Edit Step Ladders

Time Limit:  10 s      Memory Limit:   128 MB
Submission:12     AC:8     Score:99.49


Problem E: Edit Step Ladders

An edit step is a transformation from one word x to another word y such that x and y are words in the dictionary, and x can be transformed to y by adding, deleting, or changing one letter. So the transformation from dig to dog or from dog to do are both edit steps. An edit step ladder is a lexicographically ordered sequence of words w1, w2, ... wn such that the transformation from wi to wi+1 is an edit step for all i from 1 to n-1.

For a given dictionary, you are to compute the length of the longest edit step ladder. The input to your program consists of the dictionary - a set of lower case words in lexicographic order - one per line. No word exceeds 16 letters and there are no more than 25000 words in the dictionary. The output consists of a single integer, the number of words in the longest edit step ladder.


cat dig dog fig fin fine fog log wine