# Find element position in given monotonic sequence in Python

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Suppose we have a number l and a monotonic increasing sequence f(m), where f(m) = am + bm [log2(m)] + cm^3 and (a = 1, 2, 3, …), (b = 1, 2, 3, …), (c = 0, 1, 2, 3, …)

Here [log2(m)] is the log to the base 2 and round the value down. so,

if m = 1, the value is 0.

if m = 2-3, the value is 1.

if m = 4-7, the value is 2.

if m = 8-15, the value is 3. and so, on

we have to find the value m such that f(m) = l, if l is not present in the sequence then we have to print 0. We have to keep in mind that values are in such a way that they can be represented in 64 bits and the three integers a, b and c less than or equal to 100.

So, if the input is like a = 2, b = 1, c = 1, l = 12168587437017, then the output will be 23001 as f(23001) = 12168587437017

To solve this, we will follow these steps −

• SMALLER_VAL := 1000000

• LARGER_VAL := 1000000000000000

• Define a function solve() . This will take a, b, c, n

• ans := a * n

• lg_val := the floor of log base 2 of n

• ans := ans + b * n * lg_val

• ans := ans + c * n^3

• return ans

• From the main method, do the following −

• begin := 1

• end := SMALLER_VAL

• if c is same as 0, then

• end := LARGER_VAL

• ans := 0

• while begin <= end, do

• mid :=(begin + end) / 2 (take integer part only)

• val := solve(a, b, c, mid)

• if val is same as k, then

• ans := mid

• come out from the loop

• otherwise when val > k, then

• end := mid - 1

• otherwise,

• begin := mid + 1

• return ans

## Example

Let us see the following implementation to get better understanding −

Live Demo

from math import log2, floor
SMALLER_VAL = 1000000
LARGER_VAL = 1000000000000000
def solve(a, b, c, n) :
ans = a * n
lg_val = floor(log2(n))
ans += b * n * lg_val
ans += c * n**3
return ans
def get_pos(a, b, c, k) :
begin = 1
end = SMALLER_VAL
if (c == 0) :
end = LARGER_VAL
ans = 0
while (begin <= end) :
mid = (begin + end) // 2
val = solve(a, b, c, mid)
if (val == k) :
ans = mid
break
elif (val > k) :
end = mid - 1
else :
begin = mid + 1
return ans
a = 2
b = 1
c = 1
k = 12168587437017
print(get_pos(a, b, c, k))

## Input

2,1,1,12168587437017

## Output

23001