I've seen many bots have KNNPBI; however my bot still have no KNNPBI (all zeros) after a long period of time ;( http://literumble.appspot.com/BotDetails?game=roborumble&name=aaa.SimpleBot%200.022d
So what's required for a bot to have KNNPBI?
Finally after having 978 pairings the KNNPBI is shown. Anyway, still wondering what made KNNPBI to be all zeros.
And in 0.022b the KNNPBI is still all zeros, see http://literumble.appspot.com/BotDetails?game=roborumble&name=aaa.SimpleBot%200.022b
You should have more pairings but I don't know how does it decide.
The computation of those values are batched, they are computed every 24 hours. One possible explanation for the older version to be still all zeroes is that maybe only the latest version of a bot is considered when doing the computation? Not sure about this, though. Just makes sense, had a really superficial look at the code. You can probably try to figure it out here: https://bitbucket.org/jkflying/literumble/src/38f6e71de1c6?at=default
KNNPBI (and the other batched rankings, NNP, Vote) are calculated once every 8 hours, since they can't be calculated incrementally. If you remove your bot before it is calculated, it won't be calculated, since it doesn't get recalculated on old bots.
Btw, is that possible for a bot to have vote and ANPP calculated and shown correctly, while having NPP and KNNPBI unavailable?
The link below captures an instance of such weird thing. http://web.archive.org/web/20181001092218/http://literumble.appspot.com/BotDetails?game=roborumble&name=aaa.n.ScalarN%200.011d.147
It seems that both 1v1 and melee now shows "Rankings Stable" instead of "Rankings Not stable".
I once thought that "Rankings Not Stable" is hardcoded to show that the rankings are never stable so one should always run more battles.
But today is the first time I noticed "Rankings Stable", quite surprising.
So, what's the mechanism behind "Rankings Stable" and "Rankings Not Stable"? Is "Rankings Stable" displayed whenever every bot gets a full pairings?
Your observation coincide with mine. Once all bots paired with each other at least once, the ranking get the stable status. Sometimes it does not happen for a long time because of missing bots or some bots crashing with a newer version of robocode. This is why the participants list sometimes get pruned.
If the ranking is unstable for a long time, I usually look which bot is missing a pair and search for a reason in the rumble client log.
Usually, stabilization takes about a day for each new bot.
Yeah, Monk gets an incorrect url for nearly half a year, making newly updated bots missing that pairing. And in 1v1 there are more bots having problems with current settings (robocode 188.8.131.52 and Java 8).
Should we have a clean up, or create a new rumble to remove bots having compatibility problem, which only adds noice to the rumble?
I personally oscillating between "if the author does not care, why should I?" and "preserve the history". If you are in the second camp, let me remind about my FixingParticipantLinks script which relinks missing bots to strange automata archive.
What is our problem with Java 8? Do we already have bots with Java 9? Or robocode itself is not backward compatible and you see it on big enough robot pull?
My opinion is that as long as a bot works fine on current settings (robocode 184.108.40.206 and Java 8), we should "preserve the history". But once it produces random result (e.g. crashing half of the time), we should remove it (until the author should fix it).
Bots known to crash on some machines:
apc.Caan 1.0 dam.MogBot 2.9 sgp.JollyNinja 3.53
I've been away for quite some time and I'll probably come back once I graduate. I still care about my bots, though (despite Monk being buggy as hell atm). I used to make use of Drive to provide the links, but I didn't know they would break after some time. What would you guys suggest me to do? Is the solution proposed above (fix script) sufficient for now?
Well, do not trust the modern hype i.e. a cloud. But I guess you already know it.
If you cannot host your bot yourself. Put it in the cloud, usually within a day or earlier appears at [archive]. Then just update the link to point there. I think, as of now, it is the most reliable way. Many thanks to Rednaxela for this effort.
Updating the participants list manually fails from time to time, network issue, misoperation, etc. But removing a bot from rumble takes O(1) time, but re-adding n bots takes O(mn) time where m is the total amount of participants.
However, it takes O(1) time in principle to re-add a bot, since no data is lost. Is that possible to tweak the literumble to support faster re-adding?
