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SRM 194 [May. 15th, 2004|06:26 pm]
[mood |frustratedfrustrated]
[music |Rush - Middletown Dreams]

This was a rare SRM that I came close to winning, and therefore a perfect time to rant. In spite of having to go back and resubmit my 250 because of a really bad mistake, I ended up being the first to submit all three problems. After racing through the 500 and 1000 (481 and 715 points respectively), I was pretty excited at my huge lead. I typically don't fare so well on easy problem sets.

After a minute or two, jshute ended up pulling ahead of me in points, thanks to my resubmission and his high score on the 1000. After testing my problems some more and chatting with Yarin, I noticed jshute suddenly drop below me with his own resubmit of the 250. I went back to double check my own 250 and found *another* mistake and had to resubmit again, putting antimatter in the lead. Then I watched him resubmit his 250 as well!

So the events basically went like this:

1) I resubmitted myself out of first, leaving jshute in first.
2) jshute resubmitted himself out first, returning me to first.
3) I REresubmitted myself back out of first, leaving antimatter first.
4) antimatter resubmitted out of first, leaving jshute in first.

It must have been a fun match to watch. The three of us were well ahead of everyone else until we had to resubmit our problems.

My first resubmit was because I wasn't actually multiplying anything by two, even though that's what I'd intended to do all along. It was so glaring and stupid that I noticed it immediately after my original submission, and resubmitted in time to still get 210 points. The second resubmit was because I had "< 62" instead of "<= 62", and much more costly. If I'd only noticed that on my original resubmission, I'd have won comfortably.

Careless errors have been my achilles heel since high school math. Argh! But at least another Waterloo grad won.

From: larrytc
2004-05-15 10:28 pm (UTC)
Good job anyhow.. =P
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From: lars0
2004-05-17 10:45 am (UTC)
Don't get me wrong, I was very pleased with my performance, but I'm a perfectionist, so even when I do well a part of my brain tells me I messed up!

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