Message #4129

From: Andrew Farkas <>
Subject: Notation and turn metrics for the 2x2x2x2
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:19:13 -0400

Hey everyone!

I’ve been working on the random-state scrambler/solver and discussing
things with Marc over the past few days, and I’ve come up with some things
that I think are worth sharing.

I’ve yet to see a proper compendium of notation for the 2^4, so here’s my
proposal for moves in the horizontal orientation:

The use of lowercase letters in moves like *Rr* may be controversial; if
they are deemed confusing, *R[R]* could be encouraged instead.

Here’s an equivalent of Melinda’s original gyro sequence in this notation:
*M E z’ clam (x z’ clam)2 *

I’ll briefly digress to discuss a WCA-inspired
<> "standard
orientation" that Marc and I have been using. WCA regulations state that
white face should be on top (Y axis) and the green face should be on the
front (Z axis). On a standard NxNxN, this will result in the red face on
the right (X axis). If the X, Y, and Z axes are aligned in this manner on
the 2^4, here is the result:

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As for counting numbers of moves, I’d like to propose the "snap" metric.
Each separation and reattachment of pieces is a single move. This can be
very dependent on how a move is executed, but I think it makes the most
sense for the purpose of solving and speedsolving.

A single move like *Iy* could be executed in three snaps as *M Ry M’* or in
just two snaps by rearranging the right and left endcaps around the *I* layer.
A sequence like *x’ Rz Lz’ M2* may seem like a lot of moves, but it can be
executed in one snap. (The *x’* is actually zero snaps, regardless of
context.) The sequence *z’ clam* is two snaps, while the equivalent *Rx2 U2
(R[x2 y’] Ly)* is three snaps. *Ix* can be executed as three snaps with *M
Rx M’*, two snaps with *Rr Ll’ x’*, or one snap by holding the endcaps with
one hand and rotating the *I* layer with the other. (In an actual solve,
the two-snap method is probably fastest.) While *Rr* is pretty clearly one
snap, *Ru* could be executed in two snaps (by separating the left and right
halves, performing *Ru*, and then reattaching them) or one snap (by
removing the four pieces of *Ru* directly, rotating them, and replacing

I’d love to hear all your opinions on these things! - Andy

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