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By goingtheextramile, history, 7 weeks ago, In English

Hello!

I would like to conduct a survey about competitive programming in general, including when you started, how you practice and more.

There are ten questions, and it should not take more than three minutes to finish it. You can click this link to complete the survey.

Thanks for helping!

Update 1: One of the questions, "How confident are you on being a red coder?" now allows decimals (from 1.0 to 5.0) as responses! Also you can submit more than once now.

Update 2: A new question is added: "Which category do you belong to on Codeforces?" (sorry for not adding it previously)

Update 3: The survey will be accepting responses until Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 00:55 (UTC). Results will be out in a few days.

Update 4: The survey is no longer accepting responses. Thank you CF community for helping me fill in the survey! By the way, there are a total of 793 responses.

Update 5: Results are out!

Q1: What is your current age? (Responses: 793)

0-9 (1.1%)

10-19 (42.2%)

20-29 (54.2%)

30-39 (1.1%)

40-49 (0.4%)

50-59 (0.0%)

60 or above (0.9%)

Q2: At what age did you start CP? (Responses: 793)

Most popular responses are from around 12 to 21 years old, in particular 21.8% of the respondents started at age 18, and 20.4% of the respondents started at age 19.

Q3: Which category do you belong to on Codeforces? (Responses: 661)

Newbie or Pupil: 29.3%

Specialist: 17.5%

Expert: 24.4%

Candidate Master: 11%

Master or above: 11.5%

Grandmaster or above: 6.2%

Q4: Which programming language do you use mainly? (Responses: 793)

Most popular responses are C++, Python and Java. 89.8% of the respondents chose C++, 4% and 3.8% chose Python and Java respectively.

Q5: How much time do you spend on CP per week? (Responses: 793)

<1 hour: 4.3%

1-2 hours: 6.8%

3-5 hours: 18.7%

6-10 hours: 26.7%

11-20 hours: 22.8%

21-30 hours: 10.8%

31-40 hours: 4.7%

More than 40 hours: 5.2%

Q6: How do you learn algorithms or data structures in general? (Responses: 793)

Online judges: 60.9%

Books: 40.2%

Tutorial sites: 59%

Reading editorials of problems: 22.1% (I added this at a later time so the actual percentage may be larger)

Other popular responses: YouTube, CF blogs, College courses, CP algorithms, Mentors, Friends, Codeforces EDU

Q7: Which online judges / contest sites / coding platforms do you use? (Responses: 793)

Codeforces: 97%

AtCoder: 62.5%

CodeChef: 56.9%

LeetCode: 27.4%

HackerRank: 24.1%

HackerEarth: 20.3%

UVa: 12.1%

TopCoder: 6.9%

CodinGame: 3%

Other popular responses: USACO, Local judges, CSES, SPOJ, LightOJ, oj.uz, CS Academy, DMOJ, Timus

Q8: What is your attitude towards getting top 100 in a Codeforces Round? (Responses: 792)

My hard work paid off: 53.4%

Oh I just got lucky: 43.7%

I'm so pro: 6.6%

I always get top 100, so it's nothing special to me: 3.3%

Q9: How confident are you on being a red coder/LGM? (Responses: 793)

Most popular responses: around 3.8 to 5

Least popular responses: 1

Q10: If you are a student, is schoolwork or CP more important? (Responses: 703)

1 — Schoolwork is more important

5 — CP is more important

1: 5%

2: 8.4%

3: 18.3%

4: 31.3%

5: 37%

 
 
 
 
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wow!

what a nice survey!

i hope ur research is successful

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Wow! What a well-made survey! I will fill in next time too!1.

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i start CP because computer game is no more pleasing to me

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I can't beliebe a blue coder can make such a cool survey

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epic survey made!

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Will survey results statistics be made public later?

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Hey, I completed your survey. Can you please post the results here so that we all can know.

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May I ask when will the survey end? Like is there a deadline for filling in and will the results be posted after that? I am very interested in the result! :)

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I started CP, because some stupids promote that it helps you getting Job in FAANG or other.

Now i am mugging up Leetcode and GFG.

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    At least in India it's kinda true.

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      So true. In my very first or second month of college, I was told to start doing CP by seniors without any particular reason. But later on, I came to know that CP questions are asked in company tests and interviews, so that was also a reason. Now, I am in the third year and I want to do CP as I like problem-solving and I want to improve my mathematics as well. Mathematical Thinking and Procedure + Algorithms + DS = Perfect Combination.

      P.S — Can you please suggest to me a way to train myself to become a CM. My current saturated rating is 1620, maybe!

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        Strange. I don't remember my seniors supporting cp so much. Anyway I didn't start cp because of job opportunities :P, it was because I wanted to beat a classmate of mine in programming contests after losing miserably in college-fest programming contest.

        Regarding training, I mainly followed a2oj ladders while I was in expert.

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          Were you able to beat your classmate?

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            Well , he's nick_301 on cf and niket_301 in cc. I reached 5* first and he reached CM first. Currently, we are both evenly matched I think.

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          I am from a college where my seniors are performing really well in CP, my batchmates are grinding day and night, and even juniors are performing much better than me. I feel inferiority complex. P.S: I am from a college with the most number of users on CF.

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Do publish results after the survey

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Wow, great survey! Please publish the results after the survey, I wanna know :P

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Interesting topic! Gl on the survey!

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Please post the results of the survey on this blog too after it get over.

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Do post the results too. eagerly waiting for that. cheers to cp community!!

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Nice survey, very well-made! One question, will the results become public, if yes, then when?

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i think you should add "How confident are you on being a nutella coder?"

for me i will answer 1.01

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Why does GeeksForGeeks have its own option in some question where no other "tutorial site" has one?

Also ew, GeeksForGeeks.

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    In India GeeksForGeeks is the GOD-Level resource. I can guarantee that each and every Indian engineering student (CS related branches) will use Gfg at least once in his/her college-life.

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    Maybe because I am not familiar with the others. But if anyone has any suggestions I can include them in separate options too.

    UPD: I changed the option to "Searching tutorial sites (e.g. GeeksForGeeks)". I hope that is more general :D

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    I know right! A few times but not a lot GeeksForGeeks video simulation is cool(because it simulates how DP is built or a tree traversal etc...). But in a lot of times, it is usually bad and their implementation is bad and more surprisingly, there are articles are are actually wrong. I saw an article before claiming to solve a problem in $$$O(n)$$$ or $$$O(nlog_2(n))$$$ while it is not possible to solve it under $$$O(n^2)$$$ lol.

    GeeksForGeeks in that survey should be replaced with CP algorithms cuz CP algorithms is one of the best!

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    GreensForGreens

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I think you should allow multiple answers for 'what's your attitude towards getting top 100'? Because I think it's both hard work (obviously) and luck (unless I can do it regularly like maybe in div3 / div4).

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Can we see the survey results

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In question "what's your attitude towards getting top 100", what about those who never got a rank in top 100?

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Finished.

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For the question "How do you learn algorithms/data structures in general?" there should be a option for, reading editorial of problems XD

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"Which language do you use" should probably be a multiple choice question. I personally use c++ in general. But if I'm confident that there might be overflows, I prefer python

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Seriously, only 6.6% answered "I'm so pro"? You guys should have some more self-esteem, smh.

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Nice to see people realizing CP ,practical skills is more important than wasting time in universities (just memorizing useless concepts ).