 Day 1 Task 3: Quality of Living

Cities in Alberta tend to be laid out as rectangular grids of blocks. Blocks are labeled with coordinates 0 to R-1 from north to south and 0 to C-1 from west to east.

The quality of living in each particular block has been ranked by a distinct number, called quality rank, between 1 and R*C, where 1 is the best and R*C is the worst.

The city planning department wishes to identify a rectangular set of blocks with dimensions H from north to south and W from west to east, such that the median quality rank among all blocks in the rectangle is the best. H and W are odd numbers not exceeding R and C respectively. The median quality rank among an odd number of quality ranks is defined to be the quality rank m in the set such that the number of quality ranks better than m equals the number of quality ranks worse than m.

You are to implement a procedure rectangle(R,C,H,W,Q) where R and C represent the total size of the city, H and W represent the dimensions of the set of blocks, and Q is an array such that Q[a][b] is the quality rank for the block labeled a from north to south and b from west to east.

Your implementation of rectangle must return a number: the best (numerically smallest) possible median quality rank of an H by W rectangle of blocks.

Each test run will only call rectangle once.

Example 1

R=5, C=5, H=3, W=3,
Q=  5 11 12 16 25
17 18  2  7 10
4 23 20  3  1
24 21 19 14  9
6 22  8 13 15
For this example, the best (numerically smallest) median quality rank of 9 is achieved by the middle-right rectangle of Q shown in bold. That is,
rectangle(R,C,H,W,Q)=9

Example 2

R=2, C=6, H=1, W=5,
Q=  6  1  2 11  7  5
9  3  4 10 12  8
For this example the correct answer is 5.

Assume R and C do not exceed 30.

Assume R and C do not exceed 100.

Assume R and C do not exceed 300.

Assume R and C do not exceed 1 000.

Assume R and C do not exceed 3 000.

Implementation Details

• Use the RunC programming and test environment
• Implementation folder: /home/ioi2010-contestant/quality/ (prototype: quality.zip)
• To be implemented by contestant: quality.c or quality.cpp or quality.pas
• Contestant interface: quality.h or quality.pas