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by t-bar
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39107

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

In quantum mechanics, operators corresponding to observables must have eigenvalues with this property, meaning the operators must be self-adjoint and Hermitian. Aren't self-adjoint and Hermitian the same thing? I didn't write this one, but yes. (I guess one technically refers to the operator and on...
by t-bar
Tue May 09, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 16006

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

As my signature would suggest, I'll be at Cambridge doing a one-year master's, and will hopefully be able to play the UK circuit as much as possible. My eligibility for ACF stuff isn't a lock though, since my degree program may lock me into a research degree which might keep me from taking (enough)...
by t-bar
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Speaking about Quiz Bowl at a middle school conference
Replies: 3
Views: 4518

Re: Speaking about Quiz Bowl at a middle school conference

Not a testimonial, but if you manage to recruit any new coaches, I'm sure the high school hosts in the area would be excited to hear about it. Ambitious middle schools are always welcome at high school tournaments (as Middlesex frequently demonstrates), but middle school alums are also a great sourc...
by t-bar
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: This Tournament is a Crime at Harvard (3/4/17)
Replies: 7
Views: 4521

Re: This Tournament is a Crime at Harvard (3/4/17)

Can we get a field update?
by t-bar
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Qualification A-Values
Replies: 5
Views: 3494

Re: ACF Nationals Qualification A-Values

While checking over the A-value calculations, I noticed some typos which led to errors in the calculations for certain teams' strength of schedule (SOS) correction. This resulted in a small A-value change for every team (due to a change in the overall average SOS), as well as some more substantial A...
by t-bar
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Qualification A-Values
Replies: 5
Views: 3494

Re: ACF Nationals Qualification A-Values

raffi_-_c-a-n-a-d-a.mp3 wrote:Are the numbers in the calculations available for everyone to see like they are for NAQT D-values?
Sure; I've added a second sheet ("Calculations") with more detailed statistics to the document posted above. If anyone notices any incorrect data on this sheet, please let me know.
by t-bar
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Qualification A-Values
Replies: 5
Views: 3494

ACF Nationals Qualification A-Values

A-values for ACF Nationals qualification are now available at the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1T-27M8MsoNilgLVjh6WfpNfDHzIndxgD8lbYsCiFyQo/edit. As the spreadsheet explains, teams highlighted in purple, blue, yellow, or green have qualified for ACF Nationals. Our tentative...
by t-bar
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Nash Memorial (sometime after Nats)
Replies: 4
Views: 2547

Re: Nash Memorial (ICT 2017)

Is this still happening?
by t-bar
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 Automatic Bid Applications Open
Replies: 2
Views: 1634

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 Automatic Bid Applications Open

ACF has ruled on and responded to all applications that we received. The following teams have received automatic bids to ACF Nationals: Georgia Institute of Technology (Naveed Chowdhury, Jake Deerin, Thomas Dellaert, and Justin Htay) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Saumil Bandyopadhyay, Julia...
by t-bar
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 Automatic Bid Applications Open
Replies: 2
Views: 1634

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 Automatic Bid Applications Open

This is a reminder that if teams intend to apply for an automatic bid, they should do so by tonight!
by t-bar
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals global announcement (2/18/2017)
Replies: 51
Views: 36407

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals global announcement (2/18/2017)

Hello, I think I might have made a mistake with regards to eligibility. In the registration form, it links to a 2015 archived page, which has a different eligibility requirement of Division 2 for Regionals than the new revised 2016-17 one. In the former case, we would be considered eligible since w...
by t-bar
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 Automatic Bid Applications Open
Replies: 2
Views: 1634

ACF Nationals 2017 Automatic Bid Applications Open

Hello everyone, ACF is now accepting applications for automatic bids to attend ACF Nationals 2017. The following teams are eligible to submit bids: Teams from clubs hosting ACF Regionals. Each such club will be granted no more than one automatic bid; if it wishes to send more teams, they must qualif...
by t-bar
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Contesting Statistics After a Tournament
Replies: 11
Views: 6881

