$10K coding deathmatch
ryanbyrd at gmail.com
Wed Nov 1 12:17:41 MST 2006
like promised, here's the shout out to Josh's contest:
Josh -- expect a slashdotting-like-flood of traffic in 220.127.116.11.1...
On 11/1/06, Josh Coates <jcoates at berkeleydata.net> wrote:
> hi all,
> just a notice that this saturday we (berkeley data systems) will be
> a utah-resident-only coding contest. we will be awarding the winner w/ a
> $10K prize.
> see details and a couple of sample problems below, or go to
> Mozy Programming Contest
> The contest will be held on November 4th.
> Yes, we really will be giving away $10,000 on Saturday November 4th to the
> winner of the Mozy Coding Deathmatch.
> Why are we doing this?
> Two reasons:
> 1. Yes, this is a thinly disguised recruiting effort to find the best
> local engineers.
> 2. Incentivizing technical awesomeness is always a good thing.
> * You must be over 18 years of age.
> * You must be a full-time resident of Utah.
> * You must be eligible for full-time employment in the US.
> Please note that although we are looking for the most awesome programmers
> the area, the winner has absolutely no obligation regarding employment at
> Berkeley Data Systems. This contest is just that: a contest.
> Registration will open 24 hours before the contest begins at
> November 4th Deathmatch Schedule
> 10:00 Round 1 (~1 hour) at http://mozy.com/contest
> 12:00 Round 2 (~1 hour) at http://mozy.com/contest
> 4:00 Final Round (~1.5 hours) at 774 East Utah Valley Drive, American
> The following languages are permitted:
> * C
> * C++
> * Java
> * Ruby
> * Python
> * C#
> * Lisp
> * Perl
> All source code must be in a single file, and only 'standard' libraries
> be permitted to be used. If you are using a compiled language, the
> compilation command that you want to use must appear at the beginning of
> your source file.
> When applicable, problems will show sample input and the corresponding
> correct output. The actual problem input will also be given, and your code
> should assume that the input is coming via standard input (stdin) and your
> code should print results to standard output (stdout.) You can assume all
> input will be valid in the context of the problem (ie. your code will not
> have to check for invalid or garbage input.)
> All problems will be timed, and to complete a problem you need to cut &
> paste your code, and your answer into two text boxes on the problem web
> and click the submit button.
> To participate in the next round, you will need to re-login. Upon logging
> in, you will be told whether or not you qualified for the next round.
> Round 1 and 2 will consist of several problems. They are all timed. At the
> end of the time limit for each problem, the page will refresh and go on to
> the next problem. If you have not submitted your code and answer in the
> given time, you will be able to continue with the round, but obviously
> submitting your code and answer is preferable.
> About the Final Round:
> Only a handful of participants will qualify for the final round. The
> of the final round will not only need to produce the correct answer, but
> their code will need to produce the correct answer in least amount of
> execution time (wall-clock.) Yes, we realize some languages will have an
> advantage in this regard - but the trade-off between ease of
> and performance is part of the challenge. Note that it will be held here
> our office in American Fork.
> Get notified when more details are posted
> (We won't use this address for any purpose besides contest notifications.)
> Sample Question 1
> All questions will be timed, and this particular one should be able to be
> finished in less than 5 minutes. We'll post some more of these over the
> couple of weeks.
> We are looking for sequences of n > 0 integers where the absolute values
> the differences of successive elements are included in the set of numbers
> through n - 1. For instance,
> 4 1 2 3
> is a match, because the absolute differences are 3, 1, and 1, respectively
> where n is 4.
> 8 6 2
> is not a match, because the absolute differences are 2 and 4 respectively
> where n is 3.
> The definition implies that any sequence of a single integer is a match.
> Write a program to determine whether each of a number of sequences is a
> Each line of input contains a sequence of n integers where n < 1024.
> For each line of input generate a line of output printing 'match' or 'not
> Example Input
> 5 3 2 -4
> 2 1 2 4 7
> -3 2 1 4 3 3 6
> 3 4 6 7 3 4 5 12 14 -4 -9 -18 5 22 41 43 29 17 -2 7 19 22 23 24
> 3 9
> Example Output
> not a match
> not a match
> not a match
> Sample Question 2
> This is an example of a question that wouldn't require source code to be
> submitted. Order the following functions in order of runtime speed:
> n log n
> sqrt n
> ln ln n
> log n
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