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by ezubaric
Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Colorado State: Boulder, CO [March 5, 2016]
Replies: 4
Views: 2200

Re: NAQT Colorado State: Boulder, CO [March 5, 2016]

We have reached our capacity of 18 teams registered and one team (Ft. Morgan, who registered a heart-breaking one minute and five seconds after Elizabeth) on the waitlist. If any team is unable to come, let us know ASAP so we can give Ft. Morgan a spot. You can see the schedule here (hopefully final...
by ezubaric
Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Colorado State: Boulder, CO [March 5, 2016]
Replies: 4
Views: 2200

Colorado NAQT Championship: March 5, Boulder

If you're in Colorado, please register for the NAQT State Championship to be held on March 5 on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. We currently have registrations from the following schools (14/18 teams): North Park High School Rock Canyon Grand Junction High School Jefferson Academy Seconda...
by ezubaric
Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Rocky Mountain SCT @ Boulder, CO
Replies: 0
Views: 1342

Rocky Mountain SCT @ Boulder, CO

Congrats to NMSU who won the first collegiate quiz bowl event in Colorado this millennium. Perfect record in D2! (The only division we had.) Thanks to the three other teams for coming out and participating in their first collegiate trivia event and thanks to Yogesh Raut for ably moderating all day. ...
by ezubaric
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Colorado State: Boulder, CO [March 5, 2016]
Replies: 4
Views: 2200

NAQT Colorado State: Boulder, CO [March 5, 2016]

On March 5, 2016, the University of Colorado will host the Colorado 2016 state championship. This is the second year NAQT has offered a Colorado State Championship. We had ten teams last year, and we're hoping for even more this year! More information available here (including differences between kn...
by ezubaric
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Centaur Quiz Bowl: Would you Play?
Replies: 3
Views: 3888

Re: Centaur Quiz Bowl: Would you Play?

The challenge with this as opposed to chess is that especially with concrete quizbowl clues, I'm not sure what the attraction would be. If both sides can google, the only variable would be computer speed and typing ability. For the sake of argument, let's say that it's a quiz bowl variant where the...
by ezubaric
Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Centaur Quiz Bowl: Would you Play?
Replies: 3
Views: 3888

Centaur Quiz Bowl: Would you Play?

Our research group just had a discussion about centaur quiz bowl to combine computers and machines in playing quiz bowl. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Chess This could take a number of forms: 1. You get to Google during the question, the machine learns how to recreate your Google searches /...
by ezubaric
Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Ken Jennings vs. QANTA
Replies: 1
Views: 2422

Ken Jennings vs. QANTA

Video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTXJCEvCDYk Thanks so much to Ken for being a photogenic good sport and going up against QANTA. I think we'll be doing another exhibition match at HSNCT (If R goes along, that is). While we've focused on going after notable opponents, we shoul...
by ezubaric
Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ken Jennings vs. the Quiz Bowl Machine [Questions Needed!]
Replies: 5
Views: 2823

Re: Ken Jennings vs. the Quiz Bowl Machine [Questions Needed

Perhaps, but no one outside of quizbowl knows who he is, whereas everyone (or at least a much larger percentage of the population) knows about Ken Jennings. Yeah, that was our thinking as well. And we're trying to work our way up to QB powerhouses. To those in Seattle: half the spaces are gone. RSV...
by ezubaric
Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Question classification
Replies: 16
Views: 6360

Re: Question classification

Sorry to resurrect a dead thread, but we have some code to do question classification here:

https://github.com/miyyer/qb

you can download the code and then run the target

make data/classifier/category.pkl
by ezubaric
Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ken Jennings vs. the Quiz Bowl Machine [Questions Needed!]
Replies: 5
Views: 2823

Re: Ken Jennings vs. the Quiz Bowl Machine [Questions Needed

We've found someone, thanks for those who expressed interest!
by ezubaric
Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ken Jennings vs. the Quiz Bowl Machine [Questions Needed!]
Replies: 5
Views: 2823

Ken Jennings vs. the Quiz Bowl Machine [Questions Needed!]

