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by jonah
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 156
Views: 58577

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

QBJ export from new tournaments seems to have stopped working, so NAQT will be unable to accept individual stats from Neg5 (even if they pass all validation) until that issue is resolved. I recommend that hosts of NAQT tournaments not use Neg5.
by jonah
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 1315

Re: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch

One thing that I know is that perennial middle school national contender Middlesex Middle School's coach forbids them from eating pizza for lunch because it apparently slows them down. They win a lot, so I can't confirm or deny if that has something to do about it. A certain Auburn alumna tells me ...
by jonah
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: WPHS Invitational Cullman, AL 12/8/18 - IS180A
Replies: 5
Views: 648

Re: WPHS Invitational Cullman, AL 12/8/18 - IS180A

Does the 15% qualifying for nationals go for both pools of Varsity and JV or only Varsity? According to the HSNCT qualification rules: If a tournament divides its field into varsity and junior varsity divisions (or similar divisions based on skill) that don’t compete against each other, then only t...
by jonah
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg5 to SQBS Parser
Replies: 10
Views: 1976

Re: Neg5 to SQBS Parser

Here's the SQBS file for the varsity division (with several TUH errors fixed?, some mentioned in the e-mail I sent you and some I caught after that).
by jonah
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 28566

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

As I also mentioned, as far as I know, I don't have privileges to put the stats anywhere else relevant, and I don't know how. If anyone can and wants to put them elsewhere, great. As far as I can tell, creating a tournament on the DB can be done via a single button and filling out one form by anyon...
by jonah
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 28566

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I'm working on converting stats from this from QBWiki to SQBS since Jonah seems to show no interest in doing so. Stats are already in SQBS. I mentioned above how to get the data files, but to be even more explicit, they are here: https://www.qbwiki.com/statistics/2018-chicanston-open/prelim.sqbs ht...
by jonah
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 2076

Re: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)

Congratulations to Kevin Kodama of Oak Park and River Forest High School, who won today's Scobol Solo! The remaining standings are at https://www.scobolsolo.com/2018/ , and you can also get to full prelim stats from there—I hope they will be able to stay up even though I haven't yet had a chance to ...
by jonah
Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 2076

Re: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)

We're having some technical issues that might be helped by taking down public stats pages for now, so I've done that. Sorry! I'll restore them when possible, and we are still keeping track of results internally.
by jonah
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 4639

Re: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)

jonathanshauf wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:11 am
Will the stats for this be put on NAQT?
When they are sent to us (or very soon thereafter).
by jonah
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Johns Hopkins Fall Quizbowl Tournament (NAQT-177X) - 10/13/18
Replies: 10
Views: 2019

Re: Johns Hopkins Fall Quizbowl Tournament (NAQT-177X) - 10/13/18

This tournament is using a regular Invitational Series set, with this distribution. (The distribution on this page is for the 12-packet version, though this tournament will be using the 13-packet version.)
by jonah
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Tarheel Collegiate Novice Tournament
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Re: 2018 Tarheel Collegiate Novice Tournament

While NAQT has just received your request to host (c.f. this tournament we hadn't heard of before you announced it ), we have not yet processed it and, therefore, cannot guarantee that we will provide questions for it. Please do not announce tournaments on NAQT questions before receiving confirmatio...
by jonah
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

The question needs to say or imply "most commonly illustrated with" or "classic example of." These clues always run the risk of making such sheer fluke negs: indeed, the bet you make as a writer of this kind of clue is that the proportion of people learning the canonical example is sufficiently hig...
by jonah
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

The question needs to say or imply "most commonly illustrated with" or "classic example of." These clues always run the risk of making such sheer fluke negs: indeed, the bet you make as a writer of this kind of clue is that the proportion of people learning the canonical example is sufficiently hig...
by jonah
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Regardless of what the rules / correctness guidelines say (and they seem clear to me) I think this particular instance is a good illustration of an interesting philosophical problem with quizbowl questions in general. Let us postulate a player Bob, who has done balance puzzles with pills and only p...
by jonah
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Henri Picciotto phrased a problem about these things in terms of boxes of chicken nuggets. Frobenius numbers answer the question "What is the largest amount that can't be made by combining" these things. Balance puzzles ask you to find a cannonball or one of these objects with a (*) different weigh...
by jonah
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Pool Play Format Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1084

