Sunday, September 14, 2008

In Praise of Tweaking

This paper presents the results of the second annual Matlab tweaking competition. In this contest, users are tasked with solving an algorithmic problem while minimizing a 'score' created by composing various metrics about the algorithm's performance, such as speed and resources consumed. All submitted algorithms are immediately available to all other contestants, and so a new solution can (and is encouraged) to be created by 'tweaking' someone else's work. In this way, programmers are encouraged to adopt a greater community-centered process.

Although the idea presented was intriguing, this is a magazine article and contributes little to the scientific community.

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