Re-adding bots actually only takes 2*m, once to add the bot, and once to add all of the pairings after all of the other bots have been added. Doing something different would require updating the rumble protocol, which I'd prefer not to touch.
Finally 220.127.116.11 is out, with Skilgannon's shorter bot list update time. Any plan to move on? And then we can use lambdas without transpilers as well.
According to git, there is a bug fix (fixing SittingDuck craches) either at 18.104.22.168 or right after release. Unfortunately git does not have the tag. May be we can ask fnl to make one more release or at least clarify this part.
But I am personally not so exited about java 10 coming forward. Debian stable has only java-9 in the distribution. It will be a pain to switch to java 10. I think so far we agreed that robocode clients should support java 8 not even java 9.
Do those lambda things are so critical for bots development? I know you apparently use them but do you really need them. Do they give you extra speed or robustness?
yeah, Java 9/10 support is poor even in today, and they didn’t add anything as useful as lambdas, so stick with java 8 is never a big problem.
However, with lambdas, Java 8 is a completely different language. Lambdas gain more optimizations (e.g. omitting unnecessary object allocation) comparing to anonymous class, and with lambdas you can avoid several unnecessary boxing and unboxing which is unreasonably slow, so yes, they give more speed; Lambdas remove several crufts in Java development prior to lambdas, resulting cleaner and more readable code, so yes they give robustness.
I personally relay on lambdas heavily for cleaner and more readible code, but with customized build scripts, I can easily transpile my code to java 7, so moving on is not much beneficial for me. But it’s not easy to setup such a build script, so for other people, especially new-comers, they will never have a chance to use lambdas in robocode development. They will even be scared and despaired by the fact that their bot can not run on roborumble, even with Java 8.
By not moving on to robocode 22.214.171.124+, we are wasting a large part of effort of moving to java 8. With the better bot list update mechanism, I think it’s definitely time to move on.
Since today, when uploading results, this message keeps appearing in my RoboRumble client:
java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 500 for URL: http://literumble.appspot.com/UploadedResults
Did anybody observe similar results?
Ah, this was caused by a bug due to a new check I added for dropping battles more than 24 hours old (to prevent old versions being added back by mistake). Can you try again and let me know if it is fixed for you now?
It seems that when uploading out-dated pairings, it is still receiving http 500, which cause those out-dated pairings to be doubled (another bug) and re-uploaded twice each time... And then failing with doubled time, which grows like crazy.
Will you change the response to something like "200, out-dated pairings dropped" or so to fix this? Thanks ;)
java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 500 for URL: http://literumble.appspot.com/UploadedResults Unable to upload results meleerumble,35,1000x1000,Xor,1505812985874,SERVER abc.Shadow 3.84i,24248,6434,28 maribo.mini.MiniQuester 0.1,16657,4100,5 java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 500 for URL: http://literumble.appspot.com/UploadedResults Unable to upload results meleerumble,35,1000x1000,Xor,1505812985874,SERVER abc.Shadow 3.84i,24248,6434,28 aaa.ScaledBot 0.01d,15278,3625,1 java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 500 for URL: http://literumble.appspot.com/UploadedResults Unable to upload results meleerumble,35,1000x1000,Xor,1505812985874,SERVER abc.Shadow 3.84i,24248,6434,28 mld.DustBunny 3.8,14411,3784,0 java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 500 for URL: http://literumble.appspot.com/UploadedResults Unable to upload results meleerumble,35,1000x1000,Xor,1505812985874,SERVER abc.Shadow 3.84i,24248,6434,28 cb.nano.Insomnia 1.0,11918,2981,1 java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 500 for URL: http://literumble.appspot.com/UploadedResults Unable to upload results meleerumble,35,1000x1000,Xor,1505812985875,SERVER abc.Shadow 3.84i,24248,6434,28 ayk.WallHugger 1.0,8941,2568,0 java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 500 for URL: http://literumble.appspot.com/UploadedResults Unable to upload results meleerumble,35,1000x1000,Xor,1505812985875,SERVER abc.Shadow 3.84i,24248,6434,28 yk.JahRoslav 1.1,8499,1922,0 java.io.IOException: Server returned HTTP response code: 500 for URL: http://literumble.appspot.com/UploadedResults Unable to upload results meleerumble,35,1000x1000,Xor,1505812985875,SERVER abc.Shadow 3.84i,24248,6434,28 rampancy.Durandal 2.1d,7268,1522,0
this is what I'm getting constantly (everytime it uploads).
