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by touchpack
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5439

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

One other point I'd like to make: part of the allure of playing a hard-difficulty open tournament is the opportunity for a highly competitive field to form from groups of highly talented quizbowlers of various ages and various locations travelling to one place. Like, Chicago Open has exactly one sit...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5439

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I went to Michigan State as an undergraduate and road-tripped with Joe, Connor, and Ryan Dillon to Minneapolis for Minnesota Open -- that was just the sort of thing you had to do to play! There was an entire era when the main site of Minnesota Open was an event that people would travel long distanc...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5439

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Do not hold two Midwest mirrors, period, full stop.

Nobody wants to play in the fractured fields that would result, and I implore the editors to cancel one of them immediately.
by touchpack
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 4485

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

This was a mostly quite good set of novice science questions, I can think of very little to nitpick! -The first clue of the tossup on "pressure" actually refers to energy density, but it doesn't accept that."It can be easily shown that the radiation pressure exerted by a light wave is equal to the e...
by touchpack
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 3996

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

I know this is tooting my own horn a bit, but for easier tournaments, I was really proud of the work my co-editors and I did on MUT 2014, and I remember that set being very well-received as well.
by touchpack
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 3951

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

I think if this thread was really meant to answer the question being posed, there was no reason to go through the specifics. On the other hand, if the events of the tournament production deserve a broader analysis, then maybe they should have been. But in that case, I think the OP should have been ...
by touchpack
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 26630

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 touchpack
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 12830

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Could I see the tossup on bacteriophages from Round 8? I remember protesting because they were referred to as organisms, which I believe was a dispute in other rooms as well. It's my understanding (correct me if I'm wrong) that viruses are not considered organisms, but the ruling from the control r...
by touchpack
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 12497

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I think there should be more regular-minus tournaments, and "regular" should be more carefully controlled (e.g. this year's Regionals, despite its brilliances, could have had much more tapering on the hard side of its distribution), but I don't think "regular" itself needs to change. If there are m...
by touchpack
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 2359

Re: CMST: General Discussion

I thought the science in this tournament was very good, especially considering the relative inexperience of the writers/editors. There was a bit of a lack of polish at times, but the core topics the writers selected tended to be very important, the execution was generally pretty good, and there were...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 4688

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

no matter what, the 1 v 2 match should never be the first round of the tournament . I would go a bit further, and say that the 1v3 and 2v3 matches also, in general, tend to be critical matches, and should never be put in round 1. As an addendum--PLEASE room-balance your schedules! It doesn't take t...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 6447

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

I only meant to assert in my post that creating a D2 set seems logistically straightforward, unless the Regionals set poses unique challenges I wouldn't know about. If creating a D2 set would necessitate, say, reworking the Nationals set, or field and qualification system, or something else I'm not...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 6447

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

You forgot this one, but UVA 2014 also got 25 ppb on Penn-ance. Your point is taken; I usually think of Penn Bowl as somewhere just above regular, but if that's the case Regionals this year was even harder. . Dope! I remembered that 25 PPB performance, but forgot that it was Penn-ance, not Penn Bow...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 6447

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

Given the experiences of Sebastian and other new-to-quizbowl people on ACF regionals, and given the fact that first buzzes seem to be occurring at around 1/3 of the way through the question...I actually see no problem with driving down "regular" difficulty to something just above where EFT was this...
by touchpack
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 6447

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

Comparing SCT to Regionals numbers misses the point of what Andrew was saying--if Regionals is indeed too hard for large portions of its audience, the number of teams in attendance wouldn't be monotonically increasing every year. (and there are other reasons why SCT is larger than Regionals which ar...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 3937

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

8. One technique in the nonlinear branch of this field uses a so-called sliding-mode. Solving the algebraic Riccati equation is tantamount to solving the infinite horizon LQR problem in this field. That solution arises from solving the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation with linear dynamics, and aris...
by touchpack
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 3937

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

The problem with the control theory tossup is NOT the answerline, which is an excellent idea, but one of the clues: there is a "Nyquist criterion" in both control theory and signal processing, and the tossup gives no description alongside the namedrop, so a player has no way of knowing which Nyquist...
by touchpack
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 3937

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

On the topic of plasmas, following up to your comment in the other thread, is Bohmian diffusion really that well known? When I did a packet search, I only saw it come up a few times, but if it's a stock clue I'll switch it out for something else. It comes up quite frequently . It's absolutely a fin...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 2236

