Seeds (Or Seed Roots) of a number


A Seed of a number n is a number x such that multiplication of x with its digits is equal to n. The task is to find all seeds of a given number n. If no seed exists, then print the same.


Input  : n = 138
Output : 23 
23 is a seed of 138 because
23*2*3 is equal to 138

Input : n = 4977
Output : 79 711 
79 is a seed of 4977 because
79 * 7 * 9 = 4977.
711 is also a seed of 4977 because
711 * 1 * 1 * 7 = 4977

Input  : n = 9
Output : No seed exists

Input  : n = 738
Output : 123 

Asked in Epic

The idea is to traverse all numbers from 1 to n/2. For every number being traversed, find product of digits with the number. An important optimization done in below program is to avoid re-computations of digit products. We store the products in an array. If a product has already been computed, we return it, else we compute it.

Below is C++ implementation of the idea.

// C++ program to find Seed of a number
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
const int MAX = 10000;

int prodDig[MAX];

// Stores product of digits of x in prodDig[x]
int getDigitProduct(int x)
    // If x has single digit
    if (x < 10)
      return x;

    // If digit product is already computed
    if (prodDig[x] != 0)
       return prodDig[x];

    // If digit product is not computed before.
    int prod = (x % 10) * getDigitProduct(x/10);

    return (prodDig[x] = prod);

// Prints all seeds of n
void findSeed(int n)
    // Find all seeds using prodDig[]
    vector<int> res;
    for (int i=1; i<=n/2; i++)
        if (i*getDigitProduct(i) == n)

    // If there was no seed
    if (res.size() == 0)
        cout << "NO seed exists\n";

    // Print seeds
    for (int i=0; i<res.size(); i++)
        cout << res[i] << " ";

// Driver code
int main()
    long long int n = 138;
    return 0;

Output :


Further Optimization :
We can further optimize above code. The idea is to make a call to getDigitProduct(i) only if i is divisible by n. Please refer for implementation.

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