# TAASEQ - editorial

Author: Tuấn Anh Trần Đặng
Tester: Kamil Dębowski
Editorialist: Tuấn Anh Trần Đặng

Easy

### PREREQUISITES:

Dynamic Programming

# Problem

Remove a single number in the sequence to make it an arithmetic progression.

# Solution

The number at position i can be removed if the sub-sequence on its left and right are both arithmetic progression and when when we concat that two parts they still make an arithmetic progression.

The first condition can be handled by precalculate f[i] = whether the prefix of i characters of the sequence is arithmetic progression and similarly g[] for the suffixes. Put all the corner cases aside the whole conditions can be represented as f[i] and g[i] and a[i - 2] - a[i - 1] = a[i - 1] - a[i + 1] = a[i + 1] - a[i + 2] (1).

### details

We will use dynamic programming (dp) to calculate f and g. Since they are similar let’s just discuss how to calculate f.
Initialize the dp with f = f1 = f2 = true. We’ll have that

• f[i] = (a[i - 1] - a[i] = a[i - 2] - a[i - 1] and f[i - 1]).

Before using the formula (1) some corner cases we need to consider is when N ≤ 3, i ≤ 2 and N - 2i.

Complexity is O(N).

### Author’s/Tester’s Solutions:

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I actually had a different type of solution for this. Either we can remove index 1 and see if the remaining sequence is in AP or not. If it is we get one of the possible answers. Now we will definitely make sure index 1 lies in the answer. Now we remove index 2 and see if the sequence is in AP or not. If it is then we get one of the possible answers. Now we definitely include both index 1 and 2 in our solution. This fixes the common difference “d” for our case. Now simply iterate through the array and check for fault positions. If no faulty positions are found, this means the given sequence was already in AP. In such a case find the minimum value in the array which can be removed. If some faulty position is found break at the first one, as we can make exactly one removal. Again after removing these positions check if we get a valid AP or not and update the answer.

Answer is the minimum of all the above 4 cases.

Here is my solution https://www.codechef.com/viewsolution/11559787

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I used the same approach while the contest was running as this editorial says . but got WA, I also took care of some boundary cases.
can anyone tell mistake in my code.?
my solution
( I am storing common diff. of the A.P. starting from 0 and ends at pos i in pre[i] else -1 )
thanks in advance The test cases for this problem are weak.

Here is my accpeted solution : https://www.codechef.com/viewsolution/11562158

but it fails on the following test case:

1

7

2 3 6 8 13 15 18

The answer for the above test case is -1 but my accepted solution gives 2 (link text)

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Your code fails for this test case

1

5

2 4 6 8 10

Your code gives 10 but actual answer is 2 ( we have to output the smallest number)

thanks!
it has been submitted!

Yes,

Test cases are weak.

I have found accepted solutions of people with wrong answers.

Test Cases:

1

5

2 4 5 6 8

Given Ans: -1

Right Ans: 5

1

4

2 4 5 6

Given Ans: 5

Right Ans: 2

Some code are giving TLE.

I am checking through my compile list

Testcase:

14
7
2 3 6 8 13 15 18
3
3 5 7
3
7 5 3
3
1 7 12
3
12 7 1
5
2 6 7 8 11
3
2 7 12
4
2 5 7 11
4
3 6 7 11
6
2 4 6 15 8 10
5
2 4 5 6 8
4
2 4 5 6
2
1 1
4
4 5 6 8

Ans:
-1
3
3
1
1
-1
2
-1
6
15
5
2
1
5

I request to recheck all the submission.

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You can also store the count of difference between adjacent elements .

Suppose you have x,y,z and you remove y , the count of (z-y) and (y-x) would decrease by 1 and the count of (z-x ) would increase by 1 .

Now to check if the remaining sequence is an AP or not , all you need to check is that there exists a “difference” with count = n-2 .

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can anybody explain me why we need to initialise the dp with f=f=f=true ?

Please anybody explain why we need to intialise the dp with f=f=f= true and why we took g[n+1]=g[n]=g[n-1]=true. Please make it clear

I Think i did this in a different way - https://ideone.com/Zj8LHm

can someone point out mistake in this solution.I tried all the test cases mentioned above.I have considered
three cases:
when a1=1St term and a is second term of AP(deque x);
when a1=1st term and a is second term of AP(deque y);
when a=1st term and a is second term of AP(deque z);

@likecs i did the way u did but got wa did u got ac

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If did not get AC, I would not have discussed the approach in detail, rather asked for help :P. As, per your question, I got AC

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Its just a ad hoc for me… in this only 4 cases will be made…
Firstly array can be increasing order or decreasing order, so Make algo keeping in mind of smallest one.

1. When N<4, then just take minimum of all them.
2. Leave 1st element and check difference from arr to arr[N-1] by taking d=arr-arr, If loop iterates through whole element then just take only ans=arr(First element);
3. Leave 2nd element and check difference from arr to arr[N-1] by taking d=arr-arr, If loop iterates through whole element then just take only ans=arr(2nd element);
4. This case is boundary or will cover all others like ,d=arr-arr… Loop iterate from arr to arr[N-1] and if condition fail one time then we just store the position of that element and iterate through loop… Here if loop iterates to end without breaking path then we just take minimum of 1st element and last element and print ans otherwise we print the element of that alteration…

To know more Just see my code…https://www.codechef.com/viewsolution/11570665

Can someone help me with my Java solution as well? I checked for corner cases, then stored the count of differences. If there was only one entry, then either first or last element is the answer. If more than three entries (if only only term is wrong then only 2 or 3 different kinds of differences can exist), then invalid solution. Else, I’ve found the difference which occurs maximum number of times and checked each pair of elements afterwards.

Submission

f means “Is it an AP with first 0 elements?” - Yes it is. So, f = true
f means “Is it an AP with first 1 elements?” - Yes, a single element is in AP so, f = true;
similarly, f is true since any two numbers will always be in AP.
And same is true if we took elements from backwards. Hope it helps.

f means “Is it a AP with 0 first elements?” - Yes it is. So, f = true
f means “--------------- 1 --------------?” - Yes, a single element is in AP so, f = true;
similarly, f is true since any two numbers will always in AP.
And same is true if we took elements from backwards. Hope it helps.

Can someone point out the mistake in my solution https://www.codechef.com/viewsolution/11575414
I have tried all test cases mentioned above, and it gives the expected answer for all.I divided the problem into three cases, if first element is to be removed, last element is to be removed or any other element except these two is to be removed to convert the sequence into AP.