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Maximum Product Cutting | DP-36

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  • Last Updated : 21 Jun, 2022
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Given a rope of length n meters, cut the rope in different parts of integer lengths in a way that maximizes product of lengths of all parts. You must make at least one cut. Assume that the length of rope is more than 2 meters. 

Examples: 

Input: n = 2
Output: 1 (Maximum obtainable product is 1*1)

Input: n = 3
Output: 2 (Maximum obtainable product is 1*2)

Input: n = 4
Output: 4 (Maximum obtainable product is 2*2)

Input: n = 5
Output: 6 (Maximum obtainable product is 2*3)

Input: n = 10
Output: 36 (Maximum obtainable product is 3*3*4)

1) Optimal Substructure: 

This problem is similar to Rod Cutting Problem. We can get the maximum product by making a cut at different positions and comparing the values obtained after a cut. We can recursively call the same function for a piece obtained after a cut.
Let maxProd(n) be the maximum product for a rope of length n. maxProd(n) can be written as following.
maxProd(n) = max(i*(n-i), maxProdRec(n-i)*i) for all i in {1, 2, 3 .. n}

2) Overlapping Subproblems:

Following is simple recursive implementation of the problem. The implementation simply follows the recursive structure mentioned above. 

C++




// A Naive Recursive method to find maximum product
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
 
// Utility function to get the maximum of two and three integers
int max(int a, int b) { return (a > b)? a : b;}
int max(int a, int b, int c) { return max(a, max(b, c));}
 
// The main function that returns maximum product obtainable
// from a rope of length n
int maxProd(int n)
{
    // Base cases
    if (n == 0 || n == 1) return 0;
 
    // Make a cut at different places and take the maximum of all
    int max_val = 0;
    for (int i = 1; i < n; i++)
      max_val = max(max_val, i*(n-i), maxProd(n-i)*i);
 
    // Return the maximum of all values
    return max_val;
}
 
/* Driver program to test above functions */
int main()
{
    cout << "Maximum Product is " << maxProd(10);
    return 0;
}

Java




// Java program to find maximum product
import java.io.*;
 
class GFG {
 
    // The main function that returns
    // maximum product obtainable from
    // a rope of length n
    static int maxProd(int n)
    {
        // Base cases
        if (n == 0 || n == 1) return 0;
 
        // Make a cut at different places
        // and take the maximum of all
        int max_val = 0;
        for (int i = 1; i < n; i++)
        max_val = Math.max(max_val,
                  Math.max(i * (n - i),
                   maxProd(n - i) * i));
 
        // Return the maximum of all values
        return max_val;
    }  
 
    /* Driver program to test above functions */
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        System.out.println("Maximum Product is "
                            + maxProd(10));
    }
}
// This code is contributed by Prerna Saini

Python3




# The main function that returns maximum
# product obtainable from a rope of length n
 
def maxProd(n):
     
    # Base cases
    if (n == 0 or n == 1):
        return 0
  
    # Make a cut at different places
    # and take the maximum of all
    max_val = 0
    for i in range(1, n - 1):
        max_val = max(max_val, max(i * (n - i), maxProd(n - i) * i))
  
    #Return the maximum of all values
    return max_val;
 
  
# Driver program to test above functions
print("Maximum Product is ", maxProd(10));
     
# This code is contributed
# by Sumit Sudhakar

C#




// C# program to find maximum product
using System;
 
class GFG {
     
    // The main function that returns 
    // the max possible product
    static int maxProd(int n)
    {
 
        // n equals to 2 or 3 must
        // be handled explicitly
        if (n == 2 || n == 3)
            return (n - 1);
 
        // Keep removing parts of size
        // 3 while n is greater than 4
        int res = 1;
        while (n > 4) {
            n -= 3;
 
            // Keep multiplying 3 to res
            res *= 3;
        }
 
        // The last part multiplied
        // by previous parts
        return (n * res);
    }
 
    // Driver code
    public static void Main()
    {
        Console.WriteLine("Maximum Product is "
                                + maxProd(10));
    }
}
 
// This code is contributed by Sam007

PHP




<?php
// A Naive Recursive method to
// find maximum product
 
// Utility function to get the
// maximum of two and three integers
function max_1($a, $b, $c)
{
    return max($a, max($b, $c));
}
 
// The main function that returns
// maximum product obtainable
// from a rope of length n
function maxProd($n)
{
    // Base cases
    if ($n == 0 || $n == 1) return 0;
 
    // Make a cut at different places
    // and take the maximum of all
    $max_val = 0;
    for ($i = 1; $i < $n; $i++)
    $max_val = max_1($max_val, $i * ($n - $i),
               maxProd($n - $i) * $i);
 
