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N Queens Problem (number of Solutions)

Version 3.1 (July/2003), Version 3.2 (2011)


1. Basic Source code and Total Solutions

#include <stdio.h>

int  SIZE, MASK, COUNT;

void Backtrack(int y, int left, int down, int right)
{
    int  bitmap, bit;

    if (y == SIZE) {
        COUNT++;
    } else {
        bitmap = MASK & ~(left | down | right);
        while (bitmap) {
            bit = -bitmap & bitmap;
            bitmap ^= bit;
            Backtrack(y+1, (left | bit)<<1, down | bit, (right | bit)>>1);
        }
    }
}
int main(void)
{
    SIZE = 10;   /*  <- N  */
    COUNT = 0;   /* result */

    MASK = (1 << SIZE) - 1;
    Backtrack(0, 0, 0, 0);

    printf("N=%d -> %d\n", SIZE, COUNT);
    return 0;
}

Board Image and Bit Field:
- - - - - Q - -    00000100  0: Start
- - - Q - - - -    00010000  1:  |
- - - - - - Q -    00000010  2:  |
Q - - - - - - -    10000000  3:  | Back Tracking
- - - - - - - Q    00000001  4:  |
- Q - - - - - -    01000000  5:  |
- - - - Q - - -    00001000  6:  |/
- - Q - - - - -    00100000  7: Last


2. Unique Solutions

A unique solution is a minimum value in 8 ways of rotation and reverse.
- - - - Q   0
- - Q - -   2
Q - - - -   4   --->  0 2 4 1 3  (Unique judgment value)
- - - Q -   1
- Q - - -   3

First queen is not here(X). [N>=2]
X X X - - -    X X X - -
- - - - - -    - - - - -
- - - - - -    - - - - -
- - - - - -    - - - - -
- - - - - -    - - - - -
- - - - - -

If first queen is in the corner, a queen is not here(X).
X X X - X Q
- Q - - X -
- - - - X -
- - - - X -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -

First queen is inside, a queen is not here(X).
X X X X x Q X X
X - - - x x x X
C - - x - x - x
- - x - - x - -
- x - - - x - -
x - - - - x - A
X - - - - x - X
X X B - - x X X

If a queen is not in A and B and C, all Solutions is Unique.
Judgment value is investigated when that is not right.
 90-degree rotation. (A)
180-degree rotation. (B)
270-degree rotation. (C)


3. Total Solutions from Unique Solutions

If first queen is in the corner.
    Total Solutions = Unique Solutions X 8.

If first queen is inside.
    If 90-degree rotation is same pattern as the original.
        Total Solutions = Unique Solutions X 2.
    Else if 180-degree rotation is same pattern as the original.
        Total Solutions = Unique Solutions X 4.
    Else
        Total Solutions = Unique Solutions X 8.


4. Completed Source code

--> Download nqueens.c   (ver3.1 2003)
--> Download nqueens2.c  (ver3.2 2011)
--> More high-speed program is here.  (by deepgreen)

Version 3.2 (2-core)
<------  N-Queens Solutions  -----> <---- time ---->
 N:           Total          Unique days hh:mm:ss.--
 5:              10               2             0.00
 6:               4               1             0.00
 7:              40               6             0.00
 8:              92              12             0.00
 9:             352              46             0.00
10:             724              92             0.00
11:            2680             341             0.00
12:           14200            1787             0.00
13:           73712            9233             0.02
14:          365596           45752             0.05
15:         2279184          285053             0.22
16:        14772512         1846955             1.47
17:        95815104        11977939             9.42
18:       666090624        83263591          1:11.21
19:      4968057848       621012754          8:32.54
20:     39029188884      4878666808       1:10:55.48
21:    314666222712     39333324973       9:24:40.50

AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 5050e 2.60 GHz
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition with SP1
Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET


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