for all k ≥ 2. 648. It is pitch dark. 651. Your task is to ﬁnd an O(n log n) time algorithm that permutes the rows so that neither column of the matrix contains an increasing subsequence (not necessarily contiguous) of length √ n . Miscellaneous Deﬁne the closure of an n × n matrix A to be ∞ Ai . 13. (See Problem 645 for the deﬁnition of matrix closure. Show that there is an algorithm that enables you to ﬁnd the door by walking at most O(n) steps. where“·” denotes matrix multiplication. GENERAL You are facing a high wall that stretches inﬁnitely in both directions. but you don’t know how far away or in which direction. . exceeding It’s Texas Chile Pepper day and you have a schedule of events that looks something like this: 653. Show that multiplying two n × n matrices is equivalent to squaring an n × n lower triangular matrix. 13. What is the constant multiple in the bigO bound for your algorithm? You are given an n × 2 matrix of integers. but you have a very dim lighted candle that will enable you to see the door when you are right next to it. and to perform comparisons on the elements of the matrix. Ak = A · Ak−1 . Show that multiplying two n × n matrices is equivalent to cubing an n × n lower triangular matrix. where A0 i=0 is the n × n identity matrix. You are allowed to permute the rows of the matrix as monolithic items. where n is the number of steps that you would have taken if you knew where the door is and walked directly to it. Show that multiplying two n×n matrices is equivalent to multiplying two n × n lower triangular matrices. Show that multiplying two n × n matrices is equivalent to raising an n × n lower triangular matrix to the fourth power.6 652.) Show that multiplying two n × n matrices is equivalent to computing the closure of an n × n matrix. 654. (Note that closure is not deﬁned for all matrices.) 646. Show that multiplying n × n matrices is equivalent to computing the closure of an n×n lower triangular matrix.
. Devise an O(m) time algorithm for determining whether the equations in E are consistent. see Problem 515. deﬁne f (R) = {f (x)  x ∈ R}. m ≤ j ≤ m + k − 1} for some 1 ≤ . 2. 13. . m ≤ n. The following group of questions deals with the generalized version of the popular Sam Loyd 15puzzle. Prove that your algorithm is correct. .Sec. n} and f : S → S. and that the eﬀort required to move a ﬁnger from one button to another is proportional to the Euclidean distance between them. 656. 659. . We assume that the two ﬁngers start out on the ∗ and # keys. General 163 8:30 9:30 9:50 9:00 – – – – . Let E be a set of m linear equations of the form xi = xj + cij over Z the variables x1 . 9:15 10:05 11:20 11:00 Pepper Pepper Pepper Pepper Pancake Party Eating Contest Personality Proﬁle Parade The schedule lists the times at which each event begins and ends. called the (n2 − 1)puzzle. xn (ci. Show that the worst case number of moves needed to solve the (n2 − 1)puzzle is at least n3 − O(n2 ). j]  ≤ i ≤ + k − 1. . Design an algorithm for the (n2 − 1)puzzle that runs in time O(n ). whether an assignment of integers can be made to the variables so that all of the equations in E are satisﬁed. . 0 ≤ k ≤ min(n − + 1. A submatrix S of A is any group of contiguous entries that forms a square. . j ≤ n). . n − m + 1). The events may overlap. How fast is it? 655. more formally. Let A be an n × n matrix of zeros and ones. that is.j ∈ Z for all 1 ≤ i. 657. S is said to have size k. Design an algorithm that determines the size of the largest submatrix of ones in A in time O(n2 ). 658. . Your algorithm must input a legal state of the puzzle and output a series of O(n3 ) moves that solves it. Suppose S = {1. For deﬁnitions. Devise an O(n) time algorithm for determining the largest R ⊂ S such that f (R) = R. {A[i. . If R ⊂ S.6. Naturally. you want to attend as many events as you can. Design an eﬃcient algorithm to ﬁnd the largest set of nonoverlapping events. 3 660. We wish to compute the laziest way to dial an ndigit number on a standard pushbutton telephone using two ﬁngers. Design and analyze an algorithm that computes in time O(n) the method of dialing that involves moving your ﬁngers the smallest amount of total distance. .
164 661. then you do not want to seat i above or in the same balcony as j. y. Suppose you are given a collection of gold coins that includes a clever counterfeit (all the rest are genuine). Show that if there are n ≥ 3 coins. at least log3 2n weighings are needed to ﬁnd the counterfeit coin. 665. Show that if there are 12 coins. Show that for some constants 0 < α. the counterfeit coin can be found in four weighings. otherwise i will throw popcorn at j instead of watching the play. in the set leads to the same leaf of the comparison tree. Chap. You are given a list of m statements of the form “i hates j. 663. The counterfeit coin is indistinguishable from the real coins in all measurable characteristics except weight. Give an algorithm that assigns the balconies (or says that it is not possible) in time O(m + n). β < 1. a random legal conﬁguration of the (n2 − 1)puzzle requires at least αn3 moves to solve with 2 probability 1 − 1/e−βn . Your job is to seat n rambunctious children in a theater with n balconies. 668. Show that if the search for two diﬀerent elements x. 666. . 13. Your problem is to ﬁnd the counterfeit coin and determine whether it is lighter or heavier than the rest. 667. Design and analyze an algorithm for ﬁnding the minimum number of balconies needed. 662.7 HINTS 614. where x < y. the counterfeit coin can be found in log3 2n weighings. Miscellaneous Show that the average case number of moves needed to solve the (n2 − 1)puzzle is at least 2n3 /3 − O(n2 ). Show that if there are n ≥ 3 coins. You have a scale with which you can compare the relative weight of coins. Show that if there are 39 coins. which contradicts the correctness of the algorithm. However.” If i hates j. 13. 664. you do not know whether the counterfeit coin is heavier or lighter than the real thing. the counterfeit coin can be found in three weighings. then the search for any element a of the universe with x < a < y must also lead to that leaf.
V E = {s. It can be shown that if the hole is in the lower right corner. and others like it. Figure out how to ﬁnish it. Show that the minimum number of paths that cover V in G is equal to n − f . yi )  (vi . . Make sure that the conﬁguration you come up with is solvable. Use this sequence of moves. Consider Problems 647–651. Use a combination of greedy and divideandconquer techniques. . 633. The best value that I can get for α is 16/243. E ) as follows. Hints 165 627. k) that belongs in square (k. . stopping when there is not enough space left to perform the maneuver. up. . . . 641–645. as the solution to Problem 641 given later demonstrates. t} ∪ {x1 . The capacity of all edges is one. 628. . respectively. there do exist nontriangular solutions. vn }. D denote moving the hole one place left. Let L. You will need to use Chernoﬀ bounds. 661. and that there exists a conﬁguration that has Manhattan distance at least n3 − O(n2 ). Suppose V = {v1 . . and you’ve solved the problem! The best I can do is 5n3 − Ω(n2 ) moves. Consider the EdmondsKarp algorithm for maximum ﬂow. yn }. to move each square to its correct space. The Manhattan distance of a conﬁguration of the puzzle is deﬁned to be the sum of the Manhattan distances of its tiles. The lower triangular property can actually make the problem easier. 636. Use both properties from Problem 626. N. t)  1 ≤ i ≤ n} ∪ {(xi . U. if you think about it for long enough. Find a lower bound for the average Manhattan distance. 659. the solvable states of the puzzle are exactly those that can be made with an even number of transpositions. = {(s. and down. Let B(m. 662. R. . xi )  1 ≤ i ≤ n} ∪ {(yi .Sec. Show that a mincost path to any vertex on the minimum meancost cycle can be extended along the cycle to the next vertex on the cycle. Form a network G = (V . 13. . xn } ∪ {y1 . On the other hand. . Show that the Manhattan distance is a lower bound on the number of moves needed to solve the puzzle. ) is deﬁned to be i − k + j − .7. 629. p) be the probability of obtaining at least m successes . right. The cost of the path from v to u along c is −x. 660. Find a lower bound for the Manhattan distance of a random conﬁguration. where f is the maximum ﬂow in G . . Suppose the hole is immediately to the right of a square S. The Manhattan distance of a tile in square (i. vj ) ∈ E}. Then the sequence of moves U LDLU R moves S one square diagonally up and to the right.
This algorithm is mentioned in Alon et al. For k = 1. Actually. This problem is so popular with mathematicians that you ought to be able to ﬁnd one in the literature somewhere. one can prove by a counting argument that one can so permute an n×k matrix.166 Chap. has AB has a submatrix. This problem was suggested to the author by Arny Rosenberg. 611. It even appears in a science ﬁction novel by Piers Anthony [6. There are many embeddings that work. Angluin and Valiant [5] and Valiant and Brebner [80]): Let β = m/N p − 1. Miscellaneous out of N Bernoulli trials. 663. 2. 665. O(n2 )) time. 13. and Seidenberg [73]). but has been the subject of various papers in the AI literature. including 0 B A 0 2 = AB 0 0 AB . [4]. The minimum number of moves needed to solve the 15puzzle in the worst case is unknown. N. Then generalize your solution. but an actual eﬃcient algorithm is known only for k = 1. The trick is to embed A and B into a larger matrix that. The minimum number of moves to solve each legal permutation of the 8puzzle has been found by exhaustive search by Schoﬁeld [69]. Start by solving Problems 663 and 664. Interestingly. each with probability p of success. Chapter 16]. for example.9 COMMENTS 610. Horden [36] gives an interesting history of this puzzle and its variants.8 SOLUTIONS 641. for descending) of length example. see. which states that there exists o in every sequence of n integers a monotonic subsequence (either ascending or √ n (for more recent proofs of this theorem. . 13. p) ≤ e−β N p/2 . See also Gardner [27]. this is a relative of the Erd¨sSzekeres Theorem . The nuts and bolts problem is from Rawlins [66]. Start by dividing the coins into three piles of four coins. I’m not going to give you a solution. 13. when squared. 659. 2 If 0 ≤ β ≤ 1. Early work on the 15puzzle includes Johnson [38] and Storey [76]. 653. then β(m. The solution can then be read oﬀ easily in optimal (that is. Pick two piles and compare their weights. Dijkstra [22]. 663. The following result is a wellknown consequence of the Chernoﬀ bounds (see.
Comments 167 including Michie. Kornhauser. Ratner and Warmuth [65] have proved that the problem of determining the minimum length number of moves for any given legal conﬁguration of the (n2 − 1)puzzle is N Pcomplete. . and Spirakis [49] have shown an algorithm for the (n2 − 1)puzzle and its generalizations that always runs in time O(n3 ). Miller.9. and they demonstrate an approximation algorithm that makes no more than a (fairly large) constant factor number of moves than necessary for any given legal conﬁguration. Fleming and Oldﬁeld [57] and Korf [48].Sec. 13.
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25 areas. 141. 158 approximation algorithm. 135. 50. 157 airport. 166 15puzzle. 164. 152 area. 158. 136 bubblesort. 126. 140–141. 3 satisfying. 124. see O3SAT1. 55. 135. see satisfying assignment truth. 91 αpseudomedian. 122–123. 6. 138 binomial. 82 matrix. 145. 86 breadthﬁrst search tree. 154 backtracking. 25. 164 bank. see method of areas arithmetic expression. 121. 166 2–3 tree. 166 biconnected. 118. 157. 151. 137 reﬂected Gray code. see truth assignment average. see B3SAT oneinthree. 158 . 47. see B3SAT balcony. 135. see strong 3SAT accept. 150 traversal. 77. 158 adversary. 85 tree. see pseudomedian amortized analysis. see parity 3SAT strong. 103 allpairs shortestpath. 145 time. 80 174 assignment. 116. ix. 163. 152 comparison. O3SAT2. 90. 19. 97 architecture. method of. 62. 79 2SAT. 79 ascending. 135. 143–144 binary. 18. 52. 145. 74. 133 balance. 116. 165 AVL tree. 81 addition. 120. 97 Bernoulli trial. 24. 167 arbitrage. 14 bolt. 59. 74–75. 137 heap. 123 operator. 146 2colorable. 61–66. 146 B3SAT. 116. 145 balanced oneinthree 3SAT. 74. 78 bin packing problem. 69. 123 tree. 150 balanced. 127. 133 search. 152 acyclic. see nuts and bolts Brahma. O3SAT3 parity. 142 ancestor. ix. 81 adjacency list. 138–140 string. 135. 79. 136. 148 3SAT. 64.Index 8puzzle.
147. 153. 82. 20. 159. 164. 165 division. 153 shift. 145. 12. 136–138. 165. x. 165 elementary operation. 18. 79 combination. 14–18. 16. 133 closure. 78. 25. 2. 61 DNF SAT. 148. 124 problem. 82. see mincost counterfeit. 103. 137–139 disjunctive normal form. 6. 164 cycle. 16. 153. 120–121. 106.Index 175 Hamiltonian. 116. 48. 110 color. 135 connected. 82. 92. 146 Chomsky Normal Form. 146 dial. 131. 80. 131 Communications of the ACM. 150 contextfree grammar. see mean cost min. 107. 157– 158 complete binary tree. 150 connected. 161. 19. 86. 144. 111. see cyclic circuit city. 108 dirty. 144. 150. 163 capacity. x. 80. 153 convex. 126. 18 Cook reduction. 143. 86. 158. 26. 12–14. 16. 92 continuous knapsack problem. 135. 16. see Eulerian cycle . 142. 124. 98. 18. 110 out. 123 closed knight’s tour. 26. 64 Erd¨sSzekeres Theorem. 150 component. 119 DAG. 160 decision problem. 18. 92 circle. 136. 109. 146 deletemax. 81. 165 Eulerian. 18. 165 ceiling. 17 Dinic algorithm. 96. 140 dense. 157 degree. 23. 148–150 cost max. 96. 90. 123. 160. see max cost mean. 137 deletemin. 140. 103. 152 tree. 12. 125 child. 78–79 spanning tree. 20 circuit. 26. 26. 67–87. 166 coinchanging problem. 102. 158 clause. 149. 147. 101 depthﬁrst search. 148 dominating set. 5 comparisonbased algorithm. 128. 135–138. 101 density. 101–102 converge. 98. 150 divideandconquer. 136. 160 directed spanning tree. 81. 79. 151 EdmondsKarp algorithm. 162 coin. 124. 166 chessboard. see outdegree delete. 87– 100. 20. 141 dynamic programming. 137. 26. 7. 79 colorable. 141. 68. 79. 18. 19. 154 clique. 166 o Euclidean distance. 10 Chernoﬀ bound. see connected dominating set double rotation. 102–103 dimension. 116. 62. 82. 141. 108. see Hamiltonian cycle cyclic. 104. 25. 124 circuit. 148. 127. 115. 163 Dijkstra’s algorithm. 6. 160. 78 dominating set. 122. 96. 140. 59. 110. 2. 118. 103. 78 descendant. 19. 152–153 cyclic.
152 Fermat’s last theorem. see towers of Hanoi heap. 38. 136. 155 longest ascending subsequence. 12 knight’s tour closed. 97. 133 greedy algorithm. 143–144 ﬂoor. 79. 82. 160 maximum. 81. see zeroone knapsack problem knight. 148. 26. 150 Fibonacci numbers. 81 exhaustive search. x. 165 halving. 136. 150 path. see open knight’s tour Kruskal’s algorithm. 91. 163 Manhattan distance. 117. 6. 38. 16 Hanoi. 136. 26. 49. 160. 160 Gray code. x. 97. 87 time. 24 geometry. 8–27. 51. 89. 153. see contextfree grammar graph. 63 factorization. 123 induction. 145. 20. 102–104. 109. 26. 15. 20. 57. 23. 2. 52. 91–92 FordFulkerson algorithm. 16. 127. 108 spanning. 106–108 language. 158. 124. 160. 104. ix. 100–115. 35. 147 exponential. 52. 99. 16–18. see spanning forest Gauss. 93. 26 hypercube. 14. 5 Karp reduction. Sam. 140. 61. 61. 66. 54. 49.. 161 forest. 10 ﬂow. 153 loading. 133 ﬁrstﬁt. 106–110. 47. 92. 78. 166 existential. 123. 149. 130. 61. see continuous knapsack problem zeroone. 51.176 Euler. see ﬁrstﬁt heuristic HiQ. 165 knapsack problem. 152. 152 programming. see maximum ﬂow Floyd’s Algorithm. 148 Richard M. 99 loop invariant. 133 Eulerian cycle. 149. 146 independent set. 41–46. 63 factorial. 6. 150– 151 continuous. 5. 146 heuristic. 150. 150. 146 Journal of Algorithms. 137 Hamiltonian cycle. 80. 7. x. x. 16–17 Index ice cream cart. see programming language string processing. 104. 53. 58. 145. 137 height. 116–134. 141. 148. 51 horse. 100. 124 induced subgraph. 18. 2. 82–85. see closed knight’s tour open. 126. 127. 124. 81. see string processing language level. 19. 124–125 Horner’s rule. 1. 165 . 2 exponentiation. 53. 147. 20. 63. Leonhard. 92. 18 grammar. x. 133 heapsort. 79. 111. 2. 64–66 ﬁrstﬁt heuristic. 55–58 Loyd. 135. 62. 131. 131. 120. 135–138. 16. 46. 126 increment. 119. 145 Heap’s algorithm. 154 feedback loop. 145 literal. 131. 132.
