Subset Sums

November 9, 2010

We have previously solved Part 1 and Part 2 of the Greplin Programming Challenge. In today’s exercise we will solve the third and final part:

Find all the subsets of a set of non-negative integers where the largest number is the sum of the remaining numbers, and return a count of the number of them. For instance, for the set { 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 } the subsets are 1+2=3, 1+3=4, 2+4=6, and 1+2+3=6, so the result is 4 subsets. Apply your program to the set { 3, 4, 9, 14, 15, 19, 28, 37, 47, 50, 54, 56, 59, 61, 70, 73, 78, 81, 92, 95, 97, 99 }.

Your task is to write a program to solve the challenge. In addition to solving the challenge, you might like to apply your solution to the set of prime numbers less than 210. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.

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