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Dyck path
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• Last Updated : 01 Apr, 2021

Consider a n x n grid with indexes of top left corner as (0, 0). Dyck path is a staircase walk from bottom left, i.e., (n-1, 0) to top right, i.e., (0, n-1) that lies above the diagonal cells (or cells on line from bottom left to top right).
The task is to count the number of Dyck Paths from (n-1, 0) to (0, n-1).
Examples :

Input : n = 1
Output : 1

Input : n = 2
Output : 2

Input : n = 3
Output : 5

Input : n = 4
Output : 14 The number of Dyck paths from (n-1, 0) to (0, n-1) can be given by the Catalan numberC(n). ## We strongly recommend that you click here and practice it, before moving on to the solution.

Below are the implementations to find count of Dyck Paths (or n’th Catalan number).

## C++

 // C++ program to count// number of Dyck Paths#includeusing namespace std; // Returns count Dyck// paths in n x n gridint countDyckPaths(unsigned int n){    // Compute value of 2nCn    int res = 1;    for (int i = 0; i < n; ++i)    {        res *= (2 * n - i);        res /= (i + 1);    }     // return 2nCn/(n+1)    return res / (n+1);} // Driver Codeint main(){    int n = 4;    cout << "Number of Dyck Paths is "         << countDyckPaths(n);    return 0;}

## Java

 // Java program to count// number of Dyck Pathsclass GFG{    // Returns count Dyck    // paths in n x n grid    public static int countDyckPaths(int n)    {        // Compute value of 2nCn        int res = 1;        for (int i = 0; i < n; ++i)        {            res *= (2 * n - i);            res /= (i + 1);        }         // return 2nCn/(n+1)        return res / (n + 1);    }     // Driver code    public static void main(String args[])    {        int n = 4;        System.out.println("Number of Dyck Paths is " +                                    countDyckPaths(n));    }}

## Python3

 # Python3 program to count# number of Dyck Paths # Returns count Dyck# paths in n x n griddef countDyckPaths(n):         # Compute value of 2nCn    res = 1    for i in range(0, n):        res *= (2 * n - i)        res /= (i + 1)     # return 2nCn/(n+1)    return res / (n+1) # Driver Coden = 4print("Number of Dyck Paths is ",    str(int(countDyckPaths(n)))) # This code is contributed by# Prasad Kshirsagar

## C#

 // C# program to count// number of Dyck Pathsusing System; class GFG {         // Returns count Dyck    // paths in n x n grid    static int countDyckPaths(int n)    {                 // Compute value of 2nCn        int res = 1;        for (int i = 0; i < n; ++i)        {            res *= (2 * n - i);            res /= (i + 1);        }         // return 2nCn/(n+1)        return res / (n + 1);    }     // Driver code    public static void Main()    {        int n = 4;        Console.WriteLine("Number of "                  + "Dyck Paths is " +                   countDyckPaths(n));    }} // This code is contributed by anuj_67.

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Output :

Number of Dyck Paths is 14

Exercise :

1. Find number of sequences of 1 and -1 such that every sequence follows below constraints :
a) The length of a sequence is 2n
b) There are equal number of 1’s and -1’s, i.e., n 1’s, n -1s
c) Sum of prefix of every sequence is greater than or equal to 0. For example, 1, -1, 1, -1 and 1, 1, -1, -1 are valid, but -1, -1, 1, 1 is not valid.
2. Number of paths of length m + n from (m-1, 0) to (0, n-1) that are restricted to east and north steps.

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