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by setht
Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: general discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5120

Re: 2014 SCT: general discussion

Vernon Lee Bad Marriage, Jr. wrote:The current events questions in this set seemed less well-written than those in last year's SCT. Was there a change in editorship?
There was no change in CE editorship. Do you have more specific comments on what seemed better last year/worse this year?

-Seth
by setht
Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: specific questions
Replies: 50
Views: 7022

Re: 2014 SCT: specific questions

This act was repeatedly performed by a former Libyan princess who had the power of popping out her eyes. Zeus turned the sons of Lycaon into wolves in punishment for this act. Procne tricked Tereus into performing this act, and Thyestes was similarly duped by Atreus. The (*) Laestrygonians subjecte...
by setht
Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: specific questions
Replies: 50
Views: 7022

Re: 2014 SCT: specific questions

So, could you please post the tossups on the 1812 Overture, Pomp and Circumstance Marches, and Leonard Bernstein? Thanks. Here they are: In this piece, a tambourine ostinato accompanies a violin dance melody that then passes through the strings. Its time signature changes from 4/4 ["four-four"] to ...
by setht
Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: specific questions
Replies: 50
Views: 7022

Re: 2014 SCT: specific questions

For the bonus part on aspiration in DII (round 14 I think) would rough breathing been acceptable? This went into protest (and was being researched) in our game versus Harvard A, but we never got final ruling due to the results of the tiebreakers. Here's the bonus part: B. Grassmann's law describes ...
by setht
Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: specific questions
Replies: 50
Views: 7022

Re: 2014 SCT: specific questions

I'm going to get this in before I forget: the reference (or possibly references) to the Confederacy as a "country" was really regrettable, as this is an assertion that is: a) not really true to the best of my knowledge (if I remember correctly, no nation gave official diplomatic recognition) b) not...
by setht
Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: specific questions
Replies: 50
Views: 7022

Re: 2014 SCT: specific questions

Hey all,

I'll post some of the requested questions in just a moment. Before I start in on that, I just wanted to ask that people make sure to include in their posts which division they played in.

Thanks,
-Seth
by setht
Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: general discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5120

Re: 2014 SCT: general discussion

Hey,

I hope everyone enjoyed SCT. If you have any feedback, I'm sure all of the people involved in writing and editing the sets would love to hear it. One thing that would be helpful is if people could note in their initial posts what division they played in.

Thanks,
-Seth
by setht
Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Arrabal discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 3695

Re: Arrabal discussion

I liked several of the physics/astro/math tossups: they were on topics scientists care about; they had good clues; they were presented in clear prose (I think—I can't be 100% sure without looking at the set, but I'm usually pretty good about catching and being flummoxed by quizbowlese, so I'd be sur...
by setht
Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 36714

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU

Is a 6th team going to materialize? If not, can we dematerialize a team, possibly by allowing 5-player teams? It seems silly to have byes.

-Seth
by setht
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 36714

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ TBD

Look, could we do this: Could all the people who have interest in attending this tournament come out of the woodwork, and openly state their intentions to do so (in this thread and/or the spreadsheet)? Then, once we know who's planning on coming, we can address the question of competitive team comp...
by setht
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 17912

Re: DI specific question discussion

Hey I was reading this tournament again and I want to complain about an absolutely awful question that still makes me mad. This type of structure is preferentially stained by thiazole orange. A ribosomal frameshift event for HIV requires formation of this type of structure in messenger RNA. It form...
by setht
Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Releasing unused ACF submissions
Replies: 10
Views: 2027

Re: Suggested ACF rules revisions for 2013-2014

I think there could some value in doing a "selected release" of unused questions, expunging the bad ones, but leaving in some of the comically insane or awful questions every set seems to get (such as that tossup on "paint drying" we got for ACF Regionals last year). Seems like a lot of editor work...
by setht
Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 54766

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

I'm talking to Katy about Seth's schedule and whether it's workable. I'm not really following the bracketology here but I'm happy to consider it if it's not going to endanger the completion of the set or the tournament. If anything is unclear, or if there are additional constraints (rooms, staff, p...
by setht
Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 54766

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

Three playoff brackets (top bracket: teams 1-3 and a-c; middle bracket: teams 4-6 and d-f; bottom bracket: teams 7-10 and g-i). Play a round-robin. This requires 5 rounds with no byes for the top and middle brackets, and 7 rounds with 1 bye/round for the bottom bracket. Use packets 7-10 for the fir...
by setht
Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 54766

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

I think the idea is this: Original brackets of 9/10 play 9RR on packets from bracket A (as they have the bye). Playoffs are top 3/middle 3/bottom x. The top two brackets are 5RR, while the bottom is 7RR. The first five rounds use four packets from the bottom group from bracket B and an editor packe...
by setht
Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 54766

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

Are there other bracketed schedules that provide some sort of compromise solution? For instance, could we split into 9/10 brackets with 19 teams? Assuming that every team writes a packet, and that any ties that need to be broken are broken by statistics: With 18 teams, I think it should work to do ...
by setht
Thu May 30, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)
Replies: 147
Views: 54766

Re: Chicago Open 2013 (7/20-21/13)

Vernon Lee Bad Marriage, Jr. wrote:In more logistical news: Matt Jackson has informed me that there are currently 17 teams signed up here. I don't think we can handle any more teams than that
Is this based on rooms or staff or something else?

