Creating informatics olympiad tasks: Exploring the black art

Burton, B and Hiron, M 2008, 'Creating informatics olympiad tasks: Exploring the black art', Olympiads in Informatics, vol. 2, pp. 16-36.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Creating informatics olympiad tasks: Exploring the black art
Author(s) Burton, B
Hiron, M
Year 2008
Journal name Olympiads in Informatics
Volume number 2
Start page 16
End page 36
Total pages 21
Publisher Institute of Mathematics and Informatics
Abstract Each year a wealth of informatics olympiads are held worldwide at national, regional and international levels, all of which require engaging and challenging tasks that have not been seen before. Nevertheless, creating high quality tasks can be a difficult and time-consuming process. In this paper we explore some of the different techniques that problem setters can use to find new ideas for tasks and refine these ideas into problems suitable for an informatics olympiad. These techniques are illustrated through concrete examples from a variety of contests.
Subject Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Analysis of Algorithms and Complexity
Keyword(s) Programming contests
task creation
ISSN 1822-7732
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