Saturday, October 15, 2005

I wonder if I'm getting smarter...


From Slashdot...

"Here's a sample to consider: You're in a dark room with 50 quarters, 18 of which are heads up. You are allowed to move around the coins or flip some or all of them, if you wish. Problem is, it's too dark to tell what you're moving or flipping (no, you can't figure it out by touch either). Your job is to split the coins into two groups, each of which has the same number of heads up coins. How do you accomplish this?"

I thought about it and was able to run it through an analytic set of assumption challenges, reduced it to an algebra problem when I found the assumption that would most likely be the "puzzle" part, and then worked through a solution. I am so smart. S-M-R-T. I mean S-M-A-R...

And I have an new interview question. 'Cause anyone who wants to interview for me and doesn't hav passing familiarity with slashdot gets a little more scrutiny anyway.


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