[python-uk] Tell us what you did with Python this year....

Kev Dwyer kevin.p.dwyer at gmail.com
Tue Dec 21 14:38:21 CET 2010

I haven't done much python this year, but had a great time at Europython and
the London dojo.  As I speak, a couple of days using jython for websphere
automation awaits...

On 21 December 2010 12:22, Matthew Turnbull <mattcturnbull at googlemail.com>wrote:

> For a while now I've been interested in sports / games 'ratings'
> systems. Some years back I collected results from weekly football
> games and wanted a way to score individual players from team score
> results (the teams change each week) - ultimately I wanted to help
> pick balanced teams). This year I set up a company table tennis ladder
> on racquetladder.com but was desperately unhappy with the ranking
> system - the winner / loser simply switch (or stick) ranks, which is
> terribly unstable (although very transparent). So I made a python /
> numpy implementation of Rémi Coulom's 'Whole History Rating'
> algorithm, and experimented a little with creating 'interactive' SVG
> plots of the results.
> Then I took part in the Planetwars "Google" AI challenge, and chose to
> use Python, thinking it would be dominated by clever heuristics rather
> than brute calculation. Top UK Python entry (*bow*) but, sadly, other
> languages dominated. Interestingly, they used Coulom's 'Bayeselo' to
> rate the entries, about which there was much griping, but nobody could
> think of a better way to do it -- I think generally people
> underestimated just how powerful Bayeselo is, and besides, those
> people were all over on kaggle.com where they concurrently had a
> 'design a better Elo' competition! So, for me it was an interestingly
> coincidental year.
> Oh, I also went to a London Dojo -- it was a lot of fun and I hope to
> go again. I don't really have any projects on the go at the moment so
> 2011 is a blank slate. Definitely want to win the next ai challenge :)
> Nice to have a chance to talk about these things.
> Matt
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