Divide Nodes Into the Maximum Number of Groups

from collections import deque

class Solution:
    def magnificentSets(self, n: int, edges: List[List[int]]) -> int:
        adj = [[] for _ in range(505)]
        col = [0] * 505
        dis = [[100001] * 505 for _ in range(505)]
        flag = True
        kara = []

        def dfs(u, c=1):
            nonlocal flag
            col[u] = c
            for v in adj[u]:
                if col[v] == 0:
                    dfs(v, 3 - c)
                elif col[v] == c:
                    flag = False

        def bfs(src):
            for i in range(1, 501):
                dis[src][i] = 100001
            dis[src][src] = 1
            q = deque([src])
            while q:
                u = q.popleft()
                for v in adj[u]:
                    if dis[src][v] > dis[src][u] + 1:
                        dis[src][v] = dis[src][u] + 1

        for i in range(1, n + 1):

        for e in edges:

        for i in range(1, n + 1):

        ans = 0
        in_groups = 0

        for i in range(1, n + 1):
            if col[i] == 0:
                flag = True
                in_groups += 1
                if not flag:
                    return -1
                mxdis = 0
                for a in kara:
                    for b in kara:
                        mxdis = max(mxdis, dis[a][b])
                ans += mxdis

        return ans

Identifying Problem Isomorphism

“Divide Nodes Into the Maximum Number of Groups” maps to “886. Possible Bipartition”. Both deal with grouping or partitioning nodes of a graph based on certain conditions.

In “Possible Bipartition”, we are asked to divide the people into two groups such that each pair of enemies is in different groups. This is a bit similar to “Divide Nodes Into the Maximum Number of Groups”, where nodes are divided into groups such that each pair of nodes connected by an edge satisfies a certain condition.

While “Possible Bipartition” only requires partitioning into two groups, “Divide Nodes Into the Maximum Number of Groups” seeks the maximum number of groups possible, which is a bit more complex. Also, the condition for grouping nodes is different between the two problems.

Therefore, this is an approximate mapping rather than an exact isomorphism. The strategies used to solve both problems involve graph theory and graph traversal or coloring techniques, making them conceptually related.

10 Prerequisite LeetCode Problems

“2493. Divide Nodes Into the Maximum Number of Groups” involves graph theory and combinatorics. It requires graphs, sets, and arrays.

Here are 10 problems to prepare for this problem:

  1. “207. Course Schedule” - Introduction to using graph data structures.

  2. “332. Reconstruct Itinerary” - Further exploration of graph traversal algorithms.

  3. “787. Cheapest Flights Within K Stops” - Introduces the concept of weighted graphs.

  4. “841. Keys and Rooms” - Involves traversing a graph and keeping track of visited nodes.

  5. “133. Clone Graph” - Explores deep copying and graph traversal.

  6. “743. Network Delay Time” - Uses Dijkstra’s algorithm for weighted graph traversal.

  7. “1202. Smallest String With Swaps” - Involves both graph theory and combinatorics.

  8. “778. Swim in Rising Water” - A more complex graph traversal problem.

  9. “765. Couples Holding Hands” - Introduction to combinatorics in the context of graph problems.

  10. “959. Regions Cut By Slashes” - A more advanced graph traversal problem, involves converting a 2D grid into a graph.

Remember to fully understand each problem’s solution and the underlying concepts before moving on to the next. Attempting to solve them on your own before looking at the solution can also be extremely beneficial for your learning process.

Problem Classification

Problem Statement:You are given a positive integer n representing the number of nodes in an undirected graph. The nodes are labeled from 1 to n.

You are also given a 2D integer array edges, where edges[i] = [ai, bi] indicates that there is a bidirectional edge between nodes ai and bi. Notice that the given graph may be disconnected.

Divide the nodes of the graph into m groups (1-indexed) such that:

Each node in the graph belongs to exactly one group. For every pair of nodes in the graph that are connected by an edge [ai, bi], if ai belongs to the group with index x, and bi belongs to the group with index y, then |y - x| = 1. Return the maximum number of groups (i.e., maximum m) into which you can divide the nodes. Return -1 if it is impossible to group the nodes with the given conditions.

Example 1:

Input: n = 6, edges = [[1,2],[1,4],[1,5],[2,6],[2,3],[4,6]] Output: 4 Explanation: As shown in the image we:

  • Add node 5 to the first group.
  • Add node 1 to the second group.
  • Add nodes 2 and 4 to the third group.
  • Add nodes 3 and 6 to the fourth group. We can see that every edge is satisfied. It can be shown that that if we create a fifth group and move any node from the third or fourth group to it, at least on of the edges will not be satisfied.

Example 2:

Input: n = 3, edges = [[1,2],[2,3],[3,1]] Output: -1 Explanation: If we add node 1 to the first group, node 2 to the second group, and node 3 to the third group to satisfy the first two edges, we can see that the third edge will not be satisfied. It can be shown that no grouping is possible.


1 <= n <= 500 1 <= edges.length <= 104 edges[i].length == 2 1 <= ai, bi <= n ai != bi There is at most one edge between any pair of vertices.

Analyze the provided problem statement. Categorize it based on its domain, ignoring ‘How’ it might be solved. Identify and list out the ‘What’ components. Based on these, further classify the problem. Explain your categorizations.

Visual Model of the Problem

How to visualize the problem statement for this problem?

Problem Restatement

Could you start by paraphrasing the problem statement in your own words? Try to distill the problem into its essential elements and make sure to clarify the requirements and constraints. This exercise should aid in understanding the problem better and aligning our thought process before jumping into solving it.

