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### Does every 5-celled animal tile the plane?

An animal in the plane is a finite set of grid-aligned unit squares in $\mathbb{R}^2$. (The definition is the same as a polyomino, but where we relax the connectivity requirement.) One may ...
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### Tiling rectangle with trominoes - an invariant

There are two types of trominoes, straight shapes and L-shaped. Suppose a rectangle $R$ admits at least one tiling using trominoes, with an even number of L-trominoes. EDIT: we do not admit ALL ...
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### Minimum number of distinct triangles for tesselating the sphere

Consider sequences of tesselations of the sphere. For instance, one such sequence might start with an icosahedron and proceed by subdividing each triangle face into 4 triangles and projecting the new ...
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### Relation Between Truncated Braid Groups and Regular Tilings of the Complex and Hyperbolic Plane

This is perhaps a vague question, but hopefully there exists literature on the subject. The question is motivated by an answer I gave to this question on math.SE. There exists a rather remarkable ...
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### Minimum tiling of a rectangle by squares

Given the $n\times m$ rectangle, I want to compute the minimum number of integer-sided squares needed to tile it (possibly of different sizes). Is there an efficient way to calculate this?
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### Inequality among domino tilings of large triomino shapes

Inspired by this question, which asks for what shape maximizes the number of domino tilings, I want to ask the following seemingly simpler question, which I have been thinking about for a while: ...
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### Possible structures for minimal tiling sets

Inspired by Col. Sicherman's results here, my speculations have so far outrun my expertise that I thought I might pass my question along to others who might find it equally intriguing, but perhaps ...
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### Optimal planar net for catching convex shapes

Imagine you want to make a net out of string to filter and catch objects of a certain size, minimizing the length of string employed. (This actually arises in filtering biological impurities from ...
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### If two convex polygons tile the plane, how many sides can one of them have?

The set of convex polygons which tile the plane is, as of $2017$, known: it consists of all triangles, all quadrilaterals, $15$ families of pentagons, and three families of hexagons. Euler's formula ...
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### Tiling rectangles using all squares of sides 1, 2, 3, ..., n

Do integers n greater than 2 exist such that all the squares of sides 1, 2, 3, ..., n can be partitioned into two or more sets (none a singleton) each of whose squares can be used to tile a rectangle?
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### Hooks, monomers, dimers and Young diagrams: Part II

As promised, I've upgraded my last question. Consider the $k$-by-$n$ partition $\lambda_n=(n,\dots,n)$ and its corresponding Young diagram $Y_{n,k}$, which is a $k\times n$ rectangle of cells. Now, ...
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### Mixing time for dimers on the square-octagon graph

Consider the "fortress graph" of order $n$ (see Figure 9 of http://faculty.uml.edu/jpropp/tiling/www/mdblum/arctic.html). It's been known empirically for twenty years that if one turns the set of ...
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### symmetric difference of temperate zone and inscribed disk

For random domino tilings of the Aztec diamond of order $n$ or random lozenge tilings of the regular hexagon of order $n$, what's the typical order of magnitude of the area of the symmetric difference ...
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### Chromatic number of rectangle tilings

Suppose we have a region of the plane tiled by finitely many rectangles. We want to color the rectangles so that two rectangles have different colors if they share a part of an edge or if they share ...
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### Distance spectra of uniform tilings

Let a uniform tiling be defined by a vertex configuration $(n_1.n_2.\cdots.n_k)^m$, which is either spherical, Euclidean or hyperbolic. Assume that the tiling is vertex-transitive, especially that ...
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### Aperiodic tile with rational area

Margulis and Mozes constructed aperiodic tiling system on the hyperbolic plane consisting of a single tile(hyperbolic polygon) whose area (or each inner angle) is irrational multiple of $\pi$. Having ...
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### chromatic number of plane using Cairo pentagonal tiling

Scale the Cairo pentagonal tiling so the short side is of length 1. Then it is easy to colour the tiling with 8 colours, two parallel ribbons of four colours each, to establish that the chromatic ...
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### How many positions of a tile can occur in a periodic tiling?

In my recent question about polygonal tilings where tiles can occur in infinitely many positions, both constructions given as solutions are of self-similar nature. This means in particular that there ...
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### Tilings of the plane and meromorphic functions on the plane

This question has three up-votes on m.s.e. but isn't getting any answers. Every textbook says every doubly-periodic meromorphic function on $\mathbb C$ has a fundamental domain that is a ...
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### Tiling a rectangle with weighted cells (min-max problem)

I have been struggling with a research problem. The problem can be formalized as follows: Given a $n\times m$ matrix $A$ containing cells with non-negative integer values, partition it in $J$ ...
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### Is there a Fourier transform for principal r-discrete groupoids?

I have been looking for an analog of the Fourier transform for groupoids coming from tilings (which are generally principal and r-discrete), however all the generalizations I have found assume that ...
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### Cutting polygons into mutually similar and non-congruent pieces

It is well-known that a square can be cut into a finite number of squares all of mutually different sides (hence mutually non-congruent) - for example, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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### Tradeoffs in translation-invariant tilings of $\mathbb{R}^3$

Suppose I tile $\mathbb{R}^3$ in a ($\mathbb{Z}^3$-)translation-invariant manner. If we insist on the tiling being regular, then we are left with only the cubic tiling. However, suppose that we ...
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### Graphs determined by monohedral, edge-to-edge tilings of the plane

Let $\cal T$ be a monohedral, edge-to-edge tiling of the plane, with prototile $T$ a simple polygon, and with one edge $e^*$ of $T$ distinguished. Associate a graph $G=G_{\cal T}$ with $\cal T$ as ...
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### Tiling of polygons in $\mathbb{R}^2$ by squares

Let $X\subset \mathbb{R}^2$ be a polygon (possibly nonconvex, but not intersecting itself) with all the sides parallel to one of the axes. I am interested on whether $X$ can be tiled by (finitely ...
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### Number of labelings of symmetric hexagonal tilings P(a,b,c) with j descents

I am searching for the Number of labelings of symmetric hexagonal tilings If the hexagon is of the form P(n,n,n) then the coefficients can be found here A217311 I am looking for the coefficients of ...
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### Generalizations of classical tiling problem

A classic problem using an inductive construction is to show that the $2^n \times 2^n$-square, with a missing corner, can be tiled with L-triominoes. The proof goes like this: It is true for $n=1$, ...
For which positive integers n is $n^2$ the sum of precisely n smaller positive squares? Of these n x n squares, which can be actually cut into n smaller squares?