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by jonpin
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)
Replies: 131
Views: 61424

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2016 (July 24, 2016)

I may be interested in playing in an East Coast mirror depending on what weekend it is.
by jonpin
Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC tournament format: playoff proposal.
Replies: 5
Views: 4918

Re: NSC tournament format: playoff proposal.

If I were planning to use this proposal and had full power to do whatever, here's how I would do it: (thinking out loud mode on) There are exactly four promotion/relegation matches, each between the bottom team from a Tier I group and the top team from a Tier II group. There is no need to earn the r...
by jonpin
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC tournament format: playoff proposal.
Replies: 5
Views: 4918

Re: NSC tournament format: playoff proposal.

This seems like an interesting proposal, and--while I want to be clear, I am not promising anything nor am I speaking on behalf of PACE as a whole--I think there could be something here worth using.
by jonpin
Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted
Replies: 14
Views: 11144

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

To reiterate my on-topic point: I really can't believe DCC's coaches weren't nominated for coach of the year. If you don't want to nominate one of their players for PotY, that's fine, they were very evenly distributed. But when you have 3 top 5 finishes and 4 top 8 finishes at NSC & HSNCT, you'...
by jonpin
Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Eligibility Restriction for National History Bowl, 8th Grade
Replies: 13
Views: 7042

Re: Eligibility Restriction for National History Bowl, 8th G

Quizbowl, by contrast, is an activity in which all the players on a team are equivalent. There are no distinct positions to be filled, nor any features of gameplay that inherently require multiple people to execute. While in principle, some sort of uber-Federer who can deliver aces on every serve m...
by jonpin
Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 38376

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

Not when they're running camps (I'm patiently awaiting confirmation of my son's registration for this Sunday's camp in Lincoln, IL). Yeah... taking on the responsibility to do a whole bunch of things doesn't mean you can use the excuse "I couldn't do that thing well because I had so many other...
by jonpin
Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 38376

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

I'd presume you'd want the people running the tournament to be, you know, running the tournament instead of responding to this thread. I can understand how some have that viewpoint, but if you look at the thread for any legitimate multi-day national championship (anything NAQT, NSC, ACF, NHBB-HS, N...
by jonpin
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 46439

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

I took no part in the seeding conversation, but I'm confident they did a pretty good job. Based on simulations (procedure and code at end), PACE does not appear to have outperformed random chance at seeding teams for the 2016 NSC (although it depends how performance is defined): At balancing the gr...
by jonpin
Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 30712

Re: 2016 nAC

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by jonpin
Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 46439

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

So we and Great Valley were relegated to a position of complete inability to rise any higher in the ranks than 25th. This is the problem. I don't really know what to do about it. It seems plausible to me to switch the four high-scoring Tier II teams at the end of Saturday (in this case, the teams i...
by jonpin
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 46439

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

As the person who came up with the 96-team NSC format that has been in use the last three seasons, I am not completely surprised at the conversation which has poked up about the mobility of teams. First, I'm going to note some things that I said after last year's NSC : I'm not surprised that the 49-...
by jonpin
Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7721

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion

Even as someone who did predictably terribly, this was a mostly-enjoyable experience. I liked one of my students saying (more than once), "Oh, so that's what that sounds like" or "I wrote a tossup on that piece without ever having actually heard it". One question: Round 1, Tossu...
by jonpin
Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 7721

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 3 Discussion

Even as someone who did predictably terribly, this was a mostly-enjoyable experience. I liked one of my students saying (more than once), "Oh, so that's what that sounds like" or "I wrote a tossup on that piece without ever having actually heard it". One question: Round 1, Tossup...
by jonpin
Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 46439

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

I know TJ B had some deep runs in the old days, but I feel like this must be a first at a national championship: The last undefeated team is DCC *B*.

(edit to add: and in this round, DCC A sees if they have something to say about that)
by jonpin
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 46439

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

For those who want a quick guide as to when teams are playing each other in the top bracket, here's the top tier schedule with teams filled in. Good luck to everyone!
by jonpin
Mon May 30, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: warning: limitless indalecio discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 12832

Re: warning: limitless indalecio discussion

I would like to remind people of what Charlie once told me about not criticizing events that you weren't at. It's a great point and holds true to this day, and will continue to hold true. That advice is extended to this discussion without delay. In the words of the immortal Allen Iverson: We're tal...
by jonpin
Mon May 30, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 61849

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Without regard to the content of any specific question, I noticed what appeared to be a shift in the grammatical phrasing of the giveaway line of tossups and certain bonus prompts. I don't think this phrasing was around even in NAQT sets from earlier this year. Almost every tossup I can remember rea...
by jonpin
Wed May 25, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Help with HSQBRank! (incl. HS teams at college tourneys)
Replies: 44
Views: 28316

Re: Help with HSQBRank! (incl. HS teams at college tourneys)

