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# Problem 231: The prime factorisation of binomial coefficients

The binomial coefficient ^10 C_3 = 120.
120 = 23 * 3 * 5 = 2 * 2 * 2 * 3 * 5, and 2 + 2 + 2 + 3 + 5 = 14.
So the sum of the terms in the prime factorisation of ^10 C_3 is 14.

Find the sum of the terms in the prime factorisation of ^20000000 C_15000000.

# My Algorithm

Aside from a standard prime sieve, the main work is done in add(n):

The binomial coefficient is: ^n{C_k} = {{n}choose{k}} = dfrac{n!}{(n-k)! k!}
where the factorial is n! = 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * ... * n, e.g. 10! = 1 * 2 * 3 * 4 * ... * 10.

However, the problem statement doesn't ask for the factorial but the sum of prime factors of all elements in the factorial sequence.
That means add(10!) = 1 + 2 + 3 + (2 + 2) + 5 + (2 + 3) + 7 + (2 + 2 + 2) + (3 + 3) + (2 + 5) = 45.

You can see that every second number contains prime factor 2, every third prime factor 3, every fifth prime factor 5 ... and so on.
There are \lfloor frac{10}{2} \rfloor = 5 elements which contain prime factor 2 at least once. That's a sum of 2 * 5 = 10.
There are \lfloor frac{10}{2^2} \rfloor = 2 elements which contain prime factor 2 at least twice. That's a sum of 2 * 2 = 4 on top.
There are \lfloor frac{10}{2^3} \rfloor = 1 elements which contain prime factor 2 at least three times. That's a sum of 2 * 1 = 2 on top.
The sum of all prime factors 2 is 10 + 4 + 2 = 16.

Following the same logic, but this time prime factor 3:
There are \lfloor frac{10}{3} \rfloor = 3 elements which contain prime factor 3 at least once. That's a sum of 3 * 3 = 9.
There are \lfloor frac{10}{3^2} \rfloor = 1 elements which contain prime factor 3 at least twice. That's a sum of 3 * 1 = 3.
The sum of all prime factors 3 is 9 + 3 = 12.

Now the algorithm becomes apparent:

• iterate over all potential prime factors p
• compute how many numbers contain p, add p * count to the sum
• compute how many numbers contain p^2, add p * count to the sum
• compute how many numbers contain p^3, add p * count to the sum
• ...

## Alternative Approaches

My first approach was to generate a huge look-up table:

• if a number i is a prime number, set sum[i] = i
• then for each number i, multiply it by all primes p and set sum[i * p] = sum[i] + p
• add all sums[] up to i, that's simply sums[i] += sums[i - 1] because all i are processed in increasing order
That way more than 160 MByte RAM were used - which would have been a new record for my Project Euler solutions.
I felt very uncomfortable of that memory consumption for such a "small" problem. And it was about 10x slower.
So I spent a whole commuter ride thinking about the problem and came up with the current solution ...
Note: read access to that precomputed table is extremely fast ! If you need to query heaps of factorial prime sums then
my first approach might be an actually viable solution.

# 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 "10 3" | ./231

Output:

Note: the original problem's input 20000000 15000000 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. Or just jump to my GitHub repository.

       #include <iostream>
#include <vector>

#include <vector>

// odd prime numbers are marked as "true" in a bitvector
std::vector<bool> sieve;
// collection of all primes from the sieve (I do this because it's faster)
std::vector<unsigned int> primes = { 2 };

// return true, if x is a prime number
bool isPrime(unsigned int x)
{
// handle even numbers
if ((x & 1) == 0)
return x == 2;

// lookup for odd numbers
return sieve[x >> 1];
}

// find all prime numbers from 2 to size
void fillSieve(unsigned int size)
{
// store only odd numbers
const unsigned int half = size >> 1;

// allocate memory
sieve.resize(half, true);
// 1 is not a prime number
sieve = false;

// process all relevant prime factors
for (unsigned int i = 1; 2*i*i < half; i++)
// do we have a prime factor ?
if (sieve[i])
{
// mark all its multiples as false
unsigned int current = 3*i+1;
while (current < half)
{
sieve[current] = false;
current += 2*i+1;
}
}
}

// ----- here the main algorithm starts -----

// return sum of all prime factors of n!
unsigned long long add(unsigned int n)
{
unsigned long long sum = 0;
for (auto p : primes)
{
// prime too large ? => done
if (p > n)
return sum;

unsigned long long multipleP = p;
// initial count
unsigned long long count = n / multipleP;
do
{
sum += p * count;

// increase exponent by one, that means p^i => p^(i+1)
multipleP *= p;
// update count for next iteration
count = n / multipleP;
} while (count > 0); // multipleP > n
}
return sum;
}

// ----- below is my first approach -----

// my first attempt: compute a huge lookup table where
// (code not used anymore)
std::vector<unsigned long long> sums;
void generateTable(unsigned int limit)
{
sums.resize(limit + 1, 0);
for (unsigned int i = 2; i < sums.size(); i++)
{
// prime number ? its only prime factor is the number itself
if (sums[i] == 0)
sums[i] = i;

// multiply with all prime numbers
for (auto p : primes)
{
// too large ?
if (i * p >= sums.size())
break;

sums[i * p] = sums[i] + p;
}

// add all prime factors of (i-1)! to i
// => that's the sum of prime factors of i!
sums[i] += sums[i - 1];
}
}

int main()
{
// read input values n >= k
unsigned int n = 20000000;
unsigned int k = 15000000;
std::cin >> n >> k;

// generate all prime numbers
fillSieve(n);

// extract prime numbers
for (unsigned int i = 3; i <= n; i += 2)
if (isPrime(i))
primes.push_back(i);

// older, slower algorithm
//generateTable(n);
//std::cout << sums[n] - (sums[n - k] + sums[k]) << std::endl;

return 0;
}


This solution contains 22 empty lines, 35 comments and 3 preprocessor commands.

# Benchmark

The correct solution to the original Project Euler problem was found in 0.14 seconds on an Intel® Core™ i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz.
Peak memory usage was about 13 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

June 28, 2017 submitted solution

# Difficulty

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

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