Given three non-zero integers a, b and c. The task is to find the maximum value possible by putting addition and multiplication signs between them in any order.
Note: Rearrangement of integers is allowed but addition and multiplication sign must be used once. Braces can also be placed between equations as per your need.
Input: a = 2, b = 1, c = 4
(1 + 2) * 4 = 3 * 4 = 12
Input: a = 2, b = 2, c = 2
(2 + 2) * 2 = 4 * 2 = 8
Approach: To solve this problem one can opt the method of generating all the possibilities and calculate them to get the maximum value but this approach is not efficient. Take the advantage of given conditions that integers may got rearranged and mandatory use of each mathematical sign (+, *). There are total of four cases to solve which are listed below:
- All three integers are non-negative: For this simply add two smaller one and multiply their result by largest integer.
- One integer is negative and rest two positive : Multiply the both positive integer and add their result to negative integer.
- Two integers are negative and one is positive: As the product of two negative numbers is positive multiply both negative integers and then add their result to positive integer.
- All three are negative integers: add the two largest integers and multiply them to smallest one. case 3-: (sum – smallest) * smallest
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