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by Cody
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2644

Re: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)

After the playoffs, Maggie Walker B, Norfolk Academic Guild A, and Early College at Guilford A were at 4-2, with Maggie Walker A at 5-1 (losing only to Maggie Walker B). Maggie Walker B beat Norfolk Academic Guild A in the first stage of the tiebreaker, then lost to Early College at Guilford A in th...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: What to Do with a nAC Invitation
Replies: 3
Views: 1986

Re: What to Do with a nAC Invitation

now this I can get behind. awesome.
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7962

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

I would disagree slightly. In the realm of the theoretical, it would be possible for Ike to be correct (but not really -- see the last paragraph), but we already know the difficulty of ACF Nationals (or x tournament) to a fine enough degree that theoretical arguments about difficulty (and its effect...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7962

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

Counterfactuals involving changing the outcome are self-evidently not the same as an explicit argument in terms of resolving power (for increasing difficulty, not HS packets and a HS team) and the explicit argument that you implicitly favor one team or another by doing so. Nothing in quizbowl is ide...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7962

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

There is one theoretical argument not covered above: increasing difficulty empirically reduces the resolving power of a packet (between teams). When you increase the difficulty, buzzpoints are compressed and more tossups and bonus parts go dead. We write 20 tossup packets for a reason; a functional ...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7962

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

Chris Ray's argument is unambiguously correct. (Look no further than MO 2010 for how it changes the outcome - http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/404/stats/all_stats/teamdetail/#t0; UVA didn't stand a chance. Note the stat line and bonus points for our prelim game against UVA. Despite being pra...
by Cody
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)
Replies: 5
Views: 5162

Re: New tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet

I'm pretty sure this format was used for ACF Nationals 2015 and CO 2016. Two brackets shared a common room and the round order was adjusted (since it doesn't really matter what order you play the other teams) so that every round, two teams from one bracket had byes and two teams from the other play...
by Cody
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)
Replies: 5
Views: 5162

Re: New tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet

Just to check, is this a new twist on the "Two-Bracket Packet-Submission Even-Team Round Robin" listed on Berkeley's scheduling page? A-ha, there's the historical use; I guess I've never scrolled down that far! I would say it's a trivial generalization of that concept. The difference is that there'...
by Cody
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)
Replies: 5
Views: 5162

Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)

After some drops, ACF Nationals 2017 was going to run with 40 teams across 20 packets (including 2 tiebreaker and 2 finals packets). A traditional schedule would’ve been 5 brackets of 8 with double byes and then a crossover by 2s, but that would’ve taken 21 packets (9 prelims, 1 tiebreaker, 8 playof...
by Cody
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 6944

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

I think you can expect that top-bracket ties at ACF Nationals will be broken in the future, where feasible. Whether teams want them to be broken (and at least 4 of 6 teams did) isn't a factor: it's a national championship, and giving concrete final placements is a good thing. If it were feasible, I'...
by Cody
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 29170

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

On balance for the whole ACF Nationals field (most of which is, historically, along the East Coast), I think you will find that NYC is among the least expensive destinations for ACF Nationals. The cost of lodging will be higher, but the difference in lodging is typically going to be much less than t...
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 29170

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

In my experience in Virginia, a high school is much less ideal than a college, for many reasons. (Consider hotel availability, as just one example.)

The site for ACF Nationals was discussed after the tournament, and Jerry's survey is part of that.
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 29170

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I was a little confused by the scheduling. Barring travel mishaps that aren't the fault of any team or ACF, the total number of teams seemed an odd choice. Was the tournament constrained by the rooms available? We were constrained by the number of teams that wanted to come (and the number of packet...
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 6944

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

I do not remember why we let 4th place stand last year; that tournament is mostly a blur to me. 4th place would be exactly the type of game we'd want to tiebreak, even if there is no trophy involved. Regardless, policies change. Jerry and I decided to break all ties in the top-bracket, down to where...
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: looking for these sets in docx
Replies: 3
Views: 3140

Re: looking for these sets in docx

grapesmoker wrote:2014 PADAWAN
2015 Claude Shannon
2015 VCU Open
The first two are only available in LaTeX. I can probably generate a docx of 2015 VCU Open soon-ish.
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 6889

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

If ACF owned buzzers where would they be stored and who would take care of them. This is a serious question. ACF has much less turnover and institutional buildout than NAQT or NHBB. There's not a Dave Madden or R. Hentzel type figure who will always be there; the closest ACF ever had to such a Heim...
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 29170

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I'd also like to apologize to teams for the scheduling snafus (repeated games, mystery room 305). While they wound up being the least of our problems and were corrected fairly quickly, both were my fault and shouldn't have happened. I'd like to thanks teams (and the staff) for being great about adju...
by Cody
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 31505

