Polyomino Problems to Confuse Computers

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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.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/193113409X469361

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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