It's been a while since we have updated the rumble client version, and the new version brings several important fixes. I'd really appreciate if someone set up a quick benchmark for a battle or two for each bot in the rumble, and then run it on old and new versions to make sure we don't have any regressions. Once this is done we can upgrade the client =)
As far as I know, Robocode 126.96.36.199 hasn't been officially released yet. The website and GitHub still name 188.8.131.52 as the latest version, and there is no 184.108.40.206 download. You can only get it by building from the latest git master. What I linked to was a draft of the new changelog.
I don't think any new releases will be made until poor Fnl finishes dealing with all of the bugs reports I piled onto him. What I have been doing for the past week is emptying my mental list of annoyances with Robocode onto its bugtracker.
So currently, it is still in development, and it's a bit too early to do regression testing with this new version.
Recently, I noticed that more than half of the battles are dropped as queue is full — however, this won't happen even if I wait a few minutes. Seems that all the rumble clients are uploading battles periodically, and that upload is pretty concentrated — e.g. All four clients of mine upload ~200 battles within ~3 minutes, which makes the queue get full immediately. And If I take a look at literumble/statistics, I can see that there are 5 to 7 clients uploading within 2 minutes.
It generally takes a client about 15 min to finish 50 battles, but if we vary this to primes, the uploads will get evenly distributed, reducing the high concurrent which causes a lot of dropped battles.
Reducing NUMBATTLES would probably help here too. It would also reduce the delay which is the main cause of duplicated pairings for new bots being entered. Maybe a NUMBATTLES of 20 in the main rumble would be good enough to solve the client component of this.
However, I think one of the main causes of the full queue is the batch processing for Vote/NPP/KNNPBI, since the queue needs to paused while this is running. Because it is paused the projected processing time goes very high, and it stops accepting new uploads. I have an idea on how to tune this, it should help a bit.
However, even a NUMBATTLES of 3 can't prevent most of the battles from being dropped ;/
Seems that with 8 clients running the rumble at the same time, no attempt will help without stopping some clients.
Worth mention that I can notice dropped battles when there are 6 clients, also not frequently. Seems that with 2 more clients, the effectiveness dropped considerably?
Btw, one thing that's really interesting is that the duplicates of multiple versions can last hours. Seems that some clients are not checking participants list for hours.
Got it — maybe after the queue is paused for batch tasks and then resumed, it keeps near full as there are still much parings uploaded. Like some DoS, this decreases the ability to handle high concurrent (although the average pairings uploaded per minute is not very high, they came in during a short period of time, and get dropped)
Then I think increase the queue size a little after batch task (and then decrease to normal size slowly to make sure new uploads won't wait forever after some flood upload)
Or, we can handle uploads during pause separately — don't let them take place in normal queue, rather, store them in a separate queue (and cap it with normal uploads per minutes * pause time).
I was running 8 clients, that was probably causing it. Particularly melee clients cause a huge number of uploads for the amount of processing time required by the client.
I'll save my clients for when there are less others running =)
I've been experiencing constant "queue full" messages in the past 2 hours in MeleeRumble, with 3 melee clients + 3 rumble clients. This should really be happening this often?
I noticed that every time the queue is paused for batch tasks, not until I pause the clients for a few minus, did the massive queue full messages stop.
That may because when the queue size is near max size, the capacity of handling high concurrency decreases dramatically, although the average processing power doesn't decrease at all.
Use a separate queue when it is paused may help, imo.
Would you mind adding another column called Opponent APS in bot comparison? When sorting with opponent APS, it could be really useful to see the difference of two bots against bots with different APS range, as in the Diff Distribution graphic, but with more information, especially the bot name. This could also help us to create a good test bed ;)
I can take a look (although not this weekend, I'm away from home). However, what would you consider appropriate behavior on bots which had been removed from the rumble, but which are a shared pairing? The APS/diff image does this by just ignoring those pairs, but I don't think we want to do that here. Do I put a 0.0?
