Memoization example in java

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In this tutorial, we will see about Memoization example in java.

Let me start with the question.

Would you like to do same task again and again when you know that it is going to give you same result? I think Answer will be No.

So Memoization ensures that method does not execute more than once for same inputs by storing the results in the data structure(Usually Hashtable or HashMap or Array).
Let’s understand with the help of Fibonacci example.
Here is sample fibonacci series.

0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144..

So it has recurrence relation of:

F(n)= F(n-1)+F(n-2)

So Let’s write recurrence function for it.

When you run above code with n=5, you will get below output.

Calculating fibonacci number for: 5
Calculating fibonacci number for: 4
Calculating fibonacci number for: 3
Calculating fibonacci number for: 2
Calculating fibonacci number for: 2
Calculating fibonacci number for: 3
Calculating fibonacci number for: 2
Fibonacci value for n=5: 5

As you can see, we are calculating fibonacci number for 2 and 3 more than once.

Let’s draw recursive tree for fibonacci series with n=5.
Here two children of node will represent recursive call it makes.
Memoization
If you notice here, we are calculating f(3) twice and f(2) thrice here, we can avoid duplication with the helping of caching the results.
We will use one instance variable memoizeTable for caching the result.

  • Check if n is already present in┬ámemoizeTable, if yes, return the value
  • If n is not present in memoizeTable, then compute and put the result in memoizeTable.

When you run above program, you will get below output.

Putting result in cache for 2
Putting result in cache for 3
Getting value from computed result for 2
Putting result in cache for 4
Getting value from computed result for 3
Putting result in cache for 5
Fibonacci value for n=5: 5

As you can see, we are not computing fibonacci number for 2 and 3 more than once.
That’s all about Memoization in java.

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