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by rjaguar3
Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication
Replies: 42
Views: 5231

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

A.F. wrote:
Tegan wrote:I wouldn't have a problem, but the IHSA has a big problem with round robins
Could you elaborate on this some? I'm curious as to what the arguments against a round robin tournament would be.
"No other sport has a round robin."
by rjaguar3
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication
Replies: 42
Views: 5231

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

There should no way that an Anna Karenina toss-up should begin "Someone should tell this main character to watch out for the train". :w-hat: :w-hat: :w-hat: :w-hat: :w-hat: :w-hat: :w-hat: :chip: :chip: :chip: :chip: :chip: I have not seen the questions (since I'm no longer in Illinois), but here a...
by rjaguar3
Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication
Replies: 42
Views: 5231

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

HF just went 3-0 to win their sectional.
by rjaguar3
Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication
Replies: 42
Views: 5231

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

BG MSL Champs wrote:Can somebody check my math, because I calculated that WWS outscored Naperville Central based on the scores in the Scorezone?
You only count the games against the tied teams. In other words, the scores in matches against NN are simply disregarded, as NN finished 0-3.
by rjaguar3
Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication
Replies: 42
Views: 5231

Re: IHSA Sectionals Results and State prognostication

As of 2:11 CDT:

Stevenson won the Stevenson sectional 3-0
Loyola beat New Trier by 17 in Round 3 to win their sectional 3-0
Rockford Auburn easily won their sectional 3-0
Naperville Central advanced over IMSA and WWS, all 2-1, by 27 points to win the WWS sectional.
by rjaguar3
Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA regional assignments
Replies: 73
Views: 11825

Re: IHSA regional assignments

I've already done it, Jonah.
by rjaguar3
Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA regional assignments
Replies: 73
Views: 11825

Re: IHSA regional assignments

I've already done it partially: Bradley-Bourbonnais: ???, Lasalle-Peru, Bradley-Bourbonnais, M-Seymour Marist: ???, Lyons, Hinsdale South, Marist Dunlap: Springfield, Richwoods, ???, Washington Stevenson: Stevenson, Fremd, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield O'Fallon: ???, ???, Chatham Glenwood, Belleville Wes...
by rjaguar3
Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Important tip for users of QG Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 2482

Re: Important tip for users of QG Questions

Our conference, the CSL, does the same thing as the MSL, the only difference being that coaches get the questions only one week in advance, which is an insignificant difference. You know, recent events would prove you wrong. I think he was saying the difference between one week in advance or months...
by rjaguar3
Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Important tip for users of QG Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 2482

Re: Important tip for users of QG Questions

There have been allegations of coaches substituting in players who will know the answer to the succeeding question, but I don't think anything has been proven. (see the discussion following Naperville Central '08)

It's better to take steps to prevent anything like that from ever happening.
by rjaguar3
Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Important tip for users of QG Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 2482

Re: Important tip for users of QG Questions

Hey, in IHSA, coaches read for their teams ALL THE TIME...It's just begging for something scandalous to happen.
by rjaguar3
Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Important tip for users of QG Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 2482

Re: Important tip for users of QG Questions

And what the heck is up with moderators that won't let kids begin their bonus answer until they've buzzed in??? :w-hat: Buzzing in on bonuses? fsb EXACTLY. There are some high school teams in Illinois that still do this, inexplicably. Are we talking about buzzing in to call time, or what? I'm havin...
by rjaguar3
Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Important tip for users of QG Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 2482

Re: Important tip for users of QG Questions

My email is gregory(dot)j[dot]gauthier*at*vanderbilt<dot>edu
by rjaguar3
Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Important tip for users of QG Questions
Replies: 28
Views: 2482

Re: Important tip for users of QG Questions

And what the heck is up with moderators that won't let kids begin their bonus answer until they've buzzed in??? :w-hat: Buzzing in on bonuses? fsb EXACTLY. There are some high school teams in Illinois that still do this, inexplicably. Mr. Price, I'm planning to send you by e-mail a file with the "B...
by rjaguar3
Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 132891

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

scquizbowl wrote: Fifth grade Whiz Kids quiz bowl from KY, 1995 (with music sounding like Humpty Dumpty)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7XFNzTKqEs
Somehow it seems quite fitting that the moderator's name is Barbara Bland.
by rjaguar3
Wed Feb 25, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 205
Views: 132891

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Hey, glad you enjoyed our wise guy video (at least some of you...heh) We were sick of all the stupid egoists in the competition, so we decided to just make fun of the thing. We were banned from saying anything but our names for the next round, which was even more hilarious. I have an interesting an...
by rjaguar3
Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl WPA
Replies: 14
Views: 2103

