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by touchpack
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 5416

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Looking back on this question, I think _orthonormal_ should be acceptable before the word "normalized"--while the wording of the clues more directly hints towards _orthogonal_, the first two sentences are both certainly true for an answer of "orthonormal" as well (in particular, the phrase "proporti...
by touchpack
Wed May 29, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 5416

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

On another note on that question, I'm a huge fan of NAQT adopting verbose prompts! Within reason. When an answer line reaches three lines of text, it doesn't matter if we've been given a note to "look over this answer line in advance", it's going to be difficult to parse in real-time. Those advance...
by touchpack
Wed May 29, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 83
Views: 5416

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Bar in Nighthawks should probably have been accepted upon protest, right? I don't think I lodged a protest, but they were looking for restaurant of diner. I don't think the protest would have mattered anyway. FWIW, I said "the bar in Nighthawks" and it was accepted, although I heard that most peopl...
by touchpack
Tue May 28, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT
Replies: 18
Views: 4193

Re: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT

Echoing Noah and Jonathen here: this set did have some issues (weird difficulty swings and difficulty cliffs, some of the creative ideas just didn't work out that well, etc.) However, it also had a bunch of really excellent questions, and the whimsy factor was really, really enjoyable. Thanks to the...
by touchpack
Mon May 06, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media
Replies: 26
Views: 4438

Re: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media

Since NCTs run on timing, I don't think there's any actual risk of one game finishing entirely ahead of another game played on the same questions. Actually, this happens somewhat frequently, and it makes liveblogging question content for the prelims infeasible. The card system requires that game-de...
by touchpack
Thu May 02, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 7775

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

As someone who is not a huge fan of most subfields of earth science, it's way more than just "geology and physical geography." Off the top of my head, there's also geophysics, atmospheric science and meteorology, hydrology (encompassing ocean science, freshwater science, and stuff about groundwater)...
by touchpack
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16898

Re: Player Poll 2019

Science Man here giving my thoughts on Science People: Geoff is #1, and it's not close. Look at his PIANO and ICT stats if you don't believe me--dude is a monster with high potential to become the GOAT in undergrad. #2 through #4 are, in some order, Kai Smith, Adam Silverman, and Stephen Eltinge. Ka...
by touchpack
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 9
Views: 2319

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

NAQT already has 1/1 math at the HSNCT and SSNCT, though some of the bonuses are computational.
by touchpack
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 7775

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Because there's no clear reason that math should beat out any number of equally deserving things for a 1/1 slot among 20/20; if, hypothetically, the standard quizbowl tournament were to be 24/24, then I think math would have a case. Definitely agreed with this, but even then, I'm not sure math woul...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14938

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Are stats going to be posted for this, or are they a casualty of the paper scoresheets / bad hotel internet?
by touchpack
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36856

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

There is : here or on the Academic Competition Federation facebook page . Hey, for the future, please don't ever stream quizbowl on facebook. It's a notoriously garbage streaming service which, on top of other issues, has literally zero mobile support! I was unable to listen to the finals because o...
by touchpack
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 12422

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Personally I'd love to see a 40-team ICT with 15 rounds - 7 prelims and 8 playoffs. Presumably teams are willing to pay more for the guaranteed extra rounds. Given that each round takes about 30 minutes, particularly considering the generally excellent logistics of the ICT, you could maybe start pr...
by touchpack
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14938

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

NAQT staff check-in (and some set-up tasks) for the ICT *starts* at 7:30, so a 6:30 start time for this tournament is completely infeasible (unless you can get Joel to exempt Lederberg participants)
by touchpack
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14938

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I would very much like to play this, but I am staffing GOLBEZ where/when it is run (currently Saturday night at ICT), regardless of the date/time chosen for this tournament.
by touchpack
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals playtesting
Replies: 26
Views: 7369

Re: ACF Regionals playtesting

I'm going to playtest physics and other science this weekend or early next week. I'll probably hold the sessions one after the other, but I'm open to having them at separate times depending on interest. I've made two doodle polls to select times: physics , other science . In addition to the times I...
by touchpack
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5558

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I'm looking at advanced stats for earlier mirrors of EFT and I'm seriously questioning why it was necessary to take them at all. The stats confirm unequivocally things that should have been obvious to the editors: T.S. Eliot was far too easy, the 1400s were far too fraudable, and Winterreise was fa...
by touchpack
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 29454

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Can you guys decide on a date soon? I work ~26 weekends a year and need to request time off well in advance.
by touchpack
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 29454

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: 89
Views: 29454

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: 89
Views: 29454

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: 53
Views: 14728

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
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 5502

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

A receptor partially named for this compound is activated by a peptide found in Gila monster venom. A peptide that is “like” this compound is an example of an incretin, whose production is blocked by DPP-4 inhibitors like Januvia . This compound upregulates a pathway that uses enzymes like HMG-CoA ...
by touchpack
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 8730

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: 7681

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: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47387

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: 25214

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: 20066

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: 5193

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: 7135

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: 11023

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: 11023

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: 11023

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: 11023

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: 10209

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: 10209

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: 10209

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: 5308

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: 10209

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: 5308

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: 15452

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: 29422

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: 10086

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: 11900

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: 7362

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: 40102

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: 4569

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: 8025

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: 38489

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...