Coding Challenge

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Tue Mar 8 15:11:02 EST 2011


That's a lot of children. Hmmm... Are you looking to use relative ages
instead of actual ages because the entry times (old photographs for example)
involve the children at different ages? The entry of all that is going to be
the biggest headache, I imagine, as every relationship will require
selecting two people.

But once the data is input, the method I outlined should give you the
results you want.

 ~ Chris Innanen
 ~ Nonsanity


On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM, Malte Brill <revolution at derbrill.de> wrote:

> Thanks for the head ups folks,
>
> Björnke and Mark: I do not have the exact ages to sort by. All I do have is
> relations:
>
> Malte is older than Björnke
> Mark is older than Malte
>
> And now I need to compute if it is valid to say:
> - Björnke is older than Mark  (obviously not)
> - Björnke is the same age as Mark (obviously not)
> - Björnke is younger than Mark. (That´s the one)
>
> What comes easy to the human brain in fact appears to be a lot more
> difficult when having to be tackled computationaly.
>
> Chris: Yes, I want such a list in the end. But in order to finally get this
> I will need to tell the machine which relations are legal first (the user
> tells which relations there are) and ideally filter out the data for
> relations that make no sense. Now I wish it was easy to tell the machine to
> just use logic and make sense itself :D This comparison has to be done for
> thousands of entities (children in this case).
>
> Cheers,
>
> Malte
>
>
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