[Mattricks] Mattricks on Gentoo

Paulo Jorge O. C. Matos pocm at netvisao.pt
Thu Aug 26 21:26:22 CEST 2004

Oscar Gustafsson wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Jul 2004 pocm at netvisao.pt wrote:
>>I'm a one week hattrick user and a mattrick 5 minutes user, and
>>I'm a very old, errr... 2 years gentoo user more or less. So, the
>>first time I saw the mattricks tarball I just created a simple
>>(but it works!) gentoo ebuild for mattricks, for those interested
>>it's at: bugs.gentoo.org, bug number 57671.
> As you might have seen in the TODO-file this is actually one of the things
> there. How can this be included as one of the downloadable distributions?
> (I'm not a gentoo user, hardly a linux user (at the moment))

It doesn't need to be included in the distribution. In fact, 
since I first opened the bug report in gentoo bugzilla I've 
already sent a new version of the ebuild with some enhancements.
Soon enough the ebuild will be available in the gentoo portage 
system and every gentoo user will be able to use it. Till then 
you could post a link at the mattricks homepage to the gentoo bug 
  number. The link should be to:

>>Ah, as a recent hattrick player and even more recent mattricks
>>user there are some things I don't understand in mattricks. Is
>>there any user manual?
> No, or maybe yes, this mailinglist.
> What are the things you do not understand? It might be a good starting
> point for at least a FAQ.

Ok, so here it is a list of questions about Mattricks 0.6.
1 . Under Linux folders starting with a dot are hidden by 
default. Initially Mattricks puts all files downloaded from the 
net on the home dir. However that can be changed and I chose to 
put them in a hidden dir (.mattricks_catalog). But still there is 
a Choices directory in my home dir. What's this all about?

2 . In summary tab I have in the league position line:
3 9 15-15 17
I understand this is the league line of position, games played, 
blablabla but couldn't you parse it and explain each number? It 
would be easier to read. :)
Unfortunately I'm a Lisp programmer, not python so I really have 
no clue on how to do that.

3 . How have you asked for permission to access this hattrick 
data? Looking at the code I could figure out (I think...) you're 
not parsing the HTML pages on the net...

4 .  This seems to be a bug in comparisons tab. I have the 
following line in assessed value for a player:
Assessed value: +40000 (103 000 Euro -> 107 000 Euro)

if it is +40000 then the final value should be 143000 Euro.
This happens for all assessed value values. :)

5 . How are you computing the number of 'ideal' economists? (in 
the Economy tab) I don't need a detailed explanation, just a 
vague explanation of your heuristic since I have 2 economists 
employed and mattricks tells me I should have 0.

6 . The line up selection tab is for me a huge confusion.
I guess it is for the computer to choose the best team and for 
that I click the 'Let the computer pick a team'. But then I have 
a Change date button, a 'Use manual formation?' tick button and 
lots of buttons, one for each position that I don't understand 
but as far as I can tell they all seem to be ignored when we let 
the computer pick a team. Can you explain how this works?

7 . The game predition tab is not straighforward. As far as I can 
tell, (I don't know what the paste values are for since I don't 
know where mattricks will get the values from. But after choosing 
the values I have some nice statistics. :)

Nothing more to say but the match viewer is pretty good. :D
Oh, you said you're hardly a linux user... are you developing 
this under Windows?


Paulo Matos

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Paulo J. Matos : pocm [_at_] mega . ist . utl . pt
Instituto Superior Tecnico - Lisbon
Computer and Software Eng. - A.I.
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