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by sbraunfeld
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity: A Packet of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing
Replies: 5
Views: 3473

Re: Mons Mathstrosity: A Packet of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing

Thanks for playing. Packet is attached and scores are below.

Conor: 0/2/2 10
Daniel: 1/5/1 60
Leo: 0/2/3 5
Tim: 1/4/2 45
Finn: 1/2/1 30
Pinyan: 0/1/0 10
by sbraunfeld
Wed May 29, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity: A Packet of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing
Replies: 5
Views: 3473

Mons Mathstrosity: A Packet of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing

I have a packet of math questions originally meant for Mons Mathstrosity II, roughly following the distribution announced for that tournament. It is quite hard. I plan to read it in #packet in the discord some night next week before Friday. If you have time constraints, feel free to pm me. I'll prob...
by sbraunfeld
Tue May 21, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]
Replies: 29
Views: 9521

Re: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]

I’d written most of a packet for this. Since I think the questions are well above the intended difficulty of the tournament anyway, I will probably finish it and read it on the discord in the near future. The distribution of the packet will differ slightly from the posted distribution. Could we per...
by sbraunfeld
Mon May 20, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]
Replies: 29
Views: 9521

Re: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]

I’d written most of a packet for this. Since I think the questions are well above the intended difficulty of the tournament anyway, I will probably finish it and read it on the discord in the near future. The distribution of the packet will differ slightly from the posted distribution.
by sbraunfeld
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin @ UMD (3/2/2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 3456

Re: Terrapin @ UMD (3/2/2019)

I'm considering running a mirror of SHAWARMA II after this tournament. I realize there is a lot of overlap with the NYU site, so I want to make sure there will be enough interest. PM me if you (or someone else on your team) wants to play, and I'll make another announcement by Friday. This is happen...
by sbraunfeld
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin @ UMD (3/2/2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 3456

Re: Terrapin @ UMD (3/2/2019)

I'm considering running a mirror of SHAWARMA II after this tournament. I realize there is a lot of overlap with the NYU site, so I want to make sure there will be enough interest. PM me if you (or someone else on your team) wants to play, and I'll make another announcement by Friday.
by sbraunfeld
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror
Replies: 27
Views: 7339

Re: NASAT Online Mirror

I would be interested.
by sbraunfeld
Thu May 03, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 43545

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Like Finn, I also thought that "unit" was the middle part. Initially, I thought about taking that out and using Pell's as the middle part and adding something from algebraic number theory, but then I decided that would have led to an absolutely (and unnecessarily) brutal question where only one or ...
by sbraunfeld
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 43545

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I edited the math submissions and wrote the following questions: TUs on the core, sigma algebra, and Grothendieck. I had one other tossup that I don’t think has been posted yet, but has possibly been spoiled for next year and might get posted. I’ll talk about that one if Andrew clears it, since I t...
by sbraunfeld
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 11092

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

Could the epsilon-delta tossup be posted?
by sbraunfeld
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]
Replies: 29
Views: 9521

Re: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]

A few comments and questions about the distribution. Questions: Is statistics part of applied math? How broad is "other"? Might it include trash? philosophy? Will packets intentionally include questions of significantly varying difficulty? In particular, should packet writers attempt to include vari...
by sbraunfeld
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: General Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 2746

Re: PB 2017: General Discussion

I quite liked (what little of) the math I heard. Thanks Samir.
by sbraunfeld
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 6997

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

I think the question on meta-ethics played poorly. I can't imagine someone buzzing early -- say, on the Mackie clue -- and producing "meta-ethics" without at least first being prompted. I'll note I did exactly this, buzzing in with "ethics" on "argument from queerness", and could only disbelievingl...
by sbraunfeld
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12790

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

The first of these is the tossup on control systems theory. I understand that this is a Reified Thing and have heard of it discussed as such by knowledgeable people, but the issue is that it is (to my understanding) multidisciplinary and incorporates a lot of techniques that can be used elsewhere. ...
by sbraunfeld
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WAO II at Princeton - Nov. 18
Replies: 23
Views: 8464

Re: WAO II at Princeton - Nov. 18

alexdz wrote:Is BUMPY confirmed?
I guess so. I have the set, so assuming a projector and some interested people, neither of which seemed problematic, I don't see why it wouldn't happen.
by sbraunfeld
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WAO II at Princeton - Nov. 18
Replies: 23
Views: 8464

Re: WAO II at Princeton - Nov. 18

I like movies. Would other people be interested in playing BUMPY ? It sounds like there's enough interest in this, so I've contacted the writer. A few logistical points: 1. Is Princeton fine with this being mirrored? 2. Will we have access to a room with a projector? 3. Do the room reservations go ...
by sbraunfeld
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WAO II at Princeton - Nov. 18
Replies: 23
Views: 8464