Re: Quizbowl WPA

And here are the statistical results (based on the Goldfish tournament) for predicting whether a negging team would have gotten the tossup right given that the opponents got it right at the giveaway. %chance(N gets it)=19.487% + 2.989% (PPBN) - 1.880% (PPBO) The R^2 value of this regression is 0.587...
by rjaguar3
Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl WPA
Replies: 14
Views: 2103

Introducing the Quizbowl Line Score, TU Margin, and Neg pric

Actually, during my senior year, I developed the quizbowl line score to analyze a statistic I call tossup differential: the number of tossups that would have to go to the losing team instead of the winning team in order to produce a tie. First, to understand this, consider a line score, such as the ...
by rjaguar3
Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pyramidality, Math calculation, and the Goldfish Tournament
Replies: 70
Views: 15130

Re: Pyramidality, Math calculation, and the Goldfish Tournament

but if you put knowladge of math terms in then it's not really math anymore... I really like the 'thinking' related math questions that the naqt(s) use As a Mathcounts champion, USAMO honorable mention and math major, let me tell you that is definitely not the case. For example, the USAMO consists ...
by rjaguar3
Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:If it's only 12 team's I'd imagine a full round robin is in order.
11 Illinois-format rounds would cause the tournament to run to 8:00pm.

It's the format's fault.
by rjaguar3
Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Right Answers from vendor-produced packets
Replies: 35
Views: 4467

Re: Bad Right Answers from vendor-produced packets

rchschem wrote:
rjaguar3 wrote:Getting back on topic:

Two pictures from broadcast WRAL Brain Game episodes.
No fair picking on Brain Game. The fruit hang too low. For example, "Humphrey Bogart is a ____."
I'm curious. What was the answer to that question?
by rjaguar3
Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Private Discussion Forum
Replies: 129
Views: 16188

Re: SCT Private Discussion Forum

Registered as rjaguar3.
by rjaguar3
Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Right Answers from vendor-produced packets
Replies: 35
Views: 4467

Re: Bad Right Answers from vendor-produced packets

From a recent bonus question part; "Original meaning of the acronym R.I.P." Answer stated on page, "Rest in Peace" Answer given by my Latin-taking frosh/soph team; "Requiescat in pace" Any guesses as to how the moderator ruled??????? Thank goodness it wasn't a close game. Acronym questions need the...
by rjaguar3
Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting
Replies: 45
Views: 5504

Re: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting

I can probably elaborate on why Illinois bonuses suck: 1. They unnecessarily slow the game down. As an example, we finished 5 rounds of 20/20 at Penn Bowl in about 3 hours. At Kaneland, teams only got 4 rounds of 20/20 in the same time (and this was in Mike Laudermith's and my room; the other rooms ...
by rjaguar3
Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Right Answers from vendor-produced packets
Replies: 35
Views: 4467

Re: Bad Right Answers from vendor-produced packets

Getting back on topic:

Two pictures from broadcast WRAL Brain Game episodes.

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by rjaguar3
Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

DD60004 wrote:I'll e-mail you, but I need your address. (Your user profile isn't showing it.)
Oops. My e-mail address is gregory[ DOT ]j[ DOT ]gauthier[ AT ]vanderbilt.edu
by rjaguar3
Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

There numerous mistakes, hoses, buzzer beaters, and the bonuses alternated between 3, 4, and 5 parts, causing frustration for scorekeepers and making for some very strange scores. As question editor for the tournament (editing questions from QG), I'm curious as to which questions you thought had pr...
by rjaguar3
Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Right Answers from vendor-produced packets
Replies: 35
Views: 4467

Re: Bad Right Answers from vendor-produced packets

From a packet written in October, 2008, by everyone's favorite, Wheaton, IL-based question vendor rhyming with "Rest Chins a-bore"... "Tell the state in which the following man-made attactions are located." 5.) Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Answer: Pennsylvania Once we have our tournament on Saturday...
by rjaguar3
Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments
Replies: 47
Views: 5903

Re: The predicted demise of Illinois frosh/soph tournaments

(such as the Crandall pants emergency that allowed me to play at Masonics my sophomore year). BJ, I must know what this is. My sophomore year, due to schedule conflicts, I went to Masonics as the sixth man (In Galena, which is just too darn far to be considered Winnebago's "region"). I was expectin...
by rjaguar3
Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

BGSO wrote:we keep going to these avery and qb tournaments hoping it will get better
"Doctor, it hurts when I do this..."
by rjaguar3
Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

