Representational means for tasks in informatics

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Abstract: Either a task in informatics reflects any image in mind or not; references (hints) to any reality can take place in the task. This reality can relate to local circumstances, the host town, the host state or to sponsors of the informatics olympiad (at the same time, the task should be "culturally neutral"). By our experience of conducting informatics olympiads in Kyrgyzstan since 1985 and submitting tasks to preceding IOIs we classify such references, survey such tasks and propose some techniques to make tasks more interesting and original and to attract different sponsors. Alternative types of tasks are also discussed.

Keywords: olympiads in informatics, tasks, reality, local circumstances

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