April, let us just say is the most competitive time of the year. The exam season had just ended, and the race to the admission window is on. Everyone is ready with their preparations for plethora of entrance exams scheduled ahead for them. The rush to the stationary shops is more frequent, than to the playground. In such a competitive time, it is tough to catch someone taking a breather, or asking them about their summer vacation plans. So, we too refrained ourselves from doing that, and instead added more fuel to the burning competition desire with our April Challenge 2014. How did it go? You ask. We will tell you all through this post.
Our long challenges in general have been all about giving the budding programmers an opportunity to learn and compete with the big guns. The first couple of days of the contest see the sea of new comers trying their hands in the problems served. We see many new names featuring in the rank tables in the wee hours of the contest. However, as the contest moves in the nature of the competition changes and that is when the big guns take over. However, the April Challenge 2014 saw a different start with the first submission coming from vineetpaliwal, on POTATOES inside the first five minutes of the contest. It was quite a fascinating start to the contest and set the tone straight for the coming days.
The April Challenge opened up with seven problems, but as the problem setters worked on the remaining three, the participants enjoyed the seven in hands. POTATOES and CNPIIM was the flavor of choice for the newbies, but the presence of vineetpaliwal, fancycoder, dracowane, xorfire_ and some more recognized names, kept everyone on their toes, which ensures a healthy competition during the contest. In the meantime, our problem setters added the remaining three problems in the contest.
With all ten problems on the table, we were all set for the first weekend of the April Challenge 2014, and so were the participants. Moreover, by the end of it, the contest was well on its course to be one of the biggest CodeChef challenges. Leading the Global and Indian ranks by then were Ri Mun-Chol and Gunjan Sharma respectively. To have new names leading the rank tables always adds an exciting punch to the contest. However, their reign atop was not long, and by the mid way into the contest the big guns in vineetpaliwal and mugurelionut took over the rank tables. Thus began the race to the top among the biggies.
The problems created by Shalini Shah, Lalit Kundu, Dmytro Berezin, Bruno Oliveira, Ilya Malinovsky, Sergey Nagin, Anudeep Nekkanti, A Surya Kiran, Gerald Agapov, and Tiancheng Lou put the participants through an enjoyable test to keep up with the competitive environs around. The problems might have been enjoyable, but they certainly were not a walk in the park for many, as even after the first weekend, there were two problems devoid of any submission. Thanks to our testers Shiplu and Md Mahbubul Hasan, who ensured that the problems cater to the wide spectrum of participants rather than being favorites of only the ones on the rank tables. The additional spices in Mandarin and Russian translation came from the ever-present Gerald Agapov, and xiaodao. The immense hardwork put into by our problem-setting panel was nicely rewarded by the participants through the huge number of submissions made during the ten-day course of the contest. However, while POTATOES saw submissions in excess of 5K, the LMATRIX3 only saw four. There was a little something for everyone though, and we hope you had your fare share of fun and competitiveness.
Now let us move towards the rank tables to meet our winners.
First, the Non- Indian Top 10:
Now, the Indian top 20:
Now, let us meet our special achievers.
Firstly, the top five non-Indian school students:
Now, the Indian top five school students:
Finally, the participants with highest scores for challenge problem Sereja and Permutation apart from the winners.
First, the non-Indian top three:
Now, the Indian top three:
Congratulations to all the winners and participants. We hope you enjoyed the contest!
Now, the final figures for the contest:
All those figures put April Challenge 2014 among the biggest long challenges we have had on CodeChef. We hope to have many more of those and to see you all being part of them.
That brings us to the end of this late post for the April Challenge 2014. Nevertheless, before we sign of let us escort you to the desert for the contest in the editorials for the problems of the contest. Therefore, if you had a hard time cracking them up during the contest, these editorials will help you understand the best approach towards solving them and will sharpen your programming skills for the future. So, do go through them thoroughly.
With that, it is time to draw curtains on this April Challenge post and move towards the next posts in line starting from April Cook-Off 2014. We are sorry for putting these posts so late, but trust us we are working on our lethargy and shall be on schedule soon. Until then, kindly be with us.
