## Sunday, November 9, 2014

### UVa Problem 147 - Dollars

Problem:

Please find the problem here.

Solution:

This is a classic path counting problem like this one on ProjectEuler. Except that we have one more constraint - different paths using the same set of coins is counted only as once, so we need a way to avoid using the same type of coin twice.

One simple approach is to force an order on the usage of coins, in decreasing order. Now we can formulate the recurrence as follow:

Denote value[j] be the value of the jth type coin/note, zero based array.

opt(v, j) = number of ways to make up v using from 0th to jth coin, inclusive.

opt(0, j) = 1 for any j, there is exactly 1 way to make up the value 0 by giving no coin at all.

To compute general opt(v, j), we first make a choice on how many of the largest coin we are going to use, and then we make up the rest optimally, therefore we have

opt(v, j) = max(n = 0 to floor(v/j)) opt(v - nj, j - 1).

With the recurrence in hand, it is easy to fill up the table.

As an aside, we need to be careful with floating point numbers, (int)(2.05 * 100) evaluates to 204, tiny error in precision can lead to bad result.

Code:

#include "stdafx.h"

// http://uva.onlinejudge.org/index.php?option=onlinejudge&Itemid=8&page=show_problem&problem=83

#include "UVa147.h"
#include <iostream>
#include <iomanip>

typedef long long int64;

using namespace std;

int UVa147()
{
const int num_values = 11;
int values[num_values] = {5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000};
int values_in_5_cents[num_values];
for (int i = 0; i < num_values; i++)
{
values_in_5_cents[i] = values[i] / 5;
}

const int max_dollars = 300;
const int max_cents = max_dollars * 100;
const int max_in_5_cents = max_cents / 5;

// ways[i, j] represents the number of ways (i * 5) cents can be represented using the first [0, j] values
int64 ways[max_in_5_cents + 1][num_values];
for (int j = 0; j < num_values; j++)
{
ways[0][j] = 1; // There is only one way to represent 0 cents no matter what values are allowed
}

for (int i = 1; i <= max_in_5_cents; i++)
{
// Step 1: The number of ways to represent i * 5 cents in terms of just using a 5 cents is 1.
ways[i][0] = 1;

// Step 2: The number of ways to represent i * 5 cents in terms of using values[0] .. values[j] is
// Choosing how many instance of of the largest value to use
// and then just sum the rest
for (int j = 1; j < num_values; j++)
{
int current = values_in_5_cents[j];
int64 way = 0;
for (int n = 0; n <= i / current; n++)
{
way += ways[i - n * current][j - 1];
}
ways[i][j] = way;
}
}

while (true)
{
double value;
cin >> value;
if (value < 0.05)
{
break;
}

// Be careful with the rounding here - thanks to the forum I know (int)(2.05 * 20) = 40, which is not what I want.
int value_in_5_cents = (int)(value * 100 / 5 + 0.1);
cout << right << setw(6) << setprecision(2) << fixed << value << right << setw(17) << ways[value_in_5_cents][num_values - 1] << endl;
}
return 0;
}