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Consider a checkerboard with n × n squares and a cost-function c(i, j) which retur
ns a cost associated with square i, j (i being the row, j being the column). For
instance (on a 5 × 5 checkerboard),

5

6

7

4

7

8

4

7

6

1

1

4

3

3

5

7

8

2

2

6

7

0

1

*5*

1

2

3

4

5

Thus c(1, 3) = 5

Let us say you had a checker that could start at any square on the first rank (i
.e., row) and you wanted to know the shortest path (sum of the costs of the visi
ted squares are at a minimum) to get to the last rank, assuming the checker coul
d move only diagonally left forward, diagonally right forward, or straight forwa
rd. That is, a checker on (1,3) can move to (2,2), (2,3) or (2,4).

5

4

3

2

x

x

x

1

o

1

2

3

4

5

This problem exhibits optimal substructure. That is, the solution to the entire
problem relies on solutions to subproblems. Let us define a function q(i, j) as
q(i, j) = the minimum cost to reach square (i, j).
If we can find the values of this function for all the squares at rank n, we pic
k the minimum and follow that path backwards to get the shortest path.

Note that q(i, j) is equal to the minimum cost to get to any of the three square
s below it (since those are the only squares that can reach it) plus c(i, j). Fo
r instance:

5

4

A

3

B

C

D

2

1

1

2

3

4

5

Now, let us define q(i, j) in somewhat more general terms:

The first line of this equation is there to make the recursive property simpler
(when dealing with the edges, so we need only one recursion). The second line sa
ys what happens in the last rank, to provide a base case. The third line, the re
cursion, is the important part. It is similar to the A,B,C,D example. From this
definition we can make a straightforward recursive code for q(i, j). In the foll
owing pseudocode, n is the size of the board, c(i, j) is the cost-function, and
min() returns the minimum of a number of values:
function minCost(i, j)
if j < 1 or j > n
return infinity
else if i = 1
return c(i, j)
else
return min( minCost(i-1, j-1), minCost(i-1, j), minCost(i-1, j+1) ) + c(
i, j)

It should be noted that this function only computes the path-cost, not the actua
l path. We will get to the path soon. This, like the Fibonacci-numbers example,
is horribly slow since it wastes time recomputing the same shortest paths over a
nd over. However, we can compute it much faster in a bottom-up fashion if we sto
re path-costs in a two-dimensional array q[i, j] rather than using a function. T
his avoids recomputation; before computing the cost of a path, we check the arra
y q[i, j] to see if the path cost is already there.

We also need to know what the actual shortest path is. To do this, we use anothe
r array p[i, j], a predecessor array. This array implicitly stores the path to a
ny square s by storing the previous node on the shortest path to s, i.e. the pre
decessor. To reconstruct the path, we lookup the predecessor of s, then the pred
ecessor of that square, then the predecessor of that square, and so on, until we
reach the starting square. Consider the following code:
function computeShortestPathArrays()
for x from 1 to n
q[1, x] := c(1, x)
for y from 1 to n
q[y, 0] := infinity
q[y, n + 1] := infinity
for y from 2 to n
for x from 1 to n
m := min(q[y-1, x-1], q[y-1, x], q[y-1, x+1])
q[y, x] := m + c(y, x)
if m = q[y-1, x-1]
p[y, x] := -1
else if m = q[y-1, x]
p[y, x] := 0
else
p[y, x] := 1

Now the rest is a simple matter of finding the minimum and printing it.
function computeShortestPath()
computeShortestPathArrays()
minIndex := 1
min := q[n, 1]
for i from 2 to n
if q[n, i] < min
minIndex := i
min := q[n, i]
printPath(n, minIndex)
function printPath(y, x)
print(x)
print("<-")
if y = 2
print(x + p[y, x])
else
printPath(y-1, x + p[y, x])

Sequence alignment[edit]

In genetics, sequence alignment is an important application where dynamic progra
mming is essential.[3] Typically, the problem consists of transforming one seque
nce into another using edit operations that replace, insert, or remove an elemen
t. Each operation has an associated cost, and the goal is to find the sequence o
f edits with the lowest total cost.