As always, feel free to get in touch with us for your feedback, suggestions, or any query at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also reach us at (022) – 30797709 (On weekdays from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Till next time, Good-bye everybody.
Our Lunchtime programming series has been a global platform for young programmers to proclaim their advent among the best in the business. Some have already done that in the small span of 10 months of Lunchtimes existence, and many others are in pursuit of it. The likes of acmonster, sy2006, etc. have already become a force to reckon, even in our Long Challenge and Cook-Offs. And while, there is a long way ahead of these young programmers before they establish themselves in the elite club, we think if they carry on in this pace, it should not be long before they reach their destination.
The March Lunchtime 2014 brought to us yet another shinning start, which caught everybody’s attention since the beginning of the series, and perhaps was patiently waiting in the milieu to announce her arrival. Although we knew that eventually it will happen, we just did not knew when. So, there we were waiting for the clock to ring 2:00 PM IST and present to us our first Indian victor in our Lunchtime contests in meteroa. We have done it already, but let us once again join hands to congratulate her on this astonishing feat.
We were, and are still awestruck with the performance of meteroa, and we have all the reasons to be so. Firstly, she is a girl, and although we have had some tremendous girl programmers in our contests, to have one from school is very special. Then, she is home schooled at Chashak Gurukul, which is just mind blowing considering the fact that we get participants from almost all the elite schools around the glove. Finally, the fact that she is there in the IOI Training camp preparing to represent India at the IOI World Finals. It is just too much of excitement to handle. Nevertheless, we like such thrill and would not mind receiving them more often. Therefore, way to go meteora, we are proud of you, and wish you all the best for all the future competitions you will be competing in.
That meteoric performance was not without any competition to slow it down. We saw some nerve wrecking competition in the final hour of the contest. Huzecong, of High School Attached to Hunan Normal University Hunan Province, China and labib666, of BAF Shaheen College Jessore, Bangladesh were trying their best to secure the top spot in the rank table. No one was ready to let go without a solid fight. However, in the end meteora triumphed them all and painted her name all over the rank tables, when the contest ended. And we all had big smile and cheer on our faces.
Despite such a tremendous performance, it is not meteora, who currently tops the March Lunchtime 2014 rank tables. We have tehnar of Saint Petersburg Lyceum 239 Saint Petersburg, Russia with total score of 340 topping meteora’s score of 317. That is because tehnar updated his institution name after the contest. It would have been interesting to see how meteora would have combated had he been there on the rank tables during the contest. However, we are sure that we will get plenty of chances to experience many such contests in coming Lunchtime contest. Moreover, to be sure that you are there on the rank tables, right from the beginning make sure that you have updated your school name in your profile.
Now, let us meet our top performing candidates for March Lunchtime 2014:
Firstly, the non-Indian top 10:
Now, our Indian Top 10:
Congratulations to all the winners for their tremendous performance!
Now, let us see the numbers that matters for our March Lunchtime:
With so many students, enjoying the lip-smacking problem set of our lunchtime, let us meet, and thank our amazing problem-setting panel responsible for it. Multi-tasking Sergey Kulik, who once again was the Russian translator for the contest, prepared the problem set and to add more to his duties for the contest, he was the editorialist for the contest. Phew, that is a lot of hats on a single head. Nevertheless, we must say he donned them all to perfection. Roman Rubanenko tested the problem set, while Minako Kojima provided the Mandarin translation for the problem set. It is always gratifying to be in such esteemed company and we hope to remain so in the coming contests as well.
With all that, we conclude this already-delayed March Lunchtime 2014 blog post and move towards the April contests.
The summers are here and we are sure you already have a beautiful summer vacation plan in place. So, enjoy your vacations, but do not miss all the fun here at CodeChef contests.
If you have any feedback, suggestions, or a vacation card, feel free to send them to us at email@example.com.
That will be all from us. Till next time TA-TA
See you at the contests.
