I’m almost done with grad school and graduating with my Master’s in Computer Science - just one class left on Wednesday, and that’s the final exam. Originally I had hoped to graduate last year, but things happened that delayed my graduation year (to be specific, I switched from a thesis to non-thesis curriculum). My final class is Distributed Computing, which I had a project to do. This project included a report. For my project, I compared the performance of a Java 8 parallel stream to a “normal” non-parallel (i.e. serial) stream.
I was playing around on the new Mix.com social media website and came across this click-bait article from MentalFloss: This Math Problem for 8-Year-Olds Left Parents Stumped. The problem, which I’ll repeat below, turned out not the be that complex. I have no idea why it “left parents stumped.” That said, I’m a sucker for math problems, and I wanted to explore the question further.