## Google Interview Question

**Country:**United States

O(n^2) + exp(k) -

```
public static void main(String[] args) {
int n = 6;
int[][] connected = new int[n][n];
connected[0][3] = 1;
connected[3][0] = 1;
connected[1][2] = 1;
connected[2][1] = 1;
connected[0][2] = 1;
connected[2][0] = 1;
connected[0][4] = 1;
connected[4][0] = 1;
int m = max(connected);
System.out.println(m);
}
// S = {a,b,c,d,e,f} and relations {a,d}, {b,c}, {a,c}, {a,e}
public static int max(int[][] connected) {
int n = connected.length;
Map<Integer, List<List<Integer>>> map = new HashMap<Integer, List<List<Integer>>>();
int[] dp = new int[n];
dp[0] = 1;
List<List<Integer>> o = new ArrayList<List<Integer>>();
List<Integer> lo = new ArrayList<Integer>();
lo.add(0);
o.add(lo);
map.put(0, o);
for (int i = 1; i < n; i++) {
dp[i] = dp[i - 1];
List<List<Integer>> olist = new ArrayList<List<Integer>>();
List<Integer> l = new ArrayList<Integer>();
l.add(i);
olist.add(l);
map.put(i, olist);
for (int j = i - 1; j >= 0; j--) {
List<List<Integer>> connections = map.get(j);
if (null != connections) {
for (List<Integer> nodes : connections) {
boolean canconnect = true;
for (int node : nodes) {
if (connected[i][node] == 1) {
canconnect = false;
break;
}
}
if (canconnect) {
dp[i] = Math.max(dp[i], nodes.size() + 1);
List<List<Integer>> nconn = map.get(i);
List<Integer> list = new ArrayList<Integer>();
for (int k : nodes) {
list.add(k);
}
list.add(i);
nconn.add(list);
}
}
}
}
}
return dp[n - 1];
}
```

this is the independent set problem. though similar to the matching, it is np-hard.

the relations form the edges between vertices. the problem asks the size of the largest subset of the vertices of a graph with the property that no two are connected by an edge. note that the edges can be of an arbitrary size.

@ChrisK, i think your idea works and i just elaborate with a 3-step solution as follows:

Step 1. Construct the undirected graph where each vertex is an element from the given set and each edge is a relation from the list.

Step 2. Compute all the connected components of the graph.

Step 3. Count those components of size 1 (i.e. single-vertex components), and this count is actually the answer to the problem.

if the relation is transitive(from aRb and bRc follows aRc) and symetric (from aRb follows bRa), then it's finding the connected component's in a undirected graph and just pick one vertex from each component.

- ChrisK November 12, 2017I assume the relation is not to be treated as transitive, so, I don't see much else then a brute force, maximizing the recursion where you exclude directly related elements from the set of potential candidates. Every element has two options: it is in the set or it isn't. Since it's only about finding the size, I assume we can use some dp-techniques, similar like knapsack.

where those interviews phd level?