I'm trying to solve this problem. I changed Scanner and used BufferedReader but I'm still getting TLE with the given code. Can I have a code review to help determine where else performance can be optimized?

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import java.io.BufferedReader;
import java.io.InputStreamReader;

class LittleDeepuAndArray {
    public static void main(String args[] ) throws Exception {

        BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(System.in));
        String line = br.readLine();
        long N = Long.parseLong(line);
        List<Long> list = new ArrayList<Long>();
        String line5 = br.readLine();
        String[] numbers = line5.split(" ");
        for(int z=0;z<N;z++) list.add(Long.parseLong(numbers[z]));
        String line2 = br.readLine();
        long M = Long.parseLong(line2);
        long X=0;
        int k=0,m=0;
        long zz=0;
        long size=list.size();
        for(k=0;k<M;k++) {
            X = Long.parseLong(br.readLine());
            for (m=0;m<size;m++) { 
                if(X<zz) list.set(m,zz-1);
        for (m=0;m<size;m++) { 
            if(m==size-1) System.out.print(list.get(m));
            else System.out.print(list.get(m) + " ");
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Your major performance issue is almost certainly the way you perform your output. This is a common problem in how online judges evaluate performance.... they assume output time is part of the algorithmic solve-time.


When programs output data to the console it is seldom a performance critical aspect of code. So, why should that code be lightning-fast when the console redraws are slow. In other words, Java's System.out.print* methods are not designed to be as fast as some other languages. Specifically, the print*() methods are synchronized so that only one thread can print at a time. They also incur a fair amount of overhead to own, manage, and release the system resources attached to the console. Each time you call print*(...) you repeat a lot of this work.

The bottom line is that you should call these methods just once.

    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
    for (m=0; m < size; m++) { 
        if(m > 0) {
            sb.append(" ");

Put all the data in to a StringBuilder, and then print it once.

Other things

In addition, you code would benefit from using a number of more convenient mechanisms.... like whitespace and braces.

Your code is suffocating, it has no breathing room. Consider:

    String[] numbers = line5.split(" ");
    for(int z=0;z<N;z++) list.add(Long.parseLong(numbers[z]));
    String line2 = br.readLine();

which should be:

    String[] numbers = line5.split(" ");
    for(int z=0; z < N; z++) {
    String line2 = br.readLine();

Similarly, in other places you have no whitespace or braces on conde blocks or around operators.

Additionally, your variable names are irritating, and inconvenient. You have two variables called "m", both M and m.

Finally, if you put your code in to more methods, it will give the Java compiler a chance to optimize the code when it compiles it. Java's basic using of performance compilation is a "method", since you only have one method, and since it is only called once (the main method), your logic is never compiled and optimized properly.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks! I learnt new things. Though it didn't solve my TLE state. But, I think I'd need to refactor my logic rather than applying these optimization techniques! \$\endgroup\$
    – tanmay
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 16:58

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