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by cvdwightw
Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Torrey Pines Open Tournament (2/5/2011)
Replies: 26
Views: 11934

Re: Torrey Pines Open Tournament (2/5/2011)

I believe this is also the traditional weekend of Academic Decathlon in Orange County and possibly neighboring counties, but I'm not sure how much overlap there is between those two activities anymore. Can you elaborate? How many schools would potentially be involved in this? I can't find the date ...
by cvdwightw
Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Torrey Pines Open Tournament (2/5/2011)
Replies: 26
Views: 11934

Re: Torrey Pines Open Tournament (2/5/2011)

I believe this is also the traditional weekend of Academic Decathlon in Orange County and possibly neighboring counties, but I'm not sure how much overlap there is between those two activities anymore.
by cvdwightw
Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcement regarding the chief administrator
Replies: 18
Views: 7407

Re: Announcement regarding the chief administrator

That some jackass social-climber would even think of talking to one of the few people who has actually accomplished something meaningful for PACE in that way is an infuriating example of the sort of upside-down world that Trygve's regime creates. How do you know about this? These are proceedings wh...
by cvdwightw
Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: The Quizbowl Economy
Replies: 28
Views: 9859

Re: The Quizbowl Economy

Jeff, I think there is a missing arrow - since many question writers are students or former students who still attend tournaments, some proportion of the money paid to question writers goes back into "out of pocket." Based on my experience, a college student with no organizational support can pay hi...
by cvdwightw
Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UCSD (10/9)
Replies: 19
Views: 6519

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at UCSD (10/9)

UCI's club is going with the innovative "don't waste time sitting in the back corner of a club fair trying to disabuse people of the notion that the club is into competitive bowling; try to find ways to do targeted advertising" strategy of recruiting new people. As a result we probably won't know wh...
by cvdwightw
Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Planned HS Top 25(+?) Rankings
Replies: 51
Views: 10336

Re: Planned HS Top 25(+?) Rankings

For Southern California, I haven't been paying that much attention to who is coming and going, but: Torrey Pines returns Sharad and some number of other non-Stephen players. Obviously losing Stephen means this team is taking a giant step backward, but Sharad did put up 20 ppg on a balanced Californi...
by cvdwightw
Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Placement
Replies: 11
Views: 2177

Re: Question Placement

Sorry for the double post. After posting, I thought that my methods might be a bit confusing to some people, so I thought I'd explain them a little more. I'll use the IHSA distribution since there are fewer top-level categories to work with and more questions to place. First I write one permutation ...
by cvdwightw
Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Placement
Replies: 11
Views: 2177

Re: Question Placement

I think Andrew Yaphe mentioned once that after he had decided what his distribution was, he picked out about three different "templates" for question distribution and then randomized which question from each category went in which place in the template. For a simple example, consider the standard AC...
by cvdwightw
Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl in Oregon
Replies: 31
Views: 9163

Re: Quizbowl in Oregon

OK thanks for the info. I'll definitely let the coach know about the forums and the archives and whatnot, but I don't know how much good it'll be considering they wouldn't have enough money to make it to the Bay Area to play in pyramidal tournaments, let alone to nationals. (edit: made it less offe...
by cvdwightw
Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Freelance Quiz Bowl University
Replies: 10
Views: 1611

Re: Freelance Quiz Bowl University

Seven-month bump: Freelance Quiz Bowl University is back for the fall. We'll have another seven articles this fall and are making plans to include Power Point slide shows and videos in and/or as our future articles. As always, if you have an idea for a topic for Freelance Quiz Bowl University, conta...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Floating two modeling assumptions for FRIAR 2.0
Replies: 9
Views: 1429

Re: Floating two modeling assumptions for FRIAR 2.0

So, I agree, the observed neg/zero ratio does go up as teams get better.* However, I'm looking at latent, not observed, buzzes, net of things like which team actually succeeds in buzzing first. My intuition is that just buzzing first, whether with a neg or the right answer, is itself associated wit...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Fall Novice Tournament: Clear for Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 16594

Re: 2010 Fall Novice Tournament Available for Mirrors

What kind of "novice" is this - more like NAQT A-level or regular IS sets? I'm given the impression that Fall Novice is an IS-level or slightly higher set, but I wanted to make sure. The idea behind the set is to use answers that "novices" are likely to have heard of. Perhaps the best way to descri...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Floating two modeling assumptions for FRIAR 2.0
Replies: 9
Views: 1429

