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by t-bar
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7545

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

I enjoyed this tournament a lot, though it was a reminder of how difficult it is to lead a team at this difficulty. I don't have an overarching thesis to put forth, but I do want to single out some questions and sets of questions I particularly enjoyed. Some of my favorite questions fell outside of ...
by t-bar
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 103
Views: 28325

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Steven's proposal is essentially dual to what Dwight and I have done in the past--we start at the bottom and iteratively work up, rather than starting at the top and working down. It's not immediately obvious to me that one method or the other will lead to intuitively "better" or less disruptive res...
by t-bar
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God New England at Brown
Replies: 9
Views: 3043

Re: Sun God New England at Brown

This tournament ran very well--in particular, it was very well staffed, allowing advanced statistics to be collected without much hassle or delay. I'm glad to see Brown return to the hosting scene after a two-year hiatus!
by t-bar
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 6422

Re: Player tossup etiquette

PACE"s rule D11 is similar but slightly stricter and slightly more explicit: 11. If the moderator has begun reading a tossup and has not yet read a verb, or a proper noun, or a word within quotation marks, or a noun or adjective which is a technical term in an academic field, (e.g. "Next tossup. One...
by t-bar
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 6650

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

In general, I thought that topic and clue selection in this set were excellent. Many topics that come up often at ACF Fall feel very well-trod, but I found this set fresh and interesting to read. Players seemed to enjoy the set as well. Other people have mentioned the typos and the dearth of pronunc...
by t-bar
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 11418

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

There's a lot of criticism in this thread, so I want to make a point of saying that I really enjoyed reading this set and thought it was quite good. That said, a couple other errors I noted: -Enrique Peña Nieto was AMLO's predecessor, not successor. (CMU A etc.) -The main carbon atom of an ester is ...
by t-bar
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 12156

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

Again, I'm not sure what I could have done here (outside of seeding the playoffs differently, which was decided on before the tournament). Can someone from Penn elaborate on what this method for seeding was? I can think of several defensible ways to seed the playoffs, none of which are consistent w...
by t-bar
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats
Replies: 24
Views: 2868

Re: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats

The Midwest, it seems, is the land of generalists. Here are the top 6 players across all sites ranked by their third -best category BPA: 1. Jakob Myers (Michigan State): History 38.979, Other 29.000, Literature 23.896 2. Matthew Lehmann (Chicago): History 24.932, Literature 23.091, Thought 21.955 3....
by t-bar
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Introducing BPA, a new evaluation metric using detailed stats
Replies: 7
Views: 3864

Re: Introducing BPA, a new evaluation metric using detailed stats

This is awesome! Thanks for putting the work into coming up with this. This is also an interesting statistic to look at on a game-by-game basis, though you have to take the results with a grain of salt. Here are the top 10 games from 2018 ACF Regionals by total BPA : Winner Loser Score Winner BPA Lo...
by t-bar
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 16369

Re: Boston Summer Open I

We played FILM and Human Use of Human Beings as shootouts. For FILM , Raynor read all 10 packets at least once over the course of the weekend, with people coming in and out as available. There were superpowers for 20 and powers for 15. Isaac Kirk-Davidoff came out on top; standings were as follows (...
by t-bar
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 16369

Re: Boston Summer Open I

Jacob can't come anymore, so Adam Fine, Nitin Rao, and I are looking for a teammate. Lit and arts knowledge especially appreciated, but we're happy to play with anyone. My email is in the sidebar.
by t-bar
Thu May 03, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 11 @ HSNCT - Friday Night
Replies: 35
Views: 13241

Re: ACRONYM 11 @ HSNCT - Friday Night

I'm interested in joining any open team that is looking for a fourth player. When we read a packet from an old ACRONYM in practice I scored the greatest number of points, so I infer that I'm better than Jacob Reed at high school trash.
by t-bar
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 14091

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

Has the exact DI tournament format been determined?
by t-bar
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT SCT: February 3
Replies: 20
Views: 9715

Re: 2018 NAQT SCT: February 3

Is there any way to make either the D-value table (at https://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp) slightly narrower or the scroll window in which it resides slightly wider? In Firefox 58, the rightmost four columns are cut off, notably including the final D-value; this holds regardless of zoom le...
by t-bar
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT SCT: February 3
Replies: 20
Views: 9715

Re: 2018 NAQT SCT: February 3

Is there any way to make either the D-value table (at https://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp) slightly narrower or the scroll window in which it resides slightly wider? In Firefox 58, the rightmost four columns are cut off, notably including the final D-value; this holds regardless of zoom le...
by t-bar
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT SCT: February 3
Replies: 20
Views: 9715

