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by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Feeling Trapped in Hudson Valley(NY)
Replies: 8
Views: 1627

Re: Feeling Trapped in Hudson Valley(NY)

Hi Michael, It's great to see that there are players from Westchester who want to get more involved in pyramidal quizbowl and I'm sorry that you've hit a few roadblocks along the way. Speaking as someone who also played in Westchester, I know that getting yourself and your teammates involved isn't p...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Introducing BPA, a new evaluation metric using detailed stats
Replies: 7
Views: 3865

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

Does this metric factor in negs? Would that be a useful feature? It seems that adding a negative value, namely the difference between the minimum of question length and correct answer buzz point and the neg point, could shed some insight on how negs affect how much of the tournament is heard. I supp...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 7379

Re: The end of the match

SNIP And I couldn’t tell u how many times I’ve had in my lifetime people in those lines tell me to “fuck off” (any sport applies). So I think the current system although chaotic is better at its heart Good grief, where did you grow up? (Sees Austin is from the Detroit area) All right, story checks ...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 6702

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

So I've seen a few posts saying that this year's Regionals was harder than usual. This puzzles me a bit, because I actually felt that Regs was actually slightly easier than normal this year. I don't plan on presenting anything more than an anecdotal opinion, so if the stats bear out that this year t...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Tournaments need staff in order to run
Replies: 8
Views: 2835

Re: Tournaments need staff in order to run

In fairness, I presume one of the tournaments that Eliza is referring to is Sectionals at Yale where 36 teams are registered. When is the last time that a college tournament had a field of that size (excluding Nats obviously)? I looked back through the NAQT website and over the past 7-8 years no Sec...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Don DeLillo Presents WAO II Global Announcement (Nov. 2017)
Replies: 77
Views: 37345

Re: Don DeLillo Presents WAO II Global Announcement (Nov. 20

Fine Arts (3/3) 1/1 – Auditory Fine Arts 1/1 – Visual Fine Arts 1/1 – Other Fine Arts (1 each on Other Visual and Other Audio) Can we get some elaboration on this? It doesn't make sense to me to have 1/1 Audio and 1/1 Visual and then have the last 1/1 be Other Audio and Other Visual. Am I to assume...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17
Replies: 11
Views: 3643

Re: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17

I will be replacing Sameen on Michael's team.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)
Replies: 35
Views: 12491

Re: Cambridge Open mirror in NYC (07/01/2017)

that awful system that makes a sound like a dying bird Is that our buzzer system you're talking about? I just put myself down as a staffer on the spreadsheet and it looks to me as if I'm the only one staffing so far. I don't know if there are other people who have otherwise signaled intent to staff...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 35298

Re: 2017 ICT bids

That system seems like the best approach so far, though I'm a little leery of that kind of value judgement in general, unless there's something like a large benefit of the doubt. I think pretty much all the reforms (save getting rid of UG bids and forbidding teams from going to different sites, whi...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 39740

Re: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion

First let me say that, as far as I'm concerned, splitting teams is no different than sending a team to a different site. I suppose if people want to argue that it may stunt the growth of certain regions (an argument that, judging from the comments of people who actually run tournaments in such regio...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What keeps you doing quizbowl?
Replies: 25
Views: 10000

Re: What keeps you doing quizbowl?

I know this thread has extended quite a bit past the OP, but I'll try to answer the original two questions from my own experience. 1. What keeps you doing quizbowl? Rather, what keeps you going, even in the face, say, getting slaughtered in a game? I never think about quizbowl as solely about winnin...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 15541

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

I can only think of a couple reasons a distribution exists in quizbowl 1. People know what's going to be asked about 2. The games stay fair and there is less packet-to-packet variance If there are a bunch of other reasons that I'm missing, I'm happy to abandon the forthcoming argument I'm sure this ...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 94
Views: 42923

Re: community question clinic

One thing I would suggest when writing bonuses is to use the lead in prompt to clue something as opposed to just stating "answer some questions about [insert topic here]". You only have a couple of lines for a bonus part and especially at ACF Fall you want to pack as many clues as possible in there.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: I Don't Understand
Replies: 20
Views: 7815

Re: I Don't Understand

From your signature, I'm assuming that you either a freshman or sophomore and by your statement about your teammate doing something for college that they are older than you by at least 1 or 2 years. If you are a JV player, and by far the teams top scorer, your time to be captain will come. If it rea...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 9584