Can we assume that APS is relatively stable? Since we can click into the detail page to see the history APS even when that opponent is removed, can we simply put that value?
Opps this assumption breaks when comparing ancient bots ;( Then polluting the table must be a bad idea. However, why don't we use NaN or N/A instead of 0?
NaN sounds most appropriate. I don't want to have to fetch each bot object that is not in the rumble anymore to look up its last APS.
Done. I also added a link on the BotDetails page to find the bot on the wiki.
Awesome! Thanks a lot.
Since you in a wish granting mood, would it be possible to have api call which returns only summary table with APS, PWIN, etc for a given bot in a given game. Right now, I parse
http://literumble.appspot.com/BotDetails?api=true but its spits the whole comparison table, which is overkill and wastes the bandwidth. All I need is info stored in the header table.
I do it to plot APS vs bot version for my bot, but I can imagine other will be interested in this too.
LiteRumble says OK. Queue full,XXX vs XXX discarded.
and it is discarding hundreds of battles :\
Hi, after recent bot removal and restoring we have strange artifacts: asymmetrical pairing reports.
Have a look at Galzxy 01 stats and sample.Walls 1.0 stats. You can see that Galaxy 01 has 18 battles against Walls. Byt if you look at Walls stats there are no reports on these 18 battles with Galaxy 01. Galaxy 01 is simply missing in the list of Walls battles.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4066735/literumble-template.zip is not available now ;(
And archive.org doesn't has an archive of it ;( does anyone have a backup of it?
By the way, I'm really wondering how is LiteRumble working ;) I used to think the battles are all on the cloud, but then I discovered http://literumble.appspot.com/RumbleStats which shows a lot of contributors with familiar names ;) How can I set the battles to run on my computer and submit the results to LiteRumble? Didn't see any discussion about it.
That isn't needed anymore, the newer versions of Robocode are preconfigured to support Literumble.
Just download 220.127.116.11, edit robocode/roborumble/[roborumble/meleerumble/etc].txt to have your name, and you can run battles on your computer to contribute to the rankings. The website just displays the battles that users have uploaded in a nice way.
I have created my own LiteRumble instance running as a google app, as described in previous discussions. Now I want to know if it is possible to delete the battle history and the participated robots? I am experimenting with it since we want to have a roborumble event at our office and I want to delete my previous "testing" robots and matches and have a clean slate when we do the event.
You should be able to delete the data from the AppEngine web console. Otherwise you can simple make the clients upload to a different named rumble, and the old one can be for the demo/setup bots.
I have tried to remove the data from the datastore by selecting all database entries and delete them. But the data on the webpage is still there, so the data must be stored somewhere else. To create a new rumble seems like a annoying workaround :)
There may still be a copy in Memcache - if you clear Memcache and the datastore everything should be gone.
One thing I really missed from the old rumble was the LRP, but without ELO/Glicko we can't really do the whole straight-line fit any more. So, instead I have added a Score Distribution image on every bot's details page. The red is APS and the green is Survival (as seen in image the mouseover). The image is directly embedded in the HTML using data URIs, so if you are using IE, 8 and later only, otherwise pretty much everything supports it. I'm also planning to add this to the BotCompare page so you can analyse differences in score compared to opponent score for both APS and survival.
Ahhh, neat stuff. That's very nifty with directly embedding the image data there. For some reason the image is displaying very tiny for me though under Firefox 20.0. It gets scaled to the box around it properly under Chromium, but not Firefox.
EDIT: Nevermind... the styles.css file was being cached and that was the problem. A ctrl-r fixed it.
There is something fishy with a chart in the right part close to the end. If you look at above CunobelinDC score distribution you would see that there is no corresponding red points for stronger opponents, while blue and grean are there. This is quite common theme for other bots as well.
Also have a look at this EvBot score distribution you would see the problem with normalizing, i.e. about 1/4 of the space in the right part of the chart has no points. Which is non optimal use of the chart space.
Is it still showing the problem? I don't see anything wrong right now. I had some issues with (I suspect) bad bytecode and versioning, but that should be fixed now.
