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Offline f.l.x

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« Posted 2006-05-17 13:57:00 »

this is way off topic put i had to shout it out.

I got an 0.0 over 10 on my data structs & algorithms practical exam, which was in java, and fairly easy one  Grin hurray for me! the lowest of all Grin

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Offline princec

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2006-05-17 14:02:51 »

How is it possible to get 0 out of 10 Huh

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Offline beowulf03809

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2006-05-17 14:07:38 »

There's always someone that has to go and blow the curve.   Undecided
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Offline K.I.L.E.R

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2006-05-17 14:44:57 »

10 + 0.0 = 10.0 = float var


How is it possible to get 0 out of 10 Huh

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Offline f.l.x

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there is no place like 127.0.0.1


« Reply #4 - Posted 2006-05-17 20:33:43 »

How is it possible to get 0 out of 10 Huh

Cas Smiley

I'm back from the exam review, i've seen what was wrong...

i solved the problems with correct algorithms but for a different data structure, say. I had to implement (using pen and paper) add, get and clone methods for a fifo queue. Each element in the queue was a linkable wrapper, as the Sun's LinkedList implementation uses. An element has a reference to the next element as follows
null <- [first element]<-...<-[last element]

note that with "next", they were referencing the next element that would be returned by the get method, instead of the next element of the queue, that wasn't clear at all on the exam, so i understood that the linkables were linked the other way round:
[first element]->...->[last element]->null

referencing the _next_ element on the queue, so none of methods didn't worked for them and i got the lowest callification, not a sigle point Sad

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Offline Ask_Hjorth_Larsen

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2006-05-17 23:20:07 »

Christ, that's the worst kind of error ever! You can practice and read for months and yet this kind of oversight will be the greatest threat. There is no defense Sad
Offline nonnus29

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2006-05-18 00:24:38 »

I had a prof one time who thought when an office worker takes papers from an 'in box' they removed the page from the bottom, thus making a fifo queue.  Me and the other student's argued for an hour that it's a stack because office workers add to the top and remove from the top.  Of course we couldn't convince him.  That's just one example of why I have very little respect for academics.
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« Reply #7 - Posted 2006-05-18 18:31:16 »

Sounds like a questionably-phrased exam to me. Call me an old usability-fanatic but I would think that the important thing to test in your exam would be your knowledge of the subject rather than your ability to interpret ambiguous questions. If it were me I'd be having strong words with my department about now.
Offline f.l.x

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« Reply #8 - Posted 2006-05-18 19:01:12 »

Christ, that's the worst kind of error ever! You can practice and read for months and yet this kind of oversight will be the greatest threat. There is no defense Sad

yeah, it's not the first time that happens to me, but it's the firs time that it takes the whole exam away, next time i'll ask for an explanation on every sigle comma on the text before writing a sigle word.

Sounds like a questionably-phrased exam to me. Call me an old usability-fanatic but I would think that the important thing to test in your exam would be your knowledge of the subject rather than your ability to interpret ambiguous questions. If it were me I'd be having strong words with my department about now.

yeah i had some words with the prof that corrected my test, and he told me to fill a complaint if i felt so, but i don't want to make myself an enemy there, i'm looking forward to do some practices on that departament sometime soon.

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Offline Ask_Hjorth_Larsen

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« Reply #9 - Posted 2006-05-19 02:51:16 »

Sounds like a complaint would be in order still. Not that I've seen the actual assignment and stuff...
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