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by Ike
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Boundaries II (Focus on Social Media)
Replies: 7
Views: 2374

Re: Maintaining Boundaries II (Focus on Social Media)

I fully agree with the thrust of Mike's post. I want to give an illustrative example. After being recruited by Andrew Wang, I had the privilege of playing with then high-school senior Jakob Myers at WAO I. He was a great teammate, affable, etc. and we would not have won the tournament without him. I...
by Ike
Thu May 21, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 3080

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

Here's an idea if we want to still give the buzzing team some advantage (which I'm still not sure is necessary): Only the protesting team can buzz prior to the "for 10 points" in the tossup. This would require the protesting team to have at least some non-trivial amount of knowledge of the replacem...
by Ike
Wed May 20, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What makes a good tiebreaker?
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Re: What makes a good tiebreaker?

All of Bradley's points seem reasonable to me. Historically, writers often just dumped their worst questions into tiebreakers since they don't have enough time to polish every aspect of their set. I'd argue that rather than putting an extra tossup into each packet, (thus creating something like 15 t...
by Ike
Fri May 08, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals Editor Application
Replies: 5
Views: 1943

Re: ACF Regionals Editor Application

The date isn't right ... presumably 2021 regionals.
by Ike
Fri May 08, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5290

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

Knowing several players on both teams, I feel like I am well prepared to write one of my universally well-received Teddy Atlas style "tale of the tapes" for this, complete with notes on the producers of questions, the strategic styles of the teams, the "x-factor" of Jacob Reed's science knowledge, ...
by Ike
Fri May 08, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5290

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

If the parties will let me head edit this, I would be willing to coral folk and help edit those 3 packets to crown a winner. The top 8 teams* would be invited and it would be single elimination. Teams are free to decline this extremely informal gathering. I think that's the most fair for all involve...
by Ike
Fri May 08, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5290

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

I will contribute as well. I think one of the things that people always want is a thrilling finals. And I don't mind stepping up to help if that's something we can do to make the community feel like we had a champion crowned this year.

Ike
by Ike
Sun May 03, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 59
Views: 8209

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I really appreciate that the U.K. circuit decided to investigate ways to making our online quizbowl experience better. If players / mods of said tournament could also discuss their own experiences here, that would be very welcome!
by Ike
Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'm not sure about that with Alman. He put up very good numbers at MIT Penn-ance , where he might have cheated as well for all we know. He played fewer tournaments, so it is difficult to compare between tournaments. His numbers before 2012 are much lower than his 2012 numbers, so on the one hand it...
by Ike
Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Eh, if anything the issue is with the fact there's just a lot of missing data, not the method itself. There's no data that survives for Minnesota Open 2008, 09, 10, or FICHTE I and II which would be incredibly helpful. I played Watkins at three of those tournaments, and I recall at two of them, he ...
by Ike
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Eh, if anything the issue is with the fact there's just a lot of missing data, not the method itself. There's no data that survives for Minnesota Open 2008, 09, 10, or FICHTE I and II which would be incredibly helpful. I played Watkins at three of those tournaments, and I recall at two of them, he d...
by Ike
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

The probability (again assuming that ICT 2011 is a regular difficulty tournament,) of doing that well at both of those tournaments is simply calculated by multiplying those probabilities, which amounts to about 1/500,000. Doesn't this assume that the probabilities are independent? Is that a good as...
by Ike
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

One more fun tidbit for those who wondered what would happen if we ran the same algorithm for Andy Watkins, a known cheat. Counting only power-marked tournaments, the surviving stats from that era indicated Watkins played SCT 2009, THUNDER I, Terrapin 2009, and Penn Bowl 2009. That's four regular di...
by Ike
Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

All this talk about proscriptions feel odd to me. Whether it's in poker, where it's common to use silly sounding terms like "angle shots" to describe acts of questionable integrity, to the goofy sounding term of "doping" to describe the serious act of using drugs to cheat, or "phishing" to describe ...
by Ike
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'll preface this by saying this post, perhaps with the exception of a few points of clarification, will be my last post in the thread. I've made an 18-minute Youtube video explaining what my basic method was, and how one might tweak the method to get it to apply in the general case. Eric agreed to ...
by Ike
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

