Dr. Mike Pinter, professor of mathematics, gave a presentation at the at the annual Mathematical Association of America MathFest held in Hartford, Conn. on Aug. 1-3. The MAA MathFest is the largest annual summertime gathering of mathematicians offers conference sessions including Invited Addresses, Invited Paper Sessions, a Short Course, Contributed Paper Sessions and Minicourses. Pinter’s presentation was part of the Recreational Mathematics: New Problems and New Solutions contributed paper session. In his presentation entitled “Randomly Generating a Dekaaz Poetry Form,” Pinter explained two different ways to count the number of possible variations for a new poetic form called Dekaaz. After offering several examples of Dekaaz he had created, the presentation ended with using coin tosses to randomly generate a Dekaaz variation.
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