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by ArnavS
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Statistics Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 2454

Re: Statistics Questions

Maybe it's just me, then. But what were the answerlines for those?
by ArnavS
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Statistics Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 2454

Re: Statistics Questions

This thread makes me think about how I write questions. When I think of topics for a math question, I usually default to picking one of the major subfields: analysis, algebra, topology, geometry, combinatorics/discrete, or something like that. For some reason, "statistical theory" (e.g., the Kolmogo...
by ArnavS
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Focus On Prevention
Replies: 3
Views: 1513

Re: A Focus On Prevention

A few initial thoughts: 1. Cheating prevention necessarily demands a loss of privacy. But I don't think that's bad, in itself. We already sacrifice some autonomy to go to quiz bowl tournaments (we have to show up, not smell, refrain from being flagrantly disruptive, give up the ability to multitask,...
by ArnavS
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 34998

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

not everyone gets the same punishment for the same crime in our criminal justice system Hold on, is this supposed to be a good thing? Who are we to say whether or not it is a good thing, but lesser penalties for first-time offenders and/or people who have a long track record of being good citizens ...
by ArnavS
Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 34998

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'm slightly less optimistic than you are about how that isn't suggesting a "double standard for well-connected and established players." Certainly nobody would argue that simply being good at the game entitles you to leniency. The difficulty is that a lot of the more innocuous bases are only unlock...
by ArnavS
Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 34998

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

There's been some discussion of how cheating works differently for "elite" players (for lack of a better term) vs others. Maybe they have higher pressures, different motivations, etc. Maybe being a community luminary is a mitigating factor, maybe otherwise. As a decidedly non-elite player, there is ...
by ArnavS
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Which Online School are you Going to Next Year? (Collegiate 2020)
Replies: 21
Views: 8092

Re: Which Online School are you Going to Next Year? (Collegiate 2020)

My contract is up at UBC this June. Will take a gap year before starting econ PhD in 2021. Not sure what my QB situation is but I will likely be based in Vancouver.
by ArnavS
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 Canadian Circuit Player Poll
Replies: 21
Views: 6119

Re: 2020 Canadian Circuit Player Poll

Unfortunately I'm not familiar enough with everyone on the circuit to submit a full 25-person ballot. But a few things: - Rein Otsason tops my staffer poll (not sure if this formally exists, but Henry mentioned it). Notably for having a screwdriver, prying open a broken buzzer, and un-breaking it. -...
by ArnavS
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should I quit quizbowl?
Replies: 8
Views: 3207

Re: Should I quit quizbowl?

Reviving a bit of an old thread, but just wanted to say: I'm in roughly the same boat. I was a fairly strong (NAQT) DII player, and am studying sporadically and "recreationally" to improve on DI, but my impact on teams is generally at the margin. The reason I like quizbowl, ironically enough, is for...
by ArnavS
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2020 Eastern Canada SCT at Toronto (8 February 2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 1749

Re: 2020 Eastern Canada SCT at Toronto (8 February 2020)

Yeah, thanks to Toronto for being a hospitable and fun site. Was great to finally bring a UBC team here. Even though nobody paid us to come.
by ArnavS
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 4372

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I was really impressed by how gettable a lot of the more arcane content seemed to be. There were many questions I was reading where I was thinking "this is 100% going dead/zeroed," but the specialists snapped it up. The math also had a nice selection (analysis, algebra, topology, diffEq, computation...
by ArnavS
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 7206

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

Another small quibble: The question about General Meade introduced the NSA far too early.
by ArnavS
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 7206

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

Considerable confusion was caused at the British site by mentioning the "Canterbury Plain" as a clue on the Stonehenge bonus part. Stonehenge is located on the Salisbury Plain. (On a sidenote, does anyone know when the packets will be available online?) I remember reading this question, and it defi...
by ArnavS
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 7206

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

I think phonons were a tad over-represented in the set. Rooms I was reading for had audible groans whenever they came up. Edit: Also, I thought some of the quantitative questions were a bit weird. For ex., asking for a "magic angle" of 1.05 degrees, or the precise number of bandits in a Chinese gang...
by ArnavS
Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals at British Columbia (01/25/2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 1257

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals at British Columbia (01/25/2020)

Final results: Oregon beat UBC in a final after winning a play-in against UW. Capilano got 4th.

Great performances by new players at UBC.

