Please, try EDU on Codeforces! New educational section with videos, subtitles, texts, and problems. ×

By pikmike, history, 11 months ago, translation, ,

Hello Codeforces!

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 problems and 2 hours to solve them.

The problems were invented and prepared by Roman Roms Glazov, Adilbek adedalic Dalabaev, Vladimir Vovuh Petrov, Ivan BledDest Androsov, Maksim Ne0n25 Mescheryakov and me. Also huge thanks to Mike MikeMirzayanov Mirzayanov for great systems Polygon and Codeforces.

Good luck to all participants!

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

Hello Codeforces!

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At Harbour.Space, we focus on the key technical and social requirements of the jobs of the future. Our three-week courses are designed for students to acquire and develop specific skills through seminars, workshops, projects, and case studies in a very short amount of time.

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Congratulations to the winners:

Rank Competitor Problems Solved Penalty
1 esbee 6 258
2 tfg 6 302
3 Heltion 6 310
4 jiangly 6 338
5 Geothermal 5 195

109 successful hacks and 290 unsuccessful hacks were made in total!

And finally people who were the first to solve each problem:

Problem Competitor Penalty
A nantf 0:03
B Denverjin 0:11
C Geothermal 0:20
D dhxh 0:10
E lqs2015 0:19
F duxing201606 0:59

