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by kayli
Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 6787

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

This deserves its own thread, but Alexander Grothendieck is the most important mathematician of the past 60 years. His contributions to algebraic geometry should come up much more than space-filling curves, which in topology are objects of secondary importance. However, I do agree that applied mathe...
by kayli
Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 6787

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

I'll take a slightly different tack from what people above are suggesting. The above advice is fairly solid for learning math for its own sake, and it will translate into getting lots of quizbowl questions. The problem is that this advice is basically asking you to undertake a two-year-plus course l...
by kayli
Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler
Replies: 80
Views: 13212

Re: Liveblogging my trip to NSC with Max Schindler

Athena wrote:Shoutout to Kay Li, our sole reader. It almost makes up for cutting our budget <3
It's a good thing infinity minus n is still infinity.
by kayli
Tue May 19, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 19595

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

First of all, I don't appreciate Jordan's implication above that I don't know anything about Canadian history because I don't share his and Patrick's perspective on it. Don't care/YOUR ARE WRONG/If the shoe fits. The history of Canada is (perhaps even disproportionately, given Canadians' penchant f...
by kayli
Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Stephen's Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 2035

Re: George Oppen: Stephen's Questions

I got here a little late, but even if you encounter 'Maschke's theorem' in algebra, there's a non-zero chance that you don't know it even has a name. For example, Fulton and Harris, which is a fairly traditional first book in representation theory doesn't give it a name and you could probable go you...
by kayli
Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT
Replies: 36
Views: 3786

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT

Could I see the wine question?
by kayli
Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: TDB packet archive
Replies: 13
Views: 4941

Re: TDB packet archive

Question sets of a particular difficulty.
by kayli
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: TDB packet archive
Replies: 13
Views: 4941

Re: TDB packet archive

Would it be possible to implement a download all option? Ideally split amongst college, hs, and ms.
by kayli
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3297

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

I'm not really trying to quibble over specific answer lines. Rather I want to argue against trash at least in ICT and against the specious arguments for the inclusion of trash specifically because these are the arguments that are trotted out every time anyone deigns suggest for its elimination. Furt...
by kayli
Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3297

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

I've certainly made my share of NAQT-related complaints in my time, but come on, do you really think stamping your feet and demanding the immediate and total removal of trash questions is going to accomplish anything? I think this is a question of existential importance for any serious academic com...
by kayli
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3297

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

No but sailing is, and the Wizards-Cavaliers rivalry is super unimportant for almost anyone who watches the NBA casually. The broader point is that trash advocates often claim that it serves a utilitarian role in the distribution either to highlight important cultural phenomena which have yet to mak...
by kayli
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT
Replies: 36
Views: 3786

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT

Alright, it looks like the word "exactly" makes it not true for Abelian groups. Not sure how that played as it seems like a rather soft distinction to be made.
by kayli
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3297

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

What does overall quizbowl skill even mean here? If you mean an understanding of literature, science, history, philosophy, and other academic disciplines, then I contend that these are precisely the skills we should be testing in an ostensibly academic competition and that anything else should be an...
by kayli
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3297

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

How do the trash advocates reconcile the oft touted principle that trash exists so that bad teams have something to look forward to with the questions on the Americas Cup and the Cavaliers-Wizards "rivalry"? I mean, is it possible to get rid of trash questions before ICT or should we brush up on ter...
by kayli
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT
Replies: 36
Views: 3786

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT

Can you post the tossup on cyclic groups? I'm pretty sure the first clue is true for Abelian groups as well.
by kayli
Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 PADAWAN JL's Categories
Replies: 7
Views: 1943

Re: 2014 PADAWAN JL's Categories

These social science questions were technically written under the purview of Seth, but I am interested as to how people reacted to the economics that was in the tournament. I wrote tossups on the substitution effect, rationality, and beta (and maybe others I am forgetting). Chris Ray noted that it w...
by kayli
Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 PADAWAN Physics, Other Science
Replies: 8
Views: 1496

Re: 2014 PADAWAN Physics, Other Science

For Lipschitz, it doesn't matter if it's a real or rational number (for every rational number, there's a real number greater than it and vice versa). The only thing that matters is that the difference is bounded by some constant factor across the domain.
by kayli
Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 PADAWAN Physics, Other Science
Replies: 8
Views: 1496

Re: 2014 PADAWAN Physics, Other Science

Cody wrote:
Alpha Phi Gamma wrote:From what I remember of the set, I wrote all the math tossups except the one on Hilbert Spaces (numerical integration, commutativity, completeness),
Hilbert spaces was physics. The 4th math tossup was 'integer ring'.
Oh right, I did that one too, so I guess I did all of the math.
by kayli
Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 PADAWAN Physics, Other Science
Replies: 8
Views: 1496

Re: 2014 PADAWAN Physics, Other Science

From what I remember of the set, I wrote all the math tossups except the one on Hilbert Spaces (numerical integration, commutativity, completeness),
by kayli
Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN at UChicago (10/11/14)
Replies: 11
Views: 4310

Re: PADAWAN at UChicago (10/11/14)

Combined stats can be found here. MAY contain SPOILERS~~~!!!
by kayli
Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN at UChicago (10/11/14)
Replies: 11
Views: 4310

Re: PADAWAN at UChicago (10/11/14)

Chicago A and Michigan A and currently playing a one game final.
by kayli
Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN at UChicago (10/11/14)
Replies: 11
Views: 4310

Re: PADAWAN at UChicago (10/11/14)

Playoff stats will be posted here until I have to go to work.
by kayli
Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PADAWAN at UChicago (10/11/14)
Replies: 11
Views: 4310

Re: PADAWAN at UChicago (10/11/14)

Prelim stats will be periodically uploaded here. The stats for "Cohomology" will lag behind by one round or so.
by kayli
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Logistics: How did they go? (2014 PADAWAN)
Replies: 13
Views: 2278

Re: Logistics: How did they go?

