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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Rishabh Joshi: 2015-05-26 08:14:01

0.09 with top down dp.

Amit : 2015-05-25 21:51:37

century :) :D

Abhishek_2110: 2015-05-25 07:19:31

both top-down and bottom-up pass easily :)

Last edit: 2015-10-01 19:16:36
Ankit: 2015-03-29 16:27:33

Just a little common sense and it makes the DP seem difficult.
Great Question !!

pol_djordje_24: 2015-03-07 20:50:10

Please, i need help to understand the problem.
For example :
We have treats 1,3,1,5,2. If we sell treat that costs 1. Now threats costs 6,2,10,4. Now we sell threat that costs to and remaining threats costs 9,15 and 6. Using this method five times we get cost = 46.
What am i doing wrong?

Ayur Jain: 2015-02-02 18:41:07

Nice DP problem for beginners :)

Jumpy: 2015-01-20 18:40:48

It took so long to solve this problem. First I did Greedy - Failed. Then Recursive - TLE. After that DP - GOT AC with 0.00 sec and 18MB memory.

Sampath Ravolaparthi: 2015-01-16 16:25:38

OMG! I'm too Greedy!!!
Don't know what to do....??
Will try again later.....;)

Asheesh Pathak: 2015-01-15 19:41:06

@Sampath Kumar Please tell me how you got AC. I'm having the same problem.

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