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

What was the distro for Other Science? Based on my memory, I would guess something like 50% math and 12.5% each of astro, CS, earth sci, and misc. engineering. If so, that's decidedly non-standard and something which 1) should have been advertised beforehand and 2) is worth discussing the pros and c...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 3937

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

--The whistler mode is something that can occur in ANY plasma, not just the Earth's ionosphere, and thus can be caused, in theory, by many different things, not just lightning. Here are a few sources I found from a cursory Google search describing whistler modes in different contexts. --Grubbs' firs...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 2236

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

The science in this set had a lot of interesting ideas/clues and had decent potential, but was mired by a few issues: 1) Bizarre difficulty swings: As Adam pointed out, migratory insertions is way too hard to toss up at regular difficulty--I also think ruthenium and trigonal bipyramidal are pushing ...
by touchpack
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 11814

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

Hey guys, as you know, I wrote the biology, chemistry, and physics for this tournament. (Outside my categories, I also wrote the tossup on Wes Montgomery, a tossup on transfer functions which Ike converted to a bonus, and the score clues in the tossup on Maiden Voyage) First, I'd like to apologize t...
by touchpack
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 23990

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Hey, this is an official tournament announcement from the editors. We understand that there are travel issues caused by the current thunderstorm. The weather is expected to clear up by 2 am, so if you can reschedule your flight into Chicago for the morning and still arrive, that would be great. Furt...
by touchpack
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 7369

Re: The Case for Short Questions

(perhaps not coincidentally, about 100 characters of 10 point TNR fits on a single line). Finally, I calculated the average tossup length for a couple commonly mirrored high school tournaments this year. IS set: ~4.25 DI SCT: ~5.00 WHAQ: 5.48 HFT: 6.00 EMT: 7.45 EFT: 7.55 Penn Bowl: 7.80 Terrapin: ...
by touchpack
Thu May 04, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Subject-specific player polls
Replies: 29
Views: 9227

Re: Subject-specific player polls

I say this because I think this thread is likely to make zero progress if a whole bunch of people just post to say, "My teammate is really good at X. I saw him second-line a tossup on Y one time!" For what it's worth, I'm more interested in those kind of posts than in making any real "progress." I ...
by touchpack
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 5011

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

I think Evan is correct with his assessment on the packet's difficulty--I'd also add that Sam's answer of "erythrogenesis" was correct and should have been accepted (not sure why Maryland didn't protest, but thankfully it didn't matter!), making the count of dead tossups in that game even smaller. A...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29844

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

if any1 haz ict packets pls send 2 cutieteen94@hotmail.com More seriously, I'm pretty sure NAQT's writer contracts give them exclusive rights to the questions. I don't think there's any moral content to NAQT's intellectual property rights over its questions that makes it okay to privatize their set...
by touchpack
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division II ICT: specific question discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 2082

Re: 2017 Division II ICT: specific question discussion

Is there a reason why in the Div II version of the tossup on m.a.a.d., the word acronym is out of power but in the div I version acronym is still in power? I think acronym should be in power for both. In the div II version, there is almost no initial indication what the tossup is looking for, since...
by touchpack
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 4004

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I will make a more detailed post later, but as a science (and especially chemistry) player this was the most fun I've had at a tournament in at LEAST the last year and a half. Big thank you to the editors for putting this together!
by touchpack
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 27774

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Putting aside the arguments about morals/ethics for a second.... Publicly shaming a team, especially a team that isn't intimately connected with the online qb comunnity like WKU, for "poor stats," is bullying. It's this type of insidery bullshit that makes HSQB seem so intimidating and scary to outs...
by touchpack
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 27774

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Here are some stats from recent ICTs:

2016: The top 25 teams (by D-value) all qualified for ICT
2015: top 27
2014: top 19
2013: top 23
2012: top 25

Average: 23.8

This year: top 12


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by touchpack
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 27774

Re: 2017 ICT bids

It's definitely clear that NAQT is giving out WAY too many bids (for UG, hosting, guest editing, etc.) Only FOUR teams (out of 32) qualified on the strength of their D-value. The team with the 13th best D-value (Duke) got bubbled!
by touchpack
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 33326

Re: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion

I would hate to see newer players discouraged by better teams gaming the system. I am firmly of the opinion that it's very rare for players, and certainly rare for whole teams/programs, to give up on quiz bowl due to beat-downs from better teams. It often seems like it's good players/teams who make...
by touchpack
Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 33326

