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By natalia, 7 years ago, translation, In English,
I'm glad to invite everybody to take part in the current round.

Today the problems' author is me. I with Artem Rakhov, Maria Belova and Dmitry Matov have tried  to do everything possible to make problems more reliable.

I hope that the problems will be interesing for you, the contest will be dinamical, and stronger competitors will cope with the problems quickly to help newcomers to catch all bugs by their hacks :)

Good luck!

P.S. The phrase "stronger competitors will cope with the problems quickly" in no way means that all the problems will be easy. Don't forget to read statements and to test your solutions!

UPD. The contest is over. Congratulations to the winner - Kenny_HORROR

UPD2. Tutorial is added. In spite of the record number of participants the system has been working stable during the round. Thanks to Codeforces team! Also thanks to everyone who took part in the round.
Announcement of Codeforces Beta Round #60
 
 
 
 
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Translated Version:
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Is pleased to invite all to take part in the next round.·

The author of the challenges I am today. We Artem Rakhiv, Maria Belova and 
Dmitry Matt tried to make every effort to make the problem as soon as more
reliable.·

I hope the problem will be interesting for you, the competition is a dynamic and 
fast powerful members cope with the challenges and help newcomers to catch all 
the bugs by their hacking:)·

Good luck!·

P.S. The phrase "strong parties quickly deal with problems" in any case does not 
mean that all problems will be simple. Do not forget to read the conditions and 
test their solutions!

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    Execute installer by tray icon and insert ms windows binaries or another os with custom mouse driver support in current boot drive.
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getting a bad feeling......seems this time probs will be more tough :)
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Hoping that the problems will be easier so that i can solve :D
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@Natalia: How did you get this rating? 1999 rocks!!
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Good Luck!!
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Hacking Festival!
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Can the contest be a little earlier ? Because for most chinese students, the contest time is between 0 and 2 o'clock midnight, which is not so good for us, for we have to go to have class early in the morning.
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What is the logic to solve problem A? I understood the problem well but couldnot think of how to proceed. How you guys interpreted this question. Being 1st problem, i thought it must be based on "if else" condition....but...no success..
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    I hope you'll understand my code:
    if(d==0)
            cout<<H;
        else
            if(c==0)
                cout<<R;
            else
                if(b==0)
                    cout<<H;
                else
                    if(a==0)
                        cout<<R;
                    else
                        if(f==0)
                            cout<<H;
                        else
                            if(e==0)
                                cout<<R;
                            else
                                if(a*c*e<b*d*f)
                                    cout<<R;
                                else
                                    cout<<H;
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       if(a*c*e<b*d*f) //what is this part  calculating
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        When I try to post explanation my message becomes empty.
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        this means that when a,b,c,d,e,f!=0, and you have x sand,
        you get x*(b/a)*(d/c)*(e/f) sand after a loop.
        if b*d*e>a*c*f , the sand will become more and more,and we can get infinite gold.

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      Please use cycles while programming! This code with 6 'if' was really pure =(
          int ron = -1;
          int val[] = {e, f, a, b, c, d};
          for (int i = 5; ron == -1 && i >= 0; i--)
            if (val[i] == 0)
              ron = (i & 1) == 0;
          if (ron == -1)
            ron = b * d * f > a * c * e;
          printf("%s\n", ron ? "Ron" : "Hermione");
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    I don't know if it is easy,but my last idea (which got accepted) was just to simulate the process of transformations:

    double process(double x,int a,int b)
    {
    if(a==0 && b==0)return 0;
    if(a!=0 && b!=0)return x*b/a;
    if(a==0 && b!=0)return 1e+100;
    if(a!=0 && b==0)return 0;
    }

    t0=c,c>0

    then t1=process(t0,a,b);t2=process(t1,c,d);t3=process(t2,e,f).

    if we have a lot of gold after 2-nd step(t2>1e+50),or more sand then it was before after the 3-rd step(t3>t0),then Output=Ron

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    mine was simple brute force using doubles
    double p=1e20,ng,pg;
        for(i=0;i<5;i++) {
            j=i%3;
            if(fm[j]==0) {
                if(to[j]) {p=pow(10,k);k+=20;}
                else p=0;
            }
            else p=(p*to[j])/fm[j];
            if(i==1) pg=p;
            else if(i==4) ng=p;
        }
        if(ng>(pg+1e-6)) puts("Ron");
        else puts("Hermione");
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It was a nice background of problems. I appreciate it. Thank you :) However, I failed in this contest. Maybe the next time... ;)
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During the first half of the contest, clicking on "ROOM" always brings me to room 9, while my room is room 1. Thus it takes me quite long time to understand why I can NOT read other's solutions. I would like to report it as a bug.

