# Coins in a Line III

## Question

There are n coins in a line. Two players take turns to take a coin from one of the ends of the line until there are no more coins left. The player with the larger amount of money wins.

Could you please decide the first player will win or lose?

Example

Given array A = [3,2,2], return true.

Given array A = [1,2,4], return true.

Given array A = [1,20,4], return false.

Challenge

If n is even. Is there any hacky algorithm that can decide whether first player will win or lose in O(1) memory and O(n) time?

Tags

Dynamic Programming Array Game Theory

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## Analysis

``````初始：[3, 2, 2]

[3, 2, 2]
dp[0][2]
/           \
取左3  /              \ 取右2
/                 \
[2, 2]                [3, 2]
dp[1][2]              dp[0][1]
/    \                  /  \
取左2 /      \ 取右2     取左3 /    \ 取右2
/         \             /      \
[2]            [2]        [2]      [3]
dp[2][2]     dp[1][1]     dp[1][1]   dp[0][0]
``````

DP四要素：

• State:

• `dp[i][j]` 现在还第i到第j的硬币，现在当前取硬币的人（先手）最后最多取硬币价值；这里是区间型DP，下标表示区间范围
• Function:

• `sum[i][j]`第i到第j的硬币价值总和
• `dp[i][j] = sum[i][j] - min(dp[i+1][j], dp[i][j-1]);`
• Initialize:

• `dp[i][i] = coin[i]`

• `dp[0][n-1]`

## Solution

``````public class Solution {
/**
* @param values: an array of integers
* @return: a boolean which equals to true if the first player will win
*/
public boolean firstWillWin(int[] values) {
if (values == null || values.length == 0) {
return false;
}

int n = values.length;

int[][] sum = new int[n+1][n+1];
int[][] dp = new int[n+1][n+1];
boolean[][] flag = new boolean[n+1][n+1];

for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
for (int j = i; j < n; j++) {
if (i == j) {
sum[i][j] = values[j];
} else {
sum[i][j] = sum[i][j - 1] + values[j];
}
}
}
int total = 0;
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
total += values[i];
}

return (total / 2) < search(0, n - 1, dp, flag, values, sum);
}

public int search(int i, int j, int[][] dp, boolean[][] flag, int[] values, int[][] sum) {
if (flag[i][j]) {
return dp[i][j];
}

flag[i][j] = true;

if (i == j) {
dp[i][j] = values[i];
} else if (i > j) {
dp[i][j] = 0;
} else if (i + 1 == j) {
dp[i][j] = Math.max(values[i], values[j]);
} else {
dp[i][j] = sum[i][j] - Math.min(search(i, j - 1, dp, flag, values, sum), search(i + 1, j, dp, flag, values, sum));
}

return dp[i][j];
}

}
``````