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by Schweizerkas
Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX for quizbowl, again
Replies: 35
Views: 5783

Re: LaTeX for quizbowl, again

There's a weird character in word "Jörmungandr" in the first part of bonus 10 that I don't think is supposed to be there. Fixed. That was an artifact from the pronunciation guide style used in the original document (inserting middle dots between syllables of hard-to-pronounce words); incidentally, ...
by Schweizerkas
Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009-10 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 9608

Re: 2009-10 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

I know, I have the packet; I'm wondering why it is not promptable, given that time dilation and acceleration are both phenomena that are key to the twin paradox. It doesn't really mean anything to say only one twin experiences time dilation - time dilation is a relative concept. If my understanding...
by Schweizerkas
Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)

The full results for Cardinal Classic XIX, including the Lit/Fine-Arts "singles" tournament, may be found here: http://quizbowl.stanford.edu/tournaments/2010_ccxix/ Sorry about the delay. I'd like to thank all the teams that came to the tournament. I'd also like to thank Jacob Kalichman, Phil Shiu, ...
by Schweizerkas
Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)

The current field for Saturday is:

University of Washington - 1
UC-Berkeley - 2
CWRU - 1
Bellarmine HS - 1
Stanford House - 1
Total: 6

If we stay at 6 teams, we'll play a double-round robin, followed by an advantaged final if necessary.
by Schweizerkas
Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)

Have you guys decided whether or not you will be able and/or willing to run the Lit/Fine Arts singles side event after the tournament? It seems there is succificient interest from a players. Yes, we'll try to run the Lit/Fine Arts singles tournament after the main event. Staff might be a little tig...
by Schweizerkas
Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)

The tournament will be held on the second floor of the Nitery, Lasuen Mall and White Plaza, Stanford, CA 94305. Free parking is available in the nearby Tresidder parking lot. Registration will be at 9:00AM, with games starting at 9:30AM.
by Schweizerkas
Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)

Trap-Jaw wrote:Bellarmine is 95% likely to bring a team, although it will likely be an amalgamation of our A, B, and C teams. However, we need to know how much we have to pay to play.
The base fee for high schools is $60.
by Schweizerkas
Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)

Bentley Like Beckham wrote: Is Stanford going to have a house team or two to boost the field if teams don't show?
Yes, we'll have one or two house teams. I should have mentioned that.
by Schweizerkas
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)

Can we get a field update? It would be great if more than like 4 teams were signed up for this tournament. The field hasn't changed since the last update. It would be nice to hear from some of the SoCal teams, but this has been a busy month for quizbowl tournaments, so I understand if schools can't...
by Schweizerkas
Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Winter at Stanford
Replies: 31
Views: 10439

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Winter at Stanford

The stats for the playoffs may now be found here:
http://quizbowl.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/qb ... inter2010p.
Sorry for the delay.
by Schweizerkas
Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)

This tournament is taking place on Feb. 27. See the top post for a field update.
by Schweizerkas
Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (choose a date!)

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:Also, would you guys offer a travel discount?
Sure. Updated first post in thread.
by Schweizerkas
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT West (Region 15) SCT @ UCLA, February 6, 2010
Replies: 27
Views: 4332

Re: NAQT West (Region 15) SCT @ UCLA, February 6, 2010

I don't want to repeat last year's desperate efforts to make a four-team Div 1 field. There are some major teams still missing in action. Where are you, Stanford, UCSD D1, UCI? Stanford is tentatively planning on coming, but there haven't been a lot of firm commitments yet within the club. We'll pr...
by Schweizerkas
Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)
Replies: 45
Views: 5697

ANNOUNCEMENT: T-Party Mirror at Stanford (2/27)

Stanford University will be hosting a mirror of T-Party on Saturday, February 27. Teams from this site will NOT be required to write packets, but can receive a $15 discount for submitting anything between a half-packet and a full-packet (packets are due by 2/7). The tournament will be held on the se...
by Schweizerkas
Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 11631

