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by rjaguar3
Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Better Stats
Replies: 20
Views: 2913

Re: Better Stats

Might as well announce it here, and not as a competitor to BeES, but I have been developing a question-reading program called JAGUARS ("[insert programmer whose first name starts with "J"] and Greg's User-friendly Automated Reading System). As soon as I can get a handle on doing a platform-independe...
by rjaguar3
Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 16071

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

[10] When two vectors are linearly independent, this operation between them is zero . It is commonly given as the product of their magnitudes times the cosine of the angle between them. ANSWER: dot product I don't believe the italicized part is true. As an example, i and i + j are linearly independ...
by rjaguar3
Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Dates 2009-2010
Replies: 79
Views: 7912

Re: Tournament Dates 2009–2010

I'm here to confirm that Wheaton North F/S will be a housewrite by me and two other WN alumni from the Class of 2008.
by rjaguar3
Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 12729

Re: 2009 NTAE

A little research on my part shows twenty to be the lowest ever. Here's a graph based on data from the QBWiki. I have data from every year except 1989 (which the graph interpolates).

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by rjaguar3
Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 12729

Re: 2009 NTAE

klebian wrote:My coach got a list of teams participating in the mail today, along with Day 1 matches. 20 teams signed up. This tournament appears to be very near its death.
Is that a record low for the tournament?
by rjaguar3
Sun May 31, 2009 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 28257

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

I'd say I agree with nearly everything you've put forward here. The only thing I think I'll counter argue is the seeming implication that buzzer speed is simply a matter of physicality. In fact, buzzer speed abilities in questions of this format requires question and knowledge analysis. It's not si...
by rjaguar3
Sat May 30, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 28257

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

Ah. I've never heard about It's Academic being run in Pittsburgh. It's Academic apparently dates from 1961; they like to tout their status as the oldest quiz show still in existence. It's called Hometown High-Q there, but apart from a change in the names of the rounds, it's exactly the same format.
by rjaguar3
Fri May 29, 2009 11:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 28257

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

As soon as I can find a way to download the online video, I'll paste together a Youtube video of all the repeats I know of in the "Grab Bag" round. Wait, they still air It's Academic in Chicago? I have watched the Grab Bag rounds of Pittsburgh's version and Baltimore's version (which are available ...
by rjaguar3
Fri May 29, 2009 3:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 28257

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

That sounds plausible. Old packets for the other area TV show(Quizmaster Challenge), which are used for countly league play, are rife with repeats. At one point, during a three-round league session, Keats came up in all three rounds. As soon as I can find a way to download the online video, I'll pa...
by rjaguar3
Fri May 29, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 28257

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

AHS Eagles: The It's Academic canon is in fact much smaller than the normal canon. That also weakens the ability to distinguish by knowledge, since the top-of- the field teams all are thuroughly familiar with the canon. I'm not sure what It's Academic really tests besides buzzer speed since I'm no ...
by rjaguar3
Thu May 28, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Letter to Questions Galore
Replies: 22
Views: 5217

Letter to Questions Galore

The following letter was sent to Questions Galore on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. I will make no comment about how it was received.
by rjaguar3
Wed May 27, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 119155

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

It's Battle of the Brains, a quizbowl show in the Philippines where high schoolers play for pesos...and Keebler crackers?

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
by rjaguar3
Sun May 24, 2009 2:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Something from last year's NAC
Replies: 5
Views: 1539

Re: Something from last year's NAC

mcn46 wrote: Maybe someone's noticed this before, but it wasn't mentioned on the wiki, so…just thought I'd throw it out there.
I did. However, I didn't feel the need to report it. Good work, though.
by rjaguar3
Fri May 22, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 28257

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

Is playing Chip anything like playing CBI? Hardly. At CBI, they encourage the use of reliable sources (read: NOT PLAGIARIZING FROM THE INTERNET AND OTHER PACKETS) to write tossups on important academic subjects like protractors, anagrams, and Abraham Lincoln's hair. :grin: Plus, the CBI officials d...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 20, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you
Replies: 15
Views: 4205

