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Finite Linear Games: Exploring Math Behind Puzzles

Kirsten Grace*, University of Washington Tacoma (Undergraduate Student)
Lisa Smith, University of Washington Tacoma (Undergraduate Student)
Talk Abstract: 
This talk explores using matrix algebra techniques to solve modulo restricted finite linear games. All finite linear games possess a definite number of game states; the state changes are predictable, tied to specific actions, and obey the commutative law. Solving these puzzles with a structured approach will ensure a solution is found, so long as one exists, and is more reliable than haphazard guesswork. The importance of proper identification and translation of a puzzle’s mechanics into the matrix algebra space is also briefly discussed.
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Oral Presentation
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 17:30