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The Harvard Computing Contest Club (formerly known as the Harvard ACM Team) sends at least two teams of 3 undergraduates every year to compete in an ACM Northeastern Preliminary Contest. The team that does best, if it does well enough, goes on to complete in the ACM Northeastern Regional Contest, and if that team does well enough there, it goes on to the 2020 ICPC World Finals in Moscow Russia.

In the past Harvard has sent a team to the World Finals about one out of every three or four years.

In order to get to World Finals a team should fairly quickly know how to solve at least 6 of the 11-13 problems on a typical World Finals contest. See the World Finals Past Problem Sets.

Generally the better Harvard teams can solve a problem if they can write good pseudo-code for a problem; where in this case the pseudo-code need only contain a precise specification of the data structures and a very rough outline of any intricate parts of the algorithm. So another way of stating the idea in the last paragraph is to say that in order to get to World Finals a team should be able to fairly quickly produce such pseudo-code for at least 6 of the 11-13 problems on a typical World Finals. You can test your pseudo-code by using it to write code that you submit to the ACM OnLine Judge which will automatically test your code against the judge's input/output that was used during the World Finals.

Therefore reading World Finals problems and reducing them to such pseudo-code is excellent practice.

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