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by Cody
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open
Replies: 21
Views: 4088

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

What teams does NAQT expect to go to Northwestern that aren't served by Minnesota, Missouri, or Michigan?
by Cody
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 2491

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

I think there is room for Bollywood in the trash film category in college qb, as Bollywood is important. But it's pretty obvious why Bollywood does not come up much at any level: it is quite difficult. If you were to toss up the most popular Bollywood film ever, it would have much lower conversion r...
by Cody
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 10
Views: 1764

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Perhaps it is because I'm on mobile and the site does not work very well, but how much does this cost? The only information in could find was about a year's membership but didn't state a price.
by Cody
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 33
Views: 4801

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

Then it should've been phrased differently to avoid indicating an exhaustive list.

The responses seem, to me, to refute the core of Conner's argument rather than be taking personal offense.
by Cody
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT ICT: April 6, Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 2245

Re: 2019 NAQT ICT: April 6, Chicago

It's disappointing that NAQT still cannot organize SCT sites in a reasonable timeframe. Whose responsibility is it to manage this process?
by Cody
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23
Replies: 14
Views: 4219

Re: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23

Lexington has a great pool of staffers within driving distance due to its location, which is important for keeping costs down. Whether the pool is greater elsewhere is debatable, but it isn't a strong argument against Lexington because its qualified staffer pool is more than enough to run NASAT.
by Cody
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 71
Views: 13796

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

It seems to me that Minnesota, more than anyone, encounters problems with (essentially) being baited-and-switched out of mirrors when players in the Midwest express resistance to traveling to UMN. I find that unfair, and I would be pretty upset if it happened to my program. This is, uh, literally w...
by Cody
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 71
Views: 13796

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Minnesota has been given a mirror because they have editors there, which is a fine quizbowl norm but is at odds with the plans of the editing group as a whole. The question is who will actually play at the Minnesota mirror if there is an additional site in the Midwest? Pretty much no one, which mean...
by Cody
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 33577

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Yeah jeez guys. There is an awfully lot amount of vitriol in this thread for someone who volunteered his time to do stats at a large open tournament and made those stats available in a way that satisfied probably 98% of use cases right away. I do not see a lot of vitriol in the thread. It seems to ...
by Cody
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 33577

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Transferring DB entries is how you resolve who is listed as the owner. Usually, the tournament director will make the DB entry (which did not happen in this case). Then they transfer the entry to the stats person at the appropriate time so stats can be uploaded. It often makes the most sense for the...
by Cody
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend
Replies: 99
Views: 33577

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

You also do not need the SQBS files (though they are good to have to regenerate the files if needed). Simply download all the HTML files (_standings, _individuals, _games, _teamdetail, _playerdetail, _rounds) and they can be uploaded to the HSQB DB. (This is not to say I don't think this is Jonah's ...
by Cody
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 10506

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

A small note about the formats: the possible formats for 37, 38, 39, and 40 teams are all the same. There are no "good" formats for those field sizes. (All the formats only differ in that some prelim brackets have 1 fewer team (odd #) than others (even #) (i.e. the same number of rounds), and the bo...
by Cody
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Scheduling a 25 team, 14 packet tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 1693

Re: Scheduling a 25 team, 14 packet tournament

You can use the following pretty unique format, which I saw used at SAGACITY IX at Pitt (beware, a few games are missing from those stats): Arrange the teams in a 5x5 grid, labeled as a spreadsheet is (columns A-E, rows 1-5). Each team plays 8 prelim games: one game against each team in its row and...
by Cody
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Scheduling a 25 team, 14 packet tournament
Replies: 4
Views: 1693

Re: Scheduling a 25 team, 14 packet tournament

Despite having only 4 prelim games and taking 5 rounds, a 5x5 prelim structure is probably the best. This leaves 6-7 packets for the playoffs (6 if you want to do a packet tiebreaker for ties into the finals, 7 if you're comfortable with a paper tiebreaker of playoffs PPG). You can then use wildcard...
by Cody
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT
Replies: 8
Views: 2430

Re: Seeking Collaborators for 2019 EFT

I expect this set to be at least 25% complete by the end of April 2019, at least 50% complete by the end of June 2019, and entirely complete by the end of August 2019. All writers will be expected to have completed the same proportions of their committed questions by the stated times or will face f...
by Cody
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Easily Posting "Live" HTML Files from SQBS to Own Website
Replies: 1
Views: 918

Re: Easily Posting "Live" HTML Files from SQBS to Own Website

You can upload stats to the HSQB DB by using "add a tournament" @ http://hsquizbowl.org/db/. Once you've added a tournament, you can edit it, "manage stat reports", and upload stats.
by Cody
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: VCU SNICK Mirror 9/15/18
Replies: 2
Views: 895

Re: VCU SNICK Mirror 9/15/18

VCU has closed through the weekend due to the weather forecast, so the tournament will not run this Saturday.

