Thursday, November 18, 2010

Graphs Grading and Chess Late Days

Many of you had trouble with tests timing out on FrontDesk in the run up to the graphs deadline. This was because the time allowed for each test was conservative, and a large number of tests were being run at the same time. Therefore, in the interest of fairness, we will be manually resubmitting everyone's graphs submissions as we grade them. This means that the tests will be rerun when the system isn't overloaded. Your grade will either not change or go up if your code was unfairly timed out. Since the staff will be doing the submissions, your late day usage will not be affected.

There have also been some questions about how late days will be used on Chess lab. Unlike Graphs, the previous partner assignment, we are allowing you to use up to two of the maximum of your partnership's late days, which is to say

min(2, max(a's late days, b's late days))

For example, if I have no late days, and my partner has five then we can submit our Chess code one or two days late. If, on the other hand, I have 1 late day and my partner has 1 late day, we can only submit one day late.

The deadline for chess is 23:59 on 30 November. That means that if you have two late days to use, you can submit up to 23:59 on 2 December. The competitive pool will remain open until 23:59 on 3 December, which is the last day of the semester. At that time, we will snapshot the leader board and assign extra credit points as described in the handout.

Please note that the code you submit to FrontDesk is the only code that we'll use to assign testing and style points. If you choose to continue hacking on your chess AI beyond the formal deadline, that's up to you, but it will only count towards your standings in the competition.