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# Problem 351: Hexagonal orchards

A hexagonal orchard of order n is a triangular lattice made up of points within a regular hexagon with side n.
The following is an example of a hexagonal orchard of order 5: Highlighted in green are the points which are hidden from the center by a point closer to it.
It can be seen that for a hexagonal orchard of order 5, 30 points are hidden from the center.

Let H(n) be the number of points hidden from the center in a hexagonal orchard of order n.

H(5) = 30. H(10) = 138. H(1 000) = 1177848.

Find H(100 000 000).

# My Algorithm

All six "triangles" of such a hexagon can be treated equal. I count only the points of the upper-right triangle and multiply the result by 6.
The point in the centre doesn't belong to any triangle and is never hidden.

All points can be thought of as fractions: the points on the right side of centre is 1/1.
The next ring (actually: part of a ring, I'm only looking at one six-th of it) is 1/2 and 2/2, then 1/3, 2/3, 3/3, followed by 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4.
Finally the outer-most ring consists of 1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5 and 5/5 for a total of 15 points.
The total number is equivalent to the triangular number T(n) = n(n+1)/2 (with T(5) = 15, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangular_number)

The hidden points are 2/2, 3/3, 2/4, 4/4 and 5/5. Those are exactly the fractions that are not proper fractions:
both numerator and denominator share a common factor such that gcd(n,d) > 1.
The bruteForce() algorithm checks the gcd() of all fractions. It finds H(1000) within less than 0.04 seconds but becomes very slow for larger values (I assume it's O(n^2 log n)).

However, I've seen similar problems before: counting how often a certain number if coprime to other numbers can be done with Euler's totient function (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euler's_totient_function).
The guys at Project Euler seem to really like this function because of its namesake ...

Anyway, the number of visible points in a (partial) ring i is phi(i). Then the number of hidden points in that (partial) ring i is i - phi(i).
The number of hidden points in a full ring is therefore 6 * (i - phi(i)).
The solution for an orchard of order n is
(1) sum_{i=1..n} 6 * (i - phi(i))
(2) 6 * sum_{i=1..n} (i - phi(i))
(3) 6 * (sum_{i=1..n} i - sum_{i=1..n} phi(i))
(4) 6 * (n(n+1)/2 - sum_{i=1..n} phi(i))

All I need is an efficient way to compute phi(i) for all i <= 10^8; that's the totient summary function (see mathworld.wolfram.com/TotientSummatoryFunction.html).
If I compute all phi(x) at once with a sieve then I need more than 400 MByte RAM which is more than the inofficial limit of Project Euler
(see sumPhi(), it takes about 3.5 seconds to finish).

So I rewrote that sieve to work in a segmented way (see sumPhiSliced()): compute phi(x) for 0 < x < 10^6, then 10^6 <= x < 2 * 10^6, and so on.
The memory consumption shrinks down to just 30 MByte and the program actually becomes a bit faster because of better cache locality (3.1 seconds, minus 0.4 seconds).
Admittedly, the code isn't that nice to look at: I added my prime sieve from my toolbox and it takes quite some code to properly handle all edge cases.

# 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 1000 | ./351

Output:

Note: the original problem's input 100000000 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>

// ---------- gcd() can be found in my toolbox, as well as my fast prime sieve ----------

// greatest common divisor
template <typename T>
T gcd(T a, T b)
{
while (a != 0)
{
T c = a;
a = b % a;
b = c;
}
return b;
}

// odd prime numbers are marked as "true" in a bitvector
std::vector<bool> sieve;

// 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) + 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;
}
}
}

// ---------- problem-specific code ----------

// count all fractions i/j where i is coprime to j
unsigned long long bruteForce(unsigned int limit)
{
unsigned long long hidden = 0;
for (unsigned int i = 1; i <= limit; i++)
for (unsigned int j = 1; j <= i; j++)
if (gcd(i, j) != 1)
hidden++;
return hidden;
}

// needs almost half a GByte RAM
unsigned long long sumPhi(unsigned int limit)
{
// similar to http://www.geeksforgeeks.org/eulers-totient-function-for-all-numbers-smaller-than-or-equal-to-n/
// alternatives can be found here: https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/26739/super-speedy-totient-function

// the sum
unsigned long long result = 1; // phi(1) = 1

// allocate enough memory, fill with 1,2,3,4,...
std::vector<unsigned int> phi(limit + 1);
for (unsigned int i = 0; i < phi.size(); i++)
phi[i] = i;

// look for prime numbers
for (unsigned int i = 2; i <= limit; i++)
{
result += phi[i];

// composite number, already computed phi(i)
if (phi[i] != i)
continue;

// phi(prime) = prime - 1
phi[i]--; // was initially phi[i] = prime
result--;

for (auto j = 2 * i; j <= limit; j += i)
phi[j] = (phi[j] / i) * (i - 1);
}

return result;
}

unsigned long long sumPhiSliced(unsigned int limit, unsigned int segmentSize = 1000000)
{
// the sum
unsigned long long result = 1; // phi(1) = 1

// find all primes
fillSieve(limit);
// store them
std::vector<unsigned int> primes = { 2 };
primes.reserve(limit * 6 / 100); // about 6 million primes < 10^8
for (unsigned int i = 3; i <= limit; i += 2)
if (isPrime(i))
primes.push_back(i);
// release memory
sieve.clear();
sieve.shrink_to_fit();

// allocate memory for a single segment
std::vector<unsigned int> phi(segmentSize);

for (unsigned int from = 2; from <= limit; from += segmentSize)
{
auto to = from + segmentSize;
if (to > limit)
to = limit + 1;
// actual size is always identical to segmentSize except for the last slice
auto size = to - from;

// fill with from, from+1, from+2, ...
for (unsigned int i = 0; i < size; i++)
phi[i] = from + i;

// process all multiples of all primes in the current segments
for (unsigned int p = 0; p < primes.size(); p++)
{
auto current = primes[p];

// find smallest multiple in current slice
auto minJ = 2 * current;
if (minJ < from)
{
minJ = (from / current) * current;
if (minJ < from)
minJ += current;
}

for (auto j = minJ; j < to; j += current)
{
auto index = j - from;
phi[index] = (phi[index] / current) * (current - 1);
}

// don't forget about the primes
if (current >= from && current < to)
phi[current - from]--;
}

// add all phi of the current slice
for (unsigned int i = 0; i < size; i++)
result += phi[i];
}

return result;
}

int main()
{
unsigned int limit = 100000000; // 10^8
std::cin >> limit;

// slow brute-force
//unsigned long long result = bruteForce(limit);

// fast algorithm
auto triangle = (unsigned long long)limit * (limit + 1) / 2;

#define SLICED
#ifdef  SLICED
auto result = triangle - sumPhiSliced(limit);
#else
auto result = triangle - sumPhi(limit);
#endif

// the previous code analyzed only one sixth of the hexagon
result *= 6;

std::cout << result << std::endl;
return 0;
}


This solution contains 35 empty lines, 42 comments and 6 preprocessor commands.

# Benchmark

The correct solution to the original Project Euler problem was found in 3.1 seconds on an Intel® Core™ i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz.
Peak memory usage was about 31 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

September 26, 2017 submitted solution

# Difficulty

Project Euler ranks this problem at 25% (out of 100%).

# Similar problems at Project Euler

Problem 214: Totient Chains

Note: I'm not even close to solving all problems at Project Euler. Chances are that similar problems do exist and I just haven't looked at them.

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