Complexity Analysis Backtracking is an algorithmic-technique for solving problems recursively by trying to build a solution incrementally, one piece at a time, removing those solutions that fail to satisfy the constraints of the problem at any point of time by time, here, is referred to the time elapsed till reaching any level of the search tree. According to the wiki definition, Backtracking can be defined as a general algorithmic technique that considers searching every possible combination in order to solve a computational problem. There are three types of problems in backtracking — Decision Problem — In this, we search for a feasible solution. Optimization Problem — In this, we search for the best solution. Enumeration Problem — In this, we find all feasible solutions. How to determine if a problem can be solved using Backtracking?

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Complexity Analysis Backtracking is an algorithmic-technique for solving problems recursively by trying to build a solution incrementally, one piece at a time, removing those solutions that fail to satisfy the constraints of the problem at any point of time by time, here, is referred to the time elapsed till reaching any level of the search tree. According to the wiki definition, Backtracking can be defined as a general algorithmic technique that considers searching every possible combination in order to solve a computational problem.

There are three types of problems in backtracking — Decision Problem — In this, we search for a feasible solution. Optimization Problem — In this, we search for the best solution. Enumeration Problem — In this, we find all feasible solutions.

How to determine if a problem can be solved using Backtracking? However, most of the problems that are discussed, can be solved using other known algorithms like Dynamic Programming or Greedy Algorithms in logarithmic, linear, linear-logarithmic time complexity in order of input size, and therefore, outshine the backtracking algorithm in every respect since backtracking algorithms are generally exponential in both time and space.

However, a few problems still remain, that only have backtracking algorithms to solve them until now. Consider a situation that you have three boxes in front of you and only one of them has a gold coin in it but you do not know which one. So, in order to get the coin, you will have to open all of the boxes one by one.

You will first check the first box, if it does not contain the coin, you will have to close it and check the second box and so on until you find the coin. This is what backtracking is, that is solving all sub-problems one by one in order to reach the best possible solution. Consider the below example to understand the Backtracking approach more formally, Given an instance of any computational problem and data corresponding to the instance, all the constraints that need to be satisfied in order to solve the problem are represented by.

A backtracking algorithm will then work as follows: The Algorithm begins to build up a solution, starting with an empty solution set. This now creates a new sub-tree in the search tree of the algorithm. Check if satisfies each of the constraints in. Else, the entire sub-tree is useless, so recurs back to step 1 using argument. Output and terminate the program. If not, then return that no solution is possible with the current and hence discard it.

Pseudo Code for Backtracking : Recursive backtracking solution. For example, following is a solution for 4 Queen problem. The expected output is a binary matrix which has 1s for the blocks where queens are placed.

For example, following is the output matrix for the above 4 queen solution. When we place a queen in a column, we check for clashes with already placed queens.

In the current column, if we find a row for which there is no clash, we mark this row and column as part of the solution. If we do not find such a row due to clashes then we backtrack and return false. Do following for every tried row. You may refer to the article on Backtracking Set 3 N Queen Problem for complete implementation of the above approach.

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## Backtracking Algorithms

The completion is done incrementally, by a sequence of candidate extension steps. Conceptually, the partial candidates are represented as the nodes of a tree structure , the potential search tree. Each partial candidate is the parent of the candidates that differ from it by a single extension step; the leaves of the tree are the partial candidates that cannot be extended any further. The backtracking algorithm traverses this search tree recursively , from the root down, in depth-first order.

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## Introduction of Backtracking

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## Backtracking | Introduction

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