Author Archives: Brent

About Brent

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hendrix College. Functional programmer, mathematician, teacher, pianist, follower of Jesus.

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AlphaGo

Many of my readers may have already heard about AlphaGo, a computer program developed by Google DeepMind which plays the ancient board game of Go. Developing a program to play Go is not that big of a deal—the first such … Continue reading

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Now on mathstodon.xyz

Christian Lawson-Perfect and Colin Wright have set up an instance of Mastodon—a decentralized, open-source Twitter clone—as a place for mathy folks to be social. It’s appropriately named mathstodon.xyz, and because it’s open-source they were able to easily hack in support. … Continue reading

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Computing optimal play for the greedy coins game, part 4

Last time I explained a method for computing best play for instances of the greedy coins game, which is feasible even for large games. This general approach is known as dynamic programming and is applicable whenever we have some recursively … Continue reading

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