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by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Carleton Side Event Weekend (Aug. 25/26)
Replies: 8
Views: 2799

Carleton Side Event Weekend (Aug. 25/26)

Hello Canadians and other friends, Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) will host a weekend of Quizbowl on August 25/26. SCHEDULE Saturday, August 25 AM: WORLDSTAR (teams, tentatively Doubles) SHOW UP AT 9AM PM: John Daly Memorial Trash (teams, tentatively up to 4) SHOW UP AT 2PM Sunday, August 26 AM: T...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape
Replies: 18
Views: 5559

Re: Guerilla Imaginary Landscape

A guide was prepared in 2015 when preparing audio clips for the International History Olympiad which may help people who want to contribute to this. Of course, follow the specs in the OP if they differ from this guide. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-bzYct0euv3-MOdO0jKA56MnDuLXZ1eFvdYWbiNxe1w/e...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 46799

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Is there a sign-up for Imaginary Landscape 4? Has a format been confirmed?
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed May 30, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55824

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

The Ontario Quizbowl Association will not be involved in hosting NAQT-written sets in the future unless Matt Bruce is released from NAQT and appropriate further measures are taken.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed May 30, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55824

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

2. Was anyone at NAQT aware of the accusations against Matt or the disturbing content on his blog? If so, do they have any explanation? I'm not asking for anyone to face mob flagellation but some acknowledgement that people besides Matt could have done better as well would be nice. I can confirm th...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue May 08, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 10143

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2018

My staffing ballot is:

1) Joe
2) Aaron
3) RICO
4) Dennis
5) Meghan
6) Peter
7) Christine
8) Brian
9) Brendan
10) Paul

Honorable mention: Adam
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed May 02, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 10143

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2018

PLAYER OF THE YEAR 1) Derek So, (Sir Winston Churchill BC, provincial champion 2008, 2009) 2) Rein Otsason (UTS, provincial and national champion 2012) 3) Daniel Lovsted (UTS, provincial champion 2012, national champion 2012, 2013) 4) Ian Dewan (Earl of March, came 5-2 at provincials once) 5) Aayush...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed May 02, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 10143

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2018

Don't let Jock Goo's ONE PPG performance at SCT and MINUS ONE PPG performance at ICT detract you from looking at McGill B's successes at Regionals and EFT.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 7081

Re: Postseason poll

Jay from Toronto is only eligible for NAQT, and being a NAQT specialist really helped them at ICT. Patrick's disappearance also hurt their performances at both tournaments. I suggest voters do not consider Patrick in their polls, since he did not play a single tournament with them this season.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 50
Views: 20657

Re: Players Choice Awards

Both WUSTL and McGill played the role of Liberty at ICT.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 7081

Re: Postseason poll

cornfused wrote: I'd advise voters to look at both ICT and ACF.
Shooting yourself in the foot, eh
vinteuil wrote:Agree with Jakob. Also voters should keep in mind how WUSTL got shafted by their ACF prelims bracket.
MSU got shafted at ACF too.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 50
Views: 20657

Re: Players Choice Awards

Akhil Garg's ACF Fall ppg: 29.09
Akhil Garg's ACF Regionals ppg: 11.50
Akhil Garg's ACF Nationals ppg: 20.00

:thinking emoji:
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 8362

Re: The end of the match

jonpin wrote:
Cherrybell Miramonte wrote:Considering the far more substantive concerns with the game that were laid out in this thread, this seems very much not a hill worth dying on.
Who else expected that link to go to the haircut thread?
I was expecting the Jordan Palmer retirement post TBH
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 6266

Re: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion

May I ask how seeding was done for brackets? Our bracket seemed disproportionately hard, with four teams between 14.3 and 14.4 PPB in prelims. Is ICT taken into account? It doesn't make sense for MSU and Florida to have been underseeded at both of these tournaments (especially since Florida gained ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 10091