Re: Contesting Statistics After a Tournament

and have literal proof that the correction should be made If I'm reading right it's actually the opposite situation here--the scorekeeper's record of the game disagrees with what the player is saying, so the OP's quandary is based on a conflict of evidence rather than a reluctance to change the sta...
by t-bar
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 19226

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

I fully expect [...] Babinet's principle to be tossed up at CO 2017. 8. This statement was extended to include polarization by HG Booker, and its vectorial form assumes the surface in question is very thin and perfectly conducting and states that E equals c times B prime sub c. This statement is us...
by t-bar
Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin XXIX at MIT (November 12, 2016)
Replies: 6
Views: 3788

Re: Terrapin XXIX at MIT (November 12, 2016)

Can we get a field update?
by t-bar
Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12933

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

I enjoyed reading this set. Two minor corrections; I'll add more if I think of them. [10] The reference ellipsoid of a crystal can be determined by finding this vector, symbolized with a capital D. This quantity’s divergence is equal to the free charge density. ANSWER: electric displacement field [p...
by t-bar
Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017: seeking host bids
Replies: 3
Views: 2535

Re: ACF Nationals 2017: seeking host bids

The 2017 ACF Nationals will be held at Columbia University, the site of the 2013 and 2014 ACF Nationals. Please watch this thread for more updates in the coming months.
by t-bar
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Omnibus post: ACF rules & organization changes, 2016-17
Replies: 0
Views: 2095

Omnibus post: ACF rules & organization changes, 2016-17

Over the summer, ACF has deliberated over and approved several changes to its rules and procedures for the 2016-17 year and beyond. They are enumerated below. If you have any questions about these changes, please post here or email me at acf.[email protected].com. Tournament Fees The base fee for ACF F...
by t-bar
Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017: seeking host bids
Replies: 3
Views: 2535

Re: ACF Nationals 2017: seeking host bids

If you want to host ACF Nationals, please submit a bid by this weekend! We have already received several bids, and hope to make a decision soon. As always, if you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected].
by t-bar
Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017: seeking host bids
Replies: 3
Views: 2535

Re: ACF Nationals 2017: seeking host bids

As a reminder, you have about two weeks to submit a bid if you want to host ACF Nationals. Get them in!
by t-bar
Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017: seeking host bids
Replies: 3
Views: 2535

ACF Nationals 2017: seeking host bids

Hello all! ACF is currently seeking a host site for ACF Nationals, to be held on the weekend of April 22-23, 2017. More information about the tournament itself is available in this thread . You can bid to host ACF Nationals using this form . We are looking to receive as many bids as possible from ma...
by t-bar
Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 8900

Re: HIGS Invitational

The set is written by players and coaches of HIGS, and the set is edited by coaches and other prominent high school/college players in the quiz bowl community. Can you be more specific? Producing a high-quality set requires a lot of work that takes experience to do well. Most prospective customers ...
by t-bar
Fri May 13, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACE 2016 Summer Classic (June 24 – 26)
Replies: 7
Views: 4093

Re: ACE 2016 Summer Classic (June 24 – 26)

If you're ever back in New Haven (and this goes for Yale grad students as well), I'm part of the duo that runs bar trivia at GPSCY. My content is generally pretty academic as the audience is Yale grad students. I went once and can attest that it's good stuff. Unfortunately, Monday night is also qui...
by t-bar
Mon May 09, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Roundtable?
Replies: 8
Views: 3783

Re: Postseason Roundtable?

Kind of peters out at the end, but here's a transcript: http://pastebin.com/CCV7g8Fe.
by t-bar
Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 12129

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Within this technique, one may use Sargan's test of overidentifying restrictions and the Pagan-Hall test of heteroscedasticity ["hetero"-skeh-dass-TIH-sih-tee]. Its exclusion restriction may have been violated in a 2004 analysis of civil conflict that utilizes rainfall (*) variation to execute this...
by t-bar
Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5450

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

These stats are cool as shit. Agreed. I think there's an error in the public-facing "Team standings" page, though--according to my notebook, our team got 920 points in 7 games, which matches the PPG column but not the total points column. It's probably just an issue of a column somewhere being sort...
by t-bar
Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5224

