Problem solving encompasses a number of techniques known as algorithms, heuristics, root cause analysis, etc.

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Technical and Problem Solving type questions for Graduates [on hold]

My company is looking to hire some graduate developers soon so I wanted to start putting together some questions to ask in the interviews. Ideally I'd like to ask a few basic technical question about ...
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ACM ICPC how to use PC^2? [migrated]

Yesterday we had a practice on the PC^2 it is the official judge software for the contest but I had a problems with it, my code for the problem is correct and the answer is correct but when I send it ...
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How to set an ungoogleable coding test? [closed]

Question In a coding test (for example), what is an example of a type of question that cannot be easily googled to find the answer? Is there a formula that can be used to create questions that are ...
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How do developers deal with “where to start” problem in a context of overwhelming difficulties caused by too much heterogeneous information? [closed]

A friend of mine, a beginner PHP programmer, needs to link the product his company develops with a third-party product (a set of web services). He received the "relevant" documentation (a few hundred ...
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Ranking players depending on decision making during a game

How would I go about a ranking system for players that play a game? Basically, looking at video games, players throughout the game make critical decisions that ultimately impact the end game result. ...
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Solving a probabilistic problem

So I am interested in Computational Investing and came across this problem on a wiki page: Write a program to discover the answer to this puzzle:"Let's say men and women are paid equally (from ...
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Setting permissions issue for admins and lower users in project

I am working in a jsp project an got stuck in a big problem. My project consist of accounts table for super admin, reseller, admin and users for executives and manager mapped in the account ...
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What do you call a problem caused by a design flaw [closed]

Is there any terminology for a problem that is caused by a previous wrong decision? For example you build your own framework, with a flawed MVC design. This in turn leads to weird situations when ...
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Genetic Algorithm new generation exponentially increasing

I'm programming Genetic Algorithm in C++ and after searching all kind of ways of doing GA'a operators (selection, crossover, mutation) I came up with a doubt. Let's say I have an initial population ...
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Automatically analyze excel files

I have to replicate a manual generation of a large number of excel files. I started to manually track the relations between cells ( files, formulas, etc). I also had a talk with the person which ...
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Does anybody recognize this scheduling problem? Is there an algorithm for it?

Consider the following problem: Description: There are n jobs J1...Jn with cycle times C1....Cn. Find a time quanta and a scheduling table considering that: any element of the table contains at ...
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Optimistic & Pessimistic Programming - Ensuring multiple tasks are called only once for specific record

Let's say you have 10 database records which you need to process in the following way: Start Pull 2 records from the database with the 'Processed' flag set to 'false' Call the external web service ...
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Estimed number of tries

Problem: The Oscar Committee wants to decide which person should get the best actor award among the given N actors.For that they decided to use a random function random_bit() which returns either 0 ...
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How to avoid errors and not miss anything [duplicate]

I have a problem that is more serious than it might seem. I've been programming for about three years , and I have learned and improved a lot , I read the code easily to others, understand the ...
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Permutations of an array [closed]

I have an array of integers of length 20, filled with fourteen 0s, two 1s, two 2s and two 3s. It is like this: [0,0,0,3,0,2,0,0,3,0,0,0,1,0,2,0,0,1,0,0]. I need a way to list all of its 20!/(14! 2! ...
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Is “White-Board-Coding” inappropriate during interviews?

This is a somewhat subjective quesiton but I'd love to hear feedback/opinions from either interviewers/interviewees on the topic. We split our technical part into 4 parts. Write Code, Read & ...
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Are problem-solving programming questions useful for improving one's general programming ability?

For example, like: The inaugural International Olympiad in Frogleaping is being held in Australia in 2013 and you are determined to win. While you want nothing to do with such slimy, jumpy ...
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I have URL and ID pairings, and I send the URLs to an API which it returns in no specific order. How should I pair them back up?

This is a programming problem that I haven't came across yet and I want to make sure I'm tackling it in an efficient manner. I have an array of dictionaries, with each dictionary consisting of a ...
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Is thinking out loud during an interview really the best strategy?

In another question I asked recently about best practices for whiteboarding, there was general consensus that thinking out loud while coming up with the answer was the best strategy. Indeed, long ...
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Do I have to be skilled in advanced theoretical problem solving to become a good programmer? [closed]

I have been doing programming for about a couple of years. I am currently in University 2nd year. In most universities here, the problem solving from sites like uva.onlinejudge.org and ...
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How to avoid jumping to a solution when under pressure?

When under a particularly strict programming deadline (like an hour), if I panic at all, my tendency is to jump into coding without a real plan and hope I figure it out as I go along. Given enough ...
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Programming puzzle with constant selection

THE QUESTION: There is an event where there are N contestants. There are three tasks in the event: A,B,C (say). Each participant takes part in the events in the listed order: i.e a contestant must ...
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How to learn/become capable of thinking out of the box? [closed]

In every problem solving there's always people who think differently, who come with a 6th option when only 5 were suggested by others, who think "out of the box". Please tell how one can achieve such ...
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Best way to break down overwhelming code into manageable chunks?

I'm continually becoming overwhelmed by large projects, once they reach a certain level of complexity. Once I reach a certain point in a project, my progress slows to a crawl and I find myself ...
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Karger's algorithm for bin-packing?

