‪#‎TopScoreTuesday‬! This week’s Top Scorer is Joshua Lin!


Q: How old are you? Where are you from?
A: My age is equal to the number of ways of splitting 13 beads amongst four sisters such that the eldest sister gets at least as many beads as the second eldest sister, who gets at least as many beads as the third eldest sister, who gets at least as many beads as the youngest sister, and the youngest sister gets at least 1 bead.

Q: What’s one fun fact about yourself?
A: I don’t exist. Neither do you. I’m just kidding, that’s not a very fun fact. I’m very prone do doing random things, like rolling a set of five dice many times because I had convinced myself they had fortune telling powers, shading in a really really big Sierpinski’s triangle on graph paper using Rule 90, or grabbing a blunt knife and attempting to whittle a piece of wood.

Q: How did you get interested in Expii?
A: One day about a month ago, my great friend Road White linked me problem set 13 question 5, along with a cryptic comment: “feels when a math problem hard… but it turns out actually simple and only using stuff we did last semester”. Being in a state of extreme limbo, and with nothing else to occupy myself, Expii was a welcome distraction from loneliness.
(P.S. Since it seems like somebody from Expii will read this, problem set 5 question 3 killed me (I listed the details of my soul destruction in my ‘answer’ to the problem) In short, the question only accepted the number, and not the percentage, which doesn’t really make any sense to me)

Q: How do you use Expii?
A: I use it to stimulate thought about things I guess.
I use it to stave away the hours of boredom and loneliness.
I use it to structure my thoughts, and calm myself down.

Q: What’s your math background?
A: I don’t really have a math background, but I guess I want to study math in the future, so that would mean that.. I have.. a math.. foreground??

Q: Do you have a favorite math concept or area?
A: I don’t think I know enough about math to really say what my favorite area of math is, but I guess most recently I’ve been thinking a lot about generating functions (I haven’t really been reading about them, just thinking “oh that’s such a cool idea”)

Q: Anything else you want to share about yourself?
A: Sometimes I have Vanadium Dreams about myself.

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Top Score Tuesday :: Joshua Lin
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