Search found 508 matches

by Dominator
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

Re: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)

Registration for this event closes tonight, and we've certainly got more space if people want to give it a try. The event is free. All you need to do is login to QBlitz, go to the Register section, and pick your event(s).

Hope to see you there!
by Dominator
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)

Reminder: registration for this event closes tonight. It's free, so all you need to do is login to Qblitz, go to the Register section, select the event(s) you want, and click the submit buttons.
by Dominator
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

Re: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)

The field is shaping up, with players from 3 states and 3 countries. Make sure to sign up for your spot soon before registration closes.
by Dominator
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

Re: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)

chinkan5 wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:27 am
As the tournament is now free, will people who have already paid for this be reimbursed?
Absolutely.
by Dominator
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)

There is a little less than a week left to sign up for this event. It is free of charge and being run on HS nationals level questions. If you'd like to practice for, say, IPNCT, this is a great opportunity. If you'd like to play, login to your Qblitz account and sign up!
by Dominator
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

Re: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)

Bumping this thread to make sure everyone sees that this tournament is now being offered for free. There is a little under a week left to register, so make sure to login to your Qblitz account to sign up soon!
by Dominator
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 2640

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Regrettably, Qblitz has decided to cancel this tournament. We felt that the event wouldn't meet our standards if we held it now, and that we'd better serve our competitors by waiting until we could give them the tournament they deserve. Everyone registered for this event has been notified and is bei...
by Dominator
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 664

QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)

Qblitz and QANTA are excited to announce a new tournament, QANTA League 0, to be held online at Qblitz from February 16 to 22 of 2019. This is an open-eligibility individual competition run on high school nationals level questions. It will feature one round of competition each day from February 16 t...
by Dominator
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 1301

QANTA League 0 (Free/Online - Feb. 16-22, 2019)

Qblitz and QANTA are excited to announce a new FREE tournament, QANTA League 0, to be held online at Qblitz from February 16 to 22 of 2019. QANTA is a computer quizbowl-answering project that likes to test its mettle occasionally against human players. Last December, it did so at a live event at the...
by Dominator
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Best Individuals in Illinois
Replies: 11
Views: 1375

Re: Best Individuals in Illinois

I personally don't trust the results of Solo very much. Scobol Solo has a history of not being the greatest of sets. I don't think that Solo is the best measure of a quizbowler, but question quality is not the issue here. I can't remember a year I was coaching when Solo wasn't in the top half of se...
by Dominator
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qblitz and QANTA
Replies: 0
Views: 436

Qblitz and QANTA

Qblitz is excited to announce a new partnership with QANTA, the question-answering software being developed by Jordan Boyd-Graber and his team. Over the next couple months, Qblitz will be running open tournaments in conjunction with the QANTA project. You, the player, will get to quizbowl and advanc...
by Dominator
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 2640

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Iamteehee wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:44 pm
So if I'm reading this right, each event is 5 rounds of 20 tossups for $50 per individual player?
Yes, assuming the player doesn't sign up for the discounted season pass rate.
by Dominator
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Re: Announcing Qblitz

One of my favorite features of Qblitz is the ability to simulate matches between any two players. Here is a sample of what that looks like based on two players who completed the sample set. If anyone has any suggestions about how to display these "matches", please let me know.
by Dominator
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 2640

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

As a reminder, registration is now open for Qblitz Winter 1. You can register by logging in to your account and navigating to the registration page. (You'll only see the option to register if you're in a high school grade or lower.)
by Dominator
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Re: Announcing Qblitz

Hey everyone! If you've already played the sample set, please go rate the questions. You'll be able to see rating and conversion statistics there. You will need to log in for this feature though, so if you haven't created an account yet, now would be a good time.
by Dominator
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Re: Announcing Qblitz

troyharris wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:03 pm
Why does the sample just keep repeating question one over and over? Am I missing something? Also, agreed, the speed needs to be increased.
No, you're not missing something. Apparently that error was due to a bug in a recent update. It's working properly now.

