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by Mike Bentley
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20
Replies: 22
Views: 2280

Impossible Lair - Old Videogame Tournament - 9/25/20

This is an announcement for The Impossible Lair, a tournament on (mostly) old videogames. It will take place on Zoom on Friday, September 25th at 8PM EDT. It will be $7 per player to compensate moderators. Sign-up sheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JXLmuAjgq1FnLSqlMDQGvBUaYBJKje90Xb...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: PACE Online Tournament Hosting/Playing Guide
Replies: 2
Views: 746

Re: PACE Online Tournament Hosting/Playing Guide

We hope to get the first version of this guide publicly posted next weekend. This guide will be a work in progress, evolving over the course of the quizbowl season as we learn more best practices for hosting online tournaments.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why are there negs in QB?
Replies: 17
Views: 2327

Re: Why are there negs in QB?

A couple of thoughts: As someone who negs a lot, I'd personally benefit from this policy. I'm not really convinced it's a huge problem that needs to be solved but as I've argued elsewhere I would like to see more experimentation in quizbowl formats. Particularly to make tossups more interesting as a...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old Articles About Quiz Bowl
Replies: 1
Views: 619

Re: Old Articles About Quiz Bowl

I've also been exploring newspapers.com. I'm going to compile these into a longer blog post or QBWiki article or something when I get a chance. But a few amusing nuggets so far. (Note that newspapers.com doesn't seem to easily let you copy text, so this is OCR data which is why there are so many typ...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Electronic scoresheets
Replies: 7
Views: 1043

Re: Electronic scoresheets

What's the state-of-the-art in electronic scoresheets? I've created my own Excel sheets for this task but I'm guessing someone has a good Google Sheets template out there, right? I see NAQT has one but that's closely tied to their format and also doesn't have multiple sheets (meaning you need a new...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: GPT3 for Quizbowl
Replies: 13
Views: 1599

Re: GPT3 for Quizbowl

I just noticed this thread, but I did a writeup on producing quizbowl questions with GPT-2, mostly for comedic purposes: https://medium.com/@jaimie.m.m.carlson/writing-quizbowl-questions-with-gpt-2-1c3839a3f39c Re: classifying questions into categories, I've done that with a more simple bag-of-word...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: PACE Online Tournament Hosting/Playing Guide
Replies: 2
Views: 746

PACE Online Tournament Hosting/Playing Guide

Heads up that PACE is working on both a written guide and a series of training sessions for hosting online quizbowl tournaments (specifically Discord, although one for Zoom may follow). The guides are intended to help TDs, moderators and players starting from scratch hosting online events and will s...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl and Technology Blog Post
Replies: 0
Views: 454

Quizbowl and Technology Blog Post

Hi, I wrote a guest post on a technology blog about quizbowl and tech, going back to the College Bowl days. May not be too much in here for those well versed in quizbowl history already.

https://tedium.co/2020/08/04/quizbowl-h ... dium=email
by Mike Bentley
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Electronic scoresheets
Replies: 7
Views: 1043

Electronic scoresheets

What's the state-of-the-art in electronic scoresheets? I've created my own Excel sheets for this task but I'm guessing someone has a good Google Sheets template out there, right? I see NAQT has one but that's closely tied to their format and also doesn't have multiple sheets (meaning you need a new ...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10935

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

The biggest limitation was that I had to move teams around each and every round. I'm not sure if this was the way you chose to run the tournament or if I made my help manual unclear [it's probably the latter], but users with the Staff role can also run this command. What I thought would happen, and...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: December 2020: NeurIPS Human vs. Computer Online Invitational
Replies: 3
Views: 1098

Re: December 2020: NeurIPS Human vs. Computer Online Invitational

A few years ago, we hosted a competition between human and machine teams, and we're looking to do it again this year (with support from Google). This Medium posts explains the competition a little bit more than the official announcement (which is linked): https://medium.com/@alexmoltzau/a-google-qu...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 14
Views: 4203

Re: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

Just want to confirm that the 9/27 date is intentionally on a Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: GPT3 for Quizbowl
Replies: 13
Views: 1599

Re: GPT3 for Quizbowl

Honestly, I didn't even really want GPT2 to be able to produce legitimate questions, I just wanted to see the weird pseudo-facts it would pump out. I'm curious if what GPT3 produces is more internally consistent, even if it isn't factual or even pyramidal. I've found that GPT3 can learn some of the...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: GPT3 for Quizbowl
Replies: 13
Views: 1599

