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ACM-ICPC 2008 Asia Region Kanpur Site

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The Asia Regionals were held in Kanpur site on December 15th and 16th. My team consisting of Vaibhav , Me and Abhinav happened to be the only team to be going from NIT Trichy . So we couldnt have the sort of get together fun we had at the Amritapuri Site. And also the kanpur people were not that warm in their treatment being the host of the competition for the past ten years. And it also happened to be my first trip to north india. I am planning to write all the comedies that happened in the process of my travel as a seperate post .But i will stick to the competition in this post.

We reached there on 14th morning and we headed to IIT kanpur in an auto and got the accomodation . As most of the IIT s have surplous rooms and hostels, we were given individual rooms for each of us and the campus was the first thing that i found overwhelming in the trip. The campus was so beautiful with lawns all over it.Coming from a place like NITT where all u can see when u look around are Red hot soil , having a nice landscape around was inspiring enough for us to drop all tasks at hand and go for a walk around thc campus. We made a short trip, and their hostels were par the expectations i had in mind. Each hostel had a seperate mess within it and a canteen and a nice lawn all around it . We were made to dine in the mess and i would have regretted it if it had been in my college mess , but this was IIT mess. The mess was so clean and well equipped and no wonder the food was tasty πŸ™‚ .

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The next morning we had the inaugural ceremony and guest talks. They had arranged for Tea which had more than just tea, and we almost had a sort of lunch over there . There was a practice contest in the afternoon and thats when panic stuck me . I was pretty much comfortable with the Mooshak online judge . But these people were using PC2 . PC2 is a java applet and the application was not as i thought it would be. It didnt even have a rank list display . So after the practice session , we took our time off and we had a special dinner in the computer center lawn. The lawn was well lit with lights and the food was great and so were the girls around us πŸ˜› .

The main contest was on 16th and we were all geared up . There were few things we had to take care of. The first thing being that the rank list would be displayed only at the lobby downstairs .So we had no idea how the other teams were doing. And then the questions were not that great. They didnt have proper input size specification and two of the most easy problems were unsolved by all teams. It can happen that a particular team can be eluded by an easy problem , but if all the teams had a problem with their simple solution not getting accepted , then it was more than a tricky input. Even after the contest , any interaction with the judges regarding the problems . We spent most of the contest time debugging our stupid mistakes and made our submissions only in the last minute. And spent most of the time wasting on one of the easier probs which no one could solve.

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In the end we were happy that even after a bad performance we were ranked 14th . And there were only 14 teams out of the 60 to have solved 2 or more problems . Only 4 teams solved 4 problems .Four teams had solved 3 problems and 7 teams had solved 2 problems . So the first fourteen teams were grouped into the meritorious list , which we had managed to get into with our last minute debugging . Had we debugged those earlier , we could have been into the top 10.

On 17th i started my return journey and reached home on 19th early morning at 2 . In all it was a nice experience to make few things clear to me . I needed a lot of practicing to do in the coming months :).

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Written by Sathya Narayanan

December 20, 2008 at 5:27 pm

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  1. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt The Asia Regionals were held in Kanpur site on December 15th and 16th. My team consisting of Vaibhav , Me and Abhinav happened to be the only team to be going from NIT Trichy . So we couldnt have the sort of get together fun we had at the Amritapuri Site. And also the kanpur people were not that warm in their treatment being the host of the competitionΒ  for the past ten years. And it also happened to be my first trip to north india. I am planning to write all the comedies that happened in the process of my travel as a seperate post .But i will stick to the competition in this post. We reached there on 14th morning and we headed to IIT kanpur in an auto and got the accomodation . As most of the IIT s have surplous rooms and hostels, we were given individual […] […]

  2. dei mokka fellow. put up some of the pics of the campus da so that all nittians can see and hmmm.. maybe dream abt it πŸ˜›

    and congrats on catching the 14th spot πŸ™‚
    btw how many times can u attend acm-icpc?

    KRA

    December 21, 2008 at 2:11 am

    • u can go for 5 regionals and 2 world finals πŸ™‚

      Sathya Narayanan

      December 21, 2008 at 8:24 am

  3. hmm.. ya, the problems were not that great.. seems most of them are bruteforceble with the 2mins time constraint for all test cases.. (unlike the TC 2secs πŸ˜‰ for each test case ).. and the input sizes , constraints were not at all mentioned in most of the cases..
    hmm, I wish the problems were written by some top programmer ( like I heard that Konqueror and Niphoton of TC fame .. wrote for Amritapuri this year )..
    .. any way, the campus was very nice ( with girls πŸ˜› and peacocks in it ) . . .

    RedAnt

    January 12, 2009 at 8:20 pm


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