Given an integer k and a monotonic increasing sequence:
f(n) = an + bn [log2(n)] + cn^3 where (a = 1, 2, 3, …), (b = 1, 2, 3, …), (c = 0, 1, 2, 3, …)
Here, [log2(n)] means, taking the log to the base 2 and round the value down Thus,
if n = 1, the value is 0.
if n = 2-3, the value is 1.
if n = 4-7, the value is 2.
if n = 8-15, the value is 3.
The task is to find the value n such that f(n) = k, if k doesn’t belong to the sequence then print 0.
Note: Values are in such a way that they can be expressed in 64 bits and the three integers a, b and c do not exceed 100.
Input: a = 2, b = 1, c = 1, k = 12168587437017
f(23001) = 12168587437017
Input: a = 7, b = 3, c = 0, k = 119753085330
Naive Approach: Given values of a, b, c, find values of f(n) for every value of n and compare it.
Efficient Approach: Use Binary Search, choose n = (min + max) / 2 where min and max are the minimum and maximum values possible for n then,
- If f(n) < k then increment n.
- If f(n) > k then decrement n.
- If f(n) = k then n is the required answer.
- Repeat the above steps until the required value is found or it is not possible in the sequence.
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