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8.11.  The Knapsack Problem

One day, our friend Bob is taken to a room full of toys and told that he can keep as many toys as he can fit in his knapsack (backpack). Clearly, he has to be careful -- he wants to be sure to get as many of the most fun toys as possible, without wasting space in his knapsack on the less fun toys. Being the clever guy that he is, he decides to assign a value (in terms of Fun-ness) to each toy. Then he figures out how much space each toy will take up in his knapsack. His knapsack is very flexible, so he doesn't have to worry about the shapes of the toys, only the sizes.

Homework: Find an algorithmen for the problem.


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