Insight tasks for examining student illuminations

David Ginat*

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Students who attend the national Olympiad process join the activity with diverse programming backgrounds and experience. Thus, in the process of selecting the better students, we examine their competence, given their heterogeneous backgrounds. In various parts of this process, we may want to "mask" programming advantage. This may be done by posing insight tasks that require limited programming knowledge. In this paper, we display such tasks, of various levels of difficulty, and elaborate on their relevance. Particular emphasis is put on the importance of assertional observations, creative operational ideas, and suitable problem representations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOlympiads in Informatics - Selected Papers of the International Conference Joint with the 24th International Olympiad in Informatics, IOI 2012
PublisherVilnius University
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9771822773007
StatePublished - 2012
Event24th International Olympiad in Informatics, IOI 2012 - Sirmione, Montichiari, Italy
Duration: 23 Sep 201230 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameOlympiads in Informatics
ISSN (Print)1822-7732


Conference24th International Olympiad in Informatics, IOI 2012
CitySirmione, Montichiari


  • Insight tasks
  • Problem representation
  • Problem solving


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