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by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 9320

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

Quizbowl is a game, not a pure test of knowledge; prompt-bashing is definitely a legitimate and useful strategy. I also see nothing wrong with prompting on "finches"; I'm sure the majority of people who buzz and say "finches" would be able to pull Darwin after a prompt anyways. There's no use in pe...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 9320

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

For the question on Darwin's finches, I'm really not sure that's the wisest of answer lines. The other team buzzed at the end of tossup and said "finches" and were immediately ruled incorrect, although the question had already said "Galapagos." I have two problems with this: 1) I get that Darwin's ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Minnesota (October 17, 2015)
Replies: 11
Views: 5256

Re: Penn Bowl at Minnesota (October 17, 2015)

At this point, I can only guess that Rob is withholding stats in protest of Sam Levin's decision to get the staffers thin-crust pizza for lunch.
by Muriel Axon
Sun Oct 25, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 2782

Re: Transparency

I think it might be useful to talk about what separates questions that are fraudable or transparent from questions that just deploy lots of context clues in an appropriate way (in the manner of this Jerry post). How fuzzy is the boundary?
by Muriel Axon
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10548

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Also, on the tossup on atheism, my moderator pronounced it "kaer-yae-kuh", which led me to infer that it had been written in the tossup as "Caryaka" or "Charyaka". If that's the case, that's a misspelling and it should be "Charvaka" or "Carvaka". In Word, the red squiggle for unrecognized words can...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Oct 25, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 2782

Re: Transparency

I figured it out through a combination of knowing Sverdrup was an oceanographer and using "vorticity" to infer that (as you put it) "stuff is spinning." If you feel like that's enough knowledge to deserve 15 points, that's your call; I certainly did think it was a little transparent, since I didn't ...
by Muriel Axon
Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 5872

Re: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

I made a team-formation spreadsheet so that people start registering. It's a bit sad-looking right now, but you can change that by signing up!
by Muriel Axon
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10548

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Eddie, I don't think that bonus part needs to be entirely rewritten. (Actually, I thought it was totally fine, but that may just be me.) Anyway, I think all Ben's saying is that you might consider using the actual word "double-function form." The addition of "one-movement" is good, though.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Playtesting
Replies: 6
Views: 3451

Re: Missouri Open Playtesting

I'd like to playtest biology and some other science shortly before or after Itamar on Tuesday. PM me if interested. I'm inclined to push this back to tomorrow evening sometime between 5:00 and 7:30 CST, just because I have an important presentation tomorrow. Could anyone make that time? (Note that ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 10548

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

Autocorrelation in these values can be dealt with by the Durbin-Watson statistic. The vector of these values is equal to the product of the quantity identity matrix minus hat matrix all times the response vector. If a plot of these things appears U-shaped, adding a square of a variable to the model...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open Playtesting
Replies: 6
Views: 3451

Re: Missouri Open Playtesting

I'd like to playtest biology and some other science shortly before or after Itamar on Tuesday. PM me if interested.
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 5872

Re: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

We will likely be scrambling for moderators, and we plan to design a fee structure with a steeper moderator discount. Please let us know if you can bring someone!
by Muriel Axon
Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Minnesota (October 17, 2015)
Replies: 11
Views: 5256

Re: Penn Bowl at Minnesota (October 17, 2015)

Jason sent a logistics email out. For those who missed it (hopefully nobody!) here's the guts: Blegen Hall 240, registration 8:30 AM, play 9:00 AM. Parking may be easiest 19th Ave ramp, but that may be confounded by the football game. We may send an update on that.
by Muriel Axon
Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 5872

Missouri Open - UMN (11/14)

On November 14, 2015, University of Minnesota will be hosting Missouri Open, a slightly-below-regular difficulty tournament. I've copied the following from the main tournament announcement, found here . I’m pleased to announce Missouri Open 2015, a regular difficulty college tournament planned for t...
by Muriel Axon
Tue Sep 29, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)
Replies: 21
Views: 16640

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

I sent an email out to a bunch of Minnesota folks and schools from nearby states to get input about a date. I'll decide for sure, and put up a forum post, by Thursday morning at the latest. If you didn't get the email, and would attend the Minnesota mirror either 10/24 or 11/14 but not the other, pl...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open - Fall 2015 (Regular difficulty)
Replies: 21
Views: 16640

Re: Missouri Open - Fall 2015

Minnesota will indeed host a mirror -- Shan mentioned 10/24, but I'll confirm before listing it. That's the plan. Barring a compelling objection, I'll put up an announcement soon, so if you do object, let me know right away. The only other options for us are after ACF Fall on November 7 (e.g. Nov 1...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ UMN-Twin Cities, 11/7/2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3304