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

I disagree with Cody about the prompting on DeWitt Clinton example, because George Clinton is a major figure in New York politics at more or less the same time period in American history. I would definitely confuse these two in a tossup. I dont think its impossible that someone would end up saying s...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall Tournament @ NYU (October 1st, 2016)
Replies: 15
Views: 7683

Re: Early Fall Tournament @ NYU (October 1st, 2016)

Thank you to everyone who came to this tournament, I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Thank you to everyone who brought buzzers, everyone who came out to read especially Richard Yu, York Chen, and Jason Lai. Thank you to Will Alston and his team of writers for producing an enjoyable set. Congratulat...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16
Replies: 31
Views: 12033

Re: Side Event Tournament in NYC- 8/7/16

A member of the NYU quizbowl team received an email saying that we would have 8 rooms until 9 PM. I dont know how long the 3 events planned are going to run, but we do have plenty of time. The registration spreadsheet (which you can get access to by email columbia quizbowl, email address on the firs...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 32485

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

Regarding repeating answer lines: Obviously some answer lines are broad and well known enough to use completely different clues (for example something like a country like France/UK/US/Germany). However, something I saw at least once was that there were questions whose answer lines were people or eve...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 NAQT SCT at Brown (2/6/16)
Replies: 4
Views: 2767

Re: 2016 NAQT SCT at Brown (2/6/16)

Is there a field cap for this and is it likely to be increased if necessary?
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New College Contact List
Replies: 39
Views: 28834

Re: New College Contact List

Awesome. Thanks for the verification.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New College Contact List
Replies: 39
Views: 28834

Re: New College Contact List

Is this still a thing? If so, am I just not finding it?
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: ACF Fall for high schoolers
Replies: 57
Views: 17243

Re: ACF Fall for high schoolers

This thread makes no sense to me. I would understand if the general idea of thread was "ACF Fall is too expensive, if it remains at this price we wont play". But that's not what I'm getting as the general vibe here. This thread (or at least that part of the thread) seems to just be about complaining...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 575
Views: 257527

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I wrote a packet of (mostly art) film tossups, which I'll read tonight at 11:00 Eastern in #film.
Will this packet be posted at any point?
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Wed May 27, 2015 4:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Columbia Summer Practices
Replies: 5
Views: 2589

Re: Columbia Summer Practices

Arrggh. I wish I saw this earlier today.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT @ Rutgers (04/12/15)
Replies: 26
Views: 13432

Re: MUT @ Rutgers (04/12/15)

but a number of teams weren't there on time Teams: show up on time! I will say that in defense of Columbia and NYU that we waited 15 minutes for a bus that never came so we ended up walking from the station to campus. Ultimately, we could (and probably should) have arrived 15 minutes earlier. On th...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback
Replies: 23
Views: 4589

Re: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback

The Kurt Cobain Suicide note was a great idea for a tossup.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 18366

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Maybe this is just bias because I knew the answer, but didn't the C. Kirchner question seem relatively easy? I'm pretty sure that the lead-in was the same clue as a clue in the middle of an SCT tossup on Argentina and that seemed a bit off.
Also can I see the Wong Kar-Wai tossup?
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT Team?
Replies: 23
Views: 9742

Re: NY NASAT Team?

STIMPY is going to be used well into April, so you guys might be able to ask the people in charge of that if no one plans on playing it. It would be best to get a list of interested people as soon as possible for the reasons Marianna outlined. That way it will be possible to see if an in person tryo...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 9143

Re: 2015 Regionals: Specific question requests and discussio

Can I see the Dirichlet tossup? Am I correct in assuming that question was in this set? I think I may have missed the clue, but it seems weird that a tossup on him at regular difficulty wouldn't mention his function.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT
Replies: 36
Views: 4695

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I SCT

Can I see the Honduras tossup? I want to see the exact wording on one of the clues
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going To College Next Year? 2013-14
Replies: 45
Views: 16232

Re: Where Will You Be Going To College Next Year? 2013-14

Last year, I seem to remember a massive list of graduating seniors and where they were going to college being compiled. Is something similar going to manifest itself this year?
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012-13 NAQT IS set discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7372

Re: 2012-13 NAQT IS set discussion

The French New Wave tossup from IS126 please.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NASAT Set & Tournament Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 10287

Re: 2013 NASAT Set & Tournament Discussion

Another note: the mutations toss-up was uncharacteristically easy for this tournament. Easy might not be the right word, though--transparent maybe? I didn't know all of the early clues, but "mutation" was what kept coming to mind because of the phrasing of the question. You want transparent? How ab...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reverse Powering: An exercise in Game Theory?
Replies: 15
Views: 3025

Re: Reverse Powering: An exercise in Game Theory?

