Fizz Buzz For Mathematicians

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It's well-known (for some definition of "well-known") and deeply controversial that 80% (some say 90%) of applicants for programmer jobs can't actually program[0][1]. Recruiting good programmers (for some definition of "good") is a known "Hard Problem(tm)"

To this end an initial "bozo-filter" is sometimes applied, wherein a candidate is asked to write some utterly trivial code to demonstrate that they have at least a basic grasp of how to write programs. A common test is the "FizzBuzz" test - go look it up.

So I was idly speculating - what would be a similar initial filter for "Mathematician"? This is clearly an impossible question, because we don't actually know what a mathematician is, nor do we really know what a mathematician does. However, we don't actually know what programmers do either, so maybe that's OK.

One possibility that came to mind is this question:

Problem is, I wonder if too many non-mathematicians can pass this test to make it of any value.

Can you?


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