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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: 2729

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: 2729

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: 3513

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: 8031

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: 8031

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: 8031

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: 6375

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: 6375

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: 6375

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: 3513

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: 6375

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: 3513

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: 6375

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: 6375

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: 6375

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: 1258

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...
by Cody
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Pronunciation Guides in College
Replies: 9
Views: 4355

Re: Pronunciation Guides in College

I'm pro detailed pronunciation guides, but people should realize that including them requires sets to either be done ahead of time or to have extra personnel on hand. Many sets do not have them because neither of those conditions are met, not because the editors want to derive sadistic pleasure fro...
by Cody
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3244

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

That's a fair point. We're moving a tad afield from the original topic, so a non question specific discussion of this could perhaps go in another thread. I'll just say that I think what Alex and Cody are saying makes sense, and that question writers/editors should consider that people have to read ...
by Cody
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Michigan
Replies: 70
Views: 35781

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime weekend - 2/25-26/17 - Mich

The people demand combined stats Probably because I screwed up somehow, but I'm not sure how to re-add the prelim games to the final standings quickly/efficiently. If anyone would like to help me, please pm me. Open the Playoffs file & File > Save As your combined file. Then, merge your prelims fil...
by Cody
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Discussion of language and vulgarity
Replies: 24
Views: 3244

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

I would argue that it's not hard to see that reading the phrase "tight pussy" would be awkward or uncomfortable for moderators (or players)—male or female. The quote led to Earl Butz's resignation, so that should say something about its offensiveness, no? The nice thing to do in this situation is to...
by Cody
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals: Link to packets
Replies: 1
Views: 1086

Re: Link to packets

I would suggest that readers of this post adhere to an even stronger standard: do not send the set to anyone, at all. This discussion forum is tightly controlled to exclude anyone who isn't an alumni / played the set. If someone wants the set, they are free to join the discussion forum, and this bei...
by Cody
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23429

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

It seems to me that this tossup is essentially about various philosophical texts on a religious subject (Miracles: A Preliminary Study and "Of Miracles"). While I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with writing a tossup about this, it seems to suffer the same issues as, say, science hist...
by Cody
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Using Google Sheets for a tournament? Use countformat.
Replies: 7
Views: 9463

Re: Using Google Sheets for a tournament? Use countformat.

Since it's been over a year, here's yet another bump. countformat was used with great success for ACF Regionals 2017 and is presumably being awesome right this very moment for the editors of ACF Nationals 2017.
by Cody
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 10004

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

I agree with a lot of what is written here, but I do think that where tournaments are used for qualification there is an extent to which people should tend towards conservatism with the way they select bonuses etc. If someone goes a bit rogue on myth bonuses in a housewrite that's fine; if one area...
by Cody
Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23429

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

Apologies if the TT gauge clue created some buzzer races. It's fairly important, but I only turned up one hit on hsquizbowl.org/packetsearch.html (and none for "quadrupole formula"), which while incomplete (since it doesn't index zip files) I thought meant it would be okay as a lead-in.
by Cody
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23429

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

Could I see the gravitational waves toss up? There was a buzzer race on the first line when I played it; I'm curious if this happened to anyone else. 18. These phenomena are described using the transverse–traceless gauge, in which one can derive the quadrupole formula. Detectors for these phenomena...
by Cody
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 10004

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

Like Adam, if you would like some feedback on your submissions in physics & other science I would be happy to provide it—simply e-mail me at [email protected].com. If you would like me to be very specific about some question or clue(s), please indicate such as I don't intend (in general) to do a line-b...
by Cody
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23429

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

Can I see the bonus part on differentiating under the integral sign? 9. Note: do not read alternate answers. This technique can be used to solve the integral over all reals of “sine of x over x” by introducing a factor of “e to the minus b x” and trimming the integral to be between zero and plus in...
by Cody
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23429

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

I'm surprised to hear your criticize Stephen's post for being mean-spirited, Joey, after posting a pretty mean-spirited post of your own! I found Stephen's post quite reasonable and correct on its merits. Also, quizbowl exists to test knowledge. The animating force has never been and should never be...
by Cody
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23429

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

To be honest, I'm not sure I even understand the contention about writing what philosophers argue. Questions have finite space and so porting the arguments from works is difficult at best and totally impractical at worst. By necessity, much of quizbowl boils down to summarizing memorable/key points ...
by Cody
Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 7684

Re: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)

After an awesome 3 hour nap this afternoon, I dove back in to the stats and fixed everything up. Playoffs stats, including finals, overall rank, UG rank, and D2 rank . Combined stats, including all games, overall rank, UG rank, and D2 rank . As mentioned previously, if you notice any errors, I'd be ...
by Cody
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals at Michigan State (2/18/17)
Replies: 7
Views: 3889

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals at Michigan State (2/18/17)

Progcon wrote:Edit: Final Stats
Was no final played?
by Cody
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23429

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

What was up with the convex tossup? Surely "concave up" should have been accepted? Concave up is wrong for about half the clues in that tossup. (it's a convex combination and convex hull for instance). I guess no one would say concave up until the clues applying to it would be read, so it's fine to...
by Cody
Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 7684

Re: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)

Stats are finished. Playoffs & finals / combined & finals (note that the combined is all sorts of out of order and the playoffs stats do not explicitly indicate a tie for placement even though anyone with the same W-L record in the playoffs is tied). Please let me know if you notice any errors!
by Cody
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 7684

Re: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)

The final was played and I updated my previous post (Maryland won).