    // Return the maximum of all values
    return $max_val;
}
 
// Driver Code
echo "Maximum Product is " . maxProd(10);
 
// This code is contributed
// by ChitraNayal
?>

Javascript




<script>
 
// Javascript program to find maximum product   
 
    // The main function that returns
    // maximum product obtainable from
    // a rope of length n
    function maxProd(n)
    {
        // Base cases
        if (n == 0 || n == 1)
            return 0;
         
        // Make a cut at different places
        // and take the maximum of all
        let max_val = 0;
        for (let i = 1; i < n; i++)
        {
            max_val = Math.max(max_val,
                  Math.max(i * (n - i),
                   maxProd(n - i) * i));
        }
        // Return the maximum of all values
        return max_val;
    }
     
    /* Driver program to test above functions */
    document.write("Maximum Product is "
                            + maxProd(10));
     
    // This code is contributed by rag2127
     
</script>

Output

Maximum Product is 36

Considering the above implementation, following is recursion tree for a Rope of length 5. 
 

maximium-product-cutting

In the above partial recursion tree, mP(3) is being solved twice. We can see that there are many subproblems which are solved again and again. Since same subproblems are called again, this problem has Overlapping Subproblems property. So the problem has both properties (see this and this) of a dynamic programming problem. Like other typical Dynamic Programming(DP) problems, recomputations of same subproblems can be avoided by constructing a temporary array val[] in bottom up manner.

C++




// C++ code to implement the approach\
 
// A Dynamic Programming solution for Max Product Problem
int maxProd(int n)
{
   int val[n+1];
   val[0] = val[1] = 0;
  
   // Build the table val[] in bottom up manner and return
   // the last entry from the table
   for (int i = 1; i <= n; i++)
   {
      int max_val = 0;
      for (int j = 1; j <= i; j++)
         max_val = max(max_val, (i-j)*j, j*val[i-j]);
      val[i] = max_val;
   }
   return val[n];
}
 
// This code is contributed by sanjoy_62.

C




// A Dynamic Programming solution for Max Product Problem
int maxProd(int n)
{
   int val[n+1];
   val[0] = val[1] = 0;
  
   // Build the table val[] in bottom up manner and return
   // the last entry from the table
   for (int i = 1; i <= n; i++)
   {
      int max_val = 0;
      for (int j = 1; j <= i; j++)
         max_val = max(max_val, (i-j)*j, j*val[i-j]);
      val[i] = max_val;
   }
   return val[n];
}

Java




// A Dynamic Programming solution for Max Product Problem
int maxProd(int n)
{
   int val[n+1];
   val[0] = val[1] = 0;
  
   // Build the table val[] in bottom up manner and return
   // the last entry from the table
   for (int i = 1; i <= n; i++)
   {
      int max_val = 0;
      for (int j = 1; j <= i; j++)
         max_val = Math.max(max_val, (i-j)*j, j*val[i-j]);
      val[i] = max_val;
   }
   return val[n];
}
 
// This code is contributed by umadevi9616

Python3




# A Dynamic Programming solution for Max Product Problem
def maxProd(n):
   val= [0 for i in range(n+1)];
   
   # Build the table val in bottom up manner and return
   # the last entry from the table
   for i in range(1,n+1):
      max_val = 0;
      for j in range(1,i):
         max_val = max(max_val, (i-j)*j, j*val[i-j]);
      val[i] = max_val;
    return val[n];
 
# This code is contributed by gauravrajput1

C#




// A Dynamic Programming solution for Max Product Problem
int maxProd(int n)
{
   int []val = new int[n+1];
   val[0] = val[1] = 0;
  
   // Build the table val[] in bottom up manner and return
   // the last entry from the table
   for (int i = 1; i <= n; i++)
   {
      int max_val = 0;
      for (int j = 1; j <= i; j++)
         max_val = Math.Max(max_val, (i-j)*j, j*val[i-j]);
      val[i] = max_val;
   }
   return val[n];
}
 
// This code is contributed by umadevi9616

Javascript




<script>
// A Dynamic Programming solution for Max Product Problem
function maxProd(n)
{
   var val = Array(n+1).fill(0;
   val[0] = val[1] = 0;
  
   // Build the table val in bottom up manner and return
   // the last entry from the table
   for (var 1; i <= n; i++)
   {
      var max_val = 0;
      for ( var ; j <= i; j++)
         max_val = Math.max(max_val, (i-j)*j, j*val[i-j]);
      val[i] = max_val;
   }
   return val[n];
}
 
// This code is contributed by gauravrajput1
</script>

Time Complexity of the Dynamic Programming solution is O(n^2) and it requires O(n) extra space.