We're running an event Oct. 2 at the University of Washington (spectators welcome): https://www.cs.washington.edu/research/nlp/qanta However, our source of questions fell through, so for this event to happen, we need the community's help in finding questions. We have a budget of $150 and we need 50 ...
by ezubaric
Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 12847

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

A group presenting at the cs224d.stanford.edu poster session yesterday (the class is taught by Mohit's former boss Richard Socher, who mentioned QANTA in class) said they got 5% better performance than QANTA on both history and lit using Tree-LSTMs. Richard was also on the original QANTA paper. We ...
by ezubaric
Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 12847

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

I get it. It would be interesting to see how it does against a top qb team when it's more developed. Agreed. We do intend to do more exhibition matches. We're planning one on the West Coast in early Fall (Bay Area or Seattle), Montreal in December, DC in early spring, and then a national tournament...
by ezubaric
Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 12847

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

Not that this really matters, but I'm just curious: why were Jeopardy players chosen rather than top quiz bowl players? NAQT did the choosing for us, and I think they optimized for something that would look good in a press release. I think they did a great job; it was a really fun match and neither...
by ezubaric
Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 12847

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

Edmund wrote:Question: How much time did you invest in getting QANTA to sound more like Sinistar before committing to a live game?
We chose a built in TTS system from OS X. This is "Tom".
by ezubaric
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 12847

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

What we did: During our demo, we were showing what the computer was thinking; i.e., the the output from the guesser and the associated scores. Is there video of this? We tried to use Quicktime to get a screen capture, but it flaked out while we were still giving our introduction. This is what it lo...
by ezubaric
Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 12847

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

bird bird bird bird bird wrote:
naqt.com wrote:NAQT is pleased that its 2015 High School National Championship Tournament will showcase the first quiz bowl match in which a computer goes thumb-to-thumb against a team of humans.
full details
Video available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqsUaprYMOw
by ezubaric
Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Rules for Human / Computer Quiz Bowl Matches
Replies: 4
Views: 3231

Re: Rules for Human / Computer Quiz Bowl Matches

Could the computer use voice recognition to get the words? That seems more realistic, especially to the reality that moderator mispronunciations etc. happen and screw players up (so the computer should get screwed too). I don't think commercial voice recognition technology is at a point where it'll...
by ezubaric
Sun May 31, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 12847

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

I created a new post about the potential rule sets for human / computer quiz bowl matches here:

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... 91#p303372
by ezubaric
Sun May 31, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Rules for Human / Computer Quiz Bowl Matches
Replies: 4
Views: 3231

Rules for Human / Computer Quiz Bowl Matches

Last night, we had our first exhibition match between a computer that can play quiz bowl and a team of former Jeopardy champions. It was a lot of fun, but ultimately inconclusive. The game ended in a tie. At the risk of hubris, I hope that this will become a more common phenomenon in the future. Tha...
by ezubaric
Sun May 31, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 12847

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

And the end result after 40 tossups is 200 vs. 200. In a sign of poor planning, there was no contingency for a tie. I was expecting the humans to trounce QANTA.

We hope to make more appearances and to compete in a full tournament next year.

We'll be posting the full video on YouTube soon.
by ezubaric
Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Colorado State: April 11, Fairview HS, Boulder
Replies: 4
Views: 5066

Re: 2015 NAQT Colorado State: April 11, Fairview HS, Boulder

Colorado held its first NAQT tournament on April 11 (hopefully the first of many). Congratulations to Fairview B, who won the tournament with an undefeated record: http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~jbg/qb/CO_STATE_NAQT/NAQT%202015_standings.html Fairview A and Rye A rounded out the top three teams. Thank...
by ezubaric
Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Colorado State: April 11, Fairview HS, Boulder
Replies: 4
Views: 5066

Re: 2015 NAQT Colorado State: April 11, Fairview HS, Boulder

Field update (16. March):

North Park Schools: 1
Lake City Community School: 3
Trinidad High School: 1
Las Animas High School: 1
Rye High School: 2
Fairview: 2
by ezubaric
Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Colorado State: April 11, Fairview HS, Boulder
Replies: 4
Views: 5066

2015 NAQT Colorado State: April 11, Fairview HS, Boulder

On April 11, Fairview High School in Boulder, in conjunction with the University of Colorado, will hold Colorado’s first National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) trivia tournament. If you’re going to the Colorado Knowledge Bowl State Championship, this will be a good warmup and a chance to scope ou...
by ezubaric
Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: CU-Boulder?
Replies: 3
Views: 4258

Re: CU-Boulder?