Based on what Fred's said above, I think the message was "I don't have the time to search every college tournament throughout the year, but if you send me the stats of a college tournament that a HS team played, I can include it" [and that's what happens when i leave a tab open for two hou...
by jonpin
Wed May 18, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Odds of NAQT producing more sets per year
Replies: 16
Views: 6818

Re: Odds of NAQT producing more sets per year

It looks like a number of tournaments in AL on NAQT sets don't go that many rounds (Buckhorn for instance on IS-148 only has 8 rounds and Covenant Christian on IS-152 only had 7 according to the NAQT results site; IS sets contain 14 packets, so that's a whole tournament going basically unused). Cou...
by jonpin
Tue May 10, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzers | You
Replies: 22
Views: 9198

Re: Buzzers | You

Yeah, I will confirm that the buzzer marked as missing a cord which I posted about was not WUSTL's. Not sure how that misreading started.
by jonpin
Sun May 08, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2016 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Middlesex!
Replies: 25
Views: 17099

Re: 2016 NAQT MSNCT: May 7-8, Atlanta

Why does St. John's have a card in with all the 6-2 teams?
by jonpin
Thu May 05, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 38109

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

Now if what I said is your plan, I would recommend re-seeding all the teams after the morning. We (LASA) were 5th in points and Naperville North was T-2nd but we ended up in the same afternoon group (there were 9 groups) because everything was pre-seeded; the winner or our morning group and the win...
by jonpin
Mon May 02, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 38109

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

I think a reasonable system would be a 16+16 DE playoff for varsity and a 16-team 4x4 -> 4-team SE playoff for JV. Varsity plays 4 rounds Saturday night, JV plays its group stage and tiebreakers to win the group. Sunday, the first two rounds of bowl playoff are the Round of 6 and the semifinal(s) f...
by jonpin
Mon May 02, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 38109

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

This year the final stages of the playoffs was six rounds + the tiebreaker thing; 16 winners + 32 losers would take eight rounds, which is going to be an extra packet = an extra 40 minutes at the end of Saturday night, plus another pile of questions. (It might be possible to do 24 straight-up doubl...
by jonpin
Mon May 02, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24
Replies: 73
Views: 44982

Re: Chicago Open 2016 - July 23-24

This may have the same problem as Matt's 18-team schedule once it gets to playoffs, but with 20 teams, you can play two groups of 10 in ten submitted rounds. Take a traditional 9-round schedule, and pull one pairing from each round (featuring distinct teams) and place it in round ten instead. Then s...
by jonpin
Mon May 02, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 38109

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

6. Taking top 2 out of morning rounds. This is likely here to stay – it leads to more competitive games in the afternoon, and most teams that finished in 3rd place last year and went to upper bracket were subsequently defeated resoundingly to no one’s great edification. I would like to explore the ...
by jonpin
Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Buzzer repairs and sales
Replies: 6
Views: 5033

Re: Buzzer repairs and sales

Novel Electronic Designs (the ones that look like this), will "refurbish" a buzzer system for $60-$100 depending on model. This entails fixing worn-out wires and busted connections, and replacing light bulbs, etc. Their website at buzzersystems.com has the necessary information.
by jonpin
Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 38109

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

The format for stuff was announced on the website for a few months: In the playoffs, teams will be seeded based on results from the afternoon’s matches (same method as the Varsity) from 1-24 in the Varsity and 1-16 in the JV. The 6 Varsity group winners and top 2 second place teams then advance, as ...
by jonpin
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 38109

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:Also, please post this set somewhere.
The set is not clear because many of the questions will be adapted for use in other markets. So instead, please open a private discussion forum for commentary on individual questions.
by jonpin
Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Follow 2016 NHBB / USGO Nationals Here
Replies: 12
Views: 5410

Re: Follow 2016 NHBB / USGO Nationals Here

No one has said anything about this to Nolwenn or me personally. I cannot comment further until I know more details of whatever (if anything) happened. If anyone can help clarify this, please email me at [email protected].com. Having said that, in 6 years of running hundreds of events all over t...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Follow 2016 NHBB / USGO Nationals Here
Replies: 12
Views: 5410

Re: Follow 2016 NHBB / USGO Nationals Here

I don't think I'll have some massive post in response, but a few brief notes: * The fact that the original post of this thread, with the schedule for Friday, was made at ~4am Friday, was not "oh hey I forgot to post this to the boards." That's when the schedule was emailed to participants ...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying specifically for HSNCT
Replies: 7
Views: 4505

Re: Studying specifically for HSNCT

If you've already played or read the last few years' HSNCTs, note that the difficulty level is intended to be between that of SCT-II and ICT-II, so those can also serve as useful practice material.
by jonpin
Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers
Replies: 23
Views: 8893

