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Python Programming-Find the first circular tour that visits all petrol pumps

Find the first circular tour that visits all petrol pumps Suppose there is a circle. There are n petrol pumps on that circle.

Suppose there is a circle. There are n petrol pumps on that circle. You are given two sets of data.

1. The amount of petrol that every petrol pump has.
2. Distance from that petrol pump to the next petrol pump.

Calculate the first point from where a truck will be able to complete the circle (The truck will stop at each petrol pump and it has infinite capacity). Expected time complexity is O(n). Assume for 1 litre petrol, the truck can go 1 unit of distance.

For example, let there be 4 petrol pumps with amount of petrol and distance to next petrol pump value pairs as {4, 6}, {6, 5}, {7, 3} and {4, 5}. The first point from where truck can make a circular tour is 2nd petrol pump. Output should be “start = 1” (index of 2nd petrol pump).

A Simple Solution is to consider every petrol pumps as starting point and see if there is a possible tour. If we find a starting point with feasible solution, we return that starting point. The worst case time complexity of this solution is O(n^2).

We can use a Queue to store the current tour. We first enqueue first petrol pump to the queue, we keep enqueueing petrol pumps till we either complete the tour, or current amount of petrol becomes negative. If the amount becomes negative, then we keep dequeueing petrol pumps till the current amount becomes positive or queue becomes empty.

Instead of creating a separate queue, we use the given array itself as queue. We maintain two index variables start and end that represent rear and front of queue.

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Python Programming

# Python program to find circular tour for a track 
 
# A petrol pump has petrol and distance to next petrol pimp
class PetrolPump:
     
    # Constructor to create a new node
    def __init__(self,petrol, distance):
        self.petrol = petrol
        self.distance = distance 
 
# The funtion return starting point if there is a possible
# solution otherwise returns -1 
def printTour(arr):
     
    n = len(arr)
    # Consider first petrol pump as starting point
    start = 0
    end = 1
     
    curr_petrol = arr[start].petrol - arr[start].distance 
     
    # Run a loop whie all petrol pumps are not visited
    # And we have reached first petrol pump again with 0 
    # or more petrol
    while(end != start or curr_petrol < 0 ):
         
        # If current amount of petrol pumps are not visited
        # And we have reached first petrol pump again with
        # 0 or more petrol 
        while(curr_petrol < 0 and start != end):
             
            # Remove starting petrol pump. Change start
            curr_petrol -= arr[start].petrol - arr[start].distance
            start = (start +1)%n
             
            # If 0 is being considered as start again, then
            # there is no possible solution
            if start == 0:
                return -1
 
        # Add a petrol pump to current tour
        curr_petrol += arr[end].petrol - arr[end].distance 
         
        end = (end +1) % n
 
    return start 
 
# Driver program to test above function
arr = [PetrolPump(6,4), PetrolPump(3,6), PetrolPump(7,3)]
start = printTour(arr)
 
print "No solution" if start == -1 else "start =", start
 

Output:

start = 2

Time Complexity: Seems to be more than linear at first look. If we consider the items between start and end as part of a circular queue, we can observe that every item is enqueued at most two times to the queue. The total number of operations is proportional to total number of enqueue operations. Therefore the time complexity is O(n).

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