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by Byko
Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HELP WANTED: 2015 JROTC National Academic Bowl Championship
Replies: 0
Views: 3689

HELP WANTED: 2015 JROTC National Academic Bowl Championship

(moderators, please edit or move as appropriate) Hi everyone, Since 2007, I have been in charge of the nearly annual JROTC National Academic Bowl Championship, which has been held in late June in the Washington, DC metro area. We have over 40 teams across the country (and often world) that compete a...
by Byko
Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 21425

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

The Toad to Wigan Pier wrote:I recently read an article which has many parallels with this discussion.
I'm only a few pages into reading it, and, even as someone with a math degree, this explains so much about what I've been missing. Thank you!
by Byko
Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Well, I'd assume that, if these are continued, Byko would start from scratch next year and this year would be a hole in the record. This year being a hole in the record!? Sounds great! But I would also like to help, as I would also want to see this year's stats up, even though they aren't very pret...
by Byko
Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 30308

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

NAQT provides TV questions. I wonder if this is a contract they should try for? I wish I could provide more info on how to try to make that happen... though I don't really know how to construct an argument that NAQT should devote time to this. It's a PBS station that runs "High-Q" in El Paso, KCOS-...
by Byko
Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Road to NAC 2009
Replies: 35
Views: 4914

Re: The Road to NAC 2009

sjhsquizbowl wrote:Any idea who won this phase?
There's a rumor from the Ohio board, based on some apparent Facebook status updates, that Copley from Ohio won in DC this past weekend.
by Byko
Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois in HSNCT
Replies: 44
Views: 4439

Re: Illinois in HSNCT

The Conneticut team was probably EO Smith. Also, I assume that by "50-point game" you mean that the margin of victory was 50 points and not that there were less than 100 points scored. Jessie and I read that game. It was E.O. Smith who was about a 50 point winner in that one, something like 225-175...
by Byko
Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 VT and NH state finals
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

Re: 2009 VT and NH state finals

It's looking like Hanover will be attending HSNCT, so I'm glad to be able to say Northern New England should be represented at a real national tournament this year. If memory serves me right, Hanover went to HSNCT a couple (or 3 or so) years ago and went 5-5. My guess, offhand, is that they could d...
by Byko
Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 13463

Re: 2009 NTAE

How many teams are signed up? How dire is the situation? http://www.polk-fl.net/students/academiccompetitions/ntae/application.htm The tournament does not usually release the names of the states being represented until much closer to tournament time, however, this appears to be an interesting devel...
by Byko
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

I'm also willing to take care of Missouri related stuff, and I've emailed regarding that, but haven't gotten any response... Are you still thinking of allowing independent data inputters? I did receive the e-mail. Setting up accounts for multiple user access is over halfway done. Of course, work go...
by Byko
Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

I'm also willing to take care of Missouri related stuff, and I've emailed regarding that, but haven't gotten any response... Are you still thinking of allowing independent data inputters? I did receive the e-mail. Setting up accounts for multiple user access is over halfway done. Of course, work go...
by Byko
Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

May I suggest the possibility of having someone from each state help you out when possible? It's a lot easier to get local tourney results than it is to get them nationally, and that might make it easier in the future to get a more complete and accurate picture. I certainly would be happy to help w...
by Byko
Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

It would definitely be helpful to me if you happen to have any cached files of your team's results and were able to e-mail them to me. I went through all the tournaments we've been to this year and i have pretty much every game that all 4 of our teams have played in separate .doc files. I can send ...
by Byko
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

There is an urgent updated message on the site's front page. In short, please do not expect any updates for a while, as this problem will need to be fixed first, and it may not be until Monday that I will be able to start working on actually fixing things in earnest. It would definitely be helpful t...
by Byko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/14/09 - Dekalb, IL
Replies: 73
Views: 9164

Re: NIU Huskie Bowl - 2/7/09 - Dekalb, IL

The stats are kind of messed up right now How so? Things happened in the afternoon. Most of those things involve a certain lack of scoresheets because of printing issues at the school, and some of them involve my computer crashing and destroying the world (and my school internet connection :cry: )....
by Byko
Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Question. If we know of other results from tournaments (i.e. consolation rounds etc.) that were never posted or compiled, are they allowable in terms of adding them to the records/ratings of teams here? For instance, the consolation rounds that i was told would be completed "sometime" for the Ben C...
by Byko
Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '08-'09
Replies: 89
Views: 14574

Re: Minnesota '08-'09

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:Don Fogelberg tossups.
Dude, please see my sig quote and at least get his name right!
by Byko
Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic Sectionals 2/21
Replies: 33
Views: 3509