The problem can be stated naturally as a recursion, a sequence A is optimally ed
ited into a sequence B by either:
1.inserting the first character of B, and performing an optimal alignment of A
and the tail of B
2.deleting the first character of A, and performing the optimal alignment of th
e tail of A and B
3.replacing the first character of A with the first character of B, and perform
ing optimal alignments of the tails of A and B.

The partial alignments can be tabulated in a matrix, where cell (i,j) contains t
he cost of the optimal alignment of A[1..i] to B[1..j]. The cost in cell (i,j) c
an be calculated by adding the cost of the relevant operations to the cost of it
s neighboring cells, and selecting the optimum.

Different variants exist, see SmithWaterman algorithm and NeedlemanWunsch algorith
m.

Tower of Hanoi puzzle[edit]

A model set of the Towers of Hanoi (with 8 disks)
An animated solution of the Tower of Hanoi puzzle for T(4,3).
The Tower of Hanoi or Towers of Hanoi is a mathematical game or puzzle. It consi
sts of three rods, and a number of disks of different sizes which can slide onto
any rod. The puzzle starts with the disks in a neat stack in ascending order of
size on one rod, the smallest at the top, thus making a conical shape.

The objective of the puzzle is to move the entire stack to another rod, obeying
the following rules:
Only one disk may be moved at a time.
Each move consists of taking the upper disk from one of the rods and sliding it
onto another rod, on top of the other disks that may already be present on that
rod.
No disk may be placed on top of a smaller disk.

The dynamic programming solution consists of solving the functional equation
S(n,h,t) = S(n-1,h, not(h,t)) ; S(1,h,t) ; S(n-1,not(h,t),t)
where n denotes the number of disks to be moved, h denotes the home rod, t denot
es the target rod, not(h,t) denotes the third rod (neither h nor t), ";" denotes
concatenation, and
S(n, h, t) := solution to a problem consisting of n disks that are to be moved
from rod h to rod t.
Note that for n=1 the problem is trivial, namely S(1,h,t) = "move a disk from ro
d h to rod t" (there is only one disk left).

The number of moves required by this solution is 2n - 1. If the objective is to
maximize the number of moves (without cycling) then the dynamic programming func
tional equation is slightly more complicated and 3n - 1 moves are required.[15]

Egg dropping puzzle[edit]

The following is a description of the instance of this famous puzzle involving n
=2 eggs and a building with H=36 floors:[16]
Suppose that we wish to know which storeys in a 36-storey building are safe to
drop eggs from, and which will cause the eggs to break on landing (using U.S. En
glish terminology, in which the first floor is at ground level). We make a few a
ssumptions: An egg that survives a fall can be used again.
A broken egg must be discarded.
The effect of a fall is the same for all eggs.
If an egg breaks when dropped, then it would break if dropped from a higher win
dow.
If an egg survives a fall, then it would survive a shorter fall.
It is not ruled out that the first-floor windows break eggs, nor is it ruled ou
t that the 36th-floor windows do not cause an egg to break.
If only one egg is available and we wish to be sure of obtaining the right resu
lt, the experiment can be carried out in only one way. Drop the egg from the fir
st-floor window; if it survives, drop it from the second-floor window. Continue
upward until it breaks. In the worst case, this method may require 36 droppings.
Suppose 2 eggs are available. What is the least number of egg-droppings that is
guaranteed to work in all cases?
To derive a dynamic programming functional equation for this puzzle, let the sta
te of the dynamic programming model be a pair s = (n,k), where
n = number of test eggs available, n = 0, 1, 2, 3, ..., N - 1. k = number of (c
onsecutive) floors yet to be tested, k = 0, 1, 2, ..., H - 1.
For instance, s = (2,6) indicates that two test eggs are available and 6 (consec
utive) floors are yet to be tested. The initial state of the process is s = (N,H
) where N denotes the number of test eggs available at the commencement of the e
xperiment. The process terminates either when there are no more test eggs (n = 0
) or when k = 0, whichever occurs first. If termination occurs at state s = (0,k
) and k > 0, then the test failed.

Now, let
W(n,k) = minimum number of trials required to identify the value of the critica
l floor under the worst case scenario given that the process is in state s = (n,
k).
Then it can be shown that[17]
W(n,k) = 1 + min{max(W(n - 1, x - 1), W(n,k - x)): x = 1, 2, ..., k }
with W(n,1) = 1 for all n > 0 and W(1,k) = k for all k. It is easy to solve this
equation iteratively by systematically increasing the values of n and k.

