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Is this prompt correct? The worst case number of drops for finding the correct floor seems to be at most 7 or 8, unless I’m really misinterpreting it.
Assuming n=100, always start with floor 50, then guess the floor halfway up or down the direction you need to go.
Now, assume that you start with the 50th floor and the egg breaks. The worst case scenario is if f = 51. Use (B) for breaks and (N) for not-break:
50(B) → 75(N) → 62(N) → 55(N) → 51(B) → 53(N) → 52(N) [Now we know f = 51.]
I’m rounding the distance moved up in this example. Depending on some other edge cases, perhaps the minimum number is really 8 instead of 7 as in this example… I just don’t see any scenario where you would need 14 guesses.
So, please let me know if I have the wrong idea about what this problem is asking. Or if I have the right idea, show me how my algorithm would take 14 steps to find f (or show why my algorithm won’t find the correct answer for some reason).
I thought that as well initially but you only have two eggs to use not 7,
if anyone figures it out reply to my comment im stuck