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Spring 2005 USC Programming Contest (16 April 2005)


The (slightly corrected) 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 solutionInputCorrect Output
A - School ColorsSivaraman KannanOleg Levchenkocolors.incolors.out
B - Lunchno solutionno solutionlunch.inlunch.out
C - Orange BowlZhan Shino solutionfootball.infootball.out
D - Course Loadno solutionDaniel Birkencourses.incourses.out
E - Lecture Screensno solutionno solutionscreens.inscreens.out
F - Campus BuildingsLinda DengLily Chengbuilding.inbuilding.out


There were 33 participants. The top five contestants were:

RankNameProblems solvedcumulative time
1Daniel Birken (CSCI Sophomore)3347
2Zhan Shi (CECS Junior)3494
3Francisco Tolmasky (CECS Sophomore)2135
4Linda Deng (CSCI Junior)2138
5Sivaraman Kannan (CSCI MS)2155

Cash prizes for the top four participants, as well as pizza and snacks for everyone, were sponsored by the Viterbi School of Engineering. Computer and game console games for additional high placing participants were sponsored by Electronic Arts.


Pictures of the contest are available for your viewing pleasure now.