bimleshsharma has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I have an array having some interger elements. I have to split into 2 subsets. Need to verify that sum of these 2 subsets are equal or not. Subset size is not matter, it can be element count of 3,2 or 1,4 or any but should be in 2 part. For example...
Ex 1:
@a1 = qw(1, 3, 8, 4);
This array can be divided into to subsets (1,3,4)=8 and (8)=8, so these two have equal sum.
Ex 2:
@a1 = qw(1, 6, 2);
This cant be divided into two subsets of equal sum.Because (1,6)!=2 or any combination of a subset is not matching to another subset.
I tried below code but it is working for one set of iteration, actually it should check all possible set of iteration to find possiblities.
my @array= qw(1 3 5 7);
my @array= qw(1 3 5 7);
&test(\@array);
sub test
{
my ($s1,$s2);
my @a=@{$_[0]};
for (my $i=0;$i<=$#a ;$i++) {
($s1,$s2)=0;
for (my $j=0;$j<=$#a ;$j++) {
if ($i == $j) {
$s1=$s1+ $a[$j];
}
else{
$s2+=$a[$j];
}
}
}
print "\n";
}
Re: Divide an array into 2 subsets to verify their sum is equal or not. by choroba (Canon) on May 02, 2013 at 07:50 UTC 
To sum a list, I used the sum from List::Util. I made the following observation: if the array can be split, then the sum of each part is the half of the sum of the whole array. I used vec to generate binary vectors to be used as Indicator function. Checking a half of the possible vectors is enough, the rest is complementary (i.e. the two subsets are swapped).
#!/usr/bin/perl
use warnings;
use strict;
use List::Util qw(sum);
sub is_divisible {
my $array = shift;
my $sum = sum(@$array) / 2;
for my $bitmask (1 .. 2 ** $#$array  1) {
return 1 if sum(map { $array>[$_] * vec $bitmask, $_, 1} 0 ..
+ $#$array) == $sum;
}
return;
}
my @arrays = (
[qw(1 3 5 7)],
[qw(1 3 8 4)],
[qw(1 6 2)],
[qw(5 5 4 6 2 8 1 9)],
);
for my $array (@arrays) {
print "@$array: ", is_divisible($array) ? 'yes' : 'no', "\n";
}
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Re: Divide an array into 2 subsets to verify their sum is equal or not. by BrowserUk (Pope) on May 02, 2013 at 09:51 UTC 
choroba's Exploreallpossiblecombinations mechanism works okay for smallish sets (max:32 or 64 depending upon your Perl), but will get very slow for anything much larger than 20 or so.
This will very quickly (less than 0.001 of a second) find a solution, if one exists, for sets of 100s or 1000s of elements. :
#! perl slw
use strict;
use Time::HiRes qw[ time ];
use List::Util qw[ sum ];
sub partition {
my $sum = sum @_;
return if $sum & 1;
$sum /= 2;
my @s = sort{ $b <=> $a } @_;
my @a;
my( $t, $n ) = ( 0, 1 );
$t + $s[$n] <= $sum and $t+= $s[$n] and push @a, $n while ++$n < @
+s and $t <= $sum;
@a = delete @s[ @a ];
@s = grep defined, @s;
return unless sum( @a ) == sum( @s );
return \@a, \@s;
}
our $N //= 64;
my( $a, $b ) = partition 1,3,5,7;
print "sum( @{ $a } ) == sum( @{ $b } )" if $a;
my @set = map int( rand 100 ), 1 .. $N;
my $start = time;
( $a, $b ) = partition @set;
printf "Took %f seconds\n", time()  $start;
if( $a ) {
printf "(%u) == sum( @{ $a } ) == sum( @{ $b } )\n", sum @$a;
}
else {
print "No solution existed for the $N element set @set";
}
A few runs:
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It gives a wrong answer for
2, 12, 4
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Corrected. Thanks.
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Re: Divide an array into 2 subsets to verify their sum is equal or not. by kcott (Canon) on May 02, 2013 at 10:35 UTC 
G'day bimleshsharma,
Update:
Update2:
Original solution substantially rewritten! It had various problems:
Update3:
Fixed a bug and added some features:
Update4:
Fixed some bugs and changed volume testing.

Display issue with subset output. Duplicate data due to "@a2 ... @a2" not being "@a1 ... @a2".  FIXED.

