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by a bird
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16901

Re: Player Poll 2019

Not only is Caleb Kendrick a really good quizbowl generalist, he's probably the best philosophy player in the country In addition to being a really strong generalist and an elite philosophy player, I want to mention that Caleb is also really good at social science. Many people think of Weijia as ou...
by a bird
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5983

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

I agree with Chris and Jack that this year's crossover playoff felt less complete than a full round robin in the top bracket. In addition to the point about playoff losses not carrying over, we should remember that this year's format can also erase playoff wins against higher finishing opponents (e....
by a bird
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Terrapin Open Discord mirror (2/23/19) [REGISTRATION CLOSED]
Replies: 15
Views: 4725

Re: 2019 Terrapin Open Discord mirror (2/23/19) [REGISTRATION CLOSED]

We're going to be reading some of the remaining packets in Discord tonight, starting around 7:00 pm EST. Message me or Ophir if you need more details.
by a bird
Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 9803

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I'm curious to hear people's thoughts about physics and other science, in terms of difficulty, subject matter and execution. I tried to strike a balance between important things experts would know about and accessibility/maintaining interest from a non scientific audience. I'm specifically intereste...
by a bird
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals playtesting
Replies: 26
Views: 7369

Re: ACF Regionals playtesting

I'm going to try to playtest math and earth science tonight starting at 9:00 pm eastern. Message me if you're interested; I'd be happy to have more participants even if they're not experts.
by a bird
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals playtesting
Replies: 26
Views: 7369

Re: ACF Regionals playtesting

I'm going to playtest the other science this weekend or next Monday. I'll be reaching out to everyone who's expressed interest to decide the time, but feel free to message me if you haven't expressed interest already.
by a bird
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals playtesting
Replies: 26
Views: 7369

Re: ACF Regionals playtesting

I'm going to schedule a playtesting session for Sunday (1/13) at 9:00 pm (8:00 central), hopefully allowing all three interested players to participate. This session will be mostly focussed on physics, but we'll do some other science as time allows. I'll send instructions for this session on Sunday ...
by a bird
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:55 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.
by a bird
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 13176

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

To summarize, I know the number of teams limits your logistical options, but I think last year's format (with 36 teams) was significantly better. This is why I think directors should take format into account more when determining field caps. I know you want to let as many people as possible play th...
by a bird
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 13176

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

I agree with what Jacob and Weijia posted above and want to thank Margaret and Penn for their logistical efforts. I have a few comments about the format: The prelim felt too long. Jacob and Weijia pointed out issues with having long prelim (and a late lunch). Here is another point. I think it would ...
by a bird
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats
Replies: 24
Views: 4212

Re: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats

I made a list of teams and people who BPA indicates are very good at various categories (players with single category BPA above 25, teams with single category BPA above 30) (apologies for the formatting; this is copy-pasted from Excel). Brad McLain (Illinois A) Illinois A 32.955 Beliefs Kai Smith (...
by a bird
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 48
Views: 13303

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

Yes, the site restricts answers to things that have Wikipedia page titles and have been asked about three times. So if you can select it as an answer, it's totally fine! (We may have more data than the DBs you're using ... we also have lower standards.) Maybe I'm missing something, but I still thin...
by a bird
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)
Replies: 48
Views: 13303

Re: QANTA League: Human-Computer Open Tournament / Question Writing Competition (15. Dec, 2018, UMD)

Only things that have Wikipedia pages can be answers. I think some people (myself included) interpreted this to mean "if X is a Wikipedia page then X can be an answerline," not "the set of submittable answerlines is a subset of Wikipedia article titles." Based on the below post the restriction is t...
by a bird
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats
Replies: 24
Views: 4212

Re: EFT 2018 - Detailed stats

I've also added a link to a folder with graphs like the one below for each tossup. Thanks for making these! They seem like a really useful tool for seeing which questions generated lots of negs, which were powered very often, etc. Hopefully this will help writers and editors better anticipate how q...
by a bird
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 5502

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

The Hessian matrix clue in the derivatives tossup probably caused a few negs with "second derivatives."
by a bird
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5559

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Several thoughts: 1) The art distribution seemed very very 15th-17th century-heavy, with modern art suffering as a result I think this is an interesting point, and I agree that the painting tossups skewed towards pre 19th century art (with the exception of Russian constructivism and abstract expres...
by a bird
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 5502

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

I'm not sure exactly what the _bandwidth_ part in the laser bonus from packet 1 was talking about, but it seemed like the same thing as linewidth (see https://www.rp-photonics.com/bandwidth.html).
by a bird
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 5502

