Maximum profit from sale of wines

Given n wines in a row, with integers denoting the cost of each wine respectively. Each year you can sale the first or the last wine in the row. However, the price of wines increases over time. Let the initial profits from the wines be P1, P2, P3…Pn. On the Yth year the profit from the ith wine will be Y*Pi. For each year, your task is to print “beg” or “end” denoting whether first or last wine should be sold. Also, calculate the maximum profit from all the wines.

Examples :

Input : Price of wines : 2 4 6 2 5
Output : beg end end beg beg 
         64
Explanation :

Approach : It is a standard Dynamic Programming problem. It initially looks like a greedy problem in which we should sell the cheaper of the wines each year but the example case (year 2) clearly proves the approach is wrong. Sometimes we need to sell an expensive wine earlier to save relatively costly wines for later years (Here, if 4 was sold in 2nd year in the 4th year we had to sell 2 which would be waste of a heavy coefficient).

The second problem is to “store the strategy” to obtain the calculated price which has a fairly standard method that can be used in other problems as well. The idea is to store the optimal action for each state and use that to navigate through the optimal states starting from the initial state.

Output:

beg end end beg beg 
64

Time Complexity: O(n2)



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