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December 2, 2003
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Local Student Earns Bid To ACM World Finals
A team of South Dakota Tech students has been invited to compete in the World Finals of the American Computing Machinery Programming Contest, scheduled for March 2004 in Prague, Czech Republic.
The invite came after Pete Gasper (Computer Science, Sidney, Mont.), Jonathan Wolf (Computer Science, Moorcroft, Wyo.), and Wyatt Zochert (Computer Science, Webster) finished fifth in the regional ACM competition in November. Two other Tech teams finished 14th and 26th against the 178 other teams.
In the regional competition, the students answered such problems as “Determine the number of stars that can be inscribed in a circle with a given number of points on the circumference,” “Find the minimum number of steps required to convert a number to a palindrome,” and “Determine the frequencies in a signal from a series of observations.” The teams had one computer and five hours to solve nine challenging problems. The Tech teams logged countless hours of hard work in the months leading up to the event.
The programming contest requires many skills. All team members must be able to write programs in C++ computer language, and each team needs members with algorithm development skills, strong mathematical ability, and at least one person who is very skilled at debugging the programs the team writes to solve each problem.
The Tech team will compete against 51 other teams in the World Finals. Thousands of teams tried to qualify in regional competitions. At the Finals, Tech will join 21 American universities such as Cornell, MIT, Harvard, and Stanford.
Read more about the event at http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/finals/default.htm.
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