March was a busy month for us. After the initial packed schedule with the anniversary contests and the long challenge, soon we found ourselves up close with the March Cook-Off 2014. Now, while some might whine about their packed calendars, we like ours to be that way. After the blistering March Challenge, we were keyed up to see what the Cook-Off has to offer to us. And to give you a hint how it went, let us say we were all on the edge of our seats by the end of it, which pretty much states the nature of the contest. How we reached there? We will tell you all.
Before we jump into the proceedings of the March Cook-Off 2014, let’s first meet the people responsible for it. Konstantin Sokol created the problem set for the contest, which was then tested, and translated in Russian by Gerald Agapov to ensure that they are ready to put the participants through a stirring test. And they indeed were ready. The desert for the contest in the editorials came from Tasnim Imran Sunny, to let the participant put an apt end to their quest for the perfect solution of every problem they tried on. The extra spice in Mandarin translation came from Minako Kojima, who has been taking care of almost all our Mandarin translations. The best compliment to the hardwork that our problem-setting panel pours into all our contests is the huge number of participation from programmers across the globe, and the March Cook-Off too saw that.
In the warm Sunday night, our Cook-Off brought the right mix of action and calmness in its two and half hours for everyone who participated. With the coolers in place, it was only the contest that was heating up with the action between different participants, who barged into the contest right from the start. The first accepted submission came inside the five minutes of the contest on Dividing Stamps. And seldom have we seen that a submission in such quick time came from a new name. This time was no exception. The first one to make his mark on the contest was the mugrelionut. Seeing the start some pundits would have started writing the fate of the contest. And we will not blame them. Most of the times the big guns sweep away the contest even before the other participants get hold of the problem set. However, this was one of those rare occasions, when the fate of the contest is not sealed until it is over.
We moved into the contest, with submissions coming in from all directions. While the submissions from newbies were seeing all sorts of result, it was green tick for most of the submissions from the pros. The ciphered moves of the pros were rarely stalled all through the contest, and with one hour left into the contest, we had uwi comfortably sitting atop the rank tables, followed by mugurelionut. It was not a surprise but what followed it certainly was a surprise, and a rather pleasing one at that.
The final hour of the contest saw most of the action, as the fight to the top started heating. The steady cruise of seasoned campaigners to the top was disturbed by the arrival of the new comers like dreamoon4 and aawisong. It was a sheer treat to watch them go up against the pros including notimesea and mmaxio, who have been around for quite a some time now. However, regardless of all their experience, it was dreamoon4, who emerged victor in the March Cook-Off 2014. And we are sure that our seasoned friends will be pleased to have some new competition. It all makes the coming Cook-Offs even more exciting as the fight back from the pros is due now. But for that we’ll have to wait. For now, let us come together and join our hands in appreciation of the top performers in our March Cook-Off 2014.
Firstly, the non-Indian top 10:
Now, the Indian top 5:
Congratulations to all the contestants for their amazing performance.
And, here are the overall stats for the contests.
Those are all the numbers that matters for our March Cook-Off 2014. We hope you were part of the contest and had fun. If you have, some doubt regarding problems of the contest you can brush it down with the help of the editorials of the contest.
That brings us to the end of yet another contest blog, after prolonged delay. But we are working on our consistency and shall be punctual next time. Meanwhile, you can send us all your suggestions, feedback, or any query that you might be pondering for some time, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not like writing long emails, ring us at (022) – 30797709 and we can talk.
With that, we now move towards the March Lunchtime 2014, and we will see you soon with that.
For now, adios everybody!
See you at the contests.
March, we would say is not the happiest time of the year. You can put it on the scorching sun outside, or can blame it on all the closings and examinations approaching. Whatever it is, it does not put March in the favorites list of many. However, contrary to many, we like March just as much as any other time of the year, for it marks our anniversary. Moreover, this year, we completed five years of code trotting, so it was special. We decided to celebrate it with you all through our t-shirt design and trivia contests. We got wonderful response for both of our contests, and we hope you all enjoyed them too. We were still not done with our anniversary celebrations, and we found ourselves confronting the March Challenge 2014. Although the preparations for the contest were all in place well beforehand, the final minute heebie-jeebies are always there. For that, we brushed ourselves up and headed towards the anniversary long challenge. Now, let us see how it was.
