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Fred76
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-03-06 11:02 PM (#22640 - in reply to #22637) (#22640) Top



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My second point is about making all rounds of equal difficulty. I'm not sure this is the wish of organizers of sudoku mahabharat, but I think it's good to include it into the discussion.

I think nobody never really tried to achieve this at the higher level.
In my opinion, the best that has been done so far was the sudoku GP 2016, but I still think it was far to be sufficient to ensure a fair ranking after the 8 tournaments. I strongly believe that round 2 was harder than any other rounds, for example.

In an ideal world, here is what I would do if I had to try to make all rounds of equal difficulty:


  • Having lot of testers will help to measure the difficulty with more precision. I'm not afraid to say that having a team of at least 20 testers would be needed. The accuracy of measurement would begin to be good enough.

  • Having a precise measurement of difficulty is a good start, but then what you do to ensure all rounds are of equal difficulty? I see 2 solutions here:
    1. Ask all authors to provide their puzzles before the beginning of the competition, test the whole bunch of 50-100 puzzles or more, and then spread the puzzles into rounds so that you can really control the difficulty of every round at the same time. This would require all authors cannot play a single round, because potentially there will be some of their puzzles in each round.
    2.If you don't want to spread the work of authors into several rounds, then you'll have to ask more puzzles from authors, in order to chose them that will fit with the exact difficulty you want, let's say asking 2 times more puzzles that needed, and asking for a lot of minor changes in some puzzles (add/remove digits, etc...) which will denature the work of authors (I think good authors already try several configuration of each puzzles before chosing what he finds is the best one).



To summarize, in my opinion, this require a lot of changes comparing to what we actually do: we would have to find lot of testers, and demanding much more to authors, what could potentially make loose some flavour to the competition (if the work of authors is denatured especially).
Nikola
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-03-07 4:30 AM (#22641 - in reply to #22637) (#22641) Top


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I see that I was misquoted here and think this is the opportunity to put the things on its right place. I hope this topic will not be deleted as the previous one on the other forum.

In my last post I just wanted to reply to Prasanna who asked a question about the fairness, not to "answer to it", or provoke, or anything else. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear enough.

I never said this discussion is completely unnecessary. I said the rules was too complicated completely unnecessary. Please, be precise when you quote me. Yes, I said it was boring and uninteresting before as a player, but didn't say it is boring and uninteresting now.

You probably know my personal aspirations which are in contrast with many of current rules in GP. But this is not my private competition. I accept this role to serve the people and I am doing exactly the things which are in my job description. I can help with some ideas in a future discussion to find best system for GP, but I am there to set up the system which majority of players wants. Please, keep going with the discussion, I will carefully follow your views, as in the past few months.

Edited by Nikola 2017-03-07 4:33 AM
Fred76
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-03-07 5:16 AM (#22642 - in reply to #22640) (#22642) Top



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And finally I would like to speak about the bonus system.

It is the tradition of online and on-site tournaments to reward players who are able to solve all puzzles before the time limit with some bonus points. I don't know another system that the one which consists of fixing nearly arbitrarily an amount of points for each minute saved. This idea seems easy and logic, but I don't think it's in all cases the best one. Historically, a few years ago, most tournaments were "harder", I mean by that, that very few players were able to solve all puzzle before the time limit. Now we see lot of tournaments which are built so that lot of players are able to finish them in time, with the solving time of the winner being sometimes less than half duration. And I think that in tose cases, the bonus system of pts/minute saved show its limits.

As an organizer, how to choose this ratio of pts/minute? Of course, there are some parameters to think about, basically the total number of points of the tournament and the duration of the tournament, but also for the most evoluated version the target solving time of the winner. Despite these thinking elements, I fear the choice is still for a large part arbitrary.

For players who aren't able to solve all puzzles, it's clear that the number of points they earn is the total of points of correctly solved puzzles. And it's not foolish to say that their score reflects their solving speed. If someone scored 80 points and another player score 40 points, we can say the first one was 2 time faster than the second one, or probably the second one would have needed twice as long to earn 80 points.
Hence why not simply extend this property for players that solve correctly all puzzle before the time limit?
This is easy. If the total number of points is N and the duration of the tournament is T, if a player needs a time t to solve correctly all puzzles, then his score should be:

S=N*T/t

If he needs half of the duration of the tournament, then his score will be the double of the total number of points of all puzzles.
It can be applied in all cases, and doesn't have an arbitrary factor to be choosed by the organizer. It'll reflect correctly the solving speed of all players (players who solved everything on time and players who solved partial set).

