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== Criteria by which applications are judged ==
 
== Criteria by which applications are judged ==
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These might vary somewhat depending on the mentors and coordinators for a particular Summer of Code, but typically the main factors considered would be:
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These might vary somewhat depending on the mentors and SoC program, but typically the main factors considered would be:
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* '''Applicant has demonstrated an ability to make substantial modifications to Octave'''
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* '''Applicant has demonstrated interest in Octave and an ability to make substantial modifications to Octave'''
*: The most important thing is that you've contributed some interesting code samples to judge you by. It's OK during the application period to ask for help on how to format these code samples, which normally are Mercurial patches.
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*: The most important thing is that you've contributed some interesting code samples to judge your skills. It's OK during the application period to ask for help on how to format these code samples, which normally are Mercurial patches.
    
* '''Applicant shows understanding of topic'''
 
* '''Applicant shows understanding of topic'''
*: Your application should make it clear that you're reasonably well versed in the subject area and won't need all summer just to read up on it.
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*: Your proposal should make it clear that you're reasonably well versed in the subject area and won't need all summer just to read up on it.
 
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* '''Applicant shows understanding of and interest in Octave development'''
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*: The best evidence for this is previous contributions and interactions.
      
* '''Well thought out, adequately detailed, realistic project plan'''
 
* '''Well thought out, adequately detailed, realistic project plan'''
*: "I'm good at this, so trust me" isn't enough. You should describe which algorithms you'll use and how you'll integrate with existing Octave code. You should also prepare a full timeline and goals for the midterm and final evaluations.
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*: "I'm good at this, so trust me" isn't enough. In your proposal, you should describe which algorithms you'll use and how you'll integrate with existing Octave code. You should also prepare a project timeline and goals for the midterm and final evaluations.
    
= Suggested projects =
 
= Suggested projects =

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