A Tricky Solution: 

If we see some examples of this problems, we can easily observe following pattern. 
The maximum product can be obtained be repeatedly cutting parts of size 3 while size is greater than 4, keeping the last part as size of 2 or 3 or 4. For example, n = 10, the maximum product is obtained by 3, 3, 4. For n = 11, the maximum product is obtained by 3, 3, 3, 2. Following is the implementation of this approach. 

C++




#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
 
/* The main function that returns the max possible product */
int maxProd(int n)
{
   // n equals to 2 or 3 must be handled explicitly
   if (n == 2 || n == 3) return (n-1);
 
   // Keep removing parts of size 3 while n is greater than 4
   int res = 1;
   while (n > 4)
   {
       n -= 3;
       res *= 3; // Keep multiplying 3 to res
   }
   return (n * res); // The last part multiplied by previous parts
}
 
/* Driver program to test above functions */
int main()
{
    cout << "Maximum Product is " << maxProd(10);
    return 0;
}

Java




// Java program to find maximum product
import java.io.*;
 
class GFG {
 
    /* The main function that returns the
    max possible product */
    static int maxProd(int n)
    {
     
    // n equals to 2 or 3 must be handled
    // explicitly
    if (n == 2 || n == 3) return (n-1);
 
    // Keep removing parts of size 3
    // while n is greater than 4
    int res = 1;
    while (n > 4)
    {
        n -= 3;
         
        // Keep multiplying 3 to res
        res *= 3;
    }
     
    // The last part multiplied by
    // previous parts
    return (n * res);
    }
 
    /* Driver program to test above functions */
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        System.out.println("Maximum Product is "
                            + maxProd(10));
    }  
}
// This code is contributed by Prerna Saini

Python3




# The main function that returns the
# max possible product
 
def maxProd(n):
     
    # n equals to 2 or 3 must
    # be handled explicitly
    if (n == 2 or n == 3):
        return (n - 1)
  
    # Keep removing parts of size 3
    # while n is greater than 4
    res = 1
    while (n > 4):
        n -= 3;
          
        # Keep multiplying 3 to res
        res *= 3;
     
    # The last part multiplied
    # by previous parts
    return (n * res)
 
# Driver program to test above functions
print("Maximum Product is ", maxProd(10));
     
# This code is contributed
# by Sumit Sudhakar

C#




// C# program to find maximum product
using System;
 
class GFG {
 
    // The main function that returns
    // maximum product obtainable from
    // a rope of length n
    static int maxProd(int n)
    {
        // Base cases
        if (n == 0 || n == 1)
            return 0;
 
        // Make a cut at different places
        // and take the maximum of all
        int max_val = 0;
        for (int i = 1; i < n; i++)
            max_val = Math.Max(max_val,
                    Math.Max(i * (n - i),
                     maxProd(n - i) * i));
 
        // Return the maximum of all values
        return max_val;
    }
 
    // Driver code
    public static void Main()
     {
        Console.WriteLine("Maximum Product is "
                                + maxProd(10));
     }
}
 
// This code is contributed by Sam007

PHP




<?php
 
/* The main function that returns
   the max possible product */
function maxProd($n)
{
     
// n equals to 2 or 3 must
// be handled explicitly
if ($n == 2 || $n == 3)
    return ($n - 1);
 
// Keep removing parts of size
// 3 while n is greater than 4
$res = 1;
while ($n > 4)
{
    $n = $n - 3;
     
    // Keep multiplying 3 to res
    $res = $res * 3;
}
 
// The last part multiplied
// by previous parts
return ($n * $res);
}
 
// Driver code
echo ("Maximum Product is ");
echo(maxProd(10));
 
// This code is contributed
// by Shivi_Aggarwal
?>

Javascript




<script>
 
// Javascript program to find maximum product   
 
    /* The main function that returns the
    max possible product */
    function maxProd(n)
    {
        // n equals to 2 or 3 must be handled
        // explicitly
        if (n == 2 || n == 3)
        {
            return (n-1);
        }
        // Keep removing parts of size 3
        // while n is greater than 4
        let res = 1;
        while (n > 4)
        {
            n -= 3;
             
            // Keep multiplying 3 to res
            res *= 3;
        }
         
        // The last part multiplied by
        // previous parts
        return (n * res);
    }
     
    /* Driver program to test above functions */
    document.write("Maximum Product is " + maxProd(10));
     
    // This code is contributed by avanitrachhadiya2155
     
</script>

Output

Maximum Product is 36

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