Date: 2016-10-07 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
I think the key here from a mathematical standpoint is this bit:

Cake-cutting is a metaphor for a wide range of real-world problems that involve dividing some continuous object

The object being divided need not be a literal cake, despite the name of the algorithm--the nice thing about how abstract mathematics is is that it can be applied to a range of things, rather than applying very specifically to cake.

But yeah, in real life, I just deal with my imperfect cake divisions. :)

Nevertheless, this is very cool; I used to have a book on cake-cutting algorithms and participated in a workshop on the problem once (at a very basic level), and it's neat hearing more about it!
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