A Complete Breakdown of the 2002 Invitational Championship Round

Anyone who’s been with TopCoder for long enough should be used to the troubles that occasionally come up during Single Round Matches. Whether it’s due to an error in the problem statement, system testing or some other part of the process, sometimes there is an issue that compromises the fairness or feasibility of counting the results of a contest. Some coders get mad about having their 75 minutes of hard work thrown out, but most of them accept that accidents do happen.

When there’s a similiar problem at a $150,000 tournament, though, people tend to be less accepting.

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