1. Eligibility

You are eligible to take part in the contest if you are at least 6 years of age. If you are under 18 years of age as of the beginning of the qualification round (May 21, 2016), you may only take part in the warm-up, qualification and three elimination-stage rounds, but not in the final round or the Internship Track nomination.

All employees of Yandex, people directly involved in organising the contest and their immediate relatives and family members are not permitted to take part in the contest.

2. Registration

To participate in the contest, you need to register and provide the requested information. The organising committee reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for submitting incorrect information during the registration process. The full list of required information is provided in the contest regulations. Registration will be opened at 0:00 on April 20, 2016 (Moscow time zone, UTC + 3) and will close at the end of the qualification round.

3. Scoring system for each round: TCM/Time

Conducting the tournament

Each contest round lasts 100 minutes. Submitted solutions are tested during the round. Contestants submit their solutions into the contest system with the help of the software provided. Before submitting a solution, the contestant chooses the compiler that will be used by the contest system, which runs on Linux, to compile the solution. Information about the compilers and their settings as well as the configuration of the testing servers can be found in the “Compiler settings”. web page of the competition site.

Solutions are tested by running them against a set of test cases that is not available to the contestants and is the same for all contestants. A solution is considered accepted if it produces correct answers to all test cases in the given time and memory limits. Testing is run automatically, so solutions have to follow input and output formats described in the problem statement of each problem precisely. Unless written otherwise, all input data is supposed to be correct and satisfy all constraints mentioned in the problem statement.

The maximum execution time for any test case is specified in each problem statement. If a solution exceeds this limit on at least one of the test cases, this solution is considered incorrect.

When a solution is ready, the contestant submits it into the contest system for checking, and may then continue working on other problems. Before submitting a solution to each problem for the first time, the contestant has to choose whether he or she wants to make the submission “open” or “blind”. This decision cannot be changed later. Results will be shown to the contestant immediately after a submitted solution has been tested.

After making an “open” submission, the contestant is informed whether his or her solution is accepted. If it is not, the contestant is also told the type of error and the index number of the failed test case.

Solutions that are “blind” submissions are tested on the sample test cases only (from the problem statement). If a solution doesn’t pass these test cases correctly, the contestant is told the type of error and the number of failed test case. If it does pass, the problem is considered to be preliminarily solved. Submitting further solutions to this problem becomes impossible. The final result of testing is announced after the end of the contest.

Outcome Test number is provided? For “open” submissions For “blind” submissions Possible reason
OK No The solution is accepted The solution passed all sample test cases The solution works correctly on the corresponding set of test cases
Compilation error No Compilation of the solution failed Compilation of the solution failed 1. Syntax or semantic error in the solution 2. Solution language was chosen incorrectly
Wrong answer Yes Incorrect output on one of the test cases Incorrect output to one of the sample test cases 1. A mistake in the solution 2. Wrong algorithm
Presentation error Yes Output cannot be checked as its format doesn’t satisfy the requirements Output to one of the sample test cases cannot be checked as its format doesn’t satisfy the requirements 1. Incorrect output format 2. No output at all 3. Extra output
Time-limit exceeded Yes The solution exceeded the time limit The solution exceeded the time limit on one of the sample test cases 1. A mistake in the solution 2. The solution isn’t efficient enough
Memory limit exceeded Yes The solution exceeded the memory limit The solution exceeded the memory limit on one of the sample test cases 1. A mistake in the solution (eg.: infinite recursion) 2. The solution isn’t efficient enough
Run-time error Yes The solution stopped working with a non-zero exit code The solution finished working with a non-zero exit code on one of the sample test cases 1. Runtime error 2. The solution doesn’t end with “return 0” in case of C/C++ 3. Non-zero exit code is manually specified

In the case of Compilation error, the solution is not run against any test cases. In the case of Run-time error, Memory limit exceeded, or Time limit exceeded, output of the solution is not taken into account.

Consecutive submissions of the same source code made by the same contestant are ignored. If a submission was considered incorrect because of a compilation error, this submission is not taken into consideration when the total penalty time is calculated. “Blind” submissions that did not pass at least one sample test case are not taken into consideration either.

The sample test cases in the system always match the sample test cases from the problem statement in the same order. Preliminary and final rankings of round

Contestants are ranked by number of solved problems. Contestants who solve the same number of problems are ranked by total penalty time.

Total penalty time is determined as the sum of time taken and “bonuses for blind submissions” for each accepted problem.