Re: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you

To be fair, I would be hesitant to call the Puerto Rico tossup plagiarism. Geographic location descriptions like that are hard to word differently. I can say that "East Lansing, MI is located east of Lansing, MI." Wikipedia also happens to say that "the city is located directly east of Lansing, Mic...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 20, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you
Replies: 15
Views: 4205

Platypus Questions, Questions Galore, plagiarism, and you

The examples have been cleared to post. All Platypus questions come from Kaneland's Varsity Tournament in 2008; all Questions Galore questions come from Wheaton North's Frosh/Soph Tournament in 2009. PLATYPUS WIKIPLAGIARISM 1TR2: “What type of physical laws state that a particular measureable proper...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 20, 2009 3:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT decide whether to meet with Questions Galore
Replies: 8
Views: 1072

Re: ITT decide whether to meet with Questions Galore

I would ask anybody who has recent experience editing QG questions, or who has access to recent unedited QG packets, to send me a list of 10-20 really bad questions. (Buzzer beaters and poor answer spaces would not be as helpful as wrong answers, ambiguous questions, and obvious hoses, but I'll tak...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 20, 2009 2:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT decide whether to meet with Questions Galore
Replies: 8
Views: 1072

Re: ITT decide whether to meet with Questions Galore

What are you even thinking of discussing? They have a business model and it works; why would they want to completely break with tradition in order to please a few people? I'm not being critical; this is an honest question. A quick perusal of their website outlines their willingness to customize the...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 20, 2009 1:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT decide whether to meet with Questions Galore
Replies: 8
Views: 1072

Re: ITT decide whether to meet with Questions Galore

Mainly, I plan to discuss things like getting rid of rambling tangents that don't lead to the answer, hoses and left turns (especially in math), STUPID answer selection, "neither cute nor clever" question writing ("Let's see how much you know about..."), fourth-grade-level math computation, wikiplag...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 20, 2009 1:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT decide whether to meet with Questions Galore
Replies: 8
Views: 1072

ITT decide whether to meet with Questions Galore

In light of the recent developments with Questions Galore and Masonics, I thought it would be a good idea to ask this forum for advice. From a thread in the Middle School quizbowl section: I live in Wheaton, and it would take me about 15 minutes to drive to Questions Galore's headquarters. Do you th...
by rjaguar3
Mon May 18, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aegis Questions no more
Replies: 30
Views: 4090

Re: Aegis Questions no more

leapfrog314 wrote:(If it's not about showing what you've learned, and learning new things, what could it possibly be about?)
Solving popsicle stick riddles and having math team people do elementary-school level calculations! It's :chip: approved!
by rjaguar3
Mon May 18, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT Help me improve IESA Scholastic Bowl
Replies: 5
Views: 1609

Re: ITT Help me improve IESA Scholastic Bowl

Actually, I live in Wheaton, and it would take me about 15 minutes to drive to Questions Galore's headquarters. Do you think it would be a good idea for me to present a case in person to Questions Galore?
by rjaguar3
Sat May 16, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aegis Questions no more
Replies: 30
Views: 4090

Re: Aegis Questions no more

Just a comment on Greg's comment - What do you mean, the "ten smartest students" at two high schools? The schools didn't send their smartest students, they each sent a quizbowl team. Yes, but the quizbowl team, suffice it to say, should be better than a random cross-section of students because they...
by rjaguar3
Sat May 16, 2009 10:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aegis Questions no more
Replies: 30
Views: 4090

Re: Aegis Questions no more

My point was that coaches complain that our questions are too hard, but I find it hard to take them seriously when their own teams are unable to convert a tossup on the Revolutionary War. I find it shocking that among the ten smartest students at two high schools, not one of them can identify major...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 06, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA Sectional Results
Replies: 19
Views: 2773

Re: IESA Sectional Results

For your information, Donald and I posted 3 minutes apart, so I did not see Donald's reply before I wrote mine.
by rjaguar3
Wed May 06, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IESA Sectional Results
Replies: 19
Views: 2773

