This set of Data Structure Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Longest Increasing Subsequence”.

1. The longest increasing subsequence problem is a problem to find the length of a subsequence from a sequence of array elements such that the subsequence is sorted in increasing order and it’s length is maximum. This problem can be solved using __________

a) Recursion

b) Dynamic programming

c) Brute force

d) All of the mentioned

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Explanation: The longest increasing subsequence problem can be solved using all of the mentioned methods.

2. Find the longest increasing subsequence for the given sequence:

{10, -10, 12, 9, 10, 15, 13, 14}

a) {10, 12, 15}

b) {10, 12, 13, 14}

c) {-10, 12, 13, 14}

d) {-10, 9, 10, 13, 14}

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Explanation: The longest increasing subsequence is {-10, 9, 10, 13, 14}.

3. Find the length of the longest increasing subsequence for the given sequence:

{-10, 24, -9, 35, -21, 55, -41, 76, 84}

a) 5

b) 4

c) 3

d) 6

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Explanation: The longest increasing subsequence is {-10, 24, 35, 55, 76, 84} and it’s length is 6.

4. For any given sequence, there will ALWAYS be a unique increasing subsequence with the longest length.

a) True

b) False

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Explanation: For a given sequence, it is possible that there is more than one subsequence with the longest length.

Consider, the following sequence: {10,11,12,1,2,3}:

There are two longest increasing subsequences: {1,2,3} and {10,11,12}.

5. The number of increasing subsequences with the longest length for the given sequence are:

{10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5}

a) 3

b) 4

c) 5

d) 6

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Explanation: Each array element individually forms a longest increasing subsequence and so, the length of the longest increasing subsequence is 1. So, the number of increasing subsequences with the longest length is 6.

6. In the brute force implementation to find the longest increasing subsequence, all the subsequences of a given sequence are found. All the increasing subsequences are then selected and the length of the longest subsequence is found. What is the time complexity of this brute force implementation?

a) O(n)

b) O(n^{2})

c) O(n!)

d) O(2^{n})

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Explanation: The time required to find all the subsequences of a given sequence is 2

^{n}, where ‘n’ is the number of elements in the sequence. So, the time complexity is O(2

^{n}).

7. Complete the following dynamic programming implementation of the longest increasing subsequence problem:

#include<stdio.h> int longest_inc_sub(int *arr, int len) { int i, j, tmp_max; int LIS[len]; // array to store the lengths of the longest increasing subsequence LIS[0]=1; for(i = 1; i < len; i++) { tmp_max = 0; for(j = 0; j < i; j++) { if(arr[j] < arr[i]) { if(LIS[j] > tmp_max) ___________; } } LIS[i] = tmp_max + 1; } int max = LIS[0]; for(i = 0; i < len; i++) if(LIS[i] > max) max = LIS[i]; return max; } int main() { int arr[] = {10,22,9,33,21,50,41,60,80}, len = 9; int ans = longest_inc_sub(arr, len); printf("%d",ans); return 0; }

a) tmp_max = LIS[j].

b) LIS[i] = LIS[j].

c) LIS[j] = tmp_max

d) tmp_max = LIS[i].

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Explanation: tmp_max is used to store the maximum length of an increasing subsequence for any ‘j’ such that: arr[j] < arr[i] and 0 < j < i.

So, tmp_max = LIS[j] completes the code.

8. What is the time complexity of the ABOVE dynamic programming implementation used to find the length of the longest increasing subsequence?

a) O(1)

b) O(n)

c) O(n^{2})

d) O(nlogn)

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Explanation: The time complexity of the above dynamic programming implementation used to find the length of the longest increasing subsequence is O(n

^{2}).

9. What is the space complexity of the ABOVE dynamic programming implementation used to find the length of the longest increasing subsequence?

a) O(1)

b) O(n)

c) O(n^{2})

d) O(nlogn)

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Explanation: The above dynamic programming implementation uses space equal to the length of the sequence. So, the space complexity of the above dynamic programming implementation used to find the length of the longest increasing subsequence is O(n).

10. What is the output of the following program?

#include<stdio.h> int longest_inc_sub(int *arr, int len) { int i, j, tmp_max; int LIS[len]; // array to store the lengths of the longest increasing subsequence LIS[0]=1; for(i = 1; i < len; i++) { tmp_max = 0; for(j = 0; j < i; j++) { if(arr[j] < arr[i]) { if(LIS[j] > tmp_max) tmp_max = LIS[j]; } } LIS[i] = tmp_max + 1; } int max = LIS[0]; for(i = 0; i < len; i++) if(LIS[i] > max) max = LIS[i]; return max; } int main() { int arr[] = {10,22,9,33,21,50,41,60,80}, len = 9; int ans = longest_inc_sub(arr, len); printf("%d",ans); return 0; }

a) 3

b) 4

c) 5

d) 6

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Explanation: The program prints the length of the longest increasing subsequence, which is 6.

11. What is the value stored in LIS[5] after the following program is executed?

#include<stdio.h> int longest_inc_sub(int *arr, int len) { int i, j, tmp_max; int LIS[len]; // array to store the lengths of the longest increasing subsequence LIS[0]=1; for(i = 1; i < len; i++) { tmp_max = 0; for(j = 0; j < i; j++) { if(arr[j] < arr[i]) { if(LIS[j] > tmp_max) tmp_max = LIS[j]; } } LIS[i] = tmp_max + 1; } int max = LIS[0]; for(i = 0; i < len; i++) if(LIS[i] > max) max = LIS[i]; return max; } int main() { int arr[] = {10,22,9,33,21,50,41,60,80}, len = 9; int ans = longest_inc_sub(arr, len); printf("%d",ans); return 0; }

a) 2

b) 3

c) 4

d) 5

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Explanation: The value stored in LIS[5] after the program is executed is 4.

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