In this post I will give some algorithm problem from Google OA as well as Leetcode and my thoughts on them.

Our main problem here will be the OA problem appeared in the OA practice of Google Intern 2020 Online Assesment.

## Problem Description

You are given an array `A`

representing heights of students. All the students are asked to stand in rows. The students arrive by one, sequentially (as their heights appear in `A`

). For the i-th student, if there is a row in which all the students are taller than `A[i]`

, the student will stand in one of such rows. If there is no such row, the student will create a new row. Your task is to find the minimum number of rows created.

Write a function that, given a non-empty array `A`

containing `N`

integers, denoting the heights of the students, returns the minimum number of rows created.

1 | For example, given A = [5, 4, 3, 6, 1], the function should return 2. |

Assume that:

- N is an integer within the range [1..1,000]
- each element of array A is an integer within the range [1..10,000]

In your solution, focus on correctness. The performance of your solution will not be the focus of the assessment

## Thoughts

### Original Problem

**Patience.** Deal cards $c_1, c_2, …, c_n$ into piles according to two rules:

- Can’t place a higher-valued card onto a lowered-valued card.
- Can form a new pile and put a card onto it.

**Goal.** Form as few piles as possible.

### Dual Problem

The dual problem for this is *Longest increasing subsequence*. And the Problem is defined as: Given a sequence of elements $c_1, c_2, …, c_n$ from a totally-ordered universe, find the longest increasing subsequence.

### Duality Proof

- Greedy Algorithm
- Place each card on leftmost pile that fits.
**Observation.**At any stage during greedy algorithm, top cards of piles increase from left to right.

- Weak duality.
- In any legal game of patience, the number of piles ≥ length of
*any*increasing subsequence. **Proof.**

1) Cards within a pile form a decreasing subsequence.

2)*Any*increasing sequence can use at most one card from each pile.

- In any legal game of patience, the number of piles ≥ length of
- Strong duality
- [Hammersley 1972]Min number of piles = max length of an IS; moreover
**greedy algorithm**finds both. **Proof.**

Each card maintains a pointer to top card in previous pile at time of insertion.

1) Follow pointers to obtain IS whose length equals the number of piles.

2) By weak duality, both are optimal.

- [Hammersley 1972]Min number of piles = max length of an IS; moreover

Conclusion

The length of longest increasing subsequence is equal to the smallest number of decresing subsequences.

## Solution

### Greedy Algorithm + Binary Search Algorithm

Time complexity: $O(n\log n)$

1 | #!/usr/bin/env python3 |

### DP

Time complexity: $O(n^2)$

1 | #!/usr/bin/env python3 |

## Related Problems

- 300. Longest Increasing Subsequence
- Google | Summer Intern OA 2019 | Decreasing Subsequences
- 72. Edit Distance (in sense of DP for Leetcode 300)
- $x = c_{1}c_{2}\cdots c_{n}$.
- $y = $ sorted sequence of $c_k$, removing any duplicates.
- Mismatch penalty = $\infty$; gap penalty = $1$.

- 674. Longest Continuous Increasing Subsequence

## Interesting Related Algorithm

- Patience sorting
- Deal all cards using greedy algorithm; repeatedly remove smallest card.
- For uniformly random deck, time complexity: $O(n^{3/2})$
- ([Persi Diaconis]Patience sorting is the fastest wayto sort a pile of cards by hand.)

## Reference

- DP slides from Princeton CS 423 (Patience solitaire)