### kostka's blog

By kostka, 13 days ago,

A long time ago I had to write a master's thesis. Of course, my thesis was about sports programming. To be precise: I described what the whole thing is about, including famous competitions and platforms, and described many techniques (with applications) that weren't really known to wider audiences (outside this community and some of them also to Um_nik apparently).

Now I am wondering what to do with this work. For instance, would you be interested in buying this if I ever published this as a book?

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 » 13 days ago, # |   +81 Count me in. I'll buy it.
 » 13 days ago, # |   +38 I'll buy it, provided that it is priced reasonably
 » 13 days ago, # |   -42 sir ,can you help in private??
•  » » 13 days ago, # ^ |   +24 No.
 » 13 days ago, # |   +20 How can you tell that the techniques are not known to wider audiences? Outside of professors everyone I discussed algorithms/ds with are competitive programmers.
•  » » 13 days ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +3 That's a very good question. I tried to include things that are not in typical algorithms and data structures courses. I also tried to write only about things that are not already described in Cormen's "Introduction to Algorithms" (or other books).
•  » » » 13 days ago, # ^ |   +28 So after publication of book of Kostka they will all be well-known :)
•  » » » » 13 days ago, # ^ |   +21 That's the point.
 » 13 days ago, # |   +22 I think it's gonna be really interesting. There are dozens of books about the same basic stuff, but the book with a set of different advanced techniques would be something new and exciting.
 » 13 days ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +29 I will buy the book on the condition that you refer to the activity as "competitive programming" instead of "sports programming": https://codeforces.com/blog/entry/67253
•  » » 13 days ago, # ^ |   +56
 » 13 days ago, # |   +8 If it's going to be available as a free pdf, then I would maybe check it. If it's sold for money, then I'm going to almost certainly skip it. Many people are spoiled by the easy availability of free high quality information about almost any subject on the Internet.
 » 13 days ago, # |   +5 I'd be interested in buying your book even if you didn't publish it.
 » 13 days ago, # |   0 Sure.I will buy.
 » 13 days ago, # |   +96 I will buy it when I am red. Don't want to get in trouble with Um_nik for learning useless algorithms when I should be solving problems.
 » 13 days ago, # |   +44 Are you open to collaboration?
•  » » 13 days ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +14 Sure, hit me in DMs.
•  » » » 11 days ago, # ^ |   +47 That's what she never said :(
 » 13 days ago, # |   0 Sure!! This book seems good!!
 » 13 days ago, # |   0 seems interesting :) surely will be a good hit
 » 12 days ago, # |   0 I'm in!
 » 12 days ago, # |   0 I think you should do a poll of some sort if you want to get a better insight into whether people would buy it or not. Upvotes are more saying that we are sure you did an amazing job and that the topic seems interesting and it's unlikely every single person will type here whether they're interested (I might be wrong about that) and even if we do, it's harder to gather data from comments. P.S I would buy it on paper probably not as pdf.
 » 12 days ago, # |   +134 I will buy it and then postpone reading for years. Difficult topics are difficult.
•  » » 12 days ago, # ^ |   +90 Looking forward to "Hard book reading stream"
•  » » 12 days ago, # ^ |   +8 Although topics he's proposing are way too advanced, putting together some advanced stuff in a book let's you learn them in more organized way, otherwise obviously there are many blogs, papers and videos about them, but just finding motivation to learn them might be difficult
 » 12 days ago, # |   +28 I'd buy this book even if I had no use for it, the topics seem pretty cool and I could never really bring myself to learn them properly, so it'd be finally something readable in one place. And I can't even imagine how cool your collaboration with adamant would be (I guess that'd lead to an even more amazing section on strings :D).
 » 12 days ago, # |   +46 For the right price I'd be interested in buying even only a reasonable explanation for why the fuck does matroid intersection algorithms work.
 » 12 days ago, # |   +3 Very interested
 » 12 days ago, # |   +12 Book about sport programming? Just titles around algorithms/ds/techniques. I don't get it. We need histories!
•  » » 9 days ago, # ^ |   0 I would buy that!
 » 12 days ago, # |   +3 I would love to buy it.
 » 11 days ago, # |   0 You should put the first and second chapter for free and charge for the others at a reasonable price
 » 9 days ago, # |   0 could you use latex?
•  » » 9 days ago, # ^ |   +8 The TOC seems to have been typeset in $\LaTeX$, as can be seen from the TOC format as well as the font (it uses a sans serif font called Latin Modern Sans, so it might have not been that obvious). SpoilerIt's a completely different thing if the author wants to pull off a prank on us, though.
 » 9 days ago, # |   +1 I would buy it. I won't pretend that I'd sit down and read through the whole thing, but I'd probably sit down and read a section when I'm in the mood. Plus, I need something on my bookshelf to show off this hobby, and how many competent sports programming books are there?