I'm really struggling to design an algorithm to find d, which is the lowest value that can be added or subtracted (at most) to make a given sequence strictly increasing.

For example.. say seq[] = [2,4,8,3,1,12]

given that sequence, the algorithm should return "5" as d because you can add or subtract at most 5 to each element such that the function is strictly increasing.

I've tried several approaches and can't seem to get a solid technique down.

I've tried looping through the seq. and checking if seq[i] < seq[i+1]. If not, it checks if d>0.. if it is, try to add/subtract it from seq[i+1]. Otherwise it calculates d by taking the difference of seq[i-1] - seq[i].

I can't get it to be stable though and Its like I keep adding if statements that are more "special cases" for unique input sequences. People have suggested using a binary search approach, but I can't make sense of applying it to this problem.

Any tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

```
def ComputeMaxDelta3(seq):
# Create a copy to speed up comparison on modified values
aItems = seq[1:] #copies sequence elements from 1 (ignores seq[0])
# Will store the fix values for every item
# this should allocate 'length' times the 0 value
fixes = [0] * len(aItems)
print("fixes>>",fixes)
# Loop until no more fixes get applied
bNeedFix = True
while(bNeedFix):
# Hope will have no fix this turn
bNeedFix = False
# loop all subsequent item pairs (i should run from 0 to length - 2)
for i in range(0,len(aItems)-1):
# Left item
item1 = aItems[i]
# right item
item2 = aItems[i+1]
# Compute delta between left and right item
# We remember that (right >= left + 1
nDelta = item2 - (item1 + 1)
if(nDelta < 0):
# Fix the right item
fixes[i+1] -= nDelta
aItems[i+1] -= nDelta
# Need another loop
bNeedFix = True
# Compute the fix size (rounded up)
# max(s) should be int and the division should produce an int
nFix = int((max(fixes)+1)/2)
print("current nFix:",nFix)
# Balance all fixes
for i in range(len(aItems)):
fixes[i] -= nFix
print("final Fixes:",fixes)
print("d:",nFix)
print("original sequence:",seq[1:])
print("result sequence:",aItems)
return
```

```
Working with: [6, 2, 4, 8, 3, 1, 12]
[0]= 6 So the following numbers are the sequence:
aItems = [2, 4, 8, 3, 1, 12]
fixes>> [0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0]
current nFix: 6
final Fixes: [-6, -6, -6, 0, 3, -6]
d: 1
original sequence: [2, 4, 8, 3, 1, 12]
result sequence: [2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12]
d SHOULD be: 5
done!
```

I start at 1 rather than 0 due to the first element being a key

Answer:

As anticipated, here is (or should be) the Python version of my initial solution:

```
def ComputeMaxDelta(aItems):
# Create a copy to speed up comparison on modified values
aItems = aItems[:]
# Will store the fix values for every item
# this should allocate 'length' times the 0 value
fixes = [0] * len(aItems)
# Loop until no more fixes get applied
bNeedFix = True
while(bNeedFix):
# Hope will have no fix this turn
bNeedFix = False
# loop all subsequent item pairs (i should run from 0 to length - 2)
for i in range(0,len(aItems)-1):
# Left item
item1 = aItems[i]
# right item
item2 = aItems[i+1]
# Compute delta between left and right item
# We remember that (right >= left + 1
nDelta = item2 - (item1 + 1)
if(nDelta < 0):
# Fix the right item
fixes[i+1] -= nDelta
aItems[i+1] -= nDelta
# Need another loop
bNeedFix = True
# Compute the fix size (rounded up)
# max(s) should be int and the division should produce an int
nFix = (max(fixes)+1)/2 # corrected from **(max(s)+1)/2**
# Balance all fixes
for i in range(len(s)):
fixes[i] -= nFix
print("d:",nFix) # corrected from **print("d:",nDelta)**
print("s:",fixes)
return
```

I took your Python and fixed in order to operate exactly as my C# solution. I don't know Python, but looking for some reference on the web, I should have found the points where your porting was failing.

If you compare your python version with mine you should find the following differences:

- You saved a reference
**aItems**into**s**and used it as my**fixes**, but**fixes**was meant to start as all 0. - You didn't cloned
**aItems**over itself, then every alteration to its items was reflected outside of the method. - Your for loop was starting at index 1, whereas mine started at 0 (the very first element).
- After the check for
**nDelta**you subtracted**nDelta**from both**s**and**aItems**, but as I stated at points 1 and 2 they were pointing to the same items. - The
**ceil**instruction was unnedeed because the division between two integers produces an integer, as with C#.

Please remember that I fixed the Python code basing my knowledge only on online documentation, because I don't code in that language, so I'm not 100% sure about some syntax (my main doubt is about the **fixes** declaration).

Regards,

Daniele.

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