Re: 2016 MYSTERIUM General Discussion

Thanks for writing this set-- it was my favorite that I played all year, mostly due to the excellent physics questions. Stephen did a great job asking about important things that come up in quantum, E&M, classical, and stat mech courses, and the bonuses parts were well-selected in general and frequ...
by t-bar
Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2015-16
Replies: 76
Views: 52080

Re: HSQBRank 2015-16

St. Mark's A (Dallas, Texas) was missing two of its players (including its by-far best) for the 1/9/16 Mustang Rally, which used an A-level packet, so its performance in that tournament does not reflect the actual strength of the team. Fred has historically ranked teams based largely or entirely on...
by t-bar
Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016
Replies: 104
Views: 52432

Re: ACF Nationals - University of Michigan, 04.16-17.2016

Is there a list of registered teams? I ask partially because I've literally forgotten whether we've registered or not... Here is a general list of those who have qualified and registered for ACF Regionals (as well as teams who would accept or reject a hypothetical bid). I think I must be missing so...
by t-bar
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Nationals Bids
Replies: 1
Views: 2417

Re: 2016 ACF Nationals Bids

The following teams have been issued Nationals bids (44/44): Berkeley A Berkeley B Chicago A Chicago B Chicago C Chicago D Columbia A Columbia B Dartmouth Duke Florida A Georgia A Georgia Tech A Harvard Illinois A Louisville Maryland A McGill A Michigan A Michigan B Michigan State A Minnesota MIT A ...
by t-bar
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Nationals Bids
Replies: 1
Views: 2417

2016 ACF Nationals Bids

Hello everyone, ACF has computed Nationals qualification A-Values based on Regionals performances. They can be viewed at this link . Teams highlighted in purple, blue, or yellow have earned automatic bids to ACF Nationals, which you can read all about in the tournament announcement . All remaining t...
by t-bar
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections
Replies: 38
Views: 11145

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Corrections

This number is the greatest common divisor of all possible well-defined closed line integrals of the differential form x-dy minus y-dx all over x-squared plus y-squared, a fact that helps define the winding number. This may be my own ignorance speaking, but is it correct to refer to a non-integer a...
by t-bar
Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Global Announcement: ACF Regionals 2016 (01/30/2016)
Replies: 31
Views: 26365

Re: Global Announcement: ACF Regionals 2016 (01/30/2016)

Here's that post! Most of the of the qualification process is substantially similar to the way things worked last year as outlined here and here ; I've highlighted important changes. ACF Nationals Qualification 1) Clubs who are hosting ACF Regionals were eligible to apply for one automatic host bid,...
by t-bar
Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2016 Northeast @ Harvard (1/30/16)
Replies: 8
Views: 4609

Re: ACF Regionals 2016 Northeast @ Harvard (1/30/15)

There are a variety of parking options around Harvard Square, but I highly recommend taking public transportation instead: the T has a stop conveniently in Harvard Square. A warning for teams planning to take public transportation to this tournament: on all weekends in January, buses are replacing ...
by t-bar
Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Automatic Bid Applications Open
Replies: 2
Views: 2194

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Automatic Bid Applications Open

All applications have been considered. The following teams have received automatic bids to ACF Nationals: Harvard University (Mark Arildsen, Robert Chu, Will Holub-Moorman, Vimal Konduri, and Raynor Kuang) Stanford University (Austin Brownlow, Nikhil Desai, Stephen Liu, and Benji Nguyen) University ...
by t-bar
Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Automatic Bid Applications Open
Replies: 2
Views: 2194

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Automatic Bid Applications Open

If you intend to submit an automatic bid application, please remember to do it by midnight tomorrow! We will endeavor to process and respond to all applications quickly, so that teams can revise their Regionals attendance plans if necessary.
by t-bar
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016 Automatic Bid Applications Open
Replies: 2
Views: 2194

ACF Nationals 2016 Automatic Bid Applications Open

Hello everyone, ACF is now accepting applications for automatic bids to attend ACF Nationals 2016 (sorry for the delay!). The following teams are eligible to submit bids: Teams from clubs hosting ACF Regionals. Each such club will be granted no more than one automatic bid; if it wishes to send more ...
by t-bar
Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 51
Views: 10826