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

For Canadian hybrid, we're trying to figure out what more work we need to do before it gets played this summer. We will definitely offer a trash-only subset of the packets for sites without the time for a full tournament. Do people want an un-Americanized set (i.e. the original set as is with edits ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2-Day HSNCT Mirror @ Toronto (July 7-8, 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 4386

Re: 2-Day HSNCT Mirror @ Toronto (July 7-8, 2018)

I'll be working New York at this time and would love to play this event and maybe run FTP 3 on the second day, Let me know if you'd like to play with me or if you could give some advice on getting to Toronto from NYC. VIA Rail/Amtrak does a joint day-train (8am-8pm) either direction from Toronto to...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 46799

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Is the slate of side events confirmed yet?
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 8161

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

Uploading stats to the database after a tournament in a timely manner should be what is expected of hosts.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 19929

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

That said, (disclaimer: speaking as a Canadian who doesn't have deep knowledge of the circuit) there do clubs that seem to be able to continue having high recruitment rates and retain deep, strong clubs. Maybe it is worth looking at what the difference between how a Chicago or UC Berkeley manages i...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 12447

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

A central committee could also be useful as a source not just for matching writers and editors but also more involved collegiate writer/editor training. The committee could work with other companies to help produce questions for NSC or NASAT if these novice collegiate writers would rather be playing...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 5939

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

The overriding scheduling principle besides not booking things in the same week is to avoid having tournaments in back-to-back weeks, within any one region. I hope Regionals and SCT never fall on consecutive weekends again. I wish even non-flexible tournaments like ACF and NAQT could allow for tour...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 19929

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

In Canada the biggest problem is lack of continuity in an institution once the most involved members graduate. We’ve lost a lot of clubs over the years and are on the verge of losing a few as well.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 12447

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

I agree more or less with the pro-committee side of this debate but I don’t get why ACF can’t rebrand and do all of this and be the main collegiate quizbowl umbrella organization.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 11658

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

The bonus part on "thermogenin" should also accept UCP1.

The bonus part asking for the probability that a random walk returns to the origin, is "approaching 1" acceptable? And if not, is there an ELI5 reason why it's exactly 1? I can't seem to find a good explanation that I understand.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 2411

Re: SMT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I like the idea music+opera/other audio division, but it seemed that in practice it didn't make much of a difference, since ballet and world vs. opera ended up being switched in the distro and there wasn't actually an increase in jazz.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 13021

Re: Best Film Player

Derek So had an excellent showing at CO Visual Arts last summer.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 20557

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Probably a controversial suggestion - stop calling trash "trash" and refer to it as pop culture or whatever.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 10970

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

I generally agree with Naveed, Mike and Billy, and as a player who only really started to play lots of quizbowl seriously in University, thought that "regular difficulty" was just how quizbowl is like. That being said, this Regionals set could have been easier in ways already mentioned above in term...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 7386

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

I was exaggerating when I said ppb meant everything (not looking at you Fred), but it definitely should be the starting point for future improvements of the system. I did a quick excel calculation with 2017 and these teams that had identical enough rosters between SCT and ICT: Stanford, Berkeley A, ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 7386

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

What about looking at SCT ppb only? I've strongly suspected this for years now while looking at recently underranked teams like Chicago B.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT field expansion discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 2690

Re: ICT field expansion discussion

Is it still 20 automatic D-value qualifiers?
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14092

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Buzzpoints by team, split by player EDIT: The area under a player's curve is equal to the number of tossups answered correctly. Y axis is thus in arbitrary units of points*probability. Someone should design an interactive website with custom results and graphs but that I unfortunately don't have th...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14092

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Something on my to do list is to look at reaction time. In the aforementioned tossup on Islam where a third of the buzzes occurred after a particular clue, those buzzes were all within three words past the offending clue. Note that the offending clue ended a sentence. Personally I tend to reaction b...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14092

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Here is a big dump of buzzpoint data by team. I feel that this is OK for how buzzpoints should be distributed for a tournament like this, but ACF could definitely afford to cut an early line and add more pre-FTP fluff.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14092

