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Re^4: Golf: Grocery Bagging

by tadman (Prior)
on May 23, 2001 at 20:27 UTC ( #82611=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread (Golf) Grocery Bagging

It might, but if you're going to evaluate all possibilities, who cares? As in, if you are worried about a scenario such as the following, where the 10 gets bagged "solo" despite there being a -5 farther down the pipeline:      ( [ 9 ], [ 10, -5], [ 11 ] )
Then later on you will inevitably evaluate a scenario where the -5 is inserted earlier.      ( [ 9, -5, 10 ], [11] )
So, taking the "brute force" approach, you might lose points for style, but you get the job done, no?

Has anyone ever pointed out to a grocery checker that the bagging problem was NP-complete? The result might be similar to explaining that dogs can solve quadratic equations (i.e. capturing a frisbee in a parabolic arc while in linear motion).

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Re: Re^4: Golf: Grocery Bagging
by MeowChow (Vicar) on May 23, 2001 at 21:37 UTC
    Has anyone ever pointed out to a grocery checker that the bagging problem was NP-complete?
    Has anyone ever had a grocery bagger that optimally bagged their groceries? Fortunately, the greedy heuristic which baggers generally use is not NP-complete =)
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