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by Cody
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 14867

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: 4158

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: 4158

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: 4158

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: 3533

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: 4431

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: 10579

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: 5356

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: 3614

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: 69
Views: 18269

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: 17
Views: 8280

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: 7753

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: 89
Views: 29341

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: 89
Views: 29341

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: 47313

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: 47313

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: 47313

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: 13156

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: 2639

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: 2639

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: 3704

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: 1419

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: 1213

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: 3674

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: 105
Views: 36737

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: 105
Views: 36737

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: 2374

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: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 NASAT - Congratulations Illinois A!
Replies: 57
Views: 33361

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: 55961

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: 35455

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: 35455

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: 35455

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: 35455

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: 35455

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: 25445

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: 10237

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: 10237

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: 25445

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: 3920

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: 24965

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: 11700

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: 11700

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: 3920

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: 10189

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: 10189

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: 2596

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: 2596

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: 9926

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...