Re: Masonic Sectionals 2/21

The bracket at New Trier: Stevenson vs Bye Fenton vs Maine South Fenwick vs Schaumburg Fremd vs Whitney Young New Trier vs Hubbard Saint Ignatius vs Riverside Brookfield Saint Viator vs Trinity Palatine vs Leyden So David, will your team be ready for a Saint Viator Semifinal Showdown? Yeah, these a...
by Byko
Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Statistics Database
Replies: 24
Views: 4705

Re: NAQT Statistics Database

Is NAQT going to update this as the '08-09 season goes on, or is the database only of past completed seasons? I've seen them make updates as the season goes along for tournaments that they get data back from. As you can see, though, there are several events that they don't get any response back fro...
by Byko
Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Statistics Database
Replies: 24
Views: 4705

Re: NAQT Statistics Database

Is NAQT going to update this as the '08-09 season goes on, or is the database only of past completed seasons? I've seen them make updates as the season goes along for tournaments that they get data back from. As you can see, though, there are several events that they don't get any response back fro...
by Byko
Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

If Byko counted Frosh/Soph results and got all the results from Illinois Frosh/Soph tournaments, Stevenson Frosh/Soph would be the #1 team in the country, beating out Charter A. By only counting Varsity results, the rankings are kept somewhat reasonable. I hope the rankings will be kept somewhat re...
by Byko
Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Awesome, i see stuff being added. :) Just don't forget about the JV results from the "fall" Charter tournament, too. But things are looking great. I experimented with putting in more JV results last season. But what I found was that the JV teams were not connected enough to the rest of the teams in...
by Byko
Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Well obviously i know that, it's just a little odd to see them not added in chronological order... Don't worry; his cunning scheme has been documented in full here . Byko Rankings are an inside job! Ask questions, demand answers! Okay i'm done. Good point about the small tournaments though, Christi...
by Byko
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

BGSO wrote:Is there a date when the ratings are expected to be updated?
Honestly, I don't know. I won't lie: it hasn't been the highest priority lately. I'll try to do what I can in the next couple of weeks.
by Byko
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Caesar Rodney HS wrote:Hasn't worked in a week or so...

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I got home at about 2:00 am on Sunday. While we were gone over the holidays, the power went out at home. Not much I could do other than restart the server yesterday. So, it's up now, but that's what happened.
by Byko
Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend Of Quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 2662

Re: Weekend Of Quizbowl

I'm putting together my spring schedule... What's the current status of this? I'm keeping that whole weekend clear on my schedule, and I know that Tom was taking care of reserving the rooms, which I don't imagine will be a problem. Beyond that, at least from my side of things, I know that there wil...
by Byko
Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 9429

Re: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2008 (8/1 to 8/3)

Does the venue matter? If people are willing to make their own motel and transportation reservations, we could do it here at Loyola Academy--I would just need to check dates and make sure that the facilities are available. I'm not sure David Reinstein reads this forum but I'm sure he would want to ...
by Byko
Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

I don't think "the rankings don't accurately predict the exact order of finish, so they have no predictive value" is a tenable position. I think the rankings could be improved in many ways; always accounting for rosters is one, but weighting based on question quality and taking into account margin ...
by Byko
Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial's 4th Annual Tournament
Replies: 22
Views: 4800

Re: Centennial's 4th Annual Tournament

Will stats from this event be posted and available? I understand that they probably won't happen right away, but I just want to make sure they don't get forgotten about.
by Byko
Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Ideally, Byko would be keeping track of individual players' ratings instead, and any team ratings would be sums of individuals who are playing. But we all know this is impossible logistically (and to whom would you assign bonus points) and likely undesirable since it's the teams that are paired as ...
by Byko
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

I guess one of the other things i wonder, David, is just exactly what tournaments 1) you've received but not entered vs. 2) you haven't received at all. I feel like i see really recent ones added and some old ones that (i thought) were posted, but not entered in the rankings. So with that said, did...
by Byko
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't we (James Monroe) play State College's A Team at GSAC? This is an issue that's been getting at me. From the posts in the GSAC topic, State College said in advance that they were missing their A teamers and that it wasn't an A team. However, the results for them a...
by Byko
Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

If we have matches that were not submitted can we submit individual matches if we don't have results from the whole tournament? Yes, please do e-mail me. Mr. Bykowski, should I send you the links to stats for GSAC or do you check announcements threads for them? I've never been sure of your procedur...
by Byko
Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Byko, Have you received the results of the Brookwood Invitiational Tournament from Mr. Barry? Only the brief pieces that were posted online here. I haven't had time to e-mail anybody personally/individually to fill in gaps in data, and I'm not sure how much that will change as the season goes along...
by Byko
Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

closesesame wrote:Byko - for the rankings' sake, could you please enter the Georgetown Day and VCU Fall stats for TJ A as TJ B, because we were missing (more than) half of our A team in both cases?
Sure--I'll try to correct that in the next couple days. Thanks for letting me know.
by Byko
Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