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Also, tournament wrap up will take place in Hamilton 602. This is a game room, so don't suddenly congregate outside it as soon as your round finishes. If you stick around Hamilton (3rd/4th/6th floor or outside), you will get announcements about what is happening and when.
by Cody
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 31505

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Columbia defeats Michigan. Our standings going into the last round are Maryland 8-x, Michigan 7-x, Yale 6-x, Chicago A 5-x, Columbia 5-x. Next round is basically the start of an advantaged final of Maryland vs. Michigan.
by Cody
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 31505

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Correction to the stats: Princeton is also UG, meaning there are 3 UG teams in the 2nd bracket. Princeton and Duke are tied as of the end of rounds yesterday.
by Cody
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Documenting plagiarism
Replies: 20
Views: 8592

Re: Documenting plagiarism

Seriously, dude? If this weren't the HS qb section I'd tell you to get the :capybara: out. Oh wait - I can.

Learn what plaigirism means.
by Cody
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 31505

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

and games resume at 8AM on Sunday.
by Cody
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 31505

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

We are currently playing tiebreakers. Florida, Toronto A, and Chicago C are playing for entrance into the 2nd bracket (three-way tie for 3rd). NYU and Amherst are playing for entrance into the 3rd bracket (two-way tie for 6th).
by Cody
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 31505

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

I have attached to this post a revised schedule for the playoffs. It features 2 changes: the bottom bracket has a new schedule (due to the Ohio State drop) and the seeds in the Brooklyn bracket are now designated "Bk" instead of "Br". For seeds #1 thru #6, there should be no change. This schedule do...
by Cody
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 31505

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Hello, everybody. My apologies for the schedule changes this morning; several errors were only corrected after they were printed. I have attached to this post a revised schedule for the prelims that should be updated to eliminate the errors (apologies for the formatting; it was a quick fix on my par...
by Cody
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 31505

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Hey, I was reading the new rules for this year's nationals, and I have a question about part of the protest section (H.E.iv), which reads: The tossup or bonus part has no single correct answer, either because distinct clues have been read that each uniquely identify two or more distinct non-interch...
by Cody
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event
Replies: 53
Views: 22053

Re: PACENSC ~ A Pokemon Side Event

Robert Williams Avenger wrote:Rob and I have formed an unholy Board Staff Alliance to play this event. We will be in the top percentage of teams.
RIP everyone else
by Cody
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 42876

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

There's also the added cost of running a tournament because of NAQT's no-electronic-copies policy. There's the dead-weight cost of paying for printing and shipping , money that leaves the quiz bowl community forever into the hands of Fedex. For many, there's the cost of making copies of hundreds of...
by Cody
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 42876

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

I don't think anyone would argue that NAQT isn't a force for good in quizbowl. Posts criticizing NAQT for their behavior ("NAQT against the community") are usually solely about NAQT's college sets and the way they run SCT/ICT. This is distinct from any of their HS work. (Not that their college work ...
by Cody
Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE Eisenhower Memorial Tourn. @ VCU (Apr. 15, 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 3425

Re: DATE CHANGE Eisenhower Memorial Tourn. @ VCU (Apr. 15, 2

Maryland went 11-0 to win the tournament. Georgetown finished in second at 6-5 (all 5 losses to Maryland). Combined stats are up here. American, Virginia Commonwealth, and Washington & Lee all finished tied for 3rd. (After a valiant comeback by W&L, who won both of their playoff games.)
by Cody
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE Eisenhower Memorial Tourn. @ VCU (Apr. 15, 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 3425

Re: DATE CHANGE Eisenhower Memorial Tourn. @ VCU (Apr. 15, 2

Apologies for not having an email out yet; I'll do so tomorrow morning.

Registration will run 8:30-8:45 AM in Harris Hall 2115.
by Cody
Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 25512

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Anyone else find it odd that only one team in both Division I and II converted over 20 PPB for ICT, and neither of those teams had over 21 PPB? I don't know if anyone from NAQT reads this part of the forum, but if they do: does NAQT have any intention of adjusting its bonus difficulty, or is ~20 PP...
by Cody
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hype Videos
Replies: 8
Views: 3770

Re: Hype Videos

Mewto55555 wrote:It's here!

