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The MathWorks online programming contest winner revealed

The MathWorks has announced the winner of its 20th online programming contest, open to MATLAB programmers around the world.

Alfonso Nieto-Castañón, from Spain, a PhD in cognitive and neural systems, was the winner of the programming challenge posed by The MathWorks on MATLAB Central, an online open exchange for the MATLAB and Simulink user community.

The challenge, called ‘Color Bridge’, was a path-finding problem that required MATLAB users to create the most efficient path of coloured squares to connect two points, The MathWorks said.

Making the challenge considerably more difficult, each of the squares was assigned a point value, and the winning program needed to find a path that resulted in the lowest number of total points, the company said.

Nieto-Castañón’s winning entry was a successful collaboration among many programmers, as participants continually built on and improved upon others’ submissions, according to The MathWorks.

“This was my fifth time participating in a MATLAB contest and as always, it was an incredibly fun learning experience. Although I was only able to participate in the contest’s beginning and end stages, I came out of it with a bag full of new tricks, algorithms and implementation ideas. I cannot wait to see the new problem that the MATLAB Central team comes up with in the next contest for us!” said Nieto-Castañón.

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