Computer Science Canada ProjectEuler 411 
Author:  Panphobia [ Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:42 pm ] 
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As my exams get closer I am trying to keep away from project euler, but I cant resist trying the latest one, http://projecteuler.net/problem=411 , basically what the question is saying is if you are given n what is the maximum path from (0,0) to (n,n) when x,y cannot decrease, and (2^i mod n, 3^i mod n) are the x and y values 0 <= i <= 2n, so in their example they have 11 distinct points, when n is 22, how is this possible, is this because some of the x points are repeated throughout getting the x's and y's, if so is there a way to keep track of the values already calculated without looking through the whole list to check for duplicates, for efficiency, i am guessing it can be solved using a dfs, but that would take too long to run 
Author:  d310 [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:57 pm ] 
Post subject:  Re: ProjectEuler 411 
I actually got in the top 100 for this one! A good place to start is looking at the maximum number of points; what is an acceptable O time for an algorithm given that many points? If you want to keep track of all the unique points, you could use a TreeSet in Java. 
Author:  Panphobia [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:33 pm ] 
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I have the way to get distinct points, all I need is to get the maximum number of points, problem is finding an efficient algorithm that doesnt take days to run 
Author:  d310 [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:55 pm ] 
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Try sorting your points, that's a good starting point. 
Author:  Panphobia [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:06 pm ] 
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Thats what I was thinking of but I dont know which value to sort them by, x or y? 
Author:  d310 [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:13 pm ] 
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It doesn't really matter, as long as you sort by either the x or y coordinate, you will remove one dimension, and break down a two dimensional problem into a one dimensional problem (which is much easier to handle). 
Author:  d310 [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:38 pm ] 
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For a path to be valid, the x and y coordinates have to be nondecreasing. If we sort by one coordinate we have one guaranteed coordinate that is nondecreasing, so all we have to do is... 
Author:  Panphobia [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:43 pm ]  
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The way I generate the distinct points, it takes forever, is there a much more efficient way than this?

Author:  d310 [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:48 pm ] 
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O(n^2) isn't going to cut it at 20 million points. I already recommended a TreeSet which is O(n log n) 
Author:  Panphobia [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:13 pm ]  
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Ok I got the points generating quickly enough

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