Well, that's a lot of feedback -- thanks! I'll try to respond to some specific ones here, now that I've gone through and edited the set somewhat.
Jake wrote:polyomino is an excellent idea but could have used some specific antiprompts for moderators who are not as experienced with the material.
Yeah, I personally antiprompted on answers like "pentomino" and that should have been in the answerline.
Jake wrote:Be careful when using "s" as your argument for things involving the Riemann zeta function. It's pretty much the most notable function that historically takes "s" as an argument.
this is true, but I decided to not change the argument because I figured adding "s" as an argument would just be another clue, and recognizing the Riemann functional equation at game speed is still pretty difficult.
Jake wrote:The Konigsberg bridges tossup seems to be fine except that you namedropped the name of a bridge (notably by saying "bridge") inside of power. What else could this be?
Only if you speak German!
Jake wrote:Tartaglia is pretty famous for his work on solving polynomial equations, I'm fairly certain.
I mean, that's what he's most famous for, but the Tartaglia-Cardano contests seem pretty unknown, unfortunately.
Jake wrote:That demonic formula for 1 / pi could have been replaced by much more substantial clues.
I've done this to save the moderators.
Jake wrote:Tossing up Japan whilst including a Japanese word in every line past the power marker is probably not a good idea.
And yet, literally every time I have read this tossup, it's gotten negged with China (all but one time on "abacus". Come on, people, cultures other than China used abaci!)
Jake wrote:Mascheroni is an Italian mathematician. Mascherano is a notable Argentinian soccer player beloved by Diego Armando Maradona.
Oooooof, that's embarrassing. Edited.
Jake wrote:"Fitting" is a person so his name should be capitalized in the subgroups question.
Harrison wrote:Not sure I love clues like "Cantor was born in this country"; is that really testing any sort of math knowledge? The Euler clue is fine, on the other hand.
I mean, not explicitly, but that's why it's the math history distribution -- likewise, the clue about Cardano and Tartaglia's cubic fights doesn't actually test knowledge of how to solve cubic equations.
Harrison wrote:Compressed sensing seems like one of the harder answerlines for the tournament, although it might be quizbowl famous and I don't realize it. I liked the question, though.
Well, I wrote this question after looking up various "hot topics" in applied math. It's probably too hard; I probably assumed too much real knowledge on behalf of people who do not work in signal processing (I have no real knowledge of this stuff...).
Harrison wrote:Riemann's functional equation for the zeta function is incredibly famous and IMO too easy for a lead-in in an all-math tournament; the zeta function is one of the best-studied objects in math, so there's no excuse for not finding a harder clue.
yeah, but there's a difference between "knowing things about the functional equation" and "recognizing an equation at game speed".
Harrison wrote:"Floor planning" was one of the few answerlines that went dead in our room all tournament; I don't know anything about this topic, though, so maybe it's fine.
This also seems to have been too hard, since actual electrical engineer Cody Voight didn't get it (unless I misinterpreted him).
Harrison wrote:The fact that the Franklin graph is 6-chromatic is interesting but might be a better clue if you gave some reason why the Franklin graph was constructed (e.g. "this is the chromatic number of the Klein bottle").
right, but I put that clue early because I only wanted people to get it if they knew what the Franklin graph was.
Harrison wrote:(Fortunately the moderator was generous enough to give it to me when I babbled something including the words "Futurama" and "body switching.")
Good, that's literally all you needed to say. I left the answerline vague on this one for a reason.
Kinda think "glider" should be either a neg or an antiprompt the whole way through (and "knightship" should be treated the same way IMO
). Nobody calls the 17c/45 ship a glider.
So, that's the way this was originally. Then I ran this at MSNCT, Cody had a sweet buzz on the first clue but said "glider", I antiprompted him, and he couldn't pull spaceships. I thought at that point that requiring "spaceship" might be too hard. I have since reverted that tossup to antiprompt on "glider".