Our monthly long challenges have been a great platform for the fledgelings to display their flair. The March Challenge was no different either. The contest started with nine problems on the table, as the tenth one needed a tad more garnishing. The participants seemed contented with the nine problems in the offering and were seen munching on them joyfully. Most of the early goers into the contest enjoyed their calm Walk, while some other found joy in Team Split. Majority of the submissions made on the first day of the March Challenge 2014, were on the two previously mentioned problems, but they were not the only ones to find love in the opening day of the contest. As we moved into the contest, the submissions started flowing equally for all the problems. The Little chef and numbers, did not see many submissions in the early days, but received plethora of them as the contest progressed. And by the end of the contest the number of submissions was colossal.
While the lesser fancied were busy on the lighter end of the problem set, the big guns planned their move towards the top, battling the hard problems thrown at them, by our star studded panel of problem setters featuring Anudeep Nekkanti, Bruno Oliviera, Dmytro Berezin, Gerald Agapov, Konstantin Sokol, Sergey Nagin, Shiplu Hawlader, Tuan Anh, and Vivek Hamirwasia. It is worth mentioning that Anudeep Nekkanti, who made his debut as a CodeChef problem setter with this contest will also be representing India, with his team in the forthcoming ACM ICPC 2014 World Finals in Ekaterinburg. Let us give him a warm Welcome and best of luck for the World Finals. The testing of the problem set came from Mahbubul Hasan, while the Shang Jingbo penned down the editorials for them. The spices in the form of the Russian and Mandarin translation for the problems came from Gerald Agapov and Minako Kojima. These adroit individuals were and have been behind many delicious problem sets like this one. And we are always pleased to have them onboard.
The March Challenge did start with nine problems, but the tenth problem was added within couple of hours of start of the contest and since then it was all good until the final stages of the contest. That is when the few blank spaces in the test data of the problem The Street forced us to rejudge all the WA submissions. This was followed by the corrections made in the test data of the problem SSTORY towards the end of the contest and forcing yet another rejudge. No amount of apology can make up to the huge inconvenience caused to the participants in the final stages of the contest, and thus, with our apology we extended the contest by one more day. It means that the March Challenge was now of 11 days, and going by the response from the participants, it seemed a rather fair and fruitful decision. And the rightful conclusion to the contest.
Apart from the glitches towards the end, the March Challenge was a brilliant competition adorned by huge number of submissions, great competition, and some new names on the rank table. Among all the new names that made it to the final rank table, the ones that caught our attention the most were daiver19, dreamoon4, and aawisong. That is because all three of them were making their debut on CodeChef. Going by their debut, they very well can be the new crop of champions, which can threaten the reigns of our existing victors. However, that is all in the future and we cannot foresee what is in the store for us. However, what we can see is the rank tables for our March Challenge 2014, and the stars sparkling on that.
So, let us meet the stars. Firstly, the non-Indian top 10:
Then, our Indian top 20:
Now, we move on to the special achievers category. We will start with top three non-Indian and Indian users who have highest scores for challenge problem apart from the winners.
Non-Indian Top 3:
Indian Top 3:
Now, we move towards the school participants: The non-Indian top 5:
The Indian top 5:
Congratulations to all the participants for their performance.
Now, the final stats for the contest:
We already are rather late in putting up this blog post for March Challenge, and with every word it is being further delayed. Therefore, we will end it. However, before we go, we would like to tell you that the editorials for the contest are up and we hope you have enjoyed them to fullest. If you have not, go, and taste them now:
That is all from us for now. We will soon come back with the rest of the blog posts. However, until then, keep writing your feedback, bugs, and suggestions to us at email@example.com.
You can also reach us at (022) – 30797709 on weekdays from 11:00 am to 08:00 pm.
Till next post, TA-TA everybody.
See you at the contests.
It was the ninth edition of our Lunchtime programming series. Just before the big examination season here in India. While students were deep into their preparations, we had just wrapped up ours, for the contest and were all set to put the young bright minds through yet another test. Although, it was the taste of the season, so we were enthusiastic about it as well. Moreover, we were all set to welcome the spring and the participants alike, with a big cooler.
