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A recent post to the blue proposed a set of equations that changed the word. As a computer professional, I'm curious, which algorithms transformed the world? [more inside]

posted by pwnguin on Aug 10, 2014 - 22 answers

posted by pwnguin on Aug 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Wanting to code. Can't read calculus. Kinda stuck. Help? [more inside]

posted by ericc on Jul 3, 2014 - 11 answers

posted by ericc on Jul 3, 2014 - 11 answers

I think my son, who is on an AP math trajectory in high school, would benefit from getting some familiarity and basic programming skills in the Unix world. I've noticed math depts in some universities include study of these skills in early years. Are there some tutorials we could use in the OS X environment to get a leg up? [more inside]

posted by Mei's lost sandal on May 5, 2014 - 17 answers

posted by Mei's lost sandal on May 5, 2014 - 17 answers

I like math. Programming is OK, but I don't want to make it my thing. What careers should I be looking at? (Special snowflake details inside.) [more inside]

posted by sqrtofpi on Nov 25, 2013 - 15 answers

posted by sqrtofpi on Nov 25, 2013 - 15 answers

I just finished my first course in Linear Algebra. I know a fair amount of Python. Please help me come up with a project that combines the two. [more inside]

posted by lobbyist on Dec 23, 2012 - 11 answers

posted by lobbyist on Dec 23, 2012 - 11 answers

In this game, you roll a number of six-sided dice to get a **total**. The total is either the highest single die result, or the sum of any multiples rolled, whichever is higher.
For example: If I roll three dice and get a 3, 4, and 6, my total is 6. But if I roll a 4, 4, and 6, my total is 8, the sum of the two 4s.
What I want to find out is the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation of the possible totals given N dice. How might I create a simple script to compute this? [more inside]

posted by j0hnpaul on Nov 30, 2012 - 24 answers

posted by j0hnpaul on Nov 30, 2012 - 24 answers

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need guidance. [more inside]

posted by brighteyes7 on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 answers

posted by brighteyes7 on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Can you recommend a programmer a book that teaches high school maths step by step? I did maths at high scool and I was OK at it. However, fifteen years later, after forgetting almost all the maths I learnt back then, I am diving deep into the theory of programming algorithms (sorting, tree structures, graph algorithms and so forth). I find the programming straight forward, but I am struggling with the theory and proof of algorithmic time and space complexities. I am looking for a book that will cover algebra, logs, limits, inductive proof, matrix manipulation and so forth. [more inside]

posted by maryrosecook on Jul 21, 2012 - 11 answers

posted by maryrosecook on Jul 21, 2012 - 11 answers

I have a B.S. in Math, but I haven't been able to find a job in my field. What can I add to my undergrad degree to be more competitive in the job market? [more inside]

posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

posted by ZeroDivides on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

What is the shortest possible program (in any well-known programming language) that will count up indefinitely and display the output as it's counting? [more inside]

posted by joshrholloway on Aug 23, 2011 - 80 answers

posted by joshrholloway on Aug 23, 2011 - 80 answers

Textbooks on data mining techniques / statistical analysis on large data sets? [more inside]

posted by wooh on Oct 22, 2010 - 5 answers

posted by wooh on Oct 22, 2010 - 5 answers

I've started learning to program and I'm enjoying it well enough, but I'm not fantastic at math. Do I have a future as an employable programmer? [more inside]

posted by lekvar on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

posted by lekvar on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

I have always been horrible at math, but somehow a great programmer. I have found that writing a computer program that demonstrates a certain mathematical concept enables me to better understand the concept. I'm a psych major and I brought this up once in the research lab I've been working in. My prof said he recalls that someone did research and/or created a system in which a student writes a computer program that is pertinent to a certain mathematical concept and upon completion is given the regular math problem (as it would appear in a math class). This enables the student to better understand the math problem, solve, and learn math. Has anyone heard of this or anything similar? A learning system such as this would be a blessing to my education.
Thanks.

posted by fightoplankton on Apr 13, 2009 - 15 answers

posted by fightoplankton on Apr 13, 2009 - 15 answers

I've got a polygon of *n* points. How can I simplify out noisy edges? [more inside]

posted by soma lkzx on Mar 31, 2009 - 12 answers

posted by soma lkzx on Mar 31, 2009 - 12 answers

It's late, I'm tired, and I have a probability and coding question that's fairly simple. [more inside]

posted by chrisamiller on Aug 13, 2008 - 10 answers

posted by chrisamiller on Aug 13, 2008 - 10 answers

I'm looking for some help with a math equation / algorithm I'm trying to create. I'm a programmer by trade and not very good at math so I'd like some help with this or perhaps a site where I could pay someone to come up with the equation I'm looking for. I considered rentacoder or elance however I'd be concerned if the companies there had the proper math knowledge. A lot of claims get made on those sites that turn out to be false. [more inside]

posted by JohnGL on Jul 3, 2008 - 6 answers

posted by JohnGL on Jul 3, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I generate a bingo game with a predetermined number of winners? I'll have control over the cards printed and over the list of numbers to be called out. (Specifically, 15 winners out of 15,000 cards.)

posted by Tlogmer on Mar 24, 2008 - 10 answers

posted by Tlogmer on Mar 24, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me create a function from a graph, details inside. [more inside]

posted by hammerthyme on Nov 22, 2007 - 6 answers

posted by hammerthyme on Nov 22, 2007 - 6 answers

What are the best online and offline learning materials for Matlab? [more inside]

posted by fake on May 23, 2007 - 9 answers

posted by fake on May 23, 2007 - 9 answers

I've charged with adding a feature to a shift scheduler / coverage requestor that displays shift information for a given week. I've been able to display them so as to satisfy the constraints I've been given, but it's got me wondering wondering if there's a more rigorous/mathematical approach to the general problem of organizing the display of any such calendar information. [more inside]

posted by Frankieist on Apr 12, 2007 - 3 answers

posted by Frankieist on Apr 12, 2007 - 3 answers

Is there a standard ball picking algorithm? I have 10 balls that I want put in four boxes (A-D). Every box can hold zero to all balls. [more inside]

posted by davar on Feb 9, 2007 - 10 answers

posted by davar on Feb 9, 2007 - 10 answers

How can I work out if a point x,y,z is contained by a cone ? [more inside]

posted by matholio on Jan 14, 2007 - 15 answers

posted by matholio on Jan 14, 2007 - 15 answers

What are the most helpful basic math skills for the self taught recreational programmer? [more inside]

posted by puppy kuddles on Jul 2, 2006 - 32 answers

posted by puppy kuddles on Jul 2, 2006 - 32 answers

I'm good at math but bad at programming. What could this mean? [more inside]

posted by lunchbox on Jun 16, 2006 - 39 answers

posted by lunchbox on Jun 16, 2006 - 39 answers

Programming/geometry: in a Flash program (you don't need to know Flash to answer this), I'm trying to place rectangular images at random positions on the screen. There are already images on the screen. I need to make sure that the new, randomly-placed images don't obscure the images already there. [more inside]

posted by grumblebee on Sep 29, 2005 - 25 answers

posted by grumblebee on Sep 29, 2005 - 25 answers

Help me teach people how to program: I need simple examples of functions, classes, etc. [more inside]

posted by grumblebee on Jul 18, 2005 - 14 answers

posted by grumblebee on Jul 18, 2005 - 14 answers

Does anyone here do any programming for financial modeling? (more inside) [more inside]

posted by trharlan on Dec 19, 2003 - 5 answers

posted by trharlan on Dec 19, 2003 - 5 answers

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