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by cvdwightw
Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: talk about individual questions here
Replies: 124
Views: 17468

Re: talk about individual questions here

Packet 3: -Cherokee: I don't know if the point of this was to fulfill a general knowledge distribution. But pretty much everyone's buzzing on Sal. Cherokee: I wrote this to fill out the mixed academic distribution. I certainly did not expect pretty much everyone to buzz on Sal--for one thing, I hop...
by cvdwightw
Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Creating a Constitution
Replies: 10
Views: 4595

Re: Creating a Constitution

One thing you need to be careful about is that every school has certain specific clauses that need to be included in your club constitution. For instance, I think we needed to add "All amendments shall be in consonance with University regulations and policies and shall be filed with the University t...
by cvdwightw
Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT New York Sectional Sponsored by ACUI Region 2
Replies: 35
Views: 5514

Re: NAQT New York Sectional Sponsored by ACUI Region 2

Chad Kubicek told us at our site that they do in fact make the overlapping questions end up in the same rounds. Hm. That's a new feature then--it at least wasn't true in ICT '08 (questions mentioning Bourbaki were in two different rounds, as I recall). I think NAQT instituted such a practice a year...
by cvdwightw
Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Timer Policy
Replies: 7
Views: 1445

NAQT Timer Policy

This is not a post about how the clock needs to be destroyed. We can go find that thread when someone else makes it. (feel free to move this into the regular Discussion forum if it doesn't end up mentioning individual questions or other non-blind stuff) At the Region 15 SCT, one of the Caltech staff...
by cvdwightw
Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: talk about individual questions here
Replies: 124
Views: 17468

Re: talk about individual questions here

So I think the div II question on California literature had Gary Soto as the first clue. That's pretty much the whole middle school literature curriculum in this state. Let's chalk that up to, um, regional advantage. I think we've already exhausted in chat the non-unique clue in the Pan tossup (sho...
by cvdwightw
Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2011 SCT discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 1475

Re: Welcome to the 2011 SCT discussion

I agree somewhere around 100% with Mike. This tournament was a heck of a lot of fun, if a couple of shades more difficult than expected (I suspect that the D1 set was, in fact, well above Regular Difficulty when compared among reasonably-equivalent teams to something like Terrapin, though I haven't ...
by cvdwightw
Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II Available for Hosting
Replies: 7
Views: 3485

Re: CMST II Available for Hosting

As shown by my last edit, we are now up to seven tournaments in six states, which assuming that all mirrors are able to run this year, is as many as we had last year. We're hoping to increase that number of tournaments this year, so if you have a nascent middle school circuit or you're looking to su...
by cvdwightw
Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: What to do with bystanders?
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: What to do with bystanders?

bmcke wrote:Putting a second scorekeeper in some rooms. It's weird to me that so many quiz-players distract themselves during a tournament by keeping back-up scoresheets.
See here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... =20&t=3196
by cvdwightw
Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IO Mirror (3/5/2011) at UC Irvine
Replies: 24
Views: 3865

Re: IO Mirror (3/5/2011) at UC Irvine

What is the feasibility of getting transportation from someone at Irvine from the following airports: LAX Poor. On the other hand, you could probably make arrangements with people from UCLA, depending on when you get in. John Wayne Very easy. Long Beach It's not ideal, but we could probably get som...
by cvdwightw
Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IO Mirror (3/5/2011) at UC Irvine
Replies: 24
Views: 3865

IO Mirror (3/5/2011) at UC Irvine

UC Irvine will be hosting a West Coast mirror of Illinois Open on March 5. Details will be forthcoming once we get rooms (it's always an adventure with the UCI Scheduling Department), but we expect to start play no later than 10:00. There is no packet submission required for this tournament, and any...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to ensure new SCT teams become new circuit teams
Replies: 33
Views: 7119

Re: How to ensure new SCT teams become new circuit teams

The thing is that if we dismiss Regionals and other tournaments harder than EFT and MUT every season as too hard for new teams, then there aren't very many events that they can really go to. I think that the right idea is to gradually push teams to go to these events while we write them to have man...
by cvdwightw
Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine
Replies: 18
Views: 4918

Re: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine

Final stats can be found here. Thanks to everyone who helped out, including Coach Schultz from Arcadia, Coach Cabrera from Edison, Coach Durand from Rancho Alamitos, Jennifer from UCLA, and the A team of University High School.
by cvdwightw
Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine
Replies: 18
Views: 4918

Re: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine

Stats can be found here. They will be sporadically updated until the end of the tournament.
by cvdwightw
Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine
Replies: 18
Views: 4918

Re: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine

lpeacock wrote:Is there room for 2 freshman teams from Carlsbad High School in the tournament tomorrow? We can bring buzzers.

