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Blackbox Contest Wrap-up

Posted by Helen Chen,

Blackbox Contest Wrap-up The Winners Page, Contest Evolution, and Final Analysis are now on the site. Thanks to Alan Chalker for writing the final detailed analysis of the entire contest progression. Don’t miss hearing about the next MATLAB Contest. Sign up for our MATLAB Contest mailing list. Send e-mail to with... read more >>

Blackbox: Contest Evolution

Posted by Matthew Simoneau,

Blackbox: Contest Evolution Blackbox: Contest Evolution By Matthew Simoneau To those who’ve read our past Evolution documents, the familiar plots and commentary are now on included in the Statistics. That way, we can update them continually over the course of the contest. Contents Beam Use Activity of the winners Conclusion Colophon Beam Use The fifth entry to take the lead, Nick Howe’s... read more >>

Blackbox: Final Analysis

Posted by Matthew Simoneau,

Blackbox: Final Analysis Blackbox, Final Analysis by Alan Chalker Introduction Test Suite Probing Case Probing Obfuscation Final Submissions Other’s ‘Hacking’ Partnering Offer Introduction Unlike many of the past contests’ final analysis pages, this analysis isn’t going to focus on the details of the winning entry’s algorithm, but rather on the various entries and procedures surrounding all the ‘probing’ that went on during this contest. While probing itself is... read more >>

Alfonso Nieto-Castanon wins the Generality Award

Posted by Matthew Simoneau,

Alfonso Nieto-Castanon wins the Generality Award As previously announced, we’ve awarded a Generality Prize for the best performing entry on a larger, unseen, test suite. A list of top ten contestants is now at the top of the Statistics. ... read more >>

And the winner is… 3

Posted by Ned Gulley,

And the winner is… Congratulations to our new contest winner, Alan Chalker, who won with the ultimate ultimate of his “The End” series, End of it all. Alan walked away with the Tuesday Leap prize, and still had enough secrets in his back pocket to take the top slot. Alan wins (another) piece of... read more >>

Queue is closed 1

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Queue is closed The contest queue is now closed. Just to be clear, any entries that made it into the queue, but are timestamped later than 17:00:00 will be removed. ... read more >>

The Generality Prize

Posted by Ned Gulley,

The Generality Prize Of course we have been following with great interest the discussions regarding probing vs. “legitimate” solving. Some of the problems raised by probing are philosophical and relatively intractable, whereas others are straightforward. As we’ve said before, our main interest is in making the contest entertaining, so we rely on you... read more >>

Alan Chalker Makes the Tuesday Leap 2

Posted by Matthew Simoneau,

Alan Chalker Makes the Tuesday Leap Alan Chalker‘s submission that took first place in the final minutes of Tuesday wins him the Tuesday Leap award. His submission improved on the top score over 6x more than any other that day. Impressive! ... read more >>

Alfonso Nieto-Castanon Wins 1000 Character Challenge, Tuesday Leap Begins

Posted by Matthew Simoneau,

Alfonso Nieto-Castanon Wins 1000 Character Challenge, Tuesday Leap Begins Alfonso Nieto-Castanon submitted the best entry under 1000 characters on Monday before 10PM, winning our 1000 Character Challenge. We congratulate this new inductee into the Hall of Fame. Tuesday’s challenge is to submit the entry that makes the biggest single improvement in score, our Tuesday Leap. We’ve added this... read more >>

Jan Langer wins the Push, 1000 Character Challenge Announced 2

Posted by Matthew Simoneau,

Jan Langer wins the Push, 1000 Character Challenge Announced Corruption in the database brought the contest down from late last night until this morning. We’re sorry the contest was offline so long while put the contest back together. Thanks for your patience with us. Jan Langer won the slightly truncated Big Sunday Push, closely followed by Per Rutquist... read more >>

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