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Homework & Leaderboard setup

Due on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

For this course, we use an automated homework submission system built on Google App Engine. One component of this system is the leaderboard, which introduces a competitive element into the assignments with realtime display of group submissions according to their scores on assignment metrics.

You should follow the steps in this document to make sure that everything is working for you.

  1. Join a group. The maximum group size is four. Decide on a group name. Make it memorable. Register yourself as a group on Coursys.

  2. Visit the course submission page at At least one person in your group will need a valid Google account.

  3. This system is used to upload all homework assignments. You should use your group name as the handle when you submit your assignment. By default the leaderboard will use your Google nickname which cannot be used to assign your group a grade.

  4. Homework 0 (this one) has been activated. Use the file submission dialog to upload your submissions. Check your status on the leaderboard

  5. Upload a tar.gz or zip file as the HW0 submission on Coursys. In future assignments you will be uploading your source code and documentation as your submission.

Homework 0

Homework 0 expects a file containing a single number. The leaderboard displays a simple nonmonotonic function of this number, and sorts the entries according to the highest value.

To get full marks, you must do the following:

  • Upload your file on the upload page. Only one person per group should submit for the group.

  • You must use a valid group name that is verifiable on Coursys

  • Your group must upload your file as a tar.gz or zip file as the HW0 submission on Coursys. Only one person per group needs to submit here as well.

In future homeworks, you will submit your output files to the upload page on Google and submit your source code to the submission page on Coursys.