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ERIC Number: ED088949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 18
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The Behavioral Effects Of Subproblems And Symmetries In The Tower-Of-Hanoi Problem.
Luger, George F.
State-space representation of a problem, borrowed from mechanical problem-solving theory, is used to describe a problem's invariant structure formally. Paths within the state-space represent subjects' behaviors, as conventionally distinguished from their "protocals" or "strategies". Its goal is thus to develop the relationship between problem structure and problem-solving behavior. Five specific hypotheses respecting the paths generated by problem solvers (in this case, college students and college educated adults) in the state-space of the 4-ring Tower-of-Hanoi problem were formulated. These hypotheses were motivated by the formal properties of the Tower-of-Hanoi state-space and represented anticipated effects of the problem structure in shaping problem-solving behavior. The experimental results of this study seem to confirm an important role played by features of the problem structure in determining patterns in the problem-solving behaviors of the subjects. The "general" hypotheses were only tested for a single problem, and with a rather limited population of subjects. This research does not take account of the possibility of age, sex or cross-cultural differences which might exist in problem solving behavior. Tables and illustrations are included demonstrating the problem and structure and its interpretations. (RC)
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