Programming questions that are significantly affected or best defined by the underlying mathematics of the problem.

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Do you use Mathematica during the software development process? [closed]

I'm curious whether Mathematica could help me in software development or not. Do you use it for that, and for what? For instance, do you use it to analyze algorithms, or to do something else? I will ...
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Improving programming and math skills at home [closed]

Apologies if this sounds like a blog. I'm currently completing tertiary eduction in order to be accepted into a CS course at university, and I would like to know what options are available to me to ...
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I love programming but never get projects started

I read this question and the most voted answer and said to myself "Those things are what I want to do! But why the heck I'm not doing it?" The problem here is that I can't get anything started. I ...
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Common mistakes with javascript arithmetic

I've ran into several oddities using javascripts floating point arithmetic, but I can never recall them off the top of my head! What are some common mistakes when using JavaScript to do math?
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Does anyone use Ceiling and *not* immediately cast it to an integer?

I think every single time I've used Math.Ceiling or its language variant, I've always had to cast it to an integer. I mean... that's the whole point, isn't it? To get a whole number. So why doesn't it ...
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Is there a common mathematical symbology for collections?

I am being asked to define several of my algorithms in mathematical terms to describe my work to a customer. I am trying to determine if anybody knows whether common operators for collections like ...
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Why does DirectX use a left-handed coordinate system?

I considered posting on Stack Overflow, but the question strikes me as being far too subjective since I can't think of a reasonable technical explanation for Microsoft's choice in this matter. ...
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Does any programming language use variables as they're in maths?

In maths, a variable means you can put any number there, and an equation will still be true: root(square(x)) = abs(x) In programming languages, this is not so: a var can change. In Python: y = ...
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How does language [X] handle indeterminate forms like 0^0?

As x goes to 0, the limits of x^0 and 0^x go to 1 and 0, respectively. Some say that the best value for 0^0 depends on context, others say that the value of 0^0 should be 1. I'm interested in knowing ...
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Mathematics for Computer Science

I am going into university next year. I think maths would be one of the more important aspects of computer science. I recently saw the MIT Introduction to Algorithms video on YouTube and the maths ...
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Will getting a degree in mathematics help in game development?

I'm two months away from getting my degree in systems engineering, which is to say, I learned how to code and code well using managed languages. The only reason I got into this career was because I ...
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Which programming languages doesn't use operator precedence besides Lisp like languages? [closed]

And what do you think about operator precedences? Would be harder programming in language where the operations are executed in sequential order? Ex.: 2 + 3 * 4 == 20 2 + (3 * 4) == 24 Ok, Lisp ...
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Should certain math classes be required for a Computer Science degree? [closed]

For a Computer Science (CS) degree at many colleges and universities, certain math courses are required: Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Discrete Mathematics are few examples. However, since I've ...
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Math questions at a programmer interview?

So I went to an interview at Samsung here in Dallas, Texas. The way the recruiter described the job, he didn't make it sound like it was too math-oriented. The job basically involved graphics ...
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What programming jobs would be best for a mathematician? [closed]

I'm a math professor that is losing his job, and I'm trying to gain programming skills, since academic jobs are scarce these days. Are there particular types of programming jobs that I should try to ...