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by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 44
Views: 22852

Re: Best Film Player

Derek So had an excellent showing at CO Visual Arts last summer.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 33312

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Probably a controversial suggestion - stop calling trash "trash" and refer to it as pop culture or whatever.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 13846

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

I generally agree with Naveed, Mike and Billy, and as a player who only really started to play lots of quizbowl seriously in University, thought that "regular difficulty" was just how quizbowl is like. That being said, this Regionals set could have been easier in ways already mentioned above in term...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8856

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

I was exaggerating when I said ppb meant everything (not looking at you Fred), but it definitely should be the starting point for future improvements of the system. I did a quick excel calculation with 2017 and these teams that had identical enough rosters between SCT and ICT: Stanford, Berkeley A, ...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8856

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

What about looking at SCT ppb only? I've strongly suspected this for years now while looking at recently underranked teams like Chicago B.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT field expansion discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 3222

Re: ICT field expansion discussion

Is it still 20 automatic D-value qualifiers?
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 17681

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Buzzpoints by team, split by player EDIT: The area under a player's curve is equal to the number of tossups answered correctly. Y axis is thus in arbitrary units of points*probability. Someone should design an interactive website with custom results and graphs but that I unfortunately don't have th...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 17681

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Something on my to do list is to look at reaction time. In the aforementioned tossup on Islam where a third of the buzzes occurred after a particular clue, those buzzes were all within three words past the offending clue. Note that the offending clue ended a sentence. Personally I tend to reaction b...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 17681

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Here is a big dump of buzzpoint data by team. I feel that this is OK for how buzzpoints should be distributed for a tournament like this, but ACF could definitely afford to cut an early line and add more pre-FTP fluff.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 17681

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

There may be a useful statistic for cliffing - places in a tossup where an abnormal number of buzzes happen at once. That'd require figuring out what the standard distribution of buzzes across a tossup is though. Islam had the most egregious difficulty cliff out of all first half of tossup cliffs. ...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 17681

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

It's worth keeping in mind that first buzz data may be limited by some rooms not keeping advanced stats - there weren't too many issues with this but there were a few. So, keep that in mind when evaluating some peoples' performances. That said, to my knowledge this only affected the Kansas State an...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 17681

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

A couple of predictions: Concordant with the above, I predict the British site will have the highest percentage of first buzzes (even after excluding British content). In terms of median first buzz, the UCSD site was the best at 74.5%. The UK site was second at 75% If you only look at top 25% or lo...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 17681

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

For example, Victor predicted that very few teams regularly buzz before the 50% mark. Depending on what Victor used to define "regularly": No team had 50% of their buzzes before the 50% or 60% mark. 4 teams had 25% of their buzzes before the 50% mark. 34 teams had 25% if the buzzes before the 60% m...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT [email protected] (3/2/2018)
Replies: 5
Views: 3262

Re: NAQT [email protected] (3/2/2018)

McGill B will play Delta Burke
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 17681

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Thanks for taking your time to do this, Ophir. Everyone I know is eager to see the stats when they are up. My bold prediction: The stuff Thomas Young did in his spare time bonus is the easiest bonus in the set by overall conversion and over 50% of teams 30'd it. I will email you some others if I hav...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 12913

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

I don’t think saying “name and number of instruments” works because it could only plausibly be violins. I spent the entire tossup knowing it was some group of strings. I think having the answer line as 2 would have made more sense. I don’t think it’s a flawed question, just out of the blue eapeciall...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 9418

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

Thanks to the editors and everyone else involved for a great set. I thought the music in this set was great and much better than last year. I started with a sour taste because the way our mirror was scheduled the saw the two hardest music tossups in my opinion (Finland and two violins) in the first ...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 12913

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Can I see the tossup on “two violins”? I’d like to see what works were clued. The tossup seemed hard for this level especially compared to the pretty standard regionals fare everything else was. Can I see the Mendelssohn tossup for the same reason as above? The bonus on ecological succession tripped...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 40703

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Neither January 22nd nor February 17th are Sundays.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 9765

