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Solving Guidelines

Tips for creating good solutions

When solutions are submitted to the Hypios CI website, one of our team members reads through each of them to determine which of those submitted are potential winners, which are missing information or do not meet all criteria, and which are not applicable to the problem. If there are improvements to be made, the solver will be contacted to modify their submission. When the deadline for submission is reached, each solution is evaluated and a winner is chosen. To optimize your chances of being chosen, there are a several guidelines that should remain in consideration throughout this process.

 

Submit your solution in a full document

No winning solution has ever been explained in a sentence. Take the time to fully explain your solution in a format that is organized, may be easily read, and easily understood. If there is a language issue, communicate with a member of the Hypios CI team if you have concerns.

 

Be Clear

Submissions must offer not only a solution but also information on how and why it solves the problem. Use supporting evidence and references to explain your idea. Including a bibliography is a welcome addition but this need not be exhaustive and it is not mandatory ; include relevant sources if any. Even if your solution is relatively simple it is important to be concise. The length of your solution is not as important as the quality of its content.

 

Use visual aids and examples to illustrate your solution

Use relevant images, charts, graphs, and examples to support your points. The clearer your explanations are, the more likely your solution will be chosen.

 

Be on time

It is in your best interests to submit a solution prior to deadline. Submitting a solution well before the deadline allows Hypios CI to give you feedback, making sure that your solution meets the Seeker’s needs. With the exception of the rare occasion that a Seeker requests a deadline extension, submissions beyond the original deadline are not accepted.

 

Be aware of the criteria

Carefully read the problem and its constraints. If a solution does not meet the criteria, a member of the Hypios CI team will contact you to suggest modifications. To avoid any set backs, be aware of any and all requirements in advance. Any solution submitted that does not meet the criteria provided by the Seeker will not be chosen.

 

Understand the solver terms of use

Read and understand the Hypios CI Solver terms of use agreement. Know what you are entitled to and know what the submission of a solution entails.

 

Understand copyright and patent laws

Know if you are using someone else’s intellectual property. If your solution is chosen as the winner but is found to be in violation of intellectual property laws, your solution is void and you will not be compensated. Hypios CI operates in full compliance with the law.

 

Be innovative !

The purpose of open problem solving is to think outside the box and offer a solution that may have otherwise been unrealized. Even if a problem is not in your realm of expertise, there may be a way to apply your knowledge to find a completely new solution using less conventional methods. In the past, there have been winning Hypios CI solvers who were experts in a range of subjects completely unrelated to the challenge. Anything is possible in the world of open problem solving.

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