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by setht
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES Announcement
Replies: 12
Views: 1114

Re: MUSES Announcement

Illinois Admin wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:50 pm
2/2 Urania - astronomy (1/1 “hard science,” 1/1 “other astronomy”)
Does this mean 1/1 "hard science (within astronomy)" plus 1/1 "other astronomy (not hard science?)," or is the first 1/1 "hard science, which need not be astronomy at all"?
by setht
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 8255

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

When Seth’s time ran out due to an unfortunate incident at NAQT and ICT production was in a rush, Will Alston, Will Nediger, Billy Busse, and Neilesh Vinjamuri helped Seth with those issues and freed up his time for the rest of playtesting / and readthroughs. So, their unrelated actions helped out ...
by setht
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 7019

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

I haven't had any issues with the ICT seeding. It's always seemed pretty reasonable, even when my team didn't make the top bracket last year. However, I think that it would help if NAQT clearly announced the metric used to seed teams, or even published the seeds before the tournament. I think most ...
by setht
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 7019

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

Is there a way to fairly reward teams for the percentage of games they won, or at minimum give teams who have an undefeated record and a strength of schedule above a certain value an added boost? I don't think there's any way to do this (or make almost any plausible adjustment to the D-value formul...
by setht
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 7019

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

I think one possible takeaway from this discussion, as others have suggested, is that D-value (and A-value at ACF Regionals) are acceptable measures for determining qualification - since you have to use something and the statistics will still allow good teams to qualify - but that extrapolating fro...
by setht
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 7019

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

Will's "garbage in, garbage out" analogy is calling the D-value a not great ranking for determining how teams will do at nationals, and I think that in particular something is wrong with the way the "strength of schedule" calculation works, and the fact that there isn't much of a statistical reward...
by setht
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 7019

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

I think that Northwestern was over-seeded as a 1 seed, but given that we were in the bracket with Maryland it evened out. With the benefit of hindsight (specifically, seeing how things played out at ICT) I would agree that Northwestern probably shouldn't have been a 1-seed, but look at what was kno...
by setht
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 7019

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

I commented on an early draft of the DI brackets. Jeff made some adjustments based on my comments, but the final brackets are somewhat different from the version adjusted for my comments so evidently Jeff made further tweaks. I'm guessing this was based on feedback from veteran circuit observers, bu...
by setht
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT and Feedback Rhetoric
Replies: 12
Views: 1004

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

I don't remember hearing any issues about the alphabetical aspect last year, which is why—to the best of my knowledge—we didn't even contemplate changing it. In before this thread inevitably degenerates horribly to say that, at least as far as I was explained things by R. and others last year, the ...
by setht
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 9867

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I would prefer that we finish the prelim bracket before breaking for check in. If we can keep a 15 minute/round pace that would mean delaying staff checkin time until 7:45. Would that be an issue? Obviously if we are slower/ If catastrophic delays happen we can just break at 7:30 and come back to f...
by setht
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 9867

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Okay, after talking with Joel, here's the deal: 1) we can start at 6:30, but we'll need to break around 7:30 so that staffers can check in and help with set-up. 2) teams providing buzzers to ICT need to check in their buzzers before starting in on the side event. Team buzzers can be checked in start...
by setht
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 9867

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) I've sent an email asking how Joel would like us to handle Friday evening staff check-in and set-up.
by setht
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 10 Years of Chicago Open: My Greatest Memories
Replies: 7
Views: 1381

Re: 10 Years of Chicago Open: My Greatest Memories

We won the first game when I managed to get this tossup: His strength derives from his large, fuzzy ears, and his name refers to his skill in dealing with certain marauding animals, whom he kills by grabbing their jaws and ripping them apart bare-handed. For 10 points, name this title badass of the...
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4149

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

A short anecdote: because of this discussion, I went back to look at some first-lines and I noticed in particular this lead-in for the "Volsunga saga": A poem about the “Lovers” of a character from this work appears in the third part of ​The Earthly Paradise​ by William Morris After a bit of resear...
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4149

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

Ophir's raw data conveniently lists if a TU was gotten as a "bounceback." I went ahead and computed the cdf for the "average" ACF Regionals 2019 TU that was not a bounceback. This cdf only includes gets that were not gotten after a neg. Below is a plot of this cdf against Will Alston's theoretical ...
by setht
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4149

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

I decided to take a graphical look at how this year's Regs compared to the hypothetical buzz distributions in Seth's post. The graph below compares the cumulative distribution of buzzes (both gets and negs) in Regs to hypothetical y = x, y = x^2, and y = x^3 distributions. https://i.imgur.com/LI6x8...
by setht
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4149