ACF Fall @ UMN-Twin Cities, 11/7/2015

Hello! I am pleased to announce the Upper Midwest site of ACF Fall 2015, to be held at University of Minnesota on Saturday, 7 November 2015 . ACF Fall is the year's premier introductory-level collegiate quizbowl tournament, and we do hope that you join us at this event. The event will take place at ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 173
Views: 118801

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I powered the CO question on The Sheltering Sky thanks to the Police song "Tea in the Sahara," whose lyrics are a description of an episode mentioned in the TU. (There's also an excellent King Crimson instrumental called "The Sheltering Sky.")
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE
Replies: 28
Views: 13041

Re: VICO: Very Intense Conceptual Open/The New SCIENCE

Based on last week's playtesting, I strongly encourage anyone at any of the VCU Open sites to play this event. Even if you don't consider yourself a strong "thought" player, I think there's something in this for everyone.
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 33056

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Brian let me know at CO that he is strongly considering moving it to during the year.
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 43537

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I'm turning my "tentative" to a "no," so if Derek's the only guy on the waitlist right now, we shouldn't have a problem.
by Muriel Axon
Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 HSNCT conversion stats discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 18208

Re: 2015 HSNCT discussion

Whoops, it looks like I really screwed up here. This was actually the most negged tossup in the entire HSNCT- it was negged in a whopping 71% of rooms where it was heard. I'm suspect that the Jared Diamond and Margaret Mead clues are the ones that really threw people off here (again, feedback from ...
by Muriel Axon
Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 14923

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

ValenciaQBowl wrote:The bigger consternation comes when folks want to use Delta Burke questions for tournaments involving players with grad-level experience playing the game.
Well, I'm not shedding any tears for Jordan Palmer!
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 14923

Re: Delta Burke 2014 Set Discussion

Not that it matters much, but I tend to resolve such situations by changing phrases like "This color partly names an Henri Matisse painting that was inspired..." to "An Henri Matisse painting titled in part for this color was inspired..." which I think makes it clear that the clue is not over and ke...
by Muriel Axon
Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to become a good theoretical math player?
Replies: 29
Views: 9298

Re: How to become a good theoretical math player?

If anybody interested in getting into statistics or probability (my personal specialty), I'd really recommend Blitzstein/Hwang's Introduction to Probability . A lot of it is lower-level, but they also get into some pretty approachable linear algebra applications with Markov chains/Monte Carlo metho...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Predictions
Replies: 7
Views: 2992

Re: Chicago Open Predictions

Note that teams apparently have new names, in one of which Jerry plagiarizes an Alex Rosenberg title to push his radical Churchlandian agenda. Truly shameless! #tcot
by Muriel Axon
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Confessions
Replies: 2
Views: 2643

Re: Confessions

First of all, Charlie, thanks for actually giving a real apology. To see that you understand what you did wrong and that you're ready to change your approach to quiz bowl as a result is encouraging. Second of all, I hope this conveys to all head editors the importance of communicating with your writ...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 28158

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

What Will says is probably true, but keep in mind also that writers aren't all coordinated in what they choose to write about. If there are more "general" answer lines (and I'm not convinced), it could just be a statistical fluctuation due to the cumulative actions of many individual writers.
by Muriel Axon
Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 36633

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

This was an interesting diversion. Thanks to Will, Farah, et al for writing it! One comment I will make is that some lead-ins were just unbuzzable, which is perhaps tied to the number of specific paper clues. Contrary to some other people (or maybe straw men), I think paper clues are perfectly justi...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 27664

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

As chance would have it, we all booked flights on Spirit Airlines (because it was some 10-20 dollars cheaper than the alternative - this is case #1 of a penny-wise-pound-foolish mentality). At the time, I didn't know that Spirit was effectively a cardboard box with wings, and I suspect that Matt an...
by Muriel Axon
Sat May 30, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: THE OFFICIAL 2014 HSQBRANK ALL NAME TEAM
Replies: 23
Views: 11804

Re: THE OFFICIAL 2014 HSQBRANK ALL NAME TEAM

Inkana7 wrote:A long time ago Grosse Pointe North had the fearsome duo of (Jamie) Ding and (Peter) Dong.
Jamie Ding beat me in the state geography bee in 7th grade!
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 27, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 CO Visual Arts
Replies: 131
Views: 53285

Re: 2015 CO Visual Arts

I can staff if needed.
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 27, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO History 2015
Replies: 139
Views: 64071