The problem set for February Lunchtime 2014 came from Sergey Nagin, who also provided the Russian translations for the problems. Roman Rubanenko, who has been an imperative part of our Lunchtime series, handled the testing for the problems and like always, we were pleased to have him. The same goes for our Mandarin translator Minako Kojima and editorialist Constantin Sokol. With the impending exam season, our Lunchtime gave students a chance to break free from their study timetable, have some fun, and exercise their brains with some sharp challenging problems. Let us see how they did.
The February Lunchtime was pretty much like any other lunchtime we had, in terms of participation. However, the numbers kept growing as we moved into the contest. One department in which it differed from the previous iteration of Lunchtime was in terms of problem solving. Many participants successfully cracked three or more problems this time around. This meant that they were enjoying their stay in the contest to the fullest.
Despite the exam season, many Indian students were seeing trying their hands on the problems, and while there were some familiar names, we saw some new names in non-Indian as well as Indian rank tables. It is always good see some new names, popping up in the rank table amid the regular ones.
Now, let us introduce you to our little geniuses who made it through the final cut for our rank tables.
We will start with the non-Indian top 10, featuring:
And, the Indian top 10 featuring:
Now, the total stats for the contest:
Congratulations to all the participants for their brilliant performance.
The February Lunchtime 2014 started smoothly, in terms of both submissions and participation. However, there were some technical glitches towards the end of the contest, and as a result, we had to extend the contest by half an hour. It gave some more time to us and the participants alike to enjoy the contest.
Finally, after a small glitch, and some brilliant performance by the participants curtains came down on the February Challenge 2014, leaving behind, many memories, and some new names to look up to in the coming contests. And we will be looking up to each one of them. So make sure to join in our next contests.
With that we conclude this already delayed blog post on February Challenge 2014. We hope you will overlook the delay and enjoy it thoroughly. Although, if you have any suggestion, or feedback feel free to send them our ways at firstname.lastname@example.org
Till next time, TA-TA.
Concealed in the widespread span of February Challenge, the Cook-Off has had the stage all lit up for it. There were some requests regarding its rescheduling, but because of our fixed calendar, we were unable to take any of them. And, it turned out to be a wise decision. The problem set came from Shiplu Hawlader and Tasnim Imran Sunny, tested them. The detailed editorials for the contest came from Lalit Kundu. The Russian and Mandarin translations for the problems came from Gerald Agapov and Minako Kojima.
The Cook-Off came as a break free zone in the ten-day duration of the long challenge. The start of the Cook-Off was not very different from the long challenge as it too met a bump at the start. It was a kind of déjà vu for us, but not a pleasing one. We wanted to get out of it as soon as possible. Thankfully, we did get out of it in few minutes. The Cook-Off had some shades of the long challenge, be it the same set of translators, or the initial bump. While we cherished the former, we cannot say the same about the later. But, all’s well that ends well. And for us, the Cook-Off did end well.
The problem set for the Cook-off looked like a smooth sail at the beginning of the contest. However, that changed by the time the contest got over. There were only three contestants, who cracked all of the five problems during the contest, and they were our top three. The competition among the top three was furious and it was only after the contest we met our winner. While, the top of the table presented a familiar sight, with surprise entry in dj3500, the bottom half of the table was adorned by the big three from India, the knsn, djdolls, and anudeep2011. A pleasing sight it was, and we hope to see it more often.
To let you know, who stands where in the rank table? Let us take you through it:
Now our Indian Top Five:
Here are the final stats of the contest:
Sincere congratulation to everyone for their brilliant performance and all the best for the future contests.
With that, we reach to the end of our long stretched February blog post covering the long challenge and the cook-off in one. We know it took us too long to put up this post, and we are sorry about it. We hope to better our frequency of blog posts covering our contest and to bring you all the updates from CodeChef’s kitchen as and when they happen.
