Number of ways to make mobile lock pattern
A mobile pattern is a grid of 3X3 cell, where drawing a specific pattern (connecting specific sequence of cells in order) will unlock the mobile. In this problem, the task is to calculate number of ways of making the lock pattern with number of connections in given range. In general terms, we are given a range as min and max, we need to tell how many patterns can be made which use at least min connection cell and at most max connection cell.
Input : min = 5, max = 7 Output : 106080 Below are some example patterns
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A simple solution is to do simple DFS by going through various connections from all starting points. We can optimize by seeing the symmetry between patterns, we can treat cell 1, 3, 7 and 9 as same. Similarly, we can treat 2, 4, 6 and 8 as same. Answer returned by a member of same group can be multiplied by 4 to get result by all members.
Next thing to note is that below patterns are not valid, because jumping some cell is not allowed as in below diagram cell 8 and cell 5, 6 are jumped.
To take care of such invalid moves, a 2D jump array is taken in below code which stores possible jump cells in jump array. When we call recursively we impose an extra condition that if we are moving from one cell to another which involves some jumping cell, then this cell should be visited already to ignore invalid moves.
In below code we have made recursive calls from 1, 2 and 5 only because 1 will cover 3, 5 and 7 and 2 will cover 4, 6 and 8 due to symmetry.
See below code for better understanding :
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