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Problem 290: Digital Signature
(see projecteuler.net/problem=290)
How many integers 0 <= n < 10^18 have the property that the sum of the digits of n equals the sum of digits of 137n?
My Algorithm
A brute-force algorithm can be written without much thinking (and just stealing the digitSum()
function from problem 119).
It works pretty well for n <= 10^8.
There is a small optimization which I added based on the observation:
if n is not a multiple of 9 then the sum of digits of n never matches the sum of digits of 137n.
Coming up with a faster algorithm took me two months - well, I was working on other problems in the meantime, but this problem was a tough nut to crack -
escpecially considering the short solution that I finally found. Note: apparently almost everyone found the same algorithm, the fastest solver needed just 7 minutes (!) according to the forum.
While the brute-force algorithm works for every n, the faster algorithm requires n to be a power of ten, that is n = 10^k, e.g. n = 10^18.
Let's say S(n) returns the sum of digits of n. Then I have to find all n < 10^18 where
(1) S(n) = S(137n)
If I partition n into n = 10x + y then y is the last digit of n and x everything else.
(2) S(n) = S(10x + y) = S(x) + y
Combining (1) and (2):
(3) S(x) + y = S(137 * (10x + y))
(4) S(x) + y = S(137 * 10x + 137y)
If I partition 137y into 137y = 10u + v then
(5) u = \lfloor dfrac{137y}{10} \rfloor
(6) v = 137y mod 10
(7) S(x) + y = S(137 * 10x + 10u + v)
(8) S(x) + y = S(137x + u) + v
If n < 10, that means the number of digits is 1, then x = 0 and (8) simplifies accordingly.
If n >= 10 then x has one digit less than n (it's missing the right-most digit which is y) and
(9) S(137n) = S(137x + u) + v
So that the recursion pattern is
(10) u_{next} = \lfloor dfrac{137u}{10} \rfloor
(11) v_{next} = 137u mod 10 + v - digit
Note
I didn't find the final steps not by sitting in front of a piece of paper - instead it was laborous work fitting the equations to the results of my brute-force search.
As mentioned before, several solvers went the straight way and immediately found the correct algorithm. Not me, I was stupid ...
Usually I rely on std::map
for caching because it's simple:
- no need to pre-allocate memory and fill it with an
Unknown
indicator - works great when the
id
s have huge gaps inbetween
When I have the correct solution, I often try to speed up the program because
std::map
involves lots of calls to new
and delete
.An
std::unordered_map
is a plug-in replacement. Since most hash maps are based on a big blocks of continuous memory, there are less new
and delete
.That small difference (combined with better locality / CPU caching) is enough to solve the current problem almost three times faster: in only 0.120 seconds.
There are no huge gaps between
id
s so that I converted the cache
container to std::vector
and finish in just 0.027 seconds, again 4 times faster than std::unordered_map
.Even more important, each
new
consumes a few bytes on its own. Therefore the faster std::vector
version needs 50% less memory, too.Feel free to experiment with
#define FAST
.
Interactive test
You can submit your own input to my program and it will be instantly processed at my server:
This is equivalent toecho 4 | ./290
Output:
Note: the original problem's input 18
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 <map>
#include <unordered_map>
#include <vector>
#include <cmath>
// compare x and 137x
const unsigned int Signature = 137;
// copied from problem 119
unsigned int digitSum(unsigned long long x)
{
unsigned int result = 0;
while (x > 0)
{
result += x % 10;
x /= 10;
}
return result;
}
// the brute-force algorithm is surprisingly fast for limit < 10^8
unsigned long long bruteForce(unsigned long long limit)
{
unsigned long long count = 0;
for (unsigned long long i = 0; i < limit; i += 9) // observation: always multiples of 9
if (digitSum(i) == digitSum(i * Signature))
count++;
return count;
}
// different container types:
// std::vector: 0.027s
// std::unordered_map: 0.120s
// std::map: 0.415s
#define FAST
#ifdef FAST
const long long Unknown = -1;
std::vector<long long> cache((18+1) * 137 * 240, Unknown); // see search() for the constants
#else
std::unordered_map<unsigned int, long long> cache;
//std::map<unsigned int, long long> cache;
#endif
// count all numbers where digitSum(x) == digitSum(137x)
unsigned long long search(unsigned int numDigits, unsigned int u = 0, int v = 0)
{
// memoize
unsigned int id = numDigits;
id *= 137;
id += u; // 0..136
id *= 240;
id += v + 120; // -116..+116
#ifdef FAST
if (cache[id] != Unknown)
return cache[id];
#else
auto lookup = cache.find(id);
if (lookup != cache.end())
return lookup->second;
#endif
// only one digit left ?
if (numDigits == 1)
{
// digitSum(137d + u) must be identical to digit + v
// check every possible digit 0..9
unsigned int result = 0;
for (unsigned int digit = 0; digit <= 9; digit++)
if (digitSum(Signature * digit + u) + v == digit)
result++;
cache[id] = result;
return result;
}
// "shave off" one digit and continues with recursion ...
unsigned long long result = 0;
for (auto digit = 0; digit <= 9; digit++)
{
auto nextU = (Signature * digit + u) / 10;
auto nextV = (Signature * digit + u) % 10 + v - digit;
result += search(numDigits - 1, nextU, nextV);
}
cache[id] = result;
return result;
}
int main()
{
// analyze all numbers below 10^18
unsigned int limit = 18;
std::cin >> limit;
//std::cout << bruteForce(pow(10, limit)) << std::endl;
std::cout << search(limit) << std::endl;
return 0;
}
This solution contains 11 empty lines, 16 comments and 12 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 7 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
November 14, 2017 submitted solution
November 14, 2017 added comments
Difficulty
Project Euler ranks this problem at 50% (out of 100%).
Links
projecteuler.net/thread=290 - the best forum on the subject (note: you have to submit the correct solution first)
Code in various languages:
Python github.com/HaochenLiu/My-Project-Euler/blob/master/290.py (written by Haochen Liu)
Python github.com/LaurentMazare/ProjectEuler/blob/master/e290.py (written by Laurent Mazare)
Python github.com/Meng-Gen/ProjectEuler/blob/master/290.py (written by Meng-Gen Tsai)
Python github.com/roosephu/project-euler/blob/master/290.py (written by Yuping Luo)
Mathematica github.com/steve98654/ProjectEuler/blob/master/290.nb
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.
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