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   SWERC'2002 regulation is based on the official rules of the 2002 ACM Regional Programming Contests.

However, some aspects are specific of this contest, and will be stated here.

Remember that the rules stated here are only to clarify some specific aspects.
They complement and not contradict the official rules !

Team Composition

  • All teams who want to participate have to check-in at the registration desk. A team cannot compete in the Southwestern European Regional Contest if the participation fee is not paid by the start of the actual contest. The location of the registration desk and the office hours will be announced to the participants in advance.
  • A certain educational institution can send up to three teams to the Southwestern European Regional Contest. Team places (2 per institution) are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. If all requests for first and second teams are satisfied, third teams may be accepted based on past performance and on a first-come first-served basis. The Regional Contest Director is responsible for accepting or rejecting teams.
  • The educational institutions must be from Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, western part of Austria and Germany (Baden-Wurttemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thuringen). By special request teams from other countries may be allowed to participate in this region.
  • The South Western European Regional Contest organisers are absolutely not responsible for the accommodation or other expenses of the teams.
  • Appropriate insurance (e.g. against accidents or diseases) is in the responsibility of the team.

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Contest Environment

  • Each team will use one single computer. All teams will have similar computing equipment and same operating system. Teams are allowed to bring their own keyboards to accommodate different layouts. It is the responsability of the coach and at least one team member to connect and setup the keyboard before the practice session.
  • Each team will have access to four compilers: a Pascal Compiler, a C Compiler, a C++ Compiler and a Java Compiler. Each submission may be in either language, without regard to the language used in previous submissions.
  • Submissions must adhere to language international standards. Libraries such as STL for C++ or standard Java packages are allowed.

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Conduct of the Contest

  • All team members must attend all contest activites as specified by the Contest Director. Failure to attend any of the designated Contest events will result in automatic disqualification and forfeiture of any prizes and final berths.
  • Nine problems will be posed, all in English.
  • While the contest is scheduled to last exactly five hours, the Regional Contest Director has the authority to lengthen the contest in the event of unforeseen difficulties. Should the Contest duration be altered, every attempt will be made to notify contestants in a timely and uniform manner.
  • A team may be disqualified by the Regional Contest Director for any activity that jeopardises the regional contest. The disqualification may occur immediately upon detection or up to 72 hours after the end of the Contest.
  • The Southwestern European Regional Contest Director is solely responsible for ruling on unforeseen situations and interpreting these rules.

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Scoring of the Contest

  • The Regional Contest Judges are solely responsible for determining the correctness of submitted runs. In consultation with the judges, the Regional Contest Chief Judge is responsible for determining the winners of the regional contest. The judging staff is empowered to adjust for or adjudicate unforeseen events and conditions. Their decisions are final and may not be appealed.
  • The Southwestern European Region is granted one initial berth in the Contest Finals. The team on the first rank can advance to the finals. If that team can not or does not want to participate in the Contest Finals, the next team on the ranking list is given the berth.
  • Should the overall Contest Director award a second berth in the Contest Finals to the Southwestern European Region, the two best teams can advance to the finals. They must represent different educational institutions.

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  • Only rule violations and misconduct by teams may be appealed. Only coaches may file an appeal. The decision of judges in accepting or rejecting submissions are final - they are not grounds for appeal. No appeal will result in additional World Finals positions.

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