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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] "difficulty" field for Bugzilla
Date Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:26:36 GMT
On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 3:47 AM, Andre Fischer <awf.aoo@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 24.10.2012 22:28, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
>>
>> @Regina,
>>
>>   Yes, Wizard is a reference to the level of mastery that a solver must
>> possess, and is one of those "which one of these words does not belong"
>> solutions.
>>
>> There is a well-known *logarithmic* difficulty scale that has been used
>> over 40 years for problem difficulty.  It might be worth adapting:
>>
>>   (after unknown),
>>
>>    00 easy - immediately solvable by someone willing to do it
>>    10 simple - takes minutes
>>    20 medium, average - quarter hour
>>    30 moderate, an evening
>>    40 difficult, challenging, non-trivial (term project, GSoC...)
>>    50 unsolved, deep, requires a breakthrough, research
>>       (PhD dissertation)
>>    60 intractable (that I just made up - probably not something that
>>       is technically feasible regardless of skill, Nobel Prize,
>>       P = NP, etc.)
>
>
> Is this not similar to what Knuth used (uses) in his "Art of Computer
> Programming" series?
>

It reminds me of Knuth as well.

In any case, I've added the new field, using the above scale, but
changing "unsolved" to "research", since all open bugs are unsolved in
some sense.

-Rob

> -Andre
>

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