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This is a explanation of this problem from USACO's training website. I have converted it to markdown. Please do not just copy code; you will not learn anything; at least type it out and understand so you can do it yourself in the future!

Farmer John grazes his cows on a large, square field N (2 <= N <= 250) miles on a side (because, for some reason, his cows will only graze on precisely square land segments). Regrettably, the cows have ravaged some of the land (always in 1 mile square increments). FJ needs to map the remaining squares (at least 2x2 on a side) on which his cows can graze (in these larger squares, no 1x1 mile segments are ravaged).

Your task is to count up all the various square grazing areas within the supplied dataset and report the number of square grazing areas (of sizes >= 2x2) remaining. Of course, grazing areas may overlap for purposes of this report.



Line 1: N, the number of miles on each side of the field.
Line 2..N+1: N characters with no spaces. 0 represents “ravaged for that block; 1 represents “ready to eat”.




Potentially several lines with the size of the square and the number of such squares that exist. Order them in ascending order from smallest to largest size.

SAMPLE OUTPUT (file range.out)

2 10
3 4
4 1






Russ Cox

To count the squares, we first precompute the biggest square with lower right corner at any particular location. This is done by dynamic programming: the biggest square with lower right corner at (i, j) is the minimum of three numbers:

  • the number of consecutive uneaten grid units to the left
  • the number of consecutive uneaten grid units to the right
  • one plus the size of the biggest square with lower right corner at (i-1, j-1)

Once we’ve computed this information, counting squares is simple: go to each lower right corner and increment the counters for every square size between 2 and the biggest square ending at that corner.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <assert.h>

#define MAXN 250

int goodsq[MAXN][MAXN];
int bigsq[MAXN][MAXN];
int tot[MAXN+1];

min(int a, int b)
    return a < b ? a : b;

    FILE *fin, *fout;
    int i, j, k, l, n, sz;

    fin = fopen("", "r");
    fout = fopen("range.out", "w");
    assert(fin != NULL && fout != NULL);

    fscanf(fin, "%d\n", &n);

    for(i=0; i<n; i++) {
	for(j=0; j<n; j++)
	    goodsq[i][j] = (getc(fin) == '1');
	assert(getc(fin) == '\n');

    /* calculate size of biggest square with lower right corner (i,j) */
    for(i=0; i<n; i++) {
	for(j=0; j<n; j++) {
	    for(k=i; k>=0; k--)
		if(goodsq[k][j] == 0)

	    for(l=j; l>=0; l--)
		if(goodsq[i][l] == 0)

	    sz = min(i-k, j-l);
	    if(i > 0 && j > 0)
		sz = min(sz, bigsq[i-1][j-1]+1);

	    bigsq[i][j] = sz;

    /* now just count squares */
    for(i=0; i<n; i++)
    for(j=0; j<n; j++)
    for(k=2; k<=bigsq[i][j]; k++)

    for(i=2; i<=n; i++)
	    fprintf(fout, "%d %d\n", i, tot[i]);

Greg Price

The posted solution runs in cubic time, with quadratic storage. With a little more cleverness in the dynamic programming, the task can be accomplished with only quadratic time and linear storage, and the same amount of code and coding effort. Instead of running back along the rows and columns from each square, we use the biggest-square values immediately to the west and north, so that each non-ravaged square’s biggest-square value is one more than the minimum of the values to the west, north, and northwest. This saves time, bringing us from cubic to quadratic time.

Another improvement, which saves space and perhaps cleans up the code marginally, is to keep track of the number of squares of a given size as we go along. This obviates the need to keep a quadratic-size matrix of biggest-square values, because we only need the most recent row for continuing the computation. As for “ravaged” values, we only use each one once, all in order; we can just read those as we need them.

#include <fstream.h>

ifstream fin("");
ofstream fout("range.out");

const unsigned short maxn = 250 + 5;

unsigned short n;
char fieldpr;
unsigned short sq[maxn]; // biggest-square values
unsigned short sqpr;
unsigned short numsq[maxn]; // number of squares of each size

unsigned short
min3(unsigned short a, unsigned short b, unsigned short c)
	if ((a <= b) && (a <= c))
		return a;
		return (b <= c) ? b : c;

	unsigned short r, c;
	unsigned short i;
	unsigned short tmp;

	fin >> n;

	for (c = 1; c <= n; c++)
		sq[c] = 0;

	for (i = 2; i <= n; i++)
		numsq[i] = 0;

	for (r = 1; r <= n; r++)
		sqpr = 0;
		sq[0] = 0;
		for (c = 1; c <= n; c++)
			fin >> fieldpr;
			if (!(fieldpr - '0'))
				sqpr = sq[c];
				sq[c] = 0;

			// Only three values needed.
			tmp = 1 + min3(sq[c-1], sqpr, sq[c]);
			sqpr = sq[c];
			sq[c] = tmp;

			// Only count maximal squares, for now.
			if (sq[c] >= 2)
				numsq[ sq[c] ]++;

	// Count all squares, not just maximal. 
	for (i = n-1; i >= 2; i--)
		numsq[i] += numsq[i+1];

	for (i = 2; i <= n && numsq[i]; i++)
		fout << i << ' ' << numsq[i] << endl;

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