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Micromouse competition

OK, this is the newest, most geekiest, thing I've seen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atMkFBfvSNU
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December 4th, 2017 8:09pm
It's cool.

I was pretty upset the first one missed one of the right turns in a long hallway.
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December 4th, 2017 8:16pm
The later hallway he skips left 1x1s is ok because if he has a map of everything he knows they are dead ends before he sees them. But the earlier one he hadn't yet traversed that path.
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December 4th, 2017 8:18pm
Very impressive though after learning the maze it goes back in only 7 seconds.
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December 4th, 2017 8:20pm
What is the scoring?

How long it takes to solve the first time?

The fastest solve, once you know the maze?
Permalink FSK 
December 4th, 2017 8:55pm
Based on watching the 1st and 2nd place winners this year, the rules are:

- unlimited time to search the maze. 1st place winner for example would run down long runs and test its time on the exploratory run, then back up and revisit areas. Not a strategy to take if time is limited on searching.

- after returning to home, you get 3 tries to reach the cheese. Best time is kept.

- Best time to reach cheese after learning maze wins contest.
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December 4th, 2017 9:04pm
It used to be televised in the UK, different universities would compete. It was all quite a bit slower then.
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December 5th, 2017 2:04am
I remember years ago, the winner was not only many times faster than the other competitors, it also gave a audio commentary of what it was thinking along the way.
Permalink Zaq 
December 5th, 2017 3:25am
I think at the top levels of competition, it's less about the software and more about the motors and tire grip.
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December 5th, 2017 9:43am
It's the software too. I think you're sort of assuming they are all using some optimal software algorithm. But look at the 1st and 2nd place, they used totally different software strategies. The winner during the exploratory run was very interested in mapping and testing long runs where it could gain a huge speed advantage and possibly end faster than taking the shorter but more curvy route.
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December 5th, 2017 10:18am
>different strategies

If that's really true, shouldn't they run the competition 5 times and take the best 5 top times?

I.e., run it in one maze, all but the top 3-5 are eliminated.

Then try a couple of different mazes with just those 3-5.

It also should be "blind" where the manager doesn't get to see the maze.  (so that optimal strategy isn't having someone cheat with wifi)
Permalink FSK 
December 5th, 2017 9:08pm

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