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by settlej
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 78
Views: 4199

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Legendre polynomials have this property since the inner product of two of them is proportional to a Kronecker delta function. Vectors must be linearly independent if they mutually have this property. The Gram-Schmidt process finds vectors that have this property, possibly (*) normalized. Two vector...
by settlej
Fri May 31, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SuMO V: Fish Sticks Rising
Replies: 1
Views: 726

Re: SuMO V: Fish Sticks Rising

What is the distribution for the set?

Also, can you make a Google sheet for free agents? I'd like to play this, but I don't really know who is coming. I don't mind playing solo if I have to, but I'd like to find someone to team up with.
by settlej
Tue May 28, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT
Replies: 18
Views: 3903

Re: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT

This set had some of the most delightful science questions in recent memory. It has some issues, but it's a good set and I'd strongly recommend playing other mirrors.
Special thank you to the readers who stayed up late reading for us!
by settlej
Fri May 10, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: No Banter Please @ MSNCT Saturday Night (5/11/19)
Replies: 11
Views: 1066

Re: No Banter Please @ MSNCT Saturday Night (5/11/19)

I'm interested as well as my Florida Friendos, Taylor Harvey and Jacob Murphy
by settlej
Thu May 09, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]
Replies: 28
Views: 7669

Re: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]

Will this set be available this summer by chance?
by settlej
Fri May 03, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Florida A Nats Submission
Replies: 3
Views: 944

Re: Florida A Nats Submission

This happened. Here's the packet if anyone wants to study from rejected Nats questions.
by settlej
Fri May 03, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 2884

Re: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll

His PIANO stats indicate he still has some work to do at the higher difficulties, but Jesse is a solid generalist This is fair, but keep in mind that at PIANO Jesse was on a team with me and Sean Platzer (history/classics) and Ian Mackenzie (art/art history), so the shadow was strongly in effect fo...
by settlej
Thu May 02, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Florida A Nats Submission
Replies: 3
Views: 944

Florida A Nats Submission

Sorry for the delay, the end of the semester hit and my life has kinda sucked. However, I'm gonna finally read Florida A's rejected Nats questions in the Quizbowl Discord on Friday night (5/3) around 10PM EST. Unless people have something better to do I guess, in which case I'm flexible.
by settlej
Thu May 02, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 2884

Re: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll

I will provide some commentary with my votes; apologies if the commentaries are longer on the UF people, but I see them like five times a week so I have more to blabber about. 1. Taylor Harvey You already heard what I had to say about Taylor. He's number one on this poll. 2. Tracy Mirkin Tracy's def...
by settlej
Thu May 02, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 2884

Re: 2019 Florida Circuit Player Poll

Just wanted to clarify-most of the Auburn players are eligible, while the Georgia people to my knowledge are not. I recognize that this distinction may be somewhat arbitrary. I used the Canadian eligibility criterion of playing two regular difficulty tournaments or harder that were attended by Flor...
by settlej
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16246

Re: Player Poll 2019

When are ballots due by?
by settlej
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

I think you're confusing head to head with playing off the tie. "Head to head" is simply just counting how the two teams played each other in their previous match up, so if Illinois finished 6-1 and Michigan State finished 6-1, then you would break the tie by who beat who. Playing off the tie has t...
by settlej
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

What is the rationale between not using head-to-head as a tiebreaker? Doing so double-counts the game in question. For a longer discussion, refer to this post . I'm confused about this then. The decision to not play off tiebreakers was based on time constraints, but those threads establish the idea...
by settlej
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 14257

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

As one of the people who initially thought Rust wasn't worth asking about (I had only looked at it because I applied to Mozilla), I will say that I changed my mind. It has won stackoverflow's favorite language or something like 2 or 3 consecutive years in a row, so it seems like a question that is a...
by settlej
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

