Yesterday I received an email update from the QuantCup challenge. This was surprising, as it’s the first I’ve heard from them since attempting to register.
The existing entries have been re-scored against new hardware and the table updated. I’m still not sure if I’m properly registered, but I sent my preliminary entry in anyway. I’ll have to wait till the next update to see how well it does (assuming I remembered my contest display name correctly, and they accept me).
The example implementation scores 14500 with the current leader at 750; that’s 95% reduction. On my previous tests my reduction was 79%. So the competition now looks rather tough! There’s still room for algorithmic improvement in mine and I haven’t done any constant factor optimisation (AKA as premature optimisation :p).
Update. The contest organiser Pranava Adduri has run my entry; see the leader board. :-)
Update 2. Pranava has got back to me and confirmed my suspicions about ineligibility. Oh well! It’s still a fun contest — I still recommend it to any students familiar with C (the programming language; prefereably not the grade :p).