Re: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion

Insofar as the opinions of an undergraduate president of a 12-person club in a podunk circuit matter, here are mine. To answer Vasa's (likely rhetorical) question, in my opinions SCT is first and foremost the qualifier for ICT. It's a fun tournament, it's nice to have a that-difficulty tournament i...
by touchpack
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 33326

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

I tend to agree here, and am interested to learn if NAQT has considered the proposition from a couple years ago of expanding DI to 36 teams (which would have many benefits, including allowing more teams pushed to the bubble by the D-value system into the field and expanding the playoff bracket size...
by touchpack
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 14598

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2017

So this isn't actually about the SCT questions, but it involves SCT question content, so I'm posting it here. If a moderator believes that this discussion merits a new thread, feel free to split it off. Twice in our games at the Chicago mirror, a moderator made a mistake regarding acceptable answer...
by touchpack
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Science Feedback Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 531

Re: Science Feedback Thread

This set was really, really good considering the circumstances surrounding its creation. I'm very impressed that James and Jonathan were able to put together a solid-quality set despite having no editing experience at this level and having limited knowledge of some of the subject matter. My only ove...
by touchpack
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 12677

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

The last time someone proposed a mandatory science history distribution (0.5/0.5, as part of science), people wrote a bunch of shitty and unenjoyable questions. I do think there is a place for SOME science history-type stuff in science questions when the lessons learned are relevant to modern scienc...
by touchpack
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 3015

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

Chicago A converted the Trilemma bonus part without too much difficulty.
by touchpack
Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 15579

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

I fully agree with Ike that the subtext of this thread makes writing science seem impossible and intimidating and is discouraging to new writers. These types of nitpicks tend to range from "minor" to "extremely minor" in terms of how much they actually affect gameplay, while being able to write ques...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 3015

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

George Corfield wrote:The first line of the joints tossup contains the word "periarticular" which only requires you to know that articular is the adjective which refers to joints, which isn't especially difficult.
Thanks, I replaced it with a clue about HLA-B27.
by touchpack
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 3015

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

stuff about the biodiversity question One measure of this property is denoted H because its formula is the same as that of the H-function from thermodynamics; that measure is the Shannon index. Ooooof, this one's on me; that's an embarrassing oversight. I added "it has nothing to do with informatio...
by touchpack
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 1703

Re: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion

Oh yeah, the set was pretty good in general, I should add. Other minor complaint about the subdistro: there seemed to be a lot of molecular/quantum chem + quantum phys + astronomy (not even cosmology), and not as much organic chem or engineering. Like, I think there were tossups on Schrodinger, MOs...
by touchpack
Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 3015

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

stuff about the biodiversity question One measure of this property is denoted H because its formula is the same as that of the H-function from thermodynamics; that measure is the Shannon index. Ooooof, this one's on me; that's an embarrassing oversight. I added "it has nothing to do with informatio...
by touchpack
Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 71
Views: 3015

Re: 2016 Terrapin Specific Question Discussion and Errata

I profusely apologize about the state of the computer science in the set. Unfortunately I know very, very little about computer science and did not delegate effectively, so stuff got pushed to last-minute and most of it was written the night before and/or completely unedited. I will make sure ALL of...
by touchpack
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 13778

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

I actually thought the bonus part on Babinet's principle was fine--I learned about it in freshman-level optics lab. I realize my post (and many of these other posts) come off as rather aggressive towards the individual writer/editor of the questions, but that isn't my intention. I think the idea of ...
by touchpack
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 13778

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

Science Guy reporting in here: As other people have said, there were some questions that were really inappropriately hard across all of the sciences in the set, which I absolutely agree with. I'm going to specifically focus on the physics, which was really bad. Too Hard stuff: In the packets we read...
by touchpack
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History
Replies: 58
Views: 26007

Re: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History

This is probably more general than what you're thinking of, but I thought about how upsets are made possible. I guess I'll say there's a few things that typically happen: 1. The other team makes mistakes. Typically, they will do things like "neg in their own categories," or be very aggressive, perh...
by touchpack
Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 30116

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

He asked if I could get about 5 others in my area, train them on the format and drive them to DC. I have the experience of being one of these people "in the area" for Bunnie, who drove me to DC to help as a volunteer for Nationals in 2015. I was strictly a volunteer and expected no payment, as I fe...
by touchpack
Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 24367

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Ah, I forgot to comment on the preponderance of orgo in this tournament, especially in the packets played by the top bracket. It indeed was A Thing. 50% orgo is by no means standard in 2016--NAQT mandates between 25% and 37.5% orgo, while I personally aim for around 30-40%. By my count, the tossups ...