Congratulations TCO12 Marathon Champion, ainu7
About the Marathon Competition
As part of the 2012 TopCoder Open, the Marathon Competition provides a more flexible format with an extended timeline that offers different types of problems than what can be offered in the Algorithm Competition. Competitors may submit code in the following languages: Java, C++, C#, VB.NET and Python.
Competitors will be competing in online rounds from March 21, 2012 leading up to the onsite Championship at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida, USA September 30 – October 4, 2012. The top twelve competitors will win this fabulous trip to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights!
The 2012 TopCoder Open Marathon Competition (“Marathon Competition”) will take place between March 21, 2012 and September 28, 2012. The Marathon Competition will consist of three (3) Online Rounds, with up to twelve (12) of the highest scoring competitors winning a trip to the Tournament to compete in the onsite 12 hour Championship Round.
The Marathon Competition is part of the Tournament, and by participating in the Marathon Competition, you agree to these rules.
Competitors can register for the Tournament and be eligible to participate in the Marathon Competition until 9:00 UTC -4 on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Competitors do not need to register separately for the Marathon Competition. The Marathon Competition will take place between April 4, 2012 and October 4, 2012. There is no limit to the number of Competitors who can participate for the Marathon Competition; however each Competitor may only participate using one handle.
In order to compete in any of Marathon Match Rounds, a Competitor needs to be registered for the Tournament no later than 24 hours before the start of the corresponding Marathon Match Round.
Competition Round Structure
Each Online and Onsite Round of the Marathon Competition consists of two phases: the Coding Phase and the System Testing Phase. (Note: The format for rounds of the Marathon Competition is similar to the format of TopCoder Marathon Matches. The rules in place for Marathon Matches as of April 4, 2012, as may be amended by these Rules, will apply to the Online and Onsite rounds of the Marathon Competition.)
The Coding Phase is a timed event where all Competitors are presented with the same problem statement. The criteria for scoring a Competitor’s submission will be provided with the problem statement and may change from round to round. During each round of the Marathon Competition, each Competitor may submit one of two types of submissions: an Example Submission or a Full Submission. Each Example Submission is run against the example test cases listed in the problem statement and detailed feedback is provided to the Competitor. Each Full Submission is run against a more complete set of test cases which are not disclosed to the Competitor and the Competitor only receives a provisional score. For Online Round 1, the duration of the Coding Phase is four weeks. For Online Rounds 2 and 3 the duration of the Coding Phase is two weeks.
The System Testing Phase is applied to the most recent Full Submission for each Competitor. During system testing, each Full Submission is run against a large number of sample cases which are not disclosed to the Competitors, and is scored according to the criteria specified in the problem statement. Once the system tests are completed, Competitors are ranked according to their score on the system test cases. The score a Competitor’s Full Submission receives is determined solely by the system testing.
The schedule for the Online Rounds of the Marathon Competition is as follows:
|Max # of Competitors
|# of Advancers
|April 4, 2010 13:00
|April 18, 2010 13:00
|May 2, 2012 13:00
|May 16, 2010 13:00
|May 30, 2012 13:00
|June 13, 2010 13:00
All times listed in UTC -4
Advancing during Online Rounds
After each Online Round, up to 4 of the highest scoring competitors who are registered for the Tournament will advance to the onsite Championship Round. To advance, a Competitor must submit a Full Submission and achieve a score greater than zero.
Once a Competitor has advanced to the onsite Championship Round, he/she is no longer eligible to compete in any subsequent Online Rounds. Parallel to each Online Round, TopCoder will hold another marathon match (using the same problem) for competitors who are ineligible to compete in the official Online Round. Competitors already advanced to the onsite Championship Round are allowed to compete in the parallel marathon matches.
NOTE: In the event of a tie for any advancing position during the Online Rounds, the tie will be resolved in the following manner:
- The Competitor with the highest Marathon Match rating immediately prior the start of Online Round 1 will advance. If a Competitor was unrated immediately prior the start of Online Round 1, it is assumed that he/she had a rating of zero.
- If a tie still remains, all remaining tied Competitors will advance.
In the event that a Competitor who has advanced to the onsite Championship Round is unable to attend it, then another Competitor may attend as determined by (1st position in the list is highest priority, each next position is of lower priority than the previous one):
- 5th place finisher in Round 1.
- 5th place finisher in Round 2.
- 5th place finisher in Round 3.
- 6th place finisher in Round 1.
- 6th place finisher in Round 2.
- 6th place finisher in Round 3.
- It will continue in this manner until a Competitor is able to attend the Onsite Marathon Competition.
The Championship Round will consist of a single round of competition lasting 12 hours. The winner of the Championship Round will be the Onsite Marathon Competitor with the highest point total during the Championship Round. In the event that Onsite Marathon Competitors are tied at the conclusion of the Championship Round, then the prize money will be distributed equally among the tied Onsite Marathon Competitors.
|12 Hour Onsite Championship Round
|Starts Monday, October 1, 2012 at 9:30
|Ends Monday, October 1, 2012 at 22:00
Please note the online competition round includes 30 minute set up time.
About the Prizes
The Marathon Competition will award t-shirts to the 100 Competitors with highest Ranks (as defined above), where a Rank of a competitor is defined as the best taken place out of all Online Rounds in which this Competitor made a Full Submission and achieved a score greater than zero. In case several Competitors are tied by Rank for the 100th place, then all tied Competitors will be awarded a T-shirt.
The Marathon Competition will award cash prizes up to $22,550 to the Onsite Marathon Competitors in accordance with the following table:
|1st place finisher* Marathon Match Competition Champion
|2nd place finisher* in the Championship Round
|3rd place finisher* in the Championship Round
|4th place finisher* in the Championship Round
|5th place finisher* in the Championship Round
|6th-12th place finisher* in the Championship Round
|100 Competitors with the highest ranks as stated above
|Limited edition 2012 TopCoder Open t-shirt
* Prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the Onsite Championship Round. Winner must be present at the onsite Championship announcement to receive prize.