In the UK, as in some other countries, we have a search penalty. A proportion of the time taken to search the maze is added to subsequent speed runs. That means that a mouse that did a less than optimal speed run early might get a better score than a mouse that did the best possible route later.
If searching consisted of just a search to the goal followed by a search to the start, a route would exist but it may not be the best.
Anyone have a feeling (or data) to suggest whether it is better to search a bit more or just go with what you have as soon as possible?
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