The ACM competition

Judging the 2003 ACM ICPC Manila regionals was tons of fun. Although I was somewhat delinquent in terms of making problems - I'd only made one which was simplified due to contest limitations - my problem was nonetheless included and a few teams actually solved it.

It was a straightforward problem - a text-based database. Helpful teacher that I was, I made several test cases that checked for specific errors in program logic, but had to merge them into one enormous test case for the contest. Coded the solution in 10 to 15 minutes and submitted it via PC^2 for testing. Very glad to see it work on the first run.

Had some tussles with PC^2 and compiler support. Jerome knew the magic cmd trick, though, so we managed to get all the compilers to work.

Glad to see the other people from the SEARCC contests. Seemed like nothing had changed. Mike still crazy-funny self. Chipi still somewhat insane (but very good). Mars (Gabutz) somewhat less insane (no more Wendy's action figures? awww).

Story: It was an hour or so before the contest and Ces still didn't have judges' test data for her problem. General panic. We quickly prepared 10 copies of a 10x10 matrix for her 3-D problem and started filling in letters. We finished the test data but weren't quite sure if it worked, so I sat down and quickly wrote a solution. Actual output and expected output differed. Inclined to trust program, so copied actual output into sample output for initial testing and then spent some time debugging the test data. (Debugging the test data! Pfft.) Eventually worked. Felt very pleased when other people solved the problem, as that confirmed that test data was now correct.

Rejoiced when a team finally solved my problem. Had been on pins and needles previously as had thought my problem ridiculously easy, thus lack of attempted solutions was most worrisome. A number of teams didn't test with sample output given in problem, tsk tsk.

Went bowling with Dominique, Chipi, Mike, Jerome, and Mars. Non-zero score. Very happy.

Ateneo still top-ranked Philippine team. Yay. =) Also, they beat more foreign teams than last year. 5th place, big improvement.

Must work on consistency, though. Last team freaked out and did not solve any.

  • Ohhh, the 2003 ACM ICPC! I was here (one of the participants)! Just browsing your old posts… :)