What do olympiad tasks measure?

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Abstract: At all levels of difficulty, the principal focus of olympiad tasks should be problem solving. Implementation complexity, esoteric knowledge requirements and mystery distract from problem solving, particularly for problems deemed to be of low or intermediate difficulty. We suggest criteria for analysing potential tasks and illustrate these criteria by examining several tasks.

Keywords: computing competitions, problem solving

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