Author: dharam

Find the Relative Salary

Puzzle Statement Steve would like to determine the relative salaries of three coworkers using two facts: First, he knows that if Fred is not the highest paid of three, then Janice is. Second, he knows that if Janice is not the lowest paid,, then Maggie is paid the most. Is it possible to determine the relative salaries of Fred, Maggie and Janice from what Steve knows? If so, who is paid the most and who the least? Quick Solution Fact 1 says that if Fred is not the highest paid, then Janice is. This results in two situations: Fred is not the highest paid Janice is the hi...
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Identify the Murderer

Puzzle Statement The Police have three suspects for the murder of Mr. Cooper: Mr. Smith, Mr. Jones and Mr. Williams. Smith, Jones and Williams each declare that they did not kill Cooper. Smith also states that Cooper was a friend of Jones and that William disliked him. Jones also states that he did not know Cooper and that he was out of town the day Cooper was killed. William also states that he saw both Smith and Jones with Cooper the day of the killing and that either Smith or Jones must have killed him. Can you determine who the murderer was if: One of the three men is guilty, th...
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Median of a Stream of Integers

[nextpage title="Problem Statement"] Here is a very interesting problem which has been asked in many interviews and coding competitions. The problem statement goes as follows: Given a never ending stream of number, at any point in time, find the median of all the numbers received till that point. This means, we need to recalculate the new median whenever there is a number available in the input stream. This problems seems to be a very practical one, imagine a lot of sensors in manufacturing plants are pushing data about temperature, pressure and other physical parameters. It is very importa...
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Operations on a Heap

Introduction In this post, we will try to put together all the leanings from the previous posts and define the basic operations on a heap. Also, we will try and derive the running time of each such operation and write code for the same. Also, we will discuss an interesting problem statement which can be easily solved using the heap property. Basic Operations on Heap The heap can support the following basic operations as any other data structure IncreaseKey - Changes the key value of a given node to a new value. It is assumed that the new value is at least as big as the current value....
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Building Heaps from an array of keys

[nextpage title="Introduction"] In the last post we learnt the basics of the heap data structure, its array and tree representations. We also learnt about the heap property and its significance. In the process of learning we understood that a given node can be disturbed and the heap property needs to be restored using the Heapify operation. Here in this post, we will try building heaps from an array of keys. Building Heaps Let us think about the easiest way to build a heap. Assume we are given the below array A: This clearly is not satisfying the max heap property because the root ...
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