Will post stats etc. soon. Thanks all for coming to what was possibly the first the first ACF Regs in Western Canada.
by ArnavS
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals at British Columbia (01/25/2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 1257

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals at British Columbia (01/25/2020)

Field for this tournament is:

UW A
Oregon A
Capilano A
UBC A
UBC B
UBC C

Looking forward to see you all on Saturday.
by ArnavS
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]
Replies: 29
Views: 10331

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

Has that packet been read yet?

I'd be interested in playing such a thing over Skype/Discord, if that's still in the cards.
by ArnavS
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 34
Views: 17488

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Cool. UBC was talking about hosting. Ultimately decided we'd rather just field a team, but if there's no suitable site, we could probably host in a pinch.
by ArnavS
Sun May 26, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 34
Views: 17488

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

Has the PNW site for this been decided?

(edit: sorry, saw the edits on OP... do you have a sense of where/when it usually is?)
by ArnavS
Wed May 22, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Thanks Raymond for the shoutouts to some of our rookies. I will pass the news along, I'm sure it'll be very much appreciated.
by ArnavS
Sun May 12, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]
Replies: 29
Views: 10331

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

All good, don't beat yourself up. I'd offer to help write the set, but that means I couldn't play it.
by ArnavS
Fri May 10, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

$209 CAD is $155 USD, which is about on the higher end for the fees for a single team at a tournament (before any discounts.) I'd just like to clarify that we charge all our tournament fees at par with USD and do not adjust for the exchange rate, so $209 CAD would in fact be a very high fee for us ...
by ArnavS
Fri May 10, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

$0.1/mile/team works out to a $209 discount for a team coming from Vancouver to Toronto, which is much more than the cost of any tournament. This is just false. $209 CAD is $155 USD, which is about on the higher end for the fees for a single team at a tournament (before any discounts.) Chicago's FS...
by ArnavS
Fri May 10, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Just a gentle reminder that, if participation from Western Canada in this summer's batch of "Canadian circuit" tournaments is indeed a goal, then those dates should be picked sooner rather than later. It's also my understanding that there are usually travel subsidies offered to teams from Ottawa/Mon...
by ArnavS
Tue May 07, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)
Replies: 8
Views: 6224

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)

Wouldn't a player poll just for people enrolled in Canadian universities solve almost all of these eligibility problems? These rules aren't that much better than the Ontario circuit poll. Yeah, this is the optimal eligibility criterion, and it's the fix I had in mind for the Ontario poll. I deliber...
by ArnavS
Thu May 02, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

I think we need to look at the advanced stats here. How many of these players, for example, are over 180 lbs or 6'3?
by ArnavS
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

People discussing quizbowl-related things is what the quizbowl discussion forum is for. I don't believe a semantics debate was the kind of quizbowl discussion that this thread was created to facilitate. That is immaterial. On this the board rules are clear (emphasis mine): As a result of the above,...
by ArnavS
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Honestly I'll probably self-fund, at least initially (and if we host another tournament in time, we could probably bring another person or two.) But we were discussing some useful ideas on Discord on how to make it feasible for teams like UBC to play in the established circuit. A special travel disc...
by ArnavS
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)
Replies: 8
Views: 6224

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)

Formally, the eligibility criterion is similar to what it was in the poll's first iteration. That is: Also, Open players are eligible. Could you clarify this? Well what I meant is that this isn't restricted to collegiate players. Although this poll may be more of a lightning rod than I anticipated...
by ArnavS
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Thanks Rein for the commentary. Of course, I would point out that Western Canadian quizbowl is a part of the "Canadian quizbowl community," but we can have that discussion another time. The implications, though, go beyond "some sort of imaginary feud"; I'd say there is a generally insular and patron...
by ArnavS
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)
Replies: 8
Views: 6224

2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)

(Edit: Removed a bit.) I've decided to give this a shot. If it goes well, we can adopt this format for the polls in future years. Formally, the eligibility criterion is similar to what it was in the poll's first iteration. That is: Vote for your top 25 of active collegiate players (active being defi...
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21803

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

Without responding in depth, just wanted to say that I found the last couple posts very reasonable and educational.
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21803

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

Sure, and I guess I should've anticipated what sort of minefield I waded into. For starters, I think Will's earlier list of criteria (i.e., things to think about when sculpting the distribution) is a good starting point. Michael is correct that the structure of the academy shouldn't per se determine...
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21803

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

Why is literature the natural place to cut back? So yeah, you could make similar arguments that history is also ripe for a haircut. I guess some of this comes from the way the academy is currently structured ("history" questions are accessible to people with majors like Asian Studies, straight Hist...
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21803

