Decimal display feedback + - + - + + - ...
|Opened on:||Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 03:19|
|Last modified:||Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 20:36|
This is motivated during evolving the All Hands solution. The final version is really trying to squeeze every little bit and the current decimal display does not reveal if the wiggle is generating any progress below the 3rd decimal place. If one could directly detect that there is still potential it would be easier to know when to stop wiggling.
(Note: there is an indirect way of detecting progress. Just do Ctrl-N and see if reatins the current wiggle configuration or restores a prior one.)
Add a charater display in the fifth and sixth decimal position. The fifth would be a + if there has been a new best during the wiggle. The sixth position would be + if it was better than the previous state and minus is less.
So if the current best is 123.456(789) and the wiggle interanal values are
the current display is only
The enhanced display would be
There is real value in the enhancement as sometime the wiggle shows little progress, say the 3 decimal place every 5th or 6th tick and then hits a sweet spot where each tick can be a tenth of a point. Knowing progress is still being made would be great.
Granted during normal puzzle solution this is less important as the composer is looking for larger gains but during the All Hands solution you are looking for any gain at all.