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Unformatted text preview: CS 38 PROBLEM SET 2: SOLUTIONS Problem 1 . (Pibonacci numbers) [10 points] For a nonnegative real number n , we define the pibonacci number P ( n ) as follows: P ( n ) = ≤ n < 4 P ( n- 1) + P ( n- π ) n ≥ 4 Find an algorithm to compute P ( n ) in time quadratic in n . You may assume that infinite-precision arithmetic operations can be computed in constant time. As in many dynamic programming problems, we’ll want to compute a table of partial answers: specifically, p [ α,β ] = P ( n- α · 1- β · π ). We wish to compute p [ α,β ] based on p [ α + 1 ,β ] and p [ α,β + 1]. Our first step is to allocate the table p , addressed by 0 ≤ α ≤ b n c , 0 ≤ β ≤ b n/π c . The easiest way to solve this problem is to write a recursive algorithm with caching. Initially, we set all table elements to the sentinel value unused . (This is a small burden; in our case, unused = 0 works.) Table-Entry ( α,β ) 1 if ≤ n < 4 2 then p [ α,β ] ← 1 3 elseif p [ α,β ] = unused 4 then p [ α,β ] ← Table-Entry ( α + 1 ,β ) + Table-Entry ( α,β + 1) 5 return p [ α,β ] The answer we seek is the return value of Table-Entry (0 , 0). Note that O (1) time is spent in the body of each call to Table-Entry , if we don’t count recursive calls. Thus the running time is O (1) times the number of calls to Table-Entry : the original plus at most two recursive calls per table slot. This amounts to O ( n 2 ). A more efficient way to solve the problem is to avoid the overhead of making recursive function calls and initializing the table: instead, one can simply solve the subproblems in order. Pibonacci ( n ) 1 for α ← b n c downto 2 do p [ α, b n/π c ] ← 3 for β ← b n/π c - 1 downto 4 do p [ b n- βπ c ,β ] ← 5 for α ← b n- βπ c - 1 downto 6 do p [ α,β ] ← p [ α + 1 ,β ] + p [ α,β + 1] 7 return p [0 , 0] Problem 2 . (Coin Changing) CLRS 16-1 1 2 CS 38 PROBLEM SET 2: SOLUTIONS Consider the problem of making change for n cents using the fewest number of coins. Assume that each coin’s value is an integer. (a) [2 points] Describe a greedy algorithm to make change consisting of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Prove that your algorithm yields an optimal solution. Imagine a change machine that had to spit out n cents, one coin at a time. At each step, the greedy choice is the largest coin whose denomination doesn’t exceed the remaining amount of money. On a computer, you instead compute a vector ( Q,D,N,P ) determining the number of each coin to use. The equivalent greedy strategy is to set Q = b n/ 25 c and n Q = n- 25 q , D = b n Q / 10 c and n D = n Q- 10 D , etc. In this formulation, we have four subproblems: • finding the optimal Q when making n = 25 Q + 10 D + 5 N + 1 P ; • finding the optimal D when making n Q = 10 D + 5 N + 1 P ; • finding the optimal N when making n D = 5 N + 1 P ; • finding the optimal P when making n N = 1 P ....
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2010 for the course CS 12345 taught by Professor Thomas during the Spring '10 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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