North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is a computational linguistics competition for high school students in the United States and Canada that has been held since 2007. Over 1500 students participate annually.[1] Since 2008 the contest has consisted of two rounds, the second being administered to the top scorers in the first round. The top-scoring students on the second round qualify for the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), one of the international science olympiads.

History

Since the mid-1960s, problem-solving competitions in linguistics for secondary school students have been taking place at various locations around the world. In Russia, the Moscow and St Petersburg Linguistic Olympiads are credited with inspiring hundreds of young talented scholars to choose linguistics as an academic major and profession. Presently there are national contests in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and Africa, as well as North America. NACLO is part of a consortium that shares resources with other English-speaking contests such as the United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad, OzCLO (Australia) and the All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad. There is also an International Linguistic Olympiad in which students from many countries compete, as well as dozens of local competitions held in individual towns and schools across Europe and the USA.

In 1998 the first US Linguistics Olympiad was held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, in 1998. 18 students participated the first year, 88 participated the second year, and 67 participated the third year of this local pilot program. From 2001 to 2006, the program existed as an informal, web-based educational activity known as the Linguistics Challenge.

The two US teams in each year won several awards at the IOL in 2007 and 2008. Each year, one of the two US teams won a gold medal (or first diploma) in the team contest. In addition, several team members won individual medals.[2][3]

Format

The format of the contest changed significantly between 2007 and 2008. The 2007 contest consisted of eight problems given in a single round open to all participants. The 2008 competition consisted of two rounds. The first round was open to all contestants and consisted of a three-hour, five-problem written examination. The top scorers on the open round advanced to the invitational round, which was a five-hour, seven-problem written examination divided into two parts; the first part lasted 3 and a half hours and contained five problems, while the second part lasted one and a half hour and contained two problems.[4] The top eight scorers from the invitational round were selected to participate in the IOL. The booklets with problems and solutions are available on the main NACLO website.[5]

IOL qualifiers

From 2007 to 2010 the USA sent two teams annually to the IOL.

2007 - St. Petersburg, Russia[6][7]
TeamNameAwardTeam awardTeam leader
1 Adam Hesterberggold medal Dragomir Radev,
Lori Levin
Jeffrey Limbest solution to problem 2
Ryan Musa
Rachel Zax
2 Josh Falk gold medal
Rebecca Jacobs
Michael Gottlieb
Anna Tchetchetkine
2008 - Slantchev Bryag, Bulgaria[8][9]
TeamNameAwardTeam awardTeam leader
1 Josh Falk silver trophy,
cup for highest average score
on the individual contest
Dragomir Radev,
Lori Levin
Jeffrey Limbronze medal
Anand Natarajansilver medal
Guy Tabachnickbronze medal
2 Morris Alpersilver medal gold trophy
Rebecca Jacobsbronze medal
Jae-kyu Leebest solution to problem 4
Hanzhi Zhugold medal,
best solution to problem 1
2009 - Wrocław, Poland[10][11]
TeamNameAwardTeam awardTeam leader
"Red" Morris Alperhonorable mention gold trophy Dragomir Radev,
Lori Levin
Alan Huangbronze medal,
best solution to problem 1
Rebecca Jacobssilver medal
Anand Natarajanhonorable mention
"Blue" John Bermanbronze medal,
best solution to problem 5
Sergei Bernsteinbronze medal
Daryl Hansenhonorable mention
Vivaek Shivakumarhonorable mention
2010 - Stockholm, Sweden[12][13][14]
TeamNameAwardTeam awardTeam leader
"Red" Ben Sklaroff gold medal,
best solution to problem 4
3rd highest combined individual scores Dragomir Radev,
Lori Levin
Allen Yuan silver medal
In-Sung Na honorable mention
Brian Kong honorable mention
"Blue" Martin Camacho silver medal,
best solution to problem 2
highest combined individual scores
Tian-Yi Damien Jiang silver medal,
best solution to problem 1
Alexander Iriza bronze medal
Alan Chang bronze medal

In 2011 the USA sent three teams, and Canada also sent a team.

