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Project Euler 607


If you like solving Project Euler problems you should try Problem number 607. It’s not very hard, as it can be reduced to a small optimization problem. The idea is to find a path which minimizes time, knowing that certain regions correspond to different speeds. A precise statement of the result can be found on the official page. Here’s an image of the path which realizes the shortest time:

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  1. Harshit
    June 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Hello

    Could you please give me a hint or any kind of advise on how to approach this?

    Would have been easy if there were only two type of regions, but 6 different regions give 6
    variables and i don’t think solving those giant partial differential equations is the way to go.

    Thanks

    • June 16, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      There is no giant PDE involved. There are indeed six variables and you can find the partial derivatives of the time needed to go from A to B with respect to any of them. This is called the gradient of the function. Then you use any gradient descent algorithm to find the path which gives minimal time.

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