Monday, July 10, 2017

Russian students dominate at the computer programming olympics — and American computer science students are unsurprised


When Alexander Iverson, 20, was in first or second grade, he learned about subtraction and the order of operations. Though his answers in class and on homework assignments were almost always correct, the teacher consistently failed him. The reason? His more efficient method of calculation — essentially inventing the concept of negative numbers (something Iverson’s class had yet to learn) and then rearranging the order of operations to fit his method — went against the teacher’s instructions. Iverson, now a rising senior studying computer science at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) and a recent competitor in the collegiate “Olympics of computer programming,” recalled that experience last week in a phone interview. “It was awful,” he said. “Essentially, I invented a piece of math that accomplished a task better than the one I was taught and I was penalized for improving something.”

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Bill Bamberger · Brunswick, Georgia i suspect that no matter what the department you'd find fault with the then obama appointee. however, any of them, on their worst day is infinitely superior to the pus-brained sycophants trump has installed. devos, in particular, resets the parameters for inferiority. Like · 10 · Jun 18, 2017 8:15pm
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