2011 - Pittsburgh, USA[15][16][17]
CountryTeamNameAwardTeam awardTeam leader
USA "Red" Aaron Klein bronze medal gold trophy,
highest combined individual scores
Dragomir Radev
Wesley Jones silver medal
Duligur Ibeling silver medal
Morris Alper gold medal,
best solution to problem 2
"White" Erik Andersen honorable mention
Allen Yuan silver medal
Chelsea Voss honorable mention
Arjun Srinivasan honorable mention
"Blue" Alexander Wade silver medal,
best solution to problem 4
Ophir Lifshitz honorable mention
Caroline Ellison honorable mention,
best solution to problem 3
Rachel McEnroe
Canada Keunjae Go Patrick Littell
Jordan Ho
Daniel Mitropolsky bronze medal
William Zhang honorable mention

From 2012 to 2016, the USA sent two teams annually, and Canada sent one team annually.

2012 - Ljubljana, Slovenia[18][19]
CountryTeamNameAwardTeam AwardTeam leader
USA "Red" Darryl Wu silver medal,
best solution to problem 1
2nd highest combined individual scores Dragomir Radev,
Lori Levin
Anderson Wang gold medal,
best solution to problem 4
Samuel Zbarsky honorable mention
Allan Sadun silver medal
"Blue" Alexander Wade gold medal,
best solution to problem 3,
best solution to problem 5
gold trophy,
3rd highest combined individual scores
Aaron Klein silver medal
Aidan Kaplan
Erik Andersen bronze medal
Canada Simon Huang Patrick Littell
Keunjae Go honorable mention
David Penco
Qin Long
2013 - Manchester, UK[20]
CountryTeamNameAwardTeam AwardTeam leader
USA Red Aaron Klein silver medal gold trophy,
highest combined individual scores
Dragomir Radev,
Lori Levin
Max Schindler bronze medal
Alexander Wade gold medal
Tom McCoy bronze medal
Blue Rebecca Burks honorable mention
Jeffrey Ling silver medal
Erik Andersen honorable mention
Simone Stoyen
Canada Jordan Ho Patrick Littell
Janis Chang
Daniel Lovsted bronze medal
Stella Lau honorable mention
2014 - Beijing, China[21]
CountryTeamNameAwardTeam AwardTeam leader
USA "Red" Darryl Wu gold medal,
2nd place individual,
best solution to problem 2
gold trophy,
highest combined individual scores
Dragomir Radev,
Lori Levin
Jackie Bredenberg honorable mention
Alexander Babiak silver medal
Deven Lahoti silver medal
"Blue" David Sokratov honorable mention
James Bloxham bronze medal
Kevin Li bronze medal
Catherine Wu silver medal,
best solution to problem 4
Canada Daniel Lovsted gold medal,
3rd place individual
2nd highest combined individual scores Heather Newell
Yan Huang silver medal
Simon Huang bronze medal
Minh-Tam Nguyen honorable mention
2015 - Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria[22]
CountryTeamNameAwardTeam AwardTeam leader
USA "Red" James Bloxham gold medal,
3rd place individual,
best solution to problem 3
silver trophy,
highest combined individual scores
Dragomir Radev,
Lori Levin
Conor Stuart-Roe silver medal
James Wedgwood gold medal,
1st place individual,
best solution to problem 5
Kevin Yang gold medal
"Blue" Julian Gau silver medal 3rd highest combined individual scores
Kevin Q Li honorable mention
Kevin M Li silver medal
Nilai Sarda bronze medal
Canada Ben Zhang honorable mention Pat Littell
Ella Bei
Emma McLean bronze medal
James Hyett honorable mention
2016 - Mysore, India[23][24]
CountryTeamNameAwardTeam AwardTeam leader
USA "Red" Laurestine Irene Bradford honorable mention highest combined individual scores Dragomir Radev,
Aleka Blackwell
James Wedgwood gold medal,
2nd place individual
Erik Metz silver medal
Shuheng "Nelson" Niu silver medal
"Blue" Margarita Misirpashayeva silver medal
Wyatt R. Reeves bronze medal
Jack LaFleur honorable mention
Siye "Annie" Zhu bronze medal
Canada Kevin Sun honorable mention,
best solution to problem 1
Heather Newell
Minh-Tam Nguyen honorable mention
Lawrence Pang
James Hogan honorable mention

From 2017 to 2019, the USA sent two teams and Canada sent two teams, one francophone and one anglophone.