I could take some examples to see what are the implications:


  • On sudoku GP, I think the actual bonus system with 10 points/minute, considering the total number of points of 600, the duration of tournament 90 minutes, and the target time of winner as being 60 minutes is a clever choice. This means the target score of the winner is 900, exactly the result we have with the formula above. Then there is a reasonable difference between the 2 systems for players finishing between 60 and 90 minutes (the maximum of difference is ~30 points for a player finishing in 73 minutes)

  • For tournaments where the winner use less than half time, typically here the sudoku mahabharat, or some of the rounds of puzzle GP (http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/unofficial-results-wpf-gp-puzzle-2b), using bonus system of pts/minute will produce lower differences between scores (provided that the factor of pts/minute is somehow low, of course). Then the effect is the illusion that easier rounds produce less difference between players. But it's only an illusion, because if you're 3 times slower than the winner, you probably don't deserve to have more than half of his score.



I'll not provide more examples, everyone can think about it and see the implications on ranking of tournaments. I'll just add that, because we are speaking about sudoku mahabharat here, that I think the actual system tends to squeeze the rankings on the top. For example solving all puzzles (100 points) in half time will bring you only 145 points, it doesn't reflect the level of top players comparing to others.
Fred76
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-03-07 5:32 AM (#22643 - in reply to #22641) (#22643) Top



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Nikola - 2017-03-07 4:30 AM

I see that I was misquoted here and think this is the opportunity to put the things on its right place. I hope this topic will not be deleted as the previous one on the other forum.

In my last post I just wanted to reply to Prasanna who asked a question about the fairness, not to "answer to it", or provoke, or anything else. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear enough.

I never said this discussion is completely unnecessary. I said the rules was too complicated completely unnecessary. Please, be precise when you quote me. Yes, I said it was boring and uninteresting before as a player, but didn't say it is boring and uninteresting now.

You probably know my personal aspirations which are in contrast with many of current rules in GP. But this is not my private competition. I accept this role to serve the people and I am doing exactly the things which are in my job description. I can help with some ideas in a future discussion to find best system for GP, but I am there to set up the system which majority of players wants. Please, keep going with the discussion, I will carefully follow your views, as in the past few months.


I didn't want to quote your post in the GP forum in particular. I only have the feeling that this is a posture of some people in the community to answer "The only thing you should care about is solving puzzles", when I point out some issues, or try to have some clever discussion on various subjects.
I'm glad to hear that you're open to the discussions and will follow them. I'm sure you'll make your best to try to improve the GP for the majority of players in the future.

And no I didn't know that your personal aspirations are in contrast with many current rules of GP, as you didn't speak about that publicly (or I missed the discussion).
vopani
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-03-07 3:26 PM (#22646 - in reply to #22643) (#22646) Top


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As one of the core organizers of the first edition of Sudoku Mahabharat a.k.a. SM (2014-15), I'd like to share a few thoughts (mainly focussing on SM).

* SM's main goal is to select the Indian team via Indian Sudoku Championship, and to give an exposure to the 'newer' upcoming players via offline finals and SM playoffs. Which have been successful for 2yrs IMO.

* SM is primarily for Indians. International results and scores should be independent of this. The home page text says 'This is a national contest aimed at encouraging the best sudoku solvers of India to participate and experience the excitement, thrill and puzzling atmosphere on the lines of various national championships and the World Championships.' So, using international scores in any form is unnecessary. But having the scores on the score page gives an indication of 'where you stand' among the best players in the world.

* Being part of LMI over the years, we have experimented with many scoring systems via our monthly tests and annual contests. We've analyzed the points and ratings across the years, and finally decided to go ahead with simple top-player normalization for SM. There are two major reasons for this:
- It is more difficult and time-consuming to ensure consistent difficulty across rounds. And even more difficult when each round has a type-based theme.
- A simple normalization is better than nothing at all. And doesn't take any time.

* As a participant / solver in SM last year, and as per the discussions with my fellow Indian solvers, everyone I spoke to (which includes the top-20/25 solvers in India today) is happy with the current scoring system. So, I don't see any reason for things to change in SM.

* For international scores in SM, the only thing that gets impacted are LMI Ratings. Well, that is open to discussion as long as the Indian system remains the same.

