# Divide first n square numbers 1^2, 2^2, ……. n^2 into two groups such that absolute difference of the sum of the two groups is minimum [closed] lets say Given input is n = 6 (n is as large as 100000) My task is to divide {1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36} into two groups and PRINT these two groups

Possible Solution 1: dividing groups as {1, 9, 36} and {4, 16, 25} which gives abs diff as abs(46 – 45) = 1. So the minimum difference is 1 and the two groups are {1, 9, 36} and {4, 16, 25}

Possible Solution 2: Another Possible Solution is dividing groups as {9, 36} and {1, 4, 16, 25} which gives abs diff as abs(45 – 46) = 1. So the minimum difference is 1 and the two groups are {9, 36} and {1, 4, 16, 25}.

If there are multiple solutions we can print any one. Iam trying to solve it using https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/divide-1-n-two-groups-minimum-sum-difference/ but its not working.

I know that min difference is always 0 or 1 for n >= 6 but how to divide them into two groups.

And can we extend this problem to cubes, fourth powers, so on. if so what is the strategy used Posted on Categories proxies