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"Matt Butts" <> wrote in message
> While this is actually just a problem with my current
> algorithm, I can make a case that you should accept the
> empty set as a valid answer.
> Suppose that all pin values are on the order of 1e-9. Based
> on the scoring of this puzzle, I can not imagine ever
> wanting to connect any pins. The cost of the connector far
> out ways the benefits of eliminating the pins.
> That being said, I'll go find out what is wrong with my
> algorithm.

Actually, this is possible, and is exactly what the
contest-supplied solver does.  You just supply a 0 x 4
matrix,  for example by W = zeros(0,4).

Mike Bindschadler