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by Mewto55555
Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 4733

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

I'll chime in that I really enjoyed the set as well -- obviously it wasn't polished as much as one would expect at an actual tournament, but it was incredibly fun to play. There were a number of tossups that dropped famous things too early/clunked in some other way, but the bulk of the questions wer...
by Mewto55555
Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Nats Predictions
Replies: 9
Views: 4042

Re: Nats Predictions

Jordan is really really good. Will Jason be good enough to beat him? Find out this weekend at Augusta National.
by Mewto55555
Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 4607

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion

less mythology I mean, like, I guess you succeeded in this goal ( :party: :party: ) but don't you think it's a little fucked up that in a tournament which promised to have "strongly curricular" questions, you accomplished it by replacing a subject, which, though sometimes derided as being little mo...
by Mewto55555
Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33005

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

We've been joined by the legendary Chris Ray.
by Mewto55555
Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4031

Re: Specific Questions

It didn't matter to the outcome of a game yesterday, but I was negged for saying "Nobunaga," but "Oda" or "Oda Nobunaga" would have been acceptable. I knew that Oda was the clan, and so I've always figured that Nobunaga was his name and his unique identifier. Can someone please explain? I guess a c...
by Mewto55555
Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" Errata
Replies: 8
Views: 2120

Re: Errata

Svanhildr should also be acceptable in the bonus part on Svanhild in packet 5 (and people in my room that game who confidently insisted female figures in Norse myth can't have names ending in R should learn more things). EDIT: In general it seemed like there were a noticeable number of complaints ab...
by Mewto55555
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" at Maryland (February 27, 2016)
Replies: 31
Views: 16211

Re: "stanford housewrite" at Maryland (February 27, 2016)

EDIT: I'm going to change my mind and expand the field size to 12 teams on account of a massive recent surge in interest (this also means I'll need one more staffer). This means the format will be as follows: 1) 5-round round robin for initial brackets of six 2) Single-round crossover game 3) Tiebr...
by Mewto55555
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 10124

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

Can I request people who post future small corrections include the name of the packet if they already have it open? Presumably, you pulled up the packet to check that you weren't mistaken/copy over the question, so it should only take you another 5 seconds to include that info in your post, while sa...
by Mewto55555
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 11509

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 General Discussion

Dammit, my computer crashed and I lost a much longer/more thorough post. The below is a hastily-reconstructed version of it. Like John said, I edited the science. From what I gather, this was (rightly) the most-criticized subject -- there were a lot of statements that were half-true at best, misplac...
by Mewto55555
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 10124

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

This quantity equals cross-sectional area times length times rho The correct formula is length times rho over area. Yeah, that's my bad. This number is the greatest common divisor of all possible well-defined closed line integrals of the differential form x-dy minus y-dx all over x-squared plus y-s...
by Mewto55555
Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 10124

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

If I recall correctly, the tossup on 2 pi mentioned something along the lines of "the reciprocal of this number appears in Cauchy's integral formula", which made me somewhat hesitant to buzz because 1/(2 pi times i) is what appears in front of the integral. 10. This number is the greatest common di...
by Mewto55555
Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals @ UChicago (1/30/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 5417

Re: ACF Regionals @ UChicago (1/30/16)

Thanks everyone for coming out! As far as final results go, Michigan A took a one-game lead over WUSTL A into an advantaged final. WUSTL won the first game, 295-285, and then Michigan won the second, 580-55, to win the tournament. Illinois A was the top UG team, followed by Michigan B, and Chicago D...
by Mewto55555
Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to nail down clues
Replies: 7
Views: 3828

Re: How to nail down clues

Another (slightly controversial) way of doing this: using good fucking clues. EDIT: To be slightly less snarky, I think this is a problem that arises a lot in clues that are generally pretty dumb. In my experience, specificity most needs to be added when a clue clearly refers to a very small number ...
by Mewto55555
Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky
Replies: 56
Views: 42658

Re: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky

The initial post has been updated with a more full announcement.
by Mewto55555
Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU
Replies: 45
Views: 20500

Re: Missouri Open Mirror at MSU

ManlyHanley wrote: * We are not taking any additional buzzer systems, sorry for the inconvenience.
prescient
by Mewto55555
Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals @ UChicago (1/30/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 5417

ACF Regionals @ UChicago (1/30/16)

The Great Lakes site of ACF Regionals 2016 will take place at the University of Chicago. I, Max Schindler, will be the tournament director. For more information about registration/packet submission/fees/etc, please consult the global announcement. Additionally, there are the following discounts: Buz...
by Mewto55555
Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion of quizbowl game theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3357

Re: Summa contra potestates

I'm not really sure how you have to make the assumption that Seth's team is 30ing the bonus. I think assigning a probability value to the likelihood that they 30 the bonus and acting accordingly to that data is correct. If p = 0, then there's no need to use any strategy, but if p = 1, I think Max'x...
by Mewto55555
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 4250

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

What was the intended length of questions? Some of them seemed pretty long, and I think (at our site, at least), the day really dragged on as a result.