158–160. 158 median. 102–108. see weighted median merge. see Hamiltonian path patternmatching. 97 weighing. 92. 160–161. 155 N Pcomplete. 125 marble. 138 lines. 108 maximum ﬂow. 147 Turing reduction. 164 postage stamp. O3SAT3 oneprocessor scheduling problem. 103. x. 7. 130 popcorn. 62 peaceful queens problem. 147–152. 5. 118–120. 100 N P. 50. 153–155 O3SAT2. 92. 146–155 nuts and bolts. 122. 102. 36. 111. 147–152. 81 method of areas. see adjacency matrix inversion. 97. x prune. 132. 137. 88. 155 . 103 parallel. 154. 62. 136. 130–133. 19. 19 pivot. 117–121. 90 tapestorage problem. 3–5. 156. 98. 146 parenthesize. 154. 75. 149–152. 106. 76 queen. 67. 110. 19. 142. 113–116. 166 O3SAT1. 93. 106–108 prime. 165 subsequence sum. see nqueens problem perfect matching. 22. 94. 103. 153–155 oneinthree 3SAT. see parallel priority queue product rule. 148 polyomino. 137 parent. 123. 148 reducible. 157 weighted. 123. 73–74. 76. 158. see O3SAT1. 166 Pigeonhole Principle. 121. 79. 145 Hamiltonian. 16. 104. 3. 127 P. 125. 118. 163. 124. 124 optimal. 120. 80 MAXMIN. 137. 86. 92. 148 (n2 − 1)puzzle. 108. 161– 162 product. 110 outdegree. 99. ix heap. 154 manyone reduction. see weighing matrix max cost spanning tree. 153–154 O3SAT3. 87. 50. 129 predecessor. 142. 148 Pascal. 122 matrix. 100 programming language. 69. 141. 122 permutation. 154 priority. 135. 146. 68 mean cost. 88. O3SAT2. 75–77 polygon. x. 87. 19 priority queue. 134 path. 75. 123 pseudomedian.Index 177 parallel algorithm. 38. 18 polynomial time. 161 multiplication. 81 Prim’s algorithm. 131–133 monom. 137. 87 adjacency. 111 minimalchange. 166 binary search tree. 144 queue. 147. 11–12. 133 nonterminal symbol. 99 parity 3SAT. 165 compression. 25 mincost spanning tree. 164. 79. 145. 133–134 neural network. 91. 98. 110 open knight’s tour. 59 production. 97. 167 nqueens problem. 18. 122. 140. 156–157.
145. 75. see DNF SAT satisﬁability problem. 151 savings certiﬁcate. 80. 148 sum rule. 92 Texas Chile Pepper Day. see depthﬁrst spanning tree directed. 108 tree. 55. see complete binary tree decision. 19–21. 146. 152 telephone. 162 tile. 97 tree. 77–78 travel agent. 26. 61 repeated substitution. 103 traveling salesperson. see directed spanning tree maxcost. 62. 164 23. see double rotation single. 102 depthﬁrst. 16 towers of Hanoi. 154 sort. 136. 66. 93 strong 3SAT. 18. 65–67. 17–18. 98. 137. 142. 158. 85 Ramsey number. 64. 59 task. 75–77. 73–74 string processing language. see postage stamp Stirling’s approximation. 137. 102 sink. 122. 136–138. 65 root. 130 double. 79 triconnected. 150. 110. 85. 130. 66. 138 single rotation. 158 . see binary tree complete. 117 sibling. see mincost spanning tree squareroot. 145. 17 rotation. 70. 163 selfreducibility. 14. 92. 141. 79. 165 toll. 104. 98. see recursion tree spanning. 111. 138. 100. 1. 150 remaindering. 158 triomino. 160. 149–150 treasury bond. 141 singlesource longestpaths. 50. 103 shortestpaths. 140. see AVL tree binary. 150. 101. 26. 144 tournament. 140–142. 133 Ramsey’s Theorem. 141. 81. 145 recursion tree. 41–45. 76. 163 terminal symbol. 156–158 source. 48. see SAT satisfying assignment. see maxcost spanning tree mincost. 12. 150 rooted tree.178 quicksort. 62. 64. 97 schedule. 95. see traveling salesperson SAT. 147. 124. 124 recurrence relation. 81. 36. 17. 18. 162. 12–14 truck. 157 Strassen’s algorithm. 130 Reimann hypothesis. see single rotation salesperson traveling. 153 stamp. 144 sentinel. see decision tree recursion. x. 109. 74 stable conﬁguration. 161 Smarandache function. 159–161 spanning Index forest. see spanning tree triangle. 37–45. 104. 123 reﬂection. see 23 tree AVL. 149–150 semigroup. 149 DNF. 124. 55. 158. 35. 75–77.
149. 135. 145 vertex cover. 89 .Index 179 truth assignment. 95. 152–154 Turing machine. 148. 98 weighing matrix. 110 warehouse. 94. 128 weighted median. 151 unionﬁnd. 142. 80 zeroone knapsack problem.
Errata to “Problems on Algorithms”∗
Ian Parberry† Department of Computer Sciences University of North Texas April 7, 1998
This note contains corrections to Parberry [5]. An uptodate copy of this document and other useful information can be found on the WorldWide Web (Parberry [7]). I welcome further errata and comments from readers — I prefer electronic mail, but if you must use more primitive modes of communication, full contact information can be found in [6]. Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simpleminded. — Plato, Phaedrus
General Errata
Apparently I couldn’t make up my mind whether the keyword “return” in my algorithms should be in bold face or Roman type. It appears in bold face in Chapters 5, 7–9, and 13; in Roman face in Chapters 5, 6, and 10. Out of 71 occurrences, 39 are in bold face. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Speciﬁc Errata
Page 3, Line 1: The ﬁrst comma should be a period. Page 6, Line 14: The second “but” should be deleted. Page 7, Last Paragraph: Wilf’s textbook is now out of print, and is very diﬃcult to obtain in its original form. Fortunately, the author has made it generally available in postscript form from http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~wilf/index.html.
Copyright c Ian Parberry. This Errata may be reproduced without fee provided that the copies are not made for proﬁt, and the full text, including the author information and this notice, are included. † Author’s address: Department of Computer Sciences, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 13886, Denton, TX 762036886, U.S.A. Electronic mail: ian@cs.unt.edu.
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Page 10, Problem 22: That should be induction on n ≥ 2. If n = 0, the right side of inequality doesn’t make sense, and if n = 1 equality holds. Page 12, Problem 47: This problem does not have a comment associated with it; the should be deleted. Page 16, Line 10: In the set V , the ﬁrst occurrence of v2 should be v1 . Page 16, Problem 67: I intended the graph here to be undirected and with no selfloops, but this did not make it into the deﬁnition. I need to add to the deﬁnition of a graph at the start of Section 2.10 the extra property that V is an ordered set and for all (u, v) ∈ E, u < v. Page 20, Hint to Problem 37: The comma at the end of the second sentence should be a period. Page 21, Solution to Problem 8: The fourth line of the multiline equation should begin with “=”, not “−”. Page 22, Solution to Problem 37, Line 5: Change “all values up to n − 1 cents” to “all values from 8 to n − 1 cents”. Page 25, Comment to Problem 13, Line 6: Change “by Problem 1” to “by Problem 11”. Page 35, Solution to Problem 133: On line 4, the denominator of the fraction should be 6, not 2. Page 40, Problem 241: This problem should ask you to show that 2n − 3 log n − 1 ≤ T (n) ≤ 2n − log n − 1. Page 40, Problem 242: That should be T (1) = 0, and T (n) = T ( n/2 )+T ( n/2 )+n−1 (otherwise it is inconsistent with the answer given on p. 41); it is the number of comparisons used by mergesort. Page 45, Line 3: “skip it is” should read “skip it if”. Page 52, Problem 266: In Line 1 of the algorithm, the Roman “n” in the return statement should be an italic “n”. Page 52, Problem 269: In Line 2 of the algorithm, the ﬁnal Roman “y” in the return statement should be an italic “y”. Page 56, Hint to Problem 258: The loop invariant is xj = y0 j−1 k, for all j ≥ 1. k=y Page 56, Solution to Problem 250: Line Line Line Line Line Line 4: “line 8” should read “line 7”. 6: “lines 3–7” should read “lines 3–6”. 14: “line 6” should read “line 5”. 15: Delete the parenthetical comment “(see Problem 93)”. 17: “line 5” should read “line 4”. 15: Insert “(see Problem 93)” immediately before the period.
Page 64, Hint to Problem 283: Insert a period after the problem number. Page 62, Problem 299: “line 3” should read “line 5”. Page 68, Problems 317–318: When I wrote Problem 317 I assumed that the standard recursive algorithm described at the start of Section 7.1 achieved this bound. But it doesn’t — it requires 5n/3 − 2 comparisons when n = 3 · 2k . To ﬁx it, simply ensure that the sizes of the two recursive splits are not both odd. (Thanks to Mike Paterson for pointing all this out). Problem 317 should be rewritten, or a hint added to help 2
make this clearer. The algorithm of Problem 318 almost meets the required bound. It makes 2 more comparisons than necessary, and should be rewritten slightly to save them (hint: consider the second and third comparisons). Page 68, Problem 320: The second question is not worded very clearly. The algorithm could be called upon to solve duplicate subproblems at the ﬁrst level of recursion, given suitable inputs (can you ﬁnd one?), but I was looking for more. There comes a point before the bottommost level of recursion at which the algorithm is obliged to solve duplicate subproblems. This is also the key to the algorithm in Problems 328330. Page 68, Problem 321: This problem has a comment, but is missing the . Page 68, Problem 322: The solution to this problem is a little bit more subtle than I ﬁrst thought. It begins: “Break the nbit number into n/m mbit numbers.” The remainder of the analysis from that point is straightforward, but in that ﬁrst step lies a small diﬃculty. It can be done by repeatedly shifting the large number to the right, removing single bits and reconstructing the pieces in m registers. One needs to keep two counters, one of which runs from 0 to m, and the other oﬀ which runs from 0 to n/m. Consider the second counter. A naive analysis would show that this requires O(n/m) increment operations, each of which takes O(log n − log m) bit operations. However, one needs to notice that the total is O(n/m) amortized time (see Problems 476, and 477). I need to increase the diﬃculty level of this problem and add a hint to this eﬀect. √ √ Page 74, Problem 340: Change n to N . Page 78, preamble to Section 7.7: Line 4 of the depthﬁrst search algorithm should read “mark w used”. Page 79, Problem 366: This problem should be deleted. There is no known way to ﬁnd triangles in time O(n + e), using depthﬁrst search or otherwise. Of course, it can be solved in time O(ne). This problem could be replaced with the much easier one of ﬁnding a cycle (of any size) in a directed graph in time O(n). Page 80, Problem 371: The array A should contain integers, not natural numbers. Otherwise the problem is trivial. Page 82, Hint to Problem 361: Delete the second adjacent occurrence of the word “in”. Page 85, Solution to Problem 369: Perhaps this should be called a comment, not a solution. Page 87, Preamble to Section 8.1: In Line 6 of the algorithm, the Roman “m” should be replaced by an italic “m”. Page 88, Problem 384, Line 3: The second occurrence of “M2 ” should be “Mi+2 ”. Page 88, Problem 390, Line 3: “M2 ” should be “Mi+2 ”. Page 90, Preamble to Section 8.3, Lines 11–12: The operation “member” should be “search” (two occurrences). Page 91, Preamble to Section 8.4, Line 4: “all pairs shortest paths” should be “allpairs shortestpaths”. Page 98, Problem 426: The function to be maximized should be: R[c1 , ci1 ] · R[ci1 , ci2 ] · · · R[cik−1 , cik ] · R[cik , c1 ]. Page 99, Hint to Problem 415: The last three lines are wrong, and should be deleted. Page 106, Problem 447: The stated proposition is wrong! Here is a counterexample. The 3
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Page 107, Problem 449: The running time should be e log k. Page 107, Problem 450: The third line of the putative variant of Prim’s algorithm should have a period after the line number. Page 117, Line 3: “line 8” should read “line 7”. Page 119, Preamble to Problems 489, 490: The line numbering in procedure permute(i) is totally wrong. The lines should of course be numbered consecutively. 2 Page 124, Problem 513, Line 4: The running time should be O(n8n ) in line 4. One of the two consecutive instances of the word “for” in the last line should be deleted. Page 129, Problems 529, 530: Both of these problems should be ﬂagged . A comment should also be added explaining that exhaustive search is unnecessary — the ﬂightassignment problem can be solved in polynomial time by reducing the problem to that of ﬁnding a maximumweight matching. For a polynomial time algorithm for the latter, see, for example, Gabow [3], and Gabox and Tarjan [4]. Page 131, Hint to Problem 510: The series should read ∞ 1/i! = e − 1 ≈ 1.718. i=1 Page 131, Hints to Problems 517, 518: These hints are listed in the wrong order. Page 131, Hint to Problem 518: A note should be added that the reader should read ahead to p. 127 for the deﬁnition of dominating set. Either that, or Problem 518 should be moved after Problem 526. Page 131, Solution to Problem 487, Line 1: The sentence “Line 6 can be done in time O(n).” should be replaced by the observation that the work in all of the other lines can be done in time O(n). A comment should be made that the tail of “ + d(n − 1)” in the recurrence for T (n) is used because it makes the solution very simple. If the obvious “ + dn” is used, then the recurrence becomes very diﬃcult to solve. Page 135, Preamble to Section 11.1: Heap operations have not been deﬁned. A heap is a set S in which the following operations can be performed: insert(x) insert x into S, that is, S := S ∪ {x} findmin return the smallest value in S deletemin return and delete the smallest value in S Page 135, Problem 535: The should come after the . Page 136–137, Problem 543: This problem should be moved to Section 11.5. Page 137, Problem 544: This problem should ask for insert, deletemin, and deletemax in O(log n) time, and findmin and findmax in O(1) time. Page 138, Problem 550: Insert “is correct” after the word “algorithm”. Page 140, Line 3: Capitalize the word “the” at the start of the parenthetical comment. 4
Page 141, Preamble to Section 11.3, Line 1: Change the ﬁrst occurrence of “in” to “is”. Page 142, Problem 562, Line 1: Insert “of” after the word “sequence”. Page 143, Problem 570: This problem has a hint and a comment, but lacks the appropriate icons . Page 144, Problem 573: Change “as as” to “as” in line 2. Page 145, Hint to Problem 544: This hint is misleading, and should be deleted. (Less signiﬁcantly, n/2 should be n/2 on lines 1 and 3). Page 145, Hint to Problem 570: Insert a period after the problem number. Page 150, Preamble to Section 12.3: “Riemann” is misspelled ‘Reimann” (also in the Index on p. 178). Fermat’s Last Theorem may have been proved recently. Page 155, Solutions: These aren’t really solutions, just bibliographic notes. Perhaps they should be moved to the Comments section. Page 155, Solutions to Problems 599–600: Change “this problem” to “these problems”. Page 157, Problem 620: This problem should be changed from ﬁnding the median to that of halving, which is dividing n values into two sets X, Y , of size n/2 and n/2 , respectively, such that for all x ∈ X and y ∈ Y , x < y. A comment should be added explaining that this problem is merely practice in using decision trees, since there is a 3n/2 lower bound using the adversary method due to Blum et al. [2]. Page 164, Problem 665 This problem is much harder than I thought. An upper bound of log3 n + 1 weighings is easy. A little more thought will get you log3 9n/4 weighings. The best algorithm known to me uses log3 2n + 2 weighings (see Aigner [1]). Page 171, references [46, 47]: For some reason BibTEX chose to list Knuth Vol. 3 before Vol. 2. Page 171, reference [52]: The authors’ initials are missing — H. R. Lewis and L. Denenberg. Page 172, references [66, 67]: These appear to be the same book. The correct reference is [67]. Page 172, reference [75]: The second occurrence of the word “Edition” should be deleted.
Acknowledgements
The author is very grateful to the following individuals who helpfully pointed out many of the above errors in the manuscript: Timothy Dimacchia, Sally Goldman, Narciso MartiOliet, G. Allen Morris III, Paul Newell, Mike Paterson, Steven Skiena, Mike Talbert, Steve Tate, and HungLi Tseng.
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Problems on Algorithms. 1995. 23(2):221–234. Problems on Algorithms. Ian Parberry’s Home Page.edu/ian/books/poa. A WorldWide Web Document with URL http://hercule. 6 .unt. Journal of the ACM. [7] I. Parberry. Gabow and R.csci. Journal of the ACM. N. 38(4):815–853.html. Created 1994. Parberry.edu/ian. [5] I. [6] I. [4] H. A WorldWide Web Document with URL http://hercule. E.[3] H. Parberry. Gabow. Faster scaling algorithms for general graphmatching problems.csci. Prentice Hall.unt. Created 1994. Tarjan. 1976. 1991. N. An eﬃcient implementation of Edmond’s algorithm for maximum matching on graphs.
Supplementary Problems By Bill Gasarch .