Re: Pool Play Format Question

You can distribute teams into the playoff pools so that the top two pools are balanced in strength (approximately). For example, if you have twelve teams in two prelim pools of six and after round 5 rank them A1, …, A6; B1, …, B6; and you want playoff pools of four, put A1, A4, B2, and B3 in playoff...
by jonah
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Would things be simplified if the conversion data on every question was just publicly available? I apologize if they already are, but if they are, then I don't understand why people keep requesting to see them. NAQT does not, and does not plan to, make all conversion data available, but we're happy...
by jonah
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Could you post the conversion stats for the Black Panther Party tossup (sometime in lateish playoffs) Powered in all nine rooms; no negs. (9/0/0) as well as the bonus that had the Socialist Workers Party as a third part (round 13 iirc). Read in 87 rooms. Frederick Douglass (part A) got 51 correct a...
by jonah
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Conversion stats are now available (including by individual parts of bonuses), so please let me know if you'd like to see anything. I think the only requests that have been mentioned in this thread so far are the following: Also, if/when conversion stats go up would I be able to see conversion stats...
by jonah
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 2047

Re: Sports Teams as Answerlines

Such guesses (if successful) demonstrate knowledge of what cities have applicable teams, or else they demonstrate luck. Quizbowl is generally happy to reward very minimal levels of knowledge when low-level questions get to the giveaway, and luck is pretty much unavoidable. Sometimes people guess "D...
by jonah
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 2047

Re: Sports Teams as Answerlines

Quizbowl generally favors accepting answers in forms that experts/professionals very commonly use, as long as they are not ambiguous within the domain of discourse (e.g. "NHL teams"). (There might be some other potential deficiencies I haven't thought of, but that's the gist.) It is common in both c...
by jonah
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT is now accepting writer applications
Replies: 3
Views: 1992

Re: NAQT is now accepting writer applications

Tomorrow is the last day to submit a writer application (until next summer).
by jonah
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion forums for old sets
Replies: 10
Views: 2431

Re: Discussion forums for old sets

It appears that the 2018 FST General and Specific Question discussion was transferred from a usergroup to this forum. The set was not clear and there was still a planned mirror at Virginia Tech in the fall, though now that mirror will need to be cancelled for question security reasons. This is part...
by jonah
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 28566

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Final stats with ranks: prelim, playoff, combined
by jonah
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 28566

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Monday Begins on Saturday, and Sunday Comes Afterwards (Matt Bollinger, Shan Kothari, Adam Silverman, and Matt Weiner) defeated A Dead Meme Isn't Art (Ike Jose, John Lawrence, Jakob Myers, and Andrew Wang) in the first game of an advantaged final. I don't have the scoresheet for the final yet, so I...
by jonah
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 28566

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Monday Begins on Saturday, and Sunday Comes Afterwards (Matt Bollinger, Shan Kothari, Adam Silverman, and Matt Weiner) defeated A Dead Meme Isn't Art (Ike Jose, John Lawrence, Jakob Myers, and Andrew Wang) in the first game of an advantaged final. I don't have the scoresheet for the final yet, so I...
by jonah
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 28566

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Prelim standings are complete at the above link. Playoff standings will be here.
by jonah
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 28566

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Preliminary standings will be here. Jonah, will you ever take the stats for this tournament and 2015 CO and have them uploaded to the main HSQB database? I don't have access to do so, but anyone who does is welcome to do it. The data files are in the same directories ("2015_Chicago_Open.sqbs", "pre...
by jonah
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 28566

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Cheynem wrote:Is this the lot/structure near the George Segal Visitors Center and the Paul Ryan Center for the Musical Arts?
Patrick Ryan! And yes, and yes it's free.
by jonah
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT is now accepting writer applications
Replies: 3
Views: 1992

Re: NAQT is now accepting writer applications

There are approximately two weeks left in the writer application period. We've received a number of promising applications and would be thrilled to receive more!
by jonah
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers
Replies: 5
Views: 2118