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

Jay Misuk and I would love to play this at CO so we're not just beating up each other at our second summer open. FWIW I value listening to every question you've written while finishing Sunday at a reasonable hour (so like not last year) for this tournament than the fairest of tournament format.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 12207

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

McGill uses the {President, Treasurer, Internal, External} division Victor pointed out. This has worked ever since I came here but I think both president and external needs to be fairly involved members of the interscholastic circuit for it to be effective. I outlined most of the labour division abo...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 20525

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I'm not gonna write anything new for this despite what I said upstream but if enough people haven't heard my Hockey-centric pack I wrote for Paul's Basement ICT mirror this past summer I'd love to read it for this.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Canadian Hybrid Tournament (Spring/Summer 2018)
Replies: 2
Views: 2528

Canadian Hybrid Tournament (Spring/Summer 2018)

We are pleased to announce, as in true Canadian fashion, this year’s Hybrid tournament. This tournament will be written by Aayush Rajasekaran, Jack van Nostrand, Joe Su, with contributions from Faith Barrett. We will be writing most of the questions, but to not break from tradition, we will be accep...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 14136

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

8. One technique in the nonlinear branch of this field uses a so-called sliding-mode. Solving the algebraic Riccati equation is tantamount to solving the infinite horizon LQR problem in this field. That solution arises from solving the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation with linear dynamics, and aris...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DonDeLillo (WAO II) @ University of Waterloo (18/11/2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 1943

Re: DonDeLillo (WAO II) @ University of Waterloo (18/11/2017

As far as I know, there are two house teams and two U of T teams. The editors have allowed the addition of scab teams at a TBD extra cost to bring the field size to a good even number and make everyone's schedule a bit nicer.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 20525

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I think I'm gonna finish my Viennese Classical pack for this.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7007

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

Thanks for the feedback, Adam and Billy 1) The RNA question, which had a clue about the TPP riboswitch that was basically unparseable as a sentence and only buzzable if you just ignore the grammar and use a binary association of TPP -> riboswitch -> RNA This wasn't an issue when I read the question ...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 14136

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

Thanks for your feedback, Noah The mitochondria tossup was bad and I realize how I needed to be more specific. The yeast tossup mentions "technique first applied in this organism". Both player buzzed in on the "2" music theory tossup trying to identify the amount of semitones in a major third (inste...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 14136

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

Thanks for your feedback. I admit mitochondrion transport was a stretch, which I sort of wrote panic mode after realizing the submission on just the mitochondrion I thought was fine was actually really transparent when I read it to Akhil. Your John Rutter comment is noted. I thought he was fairly we...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WAO II at the University of Georgia (UGA) - November 11th
Replies: 5
Views: 3471

Re: WAO II at the University of Georgia (UGA) - November 11t

Please, if you get a chance, join the private discussion forum for this set. The history, literature, fine arts, and biological sciences were finished weeks ago and edited to the best of our ability with multiple rounds of feedback with Jonathan Magin halfway through the week after he was finished ...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MSU WAO 2 11/11/2017
Replies: 17
Views: 7986

Re: MSU WAO 2 11/11/2017

Please, if you get a chance, join the private discussion forum for this set. The history, literature, fine arts, and biological sciences were finished weeks ago and edited to the best of our ability with multiple rounds of feedback with Jonathan Magin halfway through the week after he was finished w...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7007

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

I think the majority of the problems from this tournament come from the fact that there was no designated "head editor" to get everyone's stuff together and have a broad sense of exactly what still needed to be done with the tournament. The tournament post mentioned that non-listed categories would ...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Don DeLillo Presents WAO II Global Announcement (Nov. 2017)
Replies: 77
Views: 70878

Re: Don DeLillo Presents WAO II Global Announcement (Nov. 20

Science is still 1/1 each of bio, chem, phys, other. Other's distro will be largely submission driven.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Plano West!
Replies: 47
Views: 23294

Re: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: May 26-27, Atlanta

Does this mean that the tournament will finish sufficiently late on Sunday that attendees should plan to travel Monday morning? If so, this is a welcome change for staffers. Thanks! Hopefully staffers with work on Monday would be able to trickle out as they see fit late Sunday afternoon. Interested...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 10165