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

I am including negs currently, since I think the real point we should be discussing is if clues are drawing buzzes of any type. A question drawing an unusually high number of early buzzes which are all negs would suffer from a different problem than what I'm looking at here. Ah, interesting. I'm us...
by setht
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4149

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

I've went through round one and added more data - first & second sentence buzz #s and word counts, plus percentages for both. I wanted to make sure people thought this info was actually going to be useful before I kept working on this. Fred, do your second-sentence buzz data include the first-sente...
by setht
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4149

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

First off, thanks to Fred for starting this discussion—this is an issue I've been hoping someone would tackle since the advent of Ophirstats. And thanks to Ophir for his outstanding work on providing detailed buzz point and conversion data, of course! Whether or not people wind up deciding that chan...
by setht
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SCT placement policies
Replies: 15
Views: 3045

Re: SCT placement policies

2. If the prelims are a split-field round-robin followed by bracketed playoffs that do not repeat any opponents from the preliminary pools (formats marked "SFRR" for 15 through 24 teams on the approved SCT format list ), then teams are ranked within each playoff bracket by overall record. If the pr...
by setht
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SCT placement policies
Replies: 15
Views: 3045

Re: SCT placement policies

Jeff posted our ranking policy for the 2019 SCT, but I wanted to clarify that we are planning on reassessing the policy this summer. If you disagree with any part of the policy, it would be helpful to do as Cody has done: post arguments and data that seem especially germane. (That is, I don't think ...
by setht
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 6006

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

NAQT is discussing possible changes to the D-value calculation (and the SOS calculation in particular); we'll see what the results look like once we finish running the numbers. Looking back at Ryan's initial post, I disagree with some of his arguments. Last Saturday, DePaul played the Missouri SCT s...
by setht
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 9867

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I'm open to suggestions - would people consider playing this at CO? Is there enough space at ICT for both events? Or should I postpone until 2020? I think there's space at ICT for both events, but I'm biased: I will almost certainly play this if you run it at ICT, and almost certainly will not if i...
by setht
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals playtesting
Replies: 26
Views: 5640

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 . You certainly don't need t...
by setht
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8742

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

I don't dispute any of that, and I'm not totally opposed to a large number of SCT sites. I do think that the late announcement of these locations complicates matters entirely though--there's only a couple of weeks until SCT--would some of the schools who already made plans to go farther away have c...
by setht
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8742

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

I didn't help at all with (or pay almost any attention to) SCT site selection this year, so I may be way off base here. But thinking about it now, it doesn't seem unreasonable to me to have sites at Northwestern and Michigan this year, given what happened last year. Here's my thinking: On the one ha...
by setht
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Common Links Across Scientific Disciplines
Replies: 3
Views: 1277

Re: Common Links Across Scientific Disciplines

I think the idea of writing cross-disciplinary questions is fine, but they need careful execution. There are ways to mess up cross-disciplinary questions that aren't really a concern for straightforward, single-topic question. Andrew already pointed out one important possible stumbling block. I woul...
by setht
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 7735

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

We are discussing this policy, and I hope we will have an update ready sometime in the next week or so. (To be clear, I don't know if that update will be "we have changed this policy, here are the new details," or if it will be "we are retaining this policy, here are our reasons.")

-Seth
by setht
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 4601

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

papaechotango wrote:There used to be an annual non-pyramidal competition that would attract dozens of teams from similar schools in the Benelux, Germany, England, Italy, and even as far as Turkey and Bahrain.
What competition is (was) this?
by setht
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 7985

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I worked on the physics, astronomy, earth science, and applied math/statistics. Stephen Eltinge contributed some excellent questions (all the more welcome for helping cover solid state topics that I'm not particularly knowledgeable about), and helped me with editing advice on a couple more questions...
by setht
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 14106

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

I want to thank Matt Bollinger and Andrew Hart for working with me on the DI set, and Jeff Hoppes, Larissa Kelly, and Neilesh Vinjamuri for taking care of the DII set. Billy Busse and Ike Jose also gave valuable feedback on the sets. I also want to thank the many writers and subject editors who cont...
by setht
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 5806

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

I would like somebody who was on the Berkeley team in the early to mid 2000's, when it was organized along the lines of the Roman Republic with Consuls and Praetors and such, to come post in this thread. Apparently I have been summoned in my official capacity as An Old. This organizational structur...
by setht
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT Consistency Bonus Program
Replies: 4
Views: 2975

NAQT Consistency Bonus Program

Hi all, as Andrew noted over in this thread , in July NAQT began offering a "consistency bonus" to writers who reliably write questions each week. We're very pleased with the response to the program, so we plan to offer a similar program next year, and we thought we should let everyone know in hopes...
by setht
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 13328

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

Selene and I have moved to Columbus, Ohio. I'm hoping I'll be able to help out sometimes at tournaments in the area (or maybe even play if there's an open event).

