Given N and K. The task is to find out how many different ways are there to represent N as the sum of K non-zero integers.
Input: N = 5, K = 3
The possible combinations of integers are:
( 1, 1, 3 )
( 1, 3, 1 )
( 3, 1, 1 )
( 1, 2, 2 )
( 2, 2, 1 )
( 2, 1, 2 )
Input: N = 10, K = 4
The approach to the problem is to observe a sequence and use combinations to solve the problem. To obtain a number N, N 1’s are required, summation of N 1’s will give N. The problem allows to use K integers only to make N.
Let's take N = 5 and K = 3, then all possible combinations of K numbers are: ( 1, 1, 3 ) ( 1, 3, 1 ) ( 3, 1, 1 ) ( 1, 2, 2 ) ( 2, 2, 1 ) ( 2, 1, 2 ) The above can be rewritten as: ( 1, 1, 1 + 1 + 1 ) ( 1, 1 + 1 + 1, 1 ) ( 1 + 1 + 1, 1, 1 ) ( 1, 1 + 1, 1 + 1 ) ( 1 + 1, 1 + 1, 1 ) ( 1 + 1, 1, 1 + 1 )
From above, a conclusion can be drawn that of N 1’s, k-1 commas have to be placed in between N 1’s and the remaining places are to be filled with ‘+’ signs. All combinations of placing k-1 commas and placing ‘+’ signs in the remaining places will be the answer. So, in general, for N there will be N-1 spaces between all 1, and out of those choose k-1 and place a comma in between those 1. In between the rest 1’s, place ‘+’ signs. So ways of choosing K-1 objects out of N-1 is . The dynamic programming approach is used to calculate .
Below is the implementation of the above approach:
Total number of different ways are 6
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