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When an assignment is completed in SpaceChem there is a summary with statistics about your solution.

What I do not understand is if it is better have high elapsed cycles or low. Because if I have 172 and 214, it tells me 214 is the best, but it seems a contradiction to me. Is it correct? Do you have an explanation?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Like this contrived example (but the other way around)?

Screenshot of SpaceChem showing elapsed cycles graph

Best is your "Previous best" (and doesn't include this run, so you can compare).
This is the result of this run.

So if you're seeing This:172 and Best:214 this implies you have just managed a faster solution that your previous best, next time you will see Best:172 because lower elapsed cycles are better.

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Good to know, that best confused me a bit –  Drake Jul 9 '11 at 16:12
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In the graphs, the 'best' shows your previous best, together with your current score. If you then do another run with another amount of cycles, it'll show 172 as the best.

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