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Position speed cameras so as to minimize the lengths of unmonitored paths.
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Recently, more and more illegal street races have been spotted at night in the city, and they have become a serious threat to public safety. Therefore, the Police Chief has decided to deploy speed cameras on the streets to collect evidence.

There are N+1 intersections in the city, connected by N roads. Every road has the same length of 1. A street race may take place between any two different intersections by using the roads connecting them. Limited by their budget, the police are able to deploy at most K speed cameras on these N roads. These K speed cameras should be installed such that the length of any possible street race route not covered by speed cameras should be as short as possible.

You are given a map of the city in the form of two arrays, A and B of length N, and an integer K:

• For each J (0 ≤ J < N) there is a road connecting intersections A[J] and B[J].

The Police Chief would like to know the minimum length of the longest path out of surveillance after placing at most K speed cameras.

Write a function:

def solution(A, B, K)

that, given arrays A and B of N integers and integer K, returns the minimum length of the longest path unmonitored by speed cameras after placing at most K speed cameras.

For example, given K = 2 and the following arrays:

A = 5 B = 1 A = 1 B = 0 A = 0 B = 7 A = 2 B = 4 A = 7 B = 2 A = 0 B = 6 A = 6 B = 8 A = 6 B = 3 A = 1 B = 9 the function should return 2. Two speed cameras can be installed on the roads between intersections 1 and 0 and between intersections 0 and 7. (Another solution would be to install speed cameras between intersections 0 and 7 and between intersections 0 and 6.) By installing speed cameras according the first plan, one of the longest paths without a speed camera starts at intersection 8, passes through intersection 6 and ends at intersection 3, which consists of two roads. (Other longest paths are composed of intersections 5, 1, 9 and 7, 2, 4).

Write an efficient algorithm for the following assumptions:

• N is an integer within the range [1..50,000];
• each element of arrays A, B is an integer within the range [0..N];
• K is an integer within the range [0..N];
• the distance between any two intersections is not greater than 900.
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