Re: Floating two modeling assumptions for FRIAR 2.0

Second, would you be comfortable saying that, net of the effect of the other team -- as if it were playing against hypothetical buzzer rocks -- a better team is more likely than a worse one: to score zero rather than neg; I might address some other things later, but this isn't a valid assumption. T...
by cvdwightw
Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Fall Novice Tournament: Clear for Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 16594

Re: 2010 Fall Novice Tournament Available for Mirrors

Not speaking in any official capacity, any bids received after July 31 (i.e. now) will be looked at on a rolling basis - bids should receive a response within a week of submission. Therefore it's always okay to send in bids later as long as it will give you sufficient time to promote the tournament ...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 14147

Re: VCU Open Discussion

and his grandmother was Sophia Paleologue. Thanks for bringing this question up, since there's something else in that question that I wanted to talk about (you can probably guess what it is from what I've quoted). To me, ancestry/genealogy clues are really boring and I'm not sure who exactly benefi...
by cvdwightw
Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Packet Distribution Form
Replies: 4
Views: 1543

Re: Packet Distribution Form

So I looked at this file and I'm not particularly whelmed by it. An answer document does pretty much everything this does, and more, in a way that streamlines the process much better than this file does. For the uninitiated, an answer document is basically a spreadsheet file in which you write the a...
by cvdwightw
Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Collegiate Prediction Thread, 2010-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 9945

Re: Collegiate Prediction Thread, 2010-2011

California Predictions : Well, Mike Cheyne started this thread out with a Top 25, rankings but not much behind them. Jerry's looking at the top competitors for the ACF Nationals crown in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Since Matt Weiner's inevitably going to make his giant prediction post, which...
by cvdwightw
Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DP-FRIAR: Simpler! More Accurate! Almost Testable!
Replies: 8
Views: 2546

Re: DP-FRIAR: Simpler! More Accurate! Almost Testable!

Okay, I've gone through the math and I see sort of where you're coming from, correct me if something doesn't make sense or is completely off base. We start with a very basic assumption that a team with a higher rating ought to defeat a team with a lower rating a higher proportion of the time. We can...
by cvdwightw
Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why don't more teams bid to host SCT?
Replies: 22
Views: 2940

Re: Why don't more teams bid to host SCT?

As has been repeatedly echoed on this board, keeping the deadline where it is heavily biases bids in favor of groups with an established infrastructure, no room reservation problems, and a large number of staff within a known range. All of those three criteria apply to just about every student union...
by cvdwightw
Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 14147

Re: VCU Open Discussion

DumbJaques wrote:I have no idea what Tuocami is and am hoping you have misspelled it here because it shows up in no google searches.
A thorough search of the packets suggests that this might be the Tuamotu Islands, an answer that shows up in Round 12.
by cvdwightw
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 14147

Re: VCU Open Discussion

The fact there's a town of Plain Dealing (which produced several notable LA political figures) is also at the very least interesting. So, notwithstanding Wikipedia's notorious fallibility, I decided to go check out Plain Dealing's Wikipedia page, and suffice it to say that the list of "Notable peop...
by cvdwightw
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Giveaways
Replies: 16
Views: 2456

Re: Giveaways

Yet plenty of TUs about not-that-important novels, works of art, pieces of music, etc. proliferate, particularly at the upper end of the canon. I would say that this is a false parallel (as Isaac mentioned)--just like you wouldn't write a tossup on something which high schoolers (or whatever your t...
by cvdwightw
Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: Michigan Location
Replies: 105
Views: 29748

Re: VCU Open: Michigan Location

Rob, CO Lit was ordered 15 / -5 / 20 on the sqbs program. I don't know how to fix it; sorry :-(. This happened because you unchecked the "10" box and added a box for "20" points in the question values box of the "Tournament Options" when you started the SQBS file. I don't know how to switch the tou...
by cvdwightw
Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Giveaways
Replies: 16
Views: 2456

Re: Giveaways

I agree with Mike Bentley. A giveaway should be treated just like any normal clue - it shouldn't be the place to put a giant difficulty cliff, which is what happens in a lot of poorly-constructed tossups (5-6 lines of hard stuff, a line of hard-middle clues, and an easy giveaway). Tossups on inheren...
by cvdwightw
Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 14147

