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by Sam
Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 20081

Re: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion

As a side note, I want to caution against overvaluing creativity in question writing. I think there needs to be a balance between standard questions and creative ones, because otherwise it's easy to distort the canon. For example, do we really want a tournament where every tossup on literature in t...
by Sam
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 8677

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

I don't know why people think there aren't fruitful areas in these oft-written subcategories. stanford housewrite had a lot of really good tossups on rarely-asked about answerlines that players still knew a reasonable number of clues about (Aeacus, Cycnus, Danaids, for example). Whether knowing the...
by Sam
Sun Jul 31, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 CO Trash: Conversion stats spreadsheet
Replies: 44
Views: 9266

Re: Conversion stats spreadsheet

Ndg wrote:
Sam wrote: sports is a category where it's possible for players to know almost nothing.
So is every other category... I don't see why sports is special in this respect.
The conversion stats that started the discussion suggest that empirically that's not true, though.
by Sam
Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 CO Trash: Conversion stats spreadsheet
Replies: 44
Views: 9266

Re: Conversion stats spreadsheet

Looking through the category breakdown, sports questions were powered and 30d at above-average rates, but the overall conversion was dragged down by a high rate of negs, dead tossups, and 0d bonuses. Some of those bonus 0s really shocked me; three rooms, for instance, 0d a bonus that told you every...
by Sam
Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 8677

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

Anyway, on the core issue we're talking about, I agree with Stephen and want to encourage people to lean towards the "revamp" prong. Based on my interactions with mythology here are things you could ask about: - rituals. all those old gods had priests and worshippers. what did they do? often times ...
by Sam
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)
Replies: 22
Views: 8677

Re: Abolish The Mythology Category (Or Reduce & Revamp It)

Does anyone know when and why mythology started being part of a "standard" distribution? Like Matt says, it doesn't map very well to an existing academic field and isn't something people learn about in school to the extent that it is represented in the distribution. I think the willingness to experi...
by Sam
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 32638

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

This was also the first year since 2009 that Chicago Open didn't make use of a full round-robin, because it was too large to do so. I think this is a good development, even though it meant some packets had to be cut or doubled-up within a round. It'll take a few years, but I want to see CO keep gro...
by Sam
Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer
Replies: 41
Views: 21483

Re: Player Poll 2016: Don't Vote for Jerry Kramer

Number of people who voted in this poll: 12
Number of people who voted in Canadian version of this poll: 14
Number of people who voted in UK version of this poll: 15
by Sam
Fri May 20, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Podcast!
Replies: 6
Views: 4155

Re: Quizbowl Podcast!

Ike has a good radio voice.

EDIT: Andrew Wang and Eric Mukherjee are also very nice young men.
by Sam
Mon May 02, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 7579

Re: Thanks and general discussion

The 2015 tossup on Thebes was actually a myth tossup for what it's worth. I wrote the 2014 and 2016 tossups and they at least don't reuse too many clues? I'm pretty sure my reasoning for writing on it both years was "ah, a break from all those Athens and Sparta tossups." Yeah I don't think it's act...
by Sam
Mon May 02, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 7579

Re: Thanks and general discussion

Are there not many tossups on Athens and Sparta? Tossups on Thebes have, in my experienced, greatly outnumbered these. The rather more important city of Syracuse seems to get less coverage (or perhaps the same amount) as/than Thebes and Corinth doesn't seem to come up a lot these days (though a Qui...
by Sam
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016
Replies: 104
Views: 48840

Re: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016

Auks Ran Ova wrote:set's done :party:
Even the Tossup Zeros?
by Sam
Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11200

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Within this technique, one may use Sargan's test of overidentifying restrictions and the Pagan-Hall test of heteroscedasticity ["hetero"-skeh-dass-TIH-sih-tee]. Its exclusion restriction may have been violated in a 2004 analysis of civil conflict that utilizes rainfall (*) variation to execute this...
by Sam
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 11200

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

But it's easy to confuse the relatively narrow ambit of the academy with the much broader scope of quizbowl, or to imagine that your own experience in the courses you've happened to take and the professors you've taken them with reflects what everyone else who studies the discipline knows. So I wou...
by Sam
Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Errata
Replies: 16
Views: 3441

Re: Errata

setophaga wrote:The Rd. 11 tossup on money had "monetarist" earlier in the question.
That's not really an error.
by Sam
Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MUT: Specific question discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 11276

Re: Specific question discussion

Caleb's misremembering this a little bit, the answer I gave was "the historicity of the Book of Mormon," and after prompting I think I said something about it actually happening in America, but I never specifically mentioned the Nephites or Native Americans. My main beef with the tossup is that I d...
by Sam
Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Gopher Invitational 2015 (GINVIT) at University of Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 1725

