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Thread titleRepliesLast modified
Rankings Stable903:11, 20 June 2018
Faster recovery from incidentally removed participants?212:40, 14 June 2018
Upgrade to 1.9.3.1201:14, 5 April 2018
HTTP Error 500, Internal Server Error?507:25, 1 November 2017
1.9.3.0420:26, 19 October 2017
Varying NUMBATTLES of RoborumbleAtHome?1011:04, 12 October 2017
Adding opponent APS in bot comparison? 922:27, 9 September 2017
Literumble queue size? 106:35, 8 September 2017
weirdness in pairing121:36, 7 September 2017
What's required for a bot to have KNNPBI?519:06, 21 August 2017
How can I deploy roborumble client on a server?000:34, 21 August 2017
Preconfigured client link is down ;(411:40, 20 August 2017
Allowed Robocode versions notification117:16, 31 December 2015
Clear LiteRumble history507:35, 19 November 2015
LRP (ish)2100:49, 6 December 2014
Starting your own LiteRumble1004:31, 19 November 2014
Minirumble219:43, 4 August 2014
strange stats for jk.mega.DrussGT 3.1.3302:36, 20 April 2014
Roborumble Bot Details Gives Server Error714:19, 21 November 2013
more informative landing page121:25, 19 November 2013
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Rankings Stable

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?

Xor (talk)05:14, 17 June 2018

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.

Beaming (talk)14:57, 17 June 2018

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 1.9.2.5 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?

Xor (talk)02:08, 18 June 2018

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?

Beaming (talk)14:35, 18 June 2018

My opinion is that as long as a bot works fine on current settings (robocode 1.9.2.5 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
Xor (talk)01:47, 19 June 2018
 

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?

Rsalesc (talk)22:46, 19 June 2018

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.

Beaming (talk)01:02, 20 June 2018

I actually think that hosting it by myself looks like way less reliable than using such consolidated service. But yeah, I'll do what you suggested.

Rsalesc (talk)02:15, 20 June 2018
 

Well, in this case, the drive works totally fine ;)

Just have a look at this commit: http://robowiki.net/w/index.php?title=RoboRumble/Participants/Melee&diff=52900&oldid=52879

Xor (talk)03:11, 20 June 2018
 
 
 

Confirmed, it changes to Stable when all bots have full pairings.

If you find a bot that repeatedly crashes IMO remove it from the rumble and out it in the list below. If the author has a page make a comment and hopefully they will fix it.

Skilgannon (talk)15:53, 19 June 2018
 

Faster recovery from incidentally removed participants?

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?

Xor (talk)05:03, 13 June 2018

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.

Skilgannon (talk)07:39, 13 June 2018

Well, thanks for explaining the mechanism. O(m) feels much better, and a cleaner code is also preferable.

Xor (talk)12:40, 14 June 2018
 
 

Upgrade to 1.9.3.1

Finally 1.9.3.1 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.

Xor (talk)12:56, 4 April 2018

According to git, there is a bug fix (fixing SittingDuck craches) either at 1.9.3.1 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?

Beaming (talk)16:44, 4 April 2018

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 1.9.2.6+, 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.

Xor (talk)01:10, 5 April 2018
 
 

HTTP Error 500, Internal Server Error?

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?

Cb (talk)18:59, 31 October 2017

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?

Skilgannon (talk)19:16, 31 October 2017

Yes, now it works, thanks :)

Cb (talk)23:28, 31 October 2017
 

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 ;)

Xor (talk)04:32, 1 November 2017

Well, that was the intention, but it seems that Python doesn't auto-convert datetimes to strings so my logging was crashing it. Should be fixed now!

Skilgannon (talk)07:25, 1 November 2017
 

More information:

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).

Xor (talk)04:33, 1 November 2017
 
 

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 =)

Skilgannon (talk)19:10, 8 October 2017

As far as I know, Robocode 1.9.3.0 hasn't been officially released yet. The website and GitHub still name 1.9.2.6 as the latest version, and there is no 1.9.3.0 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.

What does need testing, however, is Robocode on Java 9. We already found CPU constant calculation and team JARs to be broken there, and doubtlessly there are more issues.

MultiplyByZer0 (talk)21:01, 8 October 2017

Looks like Fnl is busy as we speak. May be it is the time to complain/bug report everything on our minds.

to MultiplyByZer0, thanks for spotting so many extra bugs.

