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1 AE1APS Algorithmic Problem Solving John Drake InductionAE1APS Algorithmic Problem SolvingJohn Drake
2 Reminder Coursework 4 deadline – Thursday 29th November at 1pmSame submission guidelines as before, hard- copy during lectures or soft-copy via
3 Outline of the course Invariants – Chapter 2 River Crossing – Chapter 3Logic Puzzles – Chapter 5Matchstick Games - Chapter 4Sum Games – Chapter 4Induction – Chapter 6Tower of Hanoi – Chapter 8
4 InductionInduction is the name given to a problem solving technique based on using the solution to small instances of a problem to solve larger instances of a problem.In fact we can solve problems of arbitrary size
5 Size We need to measure the "size" of an instance of a problem E.g. with matchstick problems, we might call the size the number of matches
6 SizeIt is not always obvious what the size should be for some types of problemsThe size must be non–negative i.e. whole numbers 0, 1, 2, …We call these numbers "natural numbers", as they are naturally used for counting
7 ZeroNote that some mathematicians do not include 0 in the natural numbersThere are good reasons why we should include 0. Zero has important significance in maths (and the history of maths)One reason in when counting the size of sets, the null set is defined to have size of 0We will see examples of including 0 later
8 Two step process We solve the problem in two steps First we solve the problem instance of size 0This is usually very easy (often called trivial)Then, we show how to solve, a problem of size n+1 (where n is an arbitrary natural number), given we have a solution to a problem instance of size n.
9 Two step processThe first step is called the base case of the basis of induction.The second step is the induction step
10 Sizes 0, 1, 2, … By this process, we can solve problems of size 0 We also know how to solve instances of size 1 (as it is one larger than 0)We can apply the induction step to solve problems of size 2 and so on.
11 Sizes 0, 1, 2, …The induction step allows us to solve problems of size one greater than the current size problemBy repeating this process we can solve problems of any size
12 Problem statement – cutting the plane. Straight lines are drawn across a sheet of paper, dividing the paper up into regions. Show that it is possible to colour each region black or white, so that no two adjacent regions have the same colour
14 Outline The number of lines is the size of a problem We have to show how to solve the problem when there are zero linesWe have to show how to solve a problem when there are n+1 lines, assuming we can solve the problem with n linesLet us call the situation when no two adjacent regions have the same colouring "a satisfactory colouring"
15 Zero case (base case) This is trivial. With 0 lines, there is one regionThis can be coloured black or white and will be a satisfactory colouring.
16 Induction stepAssume a number of lines (n) are drawn on the paper, and the regions have a satisfactory colouring
17 Induction step Now we add an additional line (i.e. n + 1) This will divide some existing regions into two new regions, which will have the same colour, therefore the colouring is not satisfactory.
18 Induction stepThe task is to show how to modify the colouring so that it does become satisfactory.
19 The key (or the trick)Inverting any satisfactory colouring will also give a satisfactory colouring.i.e. changing black regions for white, and vice versa will also be satisfactoryLet us call the two sides of the new line left and right. Inverting colours in either region will still give a satisfactory colouring in that half (left or right)
20 The key (or the trick)Hence, inverting the colours in one half will guarantee a satisfactory colouring for the whole piece of paper
21 Non- deterministicThe algorithm for colouring is non-deterministic in several waysThe initial colouring is not specified (could be black or white)The order in which the lines are added is unspecifiedThe naming of the left and right regions is not specified (symmetry)This means the final colouring can be arrived at in different ways, but it is guaranteed to be satisfactory
22 Triominoes – problem statement A square piece of paper is divided into a grid of size 2n by 2n, where n is a natural numberIndividual squares are called grid squares and a single grid square is coveredE.g. n = 3
23 Triominoes – problem statement A triomino is an "L" shape made of 3 grid squares. Show that it is possible to cover the remaining grid squares using triominoes
24 Size and Base case The obvious size to use is n The base case is when n=0, and the grid has size 1 by 1 (i.e. 20 by 20)This square will of course be coveredThe base case is solved
25 Inductive Step We want to solve a grid of 2n+1 by 2n+1 We know how to cover a 2n by 2n grid, how do we use this to help us cover a grid size larger by oneWe make the inductive hypothesis that this is possible
26 The keyA grid of size 2n+1 by 2n+1 can be divided into 4 grids of size 2n by 2n by drawing horizontal and vertical linesThese 4 regions can be called bottom-left, bottom-right, top-left and top-rightOne square is already covered, we will assume this is in the bottom left square, why?
27 The keyThe bottom left grid is of size 2n by 2n , of which one square has already been covered. By the induction hypothesis, the remaining squares in the bottom-left grid can be covered
28 The keyThe bottom left grid is of size 2n by 2n , of which one square has already been covered. By the induction hypothesis, the remaining squares in the bottom-left grid can be covered
29 Induction This leaves us having to cover the remaining 3 grids None of these have any squares coveredWe can apply the inductive hypothesis if just one of the squares in each of the 3 remaining grids is covered
30 InductionThis can be done by placing a triomino at the junction of the 3 grids
31 If 1 was the base case.What if we had chosen n = 1 to be our base case?Our proof would have left out the 0 case, so we would still need to prove that separatelyHowever including 0 provides a slightly deeper insight"Humans" start counting at 1, computer scientists and mathematicians start counting at 0