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Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by Rémi Coulom » Sat Jun 07, 2008 11:27 am

Hi,

spurious_ai just told me in PM about Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests:
http://www.recmath.org/contest/index.php
Some of you might be interested. A vote is in progress for the next contest. I voted for SameGame, Fifteen Puzzle, Rubik's Cube, Sudoku and Protein Folding.

Rémi

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Re: Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by luke_g » Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:45 am

Looking forward to it! I've never done a programming contest before. I also gave SameGame my top choice.

I hope primal sums isn't picked, though, as I don't think that would be nearly as interesting as it might sound...

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Re: Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by spurious_ai » Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:27 am

Primal sums has already been picked. They alternate math and non-math contests. Word search was the last contest.

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Re: Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by luke_g » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:04 am

The contest has started!

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Re: Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by Rémi Coulom » Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:45 am

Thanks for the info. The prizes are really nice geek stuff.

Rémi

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Re: Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by spurious_ai » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:29 pm

Congrats on #1 Remi.

This contest is more competitive than the last one!

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Re: Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by Rémi Coulom » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:36 pm

spurious_ai wrote:Congrats on #1 Remi.
Thanks ! But that won't last long. Obviously, the strongest are holding back their results, and kindly let me take the first place.

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Re: Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by spurious_ai » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:52 am

I am guessing that there is only one odd number in the optimal solutions, it that correct?

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Re: Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by Rémi Coulom » Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:09 am

spurious_ai wrote:I am guessing that there is only one odd number in the optimal solutions, it that correct?
Well, it seems that discussing ideas about algorithms and scores is forbidden before the end of the contest. So, I would just say it does not sound like a bad idea ;-)

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Re: Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests

Post by spurious_ai » Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:33 am

I am glad to hear they are going to zero all the votes for the next contest. You will have to re-vote, but they are not going to disclose the results. That way the next contest will be a suprise to most. I hope they run non-math contests every other one like they did before.

It took 45 days before there were 100 people for the last contest. They have that many after 5 days on this contest.

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