"Computational Algebra. Ah, yes, it is time for a buzzer race question. Solve for x in the equation ax + b = cx + d." The question writer set up the expectation that it'd be ax + b = c, hoping to foster a buzz before the equation was finished. How do I know that the writer specifically intended on ...
by rjaguar3
Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Anyone know who is going to Homewood-Flossmoor tournament on March 7th? It is the week before IHSA sectionals and my teams last tournament (excluding sectionals). So I take it you guys are not going to the NAQT State Championship on the same date? I e-mailed Ms. Kidd about that. She said that unfor...
by rjaguar3
Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Fremd was a very disappointing , our division had WWS, BG and loyola. Needless to say, I feel like our division was stacked, intentionally or unintentionally. Also, there was an excessive amount of math with no music and very little lit. The question quality left alot to be desired. All around, i w...
by rjaguar3
Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT I liveblog a tournament written by Questions Galore
Replies: 15
Views: 1633

Re: ITT I liveblog a tournament written by Questions Galore

The sad part is that I'm editing a tournament whose questions are from Questions Galore.
by rjaguar3
Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Um, Mike, I think you probably want to edit that NAQT snippet out...
by rjaguar3
Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

If we have to play Fremd not in the finals I will not be a happy person. And this is, once and for all, why most Illinois-style tournaments are bad. Teams SHOULD be playing competitive matches with other teams at their level. It was a waste when I was at Wheaton North to essentially have five match...
by rjaguar3
Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

BGSO wrote:Anybody know who the question provider is for Naperville this weekend?
I heard it's NAQT. Given how the questions were last year, that's certainly an improvement.
by rjaguar3
Mon Jan 05, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Interest in all-math side event?
Replies: 19
Views: 2454

Re: Interest in all-math side event?

I'd certainly be interested.
by rjaguar3
Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:What about trying to talk Kaneland into fixing their format and finding a different provider?
I know Ken Dentino pretty well. From this, I know that it will likely be a futile effort to get him to change. I want your advice: should I send him an e-mail?
by rjaguar3
Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Name the state that borders New Hampshire and Quebec. Answer: Main Was this a worksheet round? It was a rephrased clue from a toss-up which was uniquely identifying. With Platypus Questions, the questions vary widely in difficulty because they are computer-generated. Bonuses of "name these ions" ap...
by rjaguar3
Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

And it is very rare that you'd get that last one as a buzzer beater after working on it for 25 seconds (excluding math comp). (playing as Devil's Advocate) The point is that there is nothing to lose by waiting 25 seconds. If anything, you could earn more points by having a teammate pull the answer ...
by rjaguar3
Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Advice on question writing companies
Replies: 22
Views: 2807

Re: Advice on question writing companies

We recently had the tossup "Multiply (1/10) times (2/3)." That's Numberwang! Unfortunately, I know that I played on Avery. As far as I remember (this was 2005-06 DVC conference), the questions lacked any semblance of pyramidality. I don't remember any skewed canon, but, then again, nearly EVERY tou...
by rjaguar3
Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Right, but my point is that this does that for you automatically: you have 10 seconds to discuss just one part! That's almost never going to be the case in the old format, even if you know some of the parts dead-bang. I think she means that if you know say the first three parts and can check them i...
by rjaguar3
Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

First of all, I'd be sure to raise and hammer that these are still 30-second bonuses: having 3 10-second chunks of time with fewer (or at least not more) answers to discuss should actually increase collaboration (mean time spend discussing each part is higher, not lower.) My HS coach was under the ...
by rjaguar3
Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Stevenson 416, Wheaton North A 35 Stevenson: Jorie 0 0 0, Mark 0 0 0, Zach 0 0 0, Kevin 0 0 0, Jonathan 0 0 0, Andrew 0 0 0 Wheaton North A: Susan 0 0 0, Danny 0 0 0, Mark 0 1 10, Karen 0 0 0, Laura 0 0 0 Bonuses: Stevenson 0 0 0.00, Wheaton North A 0 0 0.00 Bonus Bouncebacks: Stevenson 0 0 0.00, W...
by rjaguar3
Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

cornfused wrote:
rjaguar3 wrote:Quizbowl strongholds like Missouri
Gotta love that Florida format.
As I said at PAC 2008, only in Florida can you replace the 5-point round with a dice-rolling round and not affect the results of the national championship. :P
by rjaguar3
Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 3174

Re: HSAPQ Questions

Sir Thopas wrote:At least Vanderbilt (presumably) stapled their packets.
No we didn't. Made it easier for us readers, too.
by rjaguar3
Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Greg--just curious, who else has defected, recently? I'm just going based on the following things we do know: The number of teams at the tournament has decreased steadily over the last few years. Quizbowl strongholds like Virginia and Missouri have also stopped attending (they were not at PAC 2008)...
by rjaguar3
Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Shcool wrote:REMOVE THAT LINK IMMEDIATELY! That is for members only!
So reported (with the forum's report feature).

On another note, I honestly wonder if there will be an NTAE 2009 after all. Seems like Illinois is not the only team defecting from an already small field.
by rjaguar3
Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 161423

Re: Illinois '08-'09

In case you may be interested