By MikeMirzayanov, 26 hours ago, In English

Hello, Codeforces.

Look what an interesting thing I've been working on the last few days. Now, if a problem uses test cases and its validator is written in the recommended way (using setTestCase), then the example inputs are displayed using different colors.

Just follow the link and see how beautiful it turned out: https://codeforces.com/contest/1714/problems!

So far I have enabled this only for the last few rounds, but if everything works as intended, I will enable it for more rounds.

In order to support this, I had to tinker a lot. I made changes to testlib.h so that the validator can return test markup. Support for this markup required changes in various system services. But I think it's worth it!

The coolest thing is that it was possible to implement all this without changing existing problems. If a validator is used using the setTestCase feature, then this improvement can be applied to this problem.

Of course, it would be cool to have similar highlighting in example outputs as well. And even, say, synchronously highlight an input-output test case pair when hovering over. Unfortunately, standard checkers are often used, in which information about test cases is lost. Perhaps I'll apply some heuristics to make it work in most cases.

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By thanhchauns2, 6 weeks ago, In English

Hi Codeforces!

_dlbm17, DeMen100ns, SPyofgame and I are delighted to invite you to participate in Codeforces Round #812 (Div. 2).

This contest is brought to you by:

Special thanks to:

The score distribution is 500-1000-1750-2000-2500-3000

Hope to see you in final standings!

UPD: We have a small gift for a Vietnamese participant who have the highest score, so if it is you, please DM me after contest. Good luck everybody!

UPD2: Editorial

UPD3: Congratulations to the winners!

Div.2:

  1. RGB_ICPC7

  2. Xylenox

  3. 5cd

  4. Jason2022

  5. Imot

Div.1 + 2:

  1. peti1234

  2. A_G

  3. kotatsugame

  4. jiangly

  5. Rubikun

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By awoo, history, 6 days ago, translation, In English

Hello Codeforces!

On Aug/04/2022 17:35 (Moscow time) Educational Codeforces Round 133 (Rated for Div. 2) will start.

Series of Educational Rounds continue being held as Harbour.Space University initiative! You can read the details about the cooperation between Harbour.Space University and Codeforces in the blog post.

This round will be rated for the participants with rating lower than 2100. It will be held on extended ICPC rules. The penalty for each incorrect submission until the submission with a full solution is 10 minutes. After the end of the contest you will have 12 hours to hack any solution you want. You will have access to copy any solution and test it locally.

You will be given 6 or 7 problems and 2 hours to solve them.

The problems were invented and prepared by Adilbek adedalic Dalabaev, Vladimir vovuh Petrov, Ivan BledDest Androsov, Maksim Neon Mescheryakov and me. Also huge thanks to Mike MikeMirzayanov Mirzayanov for great systems Polygon and Codeforces.

Good luck to all the participants!

Our friends at Harbour.Space also have a message for you:

Harbour.Space

Harbour.Space's Front-end Development programme is where programming and creativity collide. Receive up to a 50% scholarship and take advantage of this opportunity to study in Barcelona and learn from industry experts while you become one yourself.

The programme is heavily geared towards developing students’ professional skills needed for employment while being able to adapt to rapidly changing technology.

So let's meet your programme leaders:

Harbour.Space

Hjörtur is the CEO of 14islands, a design and development studio from Stockholm in Sweden and Floripa in Brazil. He co-founded the studio in 2011 and since then they've done work with companies such as Google, Adidas, Disney, Facebook, HBO, Shopify, Ericsson and many innovative startups in the world.

Marco Barbosa is the Managing Director of 14islands, a design and development studio from Stockholm in Sweden and Floripa in Brazil. Their projects have won multiple awards such as the FWA, Awwwards, CSS Design Awards, and European Design Awards.

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Good luck,

Harbour.Space University Team

UPD: Editorial is out

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By Una_Shem, history, 7 days ago, translation, In English

TON Foundation

Hello, Codeforces!

Take a look on excellent news from TON Foundation about TON Smart Challenge.

Please note that this contest will not take place on Codeforces. It is about smart-contracts, not traditional algorithmic problems. But in the last similar competition, the competitive programmers were among the winners!

I pass the floor to the TON team.

The next edition of the TON Smart Challenge contest for programmers is slated to begin on Aug. 4 with a total prize pool of 16,000 Toncoin.

TON Foundation developers have carefully reviewed and considered feedback from participants of the first TON Smart Challenge and will make quality-of-life improvements for the upcoming second part of the competition.

The TON Smart Challenge #2 is aimed at developers just starting their journey of learning FunC, the primary programming language for The Open Network blockchain, and will comprise five simple tasks, which will be checked automatically.

