Our objective in writing this book is similar with the IOI objective+ICPC vision: to further improve humanity by training current students to be more competitive in programming contests. The possible long term effect is future Computer Science researchers who are well versed in problem solving skills. We use C++ (primary), Python (secondary), Java (tertiary), and OCaml (optional) code to illustrate the algorithmic concepts, i.e., we dislike vague pseudo-code commonly found in many other Computer Science textbooks. We also built and heavily use our-own visualization tool: VisuAlgo to help explain the data structure and algorithm concepts to our book readers and beyond.
\"Competitive Programming 3 has contributed immensely to my understanding of data structures & algorithms. Steven & Felix have created an incredible book that thoroughly covers every aspect of competitive programming, and have included plenty of practice problems to make sure each topic sinks in. Practicing with CP3 has helped me nail job interviews at Google, and I can't thank Steven & Felix enough!\"
\"Steven and Felix are passionate about competitive programming. Just as importantly, they are passionate about helping students become better programmers. CP3 is the result: a dauntless dive into the data structures, algorithms, tips, and secrets used by competitive programmers around the world. Yet, when the dust settles on the book, the strongest sillage is likely to be one of confidence---that, yes, this stuff is challenging, but that you can do it.\"
\"I rediscovered CP3 book on 2017-2019 when I come back to Peru after my master in Brazil, I enjoyed, learned and solved many problems, more than during my undergraduate, coaching and learning together in small group of new students that are interesting in competitive programming. It kept me in a constantly competition with them, at the end they have solved more problems than me.\"
\"CP1 helped my preparation during national team training and selection for participating the IOI. When I took the competitive programming course in NUS, CP2 book is extensively used for practice and homework. The good balance between the programming and theoretic exercises for deeper understanding in the book makes CP book a great book to be used for course references, as well as for individual learning. Even at the top competitive programming level, experts can still learn topics they have not learnt before thanks to the rare miscellaneous topics at the end of the book.\"
\"I have always wanted to get involved in competitive programming, but I didn't know how and where to get started. I was introduced to this book while taking Steven's companion course (CS3233) in NUS as an exchange student, and I found the book to be really helpful in helping me to learn competitive programming. It comes with a set of Kattis exercises as well. This book provides a structured content for competitive programming, and can be really useful to anyone ranging from beginners to experts. Just like CLRS for algorithms, CP is THE book for competitive programming.\"
\"My memories about CP3 is me reading it in many places, the bus, my room, the library, the contest floor...not much time had passed since I start in competitive programming reading CP3 until I got qualified to an ICPC World Final\"
In 1970, the Texas A&M UPE Honor Society hosted the first university competitive programming competition in the history of the ICPC. The first Finals was held in 1977 in Atlanta in conjunction with the Winter Meeting of the ACM Computer Science Conference. The ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest hosted regional competitions at 643 sites in 104 countries for 59,000 team members and their 5043 coaches from over 3400 universities that span the globe. The top 135 teams of three will advance to the ICPC World Finals in Moscow hosted by MIPT scheduled for June 2021.
ICPC alumni number over 400,000 worldwide, many playing key roles in building the global digital community for many decades. The ICPC is the root of competitive programming that reaches out through the global digital community to persons from all cultures and in increasingly-younger generations.
What is competitive programming and why should you get involved First and foremost, it's a mind sport. It more fully develops your algorithmic reasoning skills and bridges the gap between theory and application in bite-sized chunks. Full participation develops problem-solving intuition and competence. Get ready for the Digital Renaissance that will shape your world in the coming decades. To understand the landscape, it is important to shape your mind beyond a swarm of buzzwords. Do it as a team sport.
Start with Competitive Programming 4, Book 1 and Book 2. Start with Book 1 first :). The authors are seasoned competitive programming experts who have dedicated decades of work to help at all levels of the sport.
Is developing your problem-solving skills important Yes. Is preparing for a future engaged in the global digital community important Yes. Is following T.S. Elliot's advice that to fully develop you must go too far Yes. Do that in competitive programming. Be careful of pursuits that are not reversible.
Is competitive programming practical Aristotle asserted that there is nothing more practical than engaging in mental activities and reflections which have their goal in themselves and take pace for their own sake. Let me recommend that you engage your spirit in building a more beautiful world. In the immense scope of life, abundant small kindnesses make a difference. Find friends with common interest and embrace this cycle: \"Repeat for a lifetime: Study; Practice; Rehearse; Dress Rehearse; Perform.\"
The authors, in the past two decades, have grown from contestants, to coaches and, finally, masters in the art of competitive programming. They perfectly know every curve and crossroad in that long path, and they can put themselves in the skins of the young IOI contestant, the ICPC newcomer or the seasoned coach, speaking to each in their own language. This book is, for that very reason, the perfect reading for all of them. No matter if you are starting as a competitive programmer in your local IOI, or are coaching in the next ICPC World Finals, no doubt this IS the book for you.
I've had the privilege to be part of the competitive programming world for more than three decades, during which time I've seen the field grow substantially in terms of its impact on modern computing. As director of the USA Computing Olympiad and coach of my University's ICPC teams, I have seen firsthand how competitive programming has become a key part of the global computing talent pipeline - both academia and industry are now filled with present-day superstars who were formerly superstars in competitive programming.
Just as the world of competitive programming has shown tremendous growth in scope, depth, and relevance, so too has this text, now in its fourth edition. Earlier editions of this book provided what I consider to be the gold standard for both an introduction and a thorough reference to the algorithmic concepts most prevalent in competitive programming. The same remains true for this edition.
I think this is a book that belongs in the library of anyone serious about computing, not just those training for their first or their hundredth programming competition. Ideas from competitive programming can help one develop valuable skills and insight - both in theory and implementation - that can be brought to bear on a wide range of modern computing problems of great importance in practice. Algorithmic problem solving is, after all, truly the heart and soul of computer science! These types of problems are often used in job interviews for a good reason, since they indicate the type of prospective employee who has a skill set that is broadly applicable and that can adapt gracefully to changes in underlying technologies and standards. Studying the concepts in this text is an excellent way to sharpen your skills at problem solving and coding, irrespective of whether you intend to use them in competition or in your other computational pursuits.
Suhendry Effendy is a research fellow in the School of Computing of the National University of Singapore (SoC, NUS). He obtained his bachelor degree in Computer Science from Bina Nusantara University (BINUS), Jakarta, Indonesia, and his PhD degree in Computer Science from National University of Singapore, Singapore. Before completing his PhD, he was a lecturer in BINUS specializing in algorithm analysis and served as the coach for BINUS competitive programming team (nicknamed as \"Jollybee\"). 1e1e36bf2d