First Advisor

Brewer, Rebecca G.

Second Advisor

Seibert, James A.


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

65 pages


Seeing patterns in the world is part of the human condition. If the numbers 2, 4, 6, 8,... are put before someone they will readily recognize the pattern of counting by two and be able to continue the sequence with the number 10, 12, . . . . Similarly, someone who is moderately acquainted with mathematics would recognize the numbers 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,... as the Fibonacci sequence. Yet, patterns are not simply limited to what can be observed within mathematical relationships. Yet, while humans can identify the pattern found within the frieze, a computer could not perform the same recognition with the ease or sophistication inherent to the human mind. Even the seemingly simple act of reading and comprehending the sentences on a page is an example of pattern recognition that can be performed with a sense of effortlessness by a human, but with only moderate success by a computer.

Date of Award

Spring 2007

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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