In case anyone reads this long-dormant thread, I'm now at CU Boulder and would love it if a team coalesced here.
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2014 2:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Annotate QB Questions for Fun, Practice, Profit, and Science
Replies: 0
Views: 819

Annotate QB Questions for Fun, Practice, Profit, and Science

We just gave out $120 in prizes for folks who annotated questions here: http://qb.umiacs.umd.edu/tutorial.php Some of you might remember that a few years ago some students and I put out a web app that folks could use to practice questions. It proved very popular and helped spawn fuller-featured plat...
by ezubaric
Thu May 15, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open/second summer open this year
Replies: 44
Views: 18941

Re: VCU Open/second summer open this year

This will be held in the first or second weekend of August, as is traditional. What would people like to see/be willing to travel to Richmond or one or two mirror sites for? We've been looking for a venue to demo our quiz bowl-playing robot. We missed the boat on the national competitions, but this...
by ezubaric
Wed May 14, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Annotate QB Questions for Fun, Practice, Profit, and Science
Replies: 4
Views: 3353

Re: Annotate QB Questions for Fun, Practice, Profit, and Sci

What happens if, say, something like Three Sisters is mentioned in a Chekhov tossup? ... Does the rule in the FAQ about "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" apply to these situations as well? Yes, the rule in the FAQ also applies there (including the caveat about how it's tricky). In general, we only wan...
by ezubaric
Sun May 11, 2014 10:58 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Annotate QB Questions for Fun, Practice, Profit, and Science
Replies: 4
Views: 3353

Annotate QB Questions for Fun, Practice, Profit, and Science

Some of you might remember that a few years ago some students and I put out a web app that folks could use to practice questions. It proved very popular and helped spawn fuller-featured platforms like Protobowl. We used that information for a research paper that you can read here: http://www.umiacs....
by ezubaric
Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX for quizbowl, again
Replies: 35
Views: 6147

Re: LaTeX for quizbowl, again

An internet tool that would allow users to submit plaintext questions (with markup for simple, necessary formatting like required answers and italicizing) would be good for this. Using something similar to HSAPQ's QEMS program, individual players from packet-submitting teams could submit questions ...
by ezubaric
Sun May 30, 2010 10:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QBDB thread
Replies: 75
Views: 22377

Re: QBDB thread

Hey Jerry, is it possible to get a database dump at some point? I'd like to use this to import some questions en masse to the scobowl bot. Yeah, I'll get in touch with you in a few days. Any chance on making this publicly available? I have a couple of ideas using qb data that I'll in all likelihood...
by ezubaric
Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Alternatives to Google Docs
Replies: 10
Views: 1977

Re: Alternatives to Google Docs

Word seems to be the issue here, not Google docs. Why bother with it at all? (Google Docs works offline, now.)

In the past, version control software has worked well for me.
by ezubaric
Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: I needed a database project
Replies: 18
Views: 3166

Re: I needed a database project

One problem with specifying line number is that different computers size the view differently, depending on the user's requirements. Not if the packets are pdf. Anyhow, the ideal solution would be to incorporate question delievery into scorekeeping. The question is on the screen. You click where th...
by ezubaric
Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 09-10 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread
Replies: 37
Views: 6540

Re: 09-10 College Quizbowl Prediction Thread

Princeton seems like it could do well with Kunle and Dan still participating; hopefully last year's scanty tournament attendance schedule for this team was a fluke. I am mostly to blame for that, as I was trying to graduate and my station wagon was the de facto transportation to most tournaments. I...
by ezubaric
Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT 2009 discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 8934

Re: SCT 2009 discussion

"hey, maybe we shouldn't have this question on All my Exes live in Texas?" I'm fairly certain we could come to this conclusion even without playtesting! Not to defend the question, which I seem to dimly recall being pretty transparent, but this is a song in the country genre that is pretty well kno...
by ezubaric
Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pronunciation Guide Free NAQT Packets?
Replies: 19
Views: 3199

Re: Pronunciation Guide Free NAQT Packets?

