When the Contest took place in 2019?

The third Bioinformatics Contest took place in February 2019. The Contest was organized in two online rounds on the Stepik platform:

  1. Qualification Round — from February 2 (11:59 AM UTC+0) to February 10 (11:59 AM UTC+0).
  2. Final Round — 24 hours on February 23 (starting 11:59 AM UTC+0).

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If I miss the dates of the competition can I still see and solve problems?

Yes, you will be able and solve the problems both from Qualification and Final Rounds. You will not get points for them.
Where the problems will be available?
You can find them at Stepik (free registration required).
I have an idea of a problem that I think may be a good fit for the future Contest. Can I submit it to the Contest Team somehow?

Yes, sure! We welcome contributions to the problems creation. Please fill in this form and we will discuss it further in more detail. Authors of the problems selected for the Contest will get prizes from the organizers.
What skills are required from the participants?

Participants should know how to code in one of the programming languages, especially how to read and write from standard input/output streams and files. The knowledge of algorithms and data structures, machine learning and basics of molecular biology will be helpful. Any programming language can be used.
Can teams participate?

No. Bioinformatics Contest is the competition among individuals, so groups, unfortunately, are not eligible to participate.
Are there any prizes?

Yes, top five participants get prizes! In addition, top 20 get honorary Bioinformatics Contest T-shirts.
What is Qualification Round?

The Qualification Round is the first stage of the Contest and is required to go further. It lasts 8 days. This round is more educational than competitive: it will help you get familiar with Stepik and the testing system. Participants will also be able to assess the level of required skills.

The Qualification Round is open for all.
Do I have to sign the Honor Code before the Contest?

Yes, it is obligatory to sign the Honor Code to enter the Contest. You will find the Honor Code within the introduction module on Stepik.

Please note that it may require some time to get a point for signing the Honor Code. If you didn't get a point and can't enter the Qualification Round, wait several minutes and reload the page.
What should I do to qualify to Final Round?

You need to get at least 600 points in the Qualification Round to advance to the Finals.
How the Final Round is organized?

Everybody, who get at least 600 points in the Qualification Round, automatically advance to the Final Round. The day before the finals they receive notification that it is going to start soon. Like in the Qualification, you are given several problems to solve. Please don't forget to read the rules carefully!

You will be able to solve problems within 24 hours. The winner will be the one who gets the highest points in the Final Round. Please note, that Qualification Round score will not contribute towards the final result.

You will be able follow the competition scoreboard in real time. Winners will be announced during the week after the Contest.
What type of problems I should expect?

There will be two types of problems: with exact and approximate answers.

For problems with the approximate answers the test inputs will be downloadable files. Your task will be to find good solutions for these tests and upload them to the testing system. Here, almost anything can be used to solve the problems, including existing bioinformatics tools, libraries, and frameworks, but excluding help of other people.
Are there any examples of the problems?

Yes, you can check out examples from previous Contests on Stepik:
How the problems are graded?

Each problem has its own number of points that you could get for solving it. In the problems with exact answers you will get points only if your answer satisfies all the requirements of the problem and passes all the tests.

In the problems with approximate answers you will get the points calculated by a formula given in the statement of the problem. In this case, for each test the best submission attempt is used for the final score.
How solutions will be submitted?

You will be given a test that you download and then you should upload your output for that test in a plain text format. In order to solve such problem you could use everything you want except for the help of other people. The output file should not exceed 5 MB.

In the case of interactive problem the interaction protocol through the text files will be specified in the problem statement.
What could be the additional limits for the problems?

You can not submit your solution very often. As a rule, 10 seconds should pass between two consecutive submissions. These constraints will be described in each problem.
What programming languages I can use to solve the problem?

Any programming language can be used. There will be no problems where you should submit a solution code. For each problem you will be given a test input and you should provide only the output in the text format.
How the scoreboard is calculated?

Your points at the end of the round are calculated as a sum of your points for each problem in the round. The Qualification and Final Round are scored independently. The prizes will be awarded basing only on the results of the Final Round.
Where can I learn more about previous contests?

Bioinformatics Contest has taken place since January 2017. You can check out the results published online:
How can I contact the organizers?

You can reach us at contest@bioinf.me.