Re: VCU Open Discussion

I had a lot of fun playing on Saturday and a lot of fun reading both days (Charles and I alternated playing and staffing on Saturday afternoon, though the stats don't reflect that). It felt like the Saturday set was the more polished set in terms of readability, while the Sunday set was the more pol...
by cvdwightw
Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Coast Invitational 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 4642

Re: West Coast Invitational 2011

As NAQT ICT is on April 9, we will obviously not be holding WCI on this date. We are likely to move it up a weekend to April 2-3 but will have to see when ACF Nationals is (and check the academic calendars) before finalizing the date.
by cvdwightw
Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DP-FRIAR: Simpler! More Accurate! Almost Testable!
Replies: 8
Views: 2546

Re: DP-FRIAR: Simpler! More Accurate! Almost Testable!

Or perhaps I'm misunderstanding those assumptions and what would make them unsound. A reboundable (i.e. "bounceback") bonus is one whose parts rebound to the other team if the controlling team misses them (there are various similar definitions but I believe this is the one that the NSC uses). Thus ...
by cvdwightw
Wed Aug 04, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DP-FRIAR: Simpler! More Accurate! Almost Testable!
Replies: 8
Views: 2546

Re: DP-FRIAR: Simpler! More Accurate! Almost Testable!

I see a couple of inherent problems with this model: 1. The model assumes a range of 1300 points. As previously noted in, well, pretty much every critique of every NAQT tournament ever, the maximum number of points scored is a direct function of the ability of moderator speed and clarity (faster mod...
by cvdwightw
Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

Swank diet wrote:UCI (maybe)
We will hopefully figure this out at practice tomorrow night. Are you counting me as one of your confirmed Sunday staffers?
by cvdwightw
Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: NAQT's middle school program
Replies: 15
Views: 21668

Re: NAQT's middle school program

In this first year, NAQT will be producing one "Middle School Series" set of ten question packets, each of which contains 24 tossups and 24 bonus questions. This set will be ready by October 15, 2011, and can be used at any time after that. I hope that date is incorrect. I think this is a huge step...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting People to Quiz Bowl
Replies: 26
Views: 6015

Re: Attracting People to Quiz Bowl

If anyone even deignd to suggest to a certain arena in this state that quiz bowl was only for the "gifted and talented", then they had better do so wearing an inpenetrable suit of armor :grin: I'm not suggesting that it's only for the gifted and talented. I'm suggesting that the gifted and talented...
by cvdwightw
Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting People to Quiz Bowl
Replies: 26
Views: 6015

Re: Attacting People to Quiz Bowl

I think the issue with the faculty is that our school's teachers are generally pretty busy and thus unwilling to help. I'm pretty sure I should be able to find four who would be willing to, but I'm not sure how long it would take. Actually, this reminded me of something. California schools (and pos...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Two Part Answers to Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1120

Re: Two Part Answers to Questions

I'm wondering how acceptable two part answers are. For instance if one wrote an tossup on Sacco and Vanzetti, it would be acceptable to ask for both of the last names, because that's how they are learned, correct? You don't learn about Sacco or Vanzetti, you learn Sacco and Vanzetti. But what about...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8
Replies: 41
Views: 5882

Re: VCU Open: San Diego - 8/7-8

I can now staff on Sunday if needed.
by cvdwightw
Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Top 10 Memes in Quizbowl History
Replies: 19
Views: 12133

Re: Top 10 Memes in Quizbowl History

MEOW Yeah, but I don't know of anyone who ever ran around screaming MEOW MEOW as an actual joke. Maybe it's just died out, but it's my understanding that's more of a thing that happened, rather than a catchphrase, per se. Maybe Tim Young can clarify, but one of his old posts to alt.college.college-...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fun with Brackets (Now with Power Matching)
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Re: Fun with Brackets (Now with Power Matching)

As you can see from changing the title of this thread's first post, this now has power-matching. The power-matching algorithm essentially requires two inputs (tab-delimited text files): one that has the win probabilities for each team and one that contains an mxn matrix of your games, where m is the...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fun with Brackets (Now with Power Matching)
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Re: Fun with Brackets (hopefully including Power-Matching soon)

So I guess this does mean "poor win probability estimation" because I bet team 16 (at most tournaments) does not, in reality, get fifteen wins out of a hundred against team one. So it would be interesting to examine a sharper stratification (for circuit tournaments) and a shallower one (for novice ...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fun with Brackets (Now with Power Matching)
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Fun with Brackets (Now with Power Matching)

