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by Cody
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 8
Views: 623

Re: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

The eligibility rules for VHSL Scholastic Bowl are defined in Section 28A of the VHSL Handbook (see attached) and are the same for other atheltic and nonathletic events sponsored by VHSL. (There are more restrictions in 28B for athletic activities.) Since it's the Virginia High School League, it mig...
by Cody
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why is P/BB so variable?
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Why is P/BB so variable?

As noted, bouncebacks are extremely opponent-dependent and won't tend to average out over a large sample size like other statistics such as PPG because there isn't a large sample size as compared to the variability in getting the bounceback correct. Another consideration is that (iirc) SQBS reports ...
by Cody
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14484

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Cody wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09 pm
Can you implement divisions (Upper/Lower)?
by Cody
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: PACE NSC 2019 Rules Changes
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Re: PACE NSC 2019 Rules Changes

A small note on the adjustments to Rule H.3: the change only shifts where & how certain language is used in the rule text for clarity and specificity. There are no substantive changes in applying the rule. A smaller note on the adjustments to Rule H.12: there are no substantive changes (clarity only...
by Cody
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA
Replies: 31
Views: 12016

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

Please see this thread for a note about some rule changes for the NSC this year.
by Cody
Thu May 30, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 78
Views: 4200

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

It absolutely should have been accepted, because the answerline communicated that putative synonyms for "diner" are acceptable (see the phrase "the notion of" below), but unfortunately "bar" was not listed among them, so it seems some moderators quickly scanning the answerline did not pick up on th...
by Cody
Wed May 29, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My school finished 31st at HSNCT and I don't know how to feel
Replies: 7
Views: 1144

Re: My school finished 31st at HSNCT and I don't know how to feel

At the end of the day, any ranking is just an imperfect correlation of team strength and ability across a large, large number of high school tournaments. They are not, and are not intended to be, definitive. The rankings can be useful, but they don't have any bearing once you've secured a finish at ...
by Cody
Thu May 02, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)
Replies: 8
Views: 1843

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)

Wouldn't a player poll just for people enrolled in Canadian universities solve almost all of these eligibility problems? These rules aren't that much better than the Ontario circuit poll.
by Cody
Thu May 02, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 7363

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Muriel Axon wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:20 pm
frasier wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:17 pm
things which virtually no one uses or studies like earth science
wait, what?
no one studies or uses the most important, pressing, and relevant scientific topics of our time, more at 11 on hsquizbowl.org
by Cody
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 7363

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

I think people are overlooking just how much you can do with the current distribution without even getting to 1/1 math. 0.5/0.5 math is completely acceptable in the standard distribution and I have done it multiple times because I think math is important (specifically, math used in applied contexts,...
by Cody
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 6249

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Thank you, Naveed, for going back 3 years to find a poll that had substantially different eligibility requirements to prove a point that is clearly not true. (Not sure exactly, how quoting works on HSQB, but this is from the post you cited.) The rules are simple: vote for your top 25 of active coll...
by Cody
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: VCU Season Finale (Richmond, VA – 4/27/19
Replies: 1
Views: 1261

Re: VCU Season Finale (Richmond, VA – 4/27/19

Field Update (11 Teams / 2 buzzers): Norfolk Academic Guild (3/1) Jamestown (1/0) NKA Homeschool Collective (2/0) TC Williams (1/1) Maggie Walker (2/0) Dinwiddie (2/0) At this time we are closing the field to new registrations as we seek to get more commitments from capable readers. If your team is ...
by Cody
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Packet submission was not mandatory last year and 16 packets were submitted. This year, 21 packets were submitted. In 2017, with mandatory packet submission, only 21 of 36 packets were submitted prior to 4 weeks before the tournament. (Although 6 of those 15 late packets were used*.) In any case, pa...
by Cody
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14484

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Can you implement divisions (Upper/Lower)?
by Cody
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

I agree with Chris and Jack that this year's crossover playoff felt less complete than a full round robin in the top bracket. In addition to the point about playoff losses not carrying over, we should remember that this year's format can also erase playoff wins against higher finishing opponents (e...
by Cody
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

I'm not sure if this belongs in the Nationals discussion thread or not, but, like John Lawrence, I would like a little more clarity about ACF's rule on players changing their answers before a moderator says anything. Especially at a tournament where moderators may be unfamiliar with many of the ans...
by Cody
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 14258

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

To dive in a bit: For a figure like Heracles, I'm not sure we need to go out of the way and put the Etruscan "Erkle" in all our answerlines unless we're diving into Etruscan myth, but for something like this, where people from different living cultures know the figures in question under different n...
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Auks Ran Ova wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:34 pm
TheIronLadyOfQuizbowl wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:15 pm
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.
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 9
Views: 2198

