Note to recruiters

Note to recruiters: We are quite aware that recruiters, interviewers, VCs and other professionals generally perform a Google Search before they interview someone, take a pitch from someone, et cetera. Please keep in mind that not everything put on the Internet must align directly to one's future career and/or one's future product portfolio. Sometimes, people do put things on the Internet just because. Just because. It may be out of their personal interests, which may have nothing to do with their professional interests. Or it may be for some other reason. Recruiters seem to have this wrong-headed notion that if somebody is not signalling their interests in a certain area online, then that means that they are not interested in that area at all. It is worth pointing out that economics pretty much underlies the areas of marketing, strategy, operations and finance. And this blog is about economics. With metta, let us. by all means, be reflective about this whole business of business. Also, see our post on "The Multi-faceted Identity Problem".

Monday, May 21, 2012

The theme for June - Java

We have put up the first Summer Puzzle. As we mentioned before, the Summer Puzzle columns are going to consist of just puzzles (plus a few pictures). The first Summer Puzzle is linked here. It will run just here on this blog and will not run in the Times of India.

The theme for the month of June is Java hence the pictures from Java. I know that it is still May. We are putting up the puzzle a little in advance so that you will have more time to solve it. So your mission with the first Summer Puzzle, if you choose to accept it, is simple : just solve the puzzle below.  Email your answers to : with the subject "Summer Puzzle".

(1)   Mallika is in Java but can't take her mind off football. She is trying to decide between three football teams to throw her support behind – the University of Oklahoma Sooners, the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. All she has to help her is a fair coin, that is, with this coin, there is an equal probability that the coin will show up either heads or tails. Devise a way for her to choose one of the three teams with equal probability.
(2)   It is the next day and Mallika realizes that she has misplaced her fair coin. She is now trying to decide between five IPL teams - the Chennai Super Kings, the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Mumbai Indians, the Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Daredevils. All she has to help her is a coin with unknown bias, that is, with this coin, there is a non-zero probability that the coin will show up either heads or tails but we don’t know what the probability of heads is. Devise a way for her to choose one of the five teams with equal probability.