TRT - Treats for the Cows

FJ has purchased N (1 <= N <= 2000) yummy treats for the cows who get money for giving vast amounts of milk. FJ sells one treat per day and wants to maximize the money he receives over a given period time. The treats are interesting for many reasons:

  • The treats are numbered 1..N and stored sequentially in single file in a long box that is open at both ends. On any day, FJ can retrieve one treat from either end of his stash of treats.
  • Like fine wines and delicious cheeses, the treats improve with age and command greater prices.
  • The treats are not uniform: some are better and have higher intrinsic value. Treat i has value v(i) (1 <= v(i) <= 1000).
  • Cows pay more for treats that have aged longer: a cow will pay v(i)*a for a treat of age a.

Given the values v(i) of each of the treats lined up in order of the index i in their box, what is the greatest value FJ can receive for them if he orders their sale optimally?

The first treat is sold on day 1 and has age a=1. Each subsequent day increases the age by 1.


Line 1: A single integer, N

Lines 2..N+1: Line i+1 contains the value of treat v(i)


The maximum revenue FJ can achieve by selling the treats




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dwij28: 2016-01-11 16:56:58

It took me 1 hour to come up with a test case where the greedy approach might fail. I was totally convinced that greedy is the way to go until i used a test case where all values are not distinct. Memorized Recursion for AC.

Akshit Johry: 2016-01-01 16:23:04

great help sriharshaa :)) thank you

Shantanu Banerjee: 2015-12-24 11:42:40

A must for the beginners, including me! :)

irbis9: 2015-11-17 19:07:09

My first dp on my own without looking for hints or solution.

sanyamg123: 2015-11-03 04:54:26

dont use a 2d map instead use a 2d array... 2d map gives tle while 2d array gives ac

gaurav117: 2015-10-29 13:09:20

a must for the beginners :)

Akshay Damle: 2015-10-17 21:06:35

Couple of pointers: Don't use Python/Java. Use long long int to store result. Use 2D array not map for the memo if you're doing it that way.

Durgesh Deep: 2015-09-15 22:50:43

my 50th :)

ziadxkabakibi: 2015-09-12 11:04:24

recursion = TLE,recursion + memory =ACC ^_^ it's simple

thirupathireddy: 2015-09-11 12:53:55

nice treat of dp............:)

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