Re: Appropriate Use of Potentially Ambiguous Identifiers

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Tangentially, specific prompts are a thing that should be used more often!
I strongly agree. (ACF rules don't seem to explicitly allow for this, though. NAQT rules do, but I've never seen it used.)
by jonah
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 7015

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

Deviant Insider wrote:somebody who was on the MSNCT Championship team
somebody
by jonah
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Quick question regarding application of the rules: After completing 20 tossup/bonus cycles in Round 19, my team (Santa Monica B) and our opponent (Olympian A) had heard 19 bonuses (1 tossup went unanswered). We correctly answered tossup 21 for 10 points. Since there were only about 20 seconds left ...
by jonah
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

I recall a sports question where the first clue was about a player retiring due to blood clots (think it was hockey?). Could I see that please? In December 2015 a player on this team was forced to retire due to persistent blood-clot issues. A player on this team is the only teenager to have won a s...
by jonah
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Plymouth Academic Quiz Tournament 2 (PAQT)
Replies: 13
Views: 2585

Re: Plymouth Academic Quiz Tournament 2 (PAQT)

There is no IS #177A. Please contact hosting@naqt.com to discuss your needs.
by jonah
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Location of Powermarks
Replies: 7
Views: 3723

Re: Location of Powermarks

Hello, I'd like to revisit this thread since I'm writing some HS questions with powermarks. So, for each question I have, do I need to have like a definite point (not necessarily a cliff) where the question transitions from 15 point material to 10, as referencing the Ethan Frome example from above?...
by jonah
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 4140

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

Curious Homunculus wrote:Specifically for Psalms, there are no other Biblical texts that people would write music for
I haven't seen the question, but this site lists dozens of musical settings of Biblical texts other than Psalms, and here's another listing, etc.
by jonah
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

If I recall correctly, there was a question that referred to John Kasich as the former governor of Ohio. This is wrong, as he is the current governor. I think the team I was reading to converted it anyway, but wanted to point that out. Mitch Hedberg thinks it's fine , but you recall correctly. Than...
by jonah
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Cheynem wrote:In Round 11, there's a bonus part on the James-Lange theory of emotion, and in Round 12 James is asked for and James-Lange theory is a clue. I think these were both afternoon rounds.
Yep, that is an accidental repeat.
by jonah
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

If i recall correctly there was a tossup on tides both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning that included a common clue between them.. May I please see the tossups on tides? Here is the only tide-related tossup I can find: The Magellanic Stream is a "tail" named for this phenomenon, caused by inte...
by jonah
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 14
Views: 3155

Re: Power Matching

In case it helps, here is the preliminary master schedule from the 2018 HSNCT (in two different formats). The 2018 SSNCT Open Division preliminary card system had a few matches in which teams might have played a team with a record two off from their own (because there was no way to keep the at-most-...
by jonah
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

If I recall correctly, the answerline of French Resistance was repeated in two games which I played, was this intentional? I can't find any evidence this happened. I see one tossup on the French Resistance in packet 22 (second round of the playoffs); do you have any memory of when the other might h...
by jonah
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Were there repeated answerlines (but not repeated question content necessarily) between the morning and afternoon rounds? I recall playing Keats and Ishiguro tossups, although I do believe they were slightly different in terms of question content. Yes. To a first approximation, in the sense of repe...
by jonah
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the tossup on Logan Paul and the first part of the Italian facism/Pirandello/six characters in search of an author bonus? Thanks. This man's conduct was described as "abhorrent and mutton-headed" in a letter from Maverick Apparel that demanded he change the name of his clothing line. This...
by jonah
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the Brandenburg Gate tossup? One of my players negged the Brandenburg Gate tossup with the Reichstag. Given that they are next to each other and the thing on the top mentioned in the leadin is on both the Recihstag and the Brandenburg Gate (according to people who have actually been in Ge...
by jonah
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14138

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can I see the tossup on "relatively prime"? I negged it with "a + b = c" on the leadin, but I might have misheard what exactly it was asking for. Three numbers must have this property in a claim, possibly proven in 2012 by Shinichi Mochizuki via "interuniversal Teichm\"uller theory," called the abc...