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Behav Neurol. 2012; 25(1): 13–22.
Published online 2011 December 29. doi:  10.3233/BEN-2012-0345
PMCID: PMC5294231

Graph Theory of Tower Tasks

Abstract

The appropriate mathematical model for the problem space of tower transformation tasks is the state graph representing positions of discs or balls and their moves. Graph theoretical quantities like distance, eccentricities or degrees of vertices and symmetries of graphs support the choice of problems, the selection of tasks and the analysis of performance of subjects whose solution paths can be projected onto the graph. The mathematical model is also at the base of a computerized test tool to administer various types of tower tasks.

Keywords: Tower of Hanoi, Tower of London, mathematical model, graph

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