UPD: Editorial is out

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 » 11 months ago, # |   +46 I have joined 7 Educational Codeforces Round and 6 of them, my rating went up.So I love Educational Codeforces Round and I hope to become orange after this round.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +32 Wish you good luck~.By the way,this group of people have held plenty of Educational Rounds and did help us a lot.Thanks to them~ :D
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +9 I have joined 3 Educational Codeforces Round and all of them , my rating went up . So I also love Educational Round and I hope to become purple after this round .Wish you good luck too~~
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +9 Wish you good luck(run away My rating went up to 1653 in my last Educational Codeforces Round.Wish I can come back to Expert in tonight's Educational Codeforces Round and wish all of you will have a good luck！
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +2 I have joined 1 Educational Codeforces Round and in 1 of them, my rating went down. So I just hope to not become green after this round.2 days later.....o o f
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +6 So this edu round was kind of unexpected. How is your rating now?
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +9 CF-Predictor says my rating can be 2101 after this round.
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Kind of really close. Hope you will be orange ^^
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   -9 Mine's 1394. That just sucks.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +23 We expect halyavin will be disappointed in this round.
 » 11 months ago, # |   -26 vovuh will disappoint me
 » 11 months ago, # |   +9 good problem as usual
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +20 if only that was true
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 It's good, but i can't do it.
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 What is the difference between these Educational Rounds and others? I have never joined Educational Round :)
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +4 Educational Rounds are based on ACM/ICPC rules and there are 12 hours for hacking any solution you want after the contest ends.In traditional codeforces rounds,hacking is only avaliable during the contest and you can only hack the solutions written by coders who are in the same "Room" with you.Moreover,points of each problem decrease as time passes.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Thanks for your reply, so these are beginner-friendly rounds :) What happens if I have been hacked? Do I lose any points or not?
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 It counts as a failed submission and you lose points
•  » » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Sooner or later, if my submission is incorrect (it may pass from pretest but fail on final test) it will already not pass from the final test. So, as far as I understood, this hacking stuff only brings points to contesters who use it. Thank you for your reply :)
•  » » » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 3 →   0 People don't gain points from hacking in educational rounds. Systests in educational rounds consists entirely of successful hacks as far as I know.Ranking in educational rounds is based on first the number of problems solved, and then the total time used for all the solved problems plus failed submission penalties.I wouldn't say educational rounds are more beginner friendly than regular Div 2 rounds.
•  » » » » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +3 Yes, Don't let the name surprise us :)
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   -24 No differences.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +3 That's totally impossible. Even the names are different.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +3 Maybe you can find it here.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +20 Good chance to become master :3
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +9 Good luck!!
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +17 Good luck everyone, and me to become specialist :/
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   -30 You will never become a specialist.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +6 Good luck to you!By the way, Good luck to me to become expert.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   -33 Trust me, you won't
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   -23 The same as the comment above
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +4 I've seen you say this more than three timesYou will never succeed if you just say
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Good luck doesn't help, does it?. Lol
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Seems we're at the same boat. Make the most of it.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +4 Out boat just sank :v
 » 11 months ago, # |   +43 While my friends hang out with their girlfriends on Chinese Valentine's Day, I have to stay at home to participate in this round. Maybe I should see Computer Science as my girlfriend... Anyway, good luck and happy Chinese Valentine's Day~ :D
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +17 Now it became a sad Valentine's Day. It seems that Educational Codeforces round broke up with me. (T_T)
 » 11 months ago, # |   -10 Hope it will not be unrated...
 » 11 months ago, # |   +14 I want to become Expert again....!
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +17
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +19 I don't want to become Expert again, but it must will happen because I ranked 3500+th. QWQ
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +8 Don't be discouraged. Come on next time.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +12 Don't worry about it,you can become candidate master again.I wish you will do it in a short time(maybe the next contest).