Now, we move towards the pending February Lunchtime post, with all the details of the performance of our little geniuses. So, keep watching this space. In the meantime, send us your feedback, suggestions, and queries, to email@example.com.
Till next time, it is TA-TA from CodeChef
See you at the contests.
The February Challenge was a special one even before it started, for it concealed our February Cook-Off 2014 during its ten days. The occurrence of two events in the course of one meant twice the fun, excitement, and work. We will try to share all the memorable moments with you from our memories.
February, the shortest month of the year, seems big with all those pre-exam season jitters and apprehension regarding the format of the question papers. Thankfully, none of those can be associated with our monthly contests. We started on the first Friday of the month and had 10 problems, like always. It became 11 by the end of the competition, but we will come to that, later. The problem-setting panel this time around featured two debutants in Shiplu Hawlader and Lalit Kundu. Both of them were greeted warmly, if the number of submissions on their problems is to be believed. Accompanying the debutants on the problem setting bench were Dima Berez, Ivan Zdomsky, Minako Kojima who also was the Mandarin translator, Roman Furko, Sergey Nagin, Surya Kiran, and Vitaliy Herasymiv. Gerald Agapov and Hiroto tested the problems, with Gerald doubling as the Russian translator as well, while the editorials came from Ajay Kumar Verma. The month long hardwork of all these geniuses was put to test in our February Challenge. Let us find out what was the outcome.
The contest opened to a warm reception, the impending examination season seemed to have very little affect on the participants. And we’d like to believe that you all were well prepared. Longest Common Pattern, and Little Elephant and Subarrays, received all the love in the initial stage, but the love reached to other problems as the challenge progressed. After the calm and smooth start, we hit a minor hiccup as some of you were facing connectivity issue. Although it was not a long-drawn-out problem, but it still caused problems and we apologize for that. Following the technical wallop, we bumped into another, as we came to know that the problem LMATRIX is very similar to one another problem that had been used in our contest earlier. We took this issue to the problem setter and they agreed to it and decided to replace the problem with another on in LMATRIX2. We were upset about the entire episode as much as you all were. We deeply regret the inconvenience. Without losing any more precious time, we stopped all the submissions to the problem and added another problem LMATRIX2 in its place. In order to repair the damage caused by LMATRIX, we eliminated all the submissions made on LMATRIX and adjusted the ranks to not reflect them. While, it cannot redo the damage caused to the integrity of the contest and its problems, we like to believe that it was an honest mistake. Still, we are sorry about it. And will look to it that such “mistakes” do not take place in future.
After the blotchy opening two days, the contest resumed its natural course in its full glory. All the big guns had made their presence felt on the rank tables, and were facing tough fight from the emerging champions. And we must say that it was quite a treat to witness such great competition. In a contest were users from different part of the world were going up against each other to emerge triumphant, it was the Chinese coders who dominated the rank table. Among the top ten participants, we had eight users from China. However, our top three all had different nationalities. Now, without getting into the nationalities, here is how the rank table looked at the end of the contest.
Non-Indian Top Ten:
Indian Top Twenty:
Now, we move on to our special achievers category.
We’ll start with “Users with highest scores in Challenge problem other than the winners”:
Now our geniuses from school:
Top five non-Indian school performers
Top five Indian School performers
Now, let us share with you the final stats of the contest:
Congratulations to everyone for their fantastic performance in the contest and all the best for the coming contest.
Despite the bumpy start, the February Challenge 2014 fared out to be a fine contest for everyone who participated in it. And off course for us, as we saw some fine performance, by some new names and some existing ones. Thanks to all you wonderful people for giving us yet another exciting contest.
With that, we conclude the post and say farewell to you. Now, let us set our sails towards the February Cook-Off 2014 and take you through it, as it happened.
If you have any memories of you about the contest, or any other query, suggestion, or feedback, send them our ways at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Till the next contest, it’s adios from CodeChef
1st March 2009, five years and a few days from now, we launched CodeChef. It has been a fascinating journey since then. It couldn’t have been anything else!