) Player I has a FORCED WIN if there is a move he can make as his ﬁrst move so that. (2) To obtain an .) For which natural numbers A will the sequence go to inﬁnity? 2. . Fill in the following sentence and justify: “Player I has a forced win iﬀ X(n). 2. k − 1. or 3 toothpicks from the table. (3) if player I removes 3 then player II removes 1. . We deﬁne a sequence as an as follows: (1) a10 = A. there is a move player II can make so that after that point. Modify the game so that you can remove 1. In each move the player whose turn it is will remove 1. player II can win. Then let x be the number that is that string of symbols if it was in base n.” 1 . Let A be any natural number. 6. 2. To specify a winning response you need to specify responses to all moves. (Example game with n = 10: player I removes 3 (so there are 7 left). (2) if player I removes 2 then player II removes 2. 5. The player who removes the last toothpick wins. Let an = x − 1. Here is a game: there are n toothpicks on a table. player I removes 2 (so there are 3 left). called player I and player II. no matter what player I does. player II removes 3 (so there are 0 left. Player I will go ﬁrst. (Example: if n = 4 then player II has a forced win: if (1) player I removes 1. player I can win the game. 4. . Fill in the following sentence and justify: “Player I has a forced win iﬀ X(n). ﬁrst write an−1 in base n − 1. player II removes 3. This is called a WINNING FIRST MOVE. whatever player I does for the ﬁrst move. player II removes 2 (so there are 5 left). Player II has a FORCED WIN if. So a21 = x − 1 = 1097 − 1 = 1096. or k sticks. .) (a) Fill in the following sentence and justify: “Player I has a forced win iﬀ X(n). So x = 2 · (21)2 + 10 · 21 + 5 · 1. (EXAMPLE: if a20 = 1005 then I write 1005 in base 20 as 2T 5 = 2 · 202 + T · 20 + 5 · 1 where T is the symbol for ten. 3. or 7 sticks. and Player II wins). There are two players.2.” (c) Let k ∈ N . NO MATTER WHAT PLAYER II does. Player II’s move is called a WINNING RESPONSE.Mathematical Induction 1 Games 1.” (b) Modify the game so that you can remove 1.
he could replace a ball of rank 1000 with 999999999999999 balls of rank 999. . FILLER then counters be replacing the ball with a ﬁnite number of balls of lower rank. and we consider (a. .” (d) Consider the same game as above except that the balls are labeled with ordered pairs of numbers. however. For example. and 4 balls of rank 1. 2. . and 4 of rank 1000. called its rank.) EMPTYIER wants the box to be empty eventually. 888888888876234012 balls of rank 8. Modify the game so that you can remove a1 . FILLER wants the box to never be empty. b) to be of lower rank than (c. ak sticks.” (e) Let a1 . . . A− 1} such that. Modify the game so that you can remove 1. .” (e) Fill in the following sentence and prove it: “If the game can be played with a set A with ordering ≤ such that the ordering has property XXX then the FILLER can win. 20000 of rank 2. (For example.” (c) Consider the same game as above except that the balls are labeled with positive rationals. . Fill in the following sentence and prove it: “Player XXX can always win. ak ∈ N . . (a) Consider the following game played between FILLER and EMPTYIER There is initially a box with a ﬁnite (nonempty) number of balls in it. Fill in the following sentence and prove it: “Player XXX can always win. . (There may be many balls of the same rank.(d) Let k ∈ N . if n sticks are in the pile then Player I wins iﬀ (∃x ∈ X)[n ≡ x (mod A)]. or 4 sticks.) In every round EMPTYIER makes the ﬁrst move. d) if either a < c or a = c and b < d. Fill in the following sentence and justify: “Player I has a forced win iﬀ X(n). Fill in the following sentence and prove it: “Player XXX can always win. Each ball has a natural number on it. EMPTYIER can win. for all but a ﬁnite number of n ∈ N . if it has property NOT(XXX) then the EMPTYIER can win. EMPTYIER’s move consists of taking a ball from the box. Show that no matter what the initial box of balls has in it. . a box could have 100 balls of rank 1. . Show that there exists A ∈ N and X ⊆ {0.” 2 . . (b) Consider the same game as above except that the balls are labeled with integers. 3.
Consider the following 2player game. 2 Sequences. T (0) = 0. There are two piles of stones of diﬀerent sizes. T (1) = 1 . Assume that the following two statements are known: 3 . T (1) = 1 . and Recurrences 1. Find a constant c such that A(n) ≤ cn. Consider the following sequence: T (n) ≤ T (n − 1) + 3 T (n − 2) + 2n. 2. The goal is to take the last stone. The following is a winning strategy for the ﬁrst player: Take stones from the larger pile so as to make the two piles have equal size. Consider the following sequence: √ T (n) ≤ T (n − 2) + 5 n. 5. Show that T (n) ≤ 16n2 . √ √ Find a constant c such that T (n) ≤ cn3/2 . The player who removes the last stick WINS.2 or 3 sticks. T (0) = 0 . Players alternate turns. T (0) = 0 . Products. T (0) = 0. There are n sticks on the table. Show that: if n ≡ 1 mod 2 then player I has a winning strategy. but must take at least one stone.4.4. Player II can remove 2. (Hint: n − 2 < n. Prove that this really is a winning strategy using mathematical induction. Player I can remove 1. At each turn a player may take as many stones as he or she likes from one (and only one) pile. Consider the following game of “NIM”.) 4. Consider the following sequence: T (n) ≤ 3T (n − 1) + 10. 5. Summations. Find a constant c such that T (n) ≤ cn . Let P (n) be a statement about an INTEGER n. or 6 sticks. Consider the following sequence: A(n) ≤ A( n/3 ) + A( n/5 ) + 2n. 3.
and (2) (∀n ∈ N )[P (n) → P (n2 )]. Assume that the following are known (1) For all primes q. Let an be deﬁned as follows: a0 a1 a2 an = = = = 6 21 11 3an−1 + an−3 + 10n + 2 7. 10. Show that (∀n ∈ N )[an ≡ 1 mod 5]. n ≥ a)[n2 + 5n + 6 < 2n ]. Deﬁne the sequence an by a0 = 1 and an = n−1 ai . Let P (n) be some property of the natural numbers. Prove your result.(a) P (10). For which n can we conclude P (n) is true? Brieﬂy explain. Assume that P (10) and P (11) are known to be true. Prove (∀n ∈ Z)[n4 + 1 ≡ 0 (mod 5) → n ≡ 0 (mod 5)]. P (q) is true. Find a function i=0 f (n) such that (∀n)[an ≤ f (n)]. No explanation is needed. 4 . Prove your claim by induction. 9. Let P (n) be some property of the natural number n (e. Assume that (∀n ≥ 5)[P (n − 1) → P (n + 1)] is known.g. For which integers n do we know that P (n) is true? 6. 11. Find a number a such that the following is true: (∀n ∈ N. 8. Show that (∀n ≥ 1)[an ≡ 0 (mod 3)]. Let an be deﬁned as below. a0 = 3 a1 = 6 (∀n ≥ 3)[an = (an−1 + an−2 )2 + 6n] 13. (b) (∀k)[P (k) → P (k − 2)]. P (n) could be ‘217n ≡ 10 (mod 8)’). For which n ∈ N can we conclude P (n) is true? Express your answer clearly. 12.
a4 = 15. and (∀n ≥ 4) an = 25an−1 a log n ]. 17. Let S(n) = n i(i + 1). A sequence b0 .14. . 19. . and (∀n ≥ 3) an = (a Show that (∀n ≥ 0)[an ≡ 4 (mod 5)]. a5 = 16. 15. Describe the set of all a ∈ N such that the following is true: (n2 + 3n + a ≡ 0 (mod 5)) → (n ≡ 0 (mod 5)). a1 = 12. and (∀n ≥ 2) [an = an−1 + an−3 − an−5 ] . a3 = 64. Assume that the following are known (a) P (−23). b1 . a2 = 100. (That is. n−1 Show that 20. Let a0 = 9. . n )3 + a √ n + 11 . a1 = 49. is INCREASING if (∀x)(∀y)[x < y → bx < by ]. a3 = 14. a2 = 104. 16. Let a0 = 4. 5 n 2 (∀n ≥ 1)[an ≤ 4 · 3(3 ) ].) 18. Prove i=1 that your answer is correct by induction. (No justiﬁcation required.) Show that (∀n ≥ 0)[an ∈ SQ]. (b) (∀z ∈ Z)[P (z) → P (z + 3)]. a1 = 4. . Let SQ = {n ∈ N  (∃x ∈ N )[n = x2 ]}. Let P (z) be some property of the integers. a2 = 13. Let an be deﬁned as follows: a0 = 10. For which z can we conclude P (z) is true? (Express your answer clearly!) No justiﬁcation required. Deﬁne a sequence via a1 = 4 and (∀n ≥ 2)[an = a2 ]. SQ is the set of all squares. Find a. b such that S(n) = an3 + bn.
Let A be the set of all q such that we can conclude P (q) is true. Find POSITIVE constants A. Find a simple function f such that T (n) = Θ(f (n)).” No justiﬁcation required. Let T (n) = 2T (n − 1) + T ( n ) + n. such that (∀n ≥ 0)[A · (C − 1)n ≤ an ≤ B · C n ]. 28. T (n) ≤ dn log n. Use mathematical induction to show that 6 . b and c is it possible to ﬁnd a d such that for all n. . B. Solve the recurrence exactly. T (n) ≤ dn log n. Let T (n) ≤ T ( 3 n) + T ( 1 n) + 4n. 26. Let a0 = 10. Write down the set A clearly but DO NOT use the notation “. Prove by induction that if T is a tree then T is 2colorable. 25. No justiﬁcation required (but show work for partial credit). 22. and (∀n ≥ 2)[an = 5an−1 + 20an−2 ]. 23.21. T (1) = 5. 27. Then express the answer more simply using Onotation. 29. Let T (n) ≤ T (an) + T (bn) + cn. q (b) (∀q ∈ Q)[P (q) → P ( 2 )]. Find a value of d such that for all 4 4 n. Consider the following recurrence. Let P (q) be some property of the rational q. Let T (n) be deﬁned by T (1) = 10 and T (n) = T (n − log n) + n. Initial conditions T (0) = 0. NO PROOF REQUIRED. C ∈ N . 24. a1 = 90. For what values of a. . Prove what you can about this 2 recurrence. Assume that the following are known (a) P (1). T (n) = 7T (n − 1) − 12T (n − 2).
Express T (n) as a summation (actually three nested summations). Simplify the following summation: n n n−j 1 i=1 j=i k=1 32. Simplify the following summation: n n 2j 1 i=1 j=n−i k=j 33.(a) n i(i + 1) = i=1 n(n + 1)(n + 2) 3 (b) n i=0 i2i−1 = (n − 1)2n − 1 30. 31.] 7 . Consider the following code fragment. Assume every node of a tree with n nodes has either 0 or 3 children.e. a. for i = 1 to n do for j = i to 2*i do for k = nj+1 to n do output ‘foobar’ a. Show your work. Exactly how many presents did my “true love” send me? [If you do not understand this question. you should do some research. How many leaves does the tree have? Prove your answer. Give a closedform solution for T (n) (i. no summations) by simplifying your summation. 34. Let T (n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is printed as a function of n. b. Assume that Christmas has n days.
· 3k 37. Show your work. Consider the following code fragment. Show your work. Let T (n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is printed as a function of n. Simplify the summation. Express T (n) as two nested summations. Consider the following code fragment. exactly how many presents did my “true love” send during the twelve days of Christmas? 35. b. 8 . for i=1 to n step 2 do for j=1 to i do output ‘foobar’ Let T (n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is printed as a function of n. 39. Evaluate the sum 36. (b) Simplify the summation. Express T (n) as a summation (actually two nested summations). Do not simplify the summation. a. (a) Express T (n) as three nested summations. Consider the following code fragment. Evaluate n k=1 4 ∞ k=0 (3k − 1)x3k for 0 < x < 1. for i=1 to n/2 do for j=i to ni do for k=1 to j do output ‘foobar’ Assume n is even. 38. Be careful your “formula” works for n both even and odd.b. Using part (a). for i=1 to n do for j=i to 2*i do output ‘foobar’ Let T (n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is printed as a function of n.
45. the solution involves very little calculation. Simplify your answer. Approximate lower bound. One or two sentences should suﬃce. Find a better algorithm for the “maximum contiguous rectangle problem”. (a) Express T (n) exactly as two nested summations. 9 . b. Consider the following code fragment. Given an m × n array of (positive and negative) numbers. [If you do this right. and T (x) is 0 if x is a negative integer. 42. Justify your work. How many times is the inner loop executed? Write it using summations. Write down an English description of the “brute force” algorithm for the “maximum contiguous rectangle problem”. ﬁnd the largest sum of values in a (contiguous) rectangle. for i=1 to n do for j=1 to lg i do print ‘foobar’ Let T (n) denote the number of times ‘foobar’ is printed as a function of n. Appoximate n j=0 j using an integral. Write down the “brute force” algorithm in pseudocode. Find the solution for the recurrence relation T (n) = T (n − c) + k where both c and k are integer constants. Approximate n 3 k=1 k using integrals.40. d. c. (b) Simplify down to one summation. n is a natural number. a. 46. Use integrals to give upper and lower bounds for √ 44. 43. (c) Give good upper and lower bounds for T (n).] e. How well can you do? 41. Make sure to get an upper and n 4 k=1 3k−2 ∞ 1 k=1 k 3/2 .
Show your calculations. Justify your answer. 52. Solve the recurrence T (n) = 3T (n/4) + 2n − 1 (T (0) = 0) exactly. Justify your answer. Show your calculations. b. 54. Assume n is a power of 2. 10 . Solve the recurrence T (n) = T (n − 2) + n 0 n>1 otherwise assuming n is even. Solve the recurrence T (n) = T (n/5) + 2 n > 1 3 otherwise assuming n is a power of 5. 49.47. Justify your answer. Solve the recurrence exactly using the iteration method. 53. 50. Justify your answer. Solve the recurrence T (n) = 4T (n/3) + 2n − 1 (T (0) = 0) exactly. 51. Assume n is a power of 3. Simplify as much as possible. deﬁned for n a power of 5: T (n) = 19 if n = 1 3T (n/5) + n − 4 otherwise a. Solve the recurrence T (n) = 5T (n/2) + 2n − 1 (T (1) = 7) exactly. Solve the recurrence T (n) = T (n − 1) + 3n − 2 (T (0) = 0) exactly. Solve the recurrence T (n) = T (n − 1) + 2n − 1 (T (0) = 0) exactly. Show your calculations. Use mathematical induction to verify your solution. Justify your answer. 55. Solve the recurrence T (n) = T (n/3) + 2 n > 1 0 otherwise assuming n is a power of 3. 48. Consider the following recurrence. Assume n is a power of 4.
Use mathematical induction to verify your solution. a. T (n) = 3 if n = 1 2T (n/4) + 4n otherwise 4 if n = 1 2 otherwise 5T (n/2) + 3n 60. deﬁned for n a power of 5: T (n) = 7 if n = 1 4T (n/5) + 2n − 3 otherwise a. b. Let n be a power of 2. a. T (n) = 2T (n/6) + 5n (T (1) = 7). (a) Let n be a power of 2. 57. b. Obtain exact solutions to the following two recurrences. Assume n is a power of 6. T (n) = b. a. 59. Obtain exact solutions to the following two recurrences. Assume n is a power of 3. Let n be a power of 4.56. Simplify as much as possible. T (n) = 3 if n = 1 2 + 1 otherwise 7T (n/2) + 4n (b) Let n be a power of 4. b. T (n) = 5T (n/3) + 2n (T (1) = 7). Obtain exact solutions to the following two recurrences. Consider the following recurrence. Solve the recurrence exactly using the iteration method. Obtain exact solutions to the following two recurrences. T (n) = 4 if n = 1 3T (n/4) + 5n − 2 otherwise 11 . 58. T (n) = 4T (n/3) + 2n (T (0) = 0). T (n) = 3T (n/4) + 2n (T (0) = 0).
T (n) ≤ cn for some constant c. . Consider the following recurrence. Find constants a. S2 . Try to make c as small as possible. and S3 . 63. You may also want to draw S4 for yourself. T (n) = 0 if n = 1 T ( 2n/3 ) + T ( n/6 ) + 5n otherwise Use constructive induction to ﬁnd a constant c such that T (n) ≤ cn. r2 . b. Let T (n) = 2T (n/2) + 2 lg n if n > 1 0 if n = 1 k i=1 ri = 1? What if k i=1 ri > 1? a. (a) Let r1 . . . An Si tree. T (n) = 0 if n = 0 T ( n/2 ) + T ( n/4 ) + 3n otherwise Find a constant c such that T (n) ≤ cn.e. Consider the following recurrence. i. is created by taking two Si−1 trees and making the root of one a child of the root of the other. rk be a list of positive fractions.61. 12 . . i. What can you say about c? (b) What if 64. (These are the trees that create the largest height for as few nodes as possible for the UNIONFIND algorithm with balancing. and c. An S0 tree is a single node. Solve the recurrence using the iteration method. 62. 65.) (a) Draw S0 . Let i=1 T (n) ≤ k T ( ri n ) + an. 0 < ri < 1. b. Use constructive induction to show that T (n) = an + b lg n + c. such that k ri < 1. S1 . i=1 Show that T (n) is linear.e. Let a > 0 be a constant. i > 0.
(c) Make a conjecture for how many nodes are on level i of Sk . For S3 . its children have level 1. Here are the ﬁrst few F trees. 13 . How many nodes are there in an Fn tree. 1.). Tree Sk will have nodes on levels 0. how many nodes are on levels 0. c. . etc. b. k (and thus have k + 1 levels). Justify your answer.) (d) Prove your conjecture. .(b) The nodes on level i are all nodes distance i from the root. and 3. d. (You may also want to look at S4 . An F0 tree is a single node. An Fn+1 tree is created by taking two Fn trees and making the root of one the two trees the child of the other tree. Write down a recurrence for how many nodes there are at depth d in Fn ? Note that there are two parameters. Consider an F tree created as follows. . Guess a solution to your recurrence (by looking a few trees). a. Recall that the depth of a node is its distance from the root (so the root has depth 0. . 2. Prove that your guess is correct using mathematical induction on your recurrence. 66.
