IntelliGenesis hosts its first Coding Challenge

On March 15th, six IntelliGenesis coders and friends competed in the first IntelliGenesis Code Challenge.  They were assigned a difficult problem on the spot and given only two hours to code the best solution they could.  The problem was a variation on the board game Mastermind.  But instead of guessing 4 pegs with 6 possible colors, the coders had to find the correct 10 letter English word from a dictionary of over 18,000.
The winner was Paul Stone, followed closely by Katie Prystaloski.  Both came up with similar algorithms which removed candidates based on the responses given.  They also added clever tweaks for deciding which of the candidates to guess at each step.  Both averaged less than 5 guesses per game to find the correct word!