# Minimum Amount of Coins Required to Make up an Amount

You are given an infinite number of coins of different denominations and an amount. Find the minimum number of coins required to make up that amount. If it is not possible, return -1.

Example 1

Input: coins = [1, 2, 3], amount = 10
Output: 4
Explanation: 10 = 3 + 3 + 3 + 1

Example 2

Input: coins = , amount = 2
Output: -1
Explanation: Amount 2 cannot be made up using denomination 3

## Solution 1: Dynamic Programming with Memoization (Top Down)

This problem can be solved using dynamic programming.

### Analysis

Let’s say we have already found out the minimum number of coins for amount up to $amount$, then for the last step we can choose any type of coin, $left = amount - coins[i]$ for all $i$. Now for each $left$, compute the minimum number of coins until $left = 0$. We will cache the intermediate values for $amount$ so that we don’t have to recalculate it.

### Implementation

In Python:

def coinChange(coins, amount):
@lru_cache(None)
def getCoinforAmount(i=amount):
# no more money left, return 0
if i == 0:
return 0
ans = float('inf')
for j in range(len(coins)):
if i >= coins[j]:
# consider coins[j] and find the value
ans = min(ans, 1 + getCoinforAmount(i - coins[j]))
return ans

ret = getCoinforAmount()
return -1 if ret == float('inf') else ret

In C++:

int getCoinForAmount(int i, vector<int> &coins, vector<int> &dp) {
// base case: no money left, return 0
if (i == 0) return 0;
// the result for amount = i is already cached, return the
// cached result
if (dp[i] != -1) return dp[i];

// this will help us to cache the result
int &ans = dp[i];
// initialize ans as amount + 1
ans = dp.size();
for (int coin: coins) {
if (i >= coin) {
// consider coin and find the value
ans = min(ans, 1 + getCoinForAmount(i - coin, coins, dp));
}
}
return ans;
}
int coinChange(vector<int>& coins, int amount) {
vector<int> dp(amount + 1, -1);
int ret = getCoinForAmount(amount, coins, dp);
return ret == amount + 1 ? -1 : ret;
}

### Complexity Analysis

• Time Complexity: $O(N*amount)$
• Space Complexity: $O(amount)$

## Solution 2: Dynamic Programming with Iteration (Bottom Up)

### Intuition

For the bottom up solution, if we have already computed up to $amount$, what would be the minimum number of coins for $amount + 1$?

### Implementation

In C++:

int coinChange(vector<int>& coins, int amount) {
// assign INF = amount + 1 since maximum number of coins required for amount is amount
const int INF = amount + 1;
// count[i] denotes the minimum number of coins required for amount i
vector<int> count(amount + 1, INF);
// base case, 0 coins required for amount 0
count = 0;
for (int coin : coins) {
for (int j = coin; j <= amount; ++j) {
count[j] = min(count[j], 1 + count[j - coin]);
}
}
return count[amount] == INF ? -1 : count[amount];
}

In Python:

def coinChange(coins, amount):
# assign INF = amount + 1 since maximum number of coins required for amount is amount
INF = amount + 1
# count[i] denotes the minimum number of coins required for amount i
count = [INF for _ in range(amount + 1)]
# base case, 0 coins required for amount 0
count = 0
for coin in coins:
for j in range (coin, amount + 1):
count[j] = min(count[j], 1 + count[j - coin])

return -1 if count[amount] == INF else count[amount]

### Complexity Analysis

• Time Complexity: $O(N*amount)$
• Space Complexity: $O(amount)$ required for the table count