Re: CO History 2015

Excelsior (smack) wrote:a pandemonium of trained parrots
magpies, actually
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 20, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 11793

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Childeric III wrote:
Excelsior (smack) wrote:communicate normally on bonuses
between this and "lede-in," it's going to take a while to get used to this newfangled quizbowl lexicon
bonuses is old news!
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 20, 2015 7:40 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 9098

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

Childeric III wrote:
Excelsior (smack) wrote:communicate normally on bonuses
between this and "lede-in," it's going to take a while to get used to this newfangled quizbowl lexicon
bonuses is old news!
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 20, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Click Here to Become Sad
Replies: 59
Views: 25564

Re: your official Canadian cavalry regiment discussion threa

So what I gather from the Canadians' posts in this thread is that Canadian history is just a parade of prime ministers. That was what you intended, right?
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 15, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Feynman's BONGOS: A Side Event (for PACE and maybe HSNCT)
Replies: 65
Views: 36633

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

I'm a free agent at NSC. I know some bio (especially ecology/evolution/organismal bio), a little chem and earth science, and math. My only request is that prospective teammates by okay with the name "The Competitive Excluders." (Shoot me a message if you want to team up.)
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 13, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 27027

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

I thought Jacob was going for this post, which would have been appropriate.
by Muriel Axon
Wed May 13, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 27027

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

In the spirit of the Cooley Law School rankings, my ballot is just:

1. Matt Bollinger
2. Shan Kothari
by Muriel Axon
Sat May 09, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39952

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

I'd be fine with making this thing regular difficulty, and I can help to play difficulty cop.
setht wrote:I demand and support this tournament, but have no space to offer.

-Seth
Damn, we were hoping to hold it at your countryside villa.
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 08, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87203

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

In response to Shan: I identified those as especially hard answers under the assumption that no one would contest that they are hard. If someone can show me the conversion numbers demonstrating that they were converted at the same rate as anything else, I'll gladly partially retract that statement....
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 08, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 39952

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

Make sure your seatbelt is fastened wrote:Shan Kothari has joined the project to work on the Biology + Other Science
I'll note further that I've tied my participation to whether there is demand/support/space for such a tournament, so that's something that I'd like feedback on.
by Muriel Axon
Fri May 08, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 87203

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

Yeah, I also don't buy the reliance on the subjective feel of a small number of people. We should know by now that that's colored by all kinds of situational factors, ranging from how well your particular team is doing to whether the coffee was good at breakfast. I will say that on the whole, this t...
by Muriel Axon
Thu May 07, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 9039

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

I'm seen Kenji Golimlim get consistently good buzzes on geography.
by Muriel Axon
Mon May 04, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 27027

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

I also wish that we discussed individual categories more (ranked Top 5 for each category, for example). It would give more recognition to specialists (science players being the obvious ones, but even specialists in particular humanities categories) who might be getting shut out of the poll, because...
by Muriel Axon
Sun May 03, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2015 Specific question discussion
Replies: 45
Views: 6227

Re: Specific question discussion

This philosopher analyzes the word deinotaton in the “Ode on Man” from Sophocles’s Antigone in a lecture course that analyzes the title river of a German poem as an enigma at encompasses both locality and journeying. This philosopher uses a silver chalice to illustrate Aristotle’s four causes in a ...
by Muriel Axon
Sun May 03, 2015 2:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2015: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS DUFUSES
Replies: 86
Views: 27027

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

Maybe I'm just being over-dramatic here but I think I'm a rather curious case for this list. Please don't overrate me due to my high ppg. I could certainly pick 25 active players this year I would consider more valuable to a team trying to pursue a national title, but that's just my own criteria. D...
by Muriel Axon
Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Preview [sic]
Replies: 4
Views: 2005

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Preview [sic]

Oh, the irony of Patrick Liao as Captain America...
by Muriel Axon
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 27664

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

I've never had any travel problems except during quiz bowl trips. On the way back from my first tournament ever - 2010 Collegiate Novice - one of Nolan Esser's tires blew out, leaving us stranded in mid-Michigan. This is pretty tame as far as quiz bowl travel disasters go, but in retrospect, it was...
by Muriel Axon
Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Being a Good Scorekeeper
Replies: 13
Views: 5635

Re: Being a Good Scorekeeper

Fill out the entire sheet! This includes the round and moderator info up top and the score boxes down below. Whenever I've run stats, I nearly always run into one or two people who don't total up tossup and bonus points; not only is it annoying to have to check other peoples' math, but I've uncovere...