CSCI561 Homework 2 Parking Lot solution


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Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and Safe Parking LA (SPLA) are
two organizations in Los Angeles that service the homeless community.

LAHSA provides beds in shelters and SPLA manages spaces in parking lots for people living
in their cars. In the city’s new app for homelessness, people in need of housing can
apply for a space with either service.

For this homework, you will help SPLA choose
applicants that meet the SPLA specific requirements for the space and that also
optimize the use of the parking lot for that week.

Applicant information entered into the homelessness app:
Applicant ID: 5 digits
Gender: M/F/O
Age: 0-100
Pets: Y/N
Medical conditions: Y/N
Car: Y/N
Driver’s License: Y/N

Days of the week needed: 0/1 for each day of the 7 days of the week (MondaySunday)
Example applicant record: 00001F020NNYY1001000 for applicant id 00001, female,
20 years old, no pets, no medical conditions, with car and driver’s license, who
needs housing for Monday and Thursday.

SPLA requirements differ from LAHSA. They are both picking from the same applicant
list. They each have different resources and may not be qualified to accept the same

SPLA and LAHSA alternate choosing applicants one by one. They must
choose an applicant if there is still a qualified one on the list (no passing). SPLA
applicants must have a car and driver’s license, but no medical conditions. LAHSA
shelter can only serve women over 17 years old without pets. Both SPLA and LAHSA
have limited resources that must be used efficiently.

Efficiency is calculated by how
many of the spaces are used during the week. For example, a SPLA parking lot has 10
spaces and can have at most 10*7 days = 70 different applicants for the week. SPLA
tries to maximize its efficiency rate.

Input: The file input.txt in the current directory of your program will be formatted
as follows:
First line: strictly positive 32-bit integer b, number of beds in the shelter, b <= 40.
Second line: strictly positive 32-bit integer p, the number of spaces in the parking lot
Third line: strictly positive 32-bit integer L, number of applicants chosen by LAHSA so far.
Next L lines: L number of Applicant ID (5 digits) , separated with the End-of-line
character LF.

Next line: strictly positive 32-bit integer S, number of applicants chosen by SPLA so far.
Next S lines: S number of Applicant ID (5 digits), separated with the End-of-line
character LF.
Next line: strictly positive 32-bit integer A, total number of applicants
Next A lines: the list of A applicant information, separated with the End-of-line character

Next applicant chosen by SPLA: Applicant ID (5 digits)

SPLA chose 00002 first, and then LAHSA chose 00005 next. 00001 should be chosen because it
allows SPLA to choose applicants 00001, 00003, and 00004, while LAHSA doesn’t need to choose
anybody else. This is because 00001 qualifies for both, but 00003 and 00004 only qualify for
SPLA. So, choosing 00001 next means that SPLA chooses all three remaining applicants, and
LAHSA gets zero.


This is a programming assignment. You are provided sample input and output files. Please
understand that the goal of these samples is to check that you can correctly parse the
problem definitions, and generate a correctly formatted output. The samples are very
simple and it should not be assumed that if your program works on the samples it will
work on all test cases.

There will be more complex test cases and it is your task to make
sure that your program will work correctly on any valid input. You are encouraged to try
your own test cases to check how your program would behave in some complex special
case that you might think of.

Since each homework is checked via an automated A.I.
script, your output should match the specified format exactly. Failure to do so will most
certainly cost points. The output format is simple and examples are provided. You should
upload and test your code on, and you will submit it there.

Your code will be tested as follows: Your program must not require any command-line
argument. It should read a text file called “input.txt” in the current directory that contains
a problem definition. It should write a file “output.txt” with your solution to the same
current directory. Format for input.txt and output.txt is specified below. End-of-line
character is LF (since Vocareum is a Unix system and follows the Unix convention).

The grading A.I. script will
• Create an input.txt file, delete any old output.txt file.
• Run your code.
• Test your output.txt file

Academic Honesty and Integrity
All homework material is checked vigorously for dishonesty using several methods. All
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As a general
• Do not copy code or written material from another student. Even single lines of
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Do not collaborate on this assignment. The assignment is to be solved
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• Do not share any custom test cases you may create to check your program’s
behavior in more complex scenarios than the simplistic ones considered below.
Do not copy code from past students. We keep copies of past work to check for
• Do ask the professor or TA if you are unsure about whether certain actions
constitute dishonesty. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Homework Rules

1. Use Python 2.7 to implement your homework assignment. You are allowed to
use standard libraries only. You have to implement any other functions or
methods by yourself.
2. Create a file named “”. When you submit the homework
on, the following commands will be executed:
3. Create a file named “output.txt” and print its output there. For each test case,
the grading script will put an “input.txt” file in your work folder, runs your
program (which reads “input.txt”), and check the “output.txt” file generated
by your code. The grading script will replace the files automatically, so you
do NOT need to do anything for that part.
4. Homework must be submitted through Vocareum. Please only upload your
code to the “/work” directory. Don’t create any subfolder or upload any
other files. Please refer to to get started with Vocareum.
5. Your program must handle all test cases within a maximum runtime of 3
minutes per test case on Vocareum.
6. It is recommended to submit your program 24 hours ahead of the deadline to
avoid any submission issues on Vocareum. Late submissions will not be

Helpful Hints:

1. You must accept an applicant for every day they request.
2. Only women can be accepted into LAHSA.
3. In the case of a tie, choose the smaller applicant ID.
4. When one agency runs out of applicants to choose, the agencies are done
choosing. The agency with remaining applicant choices can take all
remaining applicants that qualify
5. We will not give unsolvable inputs. This means that we won’t give any
irregular inputs that don’t conform to the format we’ve described in this
6. Some inputs may have more than one valid solution. We will accept all
solutions that achieve the maximum possible efficiency for the given input.

7. Think about representing the problem.
a. What is a good representation of states and operators?
b. How can you use this to simplify the problem representation?
c. How will you evaluate the “score” of a state?
8. Think about complexity.
a. What affects branching factor?
b. What affect search tree depth?
c. How can you use the input parameters to determine which algorithm
will be able to generate a solution within 3 minutes?