Daily Archives: December 16, 2011

new podcast on the traveling salesman problem (and Santa!)

There is a new podcast on the TSP as it relates to Santa’s optimal route. You can listen below. I also included a few show notes.

I incorrectly said that Cook’s Theorem was in 1973. It was in 1971.

Here is my post from last year on Santa and the TSP where I discuss how I found a secret TSP quiz on a grade school math website. That’s a tough problem for grade school children!

At one point I say the “Norse” pole. I just talk too fast–of course I know that Santa lives at the “North” Pole.

Below is a fun video from SAS on Santa’s logistics. It claims that Santa is a SAS user. I’ll let you judge for yourself.


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