Find a number x such that ( x )2 < x2 .Floors and Ceilings 1. 6. For which positive reals x does x + 1 6 such that the = x+ 1 2 ? 3. (HINT: Express x as 1 + where 0 < < 1. For which real numbers x does the following hold: x + 1 3 = x+ 1 2 . Determine all real numbers following statement is true: r + = r . For which real numbers x does x satisfy the following two conditions: (a) 1 < x < 2. For which x is 4x = 4 x ? 5.) 14 . 4. 2. and (b) x 2 = x2 . Let r be a real number.
The last digit of a number is the rightmost digit of the number (e.g. or tuna ﬁsh with an apple. Let f be the function that takes a number x = dn dn−1 · · · d0 (these are the digits of x base 10) to the sum of the 2001 powers of the digits (e.} is ﬁnite. (c) Why does Bill call Carolyn his ‘gnilrad’ ? 3. the set {f (x). (b) There must exist x + 1 people in the room that are from the same country. or tuna ﬁsh. then how many lunches can Bill make for Carolyn. . 5. for any x. and a desert. . (a) How many diﬀerent lunchs can Bill make for Carolyn ? (b) If Carolyn does not like to have egg salad with apple pie. Assume that there are at most 200 countries in the world. (a) There must exist x people in the room that are from the same country. the last digit of 39489 is 9). Find the largest x ∈ N such that the following statements is true: If A ⊆ N and A = 59 then there are at least x numbers in A that have the same last digit. Assume that there are 900 people in a room. a fruit. Brieﬂy explain WHY statement a is TRUE and WHY statement b is FALSE. Lunch consists of a sandwich. Desert is either pretzels. .Combinatorics 1. Can you place 24 rooks on an 8 by 8 chessboard so that if you remove all but 4 then there will always be 2 that attack each other? How about 25? 4.. 2. Every Sunday Bill makes lunches for Carolyn.g. 15 . f (f (x)). or an apple pie. f (327) = 32001 + 22001 + 72001 ). Fruit is either an apple. For this problem we express numbers in base 10. a brownie. peanut butter and jelly. Show that. or a coconut. Sandwich is either ham and cheese.. egg salad. an orange. f (f (f (x))). Find a number x such that the statement a is TRUE and statement b is FALSE.
H]? (b) Suppose you know that the ﬁrst thirteen cards have one of the letters “H” or “D” on them. (b) If the input i is one of {1.Probability 1. n} then P takes 2i steps 2 16 . .e. n } then P takes i4 steps. . and n is divisible by 2.” There are 4 × 13 = 52 such possible combinations. Let r be a random number taking on the values 1. . n. number of cards turned over) of ﬁnding the card [11. but otherwise all cards are randomly distributed. followed by one of the letters “S. 2 (c) If the input i is one of { n + 1. .” or “C. You are given a deck of ﬁfty two cards which have printed on them a pair of symbols: an integer between 1 and 13. 2. . Let P be a program that has the following behavior: (a) The only inputs are {1. . . handed to you face down.” “H. Now what is the average cost of ﬁnding [11. 2. and you may assume that you have one of each type. What is the average cost (i. with probability 1 1≤i≤ n n 4 n 2 P (r = i) = n <i≤ n 4 2 1 n 2n 2 <i≤n For the algorithm below perform an average case analysis. if (r ≤ n/4) then perform 10 operations else if (r > n/4 and r ≤ n/2) then perform 20 operations else if (r > n/2 and r ≤ 3n/4) then perform 30 operations else perform n operations Perform an average case cost analysis of this algorithm. (a) Suppose the cards are randomly distributed and you turn them over one at a time. . . . n is large. . . n}.H]? 3. . 2. . . .” “D.
. Let a be a random number taking on the values 1. 2. For what values of p are we better oﬀ using linear search. Given n numbers in a sorted list. . and the probability that it in position i. n/3] or (2n/3. whereas the worst and average case costs for binary search are log2 n and (log2 n)/2. . and n is divisible by 3. . . 2. n. 2n/3]. .Find a distribution on the inputs such that every input has a nonzero probability of occurring and the expected running time is θ(n17 ). P (3) = 1/7. (a) What is the probability that a toss of these two dice produces a sum of either seven or eleven? (b) What is the expected value of the sum of the values of the dice? (c) the product of the values of the dice? 5. Let P be a program that has the following behavior: (a) The only inputs are {1. 2 ≤ i ≤ n. . and probability 1/4 that it is contained in either [1. 6. Suppose we have one loaded die and one fair die. n } then P takes log n steps. 4. P (4) = 4/21. . Consider an algorithm that has the following behavior: if (a ≤ n/3) then perform i operations else if (a > n/3 and a ≤ 2n/3) then perform log3 n operations else perform n2 operations Perform an average case cost analysis of this algorithm. n}. 3 17 . . (b) If the input is one of {1. is (1 − p)/(n − 1). . with probability 1/2 that it is contained in (n/3. and its average cost is is (n + 1)/2. n]. . in the sense that the average cost for linear search is higher than that for binary search? 7. the worst case cost for linear search is n. where the probabilities for the loaded die are P (1) = P (2) = P (5) = P (6) = 1/6. we know that in general. . n is large. Suppose instead that we have a special situation where the probability that the item we are seeking is ﬁrst in the list is p.
The ﬁnal answer can be in Θ notation. (c) Roll a 3 sided die and another 3sided die. without summations.n] be a sorted list. and probability 1/4 that it is contained in [1. and probability 1/4 that it is in (2n/3. For each of them ﬁnd the expected value and the variance. is (1 − 2p)/(n − 2). p2 . Suppose that we have a special situation where the probability that the item we are seeking is ﬁrst in the list is p. and the probability that it in position i. Both dice are fair. given a number x. p2 of being 2. n/3]. but the expected time is θ(n). see if it is on the list. . .) 9. and the probability that it is in the second position in the list is p. 3 ≤ i ≤ n. Both dice are fair. . with probability 1/2 that it is contained in (n/3. Consider an algorithm that has the following behavior: if (a ≤ n/3) then perform a log a operations else if (a > n/3 and a ≤ 2n/3) then perform log3 n operations else perform n2 operations Perform an average case cost analysis of this algorithm. Multiply the two values together. n} then P takes 2n steps 3 Find a probability distribution on the inputs such that every input has a nonzero probability of occurring. .) 10. but do not simplify it. The ﬁrst die has probability p1 of being 1. For what values of p will the average case for linear search do better than log n? (Obtain an inequality involving p. Consider the following experiments.. Let A[1. (c) If the input is one of { n + 1. 2n } then P takes n steps 3 3 18 . and p3 . (b) Roll a 2sided die and a 3sided die. . Add the two values together. 8. n. . Let a be a random number taking on the values 1. 2n/3]. . The second die is fair. Add the two values together. n]. . (In this case E and V will be in terms of p1 . . . We are pondering writing a program that will. and p3 of being 3. (a) Roll a 6sided die and a 4sided die.(d) If the input is one of { 2n + 1. . .
n}. . and after we get a number we square it. .. Let P be a program that has the following behavior: (a) The only inputs are {1. . What is A(n)? 13. . . (In this distribution all elements must occur with nonzero probability.) 15. . Suppose instead that we have a special situation where the probability that the ith item is sought is pi . .11. . and a quantity A(n). (b) If the input i is ≤ log n then P takes 2i steps (c) If the input i is such that log n < i ≤ (d) If the input i is such that i > Answer the following questions.2 . (b) Find a distribution where the expected time is Θ(n2 ). n}. We are going to pick a number from {1. . . 12. . . What is the average n−10 case cost of linear search with this probability distribution (the answer will be in terms of p). the worst case cost for linear search is n. 2. n}. and (1) for i ≤ 10 we have pi = p. We are going to pick a number i out of S with the following probability distribution. Given n (n > 10) numbers in a sorted list. . and (2) for i > 10 we have the probability that it is in position i is pi = 1−10p . Prob(i) = A(n) (where i2 A(n) is some function of n). Once we have this number i we compute X(i) = i3. Using a calculator ﬁnd values of n > 10 and p < 1 such that linear search performs better than log n average case. Assume we pick numbers from the set {1. .) Find a probability distribution such that E(X) = θ(log n). For this problem do NOT use Θnotation. and its average cost is (n + 1)/2. . 14. (a) Show A(n) = O(1). . (Formally the sample space is {1. .) 19 n 2 n 2 then P takes n2 steps then P takes n3 steps. we know that in general. (a) What is the expected run time if the distribution is uniform? You may use Θnotation. whereas the average case for binary search is (roughly) log n (its actually (log n)− c for some constant c). 2. n} There are constants p1 . n is large. (b) Find E(X)? (Use Θ notation. . . n} and the random variable is X(a) = a2 . . p2 . . Let S = {1. you will need to look at exact results. . Let n be a large number. . such that the probability of picking i is pi = A(n)i. .
Let f be a function. 6). . (Formally the sample space is {1. Assume we pick numbers from the set {1. f. and each side has equal probability (1/s) of being rolled. where the sides are marked with the numbers 1. What is the standard deviation of playing this game once n times. e. . 2. Let n be a large number. .) (b) Let a. n} and the random variable is X(i) = f (i).e. s. (a) What is the expected value of one roll of this die. . (b) What is the expected value of the sum of n (independent) rolls of this die. You lose a dollar if the two dice have diﬀerent values. Show that there exists a distribution such that E(X) = Θ(na ). . c. (e) What is the probability of two rolls of this die summing to an integer t (2 ≤ t ≤ 2s)? (Give your answer as a function of s and t.) 20 . . and after we get a number we apply f to the result. some of which do not use the assumption 1 < a << b and some of which do.16. What is the expected value of playing this game once. Consider an ssided die. Assume that f (i) = ib . n}. What is the expected value of playing this game n times. You win d dollars if the two dice land on the same value d (i. What is the variance of playing this game once. You play a game of throwing two six sided dice (with integer values 1.) (a) What is the expected value if f (i) = i2 and the distribution is uniform? (Use Θ notation. What is the variance of playing this game once n times. . . (c) What is the variance and standard deviation of one roll of this die. . (d) What is the variance and standard deviation of the sum of n (independent) rolls of this die. 18. a. . . b. (There are several valid solutions to this problem. . . . .) 17. d. you throw double d’s). b be reals such that 1 < a << b (a is much less than b). What is the standard deviation of playing this game once. .
and a 3 has probability r = 1−p−q of being rolled. What is the expected value? 21 . He remembers that either he has six blue socks and four red socks in the drawer or he has four blue socks and six red socks in the drawer.) 19. which may (or may not) be the same as the ﬁrst. how many times will he try the lock? 21. turning to the left two times and stopping on a particular integer from 1 to 60. Let H be the number of heads occurring. the expected number of heads? (b) V [H]. 22. Assume a lock has C combinations. What is (a) E[H]. but he cannot remember which (assume each is equally likely). How many possible combinations are there. If it does not work he again tries a combination randomly. He pulls two socks randomly out of the drawer.(f) What is the probability of two rolls of this die both being s given that you know that at least one of the two rolls was an s. A coin is tossed n times. Professor Pascal wakes up in the morning. What is the probability that initially there were more blue socks. Consider a threeside die where a 1 has probability p of being rolled. A thief tries a combination randomly. and then turning to the right and stopping on a ﬁnal integer from 1 to 60. a. (Note: The roll that was an s is NOT necessarily the ﬁrst roll. He keeps doing this until he ﬁnally opens the lock. a 2 has probability q of being rolled. 23. A combination lock works by turning to the right three times and stopping a on particular integer from 1 to 60 (inclusive). each time with an independent probability p of coming up heads and 1 − p of coming up tails. 20. the variance of H? (c) the standard deviation of H? (d) the probability that H > 2? Show your calculations. It turns out that they are both blue. On average. (a) Assume you roll the dice once.
24. At least one is a boy. Jones has two children.b. (a) Mr. What is the variance? c. What is the probability that they are both boys? Why? (c) Mr. What is the standard deviation? (b) Assume n independent such dice are rolled and their values are summed. Assume that (even within a family) children’s sexes are independent. At least one is a boy. What is the probability that they are both boys? Why? (b) Mr. What is the variance? c. Assume every child born has probability 1/2 of being a boy or a girl. What is the probability that at least one is a girl? Why? 22 . Johnson has three children. Smith has two children. What is the expected value? b. The older one is a boy. What is the standard deviation? Show your calculations. a.
n i i=0 2 . b. Find a function fa that does not involve summations such that n ai = θ(fa(n)). f3 (n) = n log n. 2. c be real numbers such that a. c are you better oﬀ reducing c? 23 .) 4. i=0 f4 (n) = 3. √ √ √ n f1 (n) = i=1 i. You are given the option of either reducing b a. f3 (n) = log2 ( n 2i ). b be real numbers such that a ≥ 0 and Let 0 ≤ b ≤ 1.) (b) Let b ≥ 0. c are you better oﬀ reducing b? For which values of a. i=1 i f (n) = n 1 . or c by 1. You want to make T (n) as small as possible. Let a. b. f2 (n) = ( n) log n. If two or more of the functions are of the same asymptotic order then indicate this. Find the constant A such that the following holds. i=1 6. (a) (b) (c) (d) f (n) = n 1 . 5. (a) Let a ≥ 0.Asympototics 1. c are you better oﬀ reducing a? For which values of a. f4 (n) = 3 12n 2 + 4n. For which values of a. Place the following functions into increasing asymptotic order. (The function fa might involve sevi=0 eral cases and might depend on a. b. c ≥ 10. i=1 i f (n) = n log i. f1 (n) = n2 log2 n. Consider the recurrence T (n) = aT ( n ) + nc . For each of the following expressions f (n) ﬁnd a simple g(n) such that f (n) = Θ(g(n)). b. Let a. Find a function gb that does not involve summations such that n ib = θ(gb (n)). f2 (n) = n(log2 n)2 . b. b.) (c) For what values of a and b does fa (n) = O(gb (n)). (The function gb might involve sevi=1 eral cases and might depend on b. n ik = Ank+1 + O(nk ). Prove your result. i=1 f (n) = log(n!). (Only consider the cases where 0 ≤ a. b. Let k be an integer such that k ≥ 1. Place the following functions into increasing asymptotic order.
Which of the following are true? (a) n i i=1 3 = Θ(3n−1 ). but this is not required for the hw.) 9. (b) For which constants a is it the case that 3 + 2n = O(an )? 11. b be real numbers such that a. (The function g may involve several cases depending on what c is. (a) Show that if a + b < 1 then T (n) is bounded by a linear function.7. Let a. (c) Does there exist a d such that. (a) Find a function f such that (b) Find a simple function f such plain your answer. Consider the recurrence T (n) = T ( n )+ T ( n )+ n. n i 2i i=1 5 + 3 . (b) Show that if a + b = 1 then T (n) is bounded by O(n log n). b. for all a. c as above. b) a b such that T (n) = Θ(n). Let T be the function deﬁned by T (0) = 1 T (n) = 81T ( n ) + cn 3 Find a function g(n) such that T (n) = Θ(g(n)). The cases should be clearly and easily speciﬁed. Let T (n) be deﬁned by T (2) = 4 and T (n) = T (an) + T (bn) + cn. (You should be able to prove your result by exhibiting the relevant parameters. n i i 19 i=1 3(4 ) + 2(3 ) − i + 20. b. Specify an inﬁnite number of values for (a. Let c > 0. √ that n i=1 i log i = Θ(f (n)). 24 . (a) For what values of a.) (a) f (n) = (b) f (n) = (c) f (n) = n 4 3 i=1 3i + 2i − 19i + 20. T (n) = O(nd )? (Recall that Onotation just means that nd is an upper bound on T (n). b > 0.) 10. 13. Ex 12. Let a. n i=1 i log i = Θ(f (n)). c be numbers such that 0 ≤ a. b < 1. For each of the following expressions f (n) ﬁnd a simple g(n) such that f (n) = Θ(g(n)). and c > 0. 8. b does the following hold? n 2 n ia i=0 bi = O(1).
(The function fa might involve several i=0 i cases and might depend on a. (a) Find a function fa that does not involve summations such that n −a = Θ(f (n)). = Θ(3n+1 ). (The function f might involve several a a i=1 i cases and might depend on a.) (b) Find a function gb that does not involve summations such that n i i=0 b = Θ(gb (n)). T (n) = T ( n ) + T ( n ) + n. √ 18. and b ≥ 0. (a) Find a function fa that does not involve summations such that n2 7a = Θ(fa (n)).) 16. (The function gb might involve several i=1 b cases and might depend on b. For each of the following functions f ﬁnd a simple function g such that f (n) = Θ(g(n)). 25 . b be real numbers such that −100 ≤ a ≤ 100 and b > 0. Let a. b > 0. Let T (1) = 10 and T (n) = T ( n) + n.) (b) Find a function gb that does not involve summations such that √ n 12i = Θ(gb (n)). b be real numbers such a > 0 and b > 1. b be real numbers such that 0 ≤ a ≤ 1 and Let b ≥ 0. Show that = O(1). For which values of a. You want to make T (n) as small as possible.(b) (c) n i i=1 3 n i i=1 3 = Θ(3n ). and b ≥ 0. Let a. Let a. Consider the recurrence T (n) = aT ( n ) + n. b would reducing a by 1 reduce T (n)? For which values of a.) (d) For what values of a and b does gb (n) = O(fa (n))? (Only consider the cases where 0 ≤ a ≤ 1. 19. Let a. Each case should be simple. Specify an inﬁnite number of a b values for (a. b) such that T (n) = Θ(n).) 20. Each case should be simple. b would reducing b by 1 reduce T (n)? 17. ∞ i5 i=0 i 43 14. (c) For what values of a and b does fa (n) = O(gb (n))? (Only consider the cases where 0 ≤ a ≤ 1. Show that T (n) = O(n). You are given the option of either reducing a or b b by 1. b be real numbers such that a. Consider the recurrence T (1) = 10. 15.
