Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Project Euler 1 -10 & IPython

I've started working my way through the Project Euler problems.  Even in the first ten problems, it's been interesting to see how brute-force search approaches compare to solutions more oriented in number theory.

For this kind of modular problem solving, IPython has proved a fantastic environment to work in for a number of reasons:
  • Simple text markdown + MathJax support for referencing problem text
  • The "cells" allow for easy recording and reference of intermediate results 
  • The "magic" functions like "%timeit" and "%prun" are useful for simple timing and profiling
  • Integrated packages/languages are easily accessible -- so far I've used SymPy and Cython

Project Euler Solutions for Questions 1 - 10