Re: GPT3 for Quizbowl

I've played around with using GPT-2 to generate QB questions in the past. GPT-2 could definitely understand the format, even if the clues didn't make sense. Most impressive were the ways it replicated the quirks of the raw QuizDB file I used to train it: the question would almost always be listed i...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: GPT3 for Quizbowl
Replies: 13
Views: 1599

Re: GPT3 for Quizbowl

Hrmm without a clear set of input/output quizbowlese I'm having trouble getting it to do anything useful there. My idea of "detect which words are hard to pronounce" seems to at least work okay. It's correctly flagged most of the hard to pronounce words in the question and usually recognizes when to...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: GPT3 for Quizbowl
Replies: 13
Views: 1599

Re: GPT3 for Quizbowl

For me at least, generating pronunciation guides seems to be GPT3's killer app for quizbowl. I am *the worst* at writing these guides. GPT3 seems to do a pretty good job on these. It's not necessarily perfect (that first example invents syllables that don't exist) but I'm pretty sure it outperforms...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: GPT3 for Quizbowl
Replies: 13
Views: 1599

Re: GPT3 for Quizbowl

For me at least, generating pronunciation guides seems to be GPT3's killer app for quizbowl. I am *the worst* at writing these guides. GPT3 seems to do a pretty good job on these. It's not necessarily perfect (that first example invents syllables that don't exist) but I'm pretty sure it outperforms ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: GPT3 for Quizbowl
Replies: 13
Views: 1599

GPT3 for Quizbowl

The internet's been abuzz about GPT3 recently (https://www.wired.com/story/ai-text-generator-gpt-3-learning-language-fitfully/). GPT3 is basically a gigantic AI model for natural language tasks. It's shown pretty impressive results on a range of problems without needing anything more than a few exam...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10935

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

1. Voice clipping for both moderators and players. i.e. words getting cut off. This most commonly happens at the beginning of questions and on short phrases like the moderator saying "correct" or a team giving an answer. Push-to-talk helps with this but I'm of the opinion that it's too hard of a fe...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10935

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Hi everyone, here's my promised follow-up on running a somewhat large Discord tournament using video. Sorry for the slight delay in getting these written, it was a busier week for me than I was expecting. Overall I think things went okay. I ended up having to do a lot more prep work than I was plann...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10935

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Has anyone explored changing the default bitrate of Discord voice channels (either higher or lower)? I wonder if a lower bitrate might lead to lower fidelity audio but more consistent connections.
by Mike Bentley
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

Congrats to Plan Your Postwar Kitchen Now! who defeated Clusty the Clustering Engine in a one game final. Prelim stats are here: https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/6517/. I'll get playoff stats posted tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who helped moderate, the many playtesters, and Karan Gurazada and A...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

Discord link has been sent out. Your teammates should be forwarding the mail to you, but if you didn't receive it let me know. Also I'm open to strong arguments why one bracket is stronger than the other and should be rebalanced. I won't necessarily act on your arguments but a good data-supported po...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.
Replies: 14
Views: 4409

Re: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.

Finally, as an older member of the community with a wide variety of trainings and experiences, I'll offer myself as a resource for younger male members of this community who are having issues navigating interpersonal relationships or recognizing uncomfortable situations. My DMs are open, as is my e...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.
Replies: 14
Views: 4409

Re: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.

Finally, as an older member of the community with a wide variety of trainings and experiences, I'll offer myself as a resource for younger male members of this community who are having issues navigating interpersonal relationships or recognizing uncomfortable situations. My DMs are open, as is my e...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

I sent out a logistics mail to all teams, although the Discord server link will be coming a bit later.

There are still a few more spots for free agents. Contact the teams to sign up.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

I've increased the field cap to 14 teams. 14 isn't the greatest number since one of the seven games will have to be either a cross-bracket game that doesn't count towards a final record or a bye. (Plan would be 6 prelim games with a bye, then top 3 / bottom 4 playoffs, with 2 packets left for the to...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

After playtesting today, I think this tournament is going to take more like 5 hours if we end up doing all 11 (or 12, see next paragraph) rounds. To avoid the tournament spilling over to dinner time on the East Coast, I'm moving the starting time up to 12 PM EDT. If you haven't officially registered...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22741

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

To be clear, will there will be an open playtest, or is your intention that anyone interested in that play the regular online open mirror?
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6611