If we are able to reschedule, we'll update this post.
by Cody
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately
Replies: 7
Views: 2613

Re: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately

Eric's motivation for posting aside, I really don't see much of a difference between being given copies of a set and retaining knowledge of most of it after having played it. If you're trying to prevent contamination, having a physical copy of the set doesn't really prevent anyone from playing it f...
by Cody
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 28
Views: 9738

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

I did not make the final decision for the date of ACF Nationals, but April 27-28 is the date of NHBB Nationals. NHBB Nationals monopolizes a lot of staff. I supposed I'd be interested in seeing exactly how much overlap there is between the two staffer bases; I'd heard talk that it wasn't as big as ...
by Cody
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 28
Views: 9738

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

I did not make the final decision for the date of ACF Nationals, but April 27-28 is the date of NHBB Nationals. NHBB Nationals monopolizes a lot of staff. Unless interest in ACF Nationals inexplicably collapses, it's reasonable to plan to accommodate even more than the 47 teams from last year. That ...
by Cody
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Pool Play Format Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1575

Re: Pool Play Format Question

If you did conventional pool play in the playoffs (instead of the equal strength pools that Jonah describes), you can simply mandate that a championship occur between the top 2 teams in the top pool at the end of the playoffs. If team A is ahead of team B by win-loss, team A wins by winning one game...
by Cody
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NASAT - Congratulations Illinois A!
Replies: 57
Views: 27964

Re: 2018 NASAT - 6/16-6/17 at the University of Kentucky

I can confirm that Osaka was great, including having Fred great me with KOBE, and so was Bella Notte.

On our way out of town in 2016, our caravan stopped at Loudon Square Buffet and greatly enjoyed the food there. I'm sure there are some other Southern-style buffets that are worth exploring as well.
by Cody
Wed May 30, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 42544

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

While I think it is extremely important to put pressure on NAQT about removing Matt Bruce, I think we, as a community, should also recognize that this process won't be instantaneous—and that's okay. NAQT is not running any more tournaments in the near-term, and has a meeting over the summer where bi...
by Cody
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 25566

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

This seems incorrect. For one, "spherically symmetric" isn't a property of vacuum solutions according to Birkhoff's theorem, it's a feature that Birkhoff's theorem tells us entails other features. This is anecdotal, but I'm skeptical that "both teams knew exactly what the question meant" as the phy...
by Cody
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 25566

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In the spirit of Alex's post and a more productive discussion, here is my problem with claiming a clue was outright wrong: it's one of the most serious charges you can level at a quizbowl question because it means that the question was fundamentally unfair at the time it was played, and the only red...
by Cody
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 25566

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I'd've supported a post about that was simply about ambiguity or confusion ("a small mistake"), but I am being confrontational about it because you rarely get pushback when you post a cliche Mukherjee criticism of a science question (here, that would be "I was negged/didn't get it, so the question i...
by Cody
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 25566

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

No. You do not have to explain the entire context of every scientific theorem in order to have a clue that isn't "outright wrong". The mere fact that Birkhoff's theorem only applies to spherically symmetric vacuum solutions means it need NOT be specified for the clue to be correct. (And indeed, this...
by Cody
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 25566

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

2. If you spotted any additional factual errors, or (as a moderator) any egregious typographical errors, please let me know. You may consider adding something about spherical symmetry to the Birkhoff's theorem clue in that tossup on flatness, because as it stands that clue is ambiguous or outright ...
by Cody
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 21999

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

UVa will be hosting the NAQT Virginia State Qualifier using SCT-18 on 31 March, per the NAQT.com schedule. This is not a good date because it's during FCPS spring break and many of our team members have college visits. Is there any chance the date could be changed? Indeed, it is at the start or end...
by Cody
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 6803

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

"this group of instruments" is a completely fine (I would go so far as to say ideal) descriptor for the answerline of "two violins", which is itself a good idea for a tossup. There is no reason to include "description acceptable" because there is no proper name for an answerline of "two violins". An...
by Cody
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 6803

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

"Modern-day country" does not have the specific definition you have decided should be binding, Will. I find John's reading of "modern-day country" more plausible as a common usage of the term in quizbowl questions. The Netherlands as we know it was formed over a century after des Prez's birth, and I...
by Cody
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 21999