It is our anniversary month. And anniversary is a time of celebrations. And we did celebrate. You too joined by taking part in our Trivia contest and showed us how much you love us. It is also a time for assessment and introspection for what has been done and what we intend to do. Let us start by doing the mandatory and the mundane of listing down what we did in the last one year so that we can conceal what we did not:
And all this apart from the usual monthly and college contests, responding to your emails, procrastinating on most, reading the flak and the feature requests that we keep getting on various forums. That was quite a bit of work!
On a more serious note, listing down the things done is quite a task in itself. It is also extremely easy to bask and get carried away by mentioning all things glorious. However, it is only the mistakes, the failures and the mishaps that happen that keep us grounded and make us strive to improve. It was not entirely a dream run as it may have seemed until now. Be it the numerous intermittent hiccups during and outside of the contests (yes, we are still acclimatising to the new setup) or the infamous goof-up, there were not-so-bright days for us as well. Apology is only a way to convey that we care and that none of these were intentional. It does not undo the damage that was done. And we did learn from each one of them – we now know how not to do things. However, there are a lot of pending things on our plate that we have not been able to dish out including this, and one of them is also dealing with the cheating cases – still something that we are figuring things about.
No report card is complete without the backing of the numbers. So let us present some figures that will put the highlights of the year gone by in some perspective:
So, here we are after an year of moments of joy, pride, love, affection, glory, kudos, accolades… and after all the bragging, it is time for us now to be humble.
None of this would have been possible without some invaluable contributions and we take this opportunity to thank the special set of people who made this possible:
Now, letting the accolades and critiques of the year gone by to sink in, let us also give you a peek into the future. So far, with now a biggish team of seven, we have mostly been firefighting and trying hard to make this platform better. We have been working on feedback, bugs, feature requests and also trying to be as responsive as we possibly can. Over this period we have realized the limitations that we have put on ourselves. While interacting with you all at various forums, we realize that there is a whole community out there willing to help us in this endeavour. And since this entire platform is being driven by the community, we intend to open it up to you to start contributing to the development of this platform soon. How and when is something that we still need to ponder and put our thoughts together. But we believe that the community has been doing a fantastic job of carrying it forward and they can probably do a much better job and help us drive its progress much faster. We will continue working on your feedback and we intend to take each and every point mentioned in this list and fix it.
The fifth year has given us some very good memories to cherish, and we hope the sixth will offer even more and that you all will be alongside us through the thick and thin, as you have always been.
In anticipation of a bright year, let us drop the ball and let the party roll in.
The day of January Lunchtime 2014 had too much going on for it. It was the 65th Republic Day of India, it was Australia Day down under, and in the world of sports, it was the final of year’s first grand slam, the Australian Open 2014. But we were looking forward to the January Lunchtime, the most. Ok, we will be honest we were excited about the whole day. And the first thing on our agenda was to have a great first Lunchtime of the year. In our recent contests, we already have seen the glimpses of the brilliance of school students and it was now turn to witness that in the contest specifically designed for them.
The audacious performances of our school user have started getting them the due attention of the programming fraternity. And the performances continued in the January Lunchtime as well. The problem set from Roman Furko, while took the participants out of their comfort zone and into the unexplored territory. However, everyone seemed to have a good time, as we received the first accepted submission for the contest in the second minute of the contest. Yes, inside two minutes we had our first submission, from acmonster, who recently was seen atop the December Cook-Off 2013’s rank tables. His presence in the contest ensured tough competition for the fellow participants, but it seemed they did not mind it. His compatriot huzecong was not at all perturbed with his presence and took his own sweet time to book his place on the rank table. The names populating the rank table, while were not all new, there were some who were making their debut at the top. And we were happy to have them.
It was the eighth edition of our Lunchtime programming series, and the number of participants who succeeded in cracking all the problems was highest this time around. The tester and the Russian translation for the problem set Sergey Kulik, along with the editorialist Praveen Reddy Vaka were both excited to see it. As the contest progressed, the number of submissions on different problems started growing. The number of submissions on Chef and Shop was more than that on any other problems. However, all the problems were equally enjoyed by the participants and the final stats for the contest establishes that fact. Here are they for you:
Somewhere in those numbers are our top ten performers for the January Lunchtime 2014. So, let us meet them:
Congratulations to all the participants for their performance in the contest.