Re: EFT 2018 - Specific Question Discussion

I get why you’d want to write a question on _carbon and carbon_, but saying that you want “these two elements” seems objectively misleading. It seems to me that you could pull off the same thing by changing the pronouns and making the answerline _carbon-carbon bonds_ or _making carbon-carbon bonds_...
by a bird
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please hold online playtesting mirrors on Sundays
Replies: 4
Views: 2818

Re: Please hold online playtesting mirrors on Sundays

UlyssesInvictus wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:08 am
You know, now that this is being brought up, does anyone know why physical tournaments usually happen on Saturdays?
A large factor must be travel time. Driving 2-4+ hours after a tournament is easier on Saturday than Sunday, when people have class, work, etc. on Monday.
by a bird
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 21973

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018

The packet submission requirement this thread is: Packet submission Any team with at least two people on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament prior to September 1, 2017 is required to submit a half-packet, unless it is a high school team attending a high school-only mirr...
by a bird
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Attention Louisville and Princeton Quizbowl
Replies: 9
Views: 4254

Re: Attention Louisville and Princeton Quizbowl

I want to clarify a few things from my earlier post. I'm not advocating anyone break their university's rules, but if you have the option, external accounts are useful. While I previously focussed on what clubs can do, clearly tournament organizers can also help speed the process along. As editors f...
by a bird
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Attention Louisville and Princeton Quizbowl
Replies: 9
Views: 4254

Re: Attention Louisville and Princeton Quizbowl

I find your outrage rather incomprehensible. UofL Quizbowl is a part of the University of Louisville, and as such, as absolutely no ability whatsoever to simply mail out checks to people. I'm not commenting directly on Harris's outrage, but I want to point out that the above is an oversimplificatio...
by a bird
Thu May 03, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF should rename its "Division II" classification
Replies: 4
Views: 4022

Re: ACF should rename its "Division II" classification

I think this topic deserves more discussion. While I think it's important to recognize and reward less experienced players and teams at ACF events, the current setup can be quite confusing for the reasons Naveed pointed out. Beyond this confusion, it might worth discussing the purpose of D2 at ACF N...
by a bird
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: EFT at the University of Michigan (10/21)
Replies: 18
Views: 7827

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

At the risk of sounding like Naveed, I'm quoting Sam from the SMT@Harvard announcement thread: hosts need to be using SQBS to generate statistics, because the hsqb database only accepts SQBS reports. For a variety of reasons* hosts must put statistics on the hsqb database; this is why any time you p...
by a bird
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 7106

Re: Postseason poll

As for the rest, interested to hear discussion. Since Will and I mostly agree about the top 10, I'm going to list some thoughts about the rest of the top 25. I would break the remaining ranked teams into the following three categories. Teams that "proved themselves" or exceeded expectations at nati...
by a bird
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 7106

Re: Postseason poll

8. Minnesota (willing to discount the poor ICT performance, they had a great top bracket performance at ACF) 9. Michigan (despite above, I rate NAQT and ACF formats equally - this probably isn't true for everyone) 10. Berkeley B (top bracket at both Nationals, and ahead of Maryland and Chicago B, w...
by a bird
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 35602

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Physics was, by far, the hardest category for me to write. When I signed on to edit this tournament, I told Andrew H. that I would place question craftsmanship first and excitement second if at all, especially in this category. I knew I didn’t have the depth of knowledge to be especially innovative...
by a bird
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 24896

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

The purpose of this post is two fold. The first is to draw your attention to Weijia Cheng and Graham Reid. Weijia is an excellent player who deserves a spot on your ballot. His skills are best showcased on difficult content. He's on when it counts the most. This year he got to showcase that in a po...
by a bird
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 12657

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

In the thread about the ideal schedule some people discussed utility of having a novice difficulty tournament early in the spring semester. I personally agree with Eric Wolfsberg, and think that a tournament like this should probably exist in every major circuit. I'm not sure this is actually preced...
by a bird
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 6006

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

- Fall Novice in mid November (e.g. Delta Burke) It's not really clear why a mid November novice event is an essential part of the calendar, especially given its proximity to ACF Fall. Collegiate Novice gives new players an introduction to quizbowl near the start of the fall semester, and ACF Fall ...
by a bird
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 5193

Re: CMST: General Discussion

I'm a bit late, but I want to thank the editors for a very enjoyable set and post some thoughts about difficulty. In particular, I'm going to focus on the science. First of all, I want to commend Ryan and Aseem for producing a solid science distribution! My comments/suggestions are relatively minor ...
by a bird
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Midseason poll
Replies: 16
Views: 9196

Re: Midseason poll

One might be tempted to derive conclusions about the skill of all Chicago teams from the mixed results of the A team, but I would caution against this. In particular, Matthew Lehmann is exceptionally good and only improving, but all the players on the B are highly capable of converting tossups agai...
by a bird
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 14820

