I don't know what caused that 0.055 either. It is by chance and far in the left tail of my speed distribution. I don't think I can replicate it anytime soon. That's why I was awed by its rarity and decided to frame it into my avatar.
My pick speed distribution using the autopilot is roughly like this (in small earth coin games):
>0.5 seconds by 6%
0.4-0.5 by 90%
0.3-0.4 by 2%
<0.3 by 2% (0.055 once, 0.13? once, 0.174 once, 0.238 once)
Here is the 0.055 gamehttps://www.warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=11476204
My hypothesis on how I got 0.055.
(1) Hardware: I lived in Bay Area so I guess it's relatively very close to the warlight server. I have a good wifi. My laptop has a intel-core7 processor so AI programs run fast. I used a good mouse and set its double click speed fast.
(2) Settings in warlight: I turned off animation and I checked the box for permitting storage of maps on my hard disk.
(3) Luck: Why is it so hard to reduce my pick speed to <0.4 seconds? According to my observation the major barrier is that the warlight server normally did't register my two clicks within 0.3 seconds. It is often my 3rd or even 4+ th click that triggered "run and commit". My 2nd and 3rd clicks did landed on the overlap area of "begin" and "run and commit", but mostly failed to launch "run and commit".
(4) Malfunction of the speed clock in warlight:
Even if I lucky enough to trigger autopilot with my 2nd click, 0.055 seems very implausible considered that a double click usually takes longer than 0.1 second. Plus the run time of AI, web latency, 0.055 must be beyond the physical ability of my fingers. Thus I am in favor of the "clock glitch" hypothesis below.
In very rare occasions the first turn speed was recorded incorrectly. I encountered this problem at least 3 times (not counting the 0.055). Twice I found a blank entry in the place of my first turn speed. No number showed up. I once boasted to another player that I picked so fast that the system thought I picked in no time:) Another time I noticed a change in my opponent's first turn speed between two visits to the "player panel". He complained that his speed was faster but got adjusted to a slower speed later and consequently lost his first pick.
I cannot confirm whether the 0.055 is caused by speed clock malfunction, but I think the chance is high.
My conclusion is that the 0.055 was caused by a combination of the above factors.
Edited 7/6/2016 23:46:15