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Oct 13, 2010
 How many degrees are between the hour and minute hand on an analog clock when it is 5:15? 6 Answers At 6:00 there are 180 degrees between the hour and minute hands. Each of the 6 numbers is 30 degrees. At 5:15, the minute hand is at 3, and the hour hand is past 5. This at least 60 degrees. At 15 minutes we can assume the hour hand is 1/4 of the way to 6, so 30/4 = 7.5. 7.5 + 60 = 67.5 degrees. whoever posted that above is wrong. the correct answer: Each one hour segment has 15 degs between them. (45degrees = 15 minutes = 3 hours) so between the numbers 3 & 5 = 15 x 2 = 30degs The hour mark moves a 1/4 of the distance between 5&6 = 1/4 x 15 = 3.75 degs Answer = 33.75 degs The person above in the Feb 8th assume that the all 24 hours is placed into 360 degree. An analog clock shows 12 hours (either AM or PM), and is 360 degrees. Thus, each hour is 30 degrees. Thus the first argument (Oct 20th, 2010) is correct. Show More Responses AHAHAHA... If you can't work out the answer to this question in your head you should be applying for a job as analyst.. :). All 3 answers above are WRONG SHORT HAND: We have 360° for 12h --> 360/12 --> 30° per hour. 5:00 am/pm --> 30*5 --> 150° Every hour has four quarter -->30°/4 -->7.5° per quarter 5:15 must be 150° (5h) + 7.5° (for 15min = one quarter) = 157.5°!! LONG HAND: 15min = a quarter --> 360°/4 --> 90°!! RESULT: 157.5° - 90° = 67.5°!!! Greetings to the smart-ass from the 21.04.2011! Fun question. It's 60 + 15/60 * 30. There are thirty (30) degrees between each hour (360/12 = 30). You have to add 15/60 of 30 degrees to adjust for the hour hand.

Aug 17, 2011
 We play a game. You flip two coins, if you get both heads I give you \$1. If you get both tails you flip again. If you get one of each, I pay you nothing. What's the expected value of this game? 5 Answers Dismiss TT since it is not part of the sample space (ie there is no outcome from it) You are twice as likely to get one of each (H-T or T-H) versus getting both heads answer: (2/3)(\$1) + (1/3)(0) = 66.7 cents E=0.25x1+0.5x0+0.25xE 0.75xE=0.25 E=0.33 interviewer told me .667 is correct Show More Responses HT and TH add up to 1/2 of the probability with zero payout. HH is 1/4 probability with \$1 payout. TT results in a "reset" so we can disregard. After we normalize the probabilities, we get: E[payout]= (1/3)*\$1 + (2/3)*\$0 = \$0.33 You can also see it a geometric series. By writing E=0.25x1+0.5x0+0.25xE, Kerzane could as well have written E?0.25x1 + 0.5x0 + 0.25x(0.25x1 + 0.5x0 + 0.25x(0.25x1 + 0.5x0 + 0.25x(....))) This is quite simply the geometric sum: (n-> infinity) E=0.25 + 0.25^2 + 0.25^3....0.25^n which is equal to 0.25/(1-0.25) = 0.25/0.75 = 1/3 or 0.333