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Photons are spin one, dude. And no one calls the graviton a "gauge boson," although there is a sense in which it gauges the Poincaré group. But "only (known) massless gauge boson" is a perfectly good description of the photon. That'll learn me. Well, sorry about distributing false information in th...
by Schweizerkas
Mon Jan 18, 2010 4:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 11631

Re: ACF Winter discussion

Stop doing this! How many particle physicists are even playing this tournament? The answer as far as I know is zero. The second two parts of this bonus are entirely opaque to me; granted, I'm not a particle guy, but I have some basic familiarity with neutrino physics by way of cosmology. There's no...
by Schweizerkas
Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Winter at Stanford
Replies: 31
Views: 10439

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: ACF Winter at Stanford

wmrowan wrote: Location: The tournament will be held in the Old Union, Lasuen Mall and White Plaza, Stanford, CA 94305. Free parking is available in the nearby Tresidder parking lot.
Room 216 of the Old Union.
by Schweizerkas
Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009-2010 Academic Tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 6843

Re: 2009-2010 Academic Tournaments

No, we're not doing Cardinal Classic this year.
by Schweizerkas
Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: BASQUE at UC Berkeley 7/25/09
Replies: 58
Views: 13239

Re: BASQUE at UC Berkeley 7/25/09

It looks like Stanford will just be bringing one team (me, Andrew, and Jeff). We can bring a buzzer system.
by Schweizerkas
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NorCal 08-09
Replies: 10
Views: 1363

Re: NorCal 08-09

FredMorlan wrote:Do you have results for NAQT NorCal states?
They were already posted in this thread.
by Schweizerkas
Fri Mar 13, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Northern California NAQT State Championship Results (3/7/09)
Replies: 0
Views: 893

Northern California NAQT State Championship Results (3/7/09)

I guess this tournament was never advertised on these boards, but for those interested, the NAQT State Championship for Northern California was held at Stanford University on March 7. Mission San Jose A won the tournament, going undefeated. The full results can be found at this link.
by Schweizerkas
Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cardinal Classic discussion
Replies: 64
Views: 6914

Re: Cardinal Classic discussion

Well, I'm probably more disappointed by this set than anyone. I don't like to point fingers, but I guess people who played on this set deserve an explanation, and the fact of the matter is that not all of my co-editors finished editing the questions that were assigned them. It wasn't a "laissez-fair...
by Schweizerkas
Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Non-Strosity: Discussion (mid-Atlantic: STAY AWAY)
Replies: 16
Views: 2038

Re: Science Non-Strosity: Discussion (mid-Atlantic: STAY AWAY)

Thanks for making this event happen, Dwight et al. I really enjoyed playing on it. Speaking just for myself, I found the quirkier answers an amusing addition to the set. After listening to endless descriptions of random proteins and amino acids, it was nice to be able to get tossups on things like "...
by Schweizerkas
Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Private Discussion Forum
Replies: 129
Views: 13709

Re: SCT Private Discussion Forum

registered
by Schweizerkas
Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: West NAQT SCT, 2/7/09 @ UCLA
Replies: 27
Views: 8244

Re: West NAQT SCT, 2/7/09 @ UCLA

Fourth Division 1 team: Where are you? I'm trying to convince some more Stanford players to come to Sectionals. Right now, we've got 8 Div I players signed up, and I might be able to convince one or two more people to come. With 8 players, forming into 3 teams wouldn't be so horrible (better than h...
by Schweizerkas
Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford
Replies: 63
Views: 28235

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford

Here's the latest field update. Please let me know if there's anything incorrect here: Missouri UCSD Magin, Bentley, Arthur, Beyer UC Irvine Berkeley (x2) UCLA Chicago (x5) Free Agents: Hannah, Alejandro Given this field, it seems likely that we'll try to make a 13-team tournament. The free agents s...
by Schweizerkas
Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter West
Replies: 17
Views: 4574

Re: ACF Winter West

It looks like some games are missing in the stats. I know the stats are missing for the second game between Stanford A and Irvine. Any chance of those games being entered in, or are the stats sheets lost forever?
by Schweizerkas
Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Trophies
Replies: 8
Views: 1386