while loop in check_arrays() had flaws. This has been pretty much rewritten.  FIXED.

Volume testing was decimalbased, now it's octalbased. Previously, volume_power_max=3 [or vpm=3] created arrays of up to 10**3 (1,000) elements; now, the value is 8**3 (512) elements. Decimalbased was a bad choice as neither 1 .. 10 nor 1 .. 100 can be split into two equal portions.

Added a few more tests.
Here's Update4's version of pm_split_equal_sums.pl:
#!/usr/bin/env perl l
use strict;
use warnings;
use List::Util qw{first sum};
use Test::More;
use Time::HiRes qw{time};
use Getopt::Long;
my %opt = (
test_more => 1,
time_hires => 1,
volume_tests => 0,
volume_power_max => 3,
array_limit => 3,
);
GetOptions(map {
join('' => @{[join '' => /(?>^_)([az])/gi]}, $_) . ':i' => \$op
+t{$_}
} keys %opt);
my $test_equal_subsets = [
[1, 3, 8, 4],
[1, 3, 5, 7],
[4, 3, 2, 2, 1],
[4, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1],
[5, 5, 4, 6, 2, 8, 1, 9],
[8, 4, 4, 7, 6, 3],
[1, 1],
[2, 2],
[],
[0],
[0, 0],
[0, 0, 0],
[0, 0, 0, 0],
[ (1) x 100 ],
[ 1 .. 1000 ],
];
my $test_unequal_subsets = [
[1, 6, 2],
[7, 5, 3, 3],
[1, 2 ,3, 7],
[0, 1],
[1, 2],
[1],
[2],
[8, 1, 2, 3],
[ 1 .. 10 ],
[ 1 .. 100 ],
];
if ($opt{volume_tests}) {
for (1 .. $opt{volume_power_max}) {
my @volume = map { (($_), ($_)) } 1 .. 8**$_ / 2;
push @$test_equal_subsets, [@volume];
push @$test_unequal_subsets, [@volume, 8**(2 * $_)];
}
}
if ($opt{test_more}) {
plan tests => scalar @$test_equal_subsets + scalar @$test_unequal_
+subsets;
}
my @expectations = ('Not expecting equal subsets.', 'Expecting equal s
+ubsets.');
my @subsets_data = ([$test_unequal_subsets, 0, 0], [$test_equal_subset
+s, 1, 1]);
for (@subsets_data) {
my ($subsets, $expect_code, $expect_name_index) = @$_;
my $expect_name = $expectations[$expect_name_index];
for (@$subsets) {
my $start = time if $opt{time_hires};
if ($opt{test_more}) {
is(check_arrays($_), $expect_code, $expect_name);
}
else {
check_arrays($_);
}
printf "Took %f seconds\n", time()  $start if $opt{time_hires
+};
}
}
sub check_arrays {
my $full_array = shift;
print 'Checking: (', array_string($full_array), ')';
if (! grep { $_ } @$full_array) {
print "\tSubsets: (", array_string($full_array), ') and ()';
print "\tSubset sum = 0";
return 1;
}
my $full_sum = sum @$full_array;
if ($full_sum % 2) {
print "\tSubsets not equal: sum of starting array is odd ($ful
+l_sum).";
return 0;
}
my $half_sum = $full_sum / 2;
my @sorted_array = sort { $b % 2 <=> $a % 2  $b <=> $a } @$full_
+array;
if (my $big = first { $_ > $half_sum } @sorted_array) {
print "\tSubsets not equal: element ($big) larger than sum of
+rest.";
return 0;
}
my (@a1, @a2);
my $total = 0;
while (@sorted_array) {
push @a1, shift @sorted_array;
$total += $a1[$#a1];
@sorted_array = map { $total + $_ <= $half_sum
? do { push @a1, $_; $total += $_; () } : $_
} @sorted_array;
if ($total == $half_sum) {
(@a2, @sorted_array) = (@a2, @sorted_array);
}
else {
push @a2, pop @a1 if @a1;
}
}
if ($total == $half_sum) {
print "\tSubsets: (", array_string([sort { $a <=> $b } @a1]),
+')';
print "\t and (", array_string([sort { $a <=> $b } @a2]),
+')';
print "\tSubset sum = $half_sum";
return 1;
}
else {
print "\tSubsets not equal: no solution found.";
return 0
}
}
sub array_string {
my $array = shift;
return join(', ' => @$array > 3 * $opt{array_limit}
? ( @$array[0 .. $opt{array_limit}  1],
" ... [snip: @{[@$array  2 * $opt{array_limit}]} elements
+] ...",
@$array[@$array  $opt{array_limit} .. $#$array] )
: @$array);
}
Here's a test run. Note that this uses vpm=8 and final volume test "Took 89.489836 seconds" — you might want to start with a lower value.
