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by cvdwightw
Thu May 10, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MSNCT/HSNCT bonus difficulty discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 7404

Re: MSNCT/HSNCT bonus difficulty discussion

Your use of "overvalue" leads the reader to understand that you do not want bonus conversion to drive wins, which according to your data means that bonus conversions should be relatively high. Amirite? You were right. Somewhat paradoxically, a further analysis has me justifying that conclusion for ...
by cvdwightw
Wed May 09, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MSNCT/HSNCT bonus difficulty discussion
Replies: 25
Views: 7404

Re: MSNCT/HSNCT bonus difficulty discussion

Discounting negs and powers, and things like "five points per answer" bonus parts, every tossup earned is worth 10+Y points, where Y is a random variable that can take values of 0, 10, 20, or 30 points. (More precisely, it's 10+Y1+Y2+Y3, where Y1, Y2, and Y3 are random variables that take the value ...
by cvdwightw
Tue May 08, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14124

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

Just curious...given their stature in college quizbowl, has Brown tried any outreach with the Providence area? Around the time of the whole Trygve fiasco, Guy and Ian did a giant snail mail campaign for a Fall Novice Tournament mirror that may or may not have ever occurred. I have brought this up b...
by cvdwightw
Tue May 08, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fixing NHBB Nationals
Replies: 40
Views: 6502

Re: Fixing NHBB Nationals

As I was in PACE, I remember one of the major reasons the format was changed was that the sets were far more difficult to write , not because the format was itself convoluted. I'm obviously biased here, but this very clearly applies to NHBB too. The NHBB sets are difficult to write because most com...
by cvdwightw
Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Proposed Alternative to the Neg Prize
Replies: 6
Views: 1917

Proposed Alternative to the Neg Prize

As noted over here , the neg prize is slowly dying off, terribly in-jokey, susceptible to "gaming the system" from players doing stupid things, and potentially harmful to players that have buzzer aggression but not the knowledge to back it up. No one's mentioned it, but it also has the potential to ...
by cvdwightw
Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Painfully Easy Giveaways
Replies: 30
Views: 7610

Re: Painfully Easy Giveaways

I feel like it is a bit too common for the giveaway of tossups to have a "curved yellow fruit" feel, Just to clarify, the "curved yellow fruit" giveaway in the strictest and most correct sense of the term is one in which all preceding clues are nigh-impossible to buzz on, making the giveaway the on...
by cvdwightw
Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The New Oberhausen Manifesto: Film Question Reform
Replies: 28
Views: 13512

Re: The New Oberhausen Manifesto: Film Question Reform

Tommy, I'd be interested in you looking at the 2008 and 2009 All Movies Tournaments and citing some clues (or even whole questions) that illustrate the points you're trying to make, and perhaps some answer lines from those tournaments that indicate the direction you think canon expansion in more "ma...
by cvdwightw
Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl DB Rankings Formula
Replies: 1
Views: 1101

Re: Quizbowl DB Rankings Formula

I might have some more analysis later, but I'll just note that this sounds like exactly the kind of thing that FRIAR was built for.
by cvdwightw
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Peaceful Resolution Discussion
Replies: 210
Views: 56012

Re: Peaceful Resolution Discussion

This might've ended a little less farcically if you'd, say, informed anyone that the packets would not be available immediately afterwards, as is standard, before the tournament was run. But as Matt Bollinger noted, that would have been farcical also. Yes; you merely caused a whole bunch of teams t...
by cvdwightw
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:10 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: HSNCT Then and Now
Replies: 7
Views: 6098

Re: HSNCT Then and Now

Is that little green notch up top TJ 2005? Yep. The NAQT website's stats for that year include points but not tossups heard/answered during the playoff rounds, so the listed conversion stats are all wrong for playoff teams, but I calculated TJ's prelim PPB to be 23.66. The only other team to get ov...
by cvdwightw
Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: HSNCT Then and Now
Replies: 7
Views: 6098

Re: HSNCT Then and Now

Dwight - I love the work. Did you run any tests on negs? I ask because among the many possible reasons for increased power rate, a decreased neg rate is one of the few that can be meaningfully tested. I did not run any tests on neg rate but I do not understand why a decreased neg rate would positiv...
by cvdwightw
Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: HSNCT Then and Now
Replies: 7
Views: 6098

HSNCT Then and Now

Inspired by Jerry's recent posts about how the 2003 ICT field was so weak compared to modern quizbowl, I looked at the HSNCT stats for the first two years of power-matching (2002 and 2003) and the most recent two years (2010 and 2011). I found some quite interesting results. First, bonus conversion:...
by cvdwightw
Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Repeated Toss-Up Answer Lines in a Set
Replies: 14
Views: 4241

Re: Repeated Toss-Up Answer Lines in a Set

PROBABLY UNACCEPTABLE Toss-Ups on the Same Answer in the Same Category: You could do fine tossups on George Washington's military career and his presidency, I guess, and they wouldn't overlap, but two history tossups on George Washington in the same tournament is probably pushing it. Tossups on cou...
by cvdwightw
Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Middle School Tournaments near Savannah, Ga?
Replies: 6
Views: 2465

Re: Middle School Tournaments near Savannah, Ga?

