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Graduate Seminar

Brian Kell
Carnegie Mellon University
Title: How many ways are there to cut up a chessboard?

Abstract: The inspiration for this talk will be the following question: Given an 11x11 chessboard, in how many different ways can it be cut into one or more pieces along the lines between the squares? This problem can be modeled as a question about graphs, and the general problem turns out to have an interesting connection to compositions of integers (ways to write a given integer as an ordered sum of positive integers). I will discuss some of the known results and some open questions.

Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Wean Hall 8220
Submitted by:  Zilin Jiang