To sum it up, I think SM is great the way it is.
We all have our personal opinions and preferences, and its perfectly ok to agree with some and disagree with others. I, too, personally didn't like the GP scoring system last year due to which I'm not participating this year. Its my personal decision and choice.
detuned
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-03-10 4:46 AM (#22653 - in reply to #22167) (#22653) Top




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You make some good points Rohan, and I suppose this discussion is largely academic. In terms of ISC qualification, the ambiguities are likely to be so far down the list that it would be a real surprise if they then came good and hit the top 4 at the ISC - so it probably won't make a difference to A team selection.

Still, academic discussions are interesting, and having done the analysis prior to the "around the world" round at the 2013 WPC it's fair to say that the limitations of a simple normalisation scheme can be minimised so long as the relative point of normalisation isn't volatile between rounds. But, I also found that in order to give any more than a vague indication of "where you stand", then you also need to take into account the full distribution of solvers. From the data I looked at, the top score didn't do a good job of summarising the different distributions, even when the top score was sort of stable. Normalising by top score on this data resulted in some quirky results between the top 10% and top 50% of ranks.

I said before the scheme was risky. As with any risk, it is not guaranteed to materialise, but that shouldn't absolve the responsible organiser from taking that risk into account. With themed rounds, I think you have an increased risk of volatility in the top score; and if Rohan didn't participate in one of the rounds then the volatility is practically guaranteed.
witty
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-04-13 9:55 AM (#22807 - in reply to #22167) (#22807) Top




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Is the date/venue decided for SM finals?
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Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-04-15 7:05 PM (#22824 - in reply to #22167) (#22824) Top




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can some one tell me when will the registrations for ISC will start?
mohanprashanth
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-04-25 8:44 PM (#22888 - in reply to #22824) (#22888) Top




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Any updates on the finals - is the date yet to be decided? Everyone in the Top 60 is directly in right?
prasanna16391
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-04-26 11:08 AM (#22891 - in reply to #22167) (#22891) Top


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To both of the last two messages, we apologize for the delay in starting up the registration process for the event. We had some difficulties finalizing a venue because of some complications with our planned one. The top 60 will get a chance to attend by default, and we will extend further only if the venue allows for the numbers after the top 60's details of attendance are confirmed. All other details will be announced soon, tentatively expected by first week of May.
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Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-04-30 7:00 AM (#22896 - in reply to #22167) (#22896) Top


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Date and Venue for offline finals

Sudoku Mahabhat - 29th July, Saturday
Puzzle Ramayan - 30th July, Sunday
Venue - Quality Inn Sabari, T. Nagar, Chennai - http://sabarihotels.com/ (Same as last year) (on Google maps)

We will soon be opening the registrations.



vjain9
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-02 9:43 AM (#22900 - in reply to #22167) (#22900) Top




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SM/PR 2017. Would you be sending invites to all those who qualify as per the rules or is it a general registration by all & any one ?
Request to please also clarify - Apart from the TEAM A B C from India for the WSC/WPC based on the Nationals can and how do others participate in it as guests ?
rvarun
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-05 6:05 PM (#22909 - in reply to #22900) (#22909) Top




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vjain9 - 2017-05-02 9:43 AM

SM/PR 2017. Would you be sending invites to all those who qualify as per the rules or is it a general registration by all & any one ?
Request to please also clarify - Apart from the TEAM A B C from India for the WSC/WPC based on the Nationals can and how do others participate in it as guests ?


Hi. As per the below post in the same thread, the Top 60 will be invited for the Finals at the beginning and further invitations will be sent only after the receipt of confirmation from the Top 60 and if venue restrictions permit.

http://logicmastersindia.com/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?pid=22891

The second question will be answered by the WSPC organizers.

Edited by rvarun 2017-05-05 6:06 PM
prasanna16391
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-05 8:10 PM (#22911 - in reply to #22900) (#22911) Top


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vjain9 - 2017-05-02 9:43 AM

Apart from the TEAM A B C from India for the WSC/WPC based on the Nationals can and how do others participate in it as guests ?