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

There may be a useful statistic for cliffing - places in a tossup where an abnormal number of buzzes happen at once. That'd require figuring out what the standard distribution of buzzes across a tossup is though. Islam had the most egregious difficulty cliff out of all first half of tossup cliffs. ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14092

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

It's worth keeping in mind that first buzz data may be limited by some rooms not keeping advanced stats - there weren't too many issues with this but there were a few. So, keep that in mind when evaluating some peoples' performances. That said, to my knowledge this only affected the Kansas State an...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14092

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

A couple of predictions: Concordant with the above, I predict the British site will have the highest percentage of first buzzes (even after excluding British content). In terms of median first buzz, the UCSD site was the best at 74.5%. The UK site was second at 75% If you only look at top 25% or lo...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14092

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

For example, Victor predicted that very few teams regularly buzz before the 50% mark. Depending on what Victor used to define "regularly": No team had 50% of their buzzes before the 50% or 60% mark. 4 teams had 25% of their buzzes before the 50% mark. 34 teams had 25% if the buzzes before the 60% m...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT SCT@UWaterloo (3/2/2018)
Replies: 5
Views: 2646

Re: NAQT SCT@UWaterloo (3/2/2018)

McGill B will play Delta Burke
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14092

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Thanks for taking your time to do this, Ophir. Everyone I know is eager to see the stats when they are up. My bold prediction: The stuff Thomas Young did in his spare time bonus is the easiest bonus in the set by overall conversion and over 50% of teams 30'd it. I will email you some others if I hav...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10220

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

I don’t think saying “name and number of instruments” works because it could only plausibly be violins. I spent the entire tossup knowing it was some group of strings. I think having the answer line as 2 would have made more sense. I don’t think it’s a flawed question, just out of the blue eapeciall...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 7340

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

Thanks to the editors and everyone else involved for a great set. I thought the music in this set was great and much better than last year. I started with a sour taste because the way our mirror was scheduled the saw the two hardest music tossups in my opinion (Finland and two violins) in the first ...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10220

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Can I see the tossup on “two violins”? I’d like to see what works were clued. The tossup seemed hard for this level especially compared to the pretty standard regionals fare everything else was. Can I see the Mendelssohn tossup for the same reason as above? The bonus on ecological succession tripped...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 36007

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Neither January 22nd nor February 17th are Sundays.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Imaginary Landscape No. 4
Replies: 23
Views: 7973

Re: Imaginary Landscape No. 4

Jay Misuk and I would love to play this at CO so we're not just beating up each other at our second summer open. FWIW I value listening to every question you've written while finishing Sunday at a reasonable hour (so like not last year) for this tournament than the fairest of tournament format.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 6444

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

McGill uses the {President, Treasurer, Internal, External} division Victor pointed out. This has worked ever since I came here but I think both president and external needs to be fairly involved members of the interscholastic circuit for it to be effective. I outlined most of the labour division abo...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 18308

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I'm not gonna write anything new for this despite what I said upstream but if enough people haven't heard my Hockey-centric pack I wrote for Paul's Basement ICT mirror this past summer I'd love to read it for this.
by Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Canadian Hybrid Tournament (Spring/Summer 2018)
Replies: 2
Views: 2225

Canadian Hybrid Tournament (Spring/Summer 2018)

We are pleased to announce, as in true Canadian fashion, this year’s Hybrid tournament. This tournament will be written by Aayush Rajasekaran, Jack van Nostrand, Joe Su, with contributions from Faith Barrett. We will be writing most of the questions, but to not break from tradition, we will be accep...
by Benin Rebirth Party
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 10143

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 Benin Rebirth Party
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DonDeLillo (WAO II) @ University of Waterloo (18/11/2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 1581

Re: DonDeLillo (WAO II) @ University of Waterloo (18/11/2017

As far as I know, there are two house teams and two U of T teams. The editors have allowed the addition of scab teams at a TBD extra cost to bring the field size to a good even number and make everyone's schedule a bit nicer.