As for the EvBot chart, that is because in meleerumble nobody gets higher than ~75%, so the top 25% is empty. Although I guess I could normalise to the top score, I'd rather have the charts consistent as better bots are released.
Aha, I see now why melee charts were somewhat off.
But I insist that I do not see red points for X>95% for CunobelinDC. Look at 5 the rightmost green points, I cannot locate red (APS) or blue for the same X values. It might be aliasing problem or may be points are just on top of each other.
Green is survival, and so the X value is the average survival score of the enemy bot. The red and blue use enemy APS as the X value, not survival, and since survival scores are higher the green dots go further to the right.
I've actually thought about changing the X axis to just be enemy APS to make it easier to interpret. Or ordering the X-axis by rank instead of using APS values.
Does anyone have some advice for starting up a custom and/or private LiteRumble? I've got a new batch of programming students that I'm leading through Robocode and I'd love to run a custom bracket with just my kids in it as I've done in years past.
Sure, it's easy enough.
- Create your own app on Google AppEngine
- Download and extract the code from bitbucket
- Change the app name in app.yaml to the name of the app you created
- Download and install the Google AppEngine python SDK
- Run the following in the code directory:
appcfg.py update . && appcfg.py update batchratings.yaml
- This should give you an empty LiteRumble instance running on your app
Once you have a copy of LiteRumble running, all you need to do is modify the rumble client in
roborumble.txt to point to your new server for uploads. You also need a new participants list, which you can host on appengine too if you don't mind continually re-deploying, or you can make a wiki page somewhere. The client just parses everything between the two <pre> tags.
Excellent. I can just host participants on a Dropbox text file. Thanks for the info!
By the way, a favorite thing I do when introducing my kids to Robocode is to have a pair of them (driver and gunner) pilot sample.Interactive at a moderate simulation speed against some sample bots until they get used to it. Then they face DrussGT. Thought you'd want to know that you've caused some laughter and groans of frustration from some prospective high school coders!
Brilliant. I've always found the sample.Interactive very difficult to control, I don't think I'd stand a chance against DrussGT =) I bet if I set the bullet colour to something more similar to the background it would make it even harder for interactive users >:-D
That's always the kicker is that they have a very very hard time adapting to a top of the line bot like DrussGT or Diamond. I've had students say it's like the bot is reading their mind. Then I drop the bomb that the bot can't see bullets, while the students can. It's a great and impactful "Math is POWERFUL" moment!
Of course, set the sim speed low enough and get a patient non-wasteful gunner, and they will trash DrussGT because they can dance juuust aside of each bullet. But as long as I set the sim speed such to keep them on their toes, it's a rough but educational ride. Fun for spectators too!
I have some ideas about dealing with interactive users - closer range, not letting energy levels get below the enemy, varying colours of dark blue and grey bullets - perhaps that should be something I work on next. I've neglected Robocode and I've been working on more pure ML/AI problems instead, but this is something more in the behavioural side which AFAIK hasn't been done yet.
The sample bot Interactive is hard to control. For 1v1, all you would really have to change in response to what you see is orbit direction, distancing, current aiming GF, and bulletpower/when to fire. Everything else could be automatic 99+% of the time.
Would anyone be interested in a SuperInteractive wiki collaboration? Perhaps a challenge for driving it against DrussGT?
It looks like there are a lot of megabots in the minirumble right now. Has anyone else noticed this, or is it just a problem on my end?
It seems like a bug in code size detection. Since I am the one who contributed most of the battles, the bug must be on my end. I have no idea what caused it but this phenomena was noticed before once rumble switched to accept robocode with versions 1.9.[0,1,2].
I run a stock client with no modifications, but I do not much about code size detection by the rumble.
I just looked at the roborumble page and there is something strange. How come that jk.mega.DrussGT 3.1.3 has more than 100% of PWIN?
I looked on it now and it has exactly 100% PWIN. But what is really interesting about DrussGT's score, is that it has some extremely high scores against some very good bots, like for example 88% against Phoenix and even 99.82% APS against Hydra!? I know that Druss is very good, but >99% against the #12 bot Hydra is still extremely much in my opinion.
yep, DrussGT just knows somehow where is my bot firing and where it will be when bullet arrives to hit it. May be its telepatic or jk find a way to break out of the java virtual machine :)
Indeed score is back to 100%. May be it was a matrix glitch.
