What's New - January 2012
January 11, 2012:
Robot Rooms implements
an algorithm for exactly covering a rectangular area with random rectangles
meeting certain size and shape constraints. Earlier exact covering
algorithms tended to generate many long and skinny rectangles or with a large
range of sizes. Neither of those properties are desired if we want to design dungeons or
rooms for robots to explore!.
January 12, 2012: Logic Solver a program that can help solve many logic problems commonly found in puzzle magazines and books. Here is a simple example:
Mary, John and Pete have red, brown, and blonde hair,
and are 13, 14, and 15 years old . Using the following clues
determine the hair color, and age of each child.
From these facts the program can apply rules of logic to match the children up with their ages and hair color. Previous versions would handle up to 100 facts; Logic Solver Version 3.3 posted the other day solves problems at least twice as large as the previous version. Click the link to see the rest of the story.
January 18, 2012:
A Delphi programmer recently requested information about
determining the slope of the regression line through a set of (X, Y) data
points. It seemed like something I must have written and posted in the 11
years the site has been around but that doesn't seem to be the case. So
here is LinearLeastSquares
which takes a set of points, plots them and draws the "best fit" regression
line. It also displays the equation of the line and Correlation
Coefficient, R (actually R2, called the Coefficient of
Determination) indicating how well the data are linearly related.
January 27, 2012: Here are a couple of interesting
probability problems solved analytically (describing the logic leading to the
solution) and experimentally (running a million trials of a simulation model),
Problems presents two problems about ladder tournaments.
Plans are to add more of the 50 in the future.
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