Algorithmic cognition and pencil-paper tasks

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Pencil -paper algorithmics was displayed by several IOI studies, which examined various structural and scientific characteristics of offered tasks, including “what makes a good task”. We offer an additional facet, of cognitive considerations. We underline the aspects of abstraction, heuristics, creativity, and declarative conceptions, which are relevant already with pencil-paper algoithmics. We describe the settings of our country’s Stage-A, pencil-paper exam, and display cognitive considerations of the exam tasks. We illustrate these considerations with several single-input tasks, in which hidden patterns should be recognized for effective “computation by hand”.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalOlympiads in Informatics
StatePublished - 2018
Event30th International Olympiad in Informatics, IOI 2018 - Tsukuba, Japan
Duration: 1 Sep 20188 Sep 2018


  • Algorithmic problem solving
  • Cognitive aspects

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