For a while, there was a trend of putting the guides before the question began; I was a big fan of that. It allowed you to internalize the pronunciation before you randomly ran into something that couldn't be parsed.
by ezubaric
Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 6737

Re: Penn Bowl Discussion

Also, a couple of nitpicky science points: I'm 99% positive (and will check my sources this evening) that the stock-cutting problem is a subset of knapsack problems You're right, Jerry, it's much more related to knapsack problems (but such things are all relative given that they're all NP complete)...
by ezubaric
Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Alternatives to Wikipedia: where to find good material
Replies: 25
Views: 28765

Re: Alternatives to Wikipedia: where to find good material

I also like JSTOR:

http://www.jstor.org
(most unis have subscriptions)

And just doing google searches of the form "stuff site:edu", which often turns up course notes and whatnot.
by ezubaric
Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in Buzzerfest/Trash Tourney?
Replies: 27
Views: 2233

Re: Interest in Buzzerfest/Trash Tourney?

thought it would help if we had some better guarantees about the editing as compared to the last PARFAIT. First off, there are more polite ways of asking this question (e.g., "who's going to be editing this tournament?"). Nevertheless, your concerns are legitimate. After the last PARFAIT's aftermat...
by ezubaric
Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Replies: 127
Views: 14936

Re: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

As to the first point--I meant that that the task could be distributed to moderators. Scanning would require another statroom but would at least allow for instant communication between the two, allowing you to keep stats. Taking the number of moderators and the skill set as a given, these options a...
by ezubaric
Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Replies: 127
Views: 14936

Re: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Scan the sheets; type up the minimal amount of data (statlines for eight players, plus final score?) that you need and use email; use Taft. There are solutions. I don't understand; how would this remove the second stat room? Or host a tournament that's small enough that you can fit it in one buildi...
by ezubaric
Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Replies: 127
Views: 14936

Re: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

If you have to resort to multiple stat rooms, then you're doing something wrong. We couldn't fit all of our rooms in a single building. It's easier to have electrons running across buildings than having humans do the running. We've tried using runners in the past, but that has resulted in a big del...
by ezubaric
Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Replies: 127
Views: 14936

Re: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

The issue with individual stats is that there are so many teams that we don't have enough staff to have dedicated scorekeepers. So, moderators have to do all of the scoring. As many (most) of these moderators are inexperienced, a decision was made in the past to not require them to keep individual s...
by ezubaric
Tue Jul 08, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACFDB - a new tossup database
Replies: 79
Views: 15500

Re: ACFDB - a new tossup database

leapfrog314 wrote:especially if I'm not the one doing the categorizing
Categorizing can be done quite easily automatically, especially with this much training data.
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 30280

Re: LaTeX and packets

I've already talked to Jerry about adding a tagging system that would let trusted users mark questions as "history" "social science" "geography" etc, and then again by subcategory. Well, categories are question specific, while the annotations being discussed here are applied to elements *within* a ...
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 30280

Re: LaTeX and packets

Well, seeing that 74% of questions on Manifest Destiny mention Horace Greeley without having to read through all of them would be cool. Isn't that when you just query the results of the first and do some quick arithmetic, though? I mean, it would be cool, but if we don't start with something practi...
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 30280

Re: LaTeX and packets

Not sure what the utility of such a search would be. You can already find every question on manifest destiny in the database, what would be the point of having proper names marked up specially? We could certainly throw that in at some further point if we're feeling adventurous, I guess. Well, seein...
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21
Replies: 65
Views: 15745

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21

Kevin Costello, Harris Nover, Irene Ying, and myself are tentatively planning a Caltech reunion team for this fine tournament.

-Jordan
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 30280

Re: LaTeX and packets

Okay, I see. The benefit of those extra answer tags would be for an IRC bot (or something similar) using the CQML as its question source; with <accept>,<prompt> and <dna> tags, the bot can easily figure out what to do with a given answer, without having to do any sort of non-XML parsing. Another ni...
by ezubaric
Tue May 20, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 30280

Re: LaTeX and packets

dschafer wrote:I've put an example CQML file on the wiki.

Thoughts?
How would "ANSWER: _J_ohn Fitzgerald _Kennedy_" be encoded?