Adventures in Hipster Programming: Solving a Math Puzzle Using a Genetic Algorithm Programmed in OCaml
*Excerpt
I heard Will Shortz pose a mathematical puzzle on NPR on a Sunday Morning in January and I thought, "Hey, I can solve that with a genetic algorithm!" In OCaml. I'll show you how in this talk.
Description
Genetic algorithms (GAs) can be used to solve a wide range of optimization and search problems that are considered very difficult if not impossible to solve with a polynomialtime algorithm (NP Hard problems). The Travelling Salesman problem is one such example that can be solved with a genetic algorithm giving reasonable results.
On a Sunday morning in early January while sleepily listening to NPR, I heard Will Shortz pose a puzzle that seemed to me to be a good candidate for solving with a genetic algorithm. In a nutshell, the problem is to come up with a set of math operations on the numbers 1 through 9 such that the resulting answer is 2012. I’ll go over the problem and show how I wrote a genetic algorithm in OCaml to solve it. Along the way you’ll learn about obscure things like genetic algorithms and functional programming in OCaml, a functional programming language in the ML family. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to apply GAs to solve problems you come across… and maybe you’ll even try it in OCaml.
Speaking experience
I gave a talk on FPGAs at last year's OSBridge. I've also given a couple of OSCON talks as well as talks at various programming groups around town.
Speaker

Phil Tomson
Intel Twitter: philtor
Biography
Phil likes cats, gardening, Kurosawa films, cooking Indian food, functional programming and the occasional hardware project. He resides in a curiously walkable part of Central Beaverton. In his day job at Intel he does emu… well, he can’t talk about that, but it’s kind of like that movie Inception.
He’s actually not a big puzzle fan; he’d rather write a program to solve the Sudoku for him.
Sessions

* Adventures in Hipster Programming: Solving a Math Puzzle Using a Genetic Algorithm Programmed in OCaml
 Title: Adventures in Hipster Programming: Solving a Math Puzzle Using a Genetic Algorithm Programmed in OCaml
 Track: Cooking
 Room: B201
 Time: 3:45 – 4:30pm

Excerpt:
I heard Will Shortz pose a mathematical puzzle on NPR on a Sunday Morning in January and I thought, “Hey, I can solve that with a genetic algorithm!” In OCaml. I’ll show you how in this talk.
 Speakers: Phil Tomson