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The Clutch Element in Programming Contests

Revision en2, by vamaddur, 2019-05-19 17:49:05

For the past 3 years that I have been doing programming contests, I've noticed the trend that I very rarely solve problems in the last 1/6 to 1/5 of the given time in any competition (e.g. last 20 minutes of a CF round or last hour of an ACM event).

Sometimes this lack of efficacy is due to not knowing a niche technique, or running into a genuinely hard problem. However, more often than not, I open the editorial and groan at not seeing a solution that I was millimeters away from on pen and paper. I have never went into the home stretch thinking I would not solve anything (so I don't believe its my mental at fault), but I would like to figure out if there is a way other than straight up practice that more experienced coders use to make the most of every minute of competition.

Tags #strategy, #better thinking

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en4 English vamaddur 2019-05-19 17:50:50 18 Tiny change: ' is a way other than straight ' -> ' is a way in addition to straight '
en3 English vamaddur 2019-05-19 17:50:13 92
en2 English vamaddur 2019-05-19 17:49:05 571 (published)
en1 English vamaddur 2017-09-03 15:43:17 653 Initial revision (saved to drafts)