Re: (Missouri Open 2015) Specific Question Discussion

There are cues in here that should serve to make "norm" an implausible answer -- the "two points" part being the most crucial -- but since the Euclidean distance is based on the norm, I could see someone making a technical argument for "norm." How does "The Euclidean function of this kind, applied ...
by t-bar
Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open at Tulane (11/21/2015)
Replies: 28
Views: 10833

Re: Missouri Open at Tulane (11/21/2015)

A quick note on them: Although there is a link to prelims, we do not actually have those saved. Something got lost in confusion and the file that I thought was the prelims was actually just the finals. So only the combined stats can be accessed. You can generate a report containing only some of the...
by t-bar
Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT X at Harvard (11/14/15)
Replies: 25
Views: 10892

Re: HFT X at Harvard (11/14/15)

UlyssesInvictus wrote:1. I was unable to figure out how to manually have SQBS set standings,
I don't believe there's a way to do this in SQBS, but if you know how to edit HTML tables, you can just modify the web report files by hand. This is how Jon Pinyan produces his fantastic stat reports for the NSC every year.
by t-bar
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016: seeking host bids
Replies: 2
Views: 2059

Re: ACF Nationals 2016: seeking host bids

ACF is pleased to announce that ACF Nationals will be returning for 2016 to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Thanks to all of the schools that submitted bids!
by t-bar
Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016: seeking host bids
Replies: 2
Views: 2059

Re: ACF Nationals 2016: seeking host bids

As a reminder, please submit a bid by tomorrow night if you want to be considered as a host for ACF Nationals 2016!
by t-bar
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2016: seeking host bids
Replies: 2
Views: 2059

ACF Nationals 2016: seeking host bids

Hello all! ACF is currently seeking a host site for ACF Nationals, to be held on the weekend of April 16-17, 2016. You can bid to host ACF Nationals using this form . We are looking to receive as many bids as possible from many different institutions. Completing the bid form should take about 30 min...
by t-bar
Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)
Replies: 67
Views: 28426

Re: VCU Open ‘15 @ VCU (8/8/15)

I had a great time at this tournament. The bouncebacks were especially fun (if more tiring), since they helped to keep players engaged on the other team's bonus. That said, they did make games somewhat longer, so it would probably be wise to restrict future collegiate bounceback endeavors to tournam...
by t-bar
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Dates and editors for 2015-16 ACF tournaments
Replies: 0
Views: 2465

Dates and editors for 2015-16 ACF tournaments

As previously announced , ACF Fall will be held on November 7, 2015 , and will be head-edited by Richard Yu and Gaurav Kandlikar . ACF Regionals will be held on January 30, 2016 , and will be head-edited by John Lawrence . ACF Nationals will be held on the weekend of April 16-17, 2016 , and will be ...
by t-bar
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 42106

Re: 2015-16 Schedule, Discussion

ACF Regionals will be held on Saturday, January 30. ACF Nationals will be held on the weekend of April 16-17. My understanding is that the weekends of April 23-24 and April 30-May 1 are infeasible for Nationals primarily due to conflicts with high school national tournaments, and with that date lock...
by t-bar
Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 43337

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

This post is pretty great. A thing that I've always found impressive in Chris Chiego's outreach work is his encyclopedic knowledge of specific local quizbowl circuits and competitions, even (especially) those that aren't well publicized on this board. Thanks, Chris, for sharing this information with...
by t-bar
Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NEW ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-16
Replies: 2
Views: 2536

NEW ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-16

ACF has voted to adopt a new set of rules regarding eligibility, which are posted on the ACF website at http://acf-quizbowl.com/documents/official-acf-rules/. These rules will take effect starting in the 2015-16 school year. Some of them are codifications of changes that were announced in a previous...
by t-bar
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:06 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 21922

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

While some of this growth may be attributed to standard quizbowl outreach, the introduction itself of multi-subject quizbowl to these teams is because of History Bowl. I think you're conflating intra-school dynamics with the bigger picture here. At some schools the formation of the history bowl tea...