An interview with PaulJefferys

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How did you get to where you are today in the programming world?

I think I just really like solving good problems – it all stems from that.

What is your best strategy for solving tough marathon problems?

I guess I feel like I have an advantage when the problems are more mathematical and theoretical – often then I can try and benchmark my solution to what I think is theoretically best possible.

What are you most looking forward to for the TCO Finals?

Its always interesting to see how people respond to the pressure of a contest under time pressure.

Tell us what achievement you are the most proud of.

Having two amazing little boys.

If you wrote your own coder profile, what would it say?

It would probably say I'm not a programmer; I'm a mathematician who writes code.

Offline, what is your favorite thing to do?

Taking my son to the park.

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How do you feel about the TCO18 Finals?

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