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ISSN: 2047-7031

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ISSN: 2047-7031  
Volume  6   Issue 5  2016  
Article Abstract
A Mathematical Model of Sam Loyd’s Mars Canals Maze
Keywords:  recreational mathematics, recreational programming, Sam Loyd, optimization, Excel
Mike C. Patterson and Daniel D. Friesen
In this paper we solve a classic puzzle from recreational mathematics: Sam Loyd's Canals of Mars. The solution method makes use of Excel's ability to optimize mathematical models, in this case, a modification of the well-known travelling salesman problem. The solution time using the genetic algorithm available in Excel is very short, approximately three seconds.
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