Lori Peacock 760.917.6011
Yes, we can fit you in. The field is now officially closed at 20 teams.
by cvdwightw
Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NASAT: June 11-12, University of Maryland-College Park
Replies: 82
Views: 26806

Re: 2011 NASAT: June 11-12, University of Maryland-College Park

Are you guys writing those try-out sets again this year? Although this isn't a direct answer to your question, as part of WCI (West Coast Invitational), several California college clubs are putting together a singles set of tossups only at the HSNCT/NSC level, which I'm sure that Dwight would be ha...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Coast Invitational (4/2-3/2011) at UCLA
Replies: 10
Views: 2928

Re: West Coast Invitational (4/2-3/2011) at UCLA

Bumping this: 1. The packet sets are likely to be HSAPQ Tourn-16 and NAQT Division 2 SCT, both in an attempt to avoid conflict with the Texas event and because no teams that might be coming in from regions where HSAPQ Tourn-16 is likely to be/have been played have expressed tentative interest. Any i...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine
Replies: 18
Views: 4918

Re: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine

Can we get a field update, please? As of this [EDIT: 7:30 PM on Wednesday]: Officially Registered University x2 (upper division) Tustin x2 (one in each division) Edison x2 (one in each division) Rancho Alamitos x1 (upper division) Troy x1 (division unknown) North Hollywood x3 (2 upper division, 1 l...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs
Replies: 15
Views: 2575

Re: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs

So to be clear, this is all data from the Saturday portion, correct? What elements went into your model exactly? I'd be cautious about things that varied based on SOS, but I know just PPB is not very useful. I used the data directly available from NAQT's statistics page, which includes the 10 Satur...
by cvdwightw
Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs
Replies: 15
Views: 2575

Re: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs

I'll just say real quick that DCD should definitely not have been surprising as the team most likely to finish third per the Monte Carlo sim. They had a fantastic tournament and, statistically, were on par with every team in the field. Thanks a lot for looking at this, Dwight. I hope to have time i...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs
Replies: 15
Views: 2575

Re: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs

[T-65 and brief comments in this post] Carbondale Original Finish: T-65th 1st place: 0% 2nd place: 0% 3rd place: 0% 4th place: 0% T-5th place: 0% T-7th place: 0% T-11th place: 0.3% T-17th place: 1.8% T-27th place: 6% T-43rd place: 51.7% T-65th place: 40.2% Eden Prairie B Original Finish: T-65th 1st ...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs
Replies: 15
Views: 2575

Re: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs

[places T-17 through T-43 in this post] Berkeley Original Finish: T-17th 1st place: 0% 2nd place: 0% 3rd place: 0% 4th place: 0% T-5th place: 0% T-7th place: 0.3% T-11th place: 2.1% T-17th place: 12.9% T-27th place: 53.4% T-43rd place: 31.3% Centennial Original Finish: T-17th 1st place: 0% 2nd place...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs
Replies: 15
Views: 2575

Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs

If you've been following my wacky Excel sheet posting in the Ongoing Season Rankings thread, you know that I've created a way to Monte Carlo simulate a round-robin tournament on the same packet set for any number of teams at any number of locations. As a test of the model, we ran it on the 2010 HSNC...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine
Replies: 18
Views: 4918

Re: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine

The schools have spoken: we will be moving this tournament back to its original date of January 29. I look forward to registrations from schools that preferred this date.
by cvdwightw
Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2011 @ Stanford (2/26/11)
Replies: 17
Views: 5919

Re: ACF Regionals 2011 @ Stanford (2/26/11)

Jeremy and I are both editing; thus there is essentially zero probability that an Irvine team will play this tournament.
by cvdwightw
Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Texas Invitational (April 22-23, 2011)
Replies: 49
Views: 21138