ω.b may involve several cases depending on what a.d such that T (n) = Θ(gc. d be real numbers such that c. o. NO PROOF REQUIRED. 21. (The function ga. (The function gb might involve several cases and might depend on b.) (b) Find a function gb that does not involve summations such that n 5b i=0 i = Θ(gb (n)). (d) f4 (n) = (0. (c) f3 (n) = log(n20 ) + (log n)10 . Each case should be simple.d might involve several cases and might depend on c and d. 7 Find a function gc. Note that zero. 23.) (c) For what values of a and b does fa (n) = O(gb (n))? (Only consider the cases a > 0 and −100 ≤ b ≤ 100. (a) Find a function fa that does not involve summations such that n2 7i = Θ(f (n)).) (d) For what values of a and b does fa (n) = Ω(gb (n))? (Only consider the cases a > 0 and −100 ≤ b ≤ 100.b should be as simple as possible. d ≥ 0. Find a function ga. Let c. Let a. or Θ of B. 26 . Ω.b (n) such that T (n) = Θ(g(n)). indicate whether A is O. (The function f might involve several a a i=1 a cases and might depend on a. Each case should be simple.) 22. b be real numbers such that a > 0 and −100 ≤ b ≤ 100.(a) f1 (n) = (1000)2n + 4n .d ).) 25.99)n + n100 . The cases should be clearly and easily speciﬁed. Let a. one or more of these relations may hold for a given pair. For each pair of expressions (A. B) below. (The function gc. √ (b) f2 (n) = n + n log n + n. Consider the recurrence n T (n) = 49T ( ) + nc dn .) 24. b is. b be any real numbers Let T be the function deﬁned by n T (n) = i=1 ia (log n)b . list all correct ones. The function ga. Each case should be simple.
A B (a) n100 2n √ (b) (lg n)12 n √ (c) n ncos(πn/8) (d) 10n 100n lg n (e) n (lg n)n (f ) lg (n!) n lg n 27 .
For each of the following combinations of properties either exhibit a connected graph on 10 vertices that exhibits these properties. (2) If G ∈ A then G has a vertex of degree ≤ 10. n2 ) be the graph that is formed by taking Cn1 . 3. then that graph does not have a Hamiltonian path. and Cn2 . n2 be natural numbers such that n1 ≥ 3 and n2 ≥ 3. 0 < a < 1 such that the following statement is true “If G is a planar graph on n vertices then at least an vertices have degree ≤ 99.Graph Problems 1. Let A be a class of graphs with the following properties: (1) If G ∈ A and H is a subgraph of G. Show that every graph in A is 10colorable. 7. n2 ) does C(n1 . Prove that in any (undirected) graph. and connecting ALL the vertices of of Cn1 to ALL the vertices of Cn2 . Let C(n1 . (a) For which values of (n1 . and let Kn denote the modiﬁcation of Kn in which one edge is removed. 6. Let n1 . 28 . (a) When does Kn have an Euler path? (b) When does Kn have a Hamiltonian cycle? (c) What is the mininum number of colors needed for a proper coloring of Kn ? 2.” 4.e. Let Kn denote the complete graph with n vertices (i. the number of vertices of odd degree is even. the cycle graph on n1 vertices. n2 ) does C(n1 . then H ∈ A. n2 ) 5colorable but not 4colorable? 5. n2 ) is C(n1 . n2 ) have an Eulerian cycle? (b) For which values of (n1 . Find a number a. the cycle graph on n2 vertices. n2 ) have a Hamiltonian path? (c) For which values of (n1 . or show that no such graph can exist. Prove rigorously that if a graph has three vertices of degree 1. each pair of vertices contains one edge between them).
(a) For which values of n is Wn 2colorable? (b) For which values of n is Wn 3colorable but not 2colorable? (c) For which values of n is Wn 4colorable but not 3colorable? (d) For which values of n is Wn 5colorable but not 4colorable? 14. . (n − 1. Give an example of a planar graph with an Eulerian path that has 2 vertices of degree 5. . Consider the following real world problem: Given n cities you want to build a highway system such that. (n − 2. n. 1)} and {(1. 3). n − 1). 11. 9. for any two cities x and y. 12. 8. You want to minimize the number of roads you build. (n. Show that every almostplanar graph is 5colorable (you may assume that every planar graph is 4colorable). . Show that if G is a planar graph then at least half the vertices have degree ≤ 10. We only consider n ≥ 3. . . there is a way to go from x to y that only passes through at most one other city. (n. For every n. . . Formally it has vertices {1. STATE this problem rigorously as a problem in graph theory. (2. 10. (b) Hamiltonian but not Eulerian. A graph is almostplanar if there exists a vertex v it such that if you remove that vertex then the graph is planar. .(a) Eulerian but not Hamiltonian. 2. n + 1). n + 1)}. ﬁnd the maximal number of edges that a graph with n vertices can have and still be unconnected. (2. 13. 2). . n + 1} and edge set is the union of the sets {(1. Let Wn be the ‘wheel graph’ (pictured below). . Find a number c such that the following is true: 29 . . (c) Hamiltonian and 2colorable. n). n + 1). .
Let G be a bipartite graph with m nodes on the left side and n nodes on the right side.) (a) Find all values of n. You may assume that the number of vertices in G is divisible by 4. m such that Cn ⊕ Cm 6colorable but not 5colorable.4 . (n. 1)}. m does Kn. m ∈ N let Kn. . (b) Find all values of n. . (c) For what values of n. 30 ..e. . 15. (a) Draw K1. and for every left vertex a and right vertex b there is an edge between a and b). . (b) For what values of n. . n} and E = {(1. 3 4 of the vertices You must prove that your answer is correct.m have a cycle that includes every vertex exactly once.e. Let n ≥ 3. n). Let Cn = (V. V = {1. (You may assume that n is large. . m does Kn. What is the maximum number of edges G can have? What is the maximum number of edges G can have and still be disconnected? 19. Show that if a graph on n vertices has ≥ n n edges then it must have a vertex of degree ≥ log n. For any graphs G and H the graph G ⊕ H is formed by placing an edge between EVERY vertex of G and EVERY vertex of H.) 18. the right set has m vertices. (n − 1. 16. the left set has n vertices. Phrase questions about kpartite graphs similar to those in the last questions. .3 and K3. (c) Find all values of n.m have a path that includes every vertex exactly once. m vertices (i. 2). Deﬁne a notion of a kpartite graph. . m such that Cn ⊕ Cm 4colorable but not 3colorable. For n.If G is a connected planar graph then at least at least have to have degree less than c.. m such that Cn ⊕ Cm 5colorable but not 4colorable.m be the complete bipartite graph on n. E) be the cycle graph (i. √ 17.
21. (Hint: Try Induction. Diane can teach 451 or 650. Edna can teach 150 or 251. (b) Find all possible schedules that assign teachers to classes so that all four classes are taught and every teacher teaches just one class.) (b) Assuming that G is represented by an adjacency list Adj[1. (Hint: First show that v∈V deg(v) = 2m where m is the number of edges in G.) A directed Hamilton path in G. give a Θ(n2 )time algorithm to compute the adjacency matrix of G. 451.n]. give a Θ(n2 )time algorithm to compute the adjacency list representation of G. Bill can teach 150 or 650. 251. If we take a complete undirected graph (a graph that has n vertices. The courses 150. the number of vertices that have odd degree are even. and 650 must be taught. in which every two players play against each other. and the edge is directed towards the winner. Let G = (V. wm and m f (wi ) is i=1 minimal among all spanning trees... and edges between all pairs of vertices) and direct all the edges in some arbitrary manner. Let T be a weighted tree. Let f be some function that is easily computed (it goes from Naturals to Naturals). 1. 22.) 24. Clyde can teach 150 or 451. (a) Model this scenario with a graph.. (a) Assuming that G is represented by an adjacency matrix A[1.n]. (c) Is there a reasonable assumption you can make to get the run time of part b down to O(E)? 23.) 31 . Prove that in a graph G = (V.. (Represent the addition of an element v to a list l using pseudocode by l ← l ∪ {v}..n. E).. . (Think of n players playing a game. Give an eﬃcient algorithm to ﬁnd the f minimal spanning tree of a weighted tree. we obtain a graph called a tournament. is a directed path that includes every vertex of G exactly once. An f minimal spanning tree is a spanning tree where the weights are w1 . E) be a directed graph.20. Prove that every tournament has a Hamilton path.
(Assume that customer i speciﬁes a subset Si of the two movies that he/she would like to see.25. Mk . undirected graph has an Euler circuit if and only if every vertex has even degree. (Hint: Show that this can be done if and only if removing an edge leaves a connected graph. An Euler Circuit for an undirected graph is a path which starts and ends at the same vertex and uses each edge exactly once. (No edges between nodes in the same set are allowed. If so. A bipartite graph is one whose vertex set can be partitioned into two sets A and B. Hints: Topological sort. (Hint: use BFS.) Give an O(E + V ) algorithm that takes an input graph (represented in adjacency list form) and decides if the graph is bipartite. The question is: is there a schedule so that each movie is shown at most once? Design an eﬃcient algorithm to ﬁnd such a schedule if one exists? 32 . (a) Give an O(V  + E) algorithm to ﬁnd an Euler circuit if one exists. . Multiple movies may be screened at the same time.) 27. Give a rigorous. relaxation lemma. concise proof that your algorithm is correct. Using depth ﬁrst search.) You need to decide which movies should be televised on saturday. . try your alg. M2 .) 29. the algorithm should also produce the bipartition. outline an algorithm that determines whether the edges of a connected. 28. such that each edge in the graph goes between a vertex in A and a vertex in B. Consider the following problem: There is a set of movies M1 . Describe concisely and accurately a lineartime algorithm for solving the singlesource shortest paths problem in a weighted DAG. . on examples. If the graph is bipartite. so that every customer gets to see the two movies they desire. There is also a set of customers. undirected graph can be directed to produce a strongly connected directed graph. Movies are shown on saturday evening and sunday evening. and which movies should be televised on sunday. 26. . with each one indicating the two movies they would like to see this weekend. the algorithm outputs such an orientation of the edges. (a) Prove that a connected.
Give an O(n + e)time algorithm to compute a path in G that traverses each edge in E exactly once in each direction. so that each customer can see one desired movie on each day. v) (where δ(u. we would like to ﬁnd it.v∈V max δ(u. 33. Consider a rooted DAG (directed. computes the minimum amount of time needed to complete all the tasks. item Suppose you are given a set of tasks T . Let G = (V. acyclic graph with a vertex – the root – that has a path to all other vertices). We would need k channels if k is the number of movies in this solution – hence if there is a solution in which each movie is shown at most once. 33 . or returns ∞ if it is not possible to meet the constraints. where task t takes time D[t] from start to ﬁnish. E) be an undirected graph. Let R = t∈T P [t]. v) is the number of edges on the path from u to v). Describe (give pseudocode for) an O(T  + R)time.) 31. Hint: work bottomup. with the constraint that for each task t there is a set of tasks P [t] which must be completed before task t is begun. The diameter of a tree T = (V. E) is given by u. Give a simple example where this bound is met. and show the correctness and analyze the running time of your algorithm. Show that the vertices of any nvertex binary tree can be partitioned into two disconnected sets A and B by removing a single edge such that A and B are at most 3n/4. Describe an eﬃcient algorithm to compute the diameter of a tree. Tasks may be performed simultaneously. 32. Hint: Use BFS or DFS. (The length of a path is the number of edges on it. DFSbased algorithm which. Give a linear time (O(V + E)) algorithm to ﬁnd the length of the longest simple path from the root to each of the other vertices. given D and P .) 30.(One naive solution would be to show all movies on both days.
A pseudoforest in is a collection of vertexdisjoint pseudotrees. j)(j. 37. 34 . (b) Assuming that G is represented by an adjacency list Adj[1.n]. Let G = (V.34. E R = {(i. v) is the heaviest edge on a cycle.. a Show that if (u. i) ∈ E}). 35. The reversal of G is a graph GR = (V. v).. E R ) where the directions of the edges have been reversed (i.n. b Show that if (u. give an O(n2 )time algorithm to compute the adjacency matrix AR for GR . v) is the lightest edge on a cut. v). A pseudotree in an undirected graph is a connected subgraph that is either a tree or a tree plus a single edge (so that it contains exactly one simple cycle). there exists a MST not containing (u.n]. FACT: There are algorithms for this problem that run a least as fast as the fastest known spanning tree algorithms. 36. give an O(n + e)time algorithm to compute an adjacency list representation of GR . Describe and analyze a fast algorithm for ﬁnding a pseudoforest of maximum total edge weight in an undirected graph with nonnegative edge weights. Give a simple example where this bound is met. E) be a directed graph. (a) Assuming that G is represented by an adjacency matrix A[1.e. 1. there exists a MST containing (u.. Show that the vertices of any nvertex binary tree can be partitioned into two disconnected sets A and B by removing a single edge such that A and B are at most 3n/4.
. . . (a) Given k. (b) b) insert a point. . Let S = {p1 . 3. . N }. . . what is k∈Ij ∈S (element associated to Ij ). and FINDMAX in O(1) steps. Devise an O(n2 ) data structure for them such that the following type of query can be answered in O(1) steps: given a rectangle. Let S be a set of n orthogonal lines in the plane (lines parallel to either the xaxis or yaxis). Devise an (n log n) algorithm for the following problem: Given n points in the plane. . . pn } be n points in the plane. . . . (Hint: Sort the points on the xcoordinate and then store in some cleverly chosen data structure. . . 2. N } and y0 a natural number. Assume they all have xcoordinate in the set {1. with both coordinates in the set {1. Let S = {p1 . y)  x0 ≤ x ≤ x1 . . Devise a Data Structure for the following such that the following query will be easy: Given an orthogonal line (not in S). . Devise a data structure such that the following operation are O(log n). . ﬁnd {(x. . IN which have endpoints in {1. . . . (c) c) delete a point. . . 2. N }. Devise a Data Structure for S such that the following operations can be carried out quickly (a) a) which pair of points is closest together. . ﬁnd the pair with the shortest distance between them. 6. Devise a structure that allows inserts and deletes in O(log n) steps and both FINDMAX and FINDMIN in O(1) steps. 2.) 4. . Let p1 . . 2. . x1 ∈ {1. . pn } be n points in the plane. which of the n lines in S does it intersect?” 5. y ≤ y0 } ∩ S. . Recall that a heap allows inserts and deletes in O(log n) steps. The data 35 . . . 2. pn are in the rectangle. how many or p1 . .Data Structures 1. . . Assume every interval in S has a natural number associated to it. . n}. Devise a Data Structure to answer the following type of query: Given x0 . Let S be a set of N intervals I1 . (b) Update by changing the value associated to an interval. pn be n points in the plane. 7.
(c) the right subtree is a Minheap. (c) LOC:Σ+ → 2N×N . and destroys Y . Y ). . 8. 9. and DELETEMIN and DELETEMAX in O(log n). Devise a data structure that will accommodate the following operations in the time bounds listed (a) UNION(X. . 11. This returns where x is (recall that the sets are all disjoint and these operations will keep them that way). 36 . FREQ(w) returns how often w occurs as a subword of any wi . This sets X to X ∪ Y . if the output is {(1. INSERT. You might not have ANY time to do an update to the structure. Devise a structure for a set on integers where the queries are just to see if some integer is in the structure. (b) FIND(x). (My notes about the reference claim that INSERT can be done in O(log log n) steps — but I am not sure I believe that. A Deap is a data structure that is a tree such that (a) there is nothing at the root. and a w in w4 starting in the 5th position. Picture an environment where updates and queries are coming in FAST. a w in w1 starting in the 7th position. 7). (1. (b) FREQ:Σ+ →N. FIND(w) returns the longest preﬁx of w that is a subword of some wi . (a) FIND:Σ+ → Σ+ . so you put the update itself in a buﬀer. 3). . How well does it do. Show how to implement FINDMIN.structure should take up no more than O(N +n) space.g. (d) every leaf in the Maxheap is bigger that its corresponding leaf in the Minheap. (4. (c) DEUNION: Undoes the last union (d) BACKTRACK: Undoes all the unions going back to and including the largest one formed. FINDMAX in O(1). Let S = {w1 . LOC(w) returns the places w occurs. e. (b) the left subtree is a Maxheap. 10. Let A be a set of n disjoint sets. and CREATE in O(n). 5)} then there is a w in w1 starting in the 3rd position. . Devise a data structure that will support the following operations. and each query should take O(k + log log n). wk } where the wi are (very long) strings.
37 . If so. (c) Given a nonedge.12. This should take time O(1) if there is no path. (b) Given edge. determine if there is a path between them. Devise a data structure to store n horizontal lines so that you can tell. 14. given an inﬁnite vertical line. (c) retrieve minimum edge in a component. (b) locate which component a vertex is in. Devise a Data Structure for a weighted Directed Graph on n nodes that can do the following operations quickly. Consider the movetofront heuristic where you decide whether or not to move the item up probabilistically: the more often the item has been accessed. Write pseudocode to implement this heuristic. (a) Merge two components. then output the path. and O(LENGTH OF PATH) if there is a path. the more likely to move it up. add it as an edge. if it hits one of them. delete it. Look into variants. The data structure should take O(n2 ) space and be able to answer the query in O(1). 15. 13. (a) Given two vertices x and y. Devise a Data Structure for a directed graph that can answer the following three types of queries.
