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The Seventeenth Annual NES/MAA Dinner Meeting in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.  Dr. Susan Loepp, Williams College, gave the 2019 Preskenis Lecture, "What Hat are You Wearing? An Introduction to the Hat Game".

Dr. Loepp is the 2010 winner of the NES/MAA Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching, a 2012 winner of the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award, and one of the 2013 inaugural Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and her research area is commutative algebra. Susan is a co-author with William Wootters, Williams College, of Protecting Information: From Classical Error Correction to Quantum Cryptography; Dr. Wooters is one of the founders of the field of quantum information theory. Dr. Loepp has supervised research for more than fifty undergraduate students and she frequently serves as a faculty advisor for the REU program at Williams College.

Abstract:  We first introduce, and play, a team game for three players involving hats.  We discuss possible strategies for the game, and explore how to maximize the chances for winning. We then generalize the game and our strategies to more than three players. Perhaps surprisingly, the Hat Game has connections to error-correcting codes.


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We thank Sodexho and the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs for their support of the 2019 NES/MAA Dinner Meeting in Memory of Kenneth J. Preskenis.

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