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

I see an invitation for Michigan B, but I'm not sure why teams are being labeled with the D2 teams getting the A team and D1 getting B and so on. Where do you see this? This page lists Michigan A in Division I and Michigan B in Division II (which seems correct to me; we label teams in Division I fi...
by a bird
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14153

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

Buzzpoints by team, split by player EDIT: The area under a player's curve is equal to the number of tossups answered correctly. Y axis is thus in arbitrary units of points*probability. Someone should design an interactive website with custom results and graphs but that I unfortunately don't have th...
by a bird
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 25030

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

There are essentially two question about East Coast mirrors in this thread: 1) Should there be a single mirror site on the East Coast to allow for the largest/strongest possible field? 2) If there are two mirror sites on the East Coast, is it a good idea for those two sites to be Maryland and NYU? C...
by a bird
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10253

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.
by a bird
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 25030

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

Just like Naveed, I'm not speaking in an official capacity, but I have some observation and concerns about the East Coast mirror situation. When a second Midwest mirror of CMST was announced, advocates of a 'one site per region' policy argued that: the existence of this site is bad for the Spring Op...
by a bird
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 5707

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

Can I see the tossup on phonons? I wanted to see what made the first clue phonons and not superfluids. Thanks! If I remember correctly, the first line refereed to packets of phonons [these things] being exchanged, resulting in second sound (a phenomenon that can happen in some solids as well as sup...
by a bird
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 9983

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

I'm not sure I see your point here; I don't see how losing to a team of 4 high schoolers is less demoralizing than, for instance, losing to a high schooler playing solo or a B team from a high school. I'm not arguing that neither of those teams should have been allowed to play, but rather that I be...
by a bird
Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 9983

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

I think Naveed's post bring up some important points. The issue of high school teams playing regular season tournaments is somewhat complicated since it has advantages (as Paul noted) and disadvantages, but I think in the case of open/chimera teams the loss of legitimacy probably outweighs the poten...
by a bird
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2017 EFT: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3043

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Hey, could I see the Coulomb tossup from packet 1? Maybe the science editors were aware of this already, but the vapor pressure (chem) tossup from packet 6 and the diffusion (phys) tossup for packet 10 reference Knudsen cells and Knudsen diffusion respectively. This isn't literally a repeat, but I t...
by a bird
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 19376

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

Could I see the gravitational waves toss up? There was a buzzer race on the first line when I played it; I'm curious if this happened to anyone else.
by a bird
Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 42326

SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion

Just out of curiosity, does NAQT have a formal policy on teams from the same school addending multiple Sectionals? Or on two teams from the same school both claiming ICT bids by winning two different sites of SCT?

[discussion split from this thread --staff]
by a bird
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midseason Poll
Replies: 13
Views: 5781

Re: Midseason Poll

Jumping on the EFT stats bandwagon, it looks like EFT at WUSTL and Youngstown state are not yet included.
by a bird
Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Terrapin Mirror at OSU: 12/4/16
Replies: 17
Views: 8097

Re: DATE CHANGE: Terrapin Mirror at OSU: 12/4/16

Thanks to OSU for hosting. Congrats to OSU, Chicago, Michigan and the other teams for their strong performances. Also, thanks to all the staff, particularly everyone who traveled to staff this. We had a really good time, and I don't think things would have gone so smoothly without having so many goo...
by a bird
Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall at Youngstown State :: 8 Oct 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 7292

Re: Early Fall at Youngstown State :: 8 Oct 2016

The circle of death was played off on an actual packet (I don't know which one, but probably 12 or 13). I think Will is talking about the document with extra toss-ups and bonus for use as tie breakers/replacements. I think the moderators weren't sure how/when to get a replacement toss-up and elected...
by a bird
Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall at Youngstown State :: 8 Oct 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 7292

Re: Early Fall at Youngstown State :: 8 Oct 2016

Thanks to Greg and YSU for hosting. I know Greg is largely aware of the logistical issues, but I want to say a few things. A tournament of this size just needs more experienced moderators to get through eleven rounds in a reasonable time. I recognize many were first time mods, and they did an admira...
by a bird
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl @ Michigan (10/29/16)
Replies: 4
Views: 2819

Re: Penn Bowl @ Michigan (10/29/16)

It's great to see another mirror in the Ohio/Michigan area. Unfortunately I'm taking the GRE on 10/29, so I doubt we'll be able to make it, but I'm looking forward to more tournaments happening in the future!
by a bird
Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice at Carnegie Mellon, 9/17
Replies: 7
Views: 3107

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice at Carnegie Mellon, 9/17

I think this this tournament went quite well, and the Kenyon teams had a good time. Thanks to CMU for hosting! One reflection on the tournament: I think future novice events might want to take a closer look at eligibility restrictions. I don't want to single out any particular clubs or players, but ...