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

VCU Season Finale has been rescheduled for April 28.
by Cody
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 6
Views: 3469

Re: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)

I have posted stats (and sent them to NAQT & the results to PACE). The links are as follows: Prelim stats, indicating eventual playoff bracket Playoff stats, indicating the final and final standings Combined prelim and playoff stats, with teams not in order of final finish My apologies for not finis...
by Cody
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 20776

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Having sites in College Park and NYC is a bad idea. It was a bad idea for George Oppen. It was a bad idea for SCT 2015. College Park and NYC will never make a good pair of sites for mirrors. Stop doing it!

(And doubly stop doing it without consulting an existing mirror first!)
by Cody
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?
Replies: 49
Views: 8985

Re: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?

Tl;dr Teams can deal with their players how they want outside of a tournament, but TDs can deal with their attendees as they want within their tournament (i.e. TDs don't/shouldn't have the power of the preemptive ban, only coaches or schools, since that's who'd be represented at comps). This is ult...
by Cody
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?
Replies: 49
Views: 8985

Re: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?

Everyone in this thread supporting bans for behavior that doesn't directly affect tournaments (including participants at tournaments) is wrong. Full stop. Since Mike Cheyne is fully correct (per usual) and has done all of the sensible talking, let's focus on something else. Who exactly do you think ...
by Cody
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 6
Views: 3469

Re: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)

The tournament concluded with Maggie Walker A defeating Riverbend A in a one-game final. Douglas Freeman, Norfolk Academic Guild A, and Norfolk Academic Guild B all tied for 3rd. Prelim stats have been uploaded. (Link pending.) Playoff stats and final placement should be up by tomorrow night (they n...
by Cody
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 5818

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 Cody
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 5818

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

I am surprised to hear there was a tossup on control theory, and would be interested in seeing the tossup.
by Cody
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Suggestions for using SQBS better
Replies: 3
Views: 2035

Re: Suggestions for using SQBS better

The best way to label games is by round and room number. Any string is valid, so things like 1-219A or 10-2117 are perfectly kosher for game IDs. The advantage is you always get a unique ID without having to keep track of anything but what's already on the scoresheet. This is very useful if you eve...
by Cody
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Suggestions for using SQBS better
Replies: 3
Views: 2035

Re: Suggestions for using SQBS better

The best way to label games is by round and room number. Any string is valid, so things like 1-219A or 10-2117 are perfectly kosher for game IDs. The advantage is you always get a unique ID without having to keep track of anything but what's already on the scoresheet. This is very useful if you ever...
by Cody
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 8058

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

I'll go on record as supporting everything the select group of Marylanders has said so far. Every post by them has been totally on point. I have put off writing a response to this, but I do feel that it is warranted, especially considering my role in the formation of the team as it came to be. While...
by Cody
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)
Replies: 6
Views: 2419

Re: VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)

cat wrote:Is there a field update available for this tournament?
Yes; it is posted above.
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 15629

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

As you yourself indicate in your post, you're the most experienced tournament director (and arguably moderator?) in this thread, so while you are correct in the abstract sense of this system entails and the ease of using it, I don't think you have a good sense of the apprehensions people have regar...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 15629

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

As an addendum, many of you do not know Ophir, but not only is he an awesome dude, he is extremely good at creating useful and functional systems for quizbowl (and in general). I take personal affront at the idea that Ophir could create the dystopian hellscape of a system that some people in this th...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 15629

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

One thing to bear in mind is that the ease at which software is learned doesn't translate into being able to use it quickly and efficiently (which is of course paramount to running an on-time, successful tournament). I'd like to think I understand both R syntax and regular expressions pretty well; ...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 15629

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

Let us consider the usual moderating flow: open a packet (PDF, DOCX) from a file browser, then open a second window so you can seamlessly switch between tossups and bonuses. To scorekeep, you...scorekeep. Let us consider the usual moderating flow with Ophir's system: open a packet (HTML) from your w...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 15629

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

Other people have already said this system sucks to use, but any complaint or concern whatsoever is met with over the top insults. Paired with being ordered to do learn a brand new system on absurdly short notice, it’s clear that people who are very technologically capable have no capacity for cons...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 15629

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

I was informed a few hours ago that I was required to use this system tomorrow while staffing an EFT mirror by order of the head editor. I had never heard of it before this week and don’t have the time to really learn anything about it before tomorrow morning during the tournament. I believe others...