Warning: this post is mostly a giant data dump with limited actual analysis or theory. Ideally there will be more data and much more analysis in the rest of the thread. If you want to know how this data was collected and how to interpret it, read this post. If you want to just look at the raw data,...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 17694

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

-> My thought, originally, was to take the top two teams in each bracket and make 2 playoff pools of 5: 1 that had 3 first-place and 2 second-place teams, and the other having the remaining 5 teams, doing a round robin, and then a cross-bracket final, but I wasn't certain as to HOW to separate the ...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Music notes as clues/what is music knowledge?
Replies: 9
Views: 2221

Re: Music notes as clues/what is music knowledge?

The biggest problem with dropping the names of musical notes is that those kinds of clues reward two kinds of people: those who have played the piece before, and those who have listened to the piece before and have the ability to turn names of notes into relative pitches very quickly (typically peop...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UCSD High School Tournament Hosting Schedule 10-11
Replies: 4
Views: 1105

Re: UCSD High School Tournament Hosting Schedule 10-11

Triton Winter (either Jan. 29th or Feb. 5th- set TBD) [Note that Torrey Pines will likely be hosting a tournament around this time and La Jolla's tournament is usually around here too.. perhaps this would be a good time for a JV one?] Irvine has held Baby Anteater on the last weekend of January for...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Post-Nationals Poll - Congrats State College!
Replies: 48
Views: 9747

Re: Post-Nationals Poll - Congrats State College!

Some more fun analysis: 39 total teams finished in either the top 26 at HSNCT or the top 25 at NSC or both. 41 total teams received votes in the Top 25 poll. 2 teams finished in either the top 26 at HSNCT or the top 25 at NSC and did not appear on a single ballot: Oak Park-River Forest and St. Josep...
by cvdwightw
Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How small is the math canon?
Replies: 42
Views: 6492

Re: How small is the math canon?

Arsonists Get All the Girls wrote:difficulty-appropriate tossups on modern mathematicians
Has nothing in this thread demonstrated to you that the above phrase is an oxymoron at anything below open post-nationals level?
by cvdwightw
Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29: Congratulations State College!
Replies: 112
Views: 34599

Re: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29, Atlanta

I think Jeff's reasoning is perfect. You have to take into account selection bias - in this case, there are a lot of Southern teams that either do not want to travel to Chicago or can't raise the funds to get there and their votes obviously don't count. A lot of teams are also going to attend HSNCT ...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT Tryouts California 2011
Replies: 14
Views: 2584

Re: NASAT Tryouts California 2011

Tryout performance, especially online, should not be the single determining factor of the team. Most people involved in team selection would presumably be involved in running tournaments and can assess players' abilities to a reasonable degree. If everyone involved in running tournaments talks to ea...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT Tryouts California 2011
Replies: 14
Views: 2584

Re: NASAT Tryouts California 2011

The problem is we don't know who those specialists are, and I believe an area with a higher concentration of good schools will have a higher concentration of these specialists. Well, here's the thing. In NorCal there are two schools that have a very good chance of being top 10 nationally at the end...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 17694

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

Last year HSAPQ produced two four-quarter sets that can be found at this link (they're the pdfs that start with "4q") . Things such as removing the "neg-5" (a penalty for interrupting the question and being wrong) and changing time limits to answer are perfectly fine. They don't change the basic str...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Coast Invitational 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 4642

Re: West Coast Invitational 2011

As the TD of this event by virtue of claiming to be the TD of this event, I think that there are two things making WCI a difficult place to hold the tryouts for NASAT Team California, even if all the best players in California make it to WCI. 1) We're going to be hosting the tournament even further ...
by cvdwightw
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 17694

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

I think your area would be very receptive to the Fall Novice set, which is notably free. I cannot stress quite enough how good this fit would be. It is a free set. The whole point of the set is to get teams that are relatively inexperienced at pyramidal quizbowl (i.e. a fair number of teams in Verm...
by cvdwightw
Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 17694

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

1.) Staffing is going to be a challenge for us mainly because 1.) it's a small club, and 2.) interest for helping might be low in this regard. What I had been proposing is having a discount for coaches/assistants of teams to help moderate, but putting these coaches in (obviously) different rooms/di...