Re: Gopher Invitational 2015 (GINVIT) at University of Minne

If anyone left a yellow hat, a black coat, or a Minnesota hoodie, we found them in the morning meeting room. PM me or contact Sam Levin about getting them back.
by Sam
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Pronunciation Guides
Replies: 16
Views: 8091

Re: Pronunciation Guides

They're a huge distraction as a reader, they're rarely helpful on words I don't know how to pronounce, and they're a waste of time to include in editing that ought to be spent working on grammar and avoiding repeats. Splitting up long words and phrases is fine and helpful, but adding more gibberish...
by Sam
Sun Oct 18, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 4245

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

This set would have benefited from more thorough copy-editing. Moderators probably have a better sense of specific issues, but numerous times people had to stop reading to find a subject that wasn't there or to make the tenses agree.
by Sam
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 4384

Re: RILKE Discussion

While I understand why one might, in principle, have aesthetic objections to artificial common-links (I myself held such objections until about 2011), I think the rest of your statements about the dangers of artificial common-links are unfounded. A good tossup is a pyramidal arrangement of clues th...
by Sam
Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: High-level quizbowl questions should be shorter
Replies: 5
Views: 2557

Re: High-level quizbowl questions should be shorter

To be clear, I didn't find CO particularly egregious in this regard. In fact, it seems to me that CO is one place where most of the audience appreciates a certain weightiness to the questions. Reading through the above, I didn't articulate quite what I wanted to say about regular difficulty, which ...
by Sam
Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 53202

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

Masked Canadian History Bandit wrote:I can staff this if you still need staff.
I'm also available to staff if you need it.
by Sam
Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College quizbowl payroll service
Replies: 17
Views: 5863

Re: College quizbowl payroll service

I'm a little confused about where the bottleneck exists that this program would get around. I can imagine them existing between:
1) Head editors and writers
2) Teams and hosts
3) Mirrors and editors

If I understand, the payroll organization would improve 1) but not 2) or 3). Is that correct?
by Sam
Sun May 17, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: two styles of writing: a close reading
Replies: 77
Views: 22014

Re: two styles of writing: a close reading

Like Ryan, I also didn't get to this thread. What I was going to add was this: Edmund's post is interesting, because it reveals that often times, players have types of knowledge and thought processes that editors can't readily predict. And most of the time, that's an argument that the "one-to-one" ...
by Sam
Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 47236

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Why is there no penalty for a third incorrect buzz once a question is over, while there is one if the question has not been finished? Doesn't this encourage buzzer races at the end of the question after two negs? It's traditional in quizbowl to not penalize wild guesses at the end of tossups. The b...
by Sam
Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 22914

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)

I will be studying economics at the University of Minnesota, and would like to be involved in quiz bowl as time permits.
by Sam
Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Good philosophy reads
Replies: 9
Views: 4749

Re: Good philosophy reads

This is not a "read," nor is it likely to help you in quiz bowl, but Peter Adamson's podcast History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps is great: http://www.historyofphilosophy.net/ It doesn't quite deliver on the promise of the name (where's India? China? Africa?) but it's great for geeking out about ...
by Sam
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 19132

Re: Specific Question Discussion

ANSWER: _Plumbers_ [prompt on "Unmoved Mover"]
by Sam
Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 19132

Re: Specific Question Discussion

- [10] On the other hand, if there is a strictly dominant strategy for each player in a two-player game, then there is only one unique equilibrium of this kind, in which each player knows the strategies of the other. ANSWER: Nash equilibrium This definition seems to recur in several places, what wo...
by Sam
Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 63825

Re: CO History 2015

Assuming we both can make it, Mik Larsen and I will be playing together.
by Sam
Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 43413

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I would like to play this.
by Sam
Wed Dec 24, 2014 1:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition
Replies: 74
Views: 29254

Re: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition

These scores are roughly accurate:
Eric Mukherjee -- 5
Joe Nutter -- -5
Ankit -- -15
Rob -- 20
Auroni -- -5
Amol -- 5
Adam Perkins -- 30
Andrew Hart -- 20
by Sam
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition
Replies: 74
Views: 29254

Re: IRC Festivus 2014: Quentin Tarantino Edition

I have a mercifully short number of questions on economics and things sort of related to economics.
by Sam
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 26452

Re: College History Bowl 2015 (basic announcement)

Is there a plan to have an open online (or offline) mirror of this as there was last year?
by Sam
Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (DEES)
Replies: 9
Views: 2791

Re: General Discussion

I may have more to say later, but I'd like to thank the editors for their speedy rescue of this tournament. I hope it's not faint praise to say it was very good given the circumstances.
by Sam
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22
Replies: 16
Views: 8616

