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Need some help to understand Python program..

Hi,,,

I am very interested about the following Python program, but I am
very beginner on Python.. I do not understand this algorithm,,

I would appreciated if you give me this algorithm to some other
popular programming language.
filename="Karp.py"

from __future__ import nested_scopes

import bisect

class _Num:
def __init__(self, value, index):
self.value = value
self.i = index

def __lt__(self, other):
return self.value < other.value

# This implements the Karmarkar-Karp heuristic for partitioning a set
# in two, i.e. into two disjoint subsets s.t. their sums are
# approximately equal. It produces only one result, in O(N*log N)
# time. A remarkable property is that it loves large sets: in
# general, the more numbers you feed it, the better it does.

class Partition:
def __init__(self, nums):
self.nums = nums
sorted = [_Num(nums[i], i) for i in range(len(nums))]
sorted.sort()
self.sorted = sorted

def run(self):
sorted = self.sorted[:]
N = len(sorted)
connections = [[] for i in range(N)]

while len(sorted) > 1:
bigger = sorted.pop()
smaller = sorted.pop()

# Force these into different sets, by "drawing a
# line" connecting them.
i, j = bigger.i, smaller.i
connections[i].append(j)
connections[j].append(i)

diff = bigger.value - smaller.value
assert diff >= 0
bisect.insort(sorted, _Num(diff, i))

# Now sorted contains only 1 element x, and x.value is
# the difference between the subsets' sums.

# Theorem: The connections matrix represents a spanning tree
# on the set of index nodes, and any tree can be 2-colored.
# 2-color this one (with "colors" 0 and 1).

index2color = [None] * N

def color(i, c):
if index2color[i] is not None:
assert index2color[i] == c
return
index2color[i] = c
for j in connections[i]:
color(j, 1-c)

color(0, 0)

# Partition the indices by their colors.
subsets = [[], []]
for i in range(N):
subsets[index2color[i]].append(i)

return subsets

N = 50
import math
x = [math.sqrt(i) for i in range(1, N+1)]
p = Partition(x)
s, t = p.run()
sum1 = 0L
sum2 = 0L
for i in s:
sum1 += x[i]
for i in t:
sum2 += x[i]
print "Set 1 sum", repr(sum1)
print "Set 2 sum", repr(sum2)
print "difference", repr(abs(sum1 - sum2))
Thanks for you help...

Jul 19 '05 #1
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