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

By the way, is this set now clear? Is there a discussion forum?
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10935

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I just can't wait for there to be a Discord Video tournament, as I believe there is to be soon. For 2 months or so I've heard idle speculation about Discord video and how it'll perform well for tournaments, and yet no one seems to have thought to run a proper tournament using it. Will be very inter...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

I was checking the original post and saw that the distribution was a little ambiguous. Specifically, it may have implied there was more legitimate science in this set than there actually is (i.e. very little). This isn't to say your academic science knowledge won't ever help you in this tournament, ...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6611

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

Always asking for directed answers is nice in theory, but it really wears you down when literally no answer is being taken without being explicitly directed. I was overall happy with the moderating at the tournament, but there's no reason it couldn't be improved at future events. As one of the mode...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6611

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

Yeah I had an enjoyable enough experience at this tournament even if there were definitely areas for improvement. I suspect Kevin's impressions were slightly skewed by the last match of the tournament being by far the worst for our team. Stingy answer lines, some bad use of the tag "description acce...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10935

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Well, I'm not sure anyone has tried a big Discord video tournament yet. I'm planning on doing so for Myth of the Machine. We'll see how it goes and whether it has any problems with scale. I thought logistically Oxford Open went well enough. The delayed start due to not being aware of the 100 person ...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: DECAMERON Packet
Replies: 4
Views: 1250

DECAMERON Packet

If you didn't see that other thread, I'll be reading my DECAMERON packet tonight at 8 PM EDT on the Discord. Don't play it if you are going to play a hypothetical future mirror.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 29
Views: 6452

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

I'm going to read my packet tonight at 8 PM EDT on the Discord. I'll post a link to a separate server to avoid spoilers on the main Discord for anyone who might still play a mirror of this tournament.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

I'd like to propose two rule changes for this tournament: First, I'll be enforcing my interpretation of the "should have been prompted" replacement rule for this tournament: any such upheld protests will be played off as a replacement tossup open to both teams. Second, I'm going to go with a 20/15/1...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10492

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Doesn't this list just confirm that a very small number of games are affected by bonuses? In some tournaments as few as 1 or 2 games in the top bracket? Yes this affected who won some national titles. But much, much more impactful was pretty much every team converting that 11th or 12th tossup agains...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10492

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

I'm a little conflicted around whether reducing parity by adding bouncebacks that make it more likely for the better team to win is a good idea or not.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

Ok this tournament will take place on Saturday, July 18th. More details are in the first post.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror

And to be clear, this will be a quads event (i.e. teams of up to 4 people).
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror

Remember to vote in the date poll before Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 4030

Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

I will be running a mirror of my latest technology tournament, The Myth of the Machine , this summer over Discord. The tournament will take place on Saturday, July 18th, 2020 starting at 12 PM EDT. We will be using Discord's video chat features for this tournament. A camera will be required. Registr...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1855

Re: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers

Also, even within the 2015-2020 range, there's trash that appeals more to younger vs. older demographics and vice versa. I'm guessing that, all else being equal, a current undergraduate is more likely to have watched a Netflix drama like 13 Reason Why than someone my age (who might be more likely to...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1855

Re: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers

What's the rationale behind no "extremely online" content? I personally don't like many of these questions but my sense is that this type of content is a very important part of the culture of the age group you're targeting. For instance, would questions on eSports fall into this ban? 2015 also seems...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 2559

Re: Trash Questions in College Sets

I love trash quiz bowl probably as much as I love traditional quiz bowl, but honestly I wouldn't mind the category deletion from most tournaments if and only if categories are thereafter liberalized in their definitions. As has been alluded to several times already, Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 3140

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I endorse the two posts above entirely, and it's good that this something being talked about instead of people doing the big "oh well" shrug. I actually think ACF Regionals 2020 was a great example of diversifying and trying to include more stuff with the bonus on the WNBA because in general, I fou...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 3140

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

For college tournaments, I would like to see "pop culture" as a category removed, but large swaths of what is currently relegated to trash being added to the fine arts canon. I think quizbowl is often too conservative about what kinds of films can tossed up, with college film studies classes coveri...
by Mike Bentley
Fri May 29, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 3140

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I definitely agree that if you're going to include trash in an academic tournament, it really behooves you to pay as much attention to the sub-distribution as any other category. I've probably been harping on this for over 10 years now. Any category included in a distribution should be taken serious...