In general, we have covered our decisions on Participation limits for WSPC in the relevant topic on the WSPC website - http://wspc2017.logicmastersindia.com/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?... As hosts, LMI will be following the same considerations we have set for other countries - we will have an A and a B team, but further than that, we will only reach out to participants if the venue restrictions permit the same after considering overall registration numbers. Also, any priorities and other considerations will always be made according to the rankings of the Indian Sudoku/Puzzle Championship. You can also find other information about guest fees and so on on the WSPC website - http://wspc2017.logicmastersindia.com/
prasanna16391
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-05 8:44 PM (#22912 - in reply to #22167) (#22912) Top


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Offline Finals - Registration & other details

We have started the registration process for the offline finals. The details can be found here. The top 30 participants each of SM & PR have been emailed the details and need to confirm their registration situation as per the mail. In a week we will be sending a mail for ranks 31-60.

RameshLMI
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-06 12:53 PM (#22914 - in reply to #22167) (#22914) Top




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Its pretty clear that Team A for WSC/WPC will be selected through this offline events, i.e., Top 4 contestants of ISC/IPC. But, how the Team B for WSC/WPC will be selected??
kishy72
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-06 2:55 PM (#22915 - in reply to #22914) (#22915) Top




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RameshLMI - 2017-05-06 12:53 PM

Its pretty clear that Team A for WSC/WPC will be selected through this offline events, i.e., Top 4 contestants of ISC/IPC. But, how the Team B for WSC/WPC will be selected??


Just like the previous year, Team B will comprise people who finish in the top 4 of TIMES sudoku Championship(provided TSC happens).If there is a overlap of contestants between the finalists of TSC and SM , then people further down the ranks in SM finals will fill the remaining spots.

Edited by kishy72 2017-05-06 2:59 PM
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Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-06 3:10 PM (#22917 - in reply to #22915) (#22917) Top




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Team B selected via this mode (TSC or SM/ISC as the case maybe) will be representing WSC only or both WSC & WPC. Or there is Team B only for WSC and no Team B for WPC.
kishy72
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-06 3:21 PM (#22918 - in reply to #22917) (#22918) Top




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RameshLMI - 2017-05-06 3:10 PM

Team B selected via this mode (TSC or SM/ISC as the case maybe) will be representing WSC only or both WSC & WPC. Or there is Team B only for WSC and no Team B for WPC.


Team B selected vide TSC is for representation only in WSC.Team WPC(A/B/C) will consist entirely of persons finishing at the top of the table in PR finals.But keep in mind that the existence of B and C Teams is ONLY if the venue permits that . You can also read through the poll discussion http://wspc2017.logicmastersindia.com/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?...
to know more.
kishy72
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-08 10:30 AM (#22920 - in reply to #22915) (#22920) Top




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kishy72 - 2017-05-06 2:55 PM

RameshLMI - 2017-05-06 12:53 PM

Its pretty clear that Team A for WSC/WPC will be selected through this offline events, i.e., Top 4 contestants of ISC/IPC. But, how the Team B for WSC/WPC will be selected??


Just like the previous year, Team B will comprise people who finish in the top 4 of TIMES sudoku Championship(provided TSC happens).If there is a overlap of contestants between the finalists of TSC and SM , then people further down the ranks in SM finals will fill the remaining spots.


ETA : The top inexperienced contestant from ISKL would also be sent an invite for B Team . Check under the prizes header in the following link .

http://logicmastersindia.com/2016/ISKL/
prasanna16391
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-12 9:11 PM (#22926 - in reply to #22167) (#22926) Top


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Offline Finals - Registration & other details - Follow-up

Continuing the process as detailed here, ranks 31-60 of both SM & PR have now been sent an email. The participants at ranks 1-30 who did not confirm their participation either way have also been sent this email, as a reminder. Please read carefully and let us know about your attendance and payment preference.


avinash175
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-17 4:28 PM (#22939 - in reply to #22167) (#22939) Top




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Hi, Can you tell how the schedule will look like on 29th? like what time the event will begin and end? will help in planning the travel.
rvarun
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-05-17 4:36 PM (#22940 - in reply to #22939) (#22940) Top




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avinash175 - 2017-05-17 4:28 PM

Hi, Can you tell how the schedule will look like on 29th? like what time the event will begin and end? will help in planning the travel.


Hi. It will generally be a day-long event from 9 am to 6 pm including Registration, Prize Distribution etc.
sunderramanv
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-07-14 12:33 PM (#23005 - in reply to #22167) (#23005) Top




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Would we have a sample booklet for the offline finals on Jun 29th?
RameshLMI
Subject: Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2016-17 @ 2017-07-16 5:56 PM (#23006 - in reply to #22167) (#23006) Top




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When is the IB for ISC/SM finals expected??
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