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 can i have a contest please?
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Sure you can!!!!!also you can have a Codeforces or CodeChef as present with it !!
 » 11 months ago, # |   +21 Wow, I see Benq registered today ... the day between IOI competition day1 and day2.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   -10 A good competitive programmer should be able to deal with that kind of workload.
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +9 I am so worried because it is my first time to join a Codeforces Round.Good Luck Everyone!qaq
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +5 good luck and have fun!
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +38 Its the worst thing you could do this evening...
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +7 OMG I feel SOOOOO SAD for you!
 » 11 months ago, # |   -9 Let's bang this round.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +12 more like got banged by the round :D
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 What are the links to the light versions of Codeforces? Anyone?__
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +6
 » 11 months ago, # |   +24 Wtf, can you pls speak about some specific conditions of round? Like anti-understandable tasks, queryforces and another awesome things
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +72 Not actually participating in the round, but I guess a grey or green coder (normally capable of doing div.2 A) would cry when they see this problem statement...
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 true lol
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +10 Yupppppp, that's right :). I'm crying...
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +13 Lol. I almost cried.
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +38 I have seen easy and difficult problems that were fun or boring. But this round has outdone them all.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +8 And I hate strings!
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +57 Imagine having tasks with nice solutions and statements.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +65
 » 11 months ago, # |   +249
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +10 "i know im not the only one" — sam smith :D
 » 11 months ago, # |   +9 Educational Round...????Seriously...???
 » 11 months ago, # |   +37 Well, this looks so much like an education round that I decided to go to bed.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Educational Round is too dangerous to me,my code usually can be hacked easily.I have been hacked for four times in a short time.So,I didn't join the contest.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +8 u good bro?
 » 11 months ago, # |   +155 2 mins before the contest : watching youtube2 mins after : reading problem A15 mins after : still reading A16 mins after : back to youtube :)
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +1 same to me
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 close enough bro.... (https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/68425#comment-527756)
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +18 I wanted your 80 upvotes bro :P
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Then you should have mentioned "< almost-copy-pasted-part >" in the very begining of your comment
 » 11 months ago, # |   +21 I guess Codeforces seriously wants to educate us by giving DIV 1 problems in DIV 2..
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 although i know how use the suffix automaton,i hate strings!
 » 11 months ago, # |   +8 this problem A really knocked me out
 » 11 months ago, # |   +58 this contest is a bad marketing strategy for harbour space
 » 11 months ago, # |   +113
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 "next time" — said Round 70 :v
 » 11 months ago, # |   +41 Stringforces
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +82
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +11 Are you from future ?
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +8 Actually it's 70.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +23 the math person from discord is in the announcement pic, no wonder this round is bad.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +4 Who is he just to be safe in future rounds ?
 » 11 months ago, # |   +1 Seems like Div 1 :(((((
 » 11 months ago, # |   +18 Stringforces??
 » 11 months ago, # |   +2 The setter did a typo while writing division, he actually meant div1
 » 11 months ago, # |   +3 I give up.Not enough string powerI guess, I can't solve any of it before the Editorial :(
 » 11 months ago, # |   +23 How on earth is this round educating??
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +1 In problem A there is quote from Wikipedia, there might be some people don't know about! and now they learned it. is that not educational? xD
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 I doubt they learned stuff specific to the problem. Quoting from the quote : then the string whose first letter comes earlier in the alphabet comes before the other string. 1's and 0's are not even alphabets!
 » 11 months ago, # |   -8 Stringy round = hard round (?)
 » 11 months ago, # |   -38 Makes me wonder, if a true Mathforces round could be held unrated in a seperate series, and this one, basically a stringforces, cannot; then what's the issues?
 » 11 months ago, # |   +1 In this round the question has made in the upside-down universe that's why it seems hard in this universe
 » 11 months ago, # |   -18 i hate string!!!i hate suffix automaton!!! i think it must div1!!!and i hate div1!!!
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   0 Is it serious for us div2?I think I have crippling depression.
 » 11 months ago, # |   -6 It's more like div1 difficulty, RIP Rating :(
 » 11 months ago, # |   -18 When a sensible contest with legitimate problems will be made
 » 11 months ago, # |   -16 Negative, LOL.
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +16
