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USC Programming Contest

Fall 2017 USC Programming Contest


The problems are available as a PDF document. The table below contains sample solutions programmed by participants during the contest, as well as the input data and correct solutions used by the judges.

ProblemC/C++ solutionJava solutionJudges' solutionInputCorrect Output
A - Opening Ceremony Δ Δceremony.cppceremony.inceremony.out
B - Rock Climbing  climbing.cppclimbing.inclimbing.out
C - Volleyball Scores Δ Δvolley.cppvolley.involley.out
D - Single Elimination Δ single.cppsingle.insingle.out
E - Triple Jump Δ Δjump.cppjump.injump.out
F - Basket Ball Δ basket.cppbasket.inbasket.out


There were 26 participants. All but one student solved at least one problem, 19 solved at least two problems, 13 solved at least 3, 10 solved 4, and 6 solved all problems.

RankNameProblems solvedcumulative time
1Changyu Zhu (CS Freshman)6596
2Chenhui Zhu (CS Junior)6643
3Pengda Xiang (CS PhD)6657
4Ho Ching Justin Cheng (CS Senior)6668

The complete final standings are also available.

Cash prizes for the top participants, food, T-shirts for everyone, swgas, etc. were provided thanks to our sponsors Facebook, Google, Northrop Grumman. Computer games for many participants were also donated by Electronic Arts.

We would like to thank VSoE for making the labs available for the contest. David Kempe wrote the problem set. Ruixin Qiang, Matthew Burke, Zekun Li and Yuehui Wang provided standard solutions and test cases. Michael Shindler worked as a contest judge and hosted the ceremony.


Pictures of the contest are available for your viewing pleasure.

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Sponsors in Spring 2019
Electronic Arts
Northrop Grumman
Marconi Foundation