Saturday, November 07, 2009

2009 Pacific Northwest Contest

Today was the ACM ICPC regional programming contest. Here is the final scoreboard:

UBC^ got first place.
Stanford got second and third place.
UVic got fourth place.
UBC+ got 10th place.
UBC* got 15th place.

There were 77 teams competing. I was on UBC*. In theory UBC* was supposed to do better than UBC+. They lucked out because one of their members knew a specific algorithm from a graph theory course which allowed them to solve a very difficult problem (which only two teams solved). Our team did really well on time, but we got completely stuck once we reached five problems. In fact, we were in first place when we got to five problems. There were two or three additional problems which were definitely solvable, but unfortunately we didn't finish them in time :(.
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