 » 11 months ago, # |   +29 It was really a UNIQUE Educational Round.I hope it will never ever repeat
 » 11 months ago, # |   +6 This contest is so hard for Div2
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +13 But if this round is too eazy , how can we say it 'educational'?I think we can get more knowledge in a little more difficult round , right?
 » 11 months ago, # |   -20 This round was majorly implementation based. Even the I/O was to be taken care of.
 » 11 months ago, # |   -10 The most difficult EDU round
 » 11 months ago, # |   -8 This educational round was terrifying to me :<
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   0 why first three problems were so much harder than what we used to see in previous div2 rounds.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   -9 They weren't really much harder, but A has shitty statement and B, C has shitty implementation
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 When will the test public
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 Worst Educational Round to me.
 » 11 months ago, # |   -10 This contest sucks. A and D are a bit interesting, but B and C are just like shit, especially B. Implementing is much harder than thinking. E is so standard that who knows AC automaton would easily solve it.Well I know E is good for educational rounds, but I really disgust such problems like B and C appear in Edu rounds.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +1 I could have slept an extra 2 hours instead of getting owned by this round :(
 » 11 months ago, # |   +5 I hate problem C just because its code will be so long,and I cannot finish it.Isn't it write one thing for 4 times?
 » 11 months ago, # |   +6 Sorry to say, this is the worst contest I have ever participated so far!
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 i think (and i wish :D) it will become THE most "not liked" contest announcement of all time.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 Lol, I think, arsijo s round is the most unliked
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 which one?
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +1 Round №571 div.2 from summer camp
 » 11 months ago, # |   +22 Round started...Thinking on A...20 minutes laterOkey, I cannot write any solution, that I can prove. Let's write some shit.Samples passedSubmitOK
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 In problem E, what is the intended solution's time complexity?
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Linear.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 could you explain your approach...
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 $a[i]$ denotes the number of strings that can be matched ending at $t[i]$, $b[i]$ denotes the number of strings that can be matched beginning at $t[i]$. So the answer is $\sum a[i]b[i+1]$.How to calculate those two things quickly? Can be done by two Aho-Corasick Automatons. One contains all $s$, the other contains all reverse strings of $s$.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Author's solution is $O(n \sqrt{n})$. You can write whatever you can.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +3 this contest was implementation heavy , could not finish C. Please problem setters, consider duration of contest proportional to difficulty!
 » 11 months ago, # |   +4 So the problems in edu rounds are not sorted by difficulties?I think problem B & C are too difficult for div2 b c....
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 Why AC-Automaton got TLE on test 5?58456132
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +35 You used a violent jump fail pointer in the quary function.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Ohhhh...Thank you!
 » 11 months ago, # |   +5 I should quit before submit anything.But the better thing is I can join Div.3 now LOL
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 stringforces not codeforces !!!!
 » 11 months ago, # |   +10 Horrible EDU ever
 » 11 months ago, # |   +143 seriously, what is this B?also A is hard to read :(
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +14 B is just a simple implementation problem. Sometimes you just have to spend some time reading the problem's statement and then spend some time coding some basic stuff. А is also about reading the statement. Why the fuck do you consider smth like "Pls output YES if n is odd and NO otherwise" as a nice problem for A?But low-skill kids prefer to write shitty comments instead of upsolving because it's so much easier, right?
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +10 what you mean "low-skill kids"? why are you that aggressive?this picture is just joking about my feeling on B : /and in round I skip B and solve CD, cuz B is too hard to read(for me)in fact, to me, I'm just can't read out what A,B want to explain.and I solved that B after round in 5min.A&B 's coding time is shorter than 15min for me, but too hard to readI spent near 1hour in total on reading A,B and understand them : /well, ok, it's just my english noob , ok : /and personally, I think this round's problem it self is not bad...but the statement is really hard (at least for me : (I think a good problem should take more time on thinking but not reading :p
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +3 Actually, your meme is a nice one, I liked it, should’ve point that out directly. I just upset by the fact that people downvote nice contest. It’s kinda sad, you know. Pls register some fake accounts and upvote the blogpost back.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 and alsoWhy the f*** do you consider smth like "Pls output YES if n is odd and NO otherwise" as a nice problem for A?I didn't remember that I said things like that :p
 » 11 months ago, # |   +11 The Education Round requires a lot of thought. It doesn't seem to want to be passed on as a simple idea. But ranker's code is simple!
 » 11 months ago, # |   +9 Educational StringForces Round 70 (Div.1)
•  » » 4 weeks ago, # ^ |   0 owob