Re: Trophies

On the westcoast, I believe ACF Fall at Irvine gave out trophies, but ACF Winter at Caltech did not. I certainly agree with you that giving out trophies for non-Nationals tournaments is stupid. It seems to be just another financial burden on hosting schools, and as a player, I don't really want a tr...
by Schweizerkas
Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge
Replies: 64
Views: 7577

Re: leaving tournaments early part II: the revenge

Theory Of The Leisure Flask wrote: Seriously, I don't believe anybody thinks "gee, tournaments always start late, let's lollygag!"
Believe it. I observed this exact attitude this weekend at ACF Winter.
by Schweizerkas
Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford
Replies: 63
Views: 28235

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford

A reminder that the final (+$40) deadline to get in your packets is this Sunday, Jan. 25. So far, I've received packets from the following teams: Arthur, Bentley, Beyer, and Magin UC Irvine Berkeley A UCLA I'm still expecting packets from Missouri, Berkeley B, UCSD, and some unknown number of Chicag...
by Schweizerkas
Tue Jan 06, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter West
Replies: 17
Views: 4574

Re: ACF Winter West

Stanford is bringing two teams.
by Schweizerkas
Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford
Replies: 63
Views: 28235

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford

If you're trying to get from San Jose Airport to Stanford with public transportation, you can: 1. Take free shuttle from SJC to Santa Clara train station. 2. Take Caltrain from Santa Clara to Palo Alto train station. The Palo Alto station is just a block away from "campus," but due to the large size...
by Schweizerkas
Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:12 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Statistical Tiebreakers
Replies: 47
Views: 33459

Re: Statistical Tiebreakers

Added some more tournament data. I now have all college tournaments from 2008 and the second half of 2007. The new numbers, with 106 data points:

Bonus Conversion: 0.6981 +/- 0.0446
PPG: 0.6792 +/- 0.0453
PPG Differential: 0.6415 +/- 0.0466
Head to Head: 0.4906 +/- 0.0486
by Schweizerkas
Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:07 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Statistical Tiebreakers
Replies: 47
Views: 33459

Re: Statistical Tiebreakers

Okay, I have a spreadsheet with all the datapoints available here . Also, I noticed that one of my datapoints accidentally appeared twice, because I had two copies of the same tournament in my directory. I removed the extra datapoint, and here are the new numbers (based on 53 points): PPG: 0.7170 +/...
by Schweizerkas
Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:41 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Statistical Tiebreakers
Replies: 47
Views: 33459

Re: Statistical Tiebreakers

Dwight, that looks really nice. I didn't realize TI calculators had that type of capability built in. The p value looks like exactly the thing we want to be looking at. How hard would it be to make splits for, like, record or tournament type using your script? Splitting up by tournament type is just...
by Schweizerkas
Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Statistical Tiebreakers
Replies: 47
Views: 33459

Re: Statistical Tiebreakers

I've made a bit of progress on this. I've written a script that scans the "*_games.html" SQBS files, and finds cases of where 2 teams face each other multiple times. It then finds all the opponents that those 2 teams have in common, and keeps track of both teams' stats for the games they play agains...
by Schweizerkas
Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Science Non-Strosity (2/15/2009)
Replies: 33
Views: 6938

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Science Non-Strosity (2/15/2009)

I'll certainly play this, provided I'm not needed to moderate. The 20-tossup distribution sounds fine to me.
by Schweizerkas
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:01 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The importance of precise language in question writing
Replies: 10
Views: 9547

Re: The importance of precise language in question writing

I see this problem a lot in physics questions as well, but it seems understandable to a certain degree. It's way more difficult to write physics tossups that uniquely point to a specific answer than, say literature tossups. Even speaking as someone who studies physics, I find it incredibly difficult...
by Schweizerkas
Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:37 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Statistical Tiebreakers
Replies: 47
Views: 33459

