We've been asked this or similar questions many times. The short answer is
that the trade-off between complexity of the system (not our code, but the
specifications of the system) and the benefits are small enough not to do
it. If you believe that submitting a small-only solution first gives you a
strategic advantage, you are welcome to do so, at the relatively cheap
prize of 4 minutes of penalty. It makes sense to us that someone who can
write a full solution directly instead of going through the intermediate
step of a small-only solution receives a small advantage.
The judging and scoring mechanism is already sufficiently complicated that
we get a good number of questions about it. It would only make sense to
make it more complicated if the benefits were great. Saving 4 minutes of
penalty in some cases to some subset of people doesn't seem like such a
I would like to reiterate that this is not about the complexity of our code
executing the specification, but complexity of the specification itself.
Being able to explain things clearly and briefly is super important, and
even though for some people this may look like a small change, for others
is one more barrier to understand the contest as a whole.
On Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 11:57 AM taranpreetsinghchhabra <
> This is a request thread.
> I would like to request admins to allow us separate options for submitting
> for small and large differently, just like in old system, because if we
> develop a solution for small first and submit and later on make solution
> for large, we have to incur a penalty.
> The benefit of different submit would be for both users as well as the
> judge. Many times people know that their solution is intended for small
> only, So, if we have different submit options, judge can be relieved for
> running the same solution for large data sets.
> Also, if a user intend to submit large later on, He too will be saved from
> minute penalty, as well as judge will not have to judge small data set
> again, which helps to reduce overload.
> Concluding, The system i recommend (request), is the one same as old
> platform, with the change of uploading source code instead of working with
> test files, with same penalty system as earlier.
> I know this might involve the amount of work i can't even imagine, but
> surely This system is worth a thought. So i shared my opinion. Rest, as
> always, will be your choice.
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