An interactive online facility is available for experimentation with this model
as well as with other versions of this puzzle (e.g. when the objective is to min
imize the expected value of the number of trials.)[17]

Faster DP solution using a different parametrization[edit]

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Notice that the above solution takes time. This can be improved to time by binar
y searching on the optimal in the above recurrence, since is increasing in while
is decreasing in , thus a local minimum of is a global minimum. However, there
is a much faster solution that involves a different parametrization of the probl
em:

Let be the total number of floors such that the eggs break when dropped from the
th floor (The example above is equivalent to taking ).

Let be the minimum floor from which the egg must be dropped to be broken.

Let be the maximum number of values of that are distinguishable using tries and
eggs.

Then for all .

Let be the floor from which the first egg is dropped in the optimal strategy.

If the first egg broke, is from to and distinguishable using at most tries and e
ggs.

If the first egg did not break, is from to and distinguishable using tries and e
ggs.

Therefore .

Then the problem is equivalent to finding the minimum such that .

To do so, we could compute in order of increasing , which would take time.

Thus, if we separately handle the case of , the algorithm would take time.

But the recurrence relation can in fact be solved, giving , which can be compute
d in time using the identity for all .

Since for all , we can binary search on to find , giving an algorithm.

Matrix chain multiplication[edit]

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Matrix chain multiplication is a well known example that demonstrates utility of
dynamic programming. For example, engineering applications often have to multip
ly a chain of matrices. It is not surprising to find matrices of large dimension
s, for example 100×100. Therefore, our task is to multiply matrices A1, A2, .... A
n. As we know from basic linear algebra, matrix multiplication is not commutativ
e, but is associative; and we can multiply only two matrices at a time. So, we c
an multiply this chain of matrices in many different ways, for example:
((A1 × A2) × A3) × ... An A1×(((A2×A3)× ... ) × An) (A1 × A2) × (A3 × ... An)
and so on. There are numerous ways to multiply this chain of matrices. They will
all produce the same final result, however they will take more or less time to
compute, based on which particular matrices are multiplied. If matrix A has dime
nsions m×n and matrix B has dimensions n×q, then matrix C=A×B will have dimensions m×q,
and will require m*n*q scalar multiplications (using a simplistic matrix multipl
ication algorithm for purposes of illustration).

For example, let us multiply matrices A, B and C. Let us assume that their dimen
sions are m×n, n×p, and p×s, respectively. Matrix A×B×C will be of size m×s and can be calcu
lated in two ways shown below:
1.Ax(B×C) This order of matrix multiplication will require nps + mns scalar multi
plications.
2.(A×B)×C This order of matrix multiplication will require mnp + mps scalar calcula
tions.

Let us assume that m = 10, n = 100, p = 10 and s = 1000. So, the first way to mu
ltiply the chain will require 1,000,000 + 1,000,000 calculations. The second way
will require only 10,000+100,000 calculations. Obviously, the second way is fas
ter, and we should multiply the matrices using that arrangement of parenthesis.

Therefore, our conclusion is that the order of parenthesis matters, and that our
task is to find the optimal order of parenthesis.

At this point, we have several choices, one of which is to design a dynamic prog
ramming algorithm that will split the problem into overlapping problems and calc
ulate the optimal arrangement of parenthesis. The dynamic programming solution i
s presented below.

Let's call m[i,j] the minimum number of scalar multiplications needed to multipl
y a chain of matrices from matrix i to matrix j (i.e. Ai × .... × Aj, i.e. i<=j). We
split the chain at some matrix k, such that i <= k < j, and try to find out whi
ch combination produces minimum m[i,j].

The formula is:
if i = j, m[i,j]= 0
if i < j, m[i,j]= min over all possible values of k ()

where k is changed from i to j - 1.
is the row dimension of matrix i,
is the column dimension of matrix k,
is the column dimension of matrix j.

