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Bioinformatics Contest 2017

About the course

Bioinformatics Institute jointly with Stepik and Rosalind announce the Bioinformatics Contest 2017 – online programming competition. If you are interested in bioinformatics, enjoy solving complex problems and have some experience in the field of computer science, molecular biology, genomics and machine learning, do not hesitate to join the competition!

The contest will be organized in two rounds:

  1. Qualification Round (open for all)  — one week from January 23 to January 29, 2017.
  2. Final Round (for those who've got 600+ points in the qualification round) — 24 hours on February 18, 2017.

You will need to solve several problems of two types: with exact and 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 will be downloadable files. Your task will be to find good solutions for these tests and upload them to the testing system.

Participation in the contest is individual, winners will be rewarded.

To participate in the contest you need to register for this course here (press the button in the upper right corner of the webpage).
You will be able to get acquainted with examples of problems and find out more about the rules in the first part of the course.

Details are available on the competition website.

Reviews

Ognjen Milicevic January 28, 2017 link
Rated:  5
Good and creative competition, an excellent exercise for both the experienced and fresh coders. I would only like to point out that some of the exercises are universal algorithmic problems wrapped in a bioinformatic shell, so they might be of interest to a wider audience.
Rated:  2
Problem 3 was great: problem sets that are derived from biological data, with partial points awarded to partial solutions, a nice ramp from something that can be solved with pen and paper to something that required a completely automated solution. Also, answers were independent -- the answer to one problem was not the same as the answer to any other problem. The other problems, not so much. Almost everything that was good about problem 3 was bad about problems 1 and 2. A solution to the "tricky" version could be identical to a solution to the "easy" version, and no partial points were awarded despite the solutions going through a series of tests that could have partial points attached to them. The biological basis of problems 1&2 is also very strained. This is especially obvious in the case of problem 2, where the problem designers needed to weasel around with their definition of what constitutes a hydrogen bond, and what constitutes an RNA sequence. I recommend that the problem designers for problem 2 go back and revisit their knowledge of biology, maybe trying out some RNA secondary structure Rosalind problems, such as this one: http://rosalind.info/problems/RNAS/
Xi Lin January 24, 2017 link
Rated:  5
The last test case of Introns Detection is very interesting.
4.3 All reviews

Bioinformatics Contest 2017

Last deadline:
Feb 18, 2017
Expected time to complete:
30 hours
Language:
English
Certificate:
Not issuing

About the course

Bioinformatics Institute jointly with Stepik and Rosalind announce the Bioinformatics Contest 2017 – online programming competition. If you are interested in bioinformatics, enjoy solving complex problems and have some experience in the field of computer science, molecular biology, genomics and machine learning, do not hesitate to join the competition!

The contest will be organized in two rounds:

  1. Qualification Round (open for all)  — one week from January 23 to January 29, 2017.
  2. Final Round (for those who've got 600+ points in the qualification round) — 24 hours on February 18, 2017.

You will need to solve several problems of two types: with exact and 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 will be downloadable files. Your task will be to find good solutions for these tests and upload them to the testing system.

Participation in the contest is individual, winners will be rewarded.

To participate in the contest you need to register for this course here (press the button in the upper right corner of the webpage).
You will be able to get acquainted with examples of problems and find out more about the rules in the first part of the course.

Details are available on the competition website.