(mildly NSFW: profanity & drug jokes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci_R9O5zVoQ
How many times do I need to watch this to get the inevitable art film tossup on it?
by Cody
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2644

Re: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)

Field (13/20):
1 Cave Spring
1 Glen Allen
2 Homeschool Out of the Box
2 Early College at Guilford
2 Gar-Field
3 Maggie Walker
2 Norfolk Academic Guild

Waitlist (0):
by Cody
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2644

VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)

This is the general announcement for the 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University Season Finale Tournament X, which is a high school academic quizbowl tournament, to be hosted at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, April 29 from 8:10 AM to about 5:00 PM. Location, directions & parking: The tourname...
by Cody
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE Eisenhower Memorial Tourn. @ VCU (Apr. 15, 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 3425

DATE CHANGE Eisenhower Memorial Tournament @ VCU (Apr. 15, 2

Due to the low turnout, we are rescheduling this tournament for April 15 (the Saturday before Easter, about 3.5 weeks). I hope more teams can make it out then!
by Cody
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 7518

Re: Easy Parts

Yes, in part you'd have more on the easier easy side than the harder easy side. The problem is that the binning process is imprecise in the scenario I was considering in my head. If 90% conversion was the target, standard would ideally have most parts clustered around 85-95%. The 3-4 harder than sta...
by Cody
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 7518

Re: Easy Parts

I thought Cody was saying that the difficulties of all the easy parts combined form of a bell curve. So if you have 20 easy parts, maybe 3-5 are very easy, 10-14 are standard, and 3-5 are a bit challenging. Also I don't think anyone is claiming that the distribution is perfectly normal, or should b...
by Cody
Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 7518

Re: Easy Parts

1) Clearly not at all easy parts are gettable anywhere close to 100% of the time, or else there wouldn't be tournaments where teams got under 10 PPB. Even the best teams 0 bonuses with bonafide easy parts. 2) Not every easy part will be of the same difficulty. The difficulty of easy (and medium and ...
by Cody
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Record carryover
Replies: 19
Views: 6070

Re: Record carryover

I will also note here that the variance between moderators and rounds is higher at NAQT college tournaments than at mACF tournaments because of the clock (different number of questions read in a round + moderators rushing = more mistakes), the randomized nature of NAQT's distribution, and the shorte...
by Cody
Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Record carryover
Replies: 19
Views: 6070

Re: Record carryover

I don't understand your comment about elimination formats. We have this policy because we use the rankings to inform invitations to our national championships (for which, I hope you'll agree, we have the right to determine the invitation policy). We can display the host's ranking alongside our rank...
by Cody
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Record carryover
Replies: 19
Views: 6070

Re: Record carryover

I should clarify that I'm not speaking for NAQT here except in the last two sentences of my previous post. I agree with NAQT's ranking policy (which, incidentally, we apply to every tournament that uses a prelim-pool-based schedule, including 10 or so that you directed), but my reasons are not nece...
by Cody
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE Eisenhower Memorial Tourn. @ VCU (Apr. 15, 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 3425

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament at VCU (Mar. 25, 2017)

Field (5):

1 American
1 Georgetown
1 Maryland
1 Virginia Commonwealth
1 Washington and Lee

Waitlist (0):
by Cody
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Record carryover
Replies: 19
Views: 6070

Re: Record carryover

Apologies for being a bit short in my responses last night. I don't understand the contention that it's perverse. We (quizbowl) play bracketed prelims to determine where teams go in the playoffs in the fairest manner possible, then rank teams based on their play in the playoffs, in the fairest manne...
by Cody
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE Eisenhower Memorial Tourn. @ VCU (Apr. 15, 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 3425

DATE CHANGE Eisenhower Memorial Tourn. @ VCU (Apr. 15, 2017)

This is the general announcement for the VCU mirror of the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament, to be hosted at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 8:15am to about 6:00pm. More information about the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament can be viewed at the o...
by Cody
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Record carryover
Replies: 19
Views: 6070

Re: Record carryover

If you lose a game, you lost, and you should be "punished" for it. I've never understood why so many quizbowlers want to just forgive losses to teams that aren't even good enough to make the top bracket, and on the flip side, wipe out a win over a team in a better playoff bracket. Please explain ho...
by Cody
Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Record carryover
Replies: 19
Views: 6070

Re: Record carryover

With regards to the former, you wouldn't carry over non-common matches because you then wouldn't be able to compare playoff records because teams wouldn't have played the same opponents. Mike is correct, but I'm also wondering if the broad notion that "you wouldn't carry over non-common matches...b...
by Cody
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Record carryover
Replies: 19
Views: 6070

Re: Record carryover

I'm having difficulty understanding the two situations here. Your first paragraph seems to indicate that we are discussing the method of carrying over prelim records for a crossover (only common matches vs all matches). The rest of your post seems to indicate that we are discussing a crossover vs ro...
by Cody
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Music Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 1163

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Music Discussion

I am curious to hear what people thought of some of my more ambitious questions: the tossup on cello in Beethoven {...} attempted to follow in the practice of producing tightly-themed questions highlighting a single composer's distinctive style or usage of a specific instrument. I didn't play TTIAC...