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Post #81 Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:53 am 
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Post #82 Posted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:39 am 
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I majored in computer science and started to learn about computer science in 2002. It was pretty exciting to me at the time (mostly because of video games), but I learned about go - something that seemed even more interesting - around 2003, just a year and a half later.

Since then, programming wasn't something I was passionate about - just something I had to do to make money.

From this year's competition, programming has become interesting to me, again. I like that :-)

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Post #83 Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:20 pm 
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Anyone managed to advance to R2? I tried R1B, but only solved A (which isn't even enough for top 5000 :-|). Not sure if I have the motivation to wake up at 2am to try R1C, but we'll see...

Also, on an unrelated note, I got introduced to this really cool math channel on youtube called 3Blue1Brown, and it's full of awesome videos that I've been watching while eating dinner. They have a video where they talk about a very interesting way of generating the sequence needed to solve the Tower of Hanoi problem discussed earlier using binary numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SUvWfNJSsM

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Post #84 Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:49 pm 
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Solomon wrote:
Anyone managed to advance to R2? I tried R1B, but only solved A (which isn't even enough for top 5000 :-|). Not sure if I have the motivation to wake up at 2am to try R1C, but we'll see...


I didn't end up participating in R1B. We went to the Washington State Fair, instead. I have been practicing programming pretty much every day, though.

Particularly, I've been studying recursion problems. I think I have a weak point there. Actually, the bigger weak point is what Shaddy already pointed out - I think I have an idea of what to do, start programming, then realize I didn't think everything through. I'm trying to consciously think the problem through all the way before writing it up. That takes some effort, sometimes.

Not sure if I want to do R1C, given the time.

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Post #85 Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:54 pm 
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Kirby wrote:
I have been practicing programming pretty much every day, though.

Particularly, I've been studying recursion problems. I think I have a weak point there. Actually, the bigger weak point is what Shaddy already pointed out - I think I have an idea of what to do, start programming, then realize I didn't think everything through. I'm trying to consciously think the problem through all the way before writing it up. That takes some effort, sometimes.

Not sure if I want to do R1C, given the time.
Maybe we should have weekly Lifein19x19 competitions for programming, similar to your weekly tsumego rounds? I set up a contest using the Kattis platform with several problems that are recursive / DP in nature: https://open.kattis.com/contests/nhx45f/. I have it set to start this Friday 8pm PST and end on Saturday at 11pm. If there's enough interest in this, I can create a separate thread in Off-Topic where we can discuss ideas and code. (And I promise I haven't done these problems before, so I'll definitely be giving them a shot :)).

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Post #86 Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:24 pm 
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Sure, I'll play :-)

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