Re: DEES at University of Maryland, 11/22

Looking to play this, if interested please email at firstnamelastname1729 at gmail.
by Sam
Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 21439

Re: Computational Mathematics

People have sort of been referring to this implicitly, but it's worth noting that plenty of high school quiz bowl does not in fact get rid of computational questions, they get rid of computational tossups. A computational tossup will reward someone who can do the calculation half a second faster tha...
by Sam
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 108
Views: 40457

Re: Preseason Poll

People certainly had idiosyncratic beliefs about the rankings of quiz bowl teams. If only there were some way to aggregate these opinions while at the same time canceling out the more extreme ones.
by Sam
Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014 discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 3923

Re: VCU Open 2014 discussion

I can't speak to why people were making up their own protest procedures,. To clarify, we were scheduled to play the next game in the same room, which we did without any delay. At the end of that game Cody told us to stay put because he was about to read a new tossup to Chicago and us, not to quaran...
by Sam
Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014 discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 3923

Re: VCU Open 2014 discussion

Especially in the earlier rounds, some of the subdistributions seemed a little uneven. A few had all "other science" astronomy or earth science, or history questions from the same region. I don't think it affected the outcome of any games, but it was the sort of thing that could have been easily fix...
by Sam
Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014: August 2
Replies: 57
Views: 27710

Re: VCU Open 2014: August 2

In case anyone is still planning travel, I would like to note that - unlike what we ran during the school year - we are not beholden to a 10am room reservation start time for either day of this tournament. Do expect each day to start registration well before 9am and plan your travel / hotels accord...
by Sam
Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Novice 4 packets posted
Replies: 3
Views: 1647

Re: Global Announcement: Collegiate Novice 5

Excelsior (smack) wrote:
theMoMA wrote:Packets for this tournament are now available here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/questionsets/631/
I think (hope) you posted in the wrong thread.
The transition to collegiate quiz bowl is a lot easier if you know the questions in advance.
by Sam
Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open 2014: August 2
Replies: 57
Views: 27710

Re: VCU Open 2014: August 2

I'm looking for a team for the VCU site.

EDIT: Tejas Raje and I have joined forces.
EDIT2: Playing with Tejas, Ian Lenhoff, and Victor Prieto.
by Sam
Mon May 26, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror
Replies: 135
Views: 48879

Re: Modern World Tournament - Post-NSC Mirror

I've occasionally complained about writers like Chris Borglum who put left-leaning political commentary/snide remarks into current events or history questions they write, but this was certainly worse than anything Borglum has ever done. Suffice it to say, when I coined the term "modern world" this ...
by Sam
Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1811

Re: General Discussion

I guess I'll just say here, given what else may or may not be going on in other tournament discussion subfora, that the innovation of specifying "With his/her alphabetically-prior collaborator" rather than just "With a colleague" was ingenious and I hope it becomes common practice. A collaborator a...
by Sam
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Social Science/"Thought"/"Modern World" Questions
Replies: 16
Views: 2535

Re: Social Science/"Thought"/"Modern World" Questions

I totally agree. I'd be interested to hear how the writers/editors selected answers and found clues that focused on more modern research as opposed to well-worn and outdated works, because I think that might help people move beyond yet another tossup on The Affluent Society when it comes time to wr...
by Sam
Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Errata
Replies: 31
Views: 3675

Re: Errata

Can you please post the "private language" tossup? From what I can tell, every clue from the beginning of the second sentence to the word "Kripke" is not about the private language argument at all, but about the "rule-following problem," which appears elsewhere in Philosophical Investigations and i...
by Sam
Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 5347

Re: General Discussion

When writing questions, I think it's a good step to consider how people will have learned about the clues you're using. Sometimes in attempting to make "realer" clues, one can actually just make impossible ones. Here are some examples: 3. This man proposed a premise of transitivity of indifference i...
by Sam
Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 6133

Re: Question Specific Discussion

There was also a bonus in the Illinois B / Penn B packet that was on complex analysis and whose third part was something that sounded like "Rouche's theorem". This theorem is very much a thing, but I don't think it is given a name very often. Okay. I wasn't familiar with it so I trusted the interne...
by Sam
Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)
Replies: 71
Views: 37556

Re: Chicago Open 2014 (July 19-20, UChicago)

Packet deadlines No packets before April 1, please. Packet submitted by May 1: $80 Packet submitted by June 4: $160 Packet submitted by June 15: $200 Packet submitted by July 1: $240 Packet submitted after July 1: +$10 per day (on top of $240) Is there any chance these deadlines could be altered so...