# Tile Stacking Problem

A stable tower of height **n** is a tower consisting of exactly n tiles of unit height stacked vertically in such a way, that no bigger tile is placed on a smaller tile. An example is shown below:

We have infinite number of tiles of sizes 1, 2, …, m. The task is calculate the number of different stable tower of height n that can be built from these tiles, with a restriction that you can use at most **k** tiles of each size in the tower.

**Note:** Two tower of height n are different if and only if there exists a height h (1 <= h <= n), such that the towers have tiles of different sizes at height h.

Examples:

Input : n = 3, m = 3, k = 1. Output : 1 Possible sequences: { 1, 2, 3}. Hence answer is 1. Input : n = 3, m = 3, k = 1. Output : 7 {1, 1, 2}, {1, 1, 3}, {1, 2, 2}, {1, 2, 3}, {1, 3, 3}, {2, 2, 3}, {2, 3, 3}.

We basically need to count number of decreasing sequences of length n using numbers from 1 to m where every number can be used at most k times. We can recursively compute count for n using count for n-1.

The idea is to use Dynamic Programming. Declare a 2D array dp[][], where each state dp[i][j] denotes the number of decreasing sequences of length i using numbers from j to m. We need to take care of the fact that a number can be used a most k times. This can be done by considering 1 to k occurrences of a number. Hence our recurrence relation becomes:

Also, we can use the fact that for a fixed j we are using the consecutive values of previous k values of i. Hence, we can maintain a prefix sum array for each state. Now we have got rid of the k factor for each state.

Below is the C++ implemantation of this approach:

// CPP program to find number of ways to make stable // tower of given height. #include <bits/stdc++.h> using namespace std; #define N 100 int possibleWays(int n, int m, int k) { int dp[N][N]; int presum[N][N]; memset(dp, 0, sizeof dp); memset(presum, 0, sizeof presum); // Initialing 0th row to 0. for (int i = 1; i < n + 1; i++) { dp[0][i] = 0; presum[0][i] = 1; } // Initialing 0th column to 0. for (int i = 0; i < m + 1; i++) presum[i][0] = dp[i][0] = 1; // For each row from 1 to m for (int i = 1; i < m + 1; i++) { // For each column from 1 to n. for (int j = 1; j < n + 1; j++) { // Initialing dp[i][j] to presum of (i - 1, j). dp[i][j] = presum[i - 1][j]; if (j > k) { dp[i][j] -= presum[i - 1][j - k - 1]; } } // Calculating presum for each i, 1 <= i <= n. for (int j = 1; j < n + 1; j++) presum[i][j] = dp[i][j] + presum[i][j - 1]; } return dp[m][n]; } // Driver Program int main() { int n = 3, m = 3, k = 2; cout << possibleWays(n, m, k) << endl; return 0; }

Output:

7

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