The January Challenge 2014 turned out to be yet another fruitful contest in terms of participation and seeing new names on the rank tables. And that clearly is a good sign for the contests to come in the future.
With that hope in mind, we conclude the January Lunchtime 2014; we hope you enjoyed the contest and the day of 26 January 2014 as much as we did. It was a tad disappointing for the Nadal fans, but then, we got a new Champion. And it is always good for a contest that the names in the rank table keeps changing. So, to help you sharpen your chances atop the rank tables, go check them the editorials for the contest here. They will help you get over your doubts; if you have any and will help, you evolve as a programmer.
That will be all from us for now, if you have any doubts, suggestions or feedback, you can always send them our ways. We would love to hear from you all, what you want from the contests.
See you all that the February Challenge 2014!
Nothing compares to the elation of participating in a short programming contest, as far as the programmers are concerned. While, the long challenge brings opportunities to learn and execute new things, the short contest gets the adrenaline rushing for the programmers. This is why when it comes to our short contests; we are a tad more inspirit than the normal days. The January Cook-Off 2014, was just one of those days.
After the splendid opening for the year with the January Challenge 2014, we were optimistic for the first Cook-Off for the year. The luscious problem set for the contest was cooked by Abdullah Al Mahmud, aka satej, with his huge experience of problem setting and training students for prominent competitive programming contests. It meant that the problem set this time around is not going to be a cozy walkthrough for the participants. And that turned true when the curtains were lifted off the problem set at the contest kick-off. It also meant that the testing of the problems would require some serious work, and Gerald Agapov delivered just that and more, by testing the problems to perfection and translating them to Russian. To complete the decorum for the contest we needed elaborate editorials for the problem set and Praveen Reddy Vaka was ready with them. All that, together with the Mandarin translations of the problem set from Minako Kojima, made the January Cook-Off 2014 ready to be feasted upon.
The Chef and the Cake I was the first problem to be cracked, and got much more all through the contest. While everyone was enjoying the cake, some tried their hands in the Subtraction Game, but not many enjoyed it. Although, that did not stopped anyone taking part in it, and we saw many submissions on it throughout the contest. The story of Interrogating Gangsters is no different and not many were able to make the gangsters talk. Then, neither was batman. If you thought that those problems gave a hard time to the participants, then let us tell you that you are wrong. The real test for the participants was getting past the, reaching to Chef and Cakes II, and cracking it. If truth were told, at times we even thought that the two said problems would go unsolved. However, we realized that we have ACRush taking part in the contest and then it was just a matter of time before we have all our problems cracked.
ACRush, might have cracked all the problems, but even for him it was not a smooth walkthrough in the corridors of January Cook-Off. After cracking the first problem, ACRush had some doubt with the flow implementation for Chef and Cakes II. He directed his concern to us and after consulting with the problem-setting panel, the solutions for the problem was rejudged after the test cases were modified. The contest was extended twice by 30 mins and 15 mins respectively due to the same reason. However, in the end it turned out that, there was no need of that, and it was all just confusion. Our problem setters felt that many of the users knew the solution for cake2, but because of the lengthy implementation, many of them did not try. Overall, with a testing problem set, a slight confusion resulting in problem extension, and a brilliant competition between the participants completed the January Cook-Off 2014.
Now, let us have a look at the rank tables:
Firstly, the non-Indian top ten:
Now the Indian top 5:
Now, the final stats for the contest:
Congratulation to you all for your wonderful performance in the contest.
The January Cook-Off presented some real testing problems to its participants and we hope you all enjoyed it to the fullest. If you missed the contest, you still can try your hands on the problem set in the practice section here. And to help you with those problems we have the elaborate editorials, on how to crack each problem, ready with us here. Go play with the problems and sharpen your skills for the coming contests.
That is all from our side; do send us your thoughts on the contest, the problems, or just the overall experience of the contest email@example.com. We love hearing from you people.
With warmth and love!