ACM South Pacific Competition (15th Sept 1998)

Waikato University entered four teams and placed highly in the rankings. One of the first year teams correctly completed four problems. The third year team solved three problems, with the other two first year teams solving one and two problems respectively. The winner was an Australian team with five problems solved. South pacific ACM competition


New Zealand Competition (10th Oct 1998)


Local teams entered:

Nameless       3+   Elaine Chiu, James Dunwoody, Joscha Bach
X              3+   Perry, Matthew and Jonathan
eGad!          2    Geoff Thornburrow, Andrew Revell, Dana Mckay
C_star         1    Jun Fan, He Yuan, Pen Pang
Kruger         1    Malcolm, Phillip and Tracy
L33t doodz     1    Nicolas, Craig and Relihan
VSF            1    Jarrod, Gerard and Nathan
Sits & Giggles 1    Stephen Heise, Christopher Thompson, Ashley Seabright
Um             1    (send me your names!)
The Waikato site of the New Zealand programming competition started at 12:00.08, a whole 8 seconds late. It was a flying start from the finish with a lineup of eager programmers waiting beside the questions....

note: The Auckland site started about an hour late because they had troubles running both Java and C/C++. Once again, say "Yay! for Linux" :-)

C_star were the first to score, followed closely by eGad! A few teams solved a few easy 5 point questions, then Um lept to the front by solving a 50 pointer. eGad! quickly countered with a 50 point question to take the lead. Kruger solved two 50 point questions in quick succession and looked like they were going to take the competition. The judge announced "1 minute to go". Surely no one could take Kruger now... unfortunately for the Kruger team, with 40 seconds to go Nameless entered the race by submitting a 150 point question, which was correct!

Elaine, James and Joscha

Congratulations to Elaine, James and Joscha for taking first place at the Waikato site. This team is composed of two 4th year students and a 5th year student (Joscha).

Malcolm, Phillip and Tracy

The runner's up were a first year team. Congratulations to Malcolm Ware, Phillip Voyle and Tracy Briscoe.

For more pictures of the day have a look here.

All teams solved at least two questions, and a fun day was had by all. The national results aren't finalised yet, but two teams in Auckland got 350 and 250 points. It looks like Nameless came 3rd in New Zealand.

Final Scores

Nameless             205.0    (100.0%) 
Kruger               105.0    ( 51.2%) 
eGad!                 85.0    ( 41.5%) 
L33t_DOOdz            75.0    ( 36.6%) 
X                     65.0    ( 31.7%) 
Um                    55.0    ( 26.8%) 
VSF                   15.0    (  7.3%) 
Sits_Giggles          15.0    (  7.3%) 
C_star                10.0    (  4.9%) 

Correct submissions

Teamname            | a b c d e g h i j k m n o p q s t u 
==========================================================
Nameless            | X                   X             X 
X                   | X   X X             X               
eGad!               | X           X X     X               
Kruger              | X                   X X             
L33t_DOOdz          | X   X         X     X               
VSF                 | X X   X                             
Sits_Giggles        | X   X X                             
C_star              | X X                                 
Um                  | X                   X               

The questions

Here is a conversion of the 1998 questions from Word to HTML. Note how badly it does it :-)

The datafiles

Here are the input judging datafiles. These are what broke your submissions...

All submissions

The nine teams submitted 139 entries during five hours. That's about one every two minutes. Here are all the submissions during the competition.

When you select a link you can see by the URL the classification. These include Correct, Wrong output, Time limit exceeded, and Incorrect output format.

The number represents the number of lines of code.

Team name  A   B   C   D   E   G   H   I   J   K   M   N   O   P   Q   S   T   U 
Nameless 38
51
96
138
139
169
169
X 17
18
18
35
37
18
32
36
32
32
32
50
54
50
50
43
51
51
114
114
53
53
54
54
54
eGad! 21
22
63
81
93
93
70
161
242
242
257
257
258
Kruger 67
67
67
67
67
62
65
65
49
53
65
82
82
82
84
L33t_DOOdz 20
20
30
61
64
53
27
33
38
55
79
179
62
VSF 12
12
43
47
13
15
11
71
74
79
Sits_Giggles 29
29
29
44
44
45
50
52
40
71
93
106
110
110
111
C_star 27
27
31
35
37
41
41
42
43
43
31
31
31
34
34
42
24
53
62
72
72
Um 50
50
108
111
92
93
97
97
52
154
154

Thanks

Thanks to Bill Rogers for all his help on the day, including judging, formatting and finding the solution to problem T. Thanks also to Andrew Donkin who organised the accounts, the printing, controlled the cell phone, checked the fax, and solved all the incidental problems (of which there were very few).

Thanks to Mark Apperley for the prizes and the food. T-shirts were awarded to the winners and the runners-up. The T-shirts said "Waikato University Programming Competition", with the winning team getting the extra word "Winner" appended.