Optimal search path for finding Waldo


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/16/optimal-search-path-for-findin.html


#2

Nice, but you know it’s an arms race. As soon as Waldo finds out about this - and he will - he’s going to retool his hiding algorithm. Somebody’s going to crack that, and so on. I can’t wait to see how the Waldo-searching community responds when he develops stealth technology.


#3

What? Take off that ridiculous striped hat and jumper? How do you know he hasn’t already…


#4

Oh no!


#5

Deja vu.


#6

Hmm, this works somewhat well with the “Where’s Pricklepants” ones too…


#7

It’s not optimal, but a rough approximation to that path that would be easier to remember is to write a U on the left page then use the right edge of the U as the left upright of a lower-case n (or maybe a loose approximation of an R) on the right page.


#8

It’s disheartening that in the 21st century Waldo still feels the need to hide.


#9

Waldo - or should I say Wally as he is known on his native shore - is a bit concerned.

He came over on a tourist visa in 87 and has sorta overstayed it. He knows with the new administration coming in, he may not be so welcome.


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#11

This all assumes that finding Walfo quickly and efficiently is the optimal way to experience the books. The journey is the destination with Waldo. Do you really want to miss a tree nymph squirting water in a knight’s face, knocking him off a ladder into a mudmonster’s arms?


#12

Damn you!!!


#13

I’ve actually managed to find Waldo in the second one, but not PPP. The first one was so easy…why is the second one so hard???


#14

I know right? She’s in there though. Just really well hidden.


#15

He’s never really been hiding though, has he? Otherwise he’d duck down behind one of the many available objects in the frame, or leave the field of view altogether.


#16

I was worried the first one was way too easy, so I increased the challenge level on the second. Sorry.


#17

Does she look like a piglet with no quills showing? Because otherwise I really can’t find her.

I cannot believe I’m sitting here inspecting a zoomed-in picture of Where’s Waldo. Good thing no one else is around to see!


#18

Zoomed, she looks like:

A bit smaller than the people, and the optimal search path from the article actually works pretty well for this one.


#19

Back in the halcyon days of Sega Genesis there was a Where’s Waldo video game. Timed levels. Wider than two pages, though, so not sure is this would have helped me as a kid.


#20

Yup, that’s what I saw…thanks!