I just found that the second question of UEMCO
https://www.codechef.com/UEMC2017/problems/UEMCOSA is copied directly from a hackerearth past contest https://www.hackerearth.com/problem/algorithm/last-ant-on-road/description/ .
Not sure if any other question is also copied. But this acts are really demotivating and takes away the fun of contests.
Not only this. The problems were poorly formatted, the I/O format wasn’t available and also they weren’t replying to the comments. My submission pretty much sums it up: https://www.codechef.com/viewsolution/16008313
Yes! The problem statements were not very clear. Even if the problems lacked explanations of the test cases, the doubts in the comment sections were unanswered. These things are very sad.
I was doubting this throughout the contest when i saw the level of questions. A point might not sound good but that made me to doubt was that their college has a maximum of 4* rating profile. And the level of questions spoke something else at-least. By far the worst contest i took part in. , Might be the other questions are copied also , but tough to find out the questions as they changed the names and all.
awful I/O format , this is what i can say!
I wonder how did u searched it
link one more haha , tried acting smart by changing stories but could not.
In total 4 questions are copied.
Among the rest 3, 1 question didn’t have good Sample Test Case Explanation.
While The other 2 are pattern Finding Questions.
Copying codechef’s question in codechef itself XD. Pro level :P.
Are you sure that the rest 3 are not copied ? XD
2 are Pattern Finding. And I don’t if the other problem is copied.
Now a days it’s common on codechef, in the past 2-3 months the contests organised by institutions had most of the questions copied from other platforms.
oh, and the 50k prize was a joke too, one of my friends at uem told me! (after i wasted my time in that contest)
actually that is a SPOJ question. (question was posted in SPOJ before codechef)
for pattern finding, there are sources too.
prize money is a joke! That too on such an international online platform like CodeChef is really something quite unexpected. @admin please have a look into such matters.
@swetankmodi - Are you sure about the correctness of your claim? Because making a contest with no intention of giving prizes sounds like direct fraud to me if I put it bluntly.
omg!!! was the prize a joke. Completely unexpected. I don’t know about Plagiarism of questions but i can very surely say that the questions were very wrongly formulated(wrong language and many other errors). It was more of a mathematical patterns represented in form of questions to be coded rather than use of DS and algorithms. Proper error correction should be done before organizing a contest
yupp pattern should never be given directly as they did, it can be easily found on oeis