This formula can be coded as shown below, where input parameter "chain" is the c
hain of matrices, i.e. :
function OptimalMatrixChainParenthesis(chain)
n = length(chain)
for i = 1, n
m[i,i] = 0 //since it takes no calculations to multiply one mat
rix
for len = 2, n
for i = 1, n - len + 1
for j = i, len -1
m[i,j] = infinity //so that the first calculation upda
tes
for k = i, j-1

if q < m[i, j] // the new order of parenthesis is better t
han what we had
m[i, j] = q //update
s[i, j] = k //record which k to split on, i.e. wh
ere to place the parenthesis

So far, we have calculated values for all possible m[i, j], the minimum number o
f calculations to multiply a chain from matrix i to matrix j, and we have record
ed the corresponding "split point"s[i, j]. For example, if we are multiplying ch
ain A1×A2×A3×A4, and it turns out that m[1, 3] = 100 and s[1, 3] = 2, that means that
the optimal placement of parenthesis for matrices 1 to 3 is (A1×A2)×A3 and to multip
ly those matrices will require 100 scalar calculation.

This algorithm will produce "tables" m[, ] and s[, ] that will have entries for
all possible values of i and j. The final solution for the entire chain is m[1,
n], with corresponding split at s[1, n]. Unraveling the solution will be recursi
ve, starting from the top and continuing until we reach the base case, i.e. mult
iplication of single matrices.

Therefore, the next step is to actually split the chain, i.e. to place the paren
thesis where they (optimally) belong. For this purpose we could use the followin
g algorithm:
function PrintOptimalParenthesis(s, i, j)
if i = j
print "A"i
else
print "(" PrintOptimalParenthesis(s, i, s[i, j]) PrintOptimalParenthes
is(s, s[i, j] + 1, j) ")"


Of course, this algorithm is not useful for actual multiplication. This algorith
m is just a user-friendly way to see what the result looks like.

To actually multiply the matrices using the proper splits, we need the following
algorithm:

function MatrixChainMultiply(chain from 1 to n) //returns the final matrix
, i.e. A1×A2×... ×An
OptimalMatrixChainParenthesis(chain from 1 to n) //this will produce s
[ . ] and m[ . ] "tables"
OptimalMatrixMultiplication(s, chain from 1 to n) //actually multiply

function OptimalMatrixMultiplication(s, i, j) //returns the result of multi
plying a chain of matrices from Ai to Aj in optimal way
if i < j
//keep on splitting the chain and multiplying the matrices in left and
right sides
LeftSide = OptimalMatrixMultiplication(s, i, s[i, j])
RightSide = OptimalMatrixMultiplication(s, s[i, j] + 1, j)
return MatrixMultiply(LeftSide, RightSide)
else if i = j
return Ai //matrix at position i
else
print "error, i <= j must hold"

function MatrixMultiply(A, B) //function that multiplies two matrices
if columns(A) = rows(B)
for i = 1, rows(A)
for j = 1, columns(B)
C[i, j] = 0
for k = 1, columns(A)
C[i, j] = C[i, j] + A[i, k]*B[k, j]
return C
else
print "error, incompatible dimensions."

Algorithms that use dynamic programming[edit]

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Recurrent solutions to lattice models for protein-DNA binding
Backward induction as a solution method for finite-horizon discrete-time dynami
c optimization problems
Method of undetermined coefficients can be used to solve the Bellman equation i
n infinite-horizon, discrete-time, discounted, time-invariant dynamic optimizati
on problems
Many string algorithms including longest common subsequence, longest increasing
subsequence, longest common substring, Levenshtein distance (edit distance)
Many algorithmic problems on graphs can be solved efficiently for graphs of bou
nded treewidth or bounded clique-width by using dynamic programming on a tree de
composition of the graph.
The CockeYoungerKasami (CYK) algorithm which determines whether and how a given s
tring can be generated by a given context-free grammar
Knuth's word wrapping algorithm that minimizes raggedness when word wrapping te
xt
The use of transposition tables and refutation tables in computer chess
The Viterbi algorithm (used for hidden Markov models)
The Earley algorithm (a type of chart parser)
The NeedlemanWunsch and other algorithms used in bioinformatics, including seque
nce alignment, structural alignment, RNA structure prediction
Floyd's all-pairs shortest path algorithm
Optimizing the order for chain matrix multiplication
Pseudo-polynomial time algorithms for the subset sum and knapsack and partition
problems
The dynamic time warping algorithm for computing the global distance between tw
o time series
The Selinger (a.k.a. System R) algorithm for relational database query optimiza
tion
De Boor algorithm for evaluating B-spline curves
DuckworthLewis method for resolving the problem when games of cricket are interr
upted
The value iteration method for solving Markov decision processes
Some graphic image edge following selection methods such as the "magnet" select
ion tool in Photoshop
Some methods for solving interval scheduling problems
Some methods for solving word wrap problems
Some methods for solving the travelling salesman problem, either exactly (in ex
ponential time) or approximately (e.g. via the bitonic tour)
Recursive least squares method
Beat tracking in music information retrieval
Adaptive-critic training strategy for artificial neural networks
Stereo algorithms for solving the correspondence problem used in stereo vision
Seam carving (content aware image resizing)
The BellmanFord algorithm for finding the shortest distance in a graph
Some approximate solution methods for the linear search problem
Kadane's algorithm for the maximum subarray problem

