The student took second place in the Finance category and received a USD 1,000 reward.

A student from FGV’s School of Applied Mathematics (EMAp), Rafael Rodrigues, was one of the winners of the International APL Problem Solving Competition promoted by Dyalog, a UK-based company. The student took second place in the Finance category and received a USD 1,000 reward.

The international competition’s proposal is to encourage students of all levels and different countries around the world to participate. The challenges are divided into two stages. The first stage consists of 10 simple problems. The second stage consists of more complex problems in Bioinformatics, Finance, and General Computing.

"I appreciate the APL language mainly due to its simplicity, effectiveness and because it is an extremely forthright language. Furthermore, the unique experience APL provided to me after I had nailed down part of its secrets was also very useful to improve my reasoning in other programming languages. I started to do better codes in Common Lisp and even in C++ after learning APL”, said the FGV student.

Rafael also stressed the importance of having participated in the competition. “The International Problem Solving Competition, with all its challenges, was a great motivation for me to continue digging out the details about APL. After I got involved with it I started to spend more time programming and doing pieces of research about APL content. Thus, it really boosted my interests and my commitment to this programming language", he added.

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