Please note that this set is NOT clear (there are mirrors tomorrow and elsewise). You can find a discussion forum by heading to Usergroups under your User Control Panel.
by Cody
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 7684

Re: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)

Brief results Maryland and Virginia are playing the final. Duke was third and second undergraduate. University of Pennsylvania was fourth. Maryland C was D2 champion. Gettysburg was D2 runner up. Full recap and stats will come tomorrow at latest. Prelim stats: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament...
by Cody
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43891

Re: 2017 ICT bids

This whole discussion about B teams & splitting was already resolved in the other thread with much less verbiage. The rule is simple: your roster at SCT is intended to be your roster at ICT, with wiggle room approved by NAQT. Cases of team splitting are always extremely obvious and there's no reason...
by Cody
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 7684

Re: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)

A few teams have dropped & we have added Virginia C to bring our field to 22. I am currently exploring the possibility of adding a house team to get us to a nice 23 team schedule. Otherwise we will be doing an 11-team round robin in 2 brackets then likely splitting 3/2/2/2/2, which will take quite a...
by Cody
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43891

Re: 2017 ICT bids

We host almost exclusively NAQT tournaments here at UVa, and are obviously jeopardizing that relationship somewhat by saying this, but it doesn't seem fair to me that that has to happen. NAQT is a very professional company; I host many NAQT tournaments & staff many of their tournaments despite bein...
by Cody
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43891

Re: 2017 ICT bids

An ICT bid is one of the few levers that NAQT can pull when it comes to convincing teams to do what NAQT wants (in this case, edit tournaments or host tournaments). Jeff Hoppes has more or less said in this thread that NAQT has had trouble convincing people to edit SCT/ICT or host SCT unless they g...
by Cody
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43891

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I heartily endorse Stephen's post, but I cannot agree with the latter part of your post, John. Someone who accepts a hosting autobid within the strictures of the current system is acting in perfectly good faith. WKU provided a service that NAQT deemed should be compensated with a bid and accepting t...
by Cody
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43891

Re: 2017 ICT bids

We're definitely aware of the issues involved and closely reading this thread. The 2017 ICT will remain at 32 teams in each division for both financial and logistical reasons. Note in particular that there is not sufficient room space in the hotel to expand the field at this time. (We have ruled ou...
by Cody
Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 7684

Re: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)

All teams will be receiving an email about logistics from me this morning. Expect a request to confirm your registration by replying! The registration process has left us with some drops and adds that have created coordination issues :) All team contacts & all staffers should've received e-mails fr...
by Cody
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 7684

Re: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)

All teams will be receiving an email about logistics from me this morning. Expect a request to confirm your registration by replying! The registration process has left us with some drops and adds that have created coordination issues :)
by Cody
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43891

Re: 2017 ICT bids

More seriously: what the fuck, NAQT? Every year, the determination of hosts is ridiculously delayed for no damn reason (JUST ANNOUNCE PARTIAL SITES!) & now we're looking at 10 hosting + editor bids in D1? I'm sure some of this is a result of teams choosing D1 bids rather than D2 bids, but c'mon. Las...
by Cody
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 43891

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Lol NAQT
by Cody
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 7684

Re: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)

Effective immediately the field has been expanded to 21 teams. I hope to have some more news this Saturday at the latest. (the VCU house team will most likely be dropped as we have cannibalized it for staff).
by Cody
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)
Replies: 15
Views: 7684

Re: ACF Regionals at VCU (Feb. 18, 2017)

I hope to have an update on field expansion tonight. If not, I will definitely have an announcement by mid-day tomorrow. Depending on how many staff have confirmed their presence by tonight/tomorrow, it may wind up being a two-stage field expansion (so that I can at least tell x number of teams that...
by Cody
Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 46122

Re: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion

When I was asked to host SCT last year, I was explicitly told the following: 5. It would be your responsibility to market the event to existing teams and to staff the tournament. Host sites will NOT, as a matter of course, be expected to staff the tournament (and they will not be earning a host bid ...
by Cody
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 46122

Re: Rocky Mountain Sectionals (Boulder, CO; February 4, 2017

There has definitely been cases where Arizona State hosted Arizona State-only tournaments, or split teams to have a four-team DI (or DII) field so as to guarantee at least one bid. The argument that ASU is weak as a team is immaterial. If they were a strong team, and there was no other good teams i...