In any case, I think that it would be a very bad thing for the community if self-appointed vigilantes were to continue leveling accusations that we have to take on faith, because not even the director of the affected tournament is allowed to see the supposedly "damning" evidence. Clearly the eviden...
by Ike
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'm confused as to the seeming secrecy around the statistical evidence that has been rumored to be what prompted Eric to confess. The seeming secrecy is that while I would like to explain what I did, I want to put in as many caveats as possible to show that you must subject your own methods to inte...
by Ike
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Elsewhere Ike has stated his interest in informing NAQT and ACF of the details of his investigation I would hope there be a formal recommendation on this from perhaps the tournament directors or ACF or...somebody I don't believe this will actually happen, but I would be strongly opposed if ACF make...
by Ike
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I cheated at this tournament. I looked up answers on my phone during this tournament on approximately 8-10 tossups, and would not have powered them otherwise. This was a severe lapse in judgement that disrespected and dishonored my competitors, my teammates (past and present), everyone who stood by...
by Ike
Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

allowing any potential current malefactors to quietly mend their ways This point articulated by my esteemed colleague Professor Carson is the general thrust of what was aimed for. As I have said in several places, I am not out of for blood, and I would be really happy if all we got out of this is t...
by Ike
Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33262

This Time, A Stern Warning

There’s been a few posts in the past about cheating on the Discord being bad, but I think it’s now time for a very stern public warning: no, really, stop cheating, motherfuckers! Mike Sorice frequently calls in to a sports talk show whose segments include “Who you crappin’?” and that’s the question ...
by Ike
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Degen Packet
Replies: 6
Views: 1297

Re: Degen Packet

Jack Mehr won this by a large margin. Thank you all for coming out and degening!

Ike
by Ike
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Degen Packet
Replies: 6
Views: 1297

Re: Degen Packet

I am a little behind on this about half of the packet is written. So Im going to have to bump this to the weekend, Sunday. I'll settle on a 9pm central time zone reading. Also, Max Schindler has splashed the pot. The winner of the packet will get to participate in a heads up freeroll against him! :p...
by Ike
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Degen Packet
Replies: 6
Views: 1297

Degen Packet

I am in the middle of writing a packet on gambling, mostly related to poker. It's going to be at least 20 tossups with one part bonuses that are related to the tossup. Don't expect the distribution to be balanced, it's just stuff that has amused me over the years. I'll probably schedule a reading fo...
by Ike
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

13.This object was designed to generalize the positive Grassmanian. For 10 points each: [10] Name this theoretical geometric object from particle physics introduced by Nima Arkani-Hamed in 2013. Scattering amplitudes can be calculated by finding the ‘volume’ of this object. ANSWER: amplituhedron [1...
by Ike
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I'm not arguing that nats shouldn't be easier (I'm actually leaning towards those who argue that something like Fall Open level is a good target, solely from their arguments since I've never attended a national tournament myself). My (poorly stated) point here is that changing nats to improve reten...
by Ike
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Mike Bentley wrote: Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:29 pm I'm a little skeptical of someone like Ike representing himself as a non-top player at any point in college.
I played 2009 Nats as a high school student, and the posts I've made are about that experience specifically.
by Ike
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

For some people, like Ike and other top players, the thrill is playing hard questions and learning things, even if they're not winning or getting questions. At the ACF Nationals I was referring to, I was not a "top player" in the sense that you're using it throughout the rest of your post, and your...
by Ike
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I feel like there's several things being discussed here. One is about grad students, and another is about Nats difficulty. Those seem like two very different topics, and probably should be discussed in their own threads for the sake of sanity and keeping the conversation going smoothly. And yes, the...
by Ike
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 11776

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

mandatory minimum donation May I make a recommendation? While I understand the nobility of the charity aspect of this tournament, I think it might be a particularly trying financially for some in a time with a lot of uncertainty (this situation could last for months.) I'd suggest making it so that ...
by Ike
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 NAQT ICT: CANCELED
Replies: 8
Views: 2709

Re: 2020 NAQT ICT: CANCELED

Speaking only as an observer who has no knowledge of NAQT's financials, I suspect that a lot of the uncertainty regarding the status of the other national tournaments that NAQT puts on makes rescheduling ICT a relatively low priority. Championship season NAQT is where a lot of the revenue comes from...
by Ike
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2721

Re: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy

I don't think there is too much value or harm done in adding these tags. By and large, I think that one part of being good is intuitively learning what is a hard part and a medium part, and certainly these tags would help a beginner on some sense. Also, I occasionally write bonuses that have two dis...
by Ike
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 10572

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

Difficulty is always a tricky thing. I think everyone in quizbowl wants the set to be only as hard as necessary. But sometimes I feel that it's necessary to stretch difficulty in the service of other goals. To bring up something that Olivia astutely pointed out -- the inclusion of women in quizbowl ...
by Ike
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 10572

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

I, Ike Jose, was the head editor of the set, and also subject-edited all the Literature, Philosophy, "Other Science," Non-Economics Social Science, and some amount of other visual arts. My co-editors were Will Alston (The lion's share of the Fine Arts, World Religion, Economics), Mike Bentley (Curre...
by Ike
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 10572