Beaming (talk)21:37, 8 October 2017
 

Robocode 1.9.3.0 has been released.

MultiplyByZer0 (talk)20:17, 19 October 2017

Great. As soon as we have a benchmark comparison making sure no subtle score changes have crept in or tons of bots are now broken I'm happy to change the LiteRumble over!

Skilgannon (talk)20:26, 19 October 2017
 
 

Varying NUMBATTLES of RoborumbleAtHome?

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.

Xor (talk)01:38, 8 October 2017

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.

Skilgannon (talk)09:50, 8 October 2017

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.

Xor (talk)14:56, 8 October 2017
 

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)

Xor (talk)15:53, 8 October 2017
 

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).

Xor (talk)16:02, 8 October 2017

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 =)

Skilgannon (talk)19:13, 8 October 2017

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?

Rsalesc (talk)02:19, 12 October 2017

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.

Xor (talk)04:11, 12 October 2017
 
 
 
 
 

Adding opponent APS in bot comparison?

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 ;)

Xor (talk)15:46, 5 September 2017

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?

Skilgannon (talk)21:36, 7 September 2017

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?

Xor (talk)00:05, 8 September 2017

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.

Skilgannon (talk)06:30, 8 September 2017

Done. I also added a link on the BotDetails page to find the bot on the wiki.

Skilgannon (talk)16:19, 9 September 2017

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.

Beaming (talk)19:08, 9 September 2017
 

WoW that's amazing! Thanks a lot!

Xor (talk)22:27, 9 September 2017
 
 
 
 
 

Literumble queue size?

LiteRumble says OK. Queue full,XXX vs XXX discarded.

and it is discarding hundreds of battles :\

Xor (talk)06:14, 8 September 2017

If the queue gets too long then the priority battles have a severe lag, so the rumble gets really inefficient. Max queue size is based on projected processing time.

Skilgannon (talk)06:31, 8 September 2017
 

weirdness in pairing

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.

Beaming (talk)17:43, 7 September 2017

You just need to wait for Galzxy to get another battle, and it will be fixed again.

Skilgannon (talk)21:36, 7 September 2017
 

What's required for a bot to have KNNPBI?

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?

Xor (talk)17:46, 20 August 2017

Finally after having 978 pairings the KNNPBI is shown. Anyway, still wondering what made KNNPBI to be all zeros.

Xor (talk)18:05, 20 August 2017

And in 0.022b the KNNPBI is still all zeros, see http://literumble.appspot.com/BotDetails?game=roborumble&name=aaa.SimpleBot%200.022b

Xor (talk)18:07, 20 August 2017

You should have more pairings but I don't know how does it decide.

Dsekercioglu (talk)18:21, 20 August 2017
 

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

Rsalesc (talk)20:46, 20 August 2017
 
 

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.

Skilgannon (talk)19:06, 21 August 2017
 

How can I deploy roborumble client on a server?

A thread, Thread:Talk:LiteRumble/How can I deploy roborumble client on a server?, was moved from here to Talk:RoboRumble. This move was made by Xor (Talk | contribs) on 21 August 2017 at 00:34.

Preconfigured client link is down ;(

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?

Xor (talk)09:10, 20 August 2017

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.

Xor (talk)09:21, 20 August 2017
 

That isn't needed anymore, the newer versions of Robocode are preconfigured to support Literumble.

Just download 1.9.2.5, 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.

Skilgannon (talk)10:08, 20 August 2017

wow that's very convenient

btw, is there any plan to support robocode 1.9.2.6?

Xor (talk)10:14, 20 August 2017

It should be tested a lot to be sure that there isn't any errors.

Dsekercioglu (talk)11:40, 20 August 2017
 
 
 

Allowed Robocode versions notification

Hi Skilgannon,

Would you mind bumping this thread when you are changing the Allowed Robocode versions?

I run my clients pretty much unattended, so they try to upload rankings and fail. Unfortunately, there is no way to notify a human unless one stares at the console all the time.

But updates in the wiki thread would propagate to my rss reader quite quickly.

Happy New Year and thank for running the LiteRumble.

Beaming (talk)17:10, 31 December 2015

No problem. I actually only changed it about 2 hours ago, if you didn't notice I would have posted something =) I'm also going to add back those historical bots which were removed because of the compatibility issues. Have a good New Year!