-Seth
by setht
Tue May 28, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 57201

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!

I also want to thank all the people who worked on the set--the 101 people who wrote questions in the set, the 23 people who subject edited questions in the set, and the people who worked on set editing: Selene Koo for playtesting some questions, R. Hentzel's playtesters for playtesting some packets,...
by setht
Tue May 28, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 52320

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

There weren't that many obviously noticeable repeats, but one really glaring one was when... ...the tossups on heat capacity and Einstein that were in consecutive early packets both began with his QHO formulation. This one jumped out at me while I was reading. I'm not sure how it snuck by us during...
by setht
Tue May 28, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 52320

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

geolawyerman wrote:What was the final tossup?
Prompt! (By which I mean, are you asking about final tossup #1 or final tossup #2?)

-Seth
by setht
Tue May 28, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 57201

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!

Congrats to LASA! In the Final game on Sunday, Ladue scored 26.36ppb (their highest for the tournament) and got 10 powers, and still lost! I calculated the combined point totals from the Finals game at each HSNCT since 2000, and it shows how incredibly talented both Ladue and LASA are. 2013-895, 20...
by setht
Tue May 21, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 38309

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

I didn't receive Max's email, but I assume the schedule for the Expert Division is "n games, all of which are forfeits." Let us know if Selene and I should plan on anything in particular--exhibition matches, enormous trophies, etc.

-Seth
by setht
Sat May 11, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2013 MSNCT discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 3966

Re: 2013 MSNCT discussion

Regardless of what may happen this fall, this set is definitely open for discussion, and we're hoping there will be some. Possibly all the competitors and coaches were fine with everything in the set and have no comments, or perhaps everyone is busy with other stuff, but we really would like to hear...
by setht
Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 17912

Re: DI specific question discussion

Agreed with Eric on the ribosomes TU. That was hella frustrating. Is the ribosome referred to as a molecule? I believe Selene specifically chose that noun to help guide people away from negging with ribosome. She may have more to say about this question in a few days when she's done traveling, but ...
by setht
Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 17912

Re: DI specific question discussion

{Marshall Sahlins}'s theory of the {original affluent society} drew on work on these {hunter-gatherer}s by Lorna Marshall and Richard Borshay Lee, whose study of their diet highlighted the nutritious {mongongo} nut. Lee noted their love for {diarrhea}-inducing fat in a paper on their {trance} dance...
by setht
Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT, 2013 edition
Replies: 3
Views: 1197

Writing for SCT/ICT, 2013 edition

As a follow-up on last year's thread , here's a rough overview of who all contributed to this year's SCT and ICT sets: For DI SCT, a little over half (~400) questions came from circuit people (including Andrew Hart's 190); about 50 were lingering questions from writers who I believe have retired; An...
by setht
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Answer Line Generosity
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Answer Line Generosity

I've been thinking some more about the kivas tossup and other common-link tossups, which had answer lines of varying generosity, and I'm wondering if it's possible to come to some consensus about how generous common-link answer lines should be. Here are a couple tossups from the DI set: One group of...
by setht
Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 17912

Re: DI specific question discussion

In other news, the Roman Declaration of War was definitely powerable because fetiales (the priests who do the ritual) was in power, but it took a bit for Dallas and me to figure it out. That tossup really threw me because I picked up that it was some Roman ritual very quickly, but despite all of th...
by setht
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 17912

Re: DI specific question discussion

those tossups on "Rome Declaring War" and "The Canadian Great Depression" were really bad ideas (especially the latter!) and we should try to avoid that. Assuming "we should try to avoid that" means something more general than "we should try to avoid these two specific answer lines," it would be he...
by setht
Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 17912

Re: DI specific question discussion

Characteristic features overlying these structures include palsas, pingos, and sand-wedge polygons. So-called "drunken trees" result when these structures produce slumping thermokarst terrains. The namesake tables of these regions form the bottom surfaces of active layers, which can undergo a form ...
by setht
Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 17912

Re: DI specific question discussion

Can you please post the tossups on George Akerlof, Chile (literature), and Anatole France? Thanks in advance! This man collaborated with Rachel Kranton on a 2010 book about how our "identities shape our work, wages, and well-being." This man's wife, who worked with him on the fair wage-effort hypot...
by setht
Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 17912

Re: DI specific question discussion

FWIW, my answer of "Anasazi" on the description of a kiva was negged--one of several examples of insufficient prompting/alternative answers in the set. I'm sympathetic to the idea that this particular tossup (and perhaps some others) would have benefited from a more generous answer line, but I'm no...
by setht
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DII general set discussion
Replies: 2
Views: 627

DII general set discussion

Was the DII set too hard? Too easy? Were middle parts of bonuses too variable? Did tossup answers range too widely in difficulty, or not widely enough?

