Domino Chain

Domino Chain

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You have a Domino box. Domino tiles contain two numbers from 0 (empty) to 6. Tiles are unordered and 1-6 is the same as 6-1. The double-six set contains 28 unique tiles - all combinations of number pairs.

Several tiles fell out of the box. You should try to line up a chain from these tiles, compiling them to each other's suitable sides (sides with the same numbers). Thus, you can get a continuous chain of tiles. In some cases, such a chain will not be the only one.

For example, you've ended up these tiles:
1-5, 2-5, 3-5, 4-5, 3-4
So, with them you can build two complete chains:
1-5, 5-3, 3-4, 4-5, 5-2
1-5, 5-4, 4-3, 3-5, 5-2

Your goal in this mission is to count how many complete chains you can make using all of the given dominoes.

Note. Chains must be unique. An inverted chain is not considered as unique: "1-2, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5" and "5-4, 4-3, 3-2, 2-1" are the same chain.

Input: String with the description of the domino tiles. Like this one: "5-4, 4-3, 3-2, 2-1".

Output: Integer. The maximum number of complete chains that you can build using all of the given tiles.


domino_chain("0-2, 0-5, 1-5, 1-3, 5-5") == 1
domino_chain("1-5, 2-5, 3-5, 4-5, 3-4") == 2
domino_chain("0-5, 1-5, 2-5, 3-5, 4-5, 3-4") == 0

How it is used: This is a combinatorial problem. You can solve it by modeling a real game of dominoes. Or refreshing your knowledge of graph theory. Many things in life resemble the process of forming a domino chain: for example, flights between several cities.

Precondition: 5 <= len(given_tiles) <= 17

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