Abstract Representation of the Problem

Could you help me formulate an abstract representation of this problem?

Given this problem, how can we describe it in an abstract way that emphasizes the structure and key elements, without the specific real-world details?


Are there any specialized terms, jargon, or technical concepts that are crucial to understanding this problem or solution? Could you define them and explain their role within the context of this problem?

Problem Simplification and Explanation

Could you please break down this problem into simpler terms? What are the key concepts involved and how do they interact? Can you also provide a metaphor or analogy to help me understand the problem better?


Given the problem statement and the constraints provided, identify specific characteristics or conditions that can be exploited to our advantage in finding an efficient solution. Look for patterns or specific numerical ranges that could be useful in manipulating or interpreting the data.

What are the key insights from analyzing the constraints?

Case Analysis

Could you please provide additional examples or test cases that cover a wider range of the input space, including edge and boundary conditions? In doing so, could you also analyze each example to highlight different aspects of the problem, key constraints and potential pitfalls, as well as the reasoning behind the expected output for each case? This should help in generating key insights about the problem and ensuring the solution is robust and handles all possible scenarios.

Identification of Applicable Theoretical Concepts

Can you identify any mathematical or algorithmic concepts or properties that can be applied to simplify the problem or make it more manageable? Think about the nature of the operations or manipulations required by the problem statement. Are there existing theories, metrics, or methodologies in mathematics, computer science, or related fields that can be applied to calculate, measure, or perform these operations more effectively or efficiently?

Problem Breakdown and Solution Methodology

Given the problem statement, can you explain in detail how you would approach solving it? Please break down the process into smaller steps, illustrating how each step contributes to the overall solution. If applicable, consider using metaphors, analogies, or visual representations to make your explanation more intuitive. After explaining the process, can you also discuss how specific operations or changes in the problem’s parameters would affect the solution? Lastly, demonstrate the workings of your approach using one or more example cases.

Inference of Problem-Solving Approach from the Problem Statement

How did you infer from the problem statement that this problem can be solved using ?

Stepwise Refinement

  1. Could you please provide a stepwise refinement of our approach to solving this problem?

  2. How can we take the high-level solution approach and distill it into more granular, actionable steps?

  3. Could you identify any parts of the problem that can be solved independently?

  4. Are there any repeatable patterns within our solution?

Solution Approach and Analysis

Given the problem statement, can you explain in detail how you would approach solving it? Please break down the process into smaller steps, illustrating how each step contributes to the overall solution. If applicable, consider using metaphors, analogies, or visual representations to make your explanation more intuitive. After explaining the process, can you also discuss how specific operations or changes in the problem’s parameters would affect the solution? Lastly, demonstrate the workings of your approach using one or more example cases.

Thought Process

Explain the thought process by thinking step by step to solve this problem from the problem statement and code the final solution. Write code in Python3. What are the cues in the problem statement? What direction does it suggest in the approach to the problem? Generate insights about the problem statement.

From Brute Force to Optimal Solution

Could you please begin by illustrating a brute force solution for this problem? After detailing and discussing the inefficiencies of the brute force approach, could you then guide us through the process of optimizing this solution? Please explain each step towards optimization, discussing the reasoning behind each decision made, and how it improves upon the previous solution. Also, could you show how these optimizations impact the time and space complexity of our solution?

Coding Constructs

Consider the following piece of complex software code.

  1. What are the high-level problem-solving strategies or techniques being used by this code?

  2. If you had to explain the purpose of this code to a non-programmer, what would you say?

  3. Can you identify the logical elements or constructs used in this code, independent of any programming language?

  4. Could you describe the algorithmic approach used by this code in plain English?

  5. What are the key steps or operations this code is performing on the input data, and why?

  6. Can you identify the algorithmic patterns or strategies used by this code, irrespective of the specific programming language syntax?

Language Agnostic Coding Drills

Your mission is to deconstruct this code into the smallest possible learning units, each corresponding to a separate coding concept. Consider these concepts as unique coding drills that can be individually implemented and later assembled into the final solution.

  1. Dissect the code and identify each distinct concept it contains. Remember, this process should be language-agnostic and generally applicable to most modern programming languages.

  2. Once you’ve identified these coding concepts or drills, list them out in order of increasing difficulty. Provide a brief description of each concept and why it is classified at its particular difficulty level.

  3. Next, describe the problem-solving approach that would lead from the problem statement to the final solution. Think about how each of these coding drills contributes to the overall solution. Elucidate the step-by-step process involved in using these drills to solve the problem. Please refrain from writing any actual code; we’re focusing on understanding the process and strategy.

Targeted Drills in Python

Now that you’ve identified and ordered the coding concepts from a complex software code in the previous exercise, let’s focus on creating Python-based coding drills for each of those concepts.

  1. Begin by writing a separate piece of Python code that encapsulates each identified concept. These individual drills should illustrate how to implement each concept in Python. Please ensure that these are suitable even for those with a basic understanding of Python.

  2. In addition to the general concepts, identify and write coding drills for any problem-specific concepts that might be needed to create a solution. Describe why these drills are essential for our problem.

  3. Once all drills have been coded, describe how these pieces can be integrated together in the right order to solve the initial problem. Each drill should contribute to building up to the final solution.

Remember, the goal is to not only to write these drills but also to ensure that they can be cohesively assembled into one comprehensive solution.


Similar Problems

Given the problem , identify and list down 10 similar problems on LeetCode. These should cover similar concepts or require similar problem-solving approaches as the provided problem. Please also give a brief reason as to why you think each problem is similar to the given problem.