Re: 2018 NAQT SCT: February 3

Is there any way to make either the D-value table (at https://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp) slightly narrower or the scroll window in which it resides slightly wider? In Firefox 58, the rightmost four columns are cut off, notably including the final D-value; this holds regardless of zoom lev...
by t-bar
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 34009

Re: ACF Nationals qualifiers and registration information

What is the adjustment from raw to final A-value? The raw A-value is determined by using the strength of schedule (SOS) factor to adjust each team's actual points per game. Then, at a particular tournament site, if team A places higher than team B but has a lower A-value, then they are both assigne...
by t-bar
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 12564

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

the answerline is the thing the editors won't have changed.. This is an incorrect assumption. Editors will often rework a submitted question to be on a different answerline that preserves the theme of the question, since, as Will suggests, achieving a consistent difficulty across packets is the ove...
by t-bar
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9107

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Also, if anyone could post up the Kubrick tossup, that would be lovely. It was got on the first line when I played it, and I'd be interested to see what the rest of the clues were for it. In one of this director’s films, a Romanian Orthodox Divine Liturgy is played backwards during a scene in which...
by t-bar
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9107

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

[10] Finally, for the private key one selects an integer d that has this relation to e modulo the totient of n. 3 and 5 have this multiplicative relationship modulo 7. ANSWER: multiplicative inverses Probably a small point here, but shouldn't something along the lines of "the product is congruent t...
by t-bar
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9107

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Can I see math bonus whose the last part mentioned something about 3(mod7) and 5(mod7) or similar? I believe the answerline was _inverse_ but I had trouble parsing what was going on. Identify the following steps one takes while encoding a message with the RSA algorithm, for 10 points each. [10] Fir...
by t-bar
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9107

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Can I see the tossup on "counting"? I only got to hear the first couple lines (it was during our bye round and was buzzed on quickly). But, I really enjoyed seeing new and original linguistics content come up. also, can I see the tossup on "indices"? The ability to vocalize this action is heavily l...
by t-bar
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 6701

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

That all makes sense and I respect it. However there was a packet called "Michigan A + Berkeley B + MIT A", which led me to believe that our packet was to be used. This packet was built from the one written by what I believe is the "real" Michigan A team (Saul, Austin, and Noah, modulo Kenji) on be...
by t-bar
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9107

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Could I see the bonus on lift / angle of attack / camber? I think the wording on the last part made me think it was an angle for some reason. Identify the following terms one might encounter while designing an aircraft that won’t stall mid-flight, for 10 points each. [10] “Stalling” refers to a red...
by t-bar
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9107

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Can I see the tossup on characteristics? I'd like to see if characteristic functions came up and I just forgot those existed. Seeing the tossup on "price discrimination" would be cool too. I want to look up the papers that were mentioned early in that tossup that made me neg with something stupid. ...
by t-bar
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9107

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Could I see the quantum computing bonus? I was glad to see both the adiabatic algorithm and quantum annealing come up, but it seemed a little hard to figure out exactly what the last part was looking for. I really like the physics on the whole, this is just a minor quibble. Identify the following a...
by t-bar
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9107

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Could I see the tossup on Al-Ghazali? I’m curious as to where the first sentence is from. A work by this thinker describes the trust in one’s legal advocate, the trust of a child in their mother, and the trust of a corpse in its washer as the three stages of trust in God. This thinker ended another...
by t-bar
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9107

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Can I see the tossup on freezing? The cryo-EM clue was a little confusing but the rest of the clues seemed to be fine. Also interested in seeing the bonus on perfect numbers, because I thought I heard the word "perfect" in the question. This process occurs along either a horizontal or vertical grad...
by t-bar
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 6701

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

I'm sorry to be that guy but I was wondering when the final A-values and compiled OphirStats will be up. Selfishly, we want to know if we will be able to take a look at those results before SCT. Final A-values will be released as soon as possible after the British Regionals site, which is next week...
by t-bar
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!
Replies: 122
Views: 46827

Re: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!

Someone help me out here. Our team appears in the rankings at #37, but I can't figure out which tournament qualified us. The ones I've checked so far don't give us that aPPB, but I can't for the life of me unearth ACF Fall @ NIU. It doesn't seem to be in the database. It looks like the stats were p...
by t-bar
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 23333

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Is there a date set for the NYU site?
by t-bar
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 31292

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

The main reason I'd recommend submitting longer tossups is because editors are liable to cut and/or alter clues - so if you give us more to work with, we're more likely to keep your clues. Keep it reasonable, of course - there's probably not a real need to spend the effort writing tons of of ten-li...
by t-bar
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 162
Views: 70868

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

1) Server-side caching stats. When someone initially wants some stats for a tournament, the server will do the calculation and save it somewhere. When someone comes along 15-30 seconds later and asks for the same stats calculation, we'll give them the previously calculated result. This will prevent...
by t-bar
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 at Stanford, 11/4
Replies: 2
Views: 1915