To participate, you must register by going to this website.

TON Smart Challenge 2 →

You can find more details and news on the competition on the TON Contests Telegram channel.

You can prepare for the competition by studying the documentation section and creating a developer’s environment.

Hurry up, don't miss your chance!

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By Vladosiya, history, 11 days ago, translation, In English

Hello! Codeforces Round #811 (Div. 3) will start at Aug/01/2022 17:35 (Moscow time). You will be offered 6-8 problems with expected difficulties to compose an interesting competition for participants with ratings up to 1600. However, all of you who wish to take part and have a rating of 1600 or higher, can register for the round unofficially.

The round will be hosted by rules of educational rounds (extended ACM-ICPC). Thus, solutions will be judged on preliminary tests during the round, and after the round, it will be a 12-hour phase of open hacks.

You will be given 6-8 problems and 2 hours and 15 minutes to solve them.

Note that the penalty for the wrong submission in this round (and the following Div. 3 rounds) is 10 minutes.

Remember that only the trusted participants of the third division will be included in the official standings table. As it is written by link, this is a compulsory measure for combating unsporting behavior. To qualify as a trusted participant of the third division, you must:

take part in at least five rated rounds (and solve at least one problem in each of them), do not have a point of 1900 or higher in the rating. Regardless of whether you are a trusted participant of the third division or not, if your rating is less than 1600, then the round will be rated for you.

Thanks to MikeMirzayanov for the platform, help with ideas for problems and for coordination of our work. Problems have been created and written by ITMO University teams: MikeMirzayanov, myav, Gol_D, Aris, SixtyWithoutExam, me Vladosiya.

Also many thanks to yorky, Jostic11, turmax, Bugman, Crescendo, antonis.white, molney, KerakTelor, andrey.starodubtsev, Ahmad45123, myway, Myao, Muhammad98 for testing the contest and valuable feedback.

Good luck!

UPD: Editorial

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By AquaMoon, 2 weeks ago, In English

Hello, Codeforces!

A wonderful summer holiday! After College Entrance Examination, we are extremely delighted to invite you to our second round, CodeTON Round 2 (Div. 1 + Div. 2, Rated, Prizes!), which will be held on 31.07.2022 17:05 (Московское время). Note the unusual start time of the round.You are given 8 problems and 2.5 hours to solve them.

All problems were written and prepared by Cirno_9baka, CoupDeGrace, Heltion, ODT, Yakumo_Ran, farmerj, flowerletter, izlyforever, kuangbin, mejiamejia, ugly2333 and me.

Task statements and editorials will also be available in Chinese (Simplified) and Chinese (Traditional) after the contest.

We are sincerely thankful for the help provided by:

This is our second round! Great efforts have been put in during the past year. We are sincerely looking forward to your participation and we hope everyone will enjoy it. Besides, this round is sponsored, which indicates that everyone has an opportunity to get the prize!

Good luck!

UPD1: Here is the score distribution:

500-750-1250-1750-2000-2750-3500-(2250+2750)

UPD2:Tutorial is available.

UPD3: Simplified Chinese tutorial is available.

UPD4: Traditional Chinese tutorial is available.

UPD5: Congratulations to the winners

  1. tourist
  2. jiangly
  3. ksun48
  4. slime
  5. djq_cpp
  6. maroonrk
  7. cnnfls_csy
  8. he_____hezhou
  9. 353cerega
  10. WYZFL
  11. ecnerwala

UPD6: Simplified Chinese statement is available.(please download it and open it with edge)



And here is the information from our title sponsor:

Hello, Codeforces!

We, the TON Foundation team, are pleased to support CodeTON Round 2.

The Open Network (TON) is a fully decentralized layer-1 blockchain designed to onboard billions of users to Web3.

Since July, we have been supporting Codeforces as a title sponsor. This round is another way for us to contribute to the development of the community.

The winners of CodeTON Round 2 will receive valuable prizes.

The first 1,023 participants will receive prizes in TON cryptocurrency:

  • 1st place: 1,024 TON
  • 2–3 places: 512 TON each
  • 4–7 places: 256 TON each
  • 8–15 places: 128 TON each
  • 512–1,023 places: 2 TON each

We wish you good luck at CodeTON Round 2 and hope you enjoy the contest!

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By MikeMirzayanov, 2 weeks ago, In English

Hello, Codeforces.

I have wanted for a long time and now, finally, I sat down and did it.

Many of you are familiar with my Testlib project. This is a library that helps you develop problems if you are using C++. In the case of problems for Codeforces rounds, its use is mandatory. It seems to me that it is almost a de facto standard for preparing materials for completely different olympiads and competitions.