Skilgannon (talk)17:16, 31 December 2015
 

Clear LiteRumble history

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.

Frbod1 (talk)14:05, 18 November 2015

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.

Skilgannon (talk)20:22, 18 November 2015

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 :)

Frbod1 (talk)06:54, 19 November 2015

There may still be a copy in Memcache - if you clear Memcache and the datastore everything should be gone.

Skilgannon (talk)07:05, 19 November 2015

Haha, didn't reload the page before I submitted my last comment. I seem to have found the problem at the same time that you mentioned it. Thank you anyway!

Frbod1 (talk)07:35, 19 November 2015
 
 

Found the problem. Had to delete all database entries AND the memory cache.

Frbod1 (talk)07:14, 19 November 2015
 
 

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.

Skilgannon (talk)22:28, 10 May 2013

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.

Rednaxela (talk)22:48, 10 May 2013

Ah yeah, the styles.css was changed so you need to do a hard-reload.

I've now added the KNNPBI to the bot-details Scores Distribution, and the bot-compare has a Diff Distribution.

Skilgannon (talk)12:50, 11 May 2013
 

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.

Beaming (talk)15:44, 18 November 2013

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.

Skilgannon (talk)16:55, 18 November 2013

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.

Beaming (talk)17:41, 18 November 2013

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.

Skilgannon (talk)08:22, 19 November 2013

I've changed it so they all use APS on the X axis, so it should be clearer now.

Skilgannon (talk)10:03, 19 November 2013
 
 
 
 
 

Starting your own LiteRumble

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.

Tkiesel (talk)17:50, 18 November 2014

Sure, it's easy enough.

  1. Create your own app on Google AppEngine
  2. Download and extract the code from bitbucket
  3. Change the app name in app.yaml to the name of the app you created
  4. Download and install the Google AppEngine python SDK
  5. Run the following in the code directory: appcfg.py update . && appcfg.py update batchratings.yaml
  6. 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.

Have fun!

Skilgannon (talk)18:14, 18 November 2014

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!

Tkiesel (talk)18:23, 18 November 2014

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

Skilgannon (talk)18:30, 18 November 2014

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!

Tkiesel (talk)18:35, 18 November 2014

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.

Skilgannon (talk)18:55, 18 November 2014
 

Awww, high school students have all the fun. XD

Chase03:05, 19 November 2014
 

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?

Sheldor (talk)04:06, 19 November 2014

I was thinking of a fairly simple "SuperInteractive" which does regular wave-surfing, but also allows you to click on enemy bullets, which it will then dodge. Targeting, I feel, would be stronger without any human intervention.

Skilgannon (talk)04:31, 19 November 2014
 
 
 
 

Tkeisel Can I contribute to your Literumble please?

Tmservo (talk)02:11, 19 November 2014
 

Minirumble

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?

Sheldor (talk)17:44, 2 August 2014

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.

Beaming (talk)20:11, 2 August 2014

I think it is a bug with the rumble client in 1.9.x. Unfortunately I am really busy right now, but if anybody wants to submit a patch to Fnl on SourceForge I'll be happy to include the new version in allowed clients.

Skilgannon (talk)19:43, 4 August 2014
 
 

strange stats for jk.mega.DrussGT 3.1.3

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?

Beaming (talk)01:57, 19 April 2014

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.

Cb (talk)20:35, 19 April 2014

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.

Beaming (talk)21:10, 19 April 2014
 

Hydra is bullet shielded to death by DrussGT

Tmservo (talk)02:36, 20 April 2014
 
 

Roborumble Bot Details Gives Server Error

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.

Skotty (talk)22:38, 18 November 2013

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.

Beaming (talk)01:11, 19 November 2013
 

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.

Skilgannon (talk)08:16, 19 November 2013

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?

Beaming (talk)13:52, 19 November 2013

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.

Rednaxela (talk)15:33, 19 November 2013

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.

Skilgannon (talk)21:23, 19 November 2013
 
 

Thanks, Skilgannon. It's all good now.

Skotty (talk)15:42, 19 November 2013

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.

Skilgannon (talk)14:19, 21 November 2013
 
 
 

more informative landing page

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.

Voidious (talk)19:32, 18 November 2013

Good idea. I'll see if I can add something over the next few days, perhaps a link to the RoboWiki RoboRumble page and to the robocode.sf.net project homepage.

Skilgannon (talk)21:25, 19 November 2013
 
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