Re: ACF Fall 2017 at Stanford, 11/4

I see that the posted results, labeled "Round Robin," have Berkeley A leading the field by two games. Were there any more games played after this?
by t-bar
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 @ Georgia Tech (11/5/17)
Replies: 7
Views: 2888

Re: ACF Fall 2017 @ Georgia Tech (11/5/17)

Thanks for posting results, Justin. If you get a chance, can you post a combined stats file? Thanks!
by t-bar
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: EFT at the University of Michigan (10/21)
Replies: 18
Views: 7075

Re: EFT at the University of Michigan (10/21)

Should we be expecting an SQBS report at some point? I know we have the scoresheets in the subforum, but many of the results that are easy to read off of SQBS reports are harder to extract from the raw data or Ophir's summary sheets.
by t-bar
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 4708

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

I enjoyed this set a lot, and I heard multiple interesting and rewarding questions in pretty much all the categories I know anything about. I may have more comments later, but I want to point out two things that affected gameplay for us, and should probably be tweaked for the few future mirrors. 1. ...
by t-bar
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Flashcard Resources
Replies: 22
Views: 7159

Re: Flashcard Resources

I got the same problem a while ago and used some online service to convert .json to .csv, like https://konklone.io/json/ or anything else. It could be a problem with the original Anki add on. But the csv should work That's exactly what I do now to create Anki decks. Alright I'm just straight up bad...
by t-bar
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2018: seeking host bids
Replies: 2
Views: 1808

Re: ACF Nationals 2018: seeking host bids

As a reminder, if you're planning to submit a bid, please get it in by next Tuesday!
by t-bar
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Starting to Write Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 4197

Re: Starting to Write Questions

Welcome to college quizbowl! If you haven't already, you should get in contact with Susan Ferrari ( Susan on these forums), who played quizbowl at the University of Chicago and now works at Grinnell. She has tons of experience with all aspects of quizbowl, including but certainly not limited to ques...
by t-bar
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Nationals?
Replies: 2
Views: 1911

Re: Nationals?

ACF Nationals will be on the weekend of April 21-22, 2018. We are actively seeking host bids: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... =8&t=20511. If your school wants to host ACF Nationals, let us know!
by t-bar
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2018: seeking host bids
Replies: 2
Views: 1808

ACF Nationals 2018: seeking host bids

Hello all! ACF is currently seeking a host site for ACF Nationals, to be held on the weekend of April 21-22, 2018. (We apologize for the delay in getting this solicitation posted.) You can bid to host ACF Nationals using this form . We are looking to receive as many bids as possible from many differ...
by t-bar
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 14336

Re: Preseason Poll

Progcon wrote:if you get a 1st place vote, you get 26 points, and if you get a 25th place vote, you get 1 point, and so on
Shouldn't the point range go from either 26-2 or 25-1, not 26-1?
by t-bar
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 13304

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

This makes me curious what the eligibility rules would be for people in a university system, but not affiliated with a "traditional" campus with undergrads (i.e. UC Hastings Law, USCF Med school, etc). The reason I bring this up is because I know Richard Yu is at medical school at SUNY Downstate Me...
by t-bar
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sivakumar Day Inter-Nationals
Replies: 32
Views: 11465

Re: Sivakumar Day Inter-Nationals

Did this ever get posted?
by t-bar
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sivakumar Day Inter-Nationals
Replies: 32
Views: 11465

Re: Sivakumar Day Inter-Nationals

Sure, I'd be interested. Available tonight, Tuesday, and Thursday.
by t-bar
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: On Trash Writing Absofuckinglutely NOT Considered a Fine Art
Replies: 8
Views: 3200

Re: On Trash Writing Absofuckinglutely NOT Considered a Fine

Just add a clue about this video and this tossup is good to go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DDkwdPaYmk
by t-bar
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 33311

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

In quantum mechanics, operators corresponding to observables must have eigenvalues with this property, meaning the operators must be self-adjoint and Hermitian. Aren't self-adjoint and Hermitian the same thing? I didn't write this one, but yes. (I guess one technically refers to the operator and on...
by t-bar
Tue May 09, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 13304

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

As my signature would suggest, I'll be at Cambridge doing a one-year master's, and will hopefully be able to play the UK circuit as much as possible. My eligibility for ACF stuff isn't a lock though, since my degree program may lock me into a research degree which might keep me from taking (enough)...
by t-bar
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Speaking about Quiz Bowl at a middle school conference
Replies: 3
Views: 1559

Re: Speaking about Quiz Bowl at a middle school conference

Not a testimonial, but if you manage to recruit any new coaches, I'm sure the high school hosts in the area would be excited to hear about it. Ambitious middle schools are always welcome at high school tournaments (as Middlesex frequently demonstrates), but middle school alums are also a great sourc...