Aug 17, 2011
 Assume that on a chessboard, the King piece is on tile E1 (bottom row, 5 columns across). It can move straight forward, forward diagonally to the left, or forward diagonally to the right on each move. How many different paths can it take to get to tile E8 (top row, five columns across) in exactly 7 moves? 4 Answers 393 126 141 126 30 45 51 45 30 4 10 16 19 16 10 4 1 3 6 7 6 3 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 K K is the starting spot for the king. There is 1 way to get to each of the tiles in the row right above K. For the row above the row of 1-1-1, the number of paths to each tile is the sum of the possible paths to each tile that leads to it. (ie, for the first 2 in that row, you can get to it from either of the first two 1s in the row below). This is basically a 'trinomial' expansion as each number is the sum of the 3 numbers directly below it. This continues until the 8th row (where the diamond formation tapers inward since the number of left moves must equal the number of right moves in order to end up in the same column (E) where the King started) The final answer is 393 as demonstrated in the diagram above. It took me well over 30 minutes to get it, and the interviewer had lost all interest by that point. He was still nice in making sure to explain the methodology and ensuring that I arrived at the right answer, but was quick to hang up once the solution had been determined. I don't think IC is correct. I haven't gone through your methodology, but I think the answer is larger. The piece moves forward each turn. It moves either left, right or straight ahead. Take left=-1, right=+1, straight=0. The sum of 7 such numbers must be 0. Therefore, at least one move must be straight ahead. There are four types or routes. a 0x+1, 0x-1, 7x0 b 1x+1, 1x-1, 5x0 c 2x+1, 2x-1, 3x0 d 3x+1, 3x-1, 1x0 there is only 1 route of type a there are 7x6 of type b, etc. a 1 b 7x6=42 c 7x6x5x4=840 d 7x6x5x4x3x2=5040 a+b+c+d=5923 Am I wrong? Yes I was wrong. IC was right. there is only 1 route of type a there are 7x6 of type b, etc. there are ((7x6)/2)x((5x4)/2)=210 of type c there are ((7x6x5)/6)x((4x3x2)/6)=140 of type d giving a total of 393 Show More Responses Using permutations. You can see the problem as such: any move you make to the left has to be compensated by move to right. I have to go up 7 tiles total. With R representing a right move, L a left move and A a move straight ahead, my possible combinations are: 1) AAAAAAA 2) RLAAAAA 3) RRLLAAA 4) RRRLLLA One now has to compute all the permutations which is fairly straightforward: we have 1 + 7!/5! + 7!/(3!x2!x2!) + 7!/(3!x3!) which is: 1 + 42 + 210 + 140 = 393 This

May 5, 2010
 You have two dice What is the probability of rolling a "3" total before rolling a "7" total? 3 Answers 1/4 You must roll a one or a two. Then the next turn you must roll 1,6 2,5 3,4 that makes p = 2/36 *6/36 1/4

Aug 17, 2011
 How many trailing zeros are there in 1000! (1000 factorial ie 1000 x 999 x 998 .... x 3 x 2 x 1) 3 Answers Multiples of 5 between 1 and 1000 = 200 Multiples of 25 between 1 and 1000 = 40 Multiples of 125 between 1 and 1000 = 8 Multiples of 625 between 1 and 1000 = 1 200 + 40 + 8 + 1 = 249 Answer is 200. The first time we get a trailing 0 is at 5! as this equals 120. The second time is 10!. We know that every factorial after 1 is even. Thus every time we multiply by 5 or a multiple of 5 we will add a zero. Thus 200 trailing zeros. The person above double counted. The top answer is correct. 25 has two 5's in it, so 25! has a total of six 5's, making 25! six 0's, not five 0's.

Aug 17, 2011
 Assume its 6:45. What is the angle between the minute and hour hands? When will they next overlap, to the nearest SECOND? 2 Answers 67.5 degrees. Part 2: The hands overlap 11 times every 12 hours following noon, or once every 12/11ths of an hour. The overlap for 6oclock would have already happened at 6:33 or so (remember that it is 6:45 right now), so the next time would be 7 + 7/11th of an hour, or 7:38:12 seconds. It's 7:38:11 but I should think they would be that forgiving

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Jan 25, 2011
 What is R squared? (Statistics) 2 Answers Isn't this linear regression? But in relation to what? V random question R squared is the variance of the stock. When you're measuring correlations, it measures the amount of risk that the stock shares with whatever you're comparing it with (e.g. an index).

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Nov 7, 2012
 This wasn't difficult, but it's the only specific question I can remember. You're playing basketball and you're down by 2. You know you can hit a 2-pointer to tie the game with 28% probability, and then go on to win the game in overtime with 50% probability. Alternatively, you know you can hit a 3-pointer and win with 15% probability. Which do you take? 2 Answers The 3-pointer 3-pointer. First option has a probability of 14% of wining (0.28x0.5) whilst the second option gives you a probability of 28%.

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Nov 11, 2014
 Why did we choose you to come to our final round interview? 1 Answer My experience, my potential

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Jul 17, 2013
 They asked various confidence interval questions with 95% and 99% confidence. 1 Answer Interviewers didn't know the answer either.
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