CpSc 2120: Algorithms and Data Structures
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Handout 8: Homework #2 Vickery 100
1 It’s Fun to be the Bad Guy…
In this homework, you will play the role of a evil, malicious adversary whose goal in life is to make
programs run slowly.
Files for this assignment are located here::
In this directory, you will find three programs: prog1.cpp, prog2.cpp, and prog3.cpp. Each
of these accepts input from standard input in the same format: an integer N, followed by N
non-negative integers. The maximum value of N is 100,000.
Your goal is to carefully examine these three programs, and to design inputs for them that will
cause them to run slowly. Moreover, you are to write three programs bad1.cpp, bad2.cpp, and
bad3.cpp, that each respectively generate bad inputs for prog1.cpp, prog2.cpp, prog3.cpp. Each
of your programs should take a single argument on the command line giving the input size, and
it should print to standard output a bad input case of that size. You are not allowed to change
prog1.cpp, prog2.cpp, or prog3.cpp. An example to get you started with bad1.cpp is provided
– this doesn’t generate a very difficult input for prog1.cpp yet though, so you’ll still need to make
To test your code, you could for example run the following:
g++ -o prog1 prog1.cpp
g++ -o bad1 bad1.cpp
time ./bad1 100000 > input1
time ./prog1 < input1
For prog3, you may also want to re-direct the output to a file, since there is a large amount of
output, so that the time spent printing the output does not obscure the overall running time:
time ./prog3 < input1 > output1
3 Running Time Goals
You should make each of the sample programs prog1.cpp, prog2.cpp, and prog3.cpp take Ω(N2
time, which should translate to 5 seconds or more for large input cases; the exact running time will
depend on the machine you use, of course.
Your programs bad1.cpp, bad2.cpp, and bad3.cpp should run very quickly, in at most O(N log N)
time each, which should translate to well under one second even for the largest input cases.
4 Submission and Grading
Please submit your three programs bad1.cpp, bad2.cpp, and bad3.cpp using handin.cs.clemson.edu,
just as with the lab assignments. Your assignment will be graded based on correctness, and also
on the clarity and organization of your code. Final submissions are due by 11:59pm on the evening
of Monday, October 6. No late submissions will be accepted.