The rankings appear to have been completely wiped except for the 2006-2007 season. Dunno if there's a reason behind it [maintenance?] but just thought I'd point it out. The ratings get wiped out every time there's a recalculation--it starts by clearing out the tables in the database that contain th...
by Byko
Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement: QuAC I at Penn (11/22/08), Phila., PA
Replies: 92
Views: 34222

Re: Announcement: QuAC I at Penn (11/22/08), Phila., PA

Well, i would just hope that those records are submitted for rankings, etc.... if the individual stats are too much, at least the team results would be beneficial. Just point out to Bykowski that I listed them above. He'll put them into the computer from there. I have indeed noticed. The way things...
by Byko
Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Do you have the results for the Yale Fall Tournament? Only one match is in the database from the tournament- I'm just wondering if that's just all you've inputted or if that's all you have. If you're missing some results, I can give you some, although not all. That's all I have--it's all I could fi...
by Byko
Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

To whom should we send results and stats? I have some stats from a couple of tournaments that are not currently posted. Me. See the e-mail address in my sig. I'm still about a month behind, and it'll take 1-2 months for me to catch up at this point. That's my response to those of you complaining. S...
by Byko
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Yeah, with aiquizbowl.com going away (as expected), here's what I can offer you for now: http://byko.servehttp.com:6174/bqbq/ It's a little different from before, though not much, and it does have all the same data from the last two seasons as well as some results from this year. I'm still about a m...
by Byko
Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Funny--I almost posted something yesterday about this. I'm working on some consolidation and code edits. If all goes well, there will at least be something preliminary up this Sunday. Failing that, I definitely intend to get something up by the end of the month (I'm out of town for three straight we...
by Byko
Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25120

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

Here's the short answer at the moment: yes, there will be updated rankings for 2008-09. I still have some work to do to update code and databases to do it, but that part won't be difficult. There are some other things that I'll want to do to improve them this season, but I have a development server ...
by Byko
Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09
Replies: 110
Views: 16710

Re: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09

I am thinking that this probably will not even get put into place until 2009-2010 if it passes. However, the format of the tournament at the region level is decided by each region. I believe that some regions are already using a round robin format (someone correct me if I am wrong about this). I kn...
by Byko
Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Missouri 08-09
Replies: 135
Views: 62161

Re: Missouri 08-09

I view the scenarios being argued here similar to one a classmate of mine experienced five years ago in track. Many might recall Adam Perkins, a skilled runner who was the key to bringing home the 2001 Class 4 State Men's Track title for Liberty and several second place finishes in Cross Country (i...
by Byko
Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic renamed
Replies: 7
Views: 1467

Re: Panasonic renamed

Panasonic used to cover the cost of two hotel rooms for four nights for each team, which would add up to something like $1,600. I wonder how that will end up.

But yeah, I have some real concerns about the future of this tournament right now.
by Byko
Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 10876

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

I think that the way a reader controls a room before, after, and between questions has much more to do with his/her ability to get through a packet in a reasonable amount of time, than the actual speed of the questions being read. Cutting out the off-topic comments... getting to a bonus immediately...
by Byko
Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 10876

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

1) The mic may not pic everything up, so it may have been clearer in person. 2) Stop fixating on Dwight Kidder. He's not representative of every fast reader. Having worked in broadcasting for a couple years previously, you're exactly right on #1: when reading, you MUST pretty much work even harder ...
by Byko
Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 10876

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

What is the point of reading quickly if there's no timer? I understand that you can't read like "Name... for 10 points... this Italian explorer... famous... for..." or something, but some of the readers i've encountered read as fast as that speedtalking Micro Machines commercial guy from the 80's. ...
by Byko
Fri Jun 13, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 37664

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!

I'll say this again: PAC is NOT quiz bowl, nor does it make any efforts to be. It is academic competition, and yes, there most definitely is a difference. So, while it is not quiz bowl, that does not mean it is without merit. In fact, some of its greatest merit may be opportunity for teams and playe...
by Byko
Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38133

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

At 43rd in the computer rankings and likely unranked in the poll if the voters have any sense, we have now seen the most illegitimate winner of a "national tournament" in the history of high school quizbowl. Chip always finds a way to top himself in terms of the total lack of value in his event... ...
by Byko
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 38133

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

THE FIRST SCHOOL IN THE 26 YEAR HISTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT to enter two teams, and NOT call them A and B. HISTORIC GIMMICKRY ITT Seriously, will repeat what I said in my NSC thread - Weiner's Law #1 needs to be enforceable at tournaments. That's great...except it's not true! In 2004 , Auburn (from R...