EDIT: For example TU15 of Round 4 makes its way into the 10th line. Even though that includes pronunciation guides that seems a little unreasonable.
by Mewto55555
Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion of quizbowl game theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3357

Re: Summa contra potestates

Let S be the percent probability of Seth powering, to the best of your knowledge. You buzz here your probability of being correct is bigger than max(100-S,50) -- so if this clue is that easy that you think Seth has a greater than 50% chance of knowing it, you should have gone in if you think you're...
by Mewto55555
Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion of quizbowl game theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3357

Discussion of quizbowl game theory

*At CO 2015 this year, we were up by 45 going into the last tossup against Seth's team. It was on physics. The lead-in was relatively easy and misplaced, but our team's two physicists didn't want to neg it, be wrong and have Seth power vulch. If they did so, and Seth vulched, and Seth's team 30'd t...
by Mewto55555
Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky
Replies: 56
Views: 42658

2016 NASAT: June 18-19 @ University of Kentucky

This is a preliminary announcement for HSAPQ's National All-Star Academic Tournament, which will be held on June 18-19 at the University of Kentucky. A more detailed post will come soon. EDIT: This is now below High School Academic Pyramid Questions announces that it will be holding the sixth HSAPQ...
by Mewto55555
Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 18543

Re: Preseason Poll

Mewto55555 wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Since I've already volunteered to run the discussion, I might as well go ahead and do the write-up as well.
Will someone publish the log too?
Did this happen?
by Mewto55555
Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 43
Views: 18543

Re: Preseason Poll

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Since I've already volunteered to run the discussion, I might as well go ahead and do the write-up as well.
Will someone publish the log too?
by Mewto55555
Sat Aug 29, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: HSAPQ Call for Writers 2015-16
Replies: 0
Views: 1207

HSAPQ Call for Writers 2015-16

Cross-post from high school section: HSAPQ is still looking for a few more writers for its sets for the 2015-16 season! If you are not a current high schooler, and are interested in writing for us, please send an email to Matt Bollinger at mlb7vb@virginia.edu. If you haven't written for us before, p...
by Mewto55555
Sat Aug 29, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: HSAPQ Call for Writers 2015-16
Replies: 0
Views: 1320

HSAPQ Call for Writers 2015-16

HSAPQ is still looking for a few more writers for its sets for the 2015-16 season! If you are not a current high schooler, and are interested in writing for us, please send an email to Matt Bollinger at mlb7vb@virginia.edu. If you haven't written for us before, please include a sample of 5 regular d...
by Mewto55555
Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Columbia Summer Practices
Replies: 5
Views: 2680

Re: Columbia Summer Practices

A bunch of UChicago people will be crashing this tomorrow.
by Mewto55555
Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)
Replies: 67
Views: 26170

Re: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)

Side Event Information Saturday: We Have Never Been Modern (immediately after the conclusion of VCU Open or after a short dinner break) Sunday: Tricon, SHEIKH, Science More information about side events and their schedule will be made available closer to the date of the tournament. Sorry I'm postin...
by Mewto55555
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 36606

Re: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT

This was great fun (the math in particular!), and I recommend anyone who hasn't had a chance to play it find a mirror site! Thanks a ton for running this!

Will the stats from the NSC site be up at any point?
by Mewto55555
Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 8074

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

I don't need my sense of time, already distorted by the nature of our capitalist society, furthermore controlled by a timer that you, for whatever reason, believe is better at determining how long a pause is than humanity! I'm guessing you're not majoring in Physics at Yale. I don't understand why ...
by Mewto55555
Wed May 13, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

Cheynem wrote:Max, are you going to send a revised ballot or should I count your ballot above as official?
I'll send in a revised ballot before the deadline.

EDIT: This is done. After talking with some folks, I ended up bumping Jacob right behind Shan. The rest of my ballot remained the same.
by Mewto55555
Wed May 13, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

My main assessment of Jacob's performance relative to Neil (I still ranked Neil ahead of Jacob, since I think Neil generally scales better breadth-wise) is not only having played each of them, but watching them go head-to-head in the finals, where they were pretty evenly matched as individual playe...
by Mewto55555
Wed May 13, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

This post still has quite a bit of life left in it, I think. Your link is screwed up slightly, you want this one . I don't think that all of these are fallacies -- obviously #2 and #5 are problematic. #4 is also important to keep in mind, but sometimes the differences between the teams is so notice...
by Mewto55555
Wed May 13, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

I'm just going to say that's an insane under-ranking of Jacob Reed - if you take a look at his regular-season results, he regularly outperformed Neil (the only other comparable generalist in the Northeast) at regular tournaments and put on a ridiculous performance at George Oppen, This seems inaccu...
by Mewto55555
Tue May 12, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