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

The first clue to the tossup on artifical islands is neither artifical nor an island. Only game changing protest to an otherwise fine mirror we had up north. I would have preferred pdf packets and a few more pronounciation guides. Content was generally much better than last year.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ uOttawa (11/4/17)
Replies: 3
Views: 2270

Re: ACF Fall @ uOttawa (11/4/17)

Final corrected stats won't be up until I find/buy a new laptop charger.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ uOttawa (11/4/17)
Replies: 3
Views: 2270

Re: ACF Fall @ uOttawa (11/4/17)

Reminder the clocks turn back so don't show up to Sunday's side events an hour early
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: General Discussion
Replies: 12
Views: 3038

Re: PB 2017: General Discussion

Set was very good. I enjoyed lots. Yup, but felt harder than 'regular difficulty' compared to lets say the last two regionals. Bio was hard. Maybe Rein should git gud. But more generally it seemed like there were quite a few randomly hard science answerlines, e.g. Hamilton or cryo EM, but it wasn't...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 7620

Re: PB 2017: Specific Questions Discussion

The tossup on "festivals" was a great idea but didn't mention either Academic Festival Overture or the arguably most well known festival, Bayreuth. Giveaway didn't even namedrop "Roman Festivals", pre-giveaway was a score clue of Gymnopedies and then you have to connect that to it being written for ...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT @ University of Toronto (October 14th, 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 4237

Re: EFT @ University of Toronto (October 14th, 2017)

After a 11 round round robin, Toronto B was 9-1 and McGill A&B and Carleton were all 8-2. Due to the interest of time, we didn't break the 3 way tie for 2nd with packets and so McGill A, who had the highest PPG of the three, faced off against Toronto B in a two game final. Toronto B won the first ga...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 23823

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

I felt the system was easy to learn and use at CO art and I think this a great system to use moving forward. Advanced notice would have been nice for this even if it was using the spreadsheets and questions from a previous tournament just to get a hang of what's going on - especially if a site usual...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice 2017-18
Replies: 2
Views: 2515

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice 2017-18

This was a decent but not perfect set.

Is there a medium here for discussing the set or should we send all concerns through to NAQT by email?
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ Carleton University (Sept 23, 2017)
Replies: 1
Views: 1646

Re: NAQT Collegiate Novice @ Carleton University (Sept 23, 2

Stats!

Because of a certain recent announcement we're doing untimed 22/22.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 18789

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

Oh I'm so sorry I didn't type the right thing - the team would lose eligibility if they went, but if they didn't they would keep the eligibility despite having been invited.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 18789

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

Hi Jeff, Last year about two weeks before ICT, you emailed my team asking if our D2 team could attend ICT. Due to the short notice, we declined the invitation, and also due to the short notice, we were informed that the players on the D2 SCT team would not have their D2 eligibility revoked unless we...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: TOEJAMANDEARL: Global Announcement (Video Game Tournament)
Replies: 35
Views: 17346

Re: TOEJAMANDEARL: Global Announcement (Video Game Tournamen

Is the completion date still ACF Fall weekend?
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 17186

Re: Preseason Poll

I was planning to do a writeup of Top 25 teams, as has been done in past years... I can't speak for anyone else, but I would find this really enjoyable to read and share with my teammates. We have a lot of new players who are very excited about quiz bowl this year, and I think this sort of thing wo...
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 17186

Re: Preseason Poll

I'm surprised that Stanford and Northwestern both were left out on one ballot; upthread Will Alston posted the team changes so they couldn't even make a mistake like with Toronto, who by the way, is losing Jay for ACF events but will still be able to play NAQT.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Open Test Mirror (9/16)
Replies: 16
Views: 6420

Re: EFT Open Test Mirror (9/16)

I would prefer to play the bonuses, for several reasons I don't wanna list out.
by Lighthouse Expert Elinor DeWire
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Collegiate Writers
Replies: 9
Views: 4250

Re: New Collegiate Writers

I thought PADAWAN was a great idea and shouldn't be permanently discontinued because of a few flakes. It seems like if the training is done early enough the flakes can be accounted for. Looking at the names from the discussion post it seems like a lot of those people have gone on to write great thin...