  • The time taken for a solved problem is the time elapsed from the beginning of the contest to the submission of the accepted solution, plus, if the submissions to this problem were “open”, 20 penalty minutes for each previously submitted incorrect solution.
  • If a problem is solved with a “blind” submission, the total penalty time is decreased by n seconds, where n = ((number_of_contestants_who_did_not_solve_this_problem) × (contest_length_in_seconds)) ÷ (total_number_of_contestants).

Total penalty time is calculated up to a second. Problems that have not been solved by the end of the contest do not add anything to the total penalty time (including penalty for incorrect submissions).

In the rankings, problems solved with an “open” submission are denoted by “+” followed by the number of incorrect submissions to this problem (if any). For example, the rankings contain “+” if the problem is solved on the first attempt, and “+2” if it is solved on the third attempt. Unsolved problems that have “open” submissions are denoted by “-” followed by the number of incorrect submissions to this problem. Problems that have a “blind” submission which passed all sample test cases are denoted by a question mark, “?”. The current rankings are displayed under the assumption that all “blind” submissions will be accepted.

After the end of the contest, all “blind” submissions are retested on the full set of test cases, which is the same as the set of test cases that was used for testing “open” submissions (“system test cases”). The results of this testing become the only results for these solutions. In the final rankings, unlike the preliminary rankings, problems that have a “blind” submission which passed all system test cases are denoted by a green tick (✔), and problems which have a “blind” submission which failed on at least one system test case are denoted by a red X (✗).

4. Contest structure. Grand Prix 30

The contest consists of six rounds. All times mentioned are in the + 3 (Moscow) time zone. Only those contestants who have correctly solved at least one problem in the test or qualification rounds will be eligible to proceed to the elimination round. For all rounds, the problems will be original.

The warm-up round will start at 21:00 on May 10, 2016. All participants who solved at least one problem, advance to the elimination round.

The qualification round will start at 0:00 on May 21, 2016, and run for 48 hours. Contestants can start their qualification (lasting 100 minutes) by pressing the “start virtual contest” link. All contestants who solved at least one problem will advance to the elimination stage.

The elimination stage will consist of three rounds lasting 100 minutes each. Each round of the elimination will be scored separately using the

Grand Prix 30 system. The top 30 participants of each round will earn score points based on table below.

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Score 100 75 60 50 45 40 36 32 29 26 24 22 20 18 16
Place 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Score 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

If several participants perform equally in a round, the earned points are divided evenly between them.

Round 1 will start on June 04, 2016, at 16:00

Round 2 will start on June 10, 2016, at 21:00

Round 3 will start on June 13, 2016, at 10:00

The top 25 participants with the best cumulative results of all three elimination stage rounds will advance to the final.

The cumulative score consists of the sum of points, the total number of solved problems and the sum of penalty time earned in rounds.

The Yandex.Algorithm organising committee reserves the right to invite additional participants to the final round if there are declined invitations. Additional participants will be invited based on the cumulative result of all three rounds of the elimination stage.

The finals will take place at the 116 Nezavisimosti Prospekt in Minsk, Belarus, on July 28 and 29, 2016, with the final round competition itself taking place on July 28, 2016. Each participant who has advanced to the final round must confirm their participation by July 01, 2016, or else they will be disqualified. Finalists can participate in the final round at the final round venue or online.

5. Awards

Top 512 participants according to the cumulative result of all three elimination stage rounds will receive a contest T-shirt.

The top three participants in the final round will be awarded the following prizes*:

  • 1st place – 300,000 roubles
  • 2nd place – 150,000 roubles
  • 3rd place – 90,000 roubles

  • If the Finalist is not a citizen of the Russian Federation, the Prize is payable by transfer to the Finalist’s bank account in US dollars at the exchange rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation on the date of the final round.

Prizes are net of personal income tax, which will be accrued and paid by the Organiser in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

6. Internship Track nomination

For participation in the Internship Track, the nomination participant shall tick the appropriate checkbox in the registration form. Participants may change their decision about willingness to participate the Internship Track nomination by making changes made in the checkbox. Changes can be made only until the end of the qualification round.

The Internship Track nomination prize is an interview with the Organiser’s representatives with the three-month internship opportunity in the Moscow office of the Organiser (in case of successful passage of interview). If the Internship Track nomination winner passes the interview successfully and agrees to join the Internship program, the Organiser reimburses the costs of transportation from the winner’s place of residence to Moscow and back as well as the accommodation in Moscow during the Internship program.

Winning the Internship Track nomination and successfully passing the interview does not disqualify the participant from also being a Finalist and claiming the Prize in case of victory.