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Best Answer bonanova, 21 May 2014 - 06:59 AM

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#1 phil1882

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 11:57 PM

you are given a list of 100 coordinates, and asked to use the pathageoran theorm he fewest number of times to determine the shortest distance between any two. is it an n^2 problem, or can you do better? how much better? 


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#2 bonanova

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:59 AM   Best Answer

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 07:34 PM

Spoiler for For starters

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 12:57 AM

k-man, you're right.

I took the problem as minimizing the number of Pythagorean steps, even if doing O(n2) simpler ones.

I like your approach. You do programming and algorithms better than I do.


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