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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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TCO Round 1
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So the results aren't official yet, but assuming nothing's gone wrong for me...

I'm in Round 2 of the TopCoder Open, for finishing 145th out of 750 in Round 1, with 400 passing into Round 2. That's the highest ranking I've ever had in a tournament- and my past tournaments have been the college-only competitions...

Oh, and I came in second place in the room I was in, which nets me $50.00. Not bad for two hours of playing a game.

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Ironman is painful for those of us higher up :/
Also, I screwed up the 250, and came in 350th place thanks to a blazing time on the 500. I feel extremely lucky.

It took me a good 10 minutes to figure out what I was doing wrong on that last test case...

I would have won $75 if I hadn't botched a challenge- not making it at all would have put me 25 points higher, which would have won the room. But the one challenge I did get (which salvaged the 25 point loss that had me down to 6th in room) was due to a very "creative" implementation of the 250: trying "all" the possible bottom lines to find the longest and shortest, in addition to the point checks; it looked to me like thrown-together code to cover for an unknown failure on Example 4. Of course, "all" is somewhat misleading when this genius had an increment of 0.5... which works perfectly for the integer-only test cases displayed. 5,5,5,10,6.1,6.2, and that was that.

And Iron Man makes things a lot more interesting for those of us lower down- it splits the main tournament into two distinct competitions, the real tournament and the "among those of your rank" tournament. I have absolutely no chance at the former. The latter? Well, that works for me so far.

You have a realistic shot at going on-site. I don't. So all things considered, I don't think it's entirely unreasonable that I've won an early prize...


PS - If there are any books you want to buy, now is a good time to talk your parents into taking you to a Waldenbooks. They're having a buy 4, get the 5th free sale (don't know how long it lasts), and academic appreciation days where showing your high school or college ID gets you 20% off your purchase through the 22nd. This combined to net me 5 books for under $27.

Congrats! Go all the way!

"145th out of 750" -- WOOT for you! And a "BULLY" while we're at it.

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