IMPORTANT: June Contest Problem Deletion

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We regretfully inform you that the contest problem, Stable Marriage, seems to be identical to an existing problem in another contest; the solution to which is publicly available. For this reason we have removed the problem from the contest. We are working on coming up with the best solution to the situation and will keep you posted on our next steps. We once again apologize for this undesirable situation.

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10 Replies to “IMPORTANT: June Contest Problem Deletion”

  1. And just as I had made my solution fast enough…darn. Stable Marriage was a very good problem too.If you have a replacement problem ready, now would be the time to use it. Or even a second tie-breaker problem would be nice. In fact, a cool idea for a contest would be having all 5 problems be of tie-breaking type for a 2 or 3 week contest.

  2. And just as I had made my solution fast enough…darn. Stable Marriage was a very good problem too.

    If you have a replacement problem ready, now would be the time to use it. Or even a second tie-breaker problem would be nice. In fact, a cool idea for a contest would be having all 5 problems be of tie-breaking type for a 2 or 3 week contest.

  3. No way; more than one tiebreaker would be a very bad idea. There would be no way to scale the scoring so that both problems receive near-identical scores; you would always end up with the case where one tiebreaker problem dominated the rest, meaning all you would need to do is get a decent solution to the other tiebreaker, and the winner of the more important one would work. Thus making all but one tiebreaker completely pointless. Please don't do that.

  4. No way; more than one tiebreaker would be a very bad idea. There would be no way to scale the scoring so that both problems receive near-identical scores; you would always end up with the case where one tiebreaker problem dominated the rest, meaning all you would need to do is get a decent solution to the other tiebreaker, and the winner of the more important one would work. Thus making all but one tiebreaker completely pointless. Please don't do that.

  5. Is this Problem available in Practice Section? I see some Stable Marriage problem in practice section but I think the problem statement is different.As I had already solved this problem before I come to know that this has been deleted, I would like to test my solution. If you can put this exact problem in practice section, it would be great.

  6. Is this Problem available in Practice Section? I see some Stable Marriage problem in practice section but I think the problem statement is different.

    As I had already solved this problem before I come to know that this has been deleted, I would like to test my solution. If you can put this exact problem in practice section, it would be great.

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