Indeed the ones solving only the 1st question and qualifying is wrong, but c’mon you should have solved the second one, if you think you’re worthy enough to get a place.
The ACM-ICPC (yeah it makes lot of hypes and has a lot of reputation too), but is it only for those qualifying for regionals? Well, it’s about representing your institute at global level, final is what counts and even with the results from this contest, eventually the ones making to finals won’t be affected much.
Though, I totally agree to your views about the contest. The problemset has only become worse since last year. It wasn’t balanced. The question needed to be of significant level of difficulties. But no matter what you say or others would, there won’t be any retest.
Work hard, there’s a lot more events out there waiting for you.
But even solving the second question is not sufficient for many teams. The problem set should be more balanced. So that teams can get distinguished on the basis of the number of problems solved not solely on the basis of how fast one can solve one or two questions.
Let me tell whats going to happen tomorrow. Peeps at codechef will have a good laugh at your rant and this post will be dumped. Ironically they promote coding in India by discouraging the good coders. They make emotional appeal by saying they are non-profit org and have go for gold initiative (which might be helping them to conduct ICPC whilst there are better options) but you know what they do, they crush people like you.
Why can’t we have contests like other countries with 8-10 problems with a proper balanced set.
Not testing speed test. Stop promoting Snackdown over ICPC . ICPC is more important to us…
Congrats you got our 1600 Rupees . Go enjoy the party!
And when will we get the editorials.
After a month?
Happy Speed Test Day.
Codechef found a way to reduce the server load.
Increase the difficulty level exponentially so that no one submits
Congrats codechef you won.
Last year you had error with the second problem.
And now the most unbalanced set.
Let the codeforces handle it now. #GiveUp
No team scored all 5.
Common guys it was an online round not the World finals.
I’m not here to rant but I thought I’d share our experience yesterday.
We started off with trying to solve the reduction game question first because the statement was small. We were following some greedy approach using priority queues and it failed twice. It tilted us a lot. Then we checked the number of submissions and found that the robot question got a lot of submissions and tried that. But unfortunately due to a small mistake(indexing errors) we got that wrong for the first time. At this point we were in full tilt mode. We coded it again and got AC.(This whole thing took literally 10 minutes from reading the question to WA to AC). But at this point, it was too late. There were many submissions for the first one and we even had a wrong submission. We couldn’t solve the second question and lost it.
There were 5 questions. There should have been a gradient of like ~200 to 300 submissions per question right? Only then the teams can get filtered properly. I understand that we don’t deserve to qualify if we don’t solve the second question but there were a lot of teams who qualified after solving only the 1st question.
There were teams who didn’t qualify even after solving the second question.
Now that doesn’t seem balanced does it?
There’s nothing we can do now. I hope they take this as a lesson and make more balanced contests in future. At least increase the number of questions. It wouldn’t hurt to add two more questions right?
Even Codeforces div3 are more balanced than this one.
I think it would have been better if this online round was held on typingtest.com
If you can’t even solve the second question then you should introspect whether you are worthy of going to the regionals or even World finals. and this isnt a Long challenge, Speed test or not the first question is always made such… My opinion xD
Codechef showed us the reason why India with such huge population of coders fails to perform well at the World Finals.
Note : I am not saying that our team was deserving but many deserving team might have suffered due to this .
Edit: But we learnt a lot of things from this contest .I see a lot of people blaming the 1st question but I do not think that’s right . Blaming the question setter is also not right because it is very hard to set a balanced questions.
I am disheartened because might be I am not worthy enough to be in Regionals but my team-mates are,and also many other teams which are deserving .
Hoping for a better question set in Snackdown
Calm down Mate…! I partly agree with you on the problem setting…! But you cannot blame the selection procedure… The main aim of ACM ICPC & CodeChef(As a platform for competitive coding) is to indulge & bring more and more people in this field… Anyways, most of the teams that solved just the one problem & qualified will realize the difference at the regional rounds!