【单调栈】Passing the Message

 

What a sunny day! Let’s go picnic and have barbecue! Today, all kids in “Sun Flower” kindergarten are prepared to have an excursion. Before kicking off, teacher Liu tells them to stand in a row. Teacher Liu has an important message to announce, but she doesn’t want to tell them directly. She just wants the message to spread among the kids by one telling another. As you know, kids may not retell the message exactly the same as what they was told, so teacher Liu wants to see how many versions of message will come out at last. With the result, she can evaluate the communication skills of those kids.
Because all kids have different height, Teacher Liu set some message passing rules as below:1.She tells the message to the tallest kid.2.Every kid who gets the message must retell the message to his “left messenger” and “right messenger”.

3.A kid’s “left messenger” is the kid’s tallest “left follower”.

4.A kid’s “left follower” is another kid who is on his left, shorter than him, and can be seen by him. Of course, a kid may have more than one “left follower”.

5.When a kid looks left, he can only see as far as the nearest kid who is taller than him.

The definition of “right messenger” is similar to the definition of “left messenger” except all words “left” should be replaced by words “right”.

For example, suppose the height of all kids in the row is 4, 1, 6, 3, 5, 2 (in left to right order). In this situation , teacher Liu tells the message to the 3rd kid, then the 3rd kid passes the message to the 1st kid who is his “left messenger” and the 5th kid who is his “right messenger”, and then the 1st kid tells the 2nd kid as well as the 5th kid tells the 4th kid and the 6th kid.
Your task is just to figure out the message passing route.

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【优先队列/贪心】The Average

In a speech contest, when a contestant finishes his speech, the judges will then grade his performance. The staff remove the highest grade and the lowest grade and compute the average of the rest as the contestant’s final grade. This is an easy problem because usually there are only several judges.

Let’s consider a generalized form of the problem above. Given n positive integers, remove the greatest n1 ones and the least n2 ones, and compute the average of the rest.

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【单调栈】Bad Hair Day

 

Some of Farmer John’s N cows (1 ≤ N ≤ 80,000) are having a bad hair day! Since each cow is self-conscious about her messy hairstyle, FJ wants to count the number of other cows that can see the top of other cows’ heads.

Each cow i has a specified height hi (1 ≤ h≤ 1,000,000,000) and is standing in a line of cows all facing east (to the right in our diagrams). Therefore, cow i can see the tops of the heads of cows in front of her (namely cows i+1, i+2, and so on), for as long as these cows are strictly shorter than cow i.

Consider this example:

        =
=       =
=   -   =         Cows facing right -->
=   =   =
= - = = =
= = = = = =
1 2 3 4 5 6

Cow#1 can see the hairstyle of cows #2, 3, 4
Cow#2 can see no cow’s hairstyle
Cow#3 can see the hairstyle of cow #4
Cow#4 can see no cow’s hairstyle
Cow#5 can see the hairstyle of cow 6
Cow#6 can see no cows at all!

Let ci denote the number of cows whose hairstyle is visible from cow i; please compute the sum of c1 through cN.For this example, the desired is answer 3 + 0 + 1 + 0 + 1 + 0 = 5.

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