This set of Data Structures & Algorithms Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Closest Pair Problem”.

1. Which of the following areas do closest pair problem arise?

a) computational geometry

b) graph colouring problems

c) numerical problems

d) string matching

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Explanation: Closest pair problem arises in two most important areas- computational geometry and operational research.

2. Which approach is based on computing the distance between each pair of distinct points and finding a pair with the smallest distance?

a) Brute force

b) Exhaustive search

c) Divide and conquer

d) Branch and bound

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Explanation: Brute force is a straight forward approach that solves closest pair problem using that algorithm.

3. What is the runtime efficiency of using brute force technique for the closest pair problem?

a) O(N)

b) O(N log N)

c) O(N^{2})

d) O(N^{3} log N)

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Explanation: The efficiency of closest pair algorithm by brute force technique is mathematically found to be O(N

^{2}).

4. The most important condition for which closest pair is calculated for the points (p_{i}, p_{j}) is?

a) i>j

b) i!=j

c) i=j

d) i<j

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Explanation: To avoid computing the distance between the same pair of points twice, we consider only the pair of points (p

_{i}, p

_{j}) for which i<j.

5. What is the basic operation of closest pair algorithm using brute force technique?

a) Euclidean distance

b) Radius

c) Area

d) Manhattan distance

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Explanation: The basic operation of closest pair algorithm is Euclidean distance and its formula is given by d=√(x

_{i}-x

_{j})

^{2}+(y

_{i}-y

_{j})

^{2}.

6. Which of the following is similar to Euclidean distance?

a) Manhattan distance

b) Pythagoras metric

c) Chebyshev distance

d) Heuristic distance

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Explanation: In older times, Euclidean distance metric is also called a Pythagoras metric which is the length of the line segment connecting two points.

7. Which of the following strategies does the following diagram depict?

a) Divide and conquer strategy

b) Brute force

c) Exhaustive search

d) Backtracking

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Explanation: Brute force is a straight forward approach to solve critical problems. Here, we use brute force technique to find the closest distance between p1 and p2.

8. Manhattan distance is an alternative way to define a distance between two points.

a) true

b) false

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Explanation: Manhattan distance is an alternative way to calculate distance. It is the distance between two points measured along axes at right angles.

9. What is the optimal time required for solving the closest pair problem using divide and conquer approach?

a) O(N)

b) O(log N)

c) O(N log N)

d) O(N^{2})

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Explanation: The optimal time for solving using a divide and conquer approach is mathematically found to be O(N log N).

10. In divide and conquer, the time is taken for merging the subproblems is?

a) O(N)

b) O(N log N)

c) O(N^{2})

d) O(log N)

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Explanation: The time taken for merging the smaller subproblems in a divide and conquer approach is mathematically found to be O(N log N).

11. The optimal time obtained through divide and conquer approach using merge sort is the best case efficiency.

a) true

b) false

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Explanation: The optimal time obtained through divide and conquer approach is the best class efficiency and it is given by Ω(N log N).

12. Which of the following strategies does the following diagram depict?

a) Brute force

b) Divide and conquer

c) Exhaustive search

d) Branch and bound

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Explanation: The above diagram depicts the implementation of divide and conquer. The problem is divided into sub problems and are separated by a line.

13. Which of the points are closer to each other?

a) p1 and p11

b) p3 and p8

c) p2 and p3

d) p9 and p10

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Explanation: From symmetry, we determine that the closest pair is p2 and p3. But the exact calculations have to be done using Euclid’s algorithm.

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