See also[edit]

Computer science portal

Convexity in economics
Greedy algorithm
Non-convexity (economics)
Stochastic programming

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Further reading[edit]
Adda, Jerome; Cooper, Russell (2003), Dynamic Economics, MIT Press. An accessib
le introduction to dynamic programming in economics. The link contains sample pr
ograms.
Bellman, Richard (1954), "The theory of dynamic programming", Bulletin of the A
merican Mathematical Society 60 (6): 503516, doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1954-09848-8,
MR 0067459. Includes an extensive bibliography of the literature in the area, u
p to the year 1954.
Bellman, Richard (1957), Dynamic Programming, Princeton University Press. Dover
paperback edition (2003), ISBN 0-486-42809-5.
Bertsekas, D. P. (2000), Dynamic Programming and Optimal Control (2nd ed.), Ath
ena Scientific, ISBN 1-886529-09-4. In two volumes.
Cormen, Thomas H.; Leiserson, Charles E.; Rivest, Ronald L.; Stein, Clifford (2
001), Introduction to Algorithms (2nd ed.), MIT Press & McGrawHill, ISBN 0-262-03
293-7. Especially pp. 32369.
Dreyfus, Stuart E.; Law, Averill M. (1977), The art and theory of dynamic progr
amming, Academic Press, ISBN 978-0-12-221860-6.
Giegerich, R.; Meyer, C.; Steffen, P. (2004), "A Discipline of Dynamic Programm
ing over Sequence Data", Science of Computer Programming 51 (3): 215263, doi:10.1
016/j.scico.2003.12.005.
Meyn, Sean (2007), Control Techniques for Complex Networks, Cambridge Universit
y Press, ISBN 978-0-521-88441-9.
S. S. Sritharan, "Dynamic Programming of the Navier-Stokes Equations," in Syste
ms and Control Letters, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1991, pp. 299307.
Stokey, Nancy; Lucas, Robert E.; Prescott, Edward (1989), Recursive Methods in
Economic Dynamics, Harvard Univ. Press, ISBN 978-0-674-75096-8.

External links[edit]
An Introduction to Dynamic Programming
Dyna, a declarative programming language for dynamic programming algorithms
Wagner, David B., 1995, "Dynamic Programming." An introductory article on dynam
ic programming in Mathematica.
Ohio State University: CIS 680: class notes on dynamic programming, by Eitan M.
Gurari
A Tutorial on Dynamic programming
MIT course on algorithms Includes a video lecture on DP along with lecture note
s
More DP Notes
King, Ian, 2002 (1987), "A Simple Introduction to Dynamic Programming in Macroe
conomic Models." An introduction to dynamic programming as an important tool in
economic theory.
Dynamic Programming: from novice to advanced A TopCoder.com article by Dumitru
on Dynamic Programming
Algebraic Dynamic Programming a formalized framework for dynamic programming, i
ncluding an entry-level course to DP, University of Bielefeld
Dreyfus, Stuart, "Richard Bellman on the birth of Dynamic Programming."
Dynamic programming tutorial
A Gentle Introduction to Dynamic Programming and the Viterbi Algorithm
Tabled Prolog BProlog and XSB
Online interactive dynamic programming modules including, shortest path, travel
ing salesman, knapsack, false coin, egg dropping, bridge and torch, replacement,
chained matrix products, and critical path problem.