I first came across that algorithm as the "Random minimum cut" algorithm. And recently a colleague was trying to pack a big quantity of small textures into one image file. Then it clicked - why not ...
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How would you refactor nested IF Statements? [duplicate]

I was cruising around the programming blogosphere when I happened upon this post about GOTO's: http://giuliozambon.blogspot.com/2010/12/programmers-tabu.html Here the writer talks about how "one ...
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Java: The best way to learn it when MOOCs and books are not enough? [closed]

This topic was taken from Stack Overflow, but it was put on-hold due to Opinion-based question. So I moved it to here. I've had some great troubles with my homework exercises and I've used ...
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How to save during real-time collaboration

I want multiple users to edit same document. Problem I'm facing is when a new user joins, he might see an outdated document. How do I make sure that new users get most recent changes? Some solutions ...
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How to detect root cause of problem or bug [closed]

Often in coding, I find it very slow and difficult to detect the root cause of a bug and sometimes I end up going to wrong point in my code. It's painful. I know that to detect the root cause of a bug ...
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Dealing with frustration when things don't work [closed]

You ever try to implement something simple but for some strange reason it doesn't work. So you try a possible solution but then something else doesn't work. You keep trying different workarounds but ...
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Idea of the binary search main theorem

This link really provided some insights into the idea that binary search implications into the optimization problems by giving the main theorem. I am not really confident that I get the idea of the ...
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Any tips in tackling extremely complex problems like the Hanoi Tower problem? [closed]

People often give me the "divide and conquer" tip, but I think for some problems it's not nearly enough. The problem with such a complex problem as the Hanoi Tower problem is that you can't even ...
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What to do when all solutions are equally bad? [closed]

Sometimes, after having done a very thorough analysis/research, you can think of a number of solutions to a problem, but they all have considerable downsides. What do you do in such a situation? For ...
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In an interview, is it better to code a brute-force solution to a tough question, or to spend the interview examining the question carefully?

Sometimes interview questions are hard, whether the interviewer intends them to be, or not. It can come down to a choice of whether to use the limited interview time to code up an ugly, inefficient, ...
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Help to simplify/model complex decision making (if, then, else scenarios)

I find my self in a situation, where I need to program a service, that can determine if two object in a huge database are the same. For simplicity, let's say it's used cars, and I want to determine if ...
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What programming language generates fewest hard-to-find bugs? [closed]

What language, in your opinion, allows the average programmer to output features with the least amount of hard-to-find bugs? This is of course, a very broad question, and I'm interested in very broad ...
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algorithm for project euler problem no 18

Problem number 18 from Project Euler's site is as follows: By starting at the top of the triangle below and moving to adjacent numbers on the row below, the maximum total from top to bottom is 23. 3 ...
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Should I fix small issues or let them go? [closed]

I ran into the following issue where a keyboard shortcut I was used to was no longer working in Ubuntu. That's just an example. For programming, this kinds of thing happens a lot, but it also happens ...
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When to prefer a generalized solution over solving specific cases

In programming we're often faced with a choice: cover each conceivable use case individually, or solve the general problem: Its obvious that solving the immediate problem is faster, however ...
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Sublinear Extra Space MergeSort

I am reviewing basic algorithms from a book called Algorithms by Robert Sedgewick, and I came across a problem in MergeSort that I am, sad to say, having difficulty solving. The problem is below: ...
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Calculating 3d rotation around random axis

This is actually a solved problem, but I want to understand why my original method didn't work (hoping someone with more knowledge can explain). (Keep in mind, I've not very experienced in 3d ...
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Steps to create a solution for a problem

I am a trainee. According to my teacher to solve a problem we should go through following steps: Create Algorithm (optional) Create a Datatable: By analyzing the problem, create main concepts in ...
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Algorithm development in jobs [closed]

I have a mathematics background but also consider career in some form of software development. In particular I'm interested in finding out what sort of industries are most likely to have more ...
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What tricks/tips do you use for innovation? [closed]

I am looking for a few ideas on how to change a highly conventional work culture to be more innovated in their approached to problem solving. I've come across this article and am looking for more ...
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How to find an error in a tcp server application for which there is no source code

I have a c++/cli tcp client application sending a data in a specific format like L,20100930033425093,-5.929958,13.164021 to a main application on port 9000.The main application is actually done by the ...
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How do the algorithms to solve problems encountered in interviews translate into real world solutions?

I have recently finished an undergraduate course in computer science and I am looking for a job. During the search I encountered several interesting (and tough) problems that needed clever algorithms ...
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What is the best way to maintain our programming experiences? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how do you remember programming related stuff? During my work experiences, I always met many kind of blocking problems with different technologies. When I remember the ...
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Is it important for a solution to be an efficient one?

I solve many problems, mostly from Top Coder. I will get answers for many, but most times I end up with an inefficient solution. In real-world implementations - does it really matter that a solution ...
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Should I be worried if I solve a lot of my problems the same way?

I really enjoy programming games and puzzle creators/games. I find myself engineering a lot of these problems the same way and ultimately using similar technique to program them that I'm really ...
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Flowchart for solving programming problems

I noticed that every developer implements a somewhat different flowchart for solving programming problems. By flowchart I mean a defined system of techniques that the developer goes through in a ...