I am looking for one more tournament to do with my middle school quiz bowlers (aside from the state tournament, which we do every year). I was wondering if anyone knows about a tournament within a reasonable drive from Savannah, Ga. A reasonable trip would be 6-7 hours or less. Thanks for the help!...
by cvdwightw
Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 22460

Re: Difficulty

One objective quantification of difficulty across SCTs is the median D-value; that is, how many points would the median team in the field put up if it were playing a hypothetical average team? DI 2010: 162.770 2011: 164.566 2012: 213.191 DII (not including CCCT teams) 2010: 177.813 2011: 157.147 201...
by cvdwightw
Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Quizbowl sports analogies
Replies: 38
Views: 9747

Re: Quizbowl sports analogies

Obviously the solution is to have an open bar at tournaments. Paging Brendan Byrne, paging... what was it, Iowa State? I believe you want this thread . Also, Charles Meigs has told me many times the way to make quizbowl more social is not to make quizbowl practice more social, but to make quizbowl ...
by cvdwightw
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT: Difficulty
Replies: 146
Views: 22460

Re: Difficulty

Kenneth, Kenneth, Kenneth! I cannot tell you how to post, but: 1. Making D2 SCT harder in order to please a small minority of community members of generally little influence, thus alienating new teams and new programs, is a surefire way for NAQT to torpedo its business strategy. 2. Allowing players ...
by cvdwightw
Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT individual question discussion
Replies: 114
Views: 14662

Re: talk about individual questions here

In the D1 tossup on Madrid, the "Atocha station" clue is still within power, while in the D2 tossup on Madrid it is not. I am very confused as to how this happened.
by cvdwightw
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 50 Million Math Question Fans Can't Be Wrong! (OR CAN THEY)
Replies: 64
Views: 9283

Re: Are 20 Questions Enough?

You would be proving that it's possible to have more history and video games in quizbowl. However, no one is asserting that either is being shorted in quizbowl. Math, on the other hand, has been largely marginalized after the demise of computational math. High Schoolers spend as much time, if not m...
by cvdwightw
Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 SCT individual question discussion
Replies: 114
Views: 14662

Re: talk about individual questions here

2) A common-link tossup on syphilis studies involving human subjects, which then accepted Tuskegee as an answer even though that was only one of several studies mentioned. My teammate was negged after being mystified when he was prompted on "human scientific studies" or something like that. If the ...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:49 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST III Available for Hosting
Replies: 8
Views: 3498

Re: CMST III Available for Hosting

Just a reminder that this tournament is still available for hosting in any area that doesn't already have a host. This tournament is 95% written but we'll need a couple of weeks to do a good editing job, so unfortunately we will not be able to deliver packets before February 14. The last date that w...
by cvdwightw
Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Barrington Invitational Tournament IX (3.17.12)
Replies: 24
Views: 7559

Re: Barrington Invitational Tournament IX (3.17.12)

I would suggest two five-team brackets splitting into top 3 and bottom 2 with the top 6 teams playing 3 rounds of crossover playoffs (e.g., team A1 plays teams B3, B2, and B1 in that order) and the bottom 4 teams playing a 3-round round robin. This gives every team 7 games in 8 rounds and leaves you...
by cvdwightw
Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Buzzer race discussion from BARGE thread
Replies: 48
Views: 14435

Re: Buzzer race discussion from BARGE thread

Ukonvasara wrote:
cvdwightw wrote:Ray Prime
Please rename to "Metal Gear RAY" as soon as possible.
I have no idea why this is funny, but I assume that the comedic value of the thought experiment has thus been increased.
by cvdwightw
Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Buzzer race discussion from BARGE thread
Replies: 48
Views: 14435

Re: Buzzer race discussion from BARGE thread

THOUGHT EXPERIMENT INVOLVING ROBOTS Suppose there exist three great literature players at a tournament: Ted Prime, a robot who knows a great many clues about ANSWER A; Magin Prime, a robot that knows all but 10 clues Ted Prime knows about ANSWER A, and knows 10 clues that Ted Prime doesn't know; and...
by cvdwightw
Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Baby Anteater XIII (1/28/12) at Edison HS
Replies: 8
Views: 2319

