# Paper Cut into Minimum Number of Squares

Given a paper of size, A x B. Task is to cut the paper into squares of any size. Find the minimum number of squares that can be cut from the paper. **Examples:**

Input : 13 x 29 Output : 9 Explanation : 2 (squares of size 13x13) + 4 (squares of size 3x3) + 3 (squares of size 1x1)=9 Input : 4 x 5 Output : 5 Explanation : 1 (squares of size 4x4) + 4 (squares of size 1x1)

We know that if we want to cut a minimum number of squares from the paper then we would have to cut the largest square possible from the paper first and the largest square will have the same side as the smaller side of the paper. For example, if the paper has the size 13 x 29, then the maximum square will be of side 13. so we can cut 2 square of size 13 x 13 (29/13 = 2). Now remaining paper will have size 3 x 13. Similarly, we can cut the remaining paper by using 4 squares of size 3 x 3 and 3 squares of 1 x 1. So a minimum of 9 squares can be cut from the Paper of size 13 x 29.

Below is the implementation of the above approach.

## C++

`// C++ program to find minimum number of squares` `// to cut a paper.` `#include<bits/stdc++.h>` `using` `namespace` `std;` `// Returns min number of squares needed` `int` `minimumSquare(` `int` `a, ` `int` `b)` `{` ` ` `long` `long` `result = 0, rem = 0;` ` ` `// swap if a is small size side .` ` ` `if` `(a < b)` ` ` `swap(a, b);` ` ` `// Iterate until small size side is` ` ` `// greater than 0` ` ` `while` `(b > 0)` ` ` `{` ` ` `// Update result` ` ` `result += a/b;` ` ` `long` `long` `rem = a % b;` ` ` `a = b;` ` ` `b = rem;` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `result;` `}` `// Driver code` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `int` `n = 13, m = 29;` ` ` `cout << minimumSquare(n, m);` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` |

## Java

`// Java program to find minimum ` `// number of squares to cut a paper.` `class` `GFG{` ` ` `// To swap two numbers` `static` `void` `swap(` `int` `a,` `int` `b)` `{` ` ` `int` `temp = a;` ` ` `a = b;` ` ` `b = temp;` `}` `// Returns min number of squares needed` `static` `int` `minimumSquare(` `int` `a, ` `int` `b)` `{` ` ` `int` `result = ` `0` `, rem = ` `0` `;` ` ` `// swap if a is small size side .` ` ` `if` `(a < b)` ` ` `swap(a, b);` ` ` `// Iterate until small size side is` ` ` `// greater than 0` ` ` `while` `(b > ` `0` `)` ` ` `{` ` ` `// Update result` ` ` `result += a/b;` ` ` `rem = a % b;` ` ` `a = b;` ` ` `b = rem;` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `result;` `}` `// Driver code` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)` `{` ` ` `int` `n = ` `13` `, m = ` `29` `;` ` ` `System.out.println(minimumSquare(n, m));` `}` `}` `//This code is contributed by Smitha Dinesh Semwal.` |

## Python3

`# Python 3 program to find minimum ` `# number of squares to cut a paper.` `# Returns min number of squares needed` `def` `minimumSquare(a, b):` ` ` `result ` `=` `0` ` ` `rem ` `=` `0` ` ` `# swap if a is small size side .` ` ` `if` `(a < b):` ` ` `a, b ` `=` `b, a ` ` ` `# Iterate until small size side is` ` ` `# greater than 0` ` ` `while` `(b > ` `0` `):` ` ` ` ` `# Update result` ` ` `result ` `+` `=` `int` `(a ` `/` `b) ` ` ` `rem ` `=` `int` `(a ` `%` `b) ` ` ` `a ` `=` `b ` ` ` `b ` `=` `rem ` ` ` `return` `result ` `# Driver code` `n ` `=` `13` `m ` `=` `29` `print` `(minimumSquare(n, m))` `# This code is contributed by` `# Smitha Dinesh Semwal` |

## C#

`// C# program to find minimum ` `// number of squares to cut a paper.` `using` `System;` ` ` `class` `GFG` `{` ` ` `// To swap two numbers` `static` `void` `swap(` `int` `a, ` `int` `b)` `{` ` ` `int` `temp = a;` ` ` `a = b;` ` ` `b = temp;` `}` `// Returns min number of squares needed` `static` `int` `minimumSquare(` `int` `a, ` `int` `b)` `{` ` ` `int` `result = 0, rem = 0;` ` ` `// swap if a is small size side .` ` ` `if` `(a < b)` ` ` `swap(a, b);` ` ` `// Iterate until small size side is` ` ` `// greater than 0` ` ` `while` `(b > 0)` ` ` `{` ` ` `// Update result` ` ` `result += a / b;` ` ` `rem = a % b;` ` ` `a = b;` ` ` `b = rem;` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `result;` `}` `// Driver code` `public` `static` `void` `Main(String[] args)` `{` ` ` `int` `n = 13, m = 29;` ` ` `Console.WriteLine(minimumSquare(n, m));` `}` `}` `// This code is contributed by 29AjayKumar` |

