2016 TCO Marathon - Round 1

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Challenge Overview

Problem Statement

    Several seeds were planted in one jar. The grown-up plants have to be separated and moved to other jars, one plant per jar. While growing, the plants developed a massive intertwining root system which has to be separated as well with as little damage as possible.

The jar with plants is represented as a circle on a plane. Each plant is represented as a 2D root system, since we are not interested in its stem (it doesn't need to be cut when the plants are separated).

The root system of one plant starts with a plant base point - the point where root system connects to the stem. Each root grows either from the base point of a plant or from the end of another root.

To separate the plants, you need to cut the soil in the jar. Each cut is modeled as an infinite straight line which goes through points (X1, Y1) and (X2, Y2). Cut lines cut every root they intersect. Two plants are considered to be separated as long as there exists at least one line which separates their base points.

Your code must implement a single method int[] makeCuts(int NP, int[] points, int[] roots). The parameters give you the following information:
  • NP - the number of plants.
  • points - the coordinates of endpoints of roots. Endpoint i (0-based) has coordinates (point[2*i], point[2*i+1]). Note that there will be more than NP points in this array; the first NP points will be base points of plants.
  • roots - the roots, represented with indices of their endpoints. Root j (0-based) connects endpoints roots[2*j] and roots[2*j+1]. It is guaranteed that each root endpoint belongs to exactly one plant (i.e. no chain of roots exists which would connect base points of two different plants). Roots of one plant or different plants can intersect each other without sharing an endpoint. The roots of the plant grows similar to a tree data structure, there will not be any cycle within the root system. An intersection between two roots doesn't mean that they are automatically connected. Only the connections given to you in the roots array is valid connections.
You must return a int[] representing a set of at most 4*NP lines which separate all plants. If your return describes L lines, it must contain exactly 4*L elements, line k (0-based) is defined as going through points (ret[4*k], ret[4*k+1]) and (ret[4*k+2], ret[4*k+3]).

The score for an individual test case is the total length of roots which stay attached to the base point of their plants, divided by total length of all roots before cutting. If there exist two plants which are not separated with the cuts, or the return value was invalid in any other way, the score for that test case is 0. Your overall score will be the sum of YOUR/MAX over all test cases, where YOUR is your raw score on a test case, and MAX is the maximal score achieved by anyone on that test case (test cases on which you scored 0 don't contribute to the sum).

Tools and Information

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Parameters:int, int[], int[]
Method signature:int[] makeCuts(int NP, int[] points, int[] roots)
(be sure your method is public)


-This match is rated.
-The time limit is 10 seconds and the memory limit is 1024MB for a single test case.
-The number of plants (NP) will be less than 105 and there will be at least 5 plants. There will be less than 105000 roots and at least 50.
-X1,Y1,X2 and Y2 must be between 0 and 1024. All plant and root coordinates will also fall within this range.
-You can find information about compilers that we use and compilation options here.


Returns: "seed = 1
NP = 5
NR = 500
Length of roots = 5280.447005971856
Returns: "seed = 2
NP = 28
NR = 22400
Length of roots = 135720.29520142596
Returns: "seed = 3
NP = 98
NR = 66248
Length of roots = 533797.0490723713
Returns: "seed = 4
NP = 10
NR = 8520
Length of roots = 57235.583661379584
Returns: "seed = 5
NP = 31
NR = 16647
Length of roots = 121573.53376857964
Returns: "seed = 6
NP = 11
NR = 2761
Length of roots = 24576.521680862115
Returns: "seed = 7
NP = 39
NR = 21138
Length of roots = 186372.3779337002
Returns: "seed = 8
NP = 100
NR = 16400
Length of roots = 192691.78233601913
Returns: "seed = 9
NP = 27
NR = 13905
Length of roots = 104341.6522919012
Returns: "seed = 10
NP = 100
NR = 60000
Length of roots = 539048.1828607273

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