Competitive Programming

My First 30 Days in Competitive Programming

Analyzing my contest results and why they weren’t what I expected.

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“…top participants may be invited to interview at Google.”

Stacked bar chart of submissions compared to problems solved in and outside of contests.
LeetCode contest rating over time.
Codeforces rating over time.
LeetCode and Codeforces ratings plotted on the same graph.
Contest placing in LeetCode, Codeforces, and Google programming contests over the month of April 2020
Contest placing in LeetCode, Codeforces, and Google programming contests over the month of April 2020 with outliers removed.

“Life isn’t just unfair, it’s also really complicated.”

1. I’m doing something wrong.

2. My results are discrete, but my growth is continuous.

Two black graphs comparing discrete and continuous growth.

3. There is a threshold I have to meet for my improvement to show.

4. One month is just not enough.

Closing Remarks

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