For five hours, participants at the final stage of IOI 2016 battled to be the very best among young geniuses in the field of IT. US contestant Daniel Chiu finished 15th out of a possible 312, and shared with us his feelings after the competition.
- Are you happy with your final position in the standings?
- I’m happy, especially with the final results. The second day went alright but I think a lot of participants got identical scores.
- How much did the questions in contest round 2 differ from those on the first day?
- I think the tasks were easier for everyone. On the first day, task 2 was relatively unusual – in some ways you had to sort of guess a route to the solution. The questions on day 2 were also quite unusual, and I still don’t know the solution to question 3. Maybe it was unusual, or maybe just too hard!
- Which tasks did you like the best?
- The fifth and sixth tasks were the most interesting – I still don’t know the full answer to number 6. It was a dynamic programming task for which you had to use a “divide and conquer” algorithm. I used that algorithm in my solutions to both the fifth and sixth tasks, and I find that method very interesting. I love those kinds of questions.