Re: Texas Invitational (April 1-3, 2011)

NoWayItsTanay wrote:Bellarmine would like to come to this, and our coach likes the idea too, but the current date conflicts with the West Coast Invitational, which could prevent more than just our team from attending.
The packet set also conflicts, so you'd have to choose between one or the other anyway...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:51 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II Available for Hosting
Replies: 7
Views: 3485

Re: CMST II Available for Hosting

List of hosts using CMST: February 19 Chattahoochee High School (GA) - this tournament may move to March 12 or March 19 February 26 Tuscumbia High School (MO) March 12 Barrington Middle School, Station Campus (IL) A Bracket - Prelim Stats A Bracket - Overall Stats B Bracket - Prelim Stats B Bracket ...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine
Replies: 18
Views: 4918

Re: DATE CHANGE: Baby Anteater XII (1/22/11) at UC Irvine

GAH I give up. I knew both dates were bad, but I didn't take into account Science Bowl. Seriously, at this point, I'm back to "tell me which date you prefer, and I'll tell everyone what date the tournament will be based on responses I've received."
by cvdwightw
Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine
Replies: 18
Views: 4918

Re: Baby Anteater XII (1/22/11) at UC Irvine

Please note the date change above: due to a variety of scheduling conflicts, we have moved this tournament to January 22. For the few teams who have actually registered, please re-send registration materials reflecting team attendance on the new date.
by cvdwightw
Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11067

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

Hey, we're still having some problems figuring out how to approve people for the CMST usergroup. In the meantime, you should e-mail Andy at andy.[email protected] to get started on this project if you're still interested in writing. These problems have been fixed. If you want access to the CMST forum,...
by cvdwightw
Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11067

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

Hey, we're still having some problems figuring out how to approve people for the CMST usergroup. In the meantime, you should e-mail Andy at andy.[email protected] to get started on this project if you're still interested in writing. These problems have been fixed. If you want access to the CMST forum,...
by cvdwightw
Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Empathy in question writing
Replies: 24
Views: 3827

Re: Empathy in question writing

I see using Wiki's blue links or "see also" section as basically analogous to creating a question that somehow rewards the "reading of Britannica article on X" instead of just "clues gleaned from Britannica article on X that may be learned by reading said article." I don't really understand this di...
by cvdwightw
Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11067

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

Hey, we're still having some problems figuring out how to approve people for the CMST usergroup. In the meantime, you should e-mail Andy at [email protected] to get started on this project if you're still interested in writing.
by cvdwightw
Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal 2010-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4742

Re: SoCal 2010-2011

This year it's impossible to tell who's the best team because everyone has been splitting teams or missing players. Let's look at the contenders: THE SAN DIEGO TRIUMVIRATE (Rancho Bernardo, La Jolla, Torrey Pines): For the past 5+ years, these three teams have been top 5 teams in Southern California...
by cvdwightw
Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice Tournament at Arizona State Univ - 10/23/2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1932

Re: SCOP Novice Tournament at Arizona State Univ - 10/23/2010

Over a month later, our stats are still not up, as ASU Quizbowl webmaster Greg is still behind on the website. I'm assuming you did stats in SQBS? If so, then you can post stats in five easy steps: 1. Go here . 2. Create account (replace this step with "log in" for future tournaments). 3. Create "S...
by cvdwightw
Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II Available for Hosting
Replies: 7
Views: 3485

CMST II Available for Hosting

The 2011 Collaborative Middle School Tournament will be available for hosting from February 19, 2011 until April 23, 2011. There is no fee to use this set of questions at your middle school tournament. This tournament is written and edited by members of the high school and college quizbowl communiti...
by cvdwightw
Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:21 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11067

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

Is it too great of a conflict of interest for me to offer to write 10/10 and be the coach of a team playing on this set? If not, I can write 10/10 of whatever is needed the most. No reply received to this question yet... Sorry. I think I emailed or PM'ed Dwight regarding this. I think we agreed tha...
by cvdwightw
Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:50 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11067

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

I'm trying to convince Andy that we have enough writers for this. We are likely to get started on writing this week, with hopefully an announcement out as soon as writing deadlines are finalized.
by cvdwightw
Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99990

