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Breakfast Bytes: Pigeons, Holes, Bridges and Computers Alan Kaylor Cline November 24, 2009

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Bridges

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Königsberg

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How did you say that?

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Königsberg

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Did you have to write it with the funny o?

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Nope. You can write this with “oe” instead of “ö ”.

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Did you have to write it with the funny o? Koenigsberg Nope. You can write this with “oe” instead of “ö ”.

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Did you have to write it with the funny o? Koenigsberg Nope. You can write this with “oe” instead of “ö ”. That looks familiar

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Koenig+s+berg Koenig

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Don’t we have a street in Austin with that name? Koenig+s+berg Koenig

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Don’t we have a street in Austin with that name? Koenig+s+berg Koenig

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Don’t we have a street in Austin with that name? Koenig+s+berg Koenig Yes, and another way of pronouncing “oe” in German is long A.

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Koenig So, we could pronounce: as KAY-nig?

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Koenig So, we could pronounce: as KAY-nig? YUP

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Does this have anything to do with computer science?

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NOPE

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Back to Königsberg

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Notice the seven bridges Back to Königsberg

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Notice the seven bridges

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Leonard Euler asked: Can you start someplace and return there having crossed each bridge exactly once

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You try it.

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Couldn’t do it, could you?

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Can we make this easier to consider?

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Let’s introduce some dots for the land areas:

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… and some lines for the bridges:

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… and remove the picture:

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Do we gain anything by doing this?

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Sure. It’s easier to concentrate on what matters

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The lesson here is that sometimes it’s better to work with a model of the problem that captures just what’s important and no more

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The lesson here is that sometimes it’s better to work with a model of the problem that captures just what’s important and no more. We call this abstraction

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Can you see from the abstract model why there is no solution to the Seven Bridges of Königsberg Problem?

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This is a general truth: In any graph, there is a circuit containing every edge exactly once if and only if every node touches an even number of edges.

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In the Seven Bridges of Königsberg Problem all four of the nodes have an odd number of edges touching them

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So there is no solution

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In the Seven Bridges of Königsberg Problem all four of the nodes have an odd number of edges touching them. So there is no solution

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Now you try this one

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Pigeons and Holes

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The Pigeonhole Principle

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“If you have more pigeons than pigeonholes, you can’t stuff the pigeons into the holes without having at least two pigeons in the same hole.”

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The Pigeonhole Principle Example 1: Twelve people are on an elevator and they exit on ten different floors. At least two got off on the same floor.

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The Pigeonhole Principle Example 2: My house is burning down, it’s dark, and I need a pair of matched socks. If I have socks of 4 colors, how many socks must I take from the drawer to be certain I have a matched pair.

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The Pigeonhole Principle Example 3: Let’s everybody select a favorite number between 1 and _.

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The Pigeonhole Principle Example 4: Please divide 5 by 7 and obtain at least 13 decimal places.

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Let’s divide 5 by 7 and see what happens..7 7|

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Let’s divide 5 by 7 and see what happens..71 7|

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Let’s divide 5 by 7 and see what happens |

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Let’s divide 5 by 7 and see what happens |

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Let’s divide 5 by 7 and see what happens |

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Let’s divide 5 by 7 and see what happens |

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Let’s divide 5 by 7 and see what happens |

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Let’s divide 5 by 7 and see what happens … 7| Same remainder! Thus, the process must repeat.

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And this must happen whenever we divide whole numbers … 3| … 11| … 237| … 4|

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planar Graphs

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This doesn’t look planar...

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but it is.

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All that matters is that there is some planar representation.

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How about this problem:

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You are given three houses… H1 H3H2

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How about this problem: You are given three houses… and three utilities H1 H3H2 GasWaterElec.

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How about this problem: You are given three houses… and three utilities H1 H3H2 GasWaterElec. Can you connect each of the houses to each of the utilities without crossing any lines?

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Here’s how NOT to do it H1 H2H3 WaterElec.Gas

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Here’s how NOT to do it H1 H2H3 WaterElec.Gas Remember: No crossing lines.

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Now you try. H1 H3H2 GasWaterElec.

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Here’s another problem:

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You are given five nodes…

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Here’s another problem: You are given five nodes… Can you connect each node to the others without crossing lines?

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This is NOT a solution:

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Now you try.

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You could not solve either problem. What’s interesting is that those two problems are the ONLY ones that cannot be solved.

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You could not solve either problem. What’s interesting is that those two problems are the ONLY ones that cannot be solved. This is the result: A graph is nonplanar if and only if it contains as subgraphs either the utility graph or the complete five node graph.

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Can you say that again?

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1. Look at all subgraphs with five or six nodes.

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Can you say that again? 1. Look at all subgraphs with five or six nodes. 2. If you find an occurance of the utility graph or the complete graph with five nodes, it’s nonplanar.

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Can you say that again? 1. Look at all subgraphs with five or six nodes. 2. If you find an occurance of the utility graph or the complete graph with five nodes, it’s nonplanar. 3. If you don’t find those, it’s planar.

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So using that, tell me if this graph is planar:

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You can find this subgraph, so it’s not planar

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Hamiltonian Circuits

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Back when we were looking at the Seven Bridges of Königsberg Problem, we wanted a circuit that used every edge. Now let’s see is we can find a circuit that visits every node once

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That was simple. Try this one:

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Here’s the solution:

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Here’s another one:

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And here’s its solution:

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Traveling Salesman Problem

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Here we are given some nodes and we try to create a circuit that has minimum total length.

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This is a 10 node problem to try.

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Here’s the solution.

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This is a 13 node problem to try.

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Here’s the solution.

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Why could a solution never have a crossing?

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Because you can always remove the crossing and get a shorter path.

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