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Student programmers compete in annual contest

 It wasn’t just the Linfield athletics competing this weekend.

The Wildcats also sent five groups of students to compete at the annual International Collegiate Programming Contest on Nov. 2 and 3 in Newberg, Ore.

One Linfield group earned the site championship for the first time.

The Linfield team, made up by seniors Graham Romero and Guy Neill and junior Amanda Gibbon, competed against 112 other teams, and were the only group on the Oregon site to solve five problems. They finished 20th overall.

“For the competition, there were 13 different problems given to be solved all varying in difficulty,” Gibbon said in an email.

“This year’s theme for the problems was Star Trek. One problem that we solved was called ‘Enterprising Escape’ and we had to figure out how long it would take for the Enterprise to escape from different classes of Klingon ships depending on the Enterprise’s position among them.”

“The goal of the competition is to solve as many problems as possible in the shortest amount of time. There is a 20 minute penalty for each incorrect submission,” Gibbon said. “They give you balloon for every problem you solve and it feels really good to look around and see that your team has the most balloons.”

Other teams competing included the University of Oregon, University of Portland and Lewis & Clark College.

The students competing had many weeks and weekends of training to prepare for the competition.

“In my programming class we had practice competitions in class every week and competitions every Sunday.

“It was a lot of work but all of our hard work did pay off in the end,” Gibbon said.

The Linfield teams have improved since last years competition.

Linfield’s first team earned second place back in the 2012 after completing three problems, and they earned 33rd overall.

While the Linfield’s team earned first, George Fox University took the award of best college at the Oregon site, out scoring the Wildcats by one problem.

The Bruins finished 19 problems, averaging 107 minutes per problem, while the Wildcats only averaged 75 minutes per problem and they finished 18 problems.

“The rest of the Linfield teams did really well too,” Gibbon said. “Every team solved at least three problems and in total we all solved 18 problems which is the best Linfield has ever done.”

Kaylyn Peterson / Managing editor

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewmanaging@gmail.com.

Linfield club finishes among top placers

The Linfield College Computer Science Club recently finished among the top placers at a programing competition held Nov. 3 at the University of Portland. The competition was the 2012 Pacific Northwest regional qualifier of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.

“I think the International Collegiate Programming Contest is a wonderful experience for the computer science students here at Linfield,” sophomore Graham Romero said.

Linfield sent a total of 14 students representing five separate teams to the competition. In total, the teams representing Linfield were the best in Oregon and finished seventh regionally.

“The problems given aren’t necessarily what you’d have in real life, especially because they all have a theme. This year was “Lord of the Rings,” but they contain concepts that are very applicable in real-life situations,” Romero said.

Some of the other schools represented at the competition were Stanford University, University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley and University of Washington.

As an end result, Linfield teams finished second, sixth, 10th, 15th, 22nd and 23rd in the state of Oregon, giving Linfield the highest ranking from the state.

“I attended the same contest last year at University of Oregon, and ranked 60th of 94. This year my team got 33rd of 111 teams, so it’s nice to see that improvement,” Romero said. “Relative to last year, or any year we’ve participated, Linfield did much better. Our professor, Daniel Ford, definitely helped prepare us for the contest, as well as the workshop leader, senior Cody Tipton,” Romero said.

The International Collegiate Programming Contest is the largest, oldest and most prestigious programming contest in the world. In total, more than 25,000 students, representing 2,200 universities from 85 countries, located on six continents competed in regional qualifiers around the world.

In order for students to compete, they must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school program, and either be younger than 23 or have completed less than five years of education after high school.

It goes without saying that students from the Linfield College Computer Science Club had an exceptional performance at their recent regional qualifier. Not only do their results come with bragging rights, but it also comes with the pride of achieving goals.

Madeline Bergman

Staff writer

Madeline Bergman can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.