Now that the Facebook Hacker Cup is coming to an end I figured I’d post my solution to one of the challenges. Unfortunately I only made it to Round 1, but I was able to answer this rather interesting Qualification Round problem.
When John was a little kid he didn’t have much to do. There was no internet, no Facebook, and no programs to hack on. So he did the only thing he could… he evaluated the beauty of strings in a quest to discover the most beautiful string in the world.
Given a string s, little Johnny defined the beauty of the string as the sum of the beauty of the letters in it.
The beauty of each letter is an integer between 1 and 26, inclusive, and no two letters have the same beauty. Johnny doesn’t care about whether letters are uppercase or lowercase, so that doesn’t affect the beauty of a letter. (Uppercase ‘F’ is exactly as beautiful as lowercase ‘f’, for example.)
You’re a student writing a report on the youth of this famous hacker. You found the string that Johnny considered most beautiful. What is the maximum possible beauty of this string?
The input file consists of a single integer m, followed by m lines.
You can find the input file here.Read on →