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

Well, Rein said it better than I could, so I'll just quote him: I would suggest that the literature distribution taking up a full 4/4 is a significant constraint on the rest of the distribution, and that this weighting is not justified by the relative importance of the study of literature to, for ex...
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21803

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

Yeah, this is incidentally good reason to do what someone else suggested and take a hard look at the lit distribution. What do we mean by "take a hard look at the lit distribution?" Perhaps the literature distribution could stand to have a bit more non-fiction than it currently does, but in general...
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21803

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

Yeah, this is incidentally good reason to do what someone else suggested and take a hard look at the lit distribution. That's why I'm in favor of some sort of catchall math-y category ("quantitative science?"), like the one mentioned. It might be difficult to argue that math, per se, merits 1/1 atte...
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21803

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

This thread is a bit stale (and I participated in these discussions briefly over Discord), but I just discovered it. So, FWIW, wanted to cast my vote for something along the lines of "1/1 `pure math, applied math, statistics, quantitative methods, etc.`" I think with statistics, differential equatio...
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

I know I said I wouldn't jump in again, but I’d simply like to point out that the “fairly arbitrary characteristic” you describe is “being a Canadian Quizbowl player.” Which seems like a good choice, given the poll's title. Meghan said you get pushback on this every year. Maybe that’s a sign that th...
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

As I mentioned, you are more than welcome to create a similar poll for your own circuit, but please do not keep commenting on this thread to propose further ways that people could include you on their ballot. I think this is a remarkably naive and uncharitable reading of what I'm saying. I couldn't...
by ArnavS
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Fair enough Chris, but in that case I think the poll should probably be renamed to what you wrote ("the task is to determine the best players on the (Eastern) Canadian QB circuit.") I guess my point is that a putatively national poll should, I think, at least try to cover the whole country. Maybe "p...
by ArnavS
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16921

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Dunno about the eligibility nuances, but there are probably some PNW players who should be on the list.

In terms of tournaments, UBC played SCT at UW, FST at UW, Terrapin at UW, and probably some other stuff that I don't remember. Carlos Doebli could give a more concrete list.
by ArnavS
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Authentication on this Website
Replies: 10
Views: 6122

Re: Authentication on this Website

He's done some work on this the LetsEncrypt front (good call @Matt, I didn't know there were free CAs like this) and will be taking another look this weekend. They will also be reviewing the archives to make sure nothing is impacted.
by ArnavS
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Authentication on this Website
Replies: 10
Views: 6122

Re: Authentication on this Website

Is there a way that we could volunteer to make it happen? All that the admins would need to do is delegate access to somebody for (say) a day or two. Or, we could write a small step-by-step instruction set that we could execute. Alternately, we could chip in to fund time for one of the maintainers t...
by ArnavS
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Authentication on this Website
Replies: 10
Views: 6122

Authentication on this Website

These forums still use unsecured, vanilla HTTP as opposed to encrypted HTTPS. This is bad for security reasons , but also because browsers are making it increasingly difficult to authenticate without encryption. See, e.g., the attached screenshot from Firefox. I think all that needs to be done is fo...
by ArnavS
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UBC Spring Invitational Tournament -- Sun. 04/07
Replies: 1
Views: 1253

Re: UBC Spring Invitational Tournament -- Sun. 04/07

Thanks all for coming to this tournament. We had a great time, and we have the following results:

1st: UHill/Hamber
2nd: St. George's
3rd: SFU

We'll post detailed stats soon.

--- Arnav
by ArnavS
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UBC Spring Invitational Tournament -- Sun. 04/07
Replies: 1
Views: 1253

UBC Spring Invitational Tournament -- Sun. 04/07

The University of British Columbia will be hosting a Spring Invitational Tournament on Sunday, April 7th. (**note:** We're pushing back a week due to availability from teams and staff.) Eligibility --- HS players who've been to 2 or less tournaments. (College players who meet this requirement are al...
by ArnavS
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 2194

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) Specific Question Discus

Overall, I had a great time playing this set (the affection for animals was something we noted, but I viewed it as more of a drinking-game type quirk). Two specific thing/nits to picks: - There was a bonus about functions whose squares are integrable, but it didn't have a note to accept things like ...
by ArnavS
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: FST Mirror at Columbia - 4/28/2018
Replies: 5
Views: 3538

Re: FST Mirror at Columbia - 4/28/2018

We'll probably be doing what Michael said. If you're running short on staffers, Harrison Hsu said he can be one of last resort (but he has to come up from Weehawken, so we should try to exhaust all options). It doesn't seem that other people at NYU are available.

Also, we'll be dropping to one team.