Two more mini-contests: Best Result and Square One

Posted by Ned Gulley,

The contest ends on Wednesday. Between now and then we’ll try two more mini-contests to keep things interesting.

First, we’ll do a Best Result contest. As usual with this prize, there is no penalty for time. If you can get it to run without timing out, then it qualifies. We’ll be looking at the “Result” column only of the “Best Result” table on the Statistics page. Deadline for this contest is midnight tonight, UTC, or 8 November 00:00:00 UTC.

Alan had a number of interesting, one might say poetic, suggestions for other mini-contests. My favorite: “Solvers that when viewed in the MATLAB editor form ASCII art, yet are still able to run.” I’m not sure how to score that one, so I’ll go with his first suggestion. We’ll call this one the Square One Challenge. You’re trying to get the best score possible given the constraint that you always have to start with square one (row = 1, column = 1, index = 1). As with the No Bogus Words Challenge in the last contest, you’ll need to signal your intent so we can determine the winner. Put the three letters SOC at the beginning of your entry’s name (e.g. “SOC Killer Kudzu”). We’re not changing the contest scoring code, so we’ll be checking your code after the fact. When the deadline has passed, we’ll look at the leading SOC entry and check it. Beware: if any of your vines don’t start on square one, you will be disqualified from winning the Square One Challenge on any other entries, and we’ll move on to the next potential winner. The SOC winner needs to be submitted before midnight tomorrow, 9 November 00:00:00 UTC.

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