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Non-sexist solution of the ménage problem

Article by Kenneth P. Bogart
  • Published in 1985
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The ménage problem asks for the number of ways of seating \(n\) couples at a circular table, with men and women alternating, so that no one sits next to his or her partner. We present a straight-forward solution to this problem. What distinguishes our approach is that we do not seat the ladies first.

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@article{NonSexistMenage,
	title = {Non-sexist solution of the m{\'{e}}nage problem},
	author = {Kenneth P. Bogart},
	url = {http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/{\~{}}doyle/docs/menage/menage/menage.html},
	urldate = {2013-06-16},
	abstract = {The m{\'{e}}nage problem asks for the number of ways of seating \(n\) couples at a circular table, with men and women alternating, so that no one sits next to his or her partner. We present a straight-forward solution to this problem. What distinguishes our approach is that we do not seat the ladies first.},
	comment = {},
	collections = {Puzzles,Easily explained},
	year = 1985
}