Given an N-dimensional matrix of n elements of signed integer type, find the contiguous sub-matrix with the maximum sum.
Simplified version: Given a 2 dimensional matrix of n elements of signed integer type, find the contiguous 2-dimensional sub-matrix with the maximum sum (see example figure).
Trivia: The simplified 1-dimensional array version of this problem was first posed in 1977 as a simplified model for maximum likelihood estimation of patterns in digitized images.
- Completeness of the pseudo-code algorithm (25%)
- Correctness of the algorithm, demonstrated by quick manual unit tests (25%)
- What is the time and space complexity of your algorithm? (25%)
- Is the most efficient solution offered? (25%)
Maximum subarray problem . Wikipedia (accessed Feb. 2011)
Improved Algorithms for the K-Maximum Subarray problem . Oxford Journals (accessed Feb. 2011)
Norman, a fellow engineer at Adify, asked me this question during a seven hour final round interview.