About Yui Hosaka
I love rabbits.
What’s your favorite thing about competitive programming?
“Passed System Test”.
How did you start out in competitive programming?
I joined Japanese Olympiad in Informatics.
What is your most memorable SRM and why?
SRM 541. I like to win by being the only person to solve the hard problem.
What’s your favorite Topcoder SRM problem and why?
RabbitPuzzle (SRM 463 Hard). Tough counting behind the nice problem situation.
Who do you think is the most fierce or talented coder at Topcoder and why?
Petr. For his stable high performance, even at finals.
What do you do when not working?
Where do you work? Tell us about your space(s).
On my futon.
If you could give your past self one piece of advice, what would it be?
What kind of music do you listen to while working on your solutions?
Doujin music, including songs composed by myself!
What’s the best tip or piece of advice you can share with other members at Topcoder?
Keep checking emails!
What does Topcoder mean to you?
Smart Internet game.
What are you most excited about for this year’s TCO Finals?
To finally meet the top ranked coders.
Do you strive to be at TCO every year and if so, why does it matter to you?
Though I took rest for some years, yes. I want to be a champion.
What was your secret to getting a ticket for the TCO finals more than once?
Practice makes perfect.
What’s the one question and answer you wished we would have asked you, but didn’t?
Question: What do you always do in Topcoder matches? Answer: Open the Hard problem first. It’s fun!