Re: IESA Sectional Results

Did you call a timeout to settle your team down? I find that in water polo that really helps when the other team is on a run. Keep in mind Scholastic Bowl is not a sport, so water polo coaching and good scholastic bowl coaching require two different strategies. Also, in higher levels, like ACF, the...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 06, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 119155

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Also, I just found this info about the questions' source: For all of its up-to-date attraction, High Five follows the patterns of old college bowl shows. Questions, purchased from a Colorado company with a database of 100,000 questions compiled over the past 30 years, are often so tough that Faligow...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 06, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 119155

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

What if both Wild Card players buzz? Are they the worst players from each team, to ensure that such a scenario doesn't really need to be planned for? From what I've read, the Wild Cards can only buzz three times per half, and a wrong answer by the wild card costs double the point value of the quest...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 06, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 119155

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

From Oregon, it's High-Five Challenge , the b*****dized version of Jeopardy! where teams from Washington and Oregon compete against each other. This match features two Boy Scout troops facing off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf6Y0KDVRdc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01dd22I6ILk http://www.youtub...
by rjaguar3
Wed May 06, 2009 12:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My proposed IHSA distribution
Replies: 62
Views: 7275

Re: My proposed IHSA distribution

Here is the new distribution, as passed by the IHSA Scholastic Bowl Advisory Committee: ... B. 2/2 taken from two different ones below: a. Geography b. Current Events from the past year c. US & Comparative Government Just a quick question here, how is this going to work? Does this mean that two of ...
by rjaguar3
Tue May 05, 2009 11:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks?
Replies: 47
Views: 4766

Re: Bouncebacks?

My team lost a sectional heartbreaker tonight (257-234) in a format with bonuceback bonus, despite holding a 11-9 TU advantage. But, alas, a look at rebounded bonus points shows an incosequential 5 point difference between the 2 teams rebounded totals. No, a bigger issue for my kids was losing on n...
by rjaguar3
Tue May 05, 2009 2:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks?
Replies: 47
Views: 4766

Re: Bouncebacks?

My team lost a sectional heartbreaker tonight (257-234) in a format with bonuceback bonus, despite holding a 11-9 TU advantage. But, alas, a look at rebounded bonus points shows an incosequential 5 point difference between the 2 teams rebounded totals. No, a bigger issue for my kids was losing on n...
by rjaguar3
Sat May 02, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 119155

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Woo-hoo! My first Youtube comment (which criticized the "championship" for the easy high-school-level questions that both teams still missed) got deleted. Thanks, CBI!
by rjaguar3
Sat May 02, 2009 1:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 119155

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

It's The SCIENCE! Bowl featuring elementary school teams answering "science" questions (watch the video and you'll see what I mean). The host is David Zahren of Baltimore It's Academic fame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG3o1TRG1Rc
by rjaguar3
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lowlights from the IESA Regionals ....
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: Lowlights from the IESA Regionals ....

Clearly, you have never played Questions Galore questions It was supposed to be a "given a lead-in giveaway, buzz in with an obscure answer that also fits the clue" joke. Unless QG would actually toss up the Narmer Palette, in which case I am even more disturbed. At least twice, they have tossed-up...
by rjaguar3
Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lowlights from the IESA Regionals ....
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: Lowlights from the IESA Regionals ....

Tegan wrote: I like this question because it does eventually get to the point .... kind of like getting on a plane to O'Hare, and after stopping over in 4-5 airports, you eventually get home. It is an adventure!
It's an experience we'd rather not repeat.
by rjaguar3
Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lowlights from the IESA Regionals ....
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: Lowlights from the IESA Regionals ....