NSC 2019 Set Discussion

This is your thread for discussing the set. The set has not been sent off to the archives yet; mostly, the set will be updated to reflect the resolutions of the protest committee. You are free to request a question for viewing until then. It would be best if you could give a reason as to why the que...
by Ike
Thu May 30, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 39609

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

I would recommend using an identifier such as "This unnamed location" if you're going to write a tossup on something that doesn't have a reified name. It feels much less hacky than saying "description acceptable." All else equal I would think a simple tag like "description acceptable" would be much...
by Ike
Wed May 29, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 39609

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

I would recommend using an identifier such as "This unnamed location" if you're going to write a tossup on something that doesn't have a reified name. It feels much less hacky than saying "description acceptable."
by Ike
Sat May 04, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21448

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

At any rate, this argument doesn't work very well because the whole point we're discussing is what is mandated in quizbowl by means of the distribution. Of course, someone could come along and write a tournament with loads of maths in the "misc" or "other" portion of the distribution, but the whole...
by Ike
Wed May 01, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21448

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

I think cutting other categories to add 1/1 Math is an overreaction to this last ACF Nationals. I am not very good at most categories at the ACF Nationals level, usually when I play tournaments at that level I look forward to the Math questions. While I understand the editors' vision of blurting th...
by Ike
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 34117

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

You're right, sorry we didn't do our due diligence by consulting with a panel of white guys who are extremely into Asian culture. I thought the point of quizbowl was to reward you for being interested in learning about lots of cultures, and that the entire point of this tournament was to try to rep...
by Ike
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21448

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

One idea we had was combining religion and myth into a single 1/1 I like this idea. I'd use the resulting extra question to have 1/1 "mathematical sciences" including pure math, math applications, statistics, and CS, and 1/1 "other science" including Earth science, astronomy, engineering, and inter...
by Ike
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 34117

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Also, what was the third math question you talked about? I don't remember a third math question in the rounds that most teams heard. Sorry, I miscounted since I didn't know the tournament format exactly. Just to be clear, the math tossups are DAGs, the one in the tiebreaker team packet, Collatz, Pi...
by Ike
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 34117

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

The tossup on Picard was all (or mostly) stuff you encountered in complex analysis. And yeah the DAGs question has been discussed above, but it is something you cover in graph theory, discrete mathematics, and the clues were drawn from what I encountered in discrete mathematics class I took. Yeah hi...
by Ike
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 34117

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Hello all, I was responsible for editing the “other science” in this tournament. That being said, I think this year especially, the questions the product of a team effort. First of all, Alex Damisch was a great freelancer in these categories, so be sure to thank her for some nifty math questions. Se...
by Ike
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55878

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Jacob, I do think this post could have been made in a way that doesn't come have a subtext feels denigrating to Columbia "Congratulations to Columbia, but . . ." No doubt you'll follow up with an apology or clarification here, but I'd question the sincerity of it, since I think it's pretty galling t...
by Ike
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 73
Views: 26144

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

I just want to say this is the best set of video game questions I have seen a writer (Jason Thompson) produce. There's something in here for everyone that reflects the myriad ways in which people interact with games throughout their history. If anyone is on the fence about the tournament, I suggest ...
by Ike
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 9556

Re: Old time bonus formats

A team submitted an unusually fun bonus for ACF Nationals 2015. It had two hard parts, and I was loathe to cut either since they were both so cool. Rob Carson suggested reviving the 10/10/5/5 structure so we could have the two hard parts-cake and eat it too. 1. This building is currently the tallest...
by Ike
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 33
Views: 17981

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

I played in exactly one CBI tournament, and if I recall correctly, the tournament staff did not let teams leave the rooms to go to the restrooms until all games of one round were done for reasons due to question security. While the questions themselves were awful, the treatment of the players the st...
by Ike
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 6
Views: 6375

Re: 5th of March Incident

5. By far my favorite anecdote was having to change the IRC password to the writers room, because Ike Jose spoiled it. Since I was learning Irish mythology for nationals at the time, I made it "caladbolg", the sword Fergus Mac Roich used to cut off three hilltops. IIRC the password was CloudxAeris ...
by Ike
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Preparing From Benet's and Masterpieces of World Literature
Replies: 7
Views: 6156

Re: Preparing From Benet's and Masterpieces of World Literature

Speaking as an old person here who purchased Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia in 2006 -- It's not the most efficient study source. The breadth is great, but a lot of the topics are pretty arcane, even for ACF Nats and CO difficulty (not to mention, it hasn't been updated or a while, so it doesn't touch...