Show Bookstore Categories

Pattern-Based Constraint Satisfaction and Logic Puzzles

ByDenis BERTHIER

Usually printed in 3 - 5 business days
"Pattern-Based Constraint Satisfaction and Logic Puzzles" develops a pure logic, pattern-based perspective of solving the finite Constraint Satisfaction Problem (CSP), with emphasis on finding the "simplest" solution. Different ways of reasoning with the constraints are formalised by various families of "resolution rules", each of them carrying its own notion of simplicity. A large part of the book illustrates the power of the approach by applying it to various popular logic puzzles. It provides a unified view of how to model and solve them, even though they involve very different types of constraints: obvious symmetric ones in Sudoku, non-symmetric but transitive ones (inequalities) in Futoshiki, topological and geometric ones in Map colouring, Numbrix and Hidato, and even much more complex non-binary arithmetic ones in Kakuro. It also shows that the most familiar techniques for these puzzles can indeed be understood as mere application-specific presentations of the general rules.

Details

Publication Date
Nov 16, 2012
Language
English
ISBN
9781291203394
Category
Games
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Denis BERTHIER

Specifications

Pages
484
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
Royal (6.14 x 9.21 in / 156 x 234 mm)

Ratings & Reviews