I know that Matt Weiner, among others, has in the past advocated breaking out Nats into "divisions." As a stopgap, would it be unreasonable to do that even without using two different question sets? (After all, the lowest-placing teams often come to test their mettle against the toughest questions....
by settlej
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Could something be done to make editing submissions less taxing? For example, should citations be required so that fact checking is easier? Should teams receive more specific instructions for submission (I'm thinking of stuff like "submit 1/1 with 1 methodological-focused and 1 linguistics" instead...
by settlej
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Also, I think rounds ended at around 8/8:30PM on Saturday, while the e-mailed schedule allocated time until 10PM for games. Ending early was nice, but this leads me to believe that there was time to play off tiebreakers. (Please correct me if I got any of the times wrong, as that would definitely c...
by settlej
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

[This thread has been split from the discussion on question content, which you can find here . -Mods] I very much enjoyed this set and its approach to the sciences. There was a good amount of creativity (electrides and atmospheric entry come to mind immediately, but there is other stuff I am forget...
by settlej
Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT
Replies: 18
Views: 3903

Re: CANONEXPANSION @ HSNCT

Looking for teammates for this, particularly if you know bio and (organic) chem. But if we overlap that's fine, I'm mainly looking to have a fun time!
by settlej
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36069

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Mnemosyne wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:57 pm
What is the planned time for the lunch break? Last year I think "lunch" was at 2:30 or 3pm? If it will be at the same time, I think it should be announced so we can pack actual meals to eat between rounds instead of just snacks.
The e-mail has lunch from 1 to 2 PM
by settlej
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 5223

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

A private forum has been created for FST, so please request access by clicking User Control Panel (under your username in the top right corner) => Usergroups => 2019 Florida Spring discussion. I hope you enjoyed the set! We would appreciate your feedback.
by settlej
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ Georgia Tech (3/30/19)
Replies: 10
Views: 3048

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ Georgia Tech (3/30/19)

Thanks to Georgia Tech for hosting this! It was run really well. We finished pretty quickly even though we were late (sorry about that, we got in later than expected the night before). Special thanks to the two readers who stayed late to read guerilla history!
by settlej
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 41
Views: 9141

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

So when writing our packets are we free to incorporate things traditionally asked as myth in the literature distribution?
by settlej
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: VCU Spring FST Mirror (Richmond, VA – 3/23/19)
Replies: 3
Views: 1639

Re: VCU Spring FST Mirror (Richmond, VA – 3/23/19)

A private forum has been created for FST, so please request access by clicking User Control Panel (under your username in the top right corner) => Usergroups => 2019 Florida Spring discussion. We would appreciate your feedback!
by settlej
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FST @ Carleton University (2019-03-23)
Replies: 3
Views: 1490

Re: FST @ Carleton University (2019-03-23)

A private forum has been created for FST, so please request access by clicking User Control Panel (under your username in the top right corner) => Usergroups => 2019 Florida Spring discussion. We would appreciate your feedback!
by settlej
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FST @ University of Florida (3/23/19, Main Site)
Replies: 2
Views: 1292

Re: FST @ University of Florida (3/23/19, Main Site)

A private forum has been created for FST, so please request access by clicking User Control Panel (under your username in the top right corner) => Usergroups => 2019 Florida Spring discussion. We would appreciate your feedback!
by settlej
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2019 [Available 3/23/2019]
Replies: 17
Views: 7161

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2019 [Available 3/23/2019]

We'll be playtesting physics this Friday (3/15) starting at 6pm EST if anyone who is not in the server would like to join.
by settlej
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2019 [Available 3/23/2019]
Replies: 17
Views: 7161

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2019 [Available 3/23/2019]

As the editing is being finished up for the set, we would love to playtest it on some of y'all! :party: If you would like to play some quiz and give helpful feedback to the editing crew, please DM me or one of the other editors on the forums and we will give you the invite link to the FST Playtestin...
by settlej
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Grad Students and DII
Replies: 2
Views: 1645

Re: Grad Students and DII

EDIT: Apparently, I'm wrong and grad students can be considered DII. I agree with this for NAQT, since NAQT only bases DII off of SCT/ICT performance. But looking at the ACF website, the rule is: For collegiate tournaments that recognize high-finishing teams and/or individuals of “Division II” stat...
by settlej
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36069

