To participate in an experiment you should follow these hint.
Go to the Instructors list /instructors, showing a list of the available instructors and their correspondent open experiments.
From an instructors list, you may browse and check for Open for Register experiments. On these an experiment may shortly start. To have a hint on the starting date, you may check on Start Date field. Note that this is not enforced and it is upto the Instructor to start the experiment when he pleases.
You may also click on the instructor to find out more about him.
Each experiment instance has a status: Open for Register, Close, Is Playing, Finished. These states indicate what can you do.
If an instance is Open for Register, then you may see a link to ‘Register’, in order to become a member of that experiment. Once you become a member, the link turns into ‘Unregister’ so that you may exit this association. Once the experiment starts, you may no longer unregister.
At some time the Instructor, will start Playing, and the status will change into ‘Playing”. Then you may click to enter to main experiment screen, and start playing.
Each experiment has a total duration setup by the Instructor (and it might be unknown to the player). On each time step the application will show the following information:
- the current time step
- the previous known data
- one or more data parameters are asked to define the players movement.
Once the players clicks ‘Send’, the application will refresh the screen and could show a message (upper right corner) indicating the percentage of other players which did not play yet. It is important at this point, try not to press refresh as the application is in itself monitoring when you can play the next movement. Recall that most experiments need a syncronous update. This waiting should las at most 1-2 minutes.Once all players picked their move, the screen is refreshed and a new time step is started.
The player will know the experiment finished if after sending the data, the refresh shows a new table with the recent statistics done by you.
You may also download the data into a text file, or show some graph (if your browser admits Flash). Also a players ranking is generated.