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We are finalist (again) at the "Human-Competitive" Awards!

posted Jun 24, 2016, 1:56 AM by Alberto Bartoli   [ updated Jun 24, 2016, 2:07 AM by Eric Medvet ]
Our work on automatic generation of regular expressions from examples (see this, this, this and this) has been selected for inclusion among the 8 finalists at the annual "HUMIES Awards for Human-Competitive Results produced by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation"!

The rules for this prestigious competition are clearly stated on their website (which includes the full list of 22 participants to this year competition). Participants submit "human-competitive results that were produced by any form of genetic and evolutionary computation and that were published during previous year... The criterion for human-competitiveness is that an automatically created result is considered human-competitive if it satisfies at least one of the following eight criteria". We believe our work satisfies five criteria:
  • B "The result is equal to or better than a result that was accepted as a new scientific result at the time when it was published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal."
  • D "The result is publishable in its own right as a new scientific result independent of the fact that the result was mechanically created."
  • E "The result is equal to or better than the most recent human-created solution to a long-standing problem for which there has been a succession of increasingly better human-created solutions."
  • H “The result holds its own or wins a regulated competition involving human contestants (in the form of either live human players or human-written computer programs).
  • G "The result solves a problem of indisputable difficulty in its field."

The final will be on Friday, July 22-nd in Denver, Colorado. Andrea De Lorenzo will be there. 

This will be our second HUMIES final (see 2014 edition). As always, the level is very high and the other participants are very strong... being in the final is a great result already... but we believe we have a very strong submission... let's cross the fingers...!