As a data scientist with my roots in the theoretical foundations of the field, I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself and pick up a new mathematical apparatus that could help me in my project work. While reading a past copy of The Tech, MIT’s oldest and largest newspaper, I learned that MIT took first place in the most recent chapter of the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the oldest and most prestigious competition of its kind. Over 4,000 students took the Putnam test, but NOT one managed to solve the last question, Problem B6!
I provide you with the dreaded Problem B6 below. Surely if you can solve this, then you’d be in great shape to come up with a new machine learning algorithm that can win the next Kaggle competition for some serious prize money. Good luck!
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