On using testing-related tasks in the IOI

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  • Article: On using testing-related tasks in the IOI
  • Author(s): Ahto Truu, Heno Ivanov
  • Journal: Olympiads in Informatics 2 (2008), 171-180

Abstract: One major area of software development that is mostly neglected by current computer science contests is software testing. The only systematic exception to this rule known to us is the Challenge round in the TopCoder contest. In this paper, we propose some patterns for designing tasks around testing theory and examine their suitability for being blended into the existing IOI competition and grading framework. We also present some case studies of using testing-related tasks on actual contestants.

Keywords: programming contests, task development, software testing

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