Thanks for pointing that out!
by Dominator
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Re: Announcing Qblitz

It would be really nice to be able to increase the speed at which the question appears, but the platform itself seems great Thanks for the kind words! Do other people agree about speed? When I experimented with speeding the reading up, I felt that I could comfortable go a little faster, but not muc...
by Dominator
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Re: Announcing Qblitz

I definitely initially found it odd that I wasn't immediately given an answer but shrugged it off and assumed it would come at the end. Personally, I would enjoy it more if the answer was given right away but I don't think it is a critical issue. On another note, is it possible to have a message al...
by Dominator
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 34
Views: 6444

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

I kind of want to push back on the idea that a 50 dollar increase to 650 dollars is out of line. HSNCT charges $675 per team. NSC charges $695 per team. I realize that NASAT teams are more likely to be paying out of pocket, but that's not a given and that doesn't change the bottom line costs. To ad...
by Dominator
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Re: Announcing Qblitz

One quick comment after playing the sample: it'd be nice to get real-time feedback on whether you were right/wrong per tossup, rather than waiting until the end of the sample to know your score. Thanks for the feedback. I'm interested to see if other people agree, or whether they'd find it slowed d...
by Dominator
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 2640

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Will school clubs be able to pay for this event? That's a great question, but one that's hard to give a definitive answer to. The issue is that schools tend to have very idiosyncratic rules about how they deal with money. Some are really easy and only need an invoice to cut a check, while others ne...
by Dominator
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Re: Announcing Qblitz

Thanks to the 100-ish people who went in and played the sample set ! Anyone playing the sample will see that we've implemented jonpin's advice Having played the sample questions, I might encourage you to create a keyboard control for buzzing and submitting answers, if that's feasible. and made the B...
by Dominator
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 2640

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Perhaps it is because I'm on mobile and the site does not work very well, but how much does this cost?... Two points: (1) We are still working with our web design team to make the site more responsive for smaller devices. That said, I'm still not sure we'll get it just right for phone-sized devices...
by Dominator
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Re: Announcing Qblitz

Having played the sample questions, I might encourage you to create a keyboard control for buzzing and submitting answers, if that's feasible. That's a good suggestion. I'll add it to my list. FWIW, submitting answers via button is not strictly necessary. Once the time runs out, whatever's in the b...
by Dominator
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 2640

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

vinteuil wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:49 pm
What question set will this tournament use?
Good question. We're writing the questions in-house.
by Dominator
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 3655

Announcing Qblitz

Hello quizbowl community! I'm excited to announce the advent of Qblitz! Qblitz is an online platform for playing quizbowl. It is asynchronous, allowing players to compete without the usual the constraints of time and space. To understand the system, it's probably easiest to play the sample . The sys...
by Dominator
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 2640

CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Qblitz is excited to announce its first ever tournament, Qblitz Winter 1, to take place between Monday January 28 and Friday February 1 of 2019. The tournament will take place online on the Qblitz website. The Qblitz website uses an automated moderator to read questions to players, and then tracks ...
by Dominator
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBT was looking for an experienced HS editor or 2
Replies: 8
Views: 3346

Re: IQBT is looking for an experienced HS editor or 2

I don't really see how these differences make a big difference on the user end. I'm more interested in how this program improves that user experience - you say that it's an additional forum to get feedback, but I'm not sure why that's more helpful than just doing more for the PACE program. Really? ...
by Dominator
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 6160

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues. Naveed (personal communication): "There's nothing worse than "hypothetical" threads that are clearly about a specific...
by Dominator
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 6160

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues.
by Dominator
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 573
Views: 247069

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

If this is what we're doing, I've got 3 packets of IHO Sports I can read if anyone is interested. It's not a hard set, and it tries not to be too American-centric.
by Dominator
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Jasmine: A SoCal NASAT Mirror (07/07/18)
Replies: 2
Views: 1727

Re: Jasmine: A SoCal NASAT Mirror (07/07/18)

So, there is a team's worth of free agents, including me, listed on the signup doc. Are those people planning on playing? Is it time to team up?
by Dominator
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 46442

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

Ent wrote:My own concern stems from a false accusation leveled against me three years ago that could have cost me my career had I not had sane and critically thinking administrators.
This also happened to me. I am a big fan of sanity and critical thinking.
by Dominator
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 3921

Re: IHSA 17-18

Congratulations to all the teams that played in Peoria today, particularly Williamsville and Stevenson.

