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#1 Qwertyman

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 12:23 AM

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This is just a little project I whipped up for a class at school. We had to design our own experiment and carry it out. I decided to see if a computer controlled robot could beat a human in a simulated maze. This type of situation might be relevant in a burning building, where it might be perilous to risk human life, but a robot might be too slow to save lives.

Well, anyway, this is just a basic 3d maze, with a 2d equivalent that the robot moved through. To test the robot maze, click on one of the blue arrows next to the robot maze. Likewise, to test yourself in one of the human mazes, click on the corresponding arrow. The arrow keys move the user. Shift makes the user run faster.

The 3d maze map can be brought up by pressing the Space key. You are the blue arrow, and you must make it to the goal represented by a red circle. However, there is fire placed throughout the maze that does not show up on the maze overlay. The user cannot walk through the fire, and must find another way. Touch the big blue rectangle at the end to stop the timer.

When you receive your 5 times, you can post them. Please only post your first scores, as posting your "best" scores will throw off my data. You can post your best scores after your first scores if you like, and I'll list the best score for each maze. However, I would really appreciate it if you also tested a friend or family member who is not very computer-literate. I am guessing that most of the users on this forum are adept with computers. Testing someone who isn't as good with computers will balance my data.

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#2 Metroid48

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 12:44 AM

I beat the computer on all the mazes, except the last. Here are my first try scores:

2110
3332
2506
3661
3116

I think that, as for a robot's pathfinding abiltiy, it would have a camera to detect obstacles before it practically hit them. In that case, it would have likely beaten me in most cases, as it wouldn't have to run into a fire wall to know it's there.

Anyway, good experiment.
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#3 Toni12

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 01:04 AM

I got 1406 on the first maze. But for the human you need to add var's like stamina and stuff.
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 01:10 AM

I got 1406 on the first maze. But for the human you need to add var's like stamina and stuff.

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Adding variables such as that would only complicate matters more, especially for the computer illiterate. When you design an experiment, you want to have as little variables in your experiment as possible. That way, you can find a correct corrolation between your two data groups - one that isn't depedent on more than one variable.
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#5 Game Maker Freako

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 01:11 AM

The anwser is no

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 01:12 AM

The anwser is no

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Er, maybe you'd like to try it first before jumping to conclusions? What I found is that those with fairly decent computer skill can beat the robot, so perhaps you could beat it.

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#7 Toni12

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 01:16 AM

But to have a correct experiment you need all variables to be factored in or else it not right. Like a robot wouldn't get tired when a human would.
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#8 Qwertyman

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 01:49 AM

The question I intend to solve is "can a computer-controlled robot solve a maze faster than a human?" not "can a robot outlast a human?" or "is a robot smarter than a human?"

I appreciate your input; however, I don't think it is really relevant to this project.
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#9 Game Maker Freako

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 02:11 AM

The anwser is no

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Er, maybe you'd like to try it first before jumping to conclusions? What I found is that those with fairly decent computer skill can beat the robot, so perhaps you could beat it.

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I did play it the anwser is no

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 03:44 AM

The anwser is no

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Er, maybe you'd like to try it first before jumping to conclusions? What I found is that those with fairly decent computer skill can beat the robot, so perhaps you could beat it.

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I did play it the anwser is no

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Could you please post your times? It would help me mucho.
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#11 goodman84

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 03:48 AM

dude wtf what the heck are the F*ing keys?
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#12 Qwertyman

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 04:03 AM

Ah, I guess I should have made it clear that you use the arrow keys to move. I have edited my original post.

Well, anyway, this is just a basic 3d maze, with a 2d equivalent that the robot moved through.  To test the robot maze, click on one of the blue arrows next to the robot maze.  Likewise, to test yourself in one of the human mazes, click on the corresponding arrow.  The arrow keys move the user.  Shift makes the user run faster.


In addition, space brings up an overlay map.

Edited by qwertyman, 18 March 2006 - 04:04 AM.

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#13 A.R.T.games

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 04:18 AM

wow this is good but this is more of sun thing like can the ai beat a Human. computers are very fast but really dum. They just do watt you tell the to(most of the time). So if
you tell a computer to solve 1000+11213123 and a Human to the computer will finish
first. So this is more of a A.I thing.
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#14 Ringopolis

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 04:46 AM

srry didnt have to time to complete all mazes, but great game, i beat comp every time. If later you wanted to use this for a game, i think it would rock

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#15 ejackson

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 06:06 AM

I don't even get what to do :)
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#16 johnmyster

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 07:03 AM

I beat the robot on all the mazes:

1.1705
2.3422
3.1722
4.3349
5.2198
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#17 tommy sprat

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 09:22 AM

there is no end
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#18 Qwertyman

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 02:52 PM

Thanks, johnymyster. And tommysprat, there is a ending to all the mazes. You just have to hit the big blue rectangle that says "Touch this to win."
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#19 jmpearson2001

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 04:56 PM

hmmm.... looks like a the windows screensaver... weerd
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Posted 13 July 2006 - 08:02 PM

Here are my scores:

Maze 01: 2663
Maze 02: 2254
Maze 03: 2373
Maze 04: 2343
Maze 05: 2343
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#21 FireWire Games

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 02:59 AM

I beat the robot in every maze...then again, I am the best in my computer class...
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#22 Qwertyman

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 03:05 AM

I beat the robot in every maze...then again, I am the best in my computer class...

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Wow, I forgot about this project... apparently people do read my signature :)

Edited by qwertyman, 07 February 2007 - 03:05 AM.

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#23 mr.cooljamesbond

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 03:31 AM

This is a terrible experiment because all robots can be tremendously different.
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#24 Qwertyman

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 07:53 PM

This is a terrible experiment because all robots can be tremendously different.

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And if you had taken the time to read the info in my game, you would have noticed that I said that the robot speed was an average taken from a sample of search and rescue robots. And I'm not testing the robot's efficiency, I'm testing your efficiency. It doesn't matter as long as everything is relative.
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#25 sasracer

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 09:24 PM

hey, I forgot my times, but I beat the robot every time but the last one, and the second one I SMOKED the robot.
Ps. Am I suposed to use the map.
PPs. I didnt know we could run faster.
PPPs. Sorry bout the guy who died.
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#26 frank34443

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 10:50 PM

Okay well here is what happened. About a year ago I downloaded this, had no idea what to do and erased it. I found this again and downloaded it, read the rules, instructions etc.. So here are my times. I BEAT THE ROBOT ON ALL MAZES.

1)1617
2)1934
3)1481
4)1697
5)2147

Nice project/experiment. I give it an 8/10.
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#27 Qwertyman

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 01:47 AM

Okay well here is what happened. About a year ago I downloaded this, had no idea what to do and erased it. I found this again and downloaded it, read the rules, instructions etc.. So here are my times. I BEAT THE ROBOT ON ALL MAZES.

1)1617
2)1934
3)1481
4)1697
5)2147

Nice project/experiment. I give it an 8/10.

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Thanks for taking the time to do this! It got me an A. Last year, though <_< .
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Posted 19 February 2007 - 10:58 AM

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I've beaten the AI!!!

Edited by CODE 609, 19 February 2007 - 11:01 AM.

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