Re: WAO II at Princeton - Nov. 18

I like movies. Would other people be interested in playing BUMPY?
by sbraunfeld
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 6549

Re: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion

I was discussing a potential sequel with Conor at Fall this past weekend. I'm probably going to try my hand at writing it, though work on it probably won't start until I'm done applying to grad school. Also consider this post an open call for writers, I'll need all the help I can get. No LaTeX nece...
by sbraunfeld
Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Fall @ Rutgers (09/23/17)
Replies: 13
Views: 6253

Re: Scarlet Knight Fall @ Rutgers (09/23/17)

It seems however that the stats for each team have one game repeated twice, so instead of playing 11 games, everyone played 12. Thanks. This has been fixed. Also, are the half packet games considered a full game for ppg? They are considered a half game for individual ppg, but a full game for the te...
by sbraunfeld
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Fall @ Rutgers (09/23/17)
Replies: 13
Views: 6253

Re: Scarlet Knight Fall @ Rutgers (09/23/17)

Stats are here. Thanks for coming out.
by sbraunfeld
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 6549

Re: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion

I'll add my voice to the chorus supporting Jake's post, and repeat the part about this set being a lot of fun to play.
by sbraunfeld
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Spring @ Rutgers (4/15/17)
Replies: 15
Views: 7453

Re: Scarlet Knight Spring @ Rutgers (4/15/17)

It was a great tournament, but for the prelim stats, why are only 4 games showing for the teams in the Marine Le Pen division and the individual stats? http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/4281/stats/prelims/ One player on Bard B was from Queens branch of the Bard High School Early Colleges. By...
by sbraunfeld
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Spring @ Rutgers (4/15/17)
Replies: 15
Views: 7453

Re: Scarlet Knight Spring @ Rutgers (4/15/17)

Stats are up. Thanks to everyone for coming out.
by sbraunfeld
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (1/28/17)
Replies: 5
Views: 3406

Re: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (1/28/17)

Stats are up. Thanks to everyone for coming out.
by sbraunfeld
Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:14 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 20317

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

Furthermore, I think this fixation on minutiae in Joelle and Sam's post is really unhelpful and I hope people aren't turned off from writing because of that fixation. I only bothered to post about this at your suggestion, and I tried to make sure there was a general point to the post. While my issu...
by sbraunfeld
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 20317

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

The bottom line is, quizbowl is different from class and ordinary English, and coming up with the appropriate pronoun is a great illustration of this. The best thing to do is to approach it on a case by case basis - if you think scenario isn't a great pronoun for "halting problem", it may be worth ...
by sbraunfeld
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 20317

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

I don't know who you are Raj aside from being that one guy who decided to attack the hard work of people who wrote computer science without thanking them a while back in that one thread. I would like to mention that pointing out that errors and ambiguities in questions, particularly in the quite le...
by sbraunfeld
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 20317

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

By the way, for an example of a non-science discussion unmarred by irrelevant personal attacks following a post actually about exactitude in clues, see here. (Note: I am not necessarily endorsing the methods suggested here.)
by sbraunfeld
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Exactitude in Science Writing
Replies: 45
Views: 20317

Re: On Exactitude in Science Writing

People seem to have missed the fact that, despite the title of this thread, the content of the initial post is not "You must read every journal article to check for potential ambiguities in clues, and if you find any, the way to correct your clue is with the following construction: 'It's not , but …...
by sbraunfeld
Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4604

Re: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion

The math in this set, while not flawless, was refreshingly good. Both tossups I heard had important early clues that have virtually never come up, namely Marcinkiewicz interpolation (never come up) and Sobolev spaces (come up once). More impressively, every bonus part, with one exception that I don'...
by sbraunfeld
Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Fall @ Rutgers (10/29/16)
Replies: 9
Views: 4349

Re: Scarlet Knight Fall @ Rutgers (10/29/16)

Stats are up. Thanks to everyone for coming out.
by sbraunfeld
Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12283

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

There's a difference between a caveat and inaccuracy, though I admit it is a bit subjective. A caveat fundamentally should not change the meaning of a clue—you are omitting an assumption in the interest of space. Because the berm is defined in terms of the mechanical energy of waves (though often n...
by sbraunfeld
Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12283

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

I agree that the Ursell's clue is less suggestive / harder than the blowholes clue, and I've swapped them out already. But I really can't understand the substance of the pneumatic clue - it makes sense to talk about the pneumatic behavior of waves, and in fact it's not such an uncommon term - my te...
by sbraunfeld
Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12283

