Malaysian Computational

Linguistics Olympiad (MyCLO)

Malaysian Computational Linguistics Olympiad (MyCLO) is an annual national contest in the subject of computational linguistics. MyCLO started its first competition in the year of 2018. Computational Linguistic is a relatively new field in Malaysia, thus, the effort to introduce Malaysian Computational Linguistics Olympiad to the mass.

MyCLO is a platform to choose the best 4 to 8 students to represent Malaysia in the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL). MyCLO winners will stand a chance to represent Malaysia in the following year's IOL that will be hosted by different countries.

International Olympiad of Linguistics (IOL) is an annual international championship for linguistics for pre-university students. The IOL has its roots in linguistic competitions that was held in Soviet Union since the 1960s. The IOL was started in 2003, with the first edition being held in Bulgaria. As of 2019, there are 43 countries that are represented in the IOL. IOL is a part of the International Science Olympiads. IOL 2020 will take place in Ventspils, Latvia.

To join the competition, participants would not require any prior knowledge of linguistics and neither do they need the ability to speak multiple languages. With just the ability to think logically as well as having patience, participants are more than equipped to join the competition. The problems of MyCLO are in the form of linguistic puzzles which tests students’ ability to apply deductive and logical reasoning, and does not depend on the ability or knowledge in any language.

The following is a sample of the type of questions that appear in MyCLO​. Please think about the problem first, before looking at the solution here. For further exercises, you can see sample papers from past IOL.


To introduce the interesting field of linguistics among students.


To enhance the students' computational thinking abilities.


To expose students on the various opportunitiesin the world of linguistics.


Timeline in 2020

March 14-17, 2020

APLO 2019 National Training Camp

March 29, 2020

Asia Pacific Linguistics Olympiad (APLO) 2020

May 3-7, 2020

IOL 2020 National Training Camp

June 12, 2020

Malaysian Team Announcement for IOL 2020

July 20-24, 2020

IOL 2020 - Ventspils, Latvia

May-August, 2020

Registration for MyCLO 2020

August 18, 2020

MyCLO 2020

September 25, 2020

MyCLO 2020 Result Announcement

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