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ERIC Number: EJ862223
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
Polyomino Problems to Confuse Computers
Coffin, Stewart
College Mathematics Journal, v40 n3 p169-173 May 2009
Computers are very good at solving certain types combinatorial problems, such as fitting sets of polyomino pieces into square or rectangular trays of a given size. However, most puzzle-solving programs now in use assume orthogonal arrangements. When one departs from the usual square grid layout, complications arise. The author--using a computer, of course--exploits this limitation to devise puzzles that cannot easily be solved by a computer.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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