## Javascript

`<script>` `// Javascript program to find ` `// minimum number of squares` `// to cut a paper.` `// Returns min number of squares needed` `function` `minimumSquare(a, b)` `{` ` ` `let result = 0, rem = 0;` ` ` `// swap if a is small size side .` ` ` `if` `(a < b) {` ` ` `let temp = a;` ` ` `a = b;` ` ` `b = temp;` ` ` `}` ` ` `// Iterate until small size side is` ` ` `// greater than 0` ` ` `while` `(b > 0)` ` ` `{` ` ` `// Update result` ` ` `result += parseInt(a/b);` ` ` `let rem = a % b;` ` ` `a = b;` ` ` `b = rem;` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `result;` `}` `// Driver code` ` ` `let n = 13, m = 29;` ` ` `document.write(minimumSquare(n, m));` `</script>` |

**Output:**

9

**Time Complexity:** O(log(min(a,b))) **Auxiliary Space:** O(1)

**Note that the above Greedy solution doesn’t always produce an optimal result**. For example, if the input is 36 x 30, the above algorithm would produce output 6, but we can cut the paper into 5 squares

1) Three squares of size 12 x 12

2) Two squares of size 18 x 18.

Thanks to Sergey V. Pereslavtsev for pointing out the above case.

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**New Approach:- **Here, Another approach to solve the problem of cutting a paper into the minimum number of squares is to use dynamic programming. We can create a 2D table where the rows represent the possible sizes of the paper and the columns represent the size of the square we want to cut. Then we can fill the table bottom-up, starting from the smallest paper size and the smallest square size, and using the previous values to compute the optimal solution for the current paper size and square size.

Let’s say we have a paper of size n x m, and we want to find the minimum number of squares we can cut from it. We can define a function f(i, j) that represents the minimum number of squares we can cut from a paper of size i x j. Then the recurrence relation can be written as:

f(i, j) = min(f(i-k, j) + f(k, j)) for k in range(1, i)

+ min(f(i, j-k) + f(i, k)) for k in range(1, j)

+ 1 if i == j

The first two terms correspond to cutting the paper horizontally and vertically, and the last term corresponds to cutting a square of size i x i (or j x j) from the paper. We can use this recurrence relation to fill the table, and the optimal solution will be in the bottom-right corner.

Below is the implementation of the dynamic programming approach:

## Python

`def` `minimumSquare(n, m):` ` ` `dp ` `=` `[[` `float` `(` `'inf'` `)]` `*` `(m` `+` `1` `) ` `for` `_ ` `in` `range` `(n` `+` `1` `)]` ` ` `for` `i ` `in` `range` `(` `1` `, n` `+` `1` `):` ` ` `for` `j ` `in` `range` `(` `1` `, m` `+` `1` `):` ` ` `if` `i ` `=` `=` `j:` ` ` `dp[i][j] ` `=` `1` ` ` `else` `:` ` ` `for` `k ` `in` `range` `(` `1` `, i):` ` ` `dp[i][j] ` `=` `min` `(dp[i][j], dp[i` `-` `k][j] ` `+` `dp[k][j])` ` ` `for` `k ` `in` `range` `(` `1` `, j):` ` ` `dp[i][j] ` `=` `min` `(dp[i][j], dp[i][j` `-` `k] ` `+` `dp[i][k])` ` ` `return` `dp[n][m]` `n ` `=` `13` `m ` `=` `29` `print` `(minimumSquare(n, m)) ` `# Output: 9` |

## Java

`public` `class` `Main {` ` ` `public` `static` `int` `minimumSquare(` `int` `n, ` `int` `m) {` ` ` `int` `[][] dp = ` `new` `int` `[n+` `1` `][m+` `1` `];` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `1` `; i <= n; i++) {` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `j = ` `1` `; j <= m; j++) {` ` ` `if` `(i == j) {` ` ` `dp[i][j] = ` `1` `;` ` ` `} ` `else` `{` ` ` `dp[i][j] = Integer.MAX_VALUE;` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `k = ` `1` `; k < i; k++) {` ` ` `dp[i][j] = Math.min(dp[i][j], dp[i-k][j] + dp[k][j]);` ` ` `}` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `k = ` `1` `; k < j; k++) {` ` ` `dp[i][j] = Math.min(dp[i][j], dp[i][j-k] + dp[i][k]);` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `dp[n][m];` ` ` `}` ` ` ` ` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args) {` ` ` `int` `n = ` `13` `;` ` ` `int` `m = ` `29` `;` ` ` `System.out.println(minimumSquare(n, m)); ` `// Output: 9` ` ` `}` `}` |

**Output:-**

9

**Time Complexity:- **The time complexity of the dynamic programming approach implemented here is O(n^3), where n is the maximum of the two sides of the paper, i.e., the value of max(n, m). This is because there are two nested loops iterating over the two dimensions of the dp table, and an additional inner loop iterating over the possible sub-sizes of the squares.

**Auxiliary Space:- **The auxiliary space used by the algorithm is O(n^2), as we are using a 2D array of size (n+1) x (m+1) to store the intermediate results of the subproblems.

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