I've been getting Server Error whenever trying to see details or do a comparison with game=roborumble. It works fine for other game types.
I think roborumble just do it more often. I notice the correlation with stats upload time. At least right around when my client uploads data it gives this error. May be CPU cycles taken for stats recalculation.
I've just fixed a bug where removing a bot would corrupt the rankings list (it was still storing it in an old format - gah!) until another battle was uploaded and processed, which saved it in the new format. This should fix the problem.
One more thing I noticed, once I retire a bot. I see them both new and old one in rating for quite a while. Is it related to the fixed bug?
That's a longstanding-ish normal thing. IIRC, to keep clients from fighting over removing/readding bots, I think the server doesn't remove bots until a certain amount of time since the last upload for that bot.
LiteRumble doesn't do that, the moment a client requests a bot to be removed it removes it. However, it keeps all the pairing data against it for 365 days in case it is re-added so that battles don't have to be re-run.
I'm guessing the delay was due to a client taking a while to re-download the participants page.
I actually don't think that's what the issue was, I've fixed another bug in the priority battles generation which will give more weight to bots that are missing more pairings. I've also got a lot more debugging so I can see what is happening if this pops up again.
It would be nice to have some more links on the LiteRumble landing page to general info about Robocode and RoboRumble. Even just robocode.sourceforge.net and RoboRumble wiki page would help a lot imo. A few times I've found myself wanting to mention the RoboRumble to an outsider (like just now) and I sometimes have to provide multiple links, or if I'm just providing one, I use robowiki.net/?RoboRumble. I'd rather provide literumble.appspot.com, but it basically assumes familiarity with Robocode / RoboRumble.
A while ago I made a change with the priority battles to do a global search for bots that didn't have full pairings, instead of a descent towards lowest by following the lowest bot of the current processed pairing. It really helped with making sure that all pairings filled out ASAP. I've now added something similar to battle count, so only bots with a battle count within 10% of the lowest will get priority battles once pairings are full. It is already making a difference in directing priority battles to more recently added bots.
Next to add is a "lowest APS against enemy" column to rating details.
Good to hear, thanks Skilgannon. I actually thought it had already been doing that for some time.
It did have priority battles based on battle count, but it was a 'gradient descent' method, so it gives a priority battle to the bot in the uploaded pairing with less battles, and eventually it will 'descend' to the bot with the least battles. The new method goes directly to the bots with lowest battles: if the currently uploaded bot is one of the 'priority bots' it intelligently selects which pairing to give as priority weighted towards pairings with lower battle counts, but the new behaviour is if the currently uploaded bot isn't one of the priority bots, and now instead of giving a priority battle to the currently uploaded bot with less battles it gives a random pairing to one of the 'priority bots'.
I've noticed that there are currently 4 bots in the roborumble which seem sort of stuck at around 950 pairings. I'm running my client, and it appears to just be running random pairings; it's not running pairings for any of those 4 bots. I do have a number of bots that my client won't run due to the "major.minor" version issue, but it's only about 30 bots, and there are will over 100 pairings missing from each of the 4 bots without full pairings, so that doesn't quite explain it. Might be worth looking into.
I'm not quite sure what was happening, I think it might have been due to changing code without changing version number. But I've re-deployed the code with a new version number and it seems to be fixed now, those bots are getting priority battles again.
Do you have a list of what 4 bots those were? I'm wondering because robocode-archive.strangeautomata.com doesn't automatically update when the same version number already exists.
eem.EvBot v4.4.5, xander.cat.XanderCat 12.7, zezinho.QuerMePegarKKKK 1.0, EH.nano.NightBird M. EvBot was the most recent release. My client was running quite a few battles for EvBot initially (when it only had about 400 pairings) but when it got up to the 900's, suddenly it was just running random pairings of all bots despite the 4 being short roughtly 150 pairings each. It appears as though all 4 of those bots are now getting priority again, as they have each picked up at least 50 pairings since this morning.