Re: Standard Route NOT Standard Maze
I liked your comments about maze solving being as important as testing
motors, etc. Perhaps you should join my campaign to change the scoring
system. With the current factor of 30 applied to "run time" it is a fact
that a 10% increase in muscle is worth around three times as much as a 10%
increase in brains. So you know where to put your effort. This is
particularly galling where a prize is given to the fastest mouse anyway.
I do not, however, agree with your comments about using a standard route to
benchmark mice. I think things like the number of squares in a route and the
length of diagonals is likely to be very important to performance. With
regard to sensor problems etc, I would assume the benchmarks would normally
reflect mice behaving at their best. This may not enable the result of any
one competition to be predicted accurately, but it would give people a target
to aim at and enable people to compare their progress with others around the
world over time. Surely a worthwhile objective?