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Re(3): Puzzle: need a more general algorithm

by FoxtrotUniform (Prior)
on Jul 08, 2002 at 23:42 UTC ( #180351=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Puzzle: need a more general algorithm
in thread Puzzle: need a more general algorithm

    Greediness does not work in general. What if your categories have sizes 15, 15, 10, 10, 15, 15? Your solution comes out with a suboptimal answer.

That's what backtracking's for. :-)

Actually, that brings up an interesting question: Ovid, are there any bounds on how optimal the answer has to be? Exactly optimal (sucky if this problem turns out to be NP-Hard)? Within a constant factor of optimal (like, max length no more than 1.5x larger than optimal)?

The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!

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