I'm interested to see the distribution of the typos and grammatical mistakes that were caught. I proofread mainly John's subjects, and I thought that there weren't that many issues but this could have biased me to overlook major problems. Upon reflection, I think most issues with grammar and typos c...
by kayli
Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:14 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 17082

Re: Computational Mathematics

I dunno what more I can tell you other than the fact that all of professional academic mathematics disagrees vehemently with your philosophy, worldview, w.r.t. math.
by kayli
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 17082

Re: Computational Mathematics

I'm not going to lecture you on the history or philosophy of mathematics because it's demonstrably not true that mathematics exists to model physical phenomenon. If so the algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, category theory, number theory, and basically all of pure mathematics is, by your implie...
by kayli
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 17082

Re: Computational Mathematics

Ancient Greece already happened.
by kayli
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:04 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 17082

Re: Computational Mathematics

I'm sympathetic to the notion that computation demonstrates a mathematical understanding outside of what quizbowl usually tests (a position I once erroneously held) and we can get into a protracted discussion of the purpose or role of mathematics (which itself may be a question wrongly asked), but t...
by kayli
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 17082

Re: Computational Mathematics

Yeah well, we're not in the 17th century anymore.
by kayli
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 17082

Re: Computational Mathematics

The real bedrock of mathematics and mathematical understanding isn't computation it's the theorems. It's infinitely more important for a budding mathematician to be able to connect concepts and prove theorems than it is to be able to quickly compute integrals, derivatives, etc..
by kayli
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 17082

Re: Computational Mathematics

Computation is completely absent in academic mathematics unless we're talking about numerical or computational methods for solving various problems which it appears we're not. To be able to calculate something is completely meaningless in a mathematical sense unless you can elucidate the underlying ...
by kayli
Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 4984

Re: Summer Practices at Chicago

It'll be in Crerar 320 B again and probably stay that way until school starts.
by kayli
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 4984

Re: Summer Practices at Chicago

Slight change: tomorrow we'll be in Crerar library in room 320B.
by kayli
Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 3976

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

As much as I think that quizbowl is a worthwhile pursuit, petitioning for schools to offer classes in quizbowl is the course of action. I'm opposed to it on principle (I'm also against it for Model UN and debate because those are stupid), but also it's the wrong thing to put our energies into becaus...
by kayli
Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 2573

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

As much as I think that quizbowl is a worthwhile pursuit, petitioning for schools to offer classes in quizbowl is the course of action. I'm opposed to it on principle (I'm also against it for Model UN and debate because those are stupid), but also it's the wrong thing to put our energies into becaus...
by kayli
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 5537

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I thin NAQT should make accommodations for local formats to use its questions as it sees fit. I'm focused mainly on the one off invitational tournament where I don't think it's the case that they would not use NAQT for frivolous reasons like not being allowed to name their tournament something dumb ...
by kayli
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 3891

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I thin NAQT should make accommodations for local formats to use its questions as it sees fit. I'm focused mainly on the one off invitational tournament where I don't think it's the case that they would not use NAQT for frivolous reasons like not being allowed to name their tournament something dumb ...
by kayli
Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 3976

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

In all of the non-quizbowl national and state level academic competitions that I went to in high school, there was always an opening ceremony and a closing awards ceremony. Now, I know a lot of quizbowlers think that these things are really tacky (and believe me a lot of high schoolers did as well),...
by kayli
Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 2573

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

In all of the non-quizbowl national and state level academic competitions that I went to in high school, there was always an opening ceremony and a closing awards ceremony. Now, I know a lot of quizbowlers think that these things are really tacky (and believe me a lot of high schoolers did as well),...
by kayli
Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 5537

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

Just calling people out isn't enough. People have been calling out tournaments for doing things wrong for years, and what always ends up happening is that they apologize and run better tournaments (or sometimes refuse to host more) and then someone else messes up and we shout at them. I think most o...
by kayli
Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 3891

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

Just calling people out isn't enough. People have been calling out tournaments for doing things wrong for years, and what always ends up happening is that they apologize and run better tournaments (or sometimes refuse to host more) and then someone else messes up and we shout at them. I think most o...
by kayli
Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 4984

Re: Summer Practices at Chicago

Same time, same place.
by kayli
Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 4984

Re: Summer Practices at Chicago

I think that's the plan unless there's sufficient demand for other days.
by kayli
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)
Replies: 71
Views: 32293

Re: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)

It's been corrected. Message me if you have any other corrections.
by kayli
Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 4984

Re: Summer Practices at Chicago

Next one will be tomorrow from 7-10 in JRL 204.
by kayli
Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)
Replies: 71
Views: 32293

Re: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)

Is food free for staffers or do we need to pony up as well?

Also, Chicago is having a pre-CO practice on Friday in the Regenstein library from 2-5 if anyone wants to come.
by kayli
Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 4984

Re: Summer Practices at Chicago

We're having the next practice tomorrow from 7-10 PM in Regenstein 204. If there's a demand for pre-CO practice on Thursday or Friday afternoon, we could probably accommodate that as well.
by kayli
Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Chicago
Replies: 18
Views: 4984

Re: Summer Practices at Chicago

We have a room reserved in the Regenstein library on Thursday from 7 to 10 PM. Message me for my number so you can be let in.
by kayli
Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Summer Practices at Chicago
Replies: 0
Views: 1892

Summer Practices at Chicago

Original announcement. We'll be hosting practices at the University of Chicago this summer. The tentative plan is to have them Thursday nights in the Regenstein library starting around 7:00 PM. All of quizbowl is welcome to attend, but we will be playing college questions almost exclusively. Messag...