PROBLEM STATEMENT
John is a marble collector. He keeps his marbles in boxes. He also likes to keep things in order.
One day, his younger brother was playing with the marbles. After he was done, he put all the
marbles back in boxes, but he did it randomly, so certain boxes might now contain marbles of
different colors. John wants him to regroup the marbles so that the grouping satisfies the
following restrictions:
At most one box, called the joker box, may contain marbles of different colors. We can choose any
box as a joker box.
Every box except the joker box must either be empty or only contain marbles of the same color.
All marbles of the same color, except those in the joker box, must be in the same box. It's
possible that all marbles of the same color are in the joker box.
You are given a vector boxes, where the j-th digit of the i-th element is the number of
marbles of color j in the i-th box. Return the minimal number of moves necessary to regroup the
marbles, where each move consists of taking any number of marbles from one box (not necessarily of
the same color) and putting them into another.
DEFINITION
Class:MarblesRegroupingEasy
Method:minMoves
Parameters:vector
Returns:int
Method signature:int minMoves(vector boxes)
CONSTRAINTS
-boxes will contain between 1 and 50 elements, inclusive.
-Each element of boxes will contain between 1 and 50 characters, inclusive.
-All elements of boxes will contain the same number of characters.
-Each element of boxes will contain only digits ('0'-'9').
EXAMPLES
0)
{"20",
"11"}
Returns: 0
Let box 1 be the joker box. All marbles of color 0, except those in the joker box, are in box 0.
Box 0 contain only marbles of the color 0. So, all restrictions are already satisfied.
1)
{"11",
"11",
"10"}
Returns: 1
There are several possible solutions:
Move all marbles from box 0 into box 1. Box 1 is the joker box.
Move all marbles from box 1 into box 0. Box 0 is the joker box.
Move the marble of color 0 from box 0 into box 1 or 2. Box 1 is the joker box.
Move the marble of color 0 from box 1 into box 0 or 2. Box 0 is the joker box.
2)
{"10",
"10",
"01",
"01"}
Returns: 1
Let box 0 be the joker box. Now we only need to group all marbles of color 1 into one box.
3)
{"11",
"11",
"11",
"10",
"10",
"01"}
Returns: 3
4)
{"020008000070",
"000004000000",
"060000600000",
"006000000362",
"000720000000",
"000040000000",
"004009003000",
"000800000000",
"020030003000",
"000500200000",
"000000300000"}
Returns: 6
This problem statement is the exclusive and proprietary property of TopCoder, Inc. Any unauthorized use or reproduction of this information without the prior written consent of TopCoder, Inc. is strictly prohibited. (c)2010, TopCoder, Inc. All rights reserved.