@jonn How did it go? Which team were you on? Will you have a writeup? I'm still working on mine, but it'll be in Russian as usual.

@minoru 35th. Team TBD. We've started write-up, but tl;dr: we wrote a bunch of shakers and a solver that was doing random single-vertex placements. First solver got us ~60th, combined with multishaker (the one that applies good vertex shakers for a while and then run greedy shaker) we got to 35th.

What about you? How big is your team? Which language (we used Rust).

@minoru I'm asking in part because this year we just had 4 people writing shakers and solvers, in 2014 when we got 4th we had 9 people writing AIs and languages to program pacman and ghosts. I'm looking to merge with some team (branding is flexible), because I know we can win the contest, but we often don't have enough people. I was prepping in 2021 and I'm going x10 for 2022.


@jonn We're codingteam, took 30th place this year which is about our best I think. Six people, Scala 2.13; next year it'll probably be Haskell (we were switching between the two for the last few instalments; we're ½ fun ½ will to win).

We solved problems by hand, assisted by a spring-like algorithm, a shaker, a complete randomizer, and a greedy optimizer which tried "unfolding" triangles, rotations, moves and stuff like that. I wasted a lot of time trying to apply a genetic algorithm and a SAT solver, but due to a tiny misunderstanding on my part I was actually doing the wrong thing, so it never got anywhere. Lots of fun though :)

We probably aren't the team you'd be willing to merge with :) But I'm already looking forward to kicking you ass again next year :P

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