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Find the length of the shortest path through the matrix from the top left to bottom right corner. You may move right, down, or diagonally right-down one element at a time. The length of the path is the sum of the elements you pass through.

E.g.

M = [*8 6 10 10 4 7 7 7 9 *1 10 5 9 0 8 2 1 3 *2 8 8 8 7 7 9 5 10 *1 *10 *9 *4 *0 ];

>> shortest_path(M)

ans =

35

The shortest path through this matrix has length 35. Each element along the path is marked with a *

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Last solution submitted on Feb 23, 2015

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Vitaly Lavrukhin
on 23 Nov 2012

functional programming approach

Jean-Marie SAINTHILLIER
on 8 Sep 2013

Congratulations.
Honestly, I have difficulties with this kind of algorithm. I have the feeling that you only increment i or j, but at the end you check all the matrix.

Vitaly Lavrukhin
on 9 Sep 2013

Thanks, Jean-Marie. This solution uses recursive calls of the function. So all elements of the matrix are processed.
If you would like to learn more about functional programming principles, I recommend 'Functional Programming Principles in Scala' course by Martin Odersky at Coursera. It starts soon. Actually, I wrote this solution after taking the course a year ago. It is very interesting to look at the same problem from different points of view.

Jean-Marie SAINTHILLIER
on 10 Sep 2013

Thanks for your advice.

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