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Baby Anteater XIII (1/28/12) at Edison HS

FIELD UPDATE

Rancho Bernardo x2
Arcadia x2
North Hollywood
Capistrano Valley
Tustin x2
Scripps Ranch
Edison house team(s)

Registration ends tomorrow.
by cvdwightw
Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Baby Anteater XIII (1/28/12) at Edison HS
Replies: 8
Views: 2319

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Baby Anteater XIII (1/28/12) at Edison HS

Right now we have 2 teams from Arcadia, 2 (tentatively) from RB and 1 from Rancho Alamitos. I think that's everyone that's signed up so far. This tournament usually gets around 20 teams so I'm assuming that teams are being really late in signing up.
by cvdwightw
Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 5 years are up (well, they will be 2 weeks from now)
Replies: 12
Views: 3356

Re: 5 years are up (well, they will be 2 weeks from now)

Looking at that thread, there were some major events that both Paul's "worst case scenario" and Matt's competing "best case scenario" couldn't have taken into account. Obviously the first of these is the rise of some truly great players and writers who were barely out of high school - e.g., Eric Muk...
by cvdwightw
Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8125

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

March 10 is almost certainly State Champs weekend (we'll have an announcement once Chris finalizes the location, I think).

About 1 tournament a year has historically been held on a Sunday down here, so it's not like it's unprecedented or anything.
by cvdwightw
Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greater differentiation at tournaments / problem of brackets
Replies: 22
Views: 6497

Re: Greater differentiation at tournaments / problem of brackets

If you're the worst team in the bracket, you have a harder schedule because you don't get to play yourself . This is common sense or something. .... For individual schedule making, there can be inherent advantages to being seeded in certain parts of the "middle of the road" - you get to play more "...
by cvdwightw
Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greater differentiation at tournaments / problem of brackets
Replies: 22
Views: 6497

Re: Greater differentiation at tournaments / problem of brackets

I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how "TD-derived schedules" are more fair to teams. Suppose that we have 6 teams ranked 1-6 at equal ability spacing. Let's take a "difficulty-balanced" five-round schedule: Team 1: 5-4-3-2-2 Team 2: 6-3-4-1-1 Team 3: 4-2-1-5-6 Team 4: 3-1-2-6-5 Team 5: 1-6-6...
by cvdwightw
Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Baby Anteater XIII (1/28/12) at Edison HS
Replies: 8
Views: 2319

ANNOUNCEMENT: Baby Anteater XIII (1/28/12) at Edison HS

Baby Anteater XIII will be taking place at Edison High School in Huntington Beach on January 28.

More information at http://www.socalquizbowl.org/announceme ... ii-edison/.
by cvdwightw
Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST 3-- call for writers!
Replies: 60
Views: 21757

Re: CMST 3-- call for writers!

A quick look through the claims reveals that most people who have expressed preferences have noted science or fine arts. So history, literature, or current events would be great. That being said, we also have about eight people who have signed up for "10/10 of whatever" (and because this is a middl...
by cvdwightw
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:58 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST 3-- call for writers!
Replies: 60
Views: 21757

Re: CMST 3-- call for writers!

Cted I did forget to do that! Just a second... All fixed! Also, I hate to be that guy, but is there going to be CMST3 user group or is the old one being resurrected? We're just using the same CMST user group as last time - it's easier than creating a new group. It's not like there are any skeletons...
by cvdwightw
Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8125

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

I still have not heard anything from Caltech about whether or not Technophobia is happening, and I don't have the faintest idea how the rumor that it was on Dec. 3 got started. It was on the http://www.socalquizbowl.org/tournament-calendar/ scheduled for December 3rd until very recently when it dis...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8125

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

I still have not heard anything from Caltech about whether or not Technophobia is happening, and I don't have the faintest idea how the rumor that it was on Dec. 3 got started. Has anyone from the area bid for NAQT State Champs yet? Unless any other bids came in before the deadline, Chris and I are ...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The High Price of Tournament Attendance
Replies: 3
Views: 1109

The High Price of Tournament Attendance

Or, a hopefully rational explanation about why David Madden's argument for raising HFT entry fees is misguided and wrong. Three years ago I spearheaded a movement to rein in tournament fees in Southern California. There are a number of positive effects, the most obvious of which are: 1. More schools...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT A set difficulty
Replies: 23
Views: 4428

Re: NAQT A set difficulty

Terrible Sports Analogy: Sprinting requires a short burst of very intense speed. Middle distance running requires roughly the same peak speed, but over a significantly longer course. Endurance running requires an extremely long duration of a-few-notches-below-peak speed, and it always helps to have ...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST 3-- call for writers!
Replies: 60
Views: 21757

Re: CMST 3?

