# Mathspp Blog

### A blog dedicated to mathematics and programming!

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##### Problem #026 - counting squares

I bet you have seen one of those Facebook publications where you have a grid and you have to count the number of squares the grid contains, and then you jump to the comment section and virtually no one agrees on what the correct answer should be... Let's settle this once and for all!

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##### Problem #025 - knight's tour

Alice and Bob sit down, face to face, with a chessboard in front of them. They are going to play a little game, but this game only has a single knight... Who will win?

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##### Pydon't Manifesto

"Pydon'ts" are short, to-the-point, meaningful Python programming tips. A Pydon't is something you should not do when programming in Python. In general, following a Pydon't will make you write more Pythonic code.

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##### Problem #024 - hats in a line

Some people are standing quiet in a line, each person with a hat that has one of two colours. How many people can guess their colour correctly?

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##### Filling your Pokédex - a probabilistic outlook

Join me in this blog post for Pokéfans and mathematicians alike. Together we'll find out how long it would take to fill your complete Pokédex by only performing random trades.

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##### Implementing an interpreter in 14 lines of Python.

In this blog post I'll show you how you can write a full interpreter for the brainf*ck programming language in just 14 lines of Python. Be prepared, however, to see some unconventional Python code!

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##### Problem #023 - guess the polynomial

In this problem you have to devise a strategy to beat the computer in a "guess the polynomial" game.

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##### Twitter proof: consecutive integers are coprime

Let's prove that if $$k$$ is an integer, then $$\gcd(k, k+1) = 1$$. That is, any two consecutive integers are coprime.

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##### Twitter proof: maximising the product with a fixed sum

Let's prove that if you want to maximise $$ab$$ with $$a + b$$ equal to a constant value $$k$$, then you want $$a = b = \frac{k}{2}$$.

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##### Problem #022 - coprimes in the crowd

This simple problem is an example of a very interesting phenomenon: if you have a large enough "universe" to consider, even randomly picked parts exhibit structured properties.

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##### Problem #021 - predicting coin tosses

Alice and Bob are going to be locked away separately and their faith depends on their guessing random coin tosses!

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##### Let's build a simple interpreter for APL - part 3 - the array model

In this blog post we will go over some significant changes, from implementing APL's array model to introducing dyadic operators!

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##### Twitter proof: size of the set of subsets of a set

Let's prove that, if a set has size $$n$$, then that same set has exactly $$2^n$$ subsets.

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##### My two cents on the 2020 APL competition

The 2020 APL programming competition was tough! In this post I share a couple of thoughts and my solutions.

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##### YAMLUtils: automating boring stuff with Python

If there's one thing I like about Python is how I can use it to automate boring tasks for me. Today I used it to help me manage my own blog!

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##### Studying the "24 Game"

The 24 Game is a well-known maths game that is played with kids in school to help them master the four basic arithmetic operations. In this blog post we will study the game in depth.

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##### Problem #020 - make 24 with 3 3 8 8

Today we are visiting a specific instance of a well-known basic mathematics game, the 24 Game. The "24 Game" is usually played with younger students because it helps them develop skills related to the basic arithmetic operations.

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##### Let's build a simple interpreter for APL - part 2

Today is the day! Today is the day we take our APL programs and interpret them, so that something like ÷ 1 2 3 -⍨ 1.1 2.2 3.3 can output 10 5 3.33333333.

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##### Problem #019 - fold the alphabet

Take out a piece of paper and a pencil, I am going to ask you to write some letters in your sheet of paper and then I am going to challenge you to fold the sheet of paper... with a twist!

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##### Problem #018 - circle of hats

$$n$$ mathematicians with numbered party hats gather around in a circle... It is a matter of life or death!