Re: On-going season rankings

Barring the discovery of recently-unpublished statistics, I now have all known data from IS-96 processed (with the usual caveats - powers, 10s, negs, bonus points per bonus controlled all kept, nothing wacky like worksheets). Attached find the (hopefully final) IS-96 "expected long run" stats. I als...
by cvdwightw
Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99990

Re: On-going season rankings

Dwight: with people such as Coach C and myself looking back to they days of an objective (if flawed, as Byko's was) ranking model for teams, is there any way one could engineer (and run) a new nationwide set of team rankings from the statistical stuff you've been working on? Or would that require a...
by cvdwightw
Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99990

Re: On-going season rankings

No, my ultimate goal is to not hijack this thread with scores of Excel spreadsheets, it just seems that way. Attached are the results of a Monte Carlo "round robin" simulation of HSNCT. First off, there are 1000 simulations of the giant round-robin tournament (I would have done 10,000 except that it...
by cvdwightw
Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99990

Re: On-going season rankings

Less than two hours later, here are results! Note that everything in the "ProcessedGames" sheet assumes a 20-tossup match, and that any match between two good teams is going to overperform expectations because almost all the negs will get picked up (an a,T value of 1 for both teams instead of what ...
by cvdwightw
Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99990

Re: On-going season rankings

With Fred's rankings, Dwight's computer models, and the hsquizbowl poll, it seems like it won't be long before we have the QBCS: Quiz Bowl Championship Series. Wouldn't that be great? All kidding aside, though, do you think, Dwight, that you could run this analysis on past HSNCT statistics as a tes...
by cvdwightw
Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99990

Re: On-going season rankings

Dwight, This is quite interesting. Could you do it for the recent HFT and all of its mirrors around the country, assuming enough teams played in all of these tournments to make the effort worth the time you might need to invest? As I've said before, the biggest obstacle with this is the time it tak...
by cvdwightw
Thu Dec 02, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99990

Re: On-going season rankings

Am I crazy, or is that missing the teams who participated in MFAT ? This tournament used bounceback bonuses, hence it not being featured. I was able to hunt down "regular" bonus conversion from the stats linked to in the tournament thread on this board. Results now for 190 teams. IS96_ProcessedStat...
by cvdwightw
Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99990

Re: More Discussion Fodder

At some point I will write a MATLAB script to efficiently compute a-values (and the resultant giant round robin) for each pair of teams, at which point I will compile the data and release full results instead of just this teaser. So I now have processed data from all 172 teams that played IS-96 and...
by cvdwightw
Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:53 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11067

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

1. As it stands, counting the maximum amount I think I'd be able and willing to write, we have around 100/100 worth of writers. We need another 110/110 or so worth of writers (about 10-11 people at 10/10 each). 2. I am having problems figuring out how to add new members to the group that is allowed ...
by cvdwightw
Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine
Replies: 18
Views: 4918

Baby Anteater XII (1/29/11) at UC Irvine

The UCI College Bowl Club is pleased to announce Baby Anteater XII, our annual novice tournament. When and Where: Saturday, January 29, at UCI's campus. We anticipate the tournament being in Humanities Hall but will notify teams of any changes in room assignments. We anticipate starting the tourname...
by cvdwightw
Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 99990

More Discussion Fodder

So I went ahead and performed that wacky stat I was talking about over in this thread . I used as my guinea pig the results from IS-96 that are currently complete and usable (15s/10s/-5s for each team in every game, BC for each team, no lightning rounds or other stuff like that). Well, okay, I didn'...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stat for Comparing Teams at the Same Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 901

Re: Stat for Comparing Teams at the Same Tournament

I am still in office hours and everyone who had a question has gone already, so I derived the formula for doing this with powers: Let p1,P and p2,P be the PATH-equivalent for powers for teams 1 and 2. This is calculated as Team_Powers/(1-Opponent_Powers). Let p1,T and p2,T be the PATH-equivalent for...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stat for Comparing Teams at the Same Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 901

Stat for Comparing Teams at the Same Tournament

So, thinking through some of the arguments in the Fred's ranking thread, I came up with the following statistic to describe the performance of teams at the same tournament. From the stats we compute the average points per correct tossup (APCT) as follows: TP_avg+BC, where TP_avg is the weighted aver...