Here's the thread to talk about that kind of stuff.

-Seth
by setht
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI general set discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 4065

2013 ICT DI general set discussion

Was the DI set too hard? Too easy? Were middle parts of bonuses too variable? Did tossup answers range too widely in difficulty, or not widely enough?

Here's the thread to talk about that kind of stuff.

-Seth
by setht
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DII specific question discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 1539

2013 ICT DII specific question discussion

Here's a thread for discussion (and posting, if needed/wanted) of specific questions in the DII set.

-Seth
by setht
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 ICT DI specific question discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 17912

2013 ICT DI specific question discussion

Here's a thread for discussion (and posting, if needed/wanted) of specific questions in the DI set.

-Seth
by setht
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2013 ICT Discussion
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Re: Welcome to the 2013 ICT Discussion

I want to add my thanks to Andrew Yaphe, who wrote and subject edited a plurality of the questions, and did the heavy lifting on the early set editing; Kyle Haddad-Fonda, who I think did a great job in his first time set editing at this level; Selene Koo, who helped me with several chunks of set edi...
by setht
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total
Replies: 112
Views: 43185

Re: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total

grapesmoker wrote:I love how the MetaFilter post brings out all these people who played at various Midwestern schools in 2002.
And Fred! Did you ever meet Fred, or was she before your time?

-Seth
by setht
Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total
Replies: 112
Views: 43185

Re: Watkins-gate news media link collection - 19 Total

Unfortunately the article makes it sound like I was spreading rumors about Andy, or possibly myself. Perhaps the reporter picked up on my self-destructive streak.

-Seth
by setht
Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Head-to-head as a tiebreaker (split from UCU announcement)
Replies: 27
Views: 5794

Re: Head-to-head as a tiebreaker (split from UCU announcement)

Put me down in the minority that doesn't understand why h2h isn't the first tiebreaker. If beating a team head to head doesn't matter, why even keep w/l records? Just rank everyone according to PPG? I was thinking about this earlier, and I think the question is, what is a tiebreaker supposed to do?...
by setht
Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: autobid thread split
Replies: 62
Views: 9115

Re: autobid thread split

If ICT moved back to a college campus in 2014, I think that would be lovely. I don't have a position in the field size/autobid discussion happening here, but I would strongly support getting out of that hotel in Chicago for future ICTs (or at least some future ICTs). Though I know it's anathema for...
by setht
Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8338

Re: 36-team ICT

Maybe it would be worth tweaking the algorithm to make upsets a bit more likely and see what things look like then--is 6x6 still more robust throughout, or does that change? Actually, what is your algorithm for deciding the outcome of games? I'm imagining something very simple like: draw two random...
by setht
Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8338

Re: 36-team ICT

I decided to empirically test whether the 3x12 to 6x6 or the 6x6 to 3x12 would provide more stability. I assigned 36 teams random strengths on a (0,1) scale, and then bracketed teams in such a way that teams 1-3, 4-6, ..., 34-36 would be placed into separate brackets in the first scenario, and 1-6,...
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8338

Re: 36-team ICT

19 rounds of play plus tiebreakers and finals. Can't be done in a day (much less "by 9 pm"), requires 24 packets. HSNCT does 15 rounds before dinner, a round every half hour. Why not another 6 rounds (4 + tiebreak/final) during the 3 hours from 7-10pm? (Actually, good point, "by 9pm" really needs t...
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8338

Re: 36-team ICT

I just don't see how being eliminated after 5 games is superior to being eliminated after 11 games. If you don't finish in the top 2 after an 11 game round robin, I really don't have a problem with that team not being in the top 6. Teams have to be eliminated at some point and I don't see how it's ...
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8338

Re: 36-team ICT

How about 3 prelim brackets of 12, followed by 4 playoff brackets of 10, 10, 8, and 8 teams? This is 20 rounds (which would mean 22 or 23 packets to account for tiebreakers - I guess you could shave two packets by double-counting the prelim games), but poor seeding (e.g. teams changing lineups from...
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8338

Re: 36-team ICT

While 6x6 into 3x12 would be exhilarating for the top 12 for the reasons Evan suggests, I worry that it's hard to fairly determine which teams should advance with only five games plus potential half-packet tiebreakers, and it's a pretty big bummer for a team on the cusp (think last year's Georgia T...
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: autobid thread split
Replies: 62
Views: 9115

Re: autobid thread split

Cornell and Rice--both D1 teams--qualified for ICT by playing on D2 questions, which I thought was an automatic bid. Perhaps it was by D-value, though. My reading of the qualification guidelines leads me to believe that they qualified by D-value, not autobids as the top DI teams at their sites. -Seth
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 36-team ICT
Replies: 53
Views: 8338

36-team ICT

What schedule would you use for a 36-team field at ICT? Let's assume the tournament runs in one day, but that the number of packets needed isn't a restriction. The clear options to me are 6x6 into 3x12, 12x12 into 6x6, and 6x6 3 times over. Of those, I think my favorite is 6x6 into 3x12--6 prelim br...