The history of С++-Testlib is almost lost in centuries, I published the first version in 2005.

Nowadays, making edits to Testlib has become tricky. The code grown to thousands of lines, also it has too long a history. This increases the likelihood of accidentally changing some aspect of behavior, which will jeopardize the holding of a Codeforces round or another important competition. In short, making a bug in this code or changing behavior anywhere is highly discouraged.

So I recently took the plunge and wrote some tests for Testlib. Here's what tests can do now:

  • check that all cpp files in the repository are compiled (test test-000_compile-all-cpp)
  • check the plausibility of the behavior of a simple sval.cpp validator on a series of files (test-001_run-sval test)
  • check the plausibility of the behavior of the two checkers fcmp.cpp and wcmp.cpp on a series of files (test test-002_run-fcmp-wcmp)
  • check that the behavior of the random number generator has not changed (test test-003_run-rnd)
  • check the behavior of some functions and the behavior of InStream and opt in a series of unit tests (test test-004_use-test.h)

More good news. All this was automated through GitHub Actions. Tests are automatically run on any push or pull request.

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By dario2994, history, 2 weeks ago, In English

I am the coordinator of Round #810. I will be brief and clear.

The div1E problem was copied by one of the two authors, it was not a coincidence.

For this reason, the div1 part of the round is unrated. Div2 stays rated.

Sometimes known problems appear in a contest, it happened to me as an author and to any problem setter who has organized many contests. This is never a reason to make a round unrated. Today something different happened, the problem was deliberately copied and the author did not tell anything to anybody (not even to the other author). Codeforces (and me personally) condemns this behavior.

A final personal remark: I feel sad. Please future authors: do not copy problems. It's a waste of everyone's time.

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By Rhodoks, 3 weeks ago, In English

Hello Codeforces!

We are glad to invite you to our Codeforces Round Codeforces Round #810 (Div. 1) and Codeforces Round #810 (Div. 2) which will be held on 24.07.2022 17:35 (Московское время). This round will be rated for participants of both divisions. Participants in each division will be offered 5 problems and 2 hours to solve them. The two divisions will share 3 problems.

The problems are prepared by me and zxyoi. We hope that everyone will enjoy this round!

We are sincerely thankful for the help provided by:

We tried our best to have detailed, clear, and short statements. I think that anyone can find some interesting problems in this contest. We suggest to read all the statements.

The score distribution will be announced later.

Wish you good luck and high rating!

UPD

For some reason, we have removed one of our problems. So now participants in each division will be offered 5 problems and 2 hours to solve them.

The score distribution is:

Div2: $$$500-1000-1500-2000-3000$$$

Div1: $$$500-1000-1750-2000-2750$$$

We have some more testers now, let's thank them!

UPD2

We adjusted our score distribution slightly.

UPD3: the Div. 1 part of the round is declared unrated.

UPD4

Sorry for the late editorial.

UPD5

Congratulate to winners:

Div1

  1. nantf

  2. ko_osaga

  3. Rebelz

  4. 1092515504

  5. greenheadstrange

Div2

  1. csyakuoi

  2. Linkus

  3. yaoxi

  4. RGB_ICPC1

  5. GamineImAPussy

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By Errichto, 4 weeks ago, In English

Hi. I'm organizing an online IOI-preparation camp in collaboration with Huawei. Every day will be a 5-hour virtual contest, then my problem analysis, and sometimes a lecture. There will be at least 4 contests and 2 lectures.

We will do some old IOI contests (2013?) from the IOI archive, CEOI (2015-2016?), or maybe JOI/JOISC — to be decided this weekend. I don't want to do recent years like 2021 because most participants already covered it. The example lecture topics are those from Range Queries or Trees in Usaco Guide Platinum.

The camp is free for IOI 2022 participants. For everybody else, the video recordings will be posted on Youtube after the camp. By participating you get the live experience (Discord, asking questions, competing with others, leaderboards).

Dates: 25.07-2.08 (updated)
Time of every analysis/lecture: 14:00 UTC / 16:00 CEST
Price: free for IOI participants, 40 USD for everybody else
Platform: Discord & Codeforces & uj.oz (?)

How to register?

Big thanks to Huawei UK R&D for sponsoring this camp.

EDIT: I'm now aware of CEOI collision. There's nothing I can do about it :(

Schedule:
25.07 — CEOI 2016 day 1
26.07 — CEOI 2022 day 1 + lecture
27.07 — CEOI 2016 day 2
28.07 — CEOI 2022 day 2
29.07 — lecture + homework
weekend off
1.08 — CEOI 2017 day 1
2.08 — CEOI 2017 day 2

Participants voted to cover CEOI instead of IOI to avoid problems that they already know.

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