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

If we want question sets to be accessible to middle school teams and young high school teams, we should consider the fact that they have spent at least as much time in math class as in science class, and significantly more time in math class than any subset of science such as physics. At the top en...
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: "Summer" Open 2019 (August 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 2448

Re: "Summer" Open 2019 (August 2019)

The intended difficulty is somewhere approximately halfway between “regular difficulty” and Chicago Open, or very roughly on par with VCU Open 2015. I would describe VCUO 2015 roughly as halfway between Regionals and Nationals difficulty (i.e. the classic conception of Regs+); Regionals to CO is mu...
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 14258

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

The result of this tournament is that, until my memory of it fades, I have no desire to play any quiz bowl tournament or to have anything to do with more than a few small facets of quiz bowl. If I'm the only one that feels this way, then so be it, but I doubt that's the case. The fact that I, forme...
by Cody
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 14258

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

The proscription against "mineralbowl" and "programming language" questions is a proscription against choosing a random thing of dubious importance to fill out your category. Neither Rust nor olivine fit that in my opinion. I have (or have thought about) tossing up olivine myself because it's import...
by Cody
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Speaking specifically for MSU and other teams with long drives, we appreciated the early end of rounds on Sunday; getting back home before midnight was delightful. Oh, yes, I don't know why I forgot to mention this. You can expect some teams to have up to 10 hour drives (and sometimes more) after a...
by Cody
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Purely format-wise stuff: As a player, I would like qb to move away from the "superplayoff" model at national tournaments. With only three games on Sunday I believe prelim games were done around 11:30AM. The format from 2018 ACF Nationals would have required three more games (not counting tiebreake...
by Cody
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11943

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

Alphabetizing works well for local tournaments, but national tournaments should use seed order so they can easily identify games between top seeds (& similar seeds) and make sure they occur later in the prelims. (This is constrained, of course, you can't do this for every seed.) As long as the teams...
by Cody
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36071

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

I think it's a bit strange that in a field where the middle bracket teams are stronger than ever, we're still using a schedules that privilege the best teams in the game. I think it was a really good thing that lower bracket teams got an equal number of games as upper bracket teams as last year , a...
by Cody
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36071

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

As far as I remembered, the NSC stats program allows for near-instantaneous determination of the tiebreaker scenario after the final scoresheet goes in since you didn’t have enter add individuals scoring. It seems especially concerning since ACF is removing games from last years schedule to save ti...
by Cody
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36071

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

This is a terrible decision. Why is the top bracket the only bracket worth playing a tiebreaker for? The difference between playoff brackets is significant not just for final placement (which I suppose you could argue matters less for weaker teams)— it also determines the quality of opponents that ...
by Cody
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11943

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I think a 6x6 to 2/2/2 crossover format is the better format for the future given this year's format. (It is better than 3x12 because of the location of lunch / tiebreakers.) In 2018, using superplayoffs saved 2 packets because there was no tiebreaker from the playoff to superplayoff stage. In 2019,...
by Cody
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT and Feedback Rhetoric
Replies: 12
Views: 2418

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I think that NAQT should be held to a much higher standard because of its position in the community, and instead it is often let off the hook when changes that need to happen do not happen. The discussions we are having about overall record should not be happening because NAQT should have changed it...
by Cody
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14484

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Room 1 - DaVinci A
Room 2 - DeGaulle
Room 3 - Malpensa
Room 4 - Tegel
Room 5 - Capital
Room 6 - Mirabel
by Cody
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 9
Views: 2162

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

I expect all questions to be shorter than 850 characters, or 7 lines of 10-point TNR 850 characters is still quite long— for comparison NASAT has a maximum of 900 characters. 24 tossups of 850 characters is about the length of 22 tossups of 900 characters, and 24 bonuses will take substantially lon...
by Cody
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ Yale (3/30/19)
Replies: 16
Views: 4286

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

Since we currently have 10 teams signed up (leaving us with a single round-robin format), we are closing the field. Other teams will only be added if we can ensure that the field reaches an even number. Make sure, however, to register as teams or as free agents for ACRONYM, which we've reduced in p...
by Cody
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 7785

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: 7785

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: 4
Views: 1189

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, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 4239

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: 60
Views: 14484

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: 3322

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: 5547

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: 4506

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: 4506

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: 4506

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: 4143

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: 4026

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: 4026

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: 4026

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: 60
Views: 14484

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?