In this HackerEarth Cross the street problem solution ABC Company is involved in the logistics business.

The company has many outlets and stockyards in a city. The city is like an N X M grid. We consider a single cell of the given grid to be a single block in the city. The stockyard is at the upper-left corner and the outlet is located in the lower right corner. Everyday, one of the employees has to travel from the upper left to the lower right corner for supplies. Each block in the city has a height, where the height of the block located at position (i,j) in the grid is equal to A[i][j]. The company wants to change the heights of some of the blocks, so that the employee can enjoy a high-speed drive from the stockyard to the outlet. But this change comes at a certain cost.

Specifically, if they change a block height from x to y, then they must pay exactly |x - y| dollars. Please help them find the minimum cost, such that by spending that specific amount, they can get a path from stockyard to the outlet with all blocks along the path having the same height.

In a single move, the employee can move from a block to any of its adjacent blocks. Note that during this journey, the employee is allowed to move in all four directions, fulfilling the condition that he never goes out of the grid at any point in time.

HackerEarth Cross the street problem solution

 HackerEarth Cross the street problem solution.

#define si(n) scanf("%d",&n)
#define sll(n) scanf("%lld",&n)
#define mod 1000000007 // 10**9 + 7
#define INF 1e9
#define FOR(i,a,b) for(int (i) = (a); (i) < (b); ++(i))
#define RFOR(i,a,b) for(int (i) = (a)-1; (i) >= (b); --(i))
#define CLEAR(a) memset((a),0,sizeof(a))
#define mp(a, b) make_pair(a, b)
#define pb(a) push_back(a)
#define rep(i, a, b) for (int i = a; i < b; i++)
#define rrep(i, b, a) for (int i = b; i > a; i--)
#define all(v) v.begin(), v.end()
#define GETCHAR getchar_unlocked
#define pi(n) printf("%d\n",n)
#define pll(n) printf("%lld\n",n)
#define rk() int t; scanf("%d",&t); while(t--)
using namespace std;
const double pi = acos(-1.0);

const int er[8] = {-1,-1,0,1,1,1,0,-1};
const int ec[8] = {0,1,1,1,0,-1,-1,-1};
typedef unsigned long long ull;
typedef long long ll;
typedef long l;
typedef pair<int,int> pii;
typedef vector<int> vec;
typedef vector<pii> vpii;
ll po(ll a,ll p)
{ll ret = 1;while(p){if(p&1)ret = (ret*a)%mod;a=(a*a)%mod;p=p>>1;}return ret%mod;}

int n, m, ans;
int a[105][105];
int c[105][105];
const int dx[4] = {1, 0, -1, 0}, dy[4] = {0, 1, 0, -1};
int inside(int x, int y){
return x>=0 && x<n && y>=0 && y<m;
bool isless(int x, int v){
return x==-1 || x>v;

class Point{
int x, y, d;
Point(int _x=0, int _y=0, int _d=0) {x=_x; y=_y; d=_d;}
bool operator<(const Point &p) const{
if(d!=p.d) return d>p.d;
if(x!=p.x) return x<p.x;
return y < p.y;

int go(int w){
priority_queue<Point> q;
c[0][0] = abs(w-a[0][0]);
q.push(Point(0, 0,c[0][0]));
Point p =;
int x=p.x,y=p.y,d=p.d;
for(int f= 0;f<4;f++){
int nx=x+dx[f],ny=y+dy[f],v=0;
if(inside(nx, ny) && isless(c[nx][ny], v=d+abs(w-a[nx][ny]))){
return c[n-1][m-1];

int u[105]={0};
int main(){
for(int i=0;i<n;i++){
for(int j=0;j<m;j++){
for(int i=0;i<n;i++){
for(int j=0;j<m;j++){
int r=go(a[i][j]);
//cout<<a[i][j]<<" "<<r<<endl;
if(ans<0 || ans>r) ans=r;
return 0;

Second solution

#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
#define pii pair<int,int>
#define ppi pair<int,int>
int X[4]={0,0,-1,+1};
int Y[4]={-1,+1,0,0};
int n,m;
bool t(int x,int y)
if(x<0 || x>=n || y<0 || y>=m) return false;
return true;
int main()
int A[n][m],mrk[n][m],ans[n][m];
for(int i=0;i<n;i++)
for(int j=0;j<m;j++)

int an=-1,pos=0;
for(int i=1;i<=100;i++)
priority_queue<pii,vector<pii>,greater<pii> >pq;
pii par[n][m];
int a=pp.first,b=pp.second;
int x=b/m,y=b%m;
if(mrk[x][y]!=0) continue;
for(int j=0;j<4;j++)
int k=j;
int xx=x+X[j],yy=y+Y[k];
if(t(xx,yy) && (ans[xx][yy]==-1 || ans[xx][yy]>a+fabs(A[xx][yy]-i)))
if(an==-1) an=ans[n-1][m-1],pos=i;
else if(ans[n-1][m-1]<an) an=ans[n-1][m-1],pos=i;
return 0;