Analysis of Algorithms 1. How fast can you multiply two n × n matrices (you may assume n is a power of 3). and d such the following statement holds when a. c. where U has n rows and columns and x and c are vectors of size n.) 3. U . b. How many multiplications are required? Justify your answer. b. and d satisfy that condition: “If one could multiply 2 a × a matrices using b multiplications and c additions then one could multiply two n × n matrices in a better way than that shown in class. c. For the following program ﬁnd a function f (n) such the runtime is Θ(f (n)). The result of applying Gaussian elimination to a square matrix is an upper triangular matrix. Assume you could multiply two 3 × 3 matrices in 18 multiplications and 54 additions. n 2 do 38 . BEGIN Input(n) For i := 1 to n do [TAKES 5i STEPS] i := n While i ≥ begin SOMETHING THAT TAKES i STEPS i := i − 1 END 2. Suppose you wish to solve the equation Ux = c for the unknown vector x. Is this better than the algorithm in class for n × n matrices? Give conditions on a.” (Try to make the conditions as general as possible.
e. a. Devise an O(n log n) algorithm for the following problem: Given n points in the plane. i. ﬁnd the pair that is closed together. do not worry about the constants) is a new “fancy” multiplication algorithm based on this fact? b. Assume we could multiply two 3 digit numbers with k multiplications. 39 . How small does k have to be for this algorithm to be asymptotically faster than the O(nlg 3 ) algorithm? 2. Assume that additions and multiplications of numbers both take exactly one time unit. How small does k have to be for this algorithm to be asymptotically faster than the “standard” (O(n2 )) algorithm? c.Divide and Conquer 1. (a) Exactly how many multiplications does the standard matrix multiplication algorithm use to multiply two n × n matrices? Exactly how many additions does it use? What is the exact time it uses to multiply two n × n matrices? (b) What is the exact time to multiply two n × n matrices using Strassen’s algorithm? (c) For what values of n is Strassen’s algorithm better than the standard algorithm? Justify your answer. 3. How fast (just the order.
(b) Show that E(k. pn . Let k.. If an egg breaks then it cannot be reused. builds a tree with optimal worst case cost. (a) Show that E(1. n)egg problem is as follows: There is a building with n ﬂoors. . The (k.) If an egg breaks when dropped from some ﬂoor then it also breaks if dropped from a higher ﬂoor. .. n). (c) Find a recurrence for E(k. An . Consider the following greedy algorithm for solving the chained matrix multiplication problem: Let the matrices A1 .. or f = n + 1 in which case the egg never breaks. How fast does it run? 2.. so that we multiply A1 to Ai−1 in the best possible way. . . (It is possible that f = 1 so the egg always breaks. Show that this greedy algorithm does not ﬁnd the optimal way to multiply a chain of matrices. n) be the minimal number of eggdroppings that will always suﬃce. n). How fast does it run? (d) Write a dynamic program that can be used to actually yield the optimal strategy for ﬁnding the ﬂoor f . given k eggs. to ﬁnd f . You are told that there is a ﬂoor f such that if an egg is dropped oﬀ the f th ﬂoor then it will break. Ai to An in the best possible way. and β to go right. given keys k1 . . n) = Θ(n k ). 40 1 . but if it is dropped oﬀ the (f − 1)st ﬂoor it will not. 3. In order the determine how to multiply A1 to Ai−1 and Ai to An we apply the algorithm recursively. . . . say qi−1 and pi . n ∈ N . and parenthesize between matrices Ai−1 and Ai .. n) = n. Devise an algorithm that will. Assume that in a tree it costs α to go left. You would like to drop eggs as few times as possible. . and ﬁnally multiply the two resulting matrices. The only operation you can perform is to drop an egg oﬀ some ﬂoor and see what happens. Look for the smallest dimension. Let E(k. pn × qn . have dimensions p1 × q1 . kn which have probabilities of being searched p1 . If an egg does not break when dropped from some ﬂoor then it also does not break if dropped from a lower ﬂoor.Dynamic Programming 1. Let α and β be constants. Your goal is. . Write a dynamic program to ﬁnd E(k..
) h[6] w[6] H W (a) Write down a recurrence for book shelver’s problem. 5. Write an eﬃcient algorithm to determine an order of evaluating the matrix product M1 × M2 × M3 . you CANNOT lay a book on its side).n] and w[1. . The books are placed on shelves in the book case. The bookshelver’s problem is. Assume for simplicity that shelves take up no vertical height. w[1.. and that books are stacked in the usual upright manner (i. × Mn so as to minimize the scalar multiplications in the case where each M is of dimension 1 × 1. what is the minimum height book case that can shelve all of these books. where h[i] denotes the height of the ith book and w[i] denotes the width of the ith book. . and you may put as many books on each shelf as you like (up to the width of the book case). 41 . (c) Analyze the running time of your algorithm. which must be placed in a library book case. (b) Use your recurrence to develop an eﬃcient dynamic programming for solving the book shelver’s problem. d × d for some ﬁxed d. Let h[1.n] be arrays.n].. 1 × d. and W .. (Notice that there is some unnecessarily wasted height on the third shelf. Below shows an example of a shelving.. given h[1.4. placed wherever you like (up to the height of the book case).n]. All book cases have width W . You may use as many shelves as you like. We are given a collection of n books.e. Assume that these arrays are given by the books’ catalogue numbers (and the books MUST be shelved in this order). d × 1. but you may have any height you like. The height and width of the 6th book are shown to the right..
. (b) Based on your recurrence. For example. then a longest monotonically increasing subsequence is 3. What can you say about its running time? (c) Based on your recurrence. . . but also determining the two endpoints. 14. give a Θ(n2 ) dynamic programming algorithm for ﬁnding the length of the longest monotonically increasing subsequence. Assume that there are n numbers (some possibly negative) in a circle. 3. j) be the probability that team A will win the game given that it needs i points to win and team B needs j points. Assume that there are n numbers (some possibly negative) in an array . 5. 13. if the entries are 10. 42 . 11. Let P (i. consider the problem of ﬁnding the longest monotonically increasing subsequence of not necessarily contiguous entries in your array. Consider the problem of computing the probability of which team will win a game consisting of many points. and we wish to ﬁnd the maximum contiguous sum. . 10. 5. Give an eﬃcient algorithm for solving this problem. Consider the problem of not only ﬁnding the value of the maximum contiguous subsequence in an array. 14. The goal of this problem is to ﬁnd an eﬃcient dynamic programming algorithm for solving this problem. 8. 11. (d) Modify your algorithm to actually ﬁnd the longest increasing subsequence (not just its length). 9. (a) Write down a recurrence for L[i].6. Give an eﬃcient algorithm for solving this problem. What is its time? 8. HINT: Let L[i] be the length of the longest monotonically increasing sequence that ends at and uses element a[i]. 8. Give a linear time algorithm for solving this problem. n] of integers. Assume team A has probability p of winning each point and team B has probability q = 1−p of winning each point. and we wish to ﬁnd the maximum contiguous sum on the circle. Given an array a[1. (e) Improve your algorithm so that it ﬁnds the length of the longest monotonically increasing subsequence in Θ(n lg n) time. [What happens if all entries are negative?] 7. What is its time? 9. give a recursive program for ﬁnding the length of the longest monotonically increasing subsequence.
j2 ] is deﬁned recursively. We limit the decompositions to a special type called guillotine decompositions. (b) Based on your recurrence.i2 . they may be further decomposed by a guillotine decomposition.. White has an advantage. wd ... j1 . j1 . 43 . and losing playing black.i.j2 ].. j). Wins count as 1. has probabilities ww ..j] and A[i1 . drawing. i1 ≤ i < i2 and split the array horizontally just after row i.i2 . drawing.i2 . (j + 1). We want to decompose this matrix into rectangular submatrices such that the entries in any submatrix are either all 0 or all 1. You are given an n × n matrix A whose entries are either 0 or 1. Not only are there wins and losses. (c) Analyze its running time assuming that the match has n games. as follows. j1 . (c) Analyze the running time of your algorithm.. If i1 < i2 then select any i. j1 ≤ j < j2 and split the array vertically just after column j. give a dynamic programming to calculate the champion’s probability of retaining the title. and wl of winning. creating two new subarrays A[i1 .j2 ]. because he moves ﬁrst..j2 ] and A[(i + 1). losses as 0. then no further decomposition is possible. and draws as 1/2. (a) Write down a recurrence for the probability that the champion retains the title. The players take turns playing white and black... (b) Use your recurrence to develop an eﬃcient dynamic programming algorithm for determining the probability that team A will win the game given that it needs i points and team B needs j points.. j1 . If both i1 < i2 and j1 < j2 then you are free to make either type of cut. The current champion retains the title in case the match is a tie. An example of a guillotine decomposition into submatrices of one value is shown below. Assume that there are g games left to play in the match and that the champion needs to win i games (which may end in a 1/2).i2 . bd . 12. but some games end in a draw (tie). A guillotine decomposition of a subarray A[i1 .(a) Write down a recurrence for P (i. and bl of winning. 11. and has probabilities bw . If j1 < j2 then select any j. and losing playing white. Once the two submatrices are formed. creating two new subarrays A[i1 . If i1 = i2 and j1 = j2 . The traditional world chess championship is a match of 24 games. Assume the champion is white in the ﬁrst game.
There MUST be at least one space between any two words on the same line. if a given line contains words i through j. word i starts in the leftmost position of the line. Analyze the running time and space of your algorithm.0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 Write a dynamic programming algorithm to determine the MINIMUM number of guillotine cuts needed to decompose the matrix A into submatrices of one value. we simply put one space between each word. . so that there are at least two words on each line.) 13. The amount of extra space between any two words on this line is M − j lk k=i − 1. and space is inserted between the words as evenly as possible. Our criterion for “neatness” is as follows. We wish to minimize the sum of costs of all lines (except the last). (Note: You do not have to output the actual cuts themselves. and word j ends in the rightmost position of the line. starting at the leftmost position of the line. Justify the correctness of your algorithm. It suﬃces to determine the minimum cost. 44 . measured in characters. The input text is a sequence of n words of lengths l1 . We want to print this paragraph neatly on a number of lines that hold a maximum of M characters each. and derive its running time. j−i and the total cost of the line is the cube of this value multiplied times (j − i). just the number of cuts. Give a dynamic programming algorithm to determine the neatest way to print the words. . . ln . You may assume that every word has length less than M/2. not the actual printing method. For the last line. . Consider the problem of neatly printing a paragraph on a printer. l2 . Except for the last line.
. While walking on the beach one day you ﬁnd a treasure trove. (b) Prove that your algorithm works correctly. (1) Initialize all d[v] values to −∞. ﬁnd the minimum cost hamiltonian cycle. 4. Assume that you are given a set {x1 . . . . perform an ExtractMax. and if False then give a counterexample. Give a class of graphs for which your algorithm always uses more colors then it has to.) 2. . 5. for example. . . . (The Traveling Salesperson problems is. and then run the algorithm as before. vn . Inside there are n treasures with weights w1 . . a cut treasure retains its fractional value (so. True or False: This modiﬁed algorithms produces a Maximum Cost Spanning Tree. (a) Describe an eﬃcient greedy algorithm that covers the points with as few intervals as possible. . reverse all comparisons so that the shortest 45 . (a) Describe a Θ(n lg n) time greedy algorithm to solve this problem. Modify Dijkstra’s algorithm as follows. If True then prove your answer. and (3) in relaxation. given a weighted graph G. (b) Prove that your algorithm works correctly. wn and values v1 . (c) Improve the running time of your algorithm to Θ(n). a third of treasure i has weight wi /3 and value vi /3). Give a GREEDY ALGORITHM that tries to ﬁnd a coloring of a graph that uses the least number of colors. Fortunately there is a knife handy so that you can cut treasures if necessary. Sort the edges of the graph in DECREASING order. . . Give a class of graphs for which your algorithm succeeds in ﬁnding the least number of colors needed. xn } of n points on the real line and wish to cover them with unit length closed intervals. 6. Modify Kruskal’s algorithm as follows. (2) rather than performing an ExtractMin. Write a greedy algorithm for the Traveling Salesperson Problem Find an inﬁnite set of graphs for which it ﬁnds the optimal solution (no proof required). 3. Unfortunately you have a knapsack that only holds a total weight M .Greedy Algorithms 1.
If we have a path P . 8. For each of the following situations.path estimate d[v] increases rather than decreases. Show that your algorithm is “correct”. (b) Suppose that P is the shortest path from s to v in G. The cost of an edge e is deﬁned to be 1/ce where ce is the cost of e in G. If True then prove your answer. then the capacity of the path is deﬁned to be the minimum bandwidth of all the edges that belong to the path P . and WHICH edges might possibly be inserted into the MST. and if False then give a counterexample. (Essentially. v) = maxP (s. v). A good algorithm should recompute the MST by considering only those edges that might change. and with the right data structures takes O(m lg n) time. (a) Is the Minimum cost spanning tree in G. Suppose we are given a graph G (connected. from s to v. except for the costs. 7. and HOW you would select the edges to be inserted/deleted.) 9. where s is some ﬁxed source vertex. undirected) with costs on the edges (all costs > 0). State WHICH edges might possibly be deleted from the MST. or disprove. for each vertex v. Is P the longest simple path from s to v in G ? Prove. (For extra credit: give a proof for your scheme. If case 2) occurs then describe what changes might occur in the MST. the Maximum cost spanning tree in G ? Prove or disprove. v) is equal to the maximum capacity path from s to v. and analyze its running time.v) capacity(P ).) 46 . indicate whether 1) the MST cannot change 2) the MST can possibly change. capacity(s.) Give an eﬃcient algorithm to compute capacity(s. and you compute a minimum cost spanning tree T . Suppose that your boss gives you a connected undirected graph G. Now we construct a new graph G . Assume that we have a network (a connected undirected graph) in which each edge ei has an associated bandwidth bi . Your job is to recompute the new minimum spanning tree (say T ). Now he tells you that he wants to change the cost of an edge. which is the same as G. True or False: This modiﬁed algorithm determines the cost of the longest simple path from the source to each vertex. We deﬁne capacity(s. (Design something that is no more than O(n2 ).
Prove that if a connected undirected graph has distinct edge weights. and colors C.) 11. then it is not in any minimumweight spanning tree. You do not need to design an algorithm. (1) Initialize all d[v] values to −∞. Continue in this fashion until all of the nodes in the graph are colored. (d) He increases the cost of an edge f that does not belong to T . True or False: This modiﬁed algorithm determines the cost of the longest simple path from the source to each vertex. 12. (c) He decreases the cost of an edge f that does not belong to T . but to simply state the edges that need to be considered. we desire to ﬁnd the minimum number of colors needed to color an undirected graph. (Hint: Recall the proof of Kruskal’s algorithm. 13. Prove the following lemma: If an edge of an undirected weighted graph is the unique most expensive edge on a cycle. (2) rather than performing an ExtractMin. and (3) in relaxation. In the graph coloring problem. 10. perform an ExtractMax. What is your running time as a function of the number of vertices V . Then to consider every other node one at a time and color it “1” if it does not neighbor a node already colored “1”. (a) How would you implement this algorithm eﬃciently? Be brief but clear. (b) Prove that for every graph. Now do the same for all of the remaining nodes using the color “2”. (b) He increases the cost of an edge e that belongs to T . 47 . and if False then give a counterexample. reverse all comparisons so that the shortest path estimate d[v] increases rather than decreases. then the minimum cost spanning tree is unique. Modify Dijkstra’s algorithm as follows. edges E. the algorithm might get lucky and color it with as few colors as possible. A coloring of an undirected graph is assignment of colors to the nodes so that no two neighboring nodes have the same color. If True then prove your answer.(a) He decreases the cost of an edge e that belongs to T . One possible greedy algorithm for this problem is to start with an arbitrary node and color it “1”.
(c) Prove that the algorithm can be arbitrarily bad. for every constant α > 0 the ratio between the number of colors used by the greedy algorithm and by the optimal algorithm could be at least α. 48 . In other words.
when given two lists of length m that are sorted. For what values of α. 4. divide it into three subsets of equal size.n] be an array such that the ﬁrst n − n elements are already sorted (though we know nothing about the remaining elements. O(n) steps). For what values of a is the algorithm better than θ(n log n) (you may assume n is large and reason asymptotically). 49 . You may also assume that n is a power of three. write an algorithm that sorts a list of n numbers. Let A[1. (b) Analyze the cost of this algorithm. Write down a recursive algorithm that uses this hardware to sort lists of length n.Sorting and Selection 1. 0 ≤ α ≤ 1 is the following statement TRUE: Given an array A[1. Devise a sorting algorithm using this hardware that performs substantially better than O(n log n). A can be sorted in linear time (i.n] where the ﬁrst n − nα are sorted (though we know nothing about the remaining elements). sort each of the three subsets. 6.. Assume that you have a subroutine that ﬁnds the minimum of n numbers in na steps. merge the ﬁrst two subsets in sorted order.. (For your own enlightenment replace m with other functions and see what happens.) 2. You may assume that you have available a procedure merge that merges two sorted lists of size n1 and n2 in time n1 + n2 . Write down a recurrence to √ describe the run time. Assume you have some kind of superhardware that. Given a set of n numbers. √ and takes only m steps.. Assume that you have specialpurpose hardware that can take two sorted lists of equal size n and merge them in (n) steps. √ 5.e. merges them into one sorted list. Consider the following variation of mergesort. Write an algorithm that will sort A in substantially better than n log n steps. Let a be a number such that 0 ≤ a ≤ 1. (a) Write an informal program that could implement this algorithm. and then merge the result with the third subset in sorted order. Using this subroutine. 3. How fast does your algorithm run (you may use θnotation).