-Seth
by setht
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT writer applications are now open
Replies: 14
Views: 6169

Re: NAQT writer applications are now open

NAQT has announced its new payment rates for 2017-18. Writers will be able to make up to $7.25 per tossup and $5.45 per bonus in the coming year, beginning on July 1. (Each payment depends on question difficulty and writer experience; contact me at andrew.hart@naqt.com or NAQT at applications@naqt....
by setht
Sun May 07, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36562

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

The slightly more detailed answer is the same as the short answer, but with an added note that various other proposals have been bandied about in this thread, and it doesn't seem clear (to me, at least) that my proposal has widespread support. I like your proposal a lot, but didn't want to post bec...
by setht
Sun May 07, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36562

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

So when can we expect any movement on Seth's proposals, he asked with resigned trepidation The short answer is "not until June at the earliest"; we're really busy with getting things ready for MSNCT, and then we'll be really busy getting things ready for HSNCT. The slightly more detailed answer is ...
by setht
Sun May 07, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36562

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

So when can we expect any movement on Seth's proposals, he asked with resigned trepidation The short answer is "not until June at the earliest"; we're really busy with getting things ready for MSNCT, and then we'll be really busy getting things ready for HSNCT. The slightly more detailed answer is ...
by setht
Mon May 01, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36562

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

let's have a conversation among the community and with NAQT, figure out what the costs/concerns are about going to some sort of free (or at the very least, e-copy) model for the two collegiate sets only, and see if we can figure out a solution that's better for the community. I wanted to check back...
by setht
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36562

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

-NAQT posts the SCT and ICT sets publicly, for free, in early June Would you also post sets from prior years, or would you only start with this year? I'm not sure. Posting sets from prior years magnifies the projected revenue losses, which might be a major problem. The projected loss of revenue is ...
by setht
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36562

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

let's have a conversation among the community and with NAQT, figure out what the costs/concerns are about going to some sort of free (or at the very least, e-copy) model for the two collegiate sets only, and see if we can figure out a solution that's better for the community. What I am about to say...
by setht
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 3495

Re: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion

the third part of the stat mech bonus in round 2 might be clearer if you explicitly state that you want an answer in terms of Z and N. As an aside, I thought the Z^N/N! was a great hard part and the only part that was confusing about it was that I wasn't quite sure if the description outlined wheth...
by setht
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT general discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2686

Re: 2017 ICT general discussion

I'd like to acknowledge my fellow set editors Seth and Andrew, Ike and Billy for providing feedback and edits on large swaths of the set, and Matt Jackson, Will Alston, Austin Brownlow, and Zeke Berdichevsky for their writing. I want to add that on top of their valuable DI set editing help, Ike and...
by setht
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 6539

Re: Easy Parts

Also I don't think anyone is claiming that the distribution is perfectly normal, or should be. Okay, I'm in agreement with this part (i.e. I don't think the distribution is perfectly normal, and I don't think writers/editors should be trying to get a perfect normal distribution for easy parts or ha...
by setht
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 6539

Re: Easy Parts

The difficulty of easy (and medium and hard) parts forms a bell curve. Has anyone collected data on this, or is this a piece of statistical received wisdom? Personally, I would be astonished if easy parts (aggregated by category, or over a whole set, or whatever) generally have a normal distributio...
by setht
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 6539

Re: Easy Parts

The difficulty of easy (and medium and hard) parts forms a bell curve. Has anyone collected data on this, or is this a piece of statistical received wisdom? Personally, I would be astonished if easy parts (aggregated by category, or over a whole set, or whatever) generally have a normal distributio...
by setht
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: This Tournament is a Crime at Harvard (3/4/17)
Replies: 7
Views: 4099

Re: This Tournament is a Crime at Harvard (3/4/17)

I can join an 8th team for this, but I need to leave around 5 pm.

Hopefully we can get a couple more people to fill out the team.

-Seth
by setht
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 35340

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I agree that getting 2 bids for 2 editors felt a little bit much, and maybe NAQT did too, which is why we didn't get a hosting bid. In any case, we've requested to have the second DI bid converted to a DII waitlist slot anyway, since we thought we would be able to choose which bids went where. Some...
by setht
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 35340

Re: 2017 ICT bids

NAQT stuck with a single guest editor (and a single editing autobid) for a couple years--with some gaps where there was no guest editor--then moved to a two-guest-editor/two-editing-autobids arrangement starting with the 2015 SCT. (In 2016 one of the guest editors chose not to go for an autobid, so...
by setht
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 35340

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Regarding hotels vs. not-hotels: I believe the 2006 ICT almost imploded because the UMD administration double-booked the rooms that had been reserved for ICT (and I guess the group that came in partway through the day to claim their rooms had more clout than NAQT). I know that it's hard to line up g...