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   -48 The Problem D is just a easy problem, why did u put it on D?The Probelm E is also a easy ACAM problem, why did u put it on E?The Problem A is not a div2-A...I use my another account Stray_House to join this contest (just for rating),at first I wish to become Master, but the result is terrible.I feel very disappointed for this contest...this contest does not fit many people.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +243 Hey. I want to share my thoughts about this round and your reaction to it.I agree with the opinion that the first problem has an unpleasant wording for beginners. If I were a round writer, I would try to do something with it or replace the problem. However, I do not see anything particularly terrible in this problem. Moreover, it is in an educational round that one can more likely expect a problem that will teach you to read a formal mathematical statement. The implementation of the solution is really simple, I think that many participants were too lazy to delve into its statement.The second problem is very well formulated, has a short and understandable solution. It can be interpreted as dynamic programming or even as some natural idea (brute force). Perhaps this problem is difficult for position B, but it is far from div1 level, many div2 participants have solved it. It doesn’t require any specific knowledge.I did not delve into the following problems, but it seems they are fairly distributed in complexity, using different ideas (I noticed not only strings, but also constructive and data structures).I note that all the problems were soundly formulated and worked out by the authors: they contain examples along a statement, notes for examples from the statement. The number of questions about statements in this round was very small and there was no need for corrections in the statements. There were no troubles with the correctness of tests or writer's solutions. I believe that the writers have missed a bit with the complexity of the first problems and their attractiveness for beginners, but nothing more.The team of writers of the educational rounds really delights me with their productivity, stable quality and performance. I am very grateful to the guys for their work and contribution to the development of the community. They have prepared a huge number of interesting problems and continue to do so. The vast majority of educational rounds are very good. This round was not ideal, but preparing rounds is creativity, this happens.I strongly disagree with those who wrote sharply and disrespectfully about this round. I would like the website community to be more able to appreciate the efforts of those who work on a content and forgive mistakes.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +13 In my opinion, all the problem (I mean, at least A-E, which I came up with the solution) was easy to understand. Also, if you choose good way, implementation can be simple enough and easy to debug. I don't have agreement or disagreement about the difficulty or the problem order (I think it's far more harder than writing a problem and the ability to estimate the problem is very special skill). But at least, I think there are nothing to complain about the quality of each problem. I hope that writers won't be disappointed and hold such a contest again!!
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 In my opinion, these problems are valuable for someone new to Codeforces contests, in which you need to think a lot. These problems can improve one's implementation skills and thinking skills greatly. However, contestants usually estimate a contest with the time they need to come up with the solution and solve each problem, especially problem A and B. These problems worth doing, but they are somehow unpleasant for a Codeforces contest, for problem A needs time to think, and problem B needs time to write.
 » 11 months ago, # |   -8 it was the best contest till now. loved it to solve one question.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +13 People are getting triggered just because A was slightly harder than usual :thonk:
 » 11 months ago, # |   +21 Congratulations for the revival!
 » 11 months ago, # |   +14 Is it rated?
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 why not?
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +3 Because the server ran out of steam?
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +50 choo choo
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +6 It feels like my girlfriend left me during the maintainess of Codeforces, though i don't even have one.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +28 So what was wrong with Codeforces?
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   -8 So, when will we have system testing? Or is it done before?UPD: I've just seen the announcement. The Open Hack Phase have been intended.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +5 Is the hacking phase over?? Or will it be extended?
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +10 It will be extended in ~10-30 minutes.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +57 Looks like someone is not happy with this round. And he hacks...The website
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Lol
 » 11 months ago, # |   +15 Wait for becoming master all day . And seems it needs another day for open hacking QAQ
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 Auto comment: topic has been updated by PikMike (previous revision, new revision, compare).
 » 11 months ago, # |   +25 Why is the editorial published when the open hacking phase is still running?By the way, this is one of the particularly good round, where every successful attempt to solve a problem gives great sense of accomplishment.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +16 What is wrong with editorial published while open hacking is running?
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +10 To hack a problem, you need first to solve it correctly. with the editorial published, hacking becomes easier because everyone knows the correct solutions.
