TLE 2018-19 P5 - Pure Functional Programming

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Points: 30 (partial)
Time limit: 2.0s
Memory limit: 256M

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Objectively the best programming language.

C++ is known for its many features (some argue there are too many!). Some significant programming paradigms supported by C++ are procedural, imperative, and object-oriented.

However, your friend, who is a programming language theorist, believes C++ is not very good because it isn't pure functional. Consider the following code:

int y = 0;
int f(int x) {
  y = y+1;
  return x*x;

int g(int z) {
  return z+y;

We cannot substitute occurrences of g(f(5)) with g(25), since f manipulates global state (side effects). Because of this, code is harder to reason about.

You'd like to challenge this belief. You decide to code a pure functional program in C++ that will solve the longest increasing subsequence problem.

However, in order to show that C++ can be coded in a pure functional way, you may not use #, =, or anything that mutates.

For full points, do not use *, and try to use as little memory as possible.

Input Specification

There is no input. Instead, there will be variables and functions already defined for you. In particular, we define:

  • const int N (1 \le N \le 1\,000), a variable representing the length of the sequence of integers.
  • constexpr int get_item(int i), a function that will return the i^{th} element of the sequence (0 \le i  < N). All integers x in the sequence will satisfy 0 \le x \le 10^9. Setting i out of range results in undefined behaviour.
  • void print_num(int n), a function that will print n to stdout, followed by a newline (Technically, this function isn’t pure functional, but we'll let it slide - not even Haskell can make I/O pure functional).

For example, your code might look like

int main() {
  return 0;

Output Specification

On the first line, output the length of the longest strictly increasing subsequence.

Then, on separate lines, output a longest strictly increasing subsequence. If there is more than one answer, output any of them.


Suppose N = 10 and the sequence is 3, 10, 2, 4, 8, 5, 7, 11, 6, 8. Then one possible output is:



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