Re: Statistical Tiebreakers

This looks pretty cool. Regarding what the margin of error on these numbers is, I'm pretty sure you can just use a binomial distribution. In that case, the standard deviation on the number of successes is just sqrt(n*p*(1-p)). So, for example, Mike said point difference had a success rate of 65.79 p...
by Schweizerkas
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EuroFest at Mizzou Open
Replies: 33
Views: 10022

Re: EuroFest at Mizzou Open

bt_green_warbler wrote:
Whig's Boson wrote:I would like to see the tournament mirrored in other parts of the country if possible (not necessarily on the same weekend).
Anyone else up for a west coast mirror?
I'd certainly play a mirror of this if it were in the Bay Area.
by Schweizerkas
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford
Replies: 63
Views: 28235

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Cardinal Classic XVIII (2/14/09) at Stanford

Any word on side tournaments? This would definitely affect Caltech's coming. Micah "Science? Movies?" Manary Yogesh's movies tournament will definitely be happening. I haven't heard about any other side events, but I believe I speak for Arnav when I say that we'd like to hold another side event if ...
by Schweizerkas
Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Statistical Tiebreakers
Replies: 47
Views: 33459

Re: Statistical Tiebreakers

I was actually thinking of doing this a couple of months ago, but I never got around to it. I think with my database of tournaments I was using to calculate my individual computer rankings, I should be able to write a script to do a bunch of these comparisons. I might try working on this over the we...
by Schweizerkas
Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Stanford MO Mirror
Replies: 5
Views: 1347

Re: RESULTS: Stanford MO Mirror

All the stats for the Stanford mirror of the Rob Pilatus trash tournament are now posted, and can be found here . The trash tournament was held Saturday night (Oct. 18) after the Minnesota Open mirror. For convenience of schedule, we wanted to have four teams, so we allowed players to form 5-person ...
by Schweizerkas
Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Update to Computer Rankings
Replies: 12
Views: 2373

Re: Update to Computer Rankings

I've added PATH statistics to the website now. If you click on the "PATH" link at the top of the column, you can see every player sorted by PATH. -The "George Berry" who played for the CNU/JSR team at EFT as "Kearney" (W&M), W&M for ACF Fall (VCU) and Titanomachy (UMD), and J. Sargeant Reynolds at M...
by Schweizerkas
Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Update to Computer Rankings
Replies: 12
Views: 2373

Re: Update to Computer Rankings

For instance, just using an example from my own stats, it looks like I get the same outcome for a good game in which I was outplayed by #8 Matt Keller (70-90) as I do for a game in which I laid an egg against #40 Bruce Arthur (0-20). This is false. You would indeed get the same outcome for a (70-90...
by Schweizerkas
Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Update to Computer Rankings
Replies: 12
Views: 2373

Update to Computer Rankings

I've finally had some time to update my quizbowl computer rankings. You can find them, as usual, here . Here's what I've done since my last post about these rankings: 1) I've improved the SQBS text parser, so it's better at recognizing names. For example, it now automatically realizes that "Jerry fr...
by Schweizerkas
Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: First semester college academic tournaments
Replies: 33
Views: 10298

Re: First semester college academic touraments

wd4gdz wrote:
theMoMA wrote:This will be updated periodically. Are there any tournaments I'm missing as of now?
FSU is hosting its mirror of EFT on October 4th.
UCLA is also hosting its EFT mirror on Oct. 4.
by Schweizerkas
Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 11421

Re: VCU Open Discussion

Thixotropy is not that obscure; if you have any background in fluid dynamics, chances are you've heard of it hell if you have a background in ketchup you've heard of it I predict that at next year's ICT, the science distribution will include a bonus on "FTPE, identify the following condiments from ...
by Schweizerkas
Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History Doubles Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 2424

Re: CO History Doubles Discussion

Also, did the West Coast mirror of this happen? Um, sort of. It was planned for Sunday evening, but there were only about 6 or 8 of us around at that point. Also, apparently we technically were not supposed to be in the rooms past 5 pm (although no janitors ever came to kick us out). Oh yeah, I bel...