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Problem 9: Special Pythagorean triplet
(see projecteuler.net/problem=9)
A Pythagorean triplet is a set of three natural numbers, a < b < c,
for which, a^2 + b^2 = c^2
For example, 3^2 + 4^2 = 9 + 16 = 25 = 5^2.
There exists exactly one Pythagorean triplet for which a + b + c = 1000.
Find the product abc.
My Algorithm
I loop through all pairs a<b and compute c=sqrt{a^2+b^2}.
If c is an integer and a+b+c<=3000 then the largest product abc is stored.
Modifications by HackerRank
For some sums a+b+c multiple solutions might exist and the largest product abc should be returned.
It is necessary to have a pre-computation step of all perimeters' solutions to handle the huge amount of test cases.
Interactive test
You can submit your own input to my program and it will be instantly processed at my server:
This is equivalent toecho "1 50" | ./9
Output:
Note: the original problem's input 1000
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++ and can be compiled with G++, Clang++, Visual C++. You can download it, too.
#include <iostream>
#include <vector>
#include <cmath>
int main()
{
// precompute all pairs a<b<c where a+b+c <= 3000
const int MaxPerimeter = 3000;
// -1 means "no triplets" for that perimeter
const int NoSolution = -1;
// cache[0] remains unused
std::vector<int> cache(MaxPerimeter + 1, NoSolution);
// scan all pairs a<b
for (int a = 1; a < MaxPerimeter; a++)
for (int b = a + 1; b < MaxPerimeter - a; b++)
{
// find c
int c2 = a*a + b*b;
// approximate square root as integer
int c = sqrt(c2);
// was it the correct square root ?
if (c*c != c2)
continue;
// check summing condition
int sum = a + b + c;
if (sum > MaxPerimeter)
break;
// better solution than before ?
if (cache[sum] < a*b*c)
cache[sum] = a*b*c;
}
unsigned int tests;
std::cin >> tests;
while (tests--)
{
unsigned int n;
std::cin >> n;
// just lookup results (-1 if no solution)
std::cout << cache[n] << std::endl;
}
return 0;
}
This solution contains 6 empty lines, 10 comments and 3 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.
(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
February 23, 2017 submitted solution
March 29, 2017 added comments
Hackerrank
see https://www.hackerrank.com/contests/projecteuler/challenges/euler009
My code solves 8 out of 8 test cases (score: 100%)
Difficulty
Project Euler ranks this problem at 5% (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.
Links
projecteuler.net/thread=9 - the best forum on the subject (note: you have to submit the correct solution first)
Code in various languages:
C# www.mathblog.dk/pythagorean-triplets/ (written by Kristian Edlund)
C github.com/eagletmt/project-euler-c/blob/master/1-9/problem9.c (written by eagletmt)
Java github.com/nayuki/Project-Euler-solutions/blob/master/java/p009.java (written by Nayuki)
Javascript github.com/dsernst/ProjectEuler/blob/master/9 Special Pythagorean triplet.js (written by David Ernst)
Go github.com/frrad/project-euler/blob/master/golang/Problem009.go (written by Frederick Robinson)
Mathematica github.com/nayuki/Project-Euler-solutions/blob/master/mathematica/p009.mathematica (written by Nayuki)
Haskell github.com/nayuki/Project-Euler-solutions/blob/master/haskell/p009.hs (written by Nayuki)
Scala github.com/samskivert/euler-scala/blob/master/Euler009.scala (written by Michael Bayne)
Perl github.com/gustafe/projecteuler/blob/master/009-Special-Pythagorean-triplet.pl (written by Gustaf Erikson)
Those links are just an unordered selection of source code I found with a semi-automatic search script on Google/Bing/GitHub/whatever.
You will probably stumble upon better solutions when searching on your own.
Maybe not all linked resources produce the correct result and/or exceed time/memory limits.
Heatmap
Please click on a problem's number to open my solution to that problem:
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gray | problems are already solved but I haven't published my solution yet | |
blue | solutions are relevant for Project Euler only: there wasn't a Hackerrank version of it (at the time I solved it) or it differed too much | |
orange | problems are solved but exceed the time limit of one minute or the memory limit of 256 MByte | |
red | problems are not solved yet but I wrote a simulation to approximate the result or verified at least the given example - usually I sketched a few ideas, too | |
black | problems are solved but access to the solution is blocked for a few days until the next problem is published | |
[new] | the flashing problem is the one I solved most recently |
I stopped working on Project Euler problems around the time they released 617.
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I scored 13526 points (out of 15700 possible points, top rank was 17 out of ≈60000 in August 2017) at Hackerrank's Project Euler+.
My username at Project Euler is stephanbrumme while it's stbrumme at Hackerrank.
Look at my progress and performance pages to get more details.
Copyright
I hope you enjoy my code and learn something - or give me feedback how I can improve my solutions.
All of my solutions can be used for any purpose and I am in no way liable for any damages caused.
You can even remove my name and claim it's yours. But then you shall burn in hell.
The problems and most of the problems' images were created by Project Euler.
Thanks for all their endless effort !!!
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