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Applies to BrowserUK's solution as well.
Look again :)
#! perl slw
use strict;
use Time::HiRes qw[ time ];
use List::Util qw[ sum ];
sub partition {
my $sum = sum @_;
return if $sum & 1;
$sum /= 2;
my @s = sort{ $b <=> $a } @_;
my @a;
my( $t, $n ) = ( 0, 1 );
$t + $s[$n] <= $sum and $t+= $s[$n] and push @a, $n while ++$n < @
+s and $t <= $sum;
@a = delete @s[ @a ];
@s = grep defined, @s;
return unless sum( @a ) == sum( @s );
return \@a, \@s;
}
my $start = time;
my( $a, $b ) = partition 8, 4, 4, 7, 6, 3;
my @set = map int( rand 100 ), 1 .. $N;
printf "Took %f seconds\n", time()  $start;
if( $a ) {
printf "(%u) == sum( @{ $a } ) == sum( @{ $b } )\n", sum @$a;
}
else {
print "No solution existed for 8, 4, 4, 7, 6, 3";
}
__END__
No solution existed for 8, 4, 4, 7, 6, 3
Took 0.000258 seconds
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> This is an NPcomplete problem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knapsack_problem
Yes, to be precise a sub class known as "Partition Problem".
See WP article for some efficient algorithms and further links.
I wonder who and why is posting well known scientific problems w/o references ...?
Cheers Rolf
( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)
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A couple of questions:
 Why pass in a reference if the first thing you are going to do is copy the reference array to a local array?
sub check_arrays {
my @full_array = @{shift()};
 Why make a local copy of the array at all, when all the uses (join, sum, sort) of it require you to pass a list?
Ie. Why not my $sum = sum @$ref; etc.
 Isn't resumming your partial array over and over wildly inefficient?
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Re: Divide an array into 2 subsets to verify their sum is equal or not. by hdb (Prior) on May 02, 2013 at 09:47 UTC 
use strict;
use warnings;
use List::Util qw/sum/;
# finds one solution
sub findsum {
my ($target, @array) = @_;
while( @array ) {
my $cand = shift @array;
return () if $cand > $target;
return ( $cand ) if $cand==$target;
my @sol = findsum( $target$cand, @array );
return ($cand, @sol) if @sol;
}
return ();
}
my @array = qw(1 3 5 7);
my $total = sum(@array);
die "Odd total $total cannot be split!\n" if $total % 2;
my @sol = findsum( $total/2, sort @array );
if( @sol ) {
print "Solution: ",join( ",", @sol), "\n";
} else {
print "No solution.";
}
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Re: Divide an array into 2 subsets to verify their sum is equal or not. by davido (Archbishop) on May 03, 2013 at 16:10 UTC 
use strict;
use warnings;
use Algorithm::Bucketizer;
use List::Util qw( sum );
use POSIX qw( ceil );
my @arrays = (
[ qw( 1 3 8 4 ) ],
[ qw( 1 6 2 ) ],
[ qw( 1 3 5 7 ) ],
);
foreach my $array ( @arrays ) {
print "( @{$array} ) can ",
can_evenly_distribute( @{$array} ) ? '' : 'not ',
"be evenly distributed.\n";
}
sub can_evenly_distribute {
my @elements = @_;
my $b_size = ceil( sum( @elements ) / 2 );
my $b = Algorithm::Bucketizer>new(
bucketsize => $b_size,
algorithm => 'retry'
);
$b>add_item( $_, $_ ) foreach @elements;
$b>optimize( algorithm => 'random', maxrounds => @elements * 10 );
my @buckets = $b>buckets;
return @buckets == 2
&& sum( $buckets[0]>items ) == sum( $buckets[1]>items );
}
I haven't found any cases where it fails to return the correct answer... but having just said that, someone will probably find one. ;)
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