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by Cody
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 5833

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Because there were 14 teams for 15 packets, our team was denied the chance to play for a place in the final (we were x-2 along with Kim et al). Ideally this kind of thing would not happen. Statistical tiebreakers seem fine to me in this scenario, especially since the tiebreaker would be PPG. A whol...
by Cody
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 5833

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

It would be nice to be able to do this, but there is no guarantee that it is possible. The rules are constructed in such a way that this is allowable for that reason. I would personally prefer to replace from the same category / big category, but I don't know that it was necessarily "avoidable" here...
by Cody
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Listening to Quizbowl Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Listening to Quizbowl Questions

3) Would you be willing to read ~5 questions to use such a tool? Yes. 4) Any moderators, do you practice reading questions? Is there anything that you'd value in terms of (automatic) feedback? I have not practiced reading questions, outside of reading a lot at team practices and tournaments. Readin...
by Cody
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19
Replies: 8
Views: 1625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19

In light of the recent kerfuffle surrounding tournaments geared for newer players, I would like to issue an addendum to the eligibility of players for this tournament, whose purpose is, per the editors, "to provide an accessible tournament for new college quiz bowl players that will still be engagi...
by Cody
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 29
Views: 6062

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

For 12 teams, I would suggest a prelims of 6/6 to a crossover (split each bracket into top 3 and bottom 3, carry over 2 prelim games for every team). This takes the same number of rounds as splitting 4/4/4 but it keeps 50% of the field in contention instead of 33% and reduces variance in placement d...
by Cody
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Resource Database enhancements and requests
Replies: 3
Views: 2859

Re: Quizbowl Resource Database enhancements and requests

Having just encountered this problem (and also having dealt with it in the past), it would be good to have the stylesheet incorporate printing page breaks for printing to PDF / paper. For the individuals page, this can be solved with the following style specification (stolen from some stackexchange ...
by Cody
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Using Google Sheets for a tournament? Use countformat.
Replies: 6
Views: 5041

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

This was used by a few tournaments last year, so here's a reminder that it exists.
by Cody
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SCT placement policies
Replies: 15
Views: 2638

Re: SCT placement policies

As an addendum to Chris's supplement, regarding games having consequences, here's a section of a post of mine from the 2017 thread. Separately from the intrinsic unfairness, I don’t understand the contention that including non-common games does more to “reward” or “punish” teams than the current pre...
by Cody
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SCT placement policies
Replies: 15
Views: 2638

Re: SCT placement policies

DI teams play 5 prelim games, then 5 playoff games, then 3 super-playoff games. The 6 teams that wind up in the top super-playoff brackets will not have played against the same opponents in the playoffs. What games should/should not be used in the final rankings? In particular, do people think it i...
by Cody
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SCT placement policies
Replies: 15
Views: 2638

Re: SCT placement policies

2. If the prelims are a split-field round-robin followed by bracketed playoffs that do not repeat any opponents from the preliminary pools (formats marked "SFRR" for 15 through 24 teams on the approved SCT format list ), then teams are ranked within each playoff bracket by overall record. This meth...
by Cody
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT SCT @ Rutgers (2/9/19)
Replies: 13
Views: 3297

Re: NAQT SCT @ Rutgers (2/9/19)

According to the stats that I can see on the DB, Rutgers did everything correctly here and ought to be praised. (Seriously—playing off a 3-way 5th place tie is commitment!) NAQT’s SCT placement policies cannot be considered when running a tournament because they are completely unpublished and not co...
by Cody
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)
Replies: 17
Views: 2830

Re: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)

Cody is right that we, as a company, need to do a better job of documenting our ranking policies and communicating those policies to tournament hosts. I hope to have more news on this subject in the medium-term future (which probably means summer 2019 after the conclusion of HSNCT). Thank you, Jeff...
by Cody
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)
Replies: 17
Views: 2830

Re: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)

NAQT needs to: (a) Be transparent about how it counts games because it affects qualification at all levels, especially when that apparently changes. (b) Actually inform hosts when it changes the final standings based on its policies. (c) Institute the only fair policy, which is to determine final st...
by Cody
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)
Replies: 17
Views: 2830

Re: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)

The one question we all want answered is simply this: why? What is the justification for throwing away the outcomes of prelim games played against a common field of opponents, and instead relying on an incredibly small sample of three games to determine the final ranking for this tournament? When a...
by Cody
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 29
Views: 6062

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Since it's around the time people start booking flights (including me), is there a potential start time that we should plan for?
by Cody
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)

With those packet and round constraints, a crossover of the top 3 teams in each bracket, a crossover of the middle 3 teams in each bracket, and a 4-team round robin of the bottom 2 teams in each bracket is round-equivalent to the format used, but keeps more teams in contention. (And is the format I ...
by Cody
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)

Cody, just for future reference, what would you have changed about the format? Would you have played crossovers in the playoffs with 8/8 and games carrying over, instead of 2/2/2/2? Barring a compelling reason to replay games and keep the playoff brackets narrow, yeah, I would've used a crossover. ...
by Cody
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)
Replies: 9
Views: 3497

Re: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)

It sounds like there were a few mistakes made, but the critical failure, imo, was in using a format that was not robust to seeding errors.
by Cody
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals @ UCF (1/26/19)
Replies: 16
Views: 2662

Re: ACF Regionals @ UCF (1/26/19)

In short, whoever made this decision shouldn’t be running a meaningful tournament for a while, if ever. This is a severe over-reaction, and wrong. In fact, I'm pretty steamed you said this! Mistakes were made, yes, but they are pretty transparently rookie mistakes. They are mistakes that are easy t...
by Cody
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)
Replies: 5
Views: 3853

Re: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)

With ACF Regionals around the corner, I've seen several questions about formats for even-numbered fields or brackets that have byes so that submitted packets can be used. This format works very well, and so I'm bumping this topic. If you have any questions or need help generating a schedule, please ...
by Cody
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8078

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: 3686

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: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 2923

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: 35
Views: 7555

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: 16
Views: 5382

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: 5462

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: 88
Views: 22525

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: 88
Views: 22525

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 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38845

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 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38845

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 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 38845

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: 11773

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: 2120

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: 2120

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: 3231

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: 1120

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: 1043

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: 3178

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: 55
Views: 18981

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: 55
Views: 18981

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: 1894

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: 30257

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: 48535

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: 29745

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: 29745

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: 29745

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: 29745

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: 29745

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 ...