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Columns for February, 2017

The Glass is 9/10 Full

Martin Tompa
February 2, 2017

All your aunts and uncles and cousins are at your home again today for a cheerful, boisterous gathering. As usual, there is a card game involved. You are once again pitted against your Uncle Tibor, with clever Uncle Hans looking over your shoulder. Midway through the game you shuffle, deal out the cards, and look down at this starting hand…

Carpe Diem

Martin Tompa
February 10, 2017

The game against your dangerous Uncle Tibor continues, with your clever Uncle Hans looking on. After the earlier disastrous deal that left you behind with the game point scores 1:4, you scored 2 game points on the next one, bringing both of you within striking distance of winning the whole game. One deal later, you find yourself in the following position…

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Martin Tompa

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I am a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where I teach discrete mathematics, probability and statistics, design and analysis of algorithms, and other related courses. I have always loved playing games. Games are great tools for learning to think logically and are a wonderful component of happy family or social life.

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Gamble, Sep 30
Homework on Expected Values, Apr 26
Thoughtful Actions, Mar 25
Noble Sacrifice, Mar 4
Carpe Diem, Feb 10
The Glass is 9/10 Full, Feb 2