If anyone has any feedback on the questions, I'd like to hear it. I'd also love to hear any good stories or anecdotes.
by Dominator
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 38495

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I was looking at the state tournament schedule at http://www.ihsa.org/data/scores/scb28r16.htm and was wondering if anyone knew how IHSA splits teams into pools. Is it seeded, random draw, geographic, or what? It's my understanding that pooling is random. Having the two best teams have to play for ...
by Dominator
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 38495

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I think the Sectionals packets were pretty well-written, though wording was a little difficult to understand. And this is probably a dumb question, but do CE and Geo fall under Misc for IHSA? Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to IHSA State, but I wish good luck to all of you who are goin...
by Dominator
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 38495

Re: Illinois '17-'18

For the bonus, it asked something along the lines of "what type of numbers does Catalan's conjecture say 9 and 8 are the only examples of whose difference is 1", and my team said "integer powers", but the answer that it was asking for was "powers of prime numbers". Catalan's conjecture refers to po...
by Dominator
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices in Randomization
Replies: 7
Views: 2967

Re: Best Practices in Randomization

Having manually created sets, a hour would be very short indeed. Agreed. But I feel like the last set I packetized (in Packetizor) took 3-4 hours for 12.5 packets. If there is some precursory work leading up to an hour of computation and followed up by the manual checks and fixes, I'd guess that th...
by Dominator
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices in Randomization
Replies: 7
Views: 2967

Re: Best Practices in Randomization

Once editors actually tagged their questions by category, it took (according to him) about an hour to packetize the entire set. This strikes me as a long time for an automated system. That's starting to approach the territory where there's no real time savings over question-by-question placement, e...
by Dominator
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices in Randomization
Replies: 7
Views: 2967

Best Practices in Randomization

The question management system I'm working on, Packetizor, currently does not randomize packets. That is by design. In my early days of tournament production, I used randomization software to place questions under certain constraints (major categories balanced by halves, consecutive questions not in...
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 38495

Re: Illinois '17-'18

hcube wrote:I reflex-buzzed on the word Kolmogorov
What have we done?!?!?!
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 38495

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I will note - hearing "zero-one law" and buzzing with Kolmogorov is a significantly different quizbowl experience than hearing "Kolomgorov" + a description of tail probabilities and thinking that "zero and one" might be the answer. Brad is entirely right. (I forgot to complete this story after tell...
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 38495

Re: Illinois '17-'18

In Rd 1, a lit bonus mentioned Crane (the answer) as being the author of Sister Carrie . That shouldn't have happened. Also in Rd 1, a math tossup led-in with something to the effect of "...the gradient is an example of these things." The gradient is a vector of partial derivatives. It is not itsel...
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 38495

Re: Illinois '17-'18

P.S. I answered with just duel on the Cyrano de Bergerac clue and got prompted. Was this not accepted later? I don’t think a prompt is too heinous. First off, nice buzz! That play is awesome, that clue is about a particularly awesome part of it, and I'm glad you got points for it. "duel", "fight", ...
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 38495

Re: Illinois '17-'18

the return of AHAN wrote:My working theory on this year's IHSA set is that regionals were meant to approximate an A set, while sectionals will be like an IS set, and state will be like an SCT set.
There was no attempt to approximate an NAQT product.
by Dominator
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 4243

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

I'd be willing to write a few questions, especially for Scobol Solo. I would be happy to contribute to both Scobol Solo and Masonic, although I'm not sure how much I will be able to write. I'm not inexperienced as a writer but would be happy to improve my writing skills, especially at slightly lowe...
by Dominator
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 4243

Working on Illinois question sets

Greetings Illinois quizbowler! In your QB days, you have undoubtedly enjoyed tournaments run on sets written in Illinois: SCOP Novice, Scobol Solo, Masonics, IHSA, occasionally others. Those four sets get written every year, by people. Unfortunately, the number of people getting involved in writing ...
by Dominator
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Test a new question management system?
Replies: 1
Views: 1806

Test a new question management system?

I have made a question management system to facilitate collecting and editing questions and creating PDF packets (through customizable LaTeX) for quizbowl tournaments. It is derived from the Packetizor system used by the various incarnations of NHBB and also by SCOP. If you are interested in using t...
by Dominator
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 38495

Re: Illinois '17-'18

hcube wrote:Hello-does anyone know if there will be computational math tossups this year for IHSA?
As in 2016, there will be none.

I was out of the loop last year. Did the 2017 set have comp math tossups?
by Dominator
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 12
Views: 6593

Re: Women in Sets

I think Mike's and Alex's posts give valid reasons to expect that the man-question-to-woman-question ratio is higher than 1:1, but I don't think they explain the 8:1 or 20:1 ratios seen in these sets. Take a look, for example, at the disparity between the history answer lines and literature answer l...