17 February 2009

Pavages aléatoires par touillage de dominos

Pavages aléatoires par touillage de dominos, by Thierry de la Rue et Elise Janvresse. ("Random tilings by domino shuffling", roughly.) This expository article describes work, mostly by Jim Propp and coauthors, on the generation of random tilings. As you can guess from the title, it's in French. If you don't read French you can look at the pretty pictures.

Also, this article is on a web page; the people who make the web page have used Javascript in such a way that in various places, if you want more detail, there's a link that you can click on and more detailed explanations will appear in place in the article. This may be a useful presentation technique, although it's hard to know because this is the first time I've seen it.

3 comments:

Sean Henderson said...

I saw a post about this back in September or October. I thought it was on your site, but maybe it was another. I'll have to look around and see if I can find it. The general premise was using it for mathematics papers so that they can be as terse or as verbose as necessary (depending on the abilities and understanding of the person reading the paper).

JD said...

I saw an article that was advocating a similar style hanging on a bulletin board in the math department of Utah while I was visiting once. I don't remember the author any more, but I seem to recall that they accomplished the same effect by using various levels of indentation, but also the overall structure was quite different than a more usual proof.

GB said...

Google translate does a fair job on the page.