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Thread: Texas UIL Problem: 2007

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    Lightbulb Texas UIL Problem: 2007

    So, in order to practice for future Competitions... I've printed out a few old UIL packets to go through. I noticed a few re-occurring problems that are somewhat difficult, but manageable. I find myself allotting too much time on these couple of problems instead of working on others...

    There's quite a bit, so I understand if you're not willing to read through it all.. Any advice is greatly appreciated though!

    To get to the point, here's what I'd like some advice on:
    - Translating an Array
    ~ For Example, simulate a tetris game through a matrix of characters.. If the bottom row is filled, return a new array that has deleted the bottom row and set the remaining characters on the bottom row.

    My Code:

    public static char[][] removeBottom(char[][] matrix){
          char[][] newArray = new char[matrix.length][matrix.length];
          for(int row = 0; row < matrix.length; row++)
              for(int col = 0; col < matrix.length; col++)
                   newArray[row][col] = '.';
          for(int row = 1; row < matrix.length; row++)
              for(int col = 0; col < matrix.length; col++)
                   newArray[row][col] = matrix[i-1][j];
          return newArray;

    - Secondly, I come across Mazes
    ~ Here are some questions I come across.. Solve for the shortest path, only path, shortest path length.

    My Code:

    The following method only removes Dead Ends.
    Only can return shortest path when there is EXACTLY one path
    I will only show one method, but if this method returns true.. Another will fill in the Dead End.
    public static boolean containsDeadEnds(char[][] maze){
        for(int row = 0; row < maze.length; row++){
            for(int col = 0; col < maze[row].length; col++){
                 int deadEnds = 0;
                 if(maze[i][j] == '.'){
                    if(maze[i-1][j] == '#')
                    if(maze[i+1][j] == '#')
                    if(maze[i][j-1] == '#')
                    if(maze[i][j+1] == '#')
                    if(deadEnds >= 3)
                       return true;
                 deadEnds = 0; //Ensure Reset
        return false;

    How would you approach these problems?
    Last edited by Staticity; February 13th, 2012 at 10:17 PM.
    Simplicity calls for Complexity. Think about it.

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