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    Fastest way to solve this logic problem?

    Hi there!

    I have a logic question attached. it reads in swedish " Find the route from the red to the green dot so that the sum of the numbers is equal to 400."

    The way I see it there's no fast way to solve this problem. You simply have to try each route until you blindly make it to the correct one? Is this question just busy work or can one use a reliable method to narrow down the possible routes one can use to arrive at the sum of 400?

    So basically what I would like to know is if there's anyone out there who can give me the fastest and quickest way of methodically solving logic problems like this one; Any help here?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Fastest way to solve this logic problem?

    Hey magiclink.

    If you are looking at general approaches to problems like these, you probably want to get some sort of computer package that does these kinds of computations. It would be similar to something like Maple, Mathematica, or MATLAB, but designed mainly for graphs and graph-theoretic problems.

    If you are familiar with programming and software development, you will want to look at things like this:

    List of C++ libraries for Graph Theory - Stack Overflow

    If you want a nice package with editor, GUI, and good scripting language then something like this (which is a part of Mathematica).

    Combinatorica
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    Re: Fastest way to solve this logic problem?

    Oof! That's a little over my head but i appreciate the suggestion.

    Thank you.
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