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

I don't see how shorelines is at any point acceptable. Especially on the berms clue. Can someone post it please? While I really have no interest in defending this tossup, I will point out that it's a contradiction to suggest "this tossup was so transparent to everybody" and then to immediately say ...
by sbraunfeld
Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CLEAR II Discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 1373

CLEAR II Discussion

The set has been submitted to the archive. Jeremy Hixson wrote all the packets except for Analytic Philosophy, which was written by me. Jeremy's participation in this thread is possible, but I don't think terribly likely. Feel free to discuss anyway.
by sbraunfeld
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 37400

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

Answers similar to Z-p-infinity and C-p-infinity were acceptable. But how is the moderator supposed to know what "similar" means, e.g. that "p-infinity" is sufficiently similar, but "Z-p" isn't? My moderator, after some consideration, decided to "generously prompt" me on p-infinity, I could recall ...
by sbraunfeld
Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 37400

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

I have a some comments on the math questions. Since there will be no future mirrors, I'll try not to harp on details, but discuss issues with non-negligible generalizability. I'll also try to place the issues generalizable to non-math subjects first. First, I heard two math tossups at this tournamen...
by sbraunfeld
Sun Jun 19, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)
Replies: 18
Views: 10622

Re: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)

Thanks for playing, everyone. Stats are up. The set will be posted once any mirrors at summer Side Event Weekends are completed (or once we are aware there are no such mirrors).
by sbraunfeld
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)
Replies: 18
Views: 10622

Re: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)

The spreadsheet has been expanded with new fields for Skype names and email addresses.
by sbraunfeld
Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)
Replies: 18
Views: 10622

Re: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)

If at least four teams register for CLEAR II, this will run as planned. Otherwise, I would be inclined to run this in some sort of shootout format, in which case the price would drop to $10 per person. Doubles would also be an option. If you have a format preference, post here or email us.
by sbraunfeld
Fri May 20, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)
Replies: 18
Views: 10622

Re: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)

Charbroil wrote:Are the "Doubtful" packets going to be in the final set?
The biology packet will not be in the set. I tried to contact the person who offered the Chinese history packet, and have not yet heard back, so I think its inclusion is highly unlikely.
by sbraunfeld
Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)
Replies: 18
Views: 10622

Re: CLEAR II @ Skype

This is no longer being held at Rutgers on 4/23. It will be held as an online tournament sometime later, quite likely in June.
by sbraunfeld
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM Errata
Replies: 13
Views: 3172

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM Errata

I think the Hubble parameter question referred to it as the "first rung" on the cosmic distance ladder. I believe it is standard to number the rungs from the bottom (i.e. measurements for closer objects). Furthermore, attempting to correct this by saying something like "top rung" or "farthest rung" ...
by sbraunfeld
Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)
Replies: 18
Views: 10622

Re: CLEAR II @ Rutgers (4/23/16)

Completed Packets:
Russian Lit
Japanese Lit
Medieval and Renaissance English Drama
Colonial American History
Modern African History
Egyptian Myth
Analytic Philosophy
Baroque and Rococo Art
Photography
Classical Art and Architecture

Doubtful:
Chinese History
by sbraunfeld
Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: "stanford housewrite" at Maryland (February 27, 2016)
Replies: 31
Views: 16950

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

Rutgers has an open spot. If someone from Maryland, or some other free agent, would like to join us free of charge at this late date, pm me.
by sbraunfeld
Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)
Replies: 18
Views: 10622

CLEAR II (and AVOGADRO'S NUMBER) @ Skype (6/18)

The Rutgers University Academic Team would like to announce CLEAR II, an open subject tournament, to be held online on 6/18. Like last year's tournament, this tournament consists of subject packets; however, this year we are aiming for a tournament structurally more like This Tournament Goes to 11 o...
by sbraunfeld
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Invitational Tournament @ Rutgers (02/20/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 2959

Scarlet Knight Invitational Tournament @ Rutgers (02/20/16)

Rutgers University-New Brunswick will be hosting the Scarlet Knight Invitational Tournament (SKIT) on 2/20/16. It will be run on NAQT IS-153A. Field size: There is a soft field cap of 18 teams, which will increase as we get more staffer and buzzer commitments. In order to ensure that as many schools...
by sbraunfeld
Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19215

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I would have to see the question to be sure, but I believe the leadin to the "grammars" tossup applied equally to "pushdown automata", since they are equivalent to context-free grammars in expressive power. The “proper” distinction can be applied to one type of these systems if it has no cycles or ...
by sbraunfeld
Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 118
Views: 19215

Re: Question Specific Discussion

I would have to see the question to be sure, but I believe the leadin to the "grammars" tossup applied equally to "pushdown automata", since they are equivalent to context-free grammars in expressive power. The “proper” distinction can be applied to one type of these systems if it has no cycles or ...