The results of the Tenth Interstellar Contest on Fuun Programming were announced this afternoon. If you've been wondering where I've been the last couple of days, I'm in Freiburg attending the ICFP Conference. Yes, we were invited after being told we had "won a prize" the week after the contest.
We came in a very close 2nd with 84.92%, beaten only by Team Smartass who took top honours yet again (they won last year) with 90.22%. Team Smartass is a team of four Googlers from the Mountain View office, with an ex-South African (Daniel Wright). And surprisingly, the only member of their team to come to the conference was him! So three of the four prize winners that are here are South African. A quote from the contest report sums it all up:
Incidentally, Africa was the continent with the highest percentage of winning teams.Go Africa!! There was also another South African team, which I'm curious to find out who they were. There's a graph in the report showing the scores of the top six teams over the 72 hours and we were in the lead until the very last hour when Smartass made a big jump just leaping past us.
The organisers were concerned about a brute-force approcach of drawing the scene manually doing too well. Well, they were correct to be concerned as the third place team and judges prize went to Celestial Dire Badger (Jed Davis on his own) who got 75.59% using this strategy.
The top 15 scores:
|Place||Score||Survival chance||Team name|
|2||224623||84.92%||United Coding Team|
|3||293898||75.59%||Celestial Dire Badger|
So the judges have declared that:
Perl is a fine tool for many applicationsKeep your eyes open for a post on our tools and how we morphed Endo! There is just one thing we'd like to ask all the keen Endo hackers out there that is not answered by the contest report. Anyone have a blinking clue as to what the "crucial hint to solving the contest sneakily hidden in the Major Imp stories" is?