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Aaron's Rod wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:10 pm
You can book by clicking here. Or, to make reservations over the phone, call 215-387-1400 and ask for the ACF Nationals Attendee Block.
The trailing slash in the url takes you to the general reservations page instead of the event-specific one. Here is the link without it.
by settlej
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Common Links Across Scientific Disciplines
Replies: 3
Views: 1698

Common Links Across Scientific Disciplines

I've been wondering about writing questions that cross unrelated sciences. The idea being that a term is more obscure in one domain but more well known in others. Here are some sample questions to demonstrate what I mean: The intent of a design pattern named for one of these structures is to decoupl...
by settlej
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 4037

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

I've been watching a lot of science youtube as well. Are there any channels you recommend? 3Blue1Brown is really great. The animations are nice visuals to help you cement knowledge and give you a intuitive understanding even if you don't wanna read a formal math book/Wikipedia page. minutephysics i...
by settlej
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 4037

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

I'm currently looking for good science podcasts and was wondering if anyone else listened to educational podcasts. What podcasts do you find most useful and rewarding? The Nature podcast is the best science podcast I found. It is good for news and staying up to date with pop science stuff, but don'...
by settlej
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)
Replies: 27
Views: 15083

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)

I'll be staying at Florida and doing sciency things for a little while longer as I work towards a Master's in Computer Science.
by settlej
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 8347

Re: The end of the match

Right now, when teams shake hands at the end of quizbowl games, it is mostly a shitshow where people are throwing their hands into a massive disorganized pile-on of players. This reeks of quizbowl. It would be better if teams stayed in the order they were sitting, faced each other, stood in lines, ...
by settlej
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2018 General Discussion
Replies: 7
Views: 1519

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2018 General Discussion

The teams commented that there were a lot of repeats in answerlines. Lincoln, Mexico, Japan and China were some of the answers used a few times, and lobster seemed strangely popular (although I think that there was only one answerline with it, but it was in at least two questions as a clue). (I thi...
by settlej
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) - March 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 3985

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) - March 2018

A private discussion forum has been created for this set, called "2018 FST Discussion".
by settlej
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity at HSNCT (CANCELLED)
Replies: 3
Views: 1997

Re: Mons Mathstrosity at HSNCT

Alex Shaw and I are excited to be playing this! We'll be writing a packet as well. Hopefully, we get a full packet done, but I promise at least a half packet.
by settlej
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) - March 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 3985

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) - March 2018

Thanks for everyone for coming out! Congratulations to UF B, who beat out UCF A in a one game final to win the tournament. Stats can be found here . Is there a discussion forum for this? If not, can there be one made? Not yet. The powers that be have to set that up, right? Also, we played Entirely R...
by settlej
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Midseason poll
Replies: 16
Views: 9161

Re: Midseason poll

Reposting Victor's spreadsheet for ease of reference.

Team Rankings 2017-2018
by settlej
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 12958

Re: Best Film Player

I'm not sure where he stands among the rest of the players already mentioned, but I think Taylor Harvey deserves a shout (yes I'm kind of biased because he's my teammate, but still). He has good coverage between "trash film" and "art film" from my experience being next to him while he does film thin...
by settlej
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 11579

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

15. The first radial one of this quantity for a hydrogen atom, derived using a product of spherical harmonics and this quantity normalized, contains an e to the negative r over a-nought term. Working with the Klein–Gordon equation shows that this quantity for a positive energy state is the complex ...
by settlej
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 11579

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Overall, I had a great time with the set! A few difficulty related things that I wrote down while playing: For the bonus that (I think) went hardness/Pearson/Lewis acid, I think Pearson might be on the hard side (assuming hardness was the intended hard part) I also thought the CHSH inequality was a ...
by settlej
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Naveed Bork Online (8/12)
Replies: 19
Views: 6723

Re: Naveed Bork Online (8/12)

What time will the tournament start?