You wish to store a set of n numbers in either a heap or a sorted array. and 25 cents. 10 cents. 8. Find a number c such that for all n ≥ 1.) For each of the following desired properties state whether you are better oﬀ using a heap or an ordered array. 9. and DELETE in O(n). Show that if you want x cents and the least amount of coins. n 3 n 4 Execute n operations 50 . or that it does not matter. (Heap is MAXheap.) 11. the running time of this program. 10. the includes a 1 cent coin. Justify your answers. the greedy algorithm is optimal. PROCEDURE P begin Input(n) (this takes 0 steps) if n = 1 then execute 4 operations and stop. come up with a structure that allows MAX and MIN in O(1) steps. (For your own enlightenment. Devise a structure that allows MAX and MIN in O(1) steps. INSERT in O(log n) steps.7. Exhibit of set of coin denominations for which greedy is not optimal. c is this better than the algorithm in class. Let P be a program that has the following format. Assume you had a way of expressing the product of two numbers of n bits long by using a products of numbers that are n long. etc. 5 cents. How fast can you multiply two numbers of n bits long. and DELETE also in O(log n). (if n = 1 this takes 0 operations. b. and ONE extra point. For what values of a.) Execute n operations Call P on input Call P on input end Write a recurrence for T (n). INSERT in O(log n). In American we have coins for 1 cent. has MAX element on top. along with b addition of c numbers. T (n) ≤ cn.
(d) Want to ﬁnd the MIN quickly. in the course of time. (3) try to ﬁnd MIN c times. 51 . (d) Space is relevant. but using a little extra space is okay. Assume that we are going to be sorting arrays A[1. Assume that we use RADIX sort.) 13. For what values of a. (b) Want to be able to delete an element quickly. Let f (n) be a function of n. We can assume a. (c) Want to be able to form the structure quickly. b. What is the worst case performance? What is the best case performance? 14. (You must also take into consideration the time spent forming these structures. f (n)}. c are we better oﬀ using a heap? For what values are we better oﬀ using a sorted array. 15. For each of the following scenarios indicate if you would use QUICKSORT or HEAPSORT and why. (1) do an add or delete a times.n] but that we have a MAGIC algorithm that sorts arrays of size ≤ n in n steps. Given n elements we are going to. c are much smaller than n. We are thinking of sorting a list of n elements using this hardware. . .) 16. Rewrite 3 the pseudocode for QUICKSORT on page 154 so that it can use this MAGIC algorithm.(a) Want to ﬁnd the MAX quickly. What is a LOWER BOUND on how well we can do? Explain your result. Hence a variation of the decision tree model is appropriate. 12. the operation above. Find an inﬁnite number of functions f such that RADIX SORT performs substantially better than O(n log n). . Assume that you have hardware that can sort log n elements in ONE step. (You can assume that the only operations allowed are comparisons. (c) Space is a crucial parameter. . (b) The array is such that you have a good idea of where the median is. Assume that we are going to sort n numbers from the set {1. (2) try to ﬁnd MAX b times. (a) It is absolutely crucial that the array gets sorted quickly. and swaps.. b.you can’t use even a little bit of extra space.
For each of the following scenarios say whether you would use MERGESORT. (c) The elements to be sorted are numbers from the set {1. Assume that you can ﬁnd the median of a elements in b comparisons. (d) No bound is known on the elements to be sorted. Explain carefully why they are not. . (b) We have access to a VERY FAST median ﬁnding algorithm that we can use as a subroutine. Adjust the algorithm so it takes inputs that are natural numbers in {1. (a) The elements to be sorted are numbers from the set {1. log n} but the only operations we are allowed to use are COMPARE and SWAP. Give an upper bound on the number of comparisons used (do NOT use Onotation). pn} and uses p buckets. 52 . How might you adjust i the algorithm so that it performs well for this distribution? 18. RADIX SORT. Discuss informally how this algorithm might behave if the inputs are chosen with the distribution P rob(x = i) = K (Where K is the appropriate constant). or COUNTING SORT. Brieﬂy explain why you chose the one you did. These statements seem to be in contradiction. . QUICKSORT (or variants). . counting sort. n} and we have access to the actual bits of the number. Devise a lineartime MEDIAN FINDING algorithm that uses this. b be numbers. Find values of a. . 19. Consider the following two statements: (1) Sorting n elements REQUIRES Ω(n log n) operations.17. Use this in the lineartime median ﬁnding algorithm. 1) (fractions allowed of course). . Assume that you can ﬁnd the median of 7 elements in 12 comparisons. Let a. . but we need to guarantee fast performance. Let p be a positive natural number. Try to make the bound as tight as possible. Try to make the bound as tight as possible. . and bucket sort perform in time substantially better than O(n log n). b such that you can ﬁnd medians in ≤ 4n comparisons. 20. The algorithm for bucket sort is geared to take inputs in the range [0. 21. . (2) Radix sort. . . . Give an upper bound on the number of comparisons used (do NOT use Onotation). .
will this sorting algorithm perform (1) much better than Θ(n log n).e. 53 . MAGIC does what PARTITION does in the usual QUICKSORT algorithm). . they had d(n) children (except possibly the rightmost internal node on the secondtolast level. and returns the index of the largest element in the ﬁrst partition (i. (b) Show that if i is any constant then the ith largest element can be found in O(1) steps 24. Also.. when given two lists of length m that are sorted. which may have 1 or 2 children). Write down a recursive algorithm that uses this hardware to sort lists of length n Write down a recurrence to describe the run time. given an array B[1. Imagine that we redesigned MAXheaps so that instead of every internal node having 2 children (except possibly the rightmost internal node on the secondtolast level. Let d ≥ 0. Describe a sorting algorithm similar to QUICKSORT that uses MAGIC to sort A[1. and c no explanations are needed. For what d.22.m]. . b. (a) Show that the third largest element can be found in O(1) steps. . which may have 1. merges them into one sorted list. places the smallest m elements into B[1.. d(n) children). (b) Give a scenario where MERGESORT is better than QUICKSORT. 25. Let d(n) be a function of n such that d(n) << n. (a) Give a scenario where RADIXSORT is better than MERGESORT. Assume that n numbers are in a MAXheap. In answering a. (b) INSERT.. (c) DELETE MAX. How fast would the following operations be? You may use Θnotation. (3) in Θ(n log n)? 26. QUICKSORT refers to the randomized version. Assume that this hardware works in md steps. Assume you had some kind of superhardware that. We have special hardware labeled MAGIC that.m] (not 2 2 necessarily in order). Assume that c ≥ 0. m ] (not 2 2 necessarily in order). (2) much worse than Θ(n log n). For what values of c does this algorithm perform substantially better than O(n log n)? 23. .. determine whether it is in the structure). places the largest m into B[( m + 1).n]. (a) FIND MAX. and takes only mc steps. (d) FIND (given a key..
27. We are going to be sorting numbers in the interval [0. Write down a recurrence to √ describe the run time. (For your own enlightenment replace m with other functions and see what happens. b such that COUNTING SORT will perform substantially better than O(n log n). given an √ array of n elements. Write down a recursive algorithm that uses this hardware to sort lists of length n. (a) Give an algorithm for sorting (n elements) that uses this hardware. (We use the version in the book where there are n buckets and each individual one is sorted by INSERTION SORT. ﬁnds the n rd largest element in n comparisons. √ and takes only m steps. What is its running time? (b) Give a lower bound on how well any algorithm with this hardware can do. Find all values of a. We are going to be sorting numbers between 1 and na (log n)b . 1) using BUCKETSORT. similar to QUICKSORT. 28. merges them into one sorted list. b ≥ 0. 54 .) 30. 3 Use this to devise an algorithm that takes cn log n comparisons. when given two lists of length m that are sorted.(c) Give a scenario where QUICKSORT is better than RADIXSORT. then BUCKETSORT is guaranteed to do substantially better than O(n log n).) (a) Find an increasing function f such that the following holds: ‘If when doing BUCKETSORT we are guaranteed that no bucket has more than f (n) elements in it. 29. 32. Let a. Assume that we have MAGIC HARDWARE that can sort k elements in 1 step. Assume that we have MAGIC HARDWARE that can ﬁnd the MAX of three elements in 1 step. not serious grading. Assume that we have a MAGIC ALGORITHM that can. Assume you have some kind of superhardware that.’ (b) Find an inﬁnite number of such functions with diﬀerent orders of magnitude.) 31. What is the lowest YOU can make c? (This last part is for speculation.
Let a. (Note— there is no one ‘right answer’ to this problem. b ≥ 0. Give an example of your algorithm at work. merges them in am mb steps. (a) Write an algorithm that uses this hardware to. . b does your algorithm run substantially faster than O(n log n)? 36. sort it. Let a FEAP be just like a HEAP except that the internal nodes have FIVE children instead of TWO (only the right most internal node might have less than FIVE children). Devise an algorithm that sorts A in substantially less than O(n log n).b such that T (n) = θ(fa. Assume you have some kind of superhardware that. What is its running time? (b) Give a lower bound on how well any algorithm with this hardware can do. (a) Give an algorithm that does the following: given a FEAP and a new element.b might involve several cases. remove the root of the FEAP and insert the new element. NO CODE). when given 12 sorted lists of length m. (The function fa.) You must describe your algorithm informally (i. Find a function fa. n2 } but that at most log log n of these numbers ever appear. (When you are done you must have a FEAP again. however whatever answer you give must be well thought out. . 33. Devise an algorithm that does very well on lists that are almost sorted (according to your deﬁnition)...n]. .(a) Give an algorithm for MAX (of n elements) that uses this hardware.n] only has numbers from {1. 34.b ). In some applications the lists one wants to sort are already ‘partially sorted’ Come up with a formal way to measure ‘how sorted’ a list is. . (b) Let T (n) be the running time of your algorithm. It should match the upper bound. Assume that the array A[1. Your deﬁnition must be rigorous..) 35.) (c) For what values of a. (b) How many comparisons does your algorithm take in the worst case? How many comparisons does your algorithm take in the 55 . b be real numbers such that a.e. given an array A[1.
b ). and hW (n) + θ(1) comparisons in the Worst case.) (b) Assume m is a constant. (b) Let T (n) be the running time of your algorithm. output some element larger than the median element.. (The function fa. 56 . Derive both upper and lower bounds for this problem in terms of the number of comparisons needed. Assume that the array A[1.) Devise an O(n) algorithm to sort A. Find functions gB (n) and gW (n) such that your algorithm takes gB (n) + θ(1) comparisons in the Best case. Consider the following problem: given a list of n elements. etc. 5 5 the ( 3m )th largest element. but you may ignore this for the purposes of this 5 problem. .b such that T (n) = θ(fa.) (a) Write an algorithm that uses this hardware to sort lists of length n. b ≥ 0. given a heap on n elements and a number m with m ≤ log log n. . Find functions hB (n) and hW (n) such that your algorithm takes hB (n) + θ(1) comparisons in the Best case. (You may assume √ that n and n1. b be real numbers such that a.2 } but √ that all numbers that appear are multiples of n. (Note that multiplicative constants are important. Let a. 38.. (a) Exhibit an O(log n) algorithm that will. n1. when given an array A[1. Assume you have some kind of superhardware that.best case? How many moves does it make in the worst case? How many moves does it make in the best case? (Do not ignore multiplicative constants. the ( 2m )th largest element.2 are integers.. and the ( 4m )th largest element.) (c) Assume m is log log n. (The end result is a heap that has that one element deleted. (Formally the numbers above should be m .) 39. (Note that multiplicative constants are important. and gW (n) + θ(1) comparisons in the Worst case. Find a function fa. ﬁnd and delete the mth largest element in the heap. Assume 5 5 this hardware runs in time ma (log m)b .b might involve several cases and might depend on a and b.n] only has numbers from {1.m] returns the following: the ( m )th largest element. . Also consider the model where you can ask k comparisons at a time.) 40. .) 37.
s) to partition array A from p to r based on element A[s]. Prove that the elements in each row remain sorted.) ? 43. Show that the professor is wrong by proving that the number of three way comparisons required to sort n elements is still Ω(n lg n).) Supply the analysis. 44. 42.41. The professor claims that the Ω(n lg n) lower bound for sorting n numbers does not apply to his workstation. Consider a rectangular array of distinct elements. (HINT: We need to choose the partition element carefully. ﬁnd the smallest and largest elements on the list. Let hilo BE the problem of. then what is the running time of the algorithm (Hint: redesign a new algorithm for this part. (HINT: Imagine you are running a tennis tournament and wish to ﬁnd the best and worst players. Write an algorithm to ﬁnd an i such that A(i) = i (if one exists). 45. 46. given n numbers. in which the control ﬂow of the program can split three ways after a single comparison ai : aj . Now sort (in place) the elements in each column into increasing order. . What is the running time of your algorithm ? If the integers are allowed to be both positive and negative. Assume that we have MAGIC HARDWARE that can ﬁnd the 3rd largest of log n elements in 1 step. Write an algorithm Partition(A. where A(1) < A(2) < . using exactly r − p comparisons. Each row is given in increasing sorted order. ai = aj . 47. (a) Give an algorithm to solve HILO with 2n − 3 comparisons. Show how to implement quicksort in worst case O(n lg n) time. Let A be an array of positive integers (> 0). according to whether ai < aj . 57 . < A(n). You may assume that n is even. which should also be very brief.p. . or ai > aj . Your algorithm should be high level and very brief. (b) Give an algorithm that uses substantially less than 2n comparisons. Give a lower bound on how well any algorithm with this hardware can do.) (c) Show that the algorithm presented in the last part is optimal.r.
T (n) ≤ an. and one quarter to the right. How many comparisons and exchanges does the partition algorithm use? c. Consider the following quicksortlike sorting algorithm. Partition based on both of the elements. the number of comparisons. The usual deterministic linear time (worst case) SELECT algorithm begins by breaking the set into groups of 5 elements each. Assume the partition elements always partition so exactly one quarter are to the left. but show your calculations. Can you reﬁne your analysis of this version of quicksort? For example. T (n) ≤ an. a.) b. Write high level code for this algorithm. (You can let c be the number of comparisons needed to ﬁnd the median of 7 elements. for all n. So the elements smaller than both are to the left. the number of comparisons. Assume that we changed the algorithm to break the set into groups of 7 elements each.48. (c) Explain loosely (but clearly) how to extract the maximum element from the dary heap (and restore the heap). e. the elements in between are in the middle. Write down the recurrence for the new running time. Write a recurrence for T (n). A dary heap is like a binary heap. Find a constant a such that. b. nodes have d children. Assume the partition elements always partition exactly into thirds. a. and the elements larger than both are to the right. How many comparisons does it require? (d) How many comparisons does it take to sort? Just get the high order term exactly. 50. but instead of two children. 58 . d. (a) How would you represent a dary heap in an array? (b) What is the height of a dary heap of n elements in terms of n and d. Write a recurrence for T (n). can you ﬁnd its average case? 49. Find a constant a such that. Solve the recurrence. Pick two elements of the list. one half in the middle. for all n.
51. Look for the right most element that is smaller and place it in the ﬁrst position (which is the newly opened position on the left side). Take it out. Starting from there look for the right most element that is smaller and place it in the the newly opened position on the left side. Finally. Devise an algorithm that ﬁnds the second largest of four elements. How does quicksort compare? 52. Look for the left most element that is larger and place it in the newly opened position on the right side. 59 .(e) What value(s) of d are optimal? Justify your answer. Try to get a good value of a. assume you got the following recurrence: q2 2 n−1 T (q) + q − ] T (n) = [ n q=1 n Use constructive induction to show that T (n) ≤ an ln n. We are going to derive the average number of moves for quicksort using a somewhat unusual partitioning algorithm. (a) Brieﬂy describe the algorithm in English. but do not solve it. (e) Simplify the recurrence. (g) Heapsort makes about n lg n moves. We partition on the ﬁrst element. What is the expected number of moves? (d) Write a recurrence for the expected number of moves. put the partition element into the hole. (b) Give a decision tree for it. (f) To keep the calculations simple. Starting from there look for the left most element that is larger and place it in the newly opened position on the right side. What is the expected number of elements originally to the left that go to the right? (c) Assume that the partition element ends up in position q. What is the probability that an element originally to the left went to the right? (b) Assume that the partition element ends up in position q. which is its ﬁnal position in the sorted array. Continue in this fashion until the pointers cross. (a) Assume that the partition element ends up in position q.
(a) Show that in any Decision Tree for M AXn . ii. n) be the number of arrangements of two lists X. Show that T has depth n + lg n − O(1). Y where each list keeps its original order. (HINT: if only n − 2 comparisons are made then show that the maximum cannot be determined. n) two ways. Ti has 2n−2 leaves. i. only comparisons are the main operation. iv. Let M AXn be the problem of ﬁnding the max of n numbers. Let Ti be formed as follows: take tree T and. Let SECn be the problem of ﬁnding the second largest of n numbers. Assume you had a special hardware component that could ﬁnd the √ minimum of n numbers in one step. Let i be such that 1 ≤ i ≤ n. . 56.) (b) Show that any Decision tree for M AXn has 2n−1 leaves. Find a lower bound on the number of leaves in T by using the last two items. In this problem you will ﬁnd S(m. (Assume all of the elements are distinct. eliminate the comparison by assuming that xi wins. iii.e. every branch has depth at least n − 1. We assume the decision tree model. . whenever there is a comparison between xi and xj . for all i and j. Argue that Ti is essentially a decision tree to ﬁnd MAX on {x1 . We are going to derive a lower bound for merging two lists of sizes m. either the ﬁrst element of X is the smallest or the ﬁrst element of Y is the smallest (but 60 . v. m ii.n)=m+n using a combinatorial argument. . . Give upper and lower bounds for sorting using this component. (c) Let T be a Decision tree for SECn . Show that S(m. Show that.) (a) Let S(m. n. 54. for all i. In all of the arrangements.. Give upper and lower bounds for sorting using this component. xn } − {xi }. i. Assume you had a special hardware component that could sort n numbers in one step. the leaves of Ti and the leaves of Tj are disjoint. i.53. √ 55. Show that.