This is the first time I participate in a codeforces-ruled contest. :)
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1. Solve A.
2. Submit A.
3. Lock A.
4. Realize A is wrong.
5. Hack all the wrong submissions of A.
6. Don't be able to write even B!
7. Solve 0 probs, make some hacks, ... +24 to global rating. o_O
8. ????????
9. PROFIT
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Seems that the precision issue in C is quite serious. What I mean is that, the test data are sensitive to numerical precision error. After chaning the EPSILON in my code, I got ACCEPTED. By randomly looking at others codes and judge results, I find that quite many give an "incorrect" answers which differ from the judge's data by 1 or 2 digits.

(P.S. My algorithm is a little bit different; I employed equation-solving approach whereas many others used binary search.)
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    I think avoiding precision problem is really difficult in this problem.

    If (length of polyline) / (speed of snitch) is just smaller than (distance between last point of polyline and Nimbus' start position) / (speed of Nimbus), it's really difficult to detect that it's impossible.

    I thought about these cases, and - just gave up to think and submitted.
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      So, can someone explain what was the difference between correct and wrong solutions here? Such precision problems are very annoying.
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        Firstly, it is necessary to use a small positive value - EPSILON - to distinguish between < and <=. And in this problem, differences between < and <= matter.

        To my understanding, the point is that, different quantities (e.g., parameter in segment, time, angle in radiance, length, area, ...etc) have DIFFERENT ORDER of magnitudes. If the test data are sensitive to precision, making a "correct" choice of EPSILON could be difficult. (Or even, I would say, it requires luck.)

        Some problems (in various contests) will state explicitly that, you may assume that small precision problem will not affect the solution. But it seems not the case here...

        I guess (and I hope) problem setters do not intend to include estimating good values of EPSILON as a part in Problem C. I am not blaming the problem/test setters, and in fact this problem is well set and interesting. But I hope that next time they could take care of this issue.

        Please share with us if you have any insights. I suspect quite many algorithm coders, including me, find precision problem annoying before...
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hahahahaha

look at the standing , about  half of them got ranking so that they solve ATMOST 3 problem's

very nice and strange contest :D

hahahahhaahaha
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hope  in srm 500 there will  be the task like that.
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I really wanted Dumbledore's help when i read problem statement A
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What is wrong with my solution to Problem B. I got stuck on test 21. I tested cases for test #21 , also( not all bcz it written as...........), it works for the cases that i noticed. Please guide me. My solution prints "No solution" to test#21.
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The Problem Statement is nice, although I don't know Harry Potter so much.
And the problem A is real interesting!
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I got rank 118 and my rating rises by 137,
while in the previous contest I got rank 89 but my rating fell by 19.

Is this caused by more competitors?

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    Of course. There was a vote after round 58, and rating was calculated only within voted participants.
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    Yes.Of course
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Meanwhile advantage of Gennady over second place increased.
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    And Petr advanced to the third place
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      Petr is so cool that he rises in the ranking even without taking part in competitions
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Problem A is good brain-storming problem. It made me hane no mood in solving other problems. :P    After spending a little time thinking, I finally got the logic. What an idiot I am when the contest was running!

First examine the second rule, then the first and the third ones.
If c is 0 but d isn't, it means you can gain gold by no cost.   =>  R
If d is 0, no matter what c is, it means you can never gain gold.   =>  H
If c and d aren't 0, in the same way to think about first and third rules.
If a is 0 but b isn't / e is 0 but f isn't, it means we have infinite resource.  =>  R
If b / f is 0, no matter what a / e is, it means that our resource will be exhausted.  =>  H

Finally, if no number is 0, it's just an easy math problem.

It seems that many people gain lots of hacking score by problem A.
It contains some basic consideration in our daily life.
We should just calm down to think about it, instead of  being nervous or careless and then promiscuously guessing the answer.

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Can anyone explain this test (#11) for me (problem B)?
Input  Mine Answer
5
1901   1001 
1166   1066 
1308   1108 
1037   1137 
1808   1208 

Correct Output:
No solution
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    My AC solution outputs the same. And checker says that it's okay.

    You confused your output and jury answer.
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It has been a while since I last competed in a Codeforces contest, and I was pleasantly surprised by yesterday's round.  Not only was the problem set interesting and well-balanced in terms of difficulty, but the English translations were greatly improved as well, which was a real obstacle for me in the past.

tl;dr: great job, organizers!  I definitely look forward to the next match.
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It seems hacking is worth too much in some contest rounds. How about reducing the point value of each successful hack on the same problem? For example: 1st successful hack = 100 pts, 2nd hack = 95 pts, etc.