Surprising sudoku

March 1, 2011
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(This article was first published on Xi'an's Og » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

> printSudoku(z)
 +-------+-------+-------+
 |   9   |       | 7   5 |
 |     6 |       |   9   |
 | 4 5 3 | 1 7   | 2 8   |
 +-------+-------+-------+
 |     5 |     7 |   6   |
 | 1   9 | 6 8   |       |
 |   8   |   3   |     1 |
 +-------+-------+-------+
 | 7   2 | 5 9   | 4     |
 |       |     2 | 6 7   |
 |       |   6   |     2 |
 +-------+-------+-------+

Yesterday, I was finishing a sudoku grid in the metro and I ended up with four entries a,b,b,a that could be entered in two symmetric ways! Nothing mathematically surprising. However, this never happened to me before and, while it is obviously a possibility, I had not realised that sudoku creators could choose this option… This is not a well-defined question, but how likely is it that one ends up with such an exchange quadruplet (or rather pair of pairs)?! (The above was written using the sudoku R solver, pointed out there.)


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