Re: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers

Granted, that was to avoid bottom bracket of D-I, so these were teams playing questions that were very difficult for them, but we had Missouri in our room after that, and they reported 8 of the 12 had gone dead, and something along the lines of "that was the worst half of quiz bowl we've ever p...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers
Replies: 23
Views: 8893

Re: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers

2-team tiebreakers still run on full packets, right? Then the only case where a half-packet is used is for the 3-or-more-way ties. Besides the additional full packet that would be required, that would also entail adding half an hour to the schedule.
by jonpin
Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 36609

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

We will probably have 1+ teams from WUSTL at this. We aren't going to add any more teams at this point, but you guys are free to join up with other teams. Let me know how many people you actually have so I can see if we should make 4 player teams. (Or we can change the schedule, if someone has a go...
by jonpin
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 36609

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Oh hey I didn't know this was a thing. To the extent that I know things at a "can buzz against good college players" level, it'd probably be in math, science, and trash. And since I'll be at ICT, add me to the list of free agents, I guess.
by jonpin
Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 NAQT New Jersey State Championship (3/26/16)
Replies: 7
Views: 4255

Re: 2016 NAQT New Jersey State Championship (3/26/16)

I'm happy to help, and wish to congratulate High Tech on an amazing fifth straight state title (for a moment there, I thought my kids were gonna break the streak...). The fact that the top five teams were at or above 425 PPG and 22 PPB is a sign of good things to come for the region later this sprin...
by jonpin
Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BASQT II - Hackensack, NJ - March 5th
Replies: 10
Views: 6724

Re: BASQT II - Hackensack, NJ - March 5th

Ithaca A defeated Hunter 470-290 in the second game of an advantaged final to win the tournament.

Full stats are available at the above link.
by jonpin
Thu Mar 03, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BASQT II - Hackensack, NJ - March 5th
Replies: 10
Views: 6724

Re: BASQT II - Hackensack, NJ - March 5th

Our field has been roughly cut in half over the last 3-4 days. If anyone else is planning to cancel, please do so soon.
by jonpin
Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BASQT 2016: Available Starting February 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 5389

Re: BASQT 2016: Available Starting February 2016

The last scheduled mirror of this event is our tournament on March 5. If other groups would like to run our set this spring, please contact me or Rebecca in the next week; otherwise, we will post the set shortly after our tournament.
by jonpin
Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 174
Views: 102509

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

I'm not sure about the other stuff, but there's a good bet the 0's assigned for each team at the end are boolean for if it's marked as an exhibition team.
by jonpin
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Columbia University Winter Tournament - February 14, 2016
Replies: 8
Views: 5520

Re: Columbia University Winter Tournament - February 14, 201

Are we returning to the original planned location of Hamilton Hall?
by jonpin
Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Huskie Bowl at NIU 1/30/16
Replies: 11
Views: 5197

Re: Huskie Bowl at NIU 1/30/16

My students at Bergen Academies wrote the set; if you have any comments, please join the "BASQT 2016" usergroup and post in the discussion forum. Hope you enjoyed the set!
by jonpin
Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2015-16
Replies: 76
Views: 53967

Re: HSQBRank 2015-16

The Seahawks are too da-- wait, sorry, that's how the conversation goes in the other ranking thread I tend to visit.

Thank you a hundred times over for all the work you put into this, Fred.
by jonpin
Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge
Replies: 37
Views: 19443

Re: IRC Festivus 2015: Rex Ryan's Revenge

I am designing a packet of 20-30 tossups that has a theme. I will try to adhere to a semi-reasonable distribution, though there may be somewhat more trash.
by jonpin
Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pete Rose Reinstatement Scholarship Tournament
Replies: 32
Views: 15663

Re: Pete Rose Reinstatement Scholarship Tournament

Kilroy Was Here wrote:I make my answerlines on a merit based system and since Detroit sports are the best sports, they get the most tossups.
I see the Lions spent the rest of the night disproving this assertion.
by jonpin
Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 327002

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Is there likely to be a Festivus theme-and-trash-packet frenzy again this year? I'll be writing a theme packet sometime this month if time allows and would play it either then or at some other time around then.
by jonpin
Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16
Replies: 65
Views: 31993

Re: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16

The results at Teaneck / Torah Academy to the best of my knowledge: Bergen defeated Ridgewood 260-200 in the Varsity Bowl final. Julian from Kings Park [clap] won the Varsity Bee over David and Rebecca from Bergen. I think the JV final was Newark Academy A vs B, and I am completely spacing out on wh...
by jonpin
Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion of quizbowl game theory
Replies: 10
Views: 3871

Re: Summa contra potestates

PS - For those who don't know, sometimes there is a compelling reason to want to throw a match at the ICT, none of which involve betting against your own team. Consider three purely hypothetical teams UVA-Evil, Chicago-Good, and Penn-Good. UVA-Evil's record right now is X-2. Penn-Good's record is u...