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Re: (OT) Interview questions -- your response?

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Sep 04, 2002 at 03:31 UTC ( #194977=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT) Interview questions -- your response?

1a) Essentially O(n2) runtime. (O(n*m) to be precise.)
1b) Either use some sort of hashing function or sort the b_array and use binary search to cut down on the cost of looking up an element. In Perl, a hash is the natural approach.
my %b_value; @b_value{@b_array}=(); my @c_array = grep exists $b_value{$_}, @a_array;
my $i; while($i < $#array/2) { my $copy = $array[$i]; $array[$i] = $array[-$i]; $array[-$i] = $copy; ++$i; }
3) It requires a database capable of handling concurrent requests. They need to be transformed into some common query lanague, probably SQL. Results will be churned through a templating system depending on the desired result format.

I think the questions are more than fair; in fact, they're close to trivial. I wouldn't want to employ anyone who fails on these. I remember reading about an interview question Michael Abrash uses:
Implement in-order walking of a binary tree. Do not use recursion.

Hardly surprising, though saddening, that as he noted, failure rates on this one are pretty spectacular.

Update: see ++Abigail-II's comment on excercise 1b.

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