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For Leela-TheProgrammer Only. Hi, sorry I need your help again, yesterday I asked to help for fixing my program, and you replied me that you are able to do this. I need someone help me to fix the program, It runs fine but looks like there are some logical
program to the calculation of sorting the latitude and longitude. The purpose of the program is given n and the location of each store in terms of latitude and longitude, then report the closest pair of stores(in alphabetical order) and the distance between
them to the nearest 0.1km. But when I test the program with a very large number of n, It will promote a OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space, and I also keep getting a wrong answer from other test cases as well, so I think the issue must related to the latitude
and longitude. I've been told that the latitude is unique in the range [-90,90] degrees but -180 and 180 longitude are the same, so I was suggested that I should think hard about which to map to which of the planar coordinates as in class, but I've no idea
what is this exactly meaning, I am assuming it have to do with the fact that if i have a point on the very left edge and one on the right edge then they could also be candidates. I was also suggested that try to think about slicing it by latitude or longitude.
With one I have to worry about the poles and having 2 connected points for the first cut. Now I've another new problem which is my program will throw a NumberFormatException when the cities have two words (e.g. "New York", "San Antonio") I've attached a small
test case which is the sample input and output, another one is a sample input test case which contain "two words city", and also a large test case which is the one that cause a OutOfMemoryError to my program... Can you help me with this please ? Thank you
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Programming
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Update: Hi, the "wrong answer" problem has been resolved, so please ignore it. The only problem in the program is the OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space error...and I still cannot find out a solution...
Expert:  Leela-TheProgrammer replied 2 years ago.


Thanks for requesting my services.

As per your latest update, I will work on the outofmemory error problem and share you the code.



Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello Leela,I have some extra information here, which for avoiding the TimeLimitExceeded when you modifying the program:Rather than caching the distance calculation, cache some of the intermediate terms that will get reused for many distances (e.g. the sine and cosine of the latitude). Also store everything in radians will be an option.
But, moreover: An efficient algorithm will minimise the total number of calls to the distance method, i.e. it will calculate as few distances as possible while still guaranteeing a correct result. That is, after all, why divide-and-conquer algorithm are recommended for this problem. See if there is still room for improvement in the implementation.
Make sure you are not using the distance method to construct the strip of points within delta or the boxes.Hope that help, thank you.
Expert:  Leela-TheProgrammer replied 2 years ago.


The error you have reported is "OutOfMemoryError: Java heap space error", most of the time this has nothing to do with program (unless there is lot of memory leaks), this problem is related to JVM heap space. This is fixed by setting proper heap space while starting the program.

We can set JVM heapspace as follows:


Add the -Xmx to the java command you are running and let me know how things go.

If needed we can do a quick remote session so that I can check how you are running the program and also help you change JVM heap settings.

Please let me know how things go.

All the best.