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Contest #3 -- April 11, 2013; 7:30PM; AAG-004.
TopCoder College Tour 2006
March 29th, 2006
sponsored by

Binghamton University was part of the TopCoder College Tour 2006. BU ACM chapter hosted the event, and TopCoder's Kevin Clune administered the contest and handed out prizes to the winners. Unfortunately, TopCoder took the results from this contest down from their site, and ACM chapter does not have a copy of the results. If you want to see the problem set that was used, go to TopCoder and check out Single Round Match (SRM) 295 - Division 2.

TopCoder's algorithms competition differs from ACM style contests in several ways. Typically TopCoder gives three problems: an easy problem, a medium problem, and a hard problem. Instead of using STDIN for input and STDOUT for output, TopCoder uses function parameters for input and return value for output. They also use a 2 second timeout period. C++, Java, C#, and VB.NET are all supported, however strict C is not supported. For those of you whose strongest language is C, you will want become at least minimally familiar with the C++ Standard Template Library (STL), specifically with vector and string, as these types are commonly used for function parameters. Finally, TopCoder has their own scoring system that awards points for a solution based on how hard the problem was and how much time was spent on the solution. Special thanks to Professor Madden and TopCoder.

-Andrew Paroski

Contest Number
March 29th, 2006
Location Binghamton University, Science 2 Room 135
Sponsor TopCoder
Number of problems
Number of competitors
Registration deadline
March 28th
Setup time
8:30 PM
Contest start time
9:00 PM
Contest end time
10:35 PM
Supported Languages
C++, Java, C#, and VB.NET
Timeout period
2 seconds
First Prize: 2GB iPod Nano
Second Prize: 1GB Flash Memory Drive
Third Prize: $50 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble
Food and beverage