We’ve had some complaints in the last contest about participants reverse engineering test data. While this isn’t necessarily “wrong,” in keeping with the spirit of finding the best solutions to the problems given, we’ve instituted a small rule change. This time around, the challenge problem will be rejudged at the end of the contest, with entirely new test data.
We considered other approaches for all problems including:
* Rejudging all solutions at the end of the contest with new test data (not just the challenge problem)
* Capping the number of submissions per user per day
* Allowing users to only submit solutions at certain time intervals (i.e. one solution per five min)
In the end we have done our best to come up with better, bigger and more random test cases and are holding off on these other change (for now). If you believe there are additional ways to improve the contest format, please let us know.
Amit (The Chef)
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