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Bioinformatics Contest 2018

About the course

Bioinformatics Institute, ITMO University, Rosalind,  and Stepik announce the second online programming competition – Bioinformatics Contest 2018!

If you are interested in Bioinformatics, enjoy solving complex problems and have experience in the field of Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Genomics and Machine Learning, do not hesitate to join the contest.

The competition consists of two rounds:

  1. Qualification round will last one week, February 3–11 (11:59 AM UTC+0)
  2. Final round will last 24 hours on February 24  (11:59 AM UTC+0) .  

Both rounds will be held online, submissions will be auto-graded in real time. Contest scoreboard: http://mon.stepik.org.

To participate you will need to:

  1. Register or log in on Stepik (it is free).
  2. Press the “join this course” button in the upper right corner of this webpage.
  3. Press green "Learn" button the upper right corner of this webpage. 

After that, you will be able to get acquainted with examples of problems and find out more about the rules in the first part of this course. The Contest problems will appear right before the start day. 

Participants will need to solve bioinformatics problems using programming. The goal is to correctly solve as many problems as possible. Some of them will be ones with exact answers and some – with the approximate answers. For problems with exact answers, you need to submit a code in one of the supported programming languages that will be executed on a number of tests. These problems are focused on algorithms and data structures. For problems with approximate answers, the test inputs should be presented as downloadable files. Your task is to find the best possible solution for these tests and upload them to the testing system. Participation in the Contest is individual, winners will be rewarded.

Details and subscription to the news: bioinf.me/contest

Contest 2017:
Results of last year's Contest are also published online. Problem sets are availavle at stepik.org/945.

Instructors

  1. Bioinformatics Institute is the first non-governmental non-commercial bioinformatics research and educational institution in Russia. It operates since 2010 (before 2013 as Bioinformatics Courses at St. Petersburg Academic University of RAS).

    The Institute’s mission is to prepare new generation of highly qualified specialists in the field of bioinformatics and to popularize bioinformatics.

    Bioinformatics Institute is open to senior students from Mathematics, Software Engineering and Biology majors. Apart from several offline educational programs and events, we develop series of open online courses.

  2. ITMO University is one of the leading Russian universities in the field of information technologies and photonics, one of the few Russian universities that received the status of a national research university in 2009. ITMO University is one of 21 universities-participants of Russian Academic Excellence Project “5-100”.
    Today ITMO University educates more than 11,000 students and employs more than 1,100 lecturers and 1,200 PhDs, including 110 foreign professors. ITMO University is the only 7-time winner of the World programming competition ACM ICPC and an alma mater to the most of the top-ranked competitive programmers.
    The University’s mission is to generate cutting-edge knowledge, implement innovative findings and prepare an elite workforce capable of working in a fast-paced world and ensuring progress in science and technology.

Reviews

Rated:  4
So, it was an exciting contest. The second task was amazing and it was a great pleasure to solve it. I'll be grateful if somebody shows me the solution for the last case (I haven't managed to create any exact solution other than various branch and bound algorithms, and all of them were too slow ) (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100021666473370). The third one was sophisticated due to an enormous variety of possible solutions and the fact that any software could be used here. It is the most common problem in bioinformatics - just find an appropriate software to solve a task (BLAST, dot-matrix construction programmes and so on). But all comes with a price. While algorithmic part of the first task was pretty interesting, the design of task description was awful. So, as contest have just ended, I can go in details. You say that organism we are investing has optimal oxidation and fermentation pathways. So for the fermentation process, the optimal pathway gives 8 ATP for one glucose (in nature this path is carried out by a group of organisms). For the ideal oxidation process, we have 38 ATP per one glucose. But for your task numbers are 2 and 38. You told me that this is due the fact that the task organism is yeast, so the fermentation gives only 2 ATP. I'm sorry, but as yeast use mitochondria for the oxidation process, the total uptake is far away from 38 ATP too. Anyway, it was an interesting competition, and I hope next years competition will be even greater.
Kira Kondratyeva February 10, 2018 link
Rated:  5
I enjoyed all problems, but the third task was the best!
Tadas Bareikis February 10, 2018 link
Rated:  5
Challenging and entertaining.
4.9 All reviews

SOLVE CHALLENGING PROBLEMS TO WIN

Last deadline:
Feb 11, 2018
Language:
English
Certificate:
Not issuing
Certificate:
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About the course

Bioinformatics Institute, ITMO University, Rosalind,  and Stepik announce the second online programming competition – Bioinformatics Contest 2018!

If you are interested in Bioinformatics, enjoy solving complex problems and have experience in the field of Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Genomics and Machine Learning, do not hesitate to join the contest.

The competition consists of two rounds:

  1. Qualification round will last one week, February 3–11 (11:59 AM UTC+0)
  2. Final round will last 24 hours on February 24  (11:59 AM UTC+0) .  

Both rounds will be held online, submissions will be auto-graded in real time. Contest scoreboard: http://mon.stepik.org.

To participate you will need to:

  1. Register or log in on Stepik (it is free).
  2. Press the “join this course” button in the upper right corner of this webpage.
  3. Press green "Learn" button the upper right corner of this webpage. 

After that, you will be able to get acquainted with examples of problems and find out more about the rules in the first part of this course. The Contest problems will appear right before the start day. 

Participants will need to solve bioinformatics problems using programming. The goal is to correctly solve as many problems as possible. Some of them will be ones with exact answers and some – with the approximate answers. For problems with exact answers, you need to submit a code in one of the supported programming languages that will be executed on a number of tests. These problems are focused on algorithms and data structures. For problems with approximate answers, the test inputs should be presented as downloadable files. Your task is to find the best possible solution for these tests and upload them to the testing system. Participation in the Contest is individual, winners will be rewarded.

Details and subscription to the news: bioinf.me/contest

Contest 2017:
Results of last year's Contest are also published online. Problem sets are availavle at stepik.org/945.

Requirements