2017 - Dublin, Ireland[25][26][27]
Country Team Name Award Team Award Team Leader
USA "Red" Brian Xiao gold medal,
best solution to problem 3
Aleka Blackwell, Lori Levin, Dragomir Radev
Andrew Tockman silver medal
Ziyan Lei silver medal
Siye Zhu bronze medal
"Blue" Joseph Feffer silver medal
Sonia Reilly bronze medal
Vanessa Hu
Wesley Zhang
Canada "Castors" (French) Antonin Benoit Heather Newell, Daniel Lovsted
Corinne Soucy
Georges Awaad
Samuel Ouvrard
"Moose" (English) Gabriel Kammer
James Hogan
Jane Li
Kevin Liang
2018 - Prague, Czech Republic[28][29]
Country Team Name Award Team Award Team Leader
USA "Red" Ethan A. Chi silver medal silver trophy Aleka Blackwell, Lori Levin, Dragomir Radev
Swapnil Garg gold medal,
best solution to problem 5
Andrew Tockman gold medal,
best solution to problem 1
Brian Xiao bronze medal
"Blue" Russell Emerine silver medal gold trophy,
highest combined individual scores
Pranav Krishna gold medal
Benjamin LaFond gold medal
Mihir Singhal silver medal
Canada "Castors" (French) Georges Awaad Daniel Lovsted, Andrés Pablo Salanova, Gustavo Beritognolo
Yeryomin George
Samson Nathan
Corinne Soucy
"Moose" (English) Ken Jiang bronze medal
Shuli Jones honorable mention
Nathan Kim
Kevin Liang bronze medal
2019 - Yongin, South Korea[30][31]
Country Team Name Award Team Award Team Leader
USA "Red" Wesley Zhang gold medal,
best solution to problem 5,
2nd place individual
highest combined individual scores Aleka Blackwell, Lori Levin, Dragomir Radev
Andrew Tockman gold medal
Ziyan Lei silver medal
Russell Emerine silver medal
"Blue" Skyelar Raiti silver medal
Pranav Krishna silver medal
Jeremy Zhou silver medal
Katherine He honorable mention
Canada "Castors" (French) Jonathan Deschênes Patrick Littell, Andrés Pablo Salanova, Corinne Soucy
Geneviève Fournier
Florence Lefebvre
Ariel P. Soucy
"Moose" (English) Ken Jiang gold medal,
best solution to problem 1,
1st place individual
3rd highest combined individual score
Tianqi Jiang silver medal
Nathan Kim silver medal
Zed Li honorable mention

References

  1. "NACLO 2017 Press Release" (PDF). May 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  2. "The Fifth International Linguistics Olympiad: Results". August 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  3. "6th International Olympiad in Linguistics". August 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  4. "NACLO Rules (2008)". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  5. "NACLO 2009—Practice Problems". Carnegie Mellon University. October 2009. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  6. IOL 2007 Participants
  7. IOL 2007 Results
  8. IOL 2008 Participants
  9. IOL 2008 Results
  10. IOL 2009 Participants
  11. IOL 2009 Results
  12. Press Release 2010
  13. IOL 2010 Participants
  14. IOL 2010 Results
  15. Press Release 2011
  16. IOL 2011 Participants
  17. IOL 2011 Results
  18. IOL 2012 Results
  19. Press Release 2012
  20. IOL 2013 Results
  21. IOL 2014 Results
  22. IOL 2015 Results
  23. IOL 2016 Results
  24. NACLO 2016 Press Release
  25. "International Linguistics Olympiad - 2017 Results". www.ioling.org. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  26. "International Linguistics Olympiad - Team USA Results". www.ioling.org. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  27. NACLO (July 7, 2017). "Four Teams from USA and Canada to Compete in the 15th International Linguistics Olympiad in Dublin, Ireland" (PDF). nacloweb.
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  29. "International Linguistics Olympiad - Team USA Results". www.ioling.org. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  30. "International Linguistics Olympiad - 2019 Results". www.ioling.org. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  31. "International Linguistics Olympiad - Team USA Results". www.ioling.org. Retrieved 2019-08-22.

See also

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