**Analysis: Liars and Truth Tellers by Travis Hance**

When we get a line of the form "x y T", we learn that x and y must be of the same type, that is, they are either both truth tellers, or both liars. On the other hand, a line of the form "x y L" means that x and y are of different type.

Consider a graph where every vertex represents a cow, and for any statement about cows x and y, we put an edge between those two cows in the graph to represent the new relation. How can we check that the relations are consistent at any point in time? For any connected component of the graph, we need to be able to separate it into two subcomponents A and B, where each "T" edge is between two vertices of the same subcomponent, and each "L" edge is between two vertices of opposite subcomponents. Then, we could make a valid assignment of cows to types by assigning all cows in A to be truth-tellers and all cows in B to be liars, or the other way around.

We can check if a given set of relations is consistent by first using flood-fill to find the connected components. We can assign the cows in a given component to the two subcomponents as we perform the flood-fill. For example, when we examine a vertex x assigned to subcomponent A, all of x's neighbors along "T" edges should also be in A, and all x's neighbors along "L" edges should be assigned to B. Then, we just have to check that our assignment is consistent along all edges. This process takes O(M) time.

Now, one approach is to add edges one-by-one, and at each step, use the above to check consistency until we find the first statement that makes it inconsistent. This solutions take O(M

Instead of adding edges one-by-one, we could binary search on the answer. Then we only need to do the flood-fill O(log(M)) times, giving an O(M log(M)) algorithm, which is definitely efficient enough for this problem.

A different approach is to, again, add each statement one-at-a-time, but do not repeat the entire flood-fill each time. Keep track of the components as you go. Every time you add an edge, there are two cases: if its endpoints are in the same components, we just have to check that the edge is consistent with the given partition of that component into A and B. If the endpoints are in separate components, we have to merge the two components together: this takes O(N) time. Since there are at most N merges to be done, this algorithm is O(M + N

Using a disjoint-set data structure for merging, the last approach can be improved to be as good as O(M + N alpha(N)), where alpha is a very slow-growing function.

Here is a C++ solution which implements the O(N

#include <cstdio> #include <cstring> #define NMAX 1005 // For any positive C, cows labelled C or -C are in the same component. // Either C's are truth tellers and -C's are liars, or other way around. int components[NMAX]; int main() { freopen("truth.in","r",stdin); freopen("truth.out","w",stdout); int n, m; scanf("%d", &n); scanf("%d", &m); for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) { components[i] = i+1; } for (int line = 0; line < m; line++) { int a, b; char c; scanf("%d", &a); scanf("%d", &b); a--; b--; do { c = fgetc(stdin); } while (c != 'L' && c != 'T'); if (components[a] == components[b] || components[a] == -components[b]) { // If a and b are in the same component, check that the newly added // edge is consistent. if ((components[a] == components[b]) ^ (c == 'T')) { printf("%d\n", line); return 0; } } else { // If a and b are in different components, merge the two components, // by finding everything in b's component and moving it to a's // component. int acomp = (c == 'T' ? components[a] : -components[a]); int bcomp = components[b]; for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) { if (components[i] == bcomp) { components[i] = acomp; } else if (components[i] == -bcomp) { components[i] = -acomp; } } } } printf("%d\n", m); }Here is a C++ solution implementing the binary search solution:

#include <cstdio> #include <cstdlib> #include <vector> using namespace std; #define NMAX 1005 #define MMAX 10005 // a type of 'true' indicates an 'L' edge, that is, the two // relevant cows should be of different type struct edge { int dest; bool type; int index; }; vector<edge> edges[NMAX]; int components[NMAX]; bool type[NMAX]; // DFS flood-fill, restricting to edges with indices at most // nstatments bool dfs(int v, int comp, bool t, int nstatements) { if (components[v] != 0) { return t == type[v]; } components[v] = comp; type[v] = t; for (int i = 0; i < edges[v].size(); i++) { if (edges[v][i].index < nstatements && !dfs(edges[v][i].dest, comp, edges[v][i].type ^ t, nstatements)) { return false; } } return true; } // Returns true if the first nstatements statements are consistent bool consistent(int n, int nstatements) { for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) { components[i] = 0; } int nComponents = 0; for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) { if (components[i] == 0) { nComponents++; if (!dfs(i, nComponents, false, nstatements)) { return false; } } } return true; } int main() { freopen("truth.in","r",stdin); freopen("truth.out","w",stdout); int n, m; scanf("%d", &n); scanf("%d", &m); for (int line = 0; line < m; line++) { int a, b; char c; scanf("%d", &a); scanf("%d", &b); a--; b--; do { c = fgetc(stdin); } while (c != 'L' && c != 'T'); edge e; e.type = (c == 'L'); e.index = line; e.dest = b; edges[a].push_back(e); e.dest = a; edges[b].push_back(e); } // binary search // invariant: lo <= answer < hi int lo = 1, hi = m+1; while (lo + 1 < hi) { int mid = (lo + hi) / 2; if (consistent(n, mid)) { lo = mid; } else { hi = mid; } } printf("%d\n", lo); }