Samsung R&D Bangalore Interview Experience | Lateral hire (6 month experience)

It was a Professional level coding test, where we were given 4 hours to solve One problem.

There is a highway that has damages at N (4<=N<=100) locations. Each damage location is represented by a number a (0<=a<=10000). You need to repair these damages with Asphalt. The damage is repaired with these rules:

  1. Asphalt can be spread on the road with a minimum stretch of K (1<=K<=10000) i.e. each time you put asphalt, it will be spread to k consecutive locations. eg. if the damage is at locations 2, 5 and K=3 then the first asphalt spread is from 0-2 or 1-3 or 2-4 and the second is from 3-5 or 4-6 or 5-7.
  2. You need to spread minimum Asphalt to repair all damaged locations of the road. For the above example, the minimum asphalt required is 4 units ( 2-4 and 3-5) because 3-4 is overlapping.

Example test cases:



A[0] A[1] …….. A[N-1]


Minimum Asphalt area to repair all damages.


10 2

0 10 2 12 4 14 6 16 8 18

output: 15


4 3

3 9 11 8

output: 7


8 3

2  7 20 5 19 9 6 22

output: 12

Please let me know if there is any confusion in the question!!

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