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +8 Isn't that a good thing?
•  » » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Well, that's relative. For me, at least, I like the part of solving the problem correctly first to be able to hack other solutions.
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 :( I very hoped I can become blue. :( but so sad with Education 70.
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 Got TLE on problem E during the contest because I used a map to count number of occurrences of numbers in range [0,2*10^5]. I hate myself :(
 » 11 months ago, # |   -19 UPD: Our friends at Harbour.Space also have a message for you: Hello Codeforces! Ready to get deep? What do you mean? My rating? It will go deep for sure
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   0 This round had a good distribution between problems (by numbers of contestants solved each one). Sadly, I performed so badly, feel a bit sad {'-'}. Also its a lovely curve or maybe Im wrong?
 » 11 months ago, # |   -7 How I thought of this round:Problem B was a high quality problem. Problem B for a Div 2 B is not so high quality.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +110
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 Meanwhile we'll say "sakib kala parena" :3
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 https://codeforces.com/contest/1202/submission/58463646 https://codeforces.com/contest/1202/submission/58463769 why one of the two solutions give tle??
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +1 Your size of array is not big enough.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 hey really thnx!!!
 » 11 months ago, # |   +46
 » 11 months ago, # |   +87 You know what? I don't care contribution now. I just wanna say the contest is terrible.Did you ever seen ANY Div.2 A like this one? Multiple queries, length up to $10^5$, are you serious? It's Div.2 A, not Div.2 C or even harder!The same problems on B and C, I'm not saying they are bad problems, but they are just too complex for being the first three problem in Div.2.For problem D and E, their idea are similar to other problems. I swear I saw the exactly idea of D(add $\binom{k}{2}$ to get any number) in other problems. And problem E's first key idea is the same as CNOI 2016 D1T1 "Excellent Partition". So I think these two problems are not good-quality enough.No Codeforces contest is flawless, but this one is so awfully flawed!
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +6 Yes, looking at feedback, it's clear now that we (personally, myself) overestimated our participants. It seems like we need just one more task before A.But for me, personally, there are no problems with current D and E. Problem D was not hard and, I believe, you can invent the solution without knowing it beforehand. And problem E appeared 3 years ago — I think, it's not critical.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 I agree that originality shouldn't be a concern for educational round. On the other hand I feel that the right order for BCD should be D — B — C.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +16 The topic is not too difficult. There is not much problem with the number of questions.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +61 I don't agree on your opinion, I didn't paricipate in this contest, but i have to say, this contest is not bad at all!You say the problem is too hard, so you don't like them. But in fact, there are still up to 3000 people solved it.What kind of Div.2 A do you like? A 500 points problem? Or a even 100 points problem? Codeforces is not a place for you to practice the basic C++/python/Java skills.And the difficulty distribution is also good in this contest. Number of accepted people on each problem: 3441-1359-375-865-71-6, every two problems can differentiate two colors. Do you like a contest with number of accepted participants:10000-10000-10000-100-1? I understand your disappointed feeling when you opened the A, B and find yourself can't solve any of them, but it's not a fair reason for you to complain that this is not a good contest.If this contest is just lacking in a 500/600-points problem, it's still a good contest.In the end, i still want to add one point, the writer spent thousands of time on this contest, what would he think if he see you complaining the contest just because of the problem is too hard for you? Have you ever prepared a contest? I really don't understand why there's so much downvotes of the blog and so many complaination of the problem.I always agree that Codeforces is the best CP platform all over the world, but i'm very worried about this people who downvote the blog or send their complanation just because the problem is too hard for them.
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +20 I didn't say the problems are too hard. I'm saying the problems don't match with their ID. If this is a Div.1 Round instead, I may say those problems are slightly easier.I've never seen a Div.2 A or B like this. As you can see, problem B here has a difficulty of 1700, which is close to regular Div.2 D. And problem C's difficulty is shockingly even higher: 2100, it means in general, those who solved Div.2 C is able to get to level Master, isn't that ridiculous?I wish the following contests can be more "regular", and their problems can be "close to normal-difficulty problems", but not like this one, one of the most annoying contest, Educational Codeforces Round 70.
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +57 I agree that this contest's problems' difficulty doesn't match their ID, but absolutely it's not a fair reason for the blog to get so many downvotes and so much complaination. You could just imagine this is contest without problem A. Getting the order of problem C and problem D wrong is a slight mistake. You could be polite and comment under the blog and say: "We want a easier A, and wish the difficuly of the problem match their order." istead of say:one of the most annoying contest, Educational Codeforces Round 70.And, this contest neither contains a "broken" problem nor leaks problem before it started. One shouldn't speak so impolitely to the author, I sincerely hope that those who said this contest "is the worst ever" can apologize to the writers of the round, for their hard work on the contest, for their hark work on the past all educational contests, for their hard work on making Codeforces better and better.