How does it compare to the lower bound of 2n − 1. 57. For each comparison of two values x and y. How many comparisons does it use in the worst case. 61 . Justify your answer. (b) Give an algorithm to sort in 2n/3 comparisons in the average case (assuming each of the n inputs is 0 or 1 with equal probability). write down a recurrence for S(m. Assume it is the ﬁrst element of X. 59. Derive a lower bound for the number of comparisons needed for solving this problem. A little looseness in your “proof” is acceptable here. the algorithm learns which of x < y. Show that your algorithm is optimal. (c) Compare your upper and lower bounds. Consider the problem of partitioning n elements into k equal sized groups. so that the ﬁrst group has the smallest n/k elements (not necessarily sorted). (If k = 0 then the deck is sorted. Show that m+n is a m solution to your recurrence. where each element is within k positions of its correct sorted position (on either side). Make your bound as exact as possible.) (a) Give a lower bound on the number of comparisons it takes to sort the list. (b) Give a lower bound for the number of comparisons needed to merge two lists. Consider the problem of sorting a sequence of n 0’s and 1’s using comparisons. How many arrangements of the remaining elements are there? Assume it is the ﬁrst element of Y . Simplify your answer using Stirling’s formula. or x > y holds. Assume you have a list of n elements. the second group has the next smallest n/k elements (not necessarily sorted). How many arrangements of the remaining elements are there? Based on this information. Show that your algorithm is optimal. x = y. (a) Give an algorithm to sort in n − 1 comparisons in the worst case.) a. 58. (c) What is your answer when m = n (write it as simply as possible). (b) Give an eﬃcient comparisonbased algorithm for sorting the list. n). (You may assume that k divides n. etc.not both).
that merges two sorted arrays A[1. D[i][j] <= D[i][j+1]). (a) Assume you are given a number X and two sorted lists of n numbers each: A1 ≤ A2 ≤ · · · ≤ An and B1 ≤ B2 ≤ · · · ≤ Bn .n][1. SUR. TOO.. 60. then merge this array with D[3] to form an array of length 3n.e. assume that you have access to a procedure Merge(A. Analyze its running time. Justify the correctness and running time of your algorithm.nb] into a single sorted array C[1. SUP. POT. TON. B. The ﬁrst strategy for accomplishing this is called cascading merging. 62 . OPT.. For this problem.e. O(n)) time algorithm to determine how many pairs (i. Illustrate the operation of radix sort on the following list of English words: RUT. First merge D[1] with D[2] to form an array of length 2n.na] and B[1.na+nb]. D[1. OUT. na. such that each array is sorted (i.. See the ﬁgure below. j) there are such that Ai + Bj ≤ X. etc. (b) Show how to preprocess the lists A and B (in any way that you like and producing any data structure that you like) so that given X. The ﬁnal merge is between an array of length (n − 1)n with D[n] to form the ﬁnal sorted array of length n2 . c.n]. 1dimensional arrays each of length n. PUT 62. the pair counting problem can be solved in o(n) time. Design a linear (i. How much preprocessing time do you use? How much storage is used? How much time is needed to answer one query (after preprocessing)? 61. C. We want to compute a single sorted array that contains all n2 elements. ROT. TOP. Suppose that you have a collection of n.. Give an eﬃcient algorithm for solving this problem. nb). TOR. Assume we also have access to unlimited dynamic array allocation.b.. This procedure runs in O(na + nb ) time.
mk ! comparisons are necessary to sort this list by a comparisonbased sorting algorithm. 63 . repeat the balanced merging on these arrays. Derive the running time of your algorithm. . 64. . O n + lg (b) Show that this many comparisons are suﬃcient to sort (i. The result is n/2 sorted arrays of size 2n each. This is repeated until there is 1 array of size n2 . . 63. . resulting in n/4 arrays of size 4n each.D[1] D[2] D[3] D[4] ❍❍ ✟✟❍❍❍ ✟✟ ❍ ✟✟ ✟✟✟ ✟ ✟✟ D[1] D[2] D[3] D[4] ❍❍ ✟✟❍❍❍ ❍ ✟✟ ❍❍✟✟ ✟✟ Cascading Merging Balanced Merging The second strategy is called balanced merging. and so on until merging D[n1] and D[n] together. Recursively sort the remaining elements. (Note: You are required to show ONLY the lower bound. you do not need to show that this is always possible.) Note that any algorithm for this problem does NOT know in advance what the values of m1 . For 1 ≤ i ≤ k there are mi copies of the ith value. Selection Sort can be thought of as a recursive algorithm as follows: Find the largest element and put it at the end of the list (to be sorted). m2 . Assume that n is a power of 2. (a) Show that n! m1 !m2 ! . D[3] and D[4] together. For both parts (a) and (b) count only the time spent in the merging procedure.e. mk are. (b) What is the total running time of balanced merging? Justify your answer. give an algorithm). . (a) What is the total running time of cascading merging? Justify your answer. Next. Suppose you have a list of n numbers consisting of k ≤ n distinct values. First merge pairs D[1] and D[2] together. .
. u3 . n]. v3 . u2 . . . . . . . 66. . (c) Prove that this algorithm merges correctly. . Use mathematical induction to verify your solution. . . Write down the recursive version of Selection Sort in pseudocode. . . v1 . (b) Solve the recurrence using the iteration method. . n − 1]. Prove it using mathematical induction. . (a) Write a recurrence for how many comparisons this merging algorithm uses. 4) Interleave U and V into u1 . Answer the following questions about the algorithm. y3 . c. 64 . . xn−1 and X = x2 . . just compare the two elements. . . . 5) Compare each pair of elements vi and ui+1 (and exchange if vi > ui+1 ). b. . Give a recurrence for the number of comparisons this algorithm uses in the worstcase. . xn . . . (For n = 1. . 2) Merge X and Y into U . yn−1 and Y = y2 . so X = x1 . recursively sort A[1 . xn and Y = y1 . 65. Use the iteration method to solve the recurrence. . . x4 . Insertion sort can be expressed as a recursive procedure as follows. and Y = y1 . y2 . x3 . Assume n > 1 is a power of two. In order to sort A[1 .) 1) Separate X and Y into even and odd indexed items. c. Simplify as much as possible. Consider the following algorithm that merges two lists: X = x1 . Write the pseudocode for this (recursive) algorithm. Derive a recurrence for the exact number of comparisons the algorithm uses. . yn . What is the solution to the recurrence. yn . vn . . . v2 . 3) Merge X and Y into V . y4 . b. . . n − 1] and then insert A[n] into the sorted array A[1 .a. . a. d. un . . x2 .
if your algorithm’s answer is p. (a) Write an algorithm to ﬁnd xM with error at most . Analyze its running time. Assume that the elements in each row of A are in strictly increasing order. (Note: xM may be 0 or 1.) The only operation you can do with f is evaluate it at points in its interval. then p − xM  < . i. (b) How many evaluations does your algorithm do in the worst case? 65 . a point in the interval. Consider an n × n array A containing integer elements (positive.e. Try to use as few evaluations as possible.e.) Describe an eﬃcient algorithm that counts the number of occurrences of the element 0 in A. which achieves its maximum value at point xM . Count your evaluations as exactly as possible.. and the elements if each column of A are in strictly decreasing order. Use instructions of the form y ← f (x) to indicate evaluation of f at the point x. and zero). 0 ≤ x ≤ 1). Let f be a function deﬁned on the interval 0 to 1 (i. negative. and is strictly increasing for 0 ≤ x < xM and strictly decreasing for xM < x ≤ 1. 68. (Hence there cannot be two zeroes in the same row or the same column.67.
Show that A2 can be solved in O(na ) where a < 10. .v be the exclusiveOR of all the edges that have v as an endpoint. Let A1 = {(G. . 66 . N )  some subset of {a1 . N )  some subset of {a1 . ak . . If it is not known to be in P then nothing more is required. 4. (b) A2 = {(a1 . . ak } adds up to a number that is ≤ N }. If it is known to be in P then give an algorithm for it that takes polynomial time. Let φG. A2 = {G  G has a vertex cover of size ≤ 12}. k)  G has a vertex cover of size ≤ k}.NPCompleteness 1. . 2. p12 and q. f12 (x)} are in B. . . . . f12 such that each one can be computed in polynomial time and x ∈ A iﬀ at least 6 elements of {f1 (x). . . . . If G = (V. f2 takes time p2 (n). p2 . (c) A3 = {(a1 . . E) is a graph then a vertex cover for G is a set V ⊆ V such that for every edge in G one of the endpoints is in V . . Express the runtime for the algorithm for A in terms of p1 . . Show that A1 ∈ NP. . and the algorithm for B takes time q(n). Show that A2 ∈ P. Then state whether or not it is known to be in P. We deﬁne A ≤ww B if there are 12 functions f1 . . . . (a) A1 = {(a1 . . . . ak } adds up to a number that is ≥ N } 5. f12 takes time p12 (n). . Show that if B ∈ P and A ≤ww B then A ∈ P. . . determine if φG is satisﬁable. Let φG be the AND of all the φG. Is the following problem NPcomplete: Given a graph G that has edges labelled with diﬀerent Boolean variables. . . Show that A1 is NPcomplete. N )  some subset of {a1 . ak . . Assume f1 takes time p1 (n). For each of the following sets state whether it is in NP or not (no proof required). Let v be a vertex of G. Let G be a graph where every edge is labelled with a diﬀerent Boolean variable. where n is the length of the input. ak . . . ..v as v ranges over the vertices of G. ak } adds up to exactly N }. . . . . . . . 3.
The Hamiltonian path problem (HP) is: given an undirected graph G = (V. e. With this. and the algorithm for B takes time q(n). you should be able to express the running time for the algorithm for A in terms of p1 . a. 8. f2 such that each one can be computed in polynomial time and / x ∈ A iﬀ f1 (x) ∈ B and f2 (x) ∈ B. f2 takes time p2 (n). then P = coNP. Show that it is NPcomplete. E). d. does there exist a simple path that passes through every vertex of G? The Directed Hamiltonian path problem (DHP) is: given a directed graph G = (V. Show that if you could solve the optimization version in polynomial time that you could also solve the decision version in polynomial time. Show that you can solve the decision version for constant size stable sets in polynomial time. E). E). The optimization version of this problem is to ﬁnd a maximum stable set in a graph. does there exist a simple path that passes through every vertex of G? 67 . Show that if B ∈ P and A ≤w B then A ∈ P. Prove that P = NP. A stable set of vertices in a graph do not have any edges between them. 9. c. Deﬁne a decision version of the stable set problem.) 7.6. p2 . Show that the decision version is in NP. (Assume f1 takes time p1 (n). b. and q. Show that if you could solve the decision version in polynomial time that you could also solve the optimization version in polynomial time. does there exist a simple path that passes through every vertex of G? The Hamiltonian cycle problem (HC) is: given an undirected graph G = (V. We deﬁne A ≤w B if there are 2 functions f1 . HINT: Use CLIQUE. (Or alternatively show that it is polynomially equivalent to the clique problem. E). does there exist a simple path that passes through every vertex of G? The Directed Hamiltonian cycle problem (DHC) is: given a directed graph G = (V.) f.
Consider the problem DENSE SUBGRAPH: Given G. (Hint: ﬁrst prove the NPcompleteness of SCHEDULING with two processors. Is there a simple cycle of zero weight in G? (Hint: Reduce PARTITION to ZERO CYCLE. HC. Prove that the following ZERO CYCLE problem is NPcomplete: Given a simple directed graph G = (V. Give a polynomial time algorithm for recognizing strings in L. SPANNING TREE WITH A FIXED NUMBER OF LEAVES: Given a graph G(V. does it contain a subgraph H that has exactly K vertices and at least Y edges ? Prove that this problem is NPcomplete. x and y. E). Assume that the following problem is NPcomplete. E). with positive and negative weights w(e) on the edges e ∈ E. You could pick any problem to reduce from. Replace some vertex v ∈ V by two new vertices. three processors. and there are no precedence constraints. What else do you need to do? Try to “force” any Hamiltonian path to visit these vertices ﬁrst and last.) 68 . DHC} show that P1 ≤p P2 . (HINT on HP ≤p HC. that are adjacent to the same vertices that v was. DHP.) 12. and a “length” (x) for each task. Is there a subset A ⊆ A such that a∈A s(a) = a∈A−A s(a) ? Now prove that the following SCHEDULING problem is NPcomplete: Given a set X of “tasks”. does G contain a spanning tree with exactly K leaves ? (a) First prove that the problem is in NP by describing a “guessing” algorithm for it. and an integer K. Is there a way of assigning the tasks to the three processors such that all the tasks are completed within the deadline D? A task can be scheduled on any processor.) 10. You will need to change the graph.) 13. Let A be an algorithm that accepts strings in a language L. 14.Show that all four of the problems above are in NP. (Write out the algorithm in detail. Prove that the following problem is NPcomplete. and a “deadline” D. 11. Let p(n) be a polynomial. PARTITION: Given a ﬁnite set A and a “size” s(a) (a positive integer) for each a ∈ A. but in superpolynomial time if x is not in L. For all pairs of problems P1 . P2 from {HP. Assume that A runs in p(n) time if a given string x is in L.
The reduction is from vertex cover. Subgraph Isomorphism: Given two undirected graphs G1 = (V1 .) (b) How can you use the function CLIQUE to actually compute a clique that is largest in size ? (Try and solve the problem by asking the function CLIQUE as few questions as possible. in polynomial time returns 69 . and show that a known NPcomplete problem is reducible to this problem. (Hint: The proof that CC is in NP is tricky. is G1 is a subgraph of G2 ? More formally is there are 1–1 function π : V1 → V2 such that for all {u. so the naive veriﬁcation algorithm will not work. the size of the largest clique by making. (a) Use the function CLIQUE to determine. Assume that you are given access to function CLIQUE(G.) Longest Simple Cycle: Given an undirected graph G and an integer k. v} ∈ E1 .) 17. For each show that the problem is in NP. π(v)} ∈ E2 . by reducing UNDIRECTED HAMILTONIAN PATH to it. going through each remaining vertex exactly once. E) and an integer k is there a subset of vertices V ⊆ V of size k such that every cycle of G passes through a vertex in V ? Prove that CC is NPcomplete. and “False” otherwise. in polynomial time. HAMILTONIAN PATH asks for a simple path that starts at some vertex and goes to some other vertex. Show that both of the following two problems are NPcomplete. Note that a graph can have an exponential number of cycles.) 18. 15. The cycle cover problem (CC) is: given a directed graph G = (V. does G have a simple cycle of length greater than or equal to k? (Hint: Use Hamiltonian Cycle. (Try and solve the problem by asking the function CLIQUE as few questions as possible.) 16. E1 ) and G2 = (V2 . which given a Boolean formula F in conjunctive normal form. {π(u).(b) Now prove that the problem is NPhard. K) that returns “True” if G contains a clique of size at least K. E2 ). (Hint: Use either CLIQUE or Hamiltonian Cycle. Suppose we had a Boolean function SAT (F ).
for all vertices v.) (d) Fix k. (a) Let DOM = {(G. A formulas is MONOTONE if it has no negated variables. k)  G is planar and has a dominating set of size k}. Show how to use this function to determine the actual variable assignment that makes the formula True. Show that P LAN AR − DOM is NPcomplete (Hint: Use the DOM problem. (a) Let q − k − M ON O − SAT be the set of all qCNF monotone formulas that are satisﬁable with an assignment that has at most k variables set to TRUE. either v ∈ V or v is adjacent to an element of V . Let qCNF be CNF where each clause has ≤ q literals.) (b) Let P LAN AR−DOM = {(G. Show that q−k−SAT can be solved in O(2k n) where the constant does not depend on k. If G = (V. Let IN D−P LAN AR−DOMk = {G  G is planar and has a dominating set of size k Show that IN D − P LAN AR − DOMk can be solved in O(6k n) time where the constant does not depend on k. E) is a graph then a Dominating Set is a set V ⊆ V such that. Show that DOM is NPcomplete (Hint: Use the Vertex Cover problem. k be a ﬁxed constant. (This is very unlikely since it would imply P = NP!) This function tells you nothing about how to set the variables to satisfy the formula. (b) q − k − SAT be the set of all qCNF formulas that are satisﬁable with an assignment that has at most k variables set to TRUE. 21. 19. (a) Show that the problem of testing if a graph is kcolorable is NPcomplete.) (c) Let IN D−P LAN AR−DOM = {(G. 70 . Show that q − k − M ON O − SAT can be solved in O(2k n) where the constant does not depend on k. (b) Show that if G is a graph and v is a node of degree ≤ d then G is d + 1colorable iﬀ G − {v} is d + 1colorable. (Hint: Use that a planar graph always has a vertex of degree ≤ 5.) 20. k)  G has a dominating set of size k}. k)  G is planar and has a dominating set of size k tha Show that IN D − P LAN AR − DOM is NPcomplete (Hint: Use the P LAN AR − DOM problem. Let