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OLYMPIADS IN INFORMATICS, 2011, Vol. 5, 12-25
© Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,

ISSN 1822-7732

Survey on Informatics Competitions: Developing Tasks

Lasse HAKULINEN

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Aalto University School of Science P.O.Box 15400, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland E-mail: lasse.hakulinen@aalto.fi

Abstract

Informatics competitions offer a motivating way to introduce informatics concepts to students and to find new talents. There are many different competitions in the field of informatics with different objectives. In spite of these differences, they all share the same need for high quality tasks. Tasks can be seen as the heart of the competition, so the effort put in developing new tasks should not be underestimated. In this survey, the development of tasks and different task types are discussed. The focus is on the Olympiads in Informatics competitions, but tasks in other competitions are discussed as well.

Keywords:

task development, competition tasks, informatics competitions, IOI, competitions and education


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