PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Matthew Katz, James Sellers, George Andrews.

Title:Coloring Statistics of an m × n grid
Seminar:Combinatorics/Partitions Seminar
Speaker:Jocelyn Quaintance, Rutgers University
Abstract:
You are given an m × n chess board and c cans of paint. Each can of paint has its own paint brush. The goal is to color each square of the chess board using this selection of c colors. There is one catch. Before painting each square you must shut your eyes and arbitrarily select a paint brush. When you are finished how many edge adjacent squares share the same color? This talk explains how humans and computers apply probabilistic methods to answer such a question.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:10 / 23 / 2012
Time:11:15am - 12:05pm