This exercise in game thoery would probably lead to a more conservative gameplay. If you keep a -5 for negging, then the opposing team gets an extra 5 points for just waiting till the end of the question. Most players wouldn't wait to get a few extra points, but people would probably sit on question...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 36594

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

I am curious as to how many players Livingston is returning. They put up good bonus conversion numbers and held their own against some good teams. West WIndsor Plainsboro should also be strong next year; I think that most of their players are juniors and this is a team that beat Irvington and Ridgew...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 35159

Re: 2013 NAC

Ok. So i was gonna post the top five playoffs seeds for varsity in DC if anyone cares, because that is probably more fitting to go under 2013 NAC than yelling at John about the Baltimore-DC circuit and Its Academic. 1. Hastings 2. Ardsley 3. Irvington 4. Horace Greeley 5. Booker T. Washington The to...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Wed May 29, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Laker Challenge (Mountain Lakes, NJ): 5/18/13 (CMST IV)
Replies: 15
Views: 6312

Re: Laker Challenge (Mountain Lakes, NJ): 5/18/13 (CMST IV)

Is the Briarcliff Middle School that came to this from Briarcliff, NY? Like in Westchester?
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sat May 04, 2013 12:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 35159

Re: 2012 NAC

It's not well run because there's less teams, it's because those teams play 6 prelim games over the space of 2 days which (barring hotel fire drills, which happened last year to us) is pretty easy to manage.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Travelling with large trophies - a logistical problem
Replies: 19
Views: 5787

Re: Travelling with large trophies - a logistical problem

I'm interested to hear how Sameer's attempt to transport his NHBB hardware went.
He curled himself up in the bowl trophy while clutching the other one and had someone mail it back to California
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Left-Wing Questions?
Replies: 42
Views: 14268

Re: Left-Wing Questions?

Saturday in our OAC regional we knocked a local public school out twice (by overwhelming margins, no less) to eliminate them from states contention. Their coach, right in front of us in the hall-way after the game, exclaimed "this is what happens when we have to play private schools". Good gravy, i...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 9786

Re: Question-specific discussion

thank you. and yes the berlin school removes all ambiguity from the third part as i had suspected.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Trash mashup packet discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 2208

Re: Trash discussion

I was preparing to leave mortified at how awful the trash was, but I enjoyed the trash esp. the pokemon biology bonus. A number of them had very good easy medium hard structures. Also can i see the trash bonus from round 1, on serial/cereal or whatever? EDIT: Woops misinterpreted that. The R.E.M For...
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 9786

Re: Question-specific discussion

what is the discrepancy in the Gestalt bonus? because i think there might be vagueness in the part where it asks about the city where it was developed. A bunch of the psychologists who founded it worked together in frankfurt as well as berlin so i'm not sure if its vague or not.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims 2012-2013
Replies: 107
Views: 610867

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims 2012-2013

NY States cannot be hosted by Irvington. Apologies to anyone who wanted to do this.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Jersey NASAT Try-Outs in April
Replies: 22
Views: 5577

Re: New Jersey NASAT Try-Outs in April

If I end up going to NJ States and that ends up being the venue, could I do this just to see how I'd compare?
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY NASAT
Replies: 12
Views: 3801

Re: NY NASAT

Honestly, it's just Hunter A. It really is up to them if they want to go to NASAT.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims 2012-2013
Replies: 107
Views: 610867

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims 2012-2013

I did not know that.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims 2012-2013
Replies: 107
Views: 610867

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims 2012-2013

I'm pretty sure we have like no money to host a tournament. I can double check this week.
by ProfessorIanDuncan
Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 6849

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Fair enough. Maybe that's just my opinion because the de Broglie equation is legitimately the only formula i seem to know.