
I agree. So many times people have said being a computer programmer is very math intensive and I don't hardly ever use any math besides basic stuff.
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I hear you  and when I do use mathlike stuff it's more along the lines of set theory and lambda calculus  more Alonzo Church, less Euclid. =)
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Because you need to learn at a level that is 1 or 2 times higher than you actually need to do your job. That way, what you do is easy in comparison.
I was great at math and my instructor said that I did not need to attend his class  just show up for the tests. It is another example of forgetting more than the kids ever knew.
I have found it amazing that people need to calculate the Big0, because it is obvious that a loop inside a loop (inside a loop) is not efficient. But, it is always nice to have a mathematical proof; even if they do not understand it.
Do I calculate the Big0 on my algorithms? No.
Do I use calculus? No.
Do I use Algebra? Occasionally.
Do I remember how to calculate the area under a curve. No.
Have I used math on a daily bases to get the job done? Yes.
Have I forgot 90% of what I learn. Yes.
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John R. Shaw wrote: Have I used math on a daily bases to get the job done? Yes. What maths did you do today?
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There is a 2% chance that the next card will be a 2. I fold.
There is a 100% chance I will have less money today than yesterday.
There is a 2% local tax that is applied after all other taxes have been applied (taxes on taxes). But only if you are in an area where that applies; otherwise it is applied before other taxes are applied.
Actually the last one was a while ago and a supersize. It is amazing how many ways a government comes up with to take your money.
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John R. Shaw wrote: It is amazing how many ways a government comes up with to take your money ... and from which bodily orifices they will try to extract it.
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John R. Shaw wrote: ctually the last one was a while ago and a supersize. It is amazing how many ways a government comes up with to take your money.
I don't think you should bring up stuff like trade tariffs until the SoapBox reopens.
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Having spent 7 years on imaging algorithms and then moved between displaying graphics and managing touch inputs on ECUs in the most optimized possible ways, balanced engine maps and frame synchronization on distributed graphic systems...
Do I calculate the Big0 on my algorithms? Yes
Do I use calculus? Occasionally. Mostly because I suck at it and use other means.
Do I use Algebra? Often.
Do I remember how to calculate the area under a curve? Yes otherwise I would be jobless
Have I used math on a daily bases to get the job done? Yes.
Have I forgot 90% of what I learn. Sadly yes, especially statistics.
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That reminds me of the first program I created. An algebraic graphing program. Recursive algebraic math parser, low level graphics drawing (before Windows) and a complete windowing system.
I am lazy. I would rather spend days creating a program to solve a problem than spend spend hours to solve the problem today and tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Input/output done.
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Funny. I remember writing a program to perform algebra "synthetic division" for polynomials. Probably took longer than doing it by hand, but it made 0 mistakes for my homework.
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I do not determine bigO on my stuff either. I prefer to let benchmarks tell the tale.
It's yes for me on the others except the last one. The percentage is much lower for me.
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Rick York wrote: I prefer to let benchmarks tell the tale.
Eeeh... well, if you benchmark with a data set of size 10, the one of size 100, one of size 1000 and one of size 10,000, then we might get some indication of how it will perform with at 10,000 size data set.
But reality is that most developers who report benchmarking figures do not report for various data set sizes, in a way that lets a user make estimates of the performance will be for other data set sizes. Maybe as common: The benchmarking is done for a small, isolated part of the functionality at the core of the algorithm, with the complexity occurring at a higher level. You proudly show some core operation to be superoptimized, but then you use it in an algoritm causing the number of calls to this core operation to raise exponentially with the problem size: Then the superspeed at problem size 1 may have little value.
Understandig complexity, not only in processing time, but also in space requirements, is quite essnetial. You do not always have to calculate an exact O(n), but you should always have a rough idea of the space and time requrements if the data set size is increased by one, two or three magnitudes above the size you used making the benchmarks.





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Hmm. I use algebra all the time. Calculus, never. I took 32 credit hours of 'advanced' math in college: calculus, differential equations, and matrix algebra. With only minor forays into matrix algebra when doing graphics, I haven't used any of it.
Most of that space in my brain has been recycled for old movie lines. Much, much more useful.
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for fun.. and developing your logical thinking?
I mean maths is easy.. as long as your thinking is alright, which learning it does straighten it!





well,
when I was working/playing in the field of compilers (long time ago), some set theory was used, however, when designing the different algorithms for the various treewalks (lots of tree walks and list processing) at least one eye was on the big O. Especially for one pass load and go compilers speed was essential (and at that time computers were not that fast) but optimizations were more related to clever programming than algorithms (e.g. the design of a set representation strongly depends on what you want to do with the set and its elements).
In my current (hobby) workingarea, software defined radio, both calculus and discrete mathematics are needed.
Processing samples  with lots of fourier transforms and some laplace transformations for the filters  is basically calculus oriented. Of course one needs to look at performance: you do not want to miss too many samples, but handling performance is also here more an engineering issue than an algorithmic issue.
Translating samples to bits and handling bits is  seen from a math position  different, viterbi decoding is a major component, as is Reed Solomon decoding, the latter using algebra (group theory). But also here, the final performance largely depends  next to selecting
decent algorithms  on clever programming and decent engineering.
But fortunately, for most of these "math" components there exists libraries (and one
can write its own),
But, the math, both the calculus and the discrete math, are basically fun to understand
and it is always a learning experience to write a library component for it.





OK  I get it  falling off to sleep whilst lustily counting sheep doesn't take calculus.
However, algebra is really a representation of how we solve problems all day long that have any sort of calculation. It's done as a background process. Now how far goes? Well  do you use all the subtleties of programming you were supposed to learn? Probably not, but you will still claim to have coded (at least in Q&A).
Sorry if you lost count of the sheep  there go your Welsh Pub bragging rights . . . unless you can exploit 'lost count' in an implied context..
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I'm looking at getting a drone to be able to take aerial videos and photos. Any good recommendations will be purchased using CP currency.
Thanks.
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Take a look at the DJI Mavic Mini.
It can fly for half an hour and with the weight of 249 g it's license free in most countries.





Jörgen Andersson wrote: it's license free in most countries. Oh, ya, I had completely forgotten about that. Not that I care much, but I guess I'll look into my local ordinances.
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yes, Ive been eyeing off those, too, for a cycling holiday in Italy next year  now all I need is to get a job so I can think about going





If you're going on a bicycle holiday you might want to look at the big brother, DJI Mavic 2.
It has a built in obstacle avoidance system and ActiveTrack, which means you can set yourself as the target and it will follow you on your bicycle.
And amazingly enough it can do that not just behind you, but in front of you or at your side! I have one and it was quite a wtf moment when I started tracking my son from the side and it didn't fall back behind him but rather stayed at the side of him.
But all those cameras it uses for obstacle avoidance takes quite som space and weight, so it weighs 907g instead of 249g and requires registration in many most countries.





yeah, I need the functionality of the the DJI Mavic 2 in the smaller package typical consumer, more functionality in a smaller package please
In all seriousness, I do need to look more into this, 30 minute flight time for the smaller model may be an issue, so I would have to keep 'n' batteries charged  may be too much pfaffing around on a holiday.
I see plenty of cycletouring on YouTube though, so I'd like to give it a shot  would also mean changing my standard route to learn/test it, I doubt the prison I pass by in close proximity would like it (actually I have an app by our Civil Aviation regulation authority which marks the prison as an obvious nofly zone)
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The bigger model also have 30 minutes flight time, so no difference there.
But you can get extra batteries or the fly more combo for both.
<edit>and no fly zones are builtin to the drone. It won't fly without an overrule</edit>
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