Problem 110: Diophantine reciprocals II

(see projecteuler.net/problem=110)

In the following equation x, y, and n are positive integers.

dfrac{1}{x} + dfrac{1}{y} = dfrac{1}{n}

It can be verified that when n = 1260 there are 113 distinct solutions and this is the least value of n
for which the total number of distinct solutions exceeds one hundred.

What is the least value of n for which the number of distinct solutions exceeds four million?

NOTE: This problem is a much more difficult version of Problem 108 and as it is well beyond the limitations of a brute force approach it requires a clever implementation.

My Algorithm

As mentioned in my solution for problem 108, a prime factorization can find the number of solutions.
This time I "invert" the algorithm: I generate prime factorizations in ascending order.
If e_0, e_1, e_2, ... are the exponents of the first primes 2, 3, 5, ... then:
value = 2^{e_0} * 3^{e_1} * 5^{e_2} ...
The container exponents stores these exponents, while prime obviously holds the prime numbers.
Empirically I found that the first 12 prime numbers (2 ... 37) are sufficient for the original problem.

This gives ((2e_0 + 1)(2e_1 + 1)(2e_2 + 1) ... + 1) factorizations. However, x and y are interchangeable, therefore I must divide the result by 2 as well.

A nice property of std::map is that its elements are always sorted by their keys.
Therefore todo.begin() always refers to the smallest unprocessed number.
If it has too few prime factorizations then I increment its components and re-insert them into todo.

Modifications by HackerRank

Hackerrank has a broader input ranges which requires a few more prime numbers.
Even more, the result may be too big for 64 bit integer. That's why I opt for long double instead.
The failed test case is probably due to exceeding the precision of long double.

Note

I noticed that the exponents of larger prime numbers are at most 1 (when processing numbers <= 4000000).
My code runs about 3x faster and needs less memory when I avoid incrementing e_4, e_5, ...

Interactive test

You can submit your own input to my program and it will be instantly processed at my server:

Input data (separated by spaces or newlines):

This is equivalent to
echo 100 | ./110

Output:

(please click 'Go !')

Note: the original problem's input 4000000 cannot be entered
because just copying results is a soft skill reserved for idiots.

(this interactive test is still under development, computations will be aborted after one second)

My code

… was written in C++11 and can be compiled with G++, Clang++, Visual C++. You can download it, too.

The code contains #ifdefs to switch between the original problem and the Hackerrank version.
Enable #ifdef ORIGINAL to produce the result for the original problem (default setting for most problems).

#include <iostream>
#include <iomanip>
#include <vector>
#include <map>
 
int main()
{
unsigned long long limit = 4000000;
std::cin >> limit;
 
#define ORIGINAL
#ifdef ORIGINAL
// 12 primes are enough for the original problem, I added a few more for the Hackerrank version
const unsigned int NumPrimes = 12;
// a short list of primes
unsigned int primes[] = { 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37 };
#else
const unsigned int NumPrimes = 18;
// a short list of primes
unsigned int primes[] = { 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61 };
#endif
 
// use 1 as a "seed" value (all its primes' exponents are zero)
typedef std::vector<unsigned char> Exponents;
std::map<long double, Exponents> todo = { { 1, Exponents(NumPrimes, 0) } };
 
while (true)
{
// pick the smallest value and its exponents
auto current = todo.begin();
auto value = current->first;
auto exponents = current->second;
 
// remove from todo list
todo.erase(current);
 
// find number of factorizations
unsigned long long uniqueFactors = 1;
for (auto x : exponents)
uniqueFactors *= 2 * x + 1;
// a*b = b*a => divide number of factorizations by 2
uniqueFactors++;
uniqueFactors /= 2;
 
// stop ?
if (uniqueFactors >= limit)
{
std::cout << std::fixed << std::setprecision(0) << value << std::endl;
break;
}
 
// increment each primes' exponent by 1 and append new value to todo list
for (size_t i = 0; i < exponents.size(); i++)
{
#ifdef ORIGINAL
// speed optimization: exponents of larger primes can be at most 1
if (exponents[i] == 1 && i > 3) // 3 was found by trial-n-error
break;
#endif
 
exponents[i]++;
value *= primes[i];
 
todo[value] = exponents;
// note: std::map prunes duplicates automatically
}
}
 
return 0;
}

This solution contains 11 empty lines, 12 comments and 10 preprocessor commands.

Benchmark

The correct solution to the original Project Euler problem was found in 0.02 seconds on an Intel® Core™ i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz.
Peak memory usage was about 8 MByte.

(compiled for x86_64 / Linux, GCC flags: -O3 -march=native -fno-exceptions -fno-rtti -std=gnu++11 -DORIGINAL)

See here for a comparison of all solutions.

Note: interactive tests run on a weaker (=slower) computer. Some interactive tests are compiled without -DORIGINAL.

Changelog

July 28, 2017 submitted solution
July 28, 2017 added comments

Hackerrank

see https://www.hackerrank.com/contests/projecteuler/challenges/euler110

My code solves 12 out of 20 test cases (score: 60%)

I failed 1 test cases due to wrong answers and 7 because of timeouts

Difficulty

40% Project Euler ranks this problem at 40% (out of 100%).

Hackerrank describes this problem as easy.

Note:
Hackerrank has strict execution time limits (typically 2 seconds for C++ code) and often a much wider input range than the original problem.
In my opinion, Hackerrank's modified problems are usually a lot harder to solve. As a rule thumb: brute-force is rarely an option.

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