Editorial for An Animal Contest 3 P3 - Monkey Market


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Author: WilliamWu277

We notice that it is always optimal to buy at the smallest \lfloor \frac N 2 \rfloor prices and sell at the largest \lfloor \frac N 2 \rfloor prices. We sort the N numbers and place them in an alternating fashion like S L S L, where S denotes one of the smallest \lfloor \frac N 2 \rfloor prices and vice versa for L. Since order does not matter for multiplication and division, it suffices to place the numbers in any order that satisfies the alternating fashion.

Time Complexity: \mathcal{O}(N \log N)


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