Congratulations to Loyola’s ACM Programming teams, who competed in the 2013 Mid-Central Regional Programming Competition on Saturday November 2, at the University of Chicago. The team of Derek Gliwa, Justin Mulka and Nema Nemati, and the team of Brian Gathright, Zachary Herr and Griffin Moe, came out neck and neck, each solving 4 problems, with only one minute separating them in the scoring! They were in 45th and 46th place among the 138 teams competing across a five-state region. Only 28 teams in the region solved more problems than these teams did, and a large number of the highly ranked teams included graduate students, while our teams were all undergraduates. Also congratulations to the team of Tyler Bobella, Dale Stout and Nicholas Tilelli, competing for the first time, and taking on the challenge while Dale is still in Comp 271.
Many thanks to the teams for their long hours of practice. They agree that it paid off is their performance in the grueling 5-hour competition, but even more in greatly expanding their programming skills as they go forward.
The coach, Dr. Harrington, would love to have as many teams compete for Loyola next year. He is always looking for interested students. Please contact him before practices start up again at the beginning of Fall Semester 2014. Whether or not you end up in the winners group, the programming team is a great way to hone your programming and algorithmic skills. See http://anh.cs.luc.edu/314-315/prog-team.html. All students are welcomed to participate in practices, even those not eligible or interested in competition. Undergraduates can get credit under Comp 314 or 315.
The complete 2013 standings, are at
The problems are available in the Judge’s view:
The competitors only see paper versions of the problem statements in the left column, not the judge’s secret data or solutions!
Dr. Harrington was once again a Chief Judge for the Mid-Central Region, one of two Chief Judges who made up this year’s competition, including problem D, Probability Paradox: this was solved only by one team, the winner for the entire region, long after all the other problems were solved.