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# Max Suffix Query with Insertions Only

Author: Benjamin Qi

A solution to USACO Gold - Springboards.

### Prerequisites

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Note: This was originally in Gold, but the practice problems were too hard ...

Focus Problem – try your best to solve this problem before continuing!

To solve this problem, we need a data structure that supports operations similar to the following:

1. Add a pair $(a,b)$.
2. For any $x$, query the maximum value of $b$ over all pairs satisfying $a\ge x$.

This can be solved with a segment tree, but a simpler option is to use a map. We rely on the fact that if there exist pairs $(a,b)$ and $(c,d)$ in the map such that $a\le c$ and $b\le d$, we can simply ignore $(a,b)$ (and the answers to future queries will not be affected). So at every point in time, the pairs $(a_1,b_1),(a_2,b_2),\ldots,(a_k,b_k)$ that we store in the map will satisfy $a_1 < a_2 < \cdots < a_k$ and $b_1 > b_2 > \cdots > b_k$.

• Querying for a certain $x$ can be done with a single lower_bound operation, as we just want the minimum $i$ such that $a_i\ge x$.
• When adding a pair $(a',b')$, first check if there exists $(a,b)$ already in the map such that $a\ge a', b\ge b'$.
• If so, then do nothing.
• Otherwise, insert $(a',b')$ into the map and repeatedly delete pairs $(a,b)$ such that $a\le a', b\le b'$ from the map until none remain.

If there are $N$ insertions, then each query takes $\mathcal{O}(\log N)$ time and adding a pair takes $\mathcal{O}(\log N)$ time amortized.

### Implementation

C++

#define lb lower_bound
map<int, ll> m;void ins(int a, ll b) {	auto it = m.lb(a);	if (it != end(m) && it->s >= b) return;	it = m.insert(it, {a, b});	it->s = b;	while (it != begin(m) && prev(it)->s <= b) m.erase(prev(it));}ll query(int x) {	auto it = m.lb(x);	return it == end(m) ? 0 : it->s;}// it = end(m) means that no pair satisfies a >= x

You can check the analysis for the full solution to the original problem.

### Warning!

"Maximum second element" should be "minimum second element" in the analysis.

## Problems

StatusSourceProblem NameDifficultyTags
COCIEasy
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PlatHard
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CFVery Hard
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CFVery Hard
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CFVery Hard
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