Facilitator A. This job is pretty much over in December except for following up with writers. Over in December, is it? Well, I'll volunteer to do this then. Thanks Jeff. Yeah, the Facilitator's job is to pretty much get everything started, making sure that we have enough writers to complete the set...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 14, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST 3-- call for writers!
Replies: 60
Views: 21757

Re: CMST 3?

All of these writers and ZERO chiefs. Is there anyone who can take on Dwight's role from last year? Maybe Dwight can come back and post an explanation of what needs to be done. I took on about three separate roles last year, so I've split them up below. I'm really busy this November and won't have ...
by cvdwightw
Thu Nov 10, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST 3-- call for writers!
Replies: 60
Views: 21757

Re: CMST 3?

Any chance a CMST 3 ever gets legs? My team is playing MS-02 this weekend and will definitely play MS-03 in the spring, but I KNOW there's room for another set inasmuch as we intend to host another Barrington Invitational on St. Patrick's Day, 2012. I still get a warm feeling at the reaction at our...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 14779

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

This is your friendly neighborhood reminder that just because something is not hard to you does not mean that it is not hard to the target audience of this tournament. Don't say "this bonus lacked a hard part" or "this clue was too early;" state why you think so and let others debate whether or not ...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 14779

Re: ACF Fall 2011 Discussion

The whole Graham's Law clue in the Georgia Tech A packet refers to both the answer (diffusion) and a thing that is not the answer (effusion). From my experience, chemistry classes treat Graham's Law as a Law of Effusion. In our packet, I figured that "court case" + "import tax" + " Bird in Space " w...
by cvdwightw
Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI
Replies: 14
Views: 17434

Re: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI

UCSD A, ASU "B", and Claremont A finished in a three-way circle of death at 9-1. Because we were getting kicked out of the rooms while the last round was finishing, we were unable to play a finals series and UCSD A was declared the winner based on PPG. UCSD B was the Division II winner.

STATS
by cvdwightw
Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI
Replies: 14
Views: 17434

Re: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI

Caltech seems to have secured transportation, so our attendance is now "highly probable." Can you respond to my e-mail from this morning asking whether "highly probable" has changed to "we're definitely coming, barring extreme and extenuating circumstances" since this post? Does anyone else from Ca...
by cvdwightw
Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI
Replies: 14
Views: 17434

Re: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI

CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR REGISTERED TEAMS You should be parking in the Student Center Parking Structure off the corner of West Peltason and Pereira. There should be someone there to sell you a parking permit, which costs $10 for a full day. If you are feeling cheap, you can try to park for free in ...
by cvdwightw
Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Playoff Formatting Help
Replies: 77
Views: 9843

Re: Playoff Formatting Help

Maybe I'm missing something here, but I don't see why you're insistent on having divisions when the divisions seem to be arbitrarily defined by you (as opposed to, say, experience-dependent divisions). If you have 10 teams, you can just rank everyone by their performance in the round robin, and have...
by cvdwightw
Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Playoff Formatting Help
Replies: 77
Views: 9843

Re: Playoff Formatting Help

Since I hadn't thought of this situation before, but it is now more apparent it'll happen - what is a good format for a TEN-team tournament ? My thought was -2 divisions of 5 (say "A" and "B") -Prelim. round robin tournament (4 games, 5 rounds, BYE teams play a practice match) -Afternoon round robi...
by cvdwightw
Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI Question Discussion
Replies: 138
Views: 26236

Re: Individual Question Requests and Discussion

Another example is the protein folding tossup. I've had enough protein folding lectures to fill a 12 line tossup, but it immediately leads in with talking about how bacteria use a heptameric protein to initiate it. Not only is the GroEL-ES complex like the third thing you learn about protein foldin...
by cvdwightw
Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI
Replies: 14
Views: 17434

Re: ACF Fall West (11/6/11) at UCI

The following teams have registered for ACF Fall: Rancho Bernardo HS (D2; 1 buzzer, 0 staffers, 0 laptops) UCSD x2 (Divisions unknown; 1 buzzer, assuming Claremont brings it, ? staffers, ? laptops) Claremont x3 (1 D1 undergrad, 2 D2; 1 buzzer of their own, 0 staffers, 3 laptops) North Hollywood HS x...
by cvdwightw
Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Rule Amendment Proposal: Eliminate Blitz Rules
Replies: 15
Views: 3024

Re: Rule Amendment Proposal: Eliminate Blitz Rules

Shouldn't this whole thing work on the principle of "player provided the correct answer with no extra incorrect information within the allotted time"? If so, the creator/creation rule doesn't need to exist as a separate entity. That's an excellent way of putting it. Fair enough. I also think this i...