13 Jul '18 22:201 edit

The 2018 International Mathematical Olympiad was held in Romania

(site of the first IMO) and has just finished. The results were rather surprising:

In the team competition:

1) USA

2) Russia

3) China

4) Ukraine

5) Thailand

6) Taiwan

7) Republic of Korea

8) Singapore

9) Poland

10) Indonesia

11) Australia

12) UK

13) Japan

13) Serbia

15) Hungary

16) Canada

17) Italy

18) Kazahkstan

19) Iran

20) Vietnam

Many east European teams have strong mathematical traditions, but in

recent years they usually have finished behind east Asian teams while

still finishing ahead of west European teams. In 2018 (did the location help?),

several east European teams (Russia, Ukraine, Poland, etc.) did unusually well.

India did unusually well in 28th (having finished 52nd in 2017).

Major Western countries such as Germany and France finished in

31st and 33rd respectively.

Nearly all of the top Western teams were dominated by students of

Asian heritage. Each team has six members.

1) USA (4 Chinese, 2 Indians)

11) Australia (5 Chinese, 1 white)

16) Canada (5 Chinese, 1 apparent East Asian of unclear ethnicity)

The UK team apparently had 4 whites, 1 Indian, and 1 Chinese.

The Indian and the Chinese were the two highest scoring members.

In the Debates forum, there has been much racist trolling, with a (white) troll

implying that mathematics tests are racist (because blacks score lower on average)

and that the only reason that Asians score higher on average is having

unfair advantages (for which all Asians presumably should be penalized).

Among the top individual results, two students had perfect scores

1) Agnijo Banerjee (UK)

1) James Lin (USA)

3) Mihir Anand Singhal (USA)

4) Marat Abdrakhmanov (Russia) (He seems to be from a Muslim minority.)

The results show that mathematics is open to everyone and that students from many

diverse cultures can excel, though students from some cultures seem more likely to excel.

People who know mathematics know that what I write is right.

(site of the first IMO) and has just finished. The results were rather surprising:

In the team competition:

1) USA

2) Russia

3) China

4) Ukraine

5) Thailand

6) Taiwan

7) Republic of Korea

8) Singapore

9) Poland

10) Indonesia

11) Australia

12) UK

13) Japan

13) Serbia

15) Hungary

16) Canada

17) Italy

18) Kazahkstan

19) Iran

20) Vietnam

Many east European teams have strong mathematical traditions, but in

recent years they usually have finished behind east Asian teams while

still finishing ahead of west European teams. In 2018 (did the location help?),

several east European teams (Russia, Ukraine, Poland, etc.) did unusually well.

India did unusually well in 28th (having finished 52nd in 2017).

Major Western countries such as Germany and France finished in

31st and 33rd respectively.

Nearly all of the top Western teams were dominated by students of

Asian heritage. Each team has six members.

1) USA (4 Chinese, 2 Indians)

11) Australia (5 Chinese, 1 white)

16) Canada (5 Chinese, 1 apparent East Asian of unclear ethnicity)

The UK team apparently had 4 whites, 1 Indian, and 1 Chinese.

The Indian and the Chinese were the two highest scoring members.

In the Debates forum, there has been much racist trolling, with a (white) troll

implying that mathematics tests are racist (because blacks score lower on average)

and that the only reason that Asians score higher on average is having

unfair advantages (for which all Asians presumably should be penalized).

Among the top individual results, two students had perfect scores

1) Agnijo Banerjee (UK)

1) James Lin (USA)

3) Mihir Anand Singhal (USA)

4) Marat Abdrakhmanov (Russia) (He seems to be from a Muslim minority.)

The results show that mathematics is open to everyone and that students from many

diverse cultures can excel, though students from some cultures seem more likely to excel.

People who know mathematics know that what I write is right.