•  » » » 9 months ago, # ^ |   -10 Have you ever prepared a contest? Codeforces Round #564 is mainly prepared by me, I poured time and energy into it. After that, I learned how hard it is to prepare a high-quality round, and also, how important it is to prepare a high-quality round.Because you "spent thousands of time", you should make it high-quality to be responsible for yourself.Because here is Codeforces, "the best CP platform", you have to make it high-quality to be responsible for thousands of participants.One reason for CF to be "the best CP platform" is that it guarantees the difficulty of problems, and we can know a problem's difficulty by its position. Problem writers should follow the standard of difficulties.In addition, good problems can form a bad contest.Also, a list of logical mistakes: But in fact, there are still up to 3000 people solved it Usually, there are more. And you should also consider the time people used to solve it. Or a even 100 points problem? We want problems in normal difficulty, not too difficult nor too easy. Do you like a contest with number of accepted participants:10000-10000-10000-100-1? I can't see any reason for PinkRabbit to like this distribution. when you opened the A, B and find yourself can't solve any of them I think he could solve it, but found it was harder than usual. the problem is too hard for you I think you meant "you can't solve them", and that's not true. We say "it's too hard" to mean it's harder than usual. Have you ever prepared a contest? Discussed above.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +16 When will the system testing start?? Will it take one more day :XD
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   -10 ..
 » 11 months ago, # |   +16 The objective of Educational rounds should be to educate. One can't learn much from conventional Div2 A and B difficulties, and to think of it, real learning begins with discomfort which one slowly conquers. I think the contest was just fine for serving this purpose, since the techniques it covered are standard-ish while being slightly disguised by more involved problem statements. One may argue against the high amount implementation of B and C, but hey, learning to implement long solutions with brevity is also an invaluable skill. For example, I realised after the contest that I could simply have used a (multi)set to query suffix maximum and minimum on the fly instead of dealing with four separate cases in suffix maxima/minima of x/y. I could only have realised this mistake in an implementation-heavy contest. In short, Educational rounds are perfectly fine as long as they introduce relatively standard techniques.
 » 11 months ago, # |   +25 I think we say the round is bad doesn't mean we disrespect authors.I like these problems.I just think they should be replaced in better positions.(A->div.2B,B->div.2C,C->div.2D,D->div.2C,E->div.2D).
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 I think C can also be done by efficiently brute forcing with the help of Range min/max lazy propagation segment tree. That would be overlkill though. Correct if I am wrong.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   0 There is no need for lazy propagation, you can precompute prefix sums and use those values for the min/max segment trees.I used ST since I didn't want to think the linear solution xD58444732
 » 11 months ago, # | ← Rev. 5 →   +21 maybe it's wrong to send that comment out.I'm so annoyed at beginning and send the to comments.but infact I don't want to argue like that at beginning. sorry.maybe it's I have not sleep for 36 hours so my brain dead...I'm idiot... made a lot of spam at here... sorry...
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +22 First of all, I'm very sorry about what I did. You see, I'm just a pupil. I learnt to use Codeforces just one year ago. I don't even know I will appear in PikMike's blog! I become happy only because "Successful Hacking Attempt". I do this just for fun and I hope you can forgive me. Ignore me. zdw1999 is the best hacker. Thank you. I'm really sorry.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 I am so sorry for being normal with you
•  » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 3 →   -11 seems it's just some misunderstandingsorry for take such long space
•  » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +4 I am so sorry for being normal with you
•  » » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 3 →   0 delete
•  » » » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +3 I am so sorry for being normal with you
•  » » » » » » 11 months ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +3 I am so sorry for being normal with you
 » 11 months ago, # |   +17 I've learnt many things from this round, it improves my strings manipulation. Thank authors
 » 11 months ago, # |   +8 is the list of best hackers correct? for example, it's showed that awasd has only 3 successful hacks, although i can see he made 5 successful hacks.
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +1 It's really weird but two of the hacks made don't appear as hacks but as Wrong Answers on test 11. Anyways, if only the 3 hacks count shouldn't I be on the 5th position? :P (I made 4 hacks Lol)
•  » » 11 months ago, # ^ |   +10 Hmm, I retrieve that list from CF api. Looks weird.I guess I can just hide the table for this contest, maybe I'll fix it before the next one.
 » 11 months ago, # |   0 It's too hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 » 10 months ago, # |   0 I am former candidate master and I can't solve A. Would tourist solve A?