You can imagine my horror when I realized just how much work would be involved in salvaging the forum and make it usable again. I thought all I could do is make the drupal mysql file available to the web and figure out a way of upgrading later.
Finally as a last ditch effort I remembered the Ultimate Boot CD which has a hard drive cloning program and it was able to copy all the sectors still readable to another hard drive. The fact that the critical files were readable and there were multiple kernels bootable on the old failing hard drive was enough to get the server to at least boot, and I was able to restore the last missing files from another backup.
I have written a GUI NxNxN cube program to which I just added a 2x2x2 cube auto solve function.
To test the performance of the solution algorithm I wanted try it on the 14 q-turn antipodes.
So I did the depth-wise expansion of the group, found the 276 antipodes and reduced them
with M† symmetry. In the context of the fixed DBL cubie 2x2x2 model,
that is the <R U F> group model, M† symmetry classes are formed by
( c * m' * q * m ) where q is a
How many 26q* maneuvers are there?
Well, obviously we can't say for sure, as it hasn't yet been proved that the 3 known 26q* positions (which are symmetrically equivalent to each other) are the only 26q* positions. In another thread, Herbert Kociemba mentioned that there are "many" such maneuvers, but he did not attempt to generate them all (for the known 26q* positions).
I note that 26q* refers to a maneuver that is 26 quarter turns long and that is known to be optimal in the quarter turn metric. It may also refer to a position that requires a minimum of 26 quarter turns to solve. 26q (without the asterisk) refers to any maneuver 26 quarter turns long, but isn't necessarily optimal for the position it solves.
The multi-chained approach used in kumi na tano allows to use multiple search chains at the same time. The main advantage is that the best chain can be choosen depending on the instance to be solved, rather than hard-coded into the search algorithm.
For example, the first of the following two 5x5 instances has its leftmost column solved, while second has solved four tiles in top-right corner.
 1 17 9 10 18 18 3 16 4 5 6 0 2 3 8 11 7 17 9 10 11 5 22 7 4 19 2 23 0 21 16 15 20 23 13 6 20 14 12 1 21 19 12 14 24 13 8 15 22 24
We cah use multi-chained approach here. The following two partitioning schemes:
I have solved sub-optimally 1,000,000 random instances of 5x5 sliding tile puzzle in STM metric (single-tile moves). The actual running time was about 18,5 hours. The minimum, maximum and average solution length were 73, 171 and 124.48 moves respectively. About 52% of 1,000,000 solutions were in range [118; 132]. There were only 32 instances with (suboptimal) solution length less than 81 (range [73; 80]). Only one instance was solved in 171 moves.
I wrote a program capable to solve (MxN-1) sliding tile puzzles, such as the Fifteen puzzle. The program can solve puzzles from 2x2 to 11x11.
The main thread is on Speedsolving.com:
Also the ban on gmail has been lifted. Sorry for the trouble, but deleting spam entries got tiresome.
I have found a Hamiltonian circuit for the quarter-turn metric Cayley graph of Rubik's Cube! In fact, it only uses turns of five of the six outer layers of the cube.
In more basic terms, this is a sequence of quarter moves that would (in theory) put a Rubik's cube through all of its 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 positions without repeating any of them, and then one more move restores the cube to the starting position. Note that if we have any legally scrambled Rubik's Cube position as the starting point, then applying the sequence would result in the cube being solved at some point within the sequence.
This post is about any mathematical laws inside the Walking Distance heuristic. It seems like WD is not just puzzle to be computed. Maybe the whole WD heuristic is some math structure.