[ 2007-02-14 10:41 ]
1. Solve this cryptic equation, realizing of course that values for M and E
could be interchanged. No leading zeros are allowed.
WWWDOT - GOOGLE = DOTCOM
2. Write a haiku describing possible methods for predicting search traffic
1 2 1 1
1 1 1 2 2 1
What is the next line?
4. You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. There is a dusty
laptop here with a weak wireless connection. There are dull, lifeless gnomes
strolling about. What dost thou do?
A) Wander aimlessly, bumping into obstacles until you are eaten by a grue.
B) Use the laptop as a digging device to tunnel to the next level.
Play MPoRPG until the battery dies along with your hopes.
D) Use the
computer to map the nodes of the maze and discover an exit path.
your resume to Google, tell the lead gnome you quit and find yourself in whole
5. What's broken with Unix? How would you fix it?
6. On your first day at Google, you discover that your cubicle mate wrote the
textbook you used as a primary resource in your first year of graduate school.
A) Fawn obsequiously and ask if you can have an autograph.
perfectly still and use only soft keystrokes to avoid disturbing her
C) Leave her daily offerings of granola and English toffee
from the food bins.
D) Quote your favorite formula from the textbook and
explain how it's now your mantra.
E) Show her how example 17b could have
been solved with 34 fewer lines of code.
7. Which of the following expresses Google's over-arching philosophy?
A) "I'm feeling lucky"
B) "Don't be evil"
C) "Oh, I already fixed
D) "You should never be more than 50 feet from food"
E) All of the
8. How many different ways can you color an icosahedron with one of three
colors on each face?
What colors would you choose?
9. This space left intentionally blank. Please fill it with something that
improves upon emptiness.
10. On an infinite, two-dimensional, rectangular lattice of 1-ohm resistors,
what is the resistance between two nodes that are a knight's move away?
11. It's 2 PM on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the Bay Area. You're minutes
from the Pacific Ocean, redwood forest hiking trails and world class cultural
attractions. What do you do?
12.In your opinion, what is the most beautiful math equation ever derived?
13. Which of the following is NOT an actual interest group formed by Google
A. Women's basketball
B. Buffy fans
E. Wine club
14.What will be the next great improvement in search technology?
15.What is the optimal size of a project team, above which additional members
do not contribute productivity equivalent to the percentage increase in the
16.Given a triangle ABC, how would you use only a compass and straight edge
to find a point P such that triangles ABP, ACP and BCP have equal perimeters?
(Assume that ABC is constructed so that a solution does exist.)
17. Consider a function which, for a given whole number n, returns the number
of ones required when writing out all numbers between 0 and n. For example,
f(13)=6. Notice that f(1)=1. What is the next largest n such that f(n)=n?
18. What's the coolest hack you've ever written?
19.'Tis known in a refined company, that choosing K things out of N can be
done in ways as many as choosing N minus K from N: I pick K, you the remaining.
Find though a cooler bijection, where you show a knack uncanny, of making
your choices contain all K of mine. Oh, for pedantry: let K be no more than half
20. What number comes next in the sequence:
10, 9, 60, 90, 70, 66,
C) Either of the above
D) None of the above
21. In 29 words or fewer, describe what you would strive to accomplish if you
worked at Google Labs.
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