As promised, here is the construction of my ballot. I'm going to do it as I type out this post, so you can follow my EXACT THOUGHT PROCESS! Here is the set of people mentioned in the thread so far, that I'm going to take my top 25 from. I'm assuming that if someone hasn't been mentioned yet, they're...
by Mewto55555
Fri May 08, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 9021

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

Brian McPeak wrote:
Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote: Brian McPeak
Max Schindler
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
We're both behind Andrew Wang dude, step it up.
by Mewto55555
Wed May 06, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBDB 3: QBDB with a Vengeance
Replies: 15
Views: 8139

Re: QBDB 3: QBDB with a Vengeance

This looks great! One small thing: when you search an answerline, it returns all the questions, with the name of the packet they were in, but not the tournament (e.g. it just says "Editors 1" instead of "Editors 1 -- Penn Bowl" or something). It'd be great if it could include the tournament name as ...
by Mewto55555
Tue May 05, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

As promised, here's my discussion of Chicago. I'm going to try and include as much objective data I have that isn't immediately obvious/obtainable from the stats (I've done some detailed analysis of our ACF stats, not much of ICT, so you'll have to deal with that), as well a bunch of subjective stuf...
by Mewto55555
Mon May 04, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State
Replies: 37
Views: 34476

Re: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State

In addition to other logistical info, is the hotel discount reservation code available? We'd really like to go ahead and make our reservations. Sadly, we have been unable to get block discounts. Teams should go ahead and book at an area hotel; the Blackwell will be the most convenient location-wise...
by Mewto55555
Sun May 03, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

Also Michael Coates Yeah, I meant to get to ICT and just realized I forgot, thanks! (But I definitely didn't forget Coates, he gets a big section in my Chicago discussion!) I personally think the only additional people on top-12ish ICT teams plausibly worth considering are: Michael Coates Grace Liu...
by Mewto55555
Sat May 02, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

"where one buzzes" Okay people keep saying this--does it actually mean something???? It's pretty subjective, and I don't think "this dude had a sick one-line buzz against me in my category he must be the best" is too meaningful, but I think it helps add context to stats. One thing I've found very i...
by Mewto55555
Sat May 02, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

If Saajid Moyen doesn't make top 10, I'm coming to your house, Mike Cheyne. Hilariously none of Columbia had been even mentioned yet. Yeah, just a little heads-up: if you don't vote for Rafael in this poll you have garbage quizbowl opinions and should feel bad. He's obviously subject to the "doesn'...
by Mewto55555
Sat May 02, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 26993

Re: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES

While I appreciate the brief summaries of player accomplishments, and I know its hard to do anything better for such a brief rundown of so many possible people, I think they totally are emphasizing the wrong thing.* For example, the reason Austin Brownlow is one terrifying motherfucker is not becaus...
by Mewto55555
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87127

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Okay, I have no sympathy for a very good quizbowl team whining about Editors Six. Here's the tossups in Editors' Six: Fifth Column, Candida, Baudolino, malaria, Oberlin College, Black and Tans, Licinius, Abydos, cross section, arrythmia, metric space, coupling reactions, the Seven Sages, Baba Yaga'...
by Mewto55555
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87127

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Playoff tossups answered per game, presented without significant elaboration: (all stats from http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2976/stats/playoffs/ and http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1641/stats/playoffs/) 2014, top bracket (1-12): 17.15 (1132 through 66 games) 2014, second bracket...
by Mewto55555
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 55302

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

There's an error in Virginia v. Columbia. It records them as having answered 21 tossups correctly.
by Mewto55555
Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87127

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Playoff tossups answered per game, presented without significant elaboration: (all stats from http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2976/stats/playoffs/ and http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1641/stats/playoffs/) 2014, top bracket (1-12): 17.15 (1132 through 66 games) 2014, second bracket ...
by Mewto55555
Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87127

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

I'd just like to laud Ike (and anyone else who helped, as well as what I gather were some awesome submissions) on the fantastic math questions. This is one of the few tournaments where the tossups consistently rewarded people for actually studying math in a non-superficial way (in particular, the to...
by Mewto55555
Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Crossover - a work in progress
Replies: 5
Views: 3256

Re: The Crossover - a work in progress

From what I remember: Constructing a crossover is finding the perfect matchings for an n-partite graph (near-perfect, when n is odd) with # of vertices = # of teams. (equivalently,* finding the 1-factors of a 1-factorization). Though I haven't tried, this can be done in Sage (cf. http://linear.ups....
by Mewto55555
Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Science Side Event 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 6630

Re: Science Side Event 2015

Auroni wrote:1) yes
2) VCU Open weekend is preferrable
3) I'd like to help edit/write as much as I can while still retaining the ability to play.
by Mewto55555
Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (2015 College)
Replies: 47
Views: 22924

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

I will be pursuing a PhD in physics at Yale, and intend to continue playing quizbowl there. I also plan to remain active in high school outreach in New England, though from a home base that's a little farther south. ...and we're back to Yale winning everything in the Northeast again, barring more P...