Thanks for the material. I'll have to use this sometime when I am writing my Questions Galore parody packet.
by rjaguar3
Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Survey Results
Replies: 10
Views: 1053

Re: Survey Results

and to change the amount of programming/scripting (which is a highly polarizing category and certainly among the worst in most senses of the word.) I half-agree. I think stupid programming and scripting (evaluate the following lines of Java code [those who went to HF's tournament know what I mean],...
by rjaguar3
Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Antioch Invitational Tournament VI Results
Replies: 16
Views: 1818

Re: Antioch Invitational Tournament VI Results

Speaking of this, I can say for a fact that Questions Galore does reuse questions from set to set and year to year. I have counted two questions that were identical between 2006-07 QG set and an 2009 episode of WNAB Quizbusters. In light of this, buying QG for your tournament is absolutely unaccepta...
by rjaguar3
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 119155

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

From the land of one-liners and no canon, here's another episode of Varsity Quiz Bowl from 1987: Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRsLt6csPTY Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1lrj1o6lbM Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMNTTm51Abs And special props to whoever came up with the seco...
by rjaguar3
Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 119155

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

I just found the TV format my high school played. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CkDJb3J8Tc Multiple choice is not just Academic League, CBI, Science Bowl and Dorm college bowl. I'm sorry. Since you can't buzz in early, did you practice the all-important quizbowl skill of hitting the buzzer at the...
by rjaguar3
Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: San Diego Academic League Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 19292

Re: San Diego Academic League Questions

For all the masochists out there, here's another match:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65A2ibYp ... re=related
by rjaguar3
Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: San Diego Academic League Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 19292

Re: San Diego Academic League Questions

There are some matches online on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXDQmotYb0E -- championship match in 2008, part 1
by rjaguar3
Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas
Replies: 45
Views: 6352

Re: 2009 NAQT ICT to be held in Dallas

The one redeeming thing about the Best Western we're staying at is that the breakfast is complementary. Unlike the Hyatt, where every customer is presumed to have infinity dollars (which may explain why Paul and UChicago are staying there).
by rjaguar3
Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My proposed IHSA distribution
Replies: 62
Views: 7275

Re: My proposed IHSA distribution

beef it up with crap 4/4 computational math I agree that computational math is crap. I don't think we'll get anywhere by shooting for the moon and trying to remove all computation. Mind you, under the current rules, matches of 30/30 can have up to 8 computational tossups. This is the most horrifyin...
by rjaguar3
Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My proposed IHSA distribution
Replies: 62
Views: 7275

Re: My proposed IHSA distribution

Matt Weiner wrote:
everyday847 wrote:beef it up with crap
rjaguar3 wrote:4/4 computational math
I agree that computational math is crap. I don't think we'll get anywhere by shooting for the moon and trying to remove all computation. Mind you, under the current rules, matches of 30/30 can have up to 8 computational tossups.
by rjaguar3
Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: My proposed IHSA distribution
Replies: 62
Views: 7275

My proposed IHSA distribution

With the AdCom meeting coming up, I think it's appropriate to start talking about proposed changes. Because of the sheer variety (taken in the bad sense) in questions, I think the category distribution needs to be refined to make the packet guidelines more specific and emphasize academic questions. ...
by rjaguar3
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sectional Statistics
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: Sectional Statistics

Since Mr. Reinstein asked, here are all the graphs from Round 1 of sectionals. The graphs have text annotations that should be self-explanatory--feel free to ask if you have any questions. http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m9/rjaguar3/barracuda/secbcgraphall.png http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m...
by rjaguar3
Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sectional Statistics
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: Sectional Statistics

Why don't you try the bonus plot distribution? Label the x-axis from 0 to 20 and label the y-axis with the number of teams that score each respective amount on the first reading divided by a scaling factor (the area under the curve). This makes it easy to read whether a bonus is good or bad and why ...
by rjaguar3
Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVII 3/21/09
Replies: 17
Views: 3691

Re: Vanderbilt ABC XXXVII 3/21/09

Results of ABC XXXVII

Varsity:
1st: Hoover A
2nd: Dunbar
Semifinalists: Madisonville North Hopkins, Ezell-Harding

JV:
1st: Dunbar
2nd: Ezell-Harding
Semifinalists: Norcross, Hoover

Congratulations and thanks to all the participants that made this a great tournament once again!