Honors Thesis 2023 - Alexandru Rudi

Analyzing Competitive Programming Competitions to Develop Effective Training Methods for Improving Problem-Solving Skills in Students

Alexandru Rudi

Highest Honor in Computer Science


Competitive programming is a mind sport that has become increasingly popular in recent years, with thousands of programmers participating in online competitions every day. Despite its popularity, there is not much research on the competition or effective training methods for students. This study aimed to fill this gap by analyzing previous competitive programming competitions to tag problems and determine which theoretical knowledge is most valuable in improving students' problem-solving skills. We also examined how competitive programmers approach problem-solving, resulting in a flowchart algorithm for solving problems, which we tested on problems from previous competitions to show its usefulness. Based on this research, we created a series of competitive programming practice meetings for students at Emory University, tracking their progress over time. Our approach was found to be successful, culminating in the university's participation in the ICPC Southeast Regional and qualification for the North America Championship.

Department / School

Computer Science / Emory University

Degree / Year

BS / Spring 2023


Jinho D. Choi, Computer Science and QTM, Emory University (Chair)
Michelangelo Grigni, Computer Science, Emory University
Steven La Fleur, Computer Science, Emory University


Anthology | Paper | Presentation

Jinho Choi, Alexandru Rudi, Steven La Fleur, Michelangelo Grigni