
Good Day,
It's me again. This question is one of the questions in ACM ICPC 2006  Philippines.
Basically, you need to express a large number as a product of its Primes.
For example:
120 = 2x2x2x3x5 (or 2^3x3^1x5^1)
I'm lost on how to begin to tackle this problem. Please advice.
Thank you.
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Think of how you would do it on paper or using a calculator and generalise...
Peter
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That is my problem, I don't even know how to do it on paper. I have tried, believe me.
Can you just give me some reading material that will at least help me?
Thanks!
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Ian Uy wrote: I'm lost on how to begin to tackle this problem. Please advice.
As a college student, you really should be able to do this. It's basic math.
What you will want to search for is called "prime factorization." The easiesttounderstand technique is called "trial division."
On paper, you start by writing down your large number (let's call it 'n'). Then try to think of another number which divides evenly into n without any remainder. That number is a factor of n. It's easiest to start with small numbers.
In your example, what number divides evenly into 120 ? How about 2 ? Yes, 120/2=60 . So write down 2 and 60 (those are factors of 120 , but not necessarily prime).
Then try to factor each number you wrote down (the 2 and the 60 ). Are there any numbers (other than 1) that divide into 2 evenly? No, so 2 is a "prime factor" of 120 (i.e. 2 cannot be divided any further).
How about the 60 ? 60/2=30 . So, there is another 2 that is a prime factor of 120 . So far we have the factors of 120=2,2,30 . Now factor the 30 and keep going.
Keep going until you run out of numbers that can be divided evenly. Those will be your prime factors.
120 factored = 2,60 (2 is prime)
60 factored = 2,30 (2 is prime)
30 factored = 2,15 (2 is prime)
15 factored = 3,5 (both 3 and 5 are prime)
Done.
The prime factors of 120 are (from the parentheses above) 2,2,2,3,5 .
Now try writing that in code and see what you come up with. You can use this Table of Prime Factors[^] to check your answers.





Thank you. I have always been really stupid in basic math.
It is said that the most complex structures built by mankind are software systems. This is not generally appreciated because most people cannot see them. Maybe that's a good thing because if we saw them as buildings, we'd deem many of them unsafe.





Ian Uy wrote: I have always been really stupid in basic math.
If you are stupid in math i strongly advice you to change you major because math is core for Computer sceince.
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Thanks for your reply. I have successfully translated it into C++.
int main()
{
int InputCase;
cin >> InputCase;
for(int i=2;i<=InputCase;i++)
{
if(InputCase%i==0)
{
cout << i;
InputCase/=i;
i;
}
}
return 0;
}
Thanks!
It is said that the most complex structures built by mankind are software systems. This is not generally appreciated because most people cannot see them. Maybe that's a good thing because if we saw them as buildings, we'd deem many of them unsafe.





Are you sure this works? There are cases where i is not a prime...
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Yup, for some reason it did threw the right answers.
It is said that the most complex structures built by mankind are software systems. This is not generally appreciated because most people cannot see them. Maybe that's a good thing because if we saw them as buildings, we'd deem many of them unsafe.





That is interesting.
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"Real programmers just throw a bunch of 1s and 0s at the computer to see what sticks"  Pete O'Hanlon



