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from queue import Queue
from collections import defaultdict

"""The following code solves the problem of finding the minimum number of flights from a city a to a city b
given N cities labeled from 1 to N and directed flights from each city i to 2*i and to i-1
The algorithm works by creating a graph data structure of N vertices where each vertex represents a city,
then adds directed edges to represent flights, it does so by adding from each vertex i, a directed edge
to the vertex 2*i and a directed edge to the vertex i-1. Once the graph is ready, it uses the
breadth-first search algorithm to find a way to go from a to b by using those directed edges, it uses
BFS because it's guaranteed to use as few edges as possible, hence minimizing the number of flights
input: N=10, a=3, b=9
output: 4
explanation: to go from 3 to 9 we can go 3 -> 6 -> 5 -> 10 -> 9, this path needs 4 flights in total"""

def min_flights(N, a, b):
    graph = defaultdict(lambda: [])  # graph creation as an adjacency list
    for i in range(1, N+1):  # vertices go from 1 to n inclusive, one for each city
        if 2*i <= N:  # adding a directed edge from i to 2*i if it exists
        if i-1 >= 0:  # adding a directed edge from i to i-1 if it exists
    queue = Queue()  # creating a queue for the bfs process and adding start vertex a to it
    queue.put((a, 0))
    visited = {a}  # creating a visited set to avoid traversing the same vertex twice
    while not queue.empty():  # we use bfs because it guarantees using as less as flights as possible
        u, level = queue.get()  # we extract a vertex and its level, how many flights we did from a to reach it
        if u == b:  # if we arrived at the destination b, we return its level, the number of flights we did
            return level
        for v in graph[u]:  # traversing unvisited neighbors of the current vertex
            if v not in visited:
                queue.put((v, level+1))
    return -1  # no way to go from a to b, return -1

N, a, b = 10, 3, 9
print(min_flights(N, a, b))