Notes to Judges

Read the Error Messages and Notes to Teams right now. ... Done? OK.

The judges' diskette contains one subdirectory for each problem, which includes the description in HTML, the source file, the input and output files, and either an MS-DOS executable or Java bytecode files. It contains a subdirectory called NOTES that includes the HTML source for these notes. It also contains a subdirectory called JUDGE that includes enhanced versions of the judging utilities used in the last two contests. If you do not already have a tried-and-true method for judging, you might want to take a look at them. Instructions are provided in Using the Judging Utilities, and are available in text form in the file.

Regardless of what judging method you use, remember the following (the included utilities take care of these details for you):

As in last year's contest,

We think the easiest problems are Loansome Borrower and Automatic Editing, followed by Robot Motion and Myacm Triangles, and then Find the Winning Move and Exchange Rates. We don't think any of the problems are exceptionally hard. We expect strong teams to solve all six problems, and most teams to solve one or two.

Andy (the toolsmith) wrote Automatic Editing, Robot Motion, and Myacm Triangles. Eric (the webmaster) wrote Find the Winning Move and Exchange Rates. I wrote Loansome Borrower.

Eric will be your regional contact during the contest. If you have any questions or corrections you can send him email at, or if it's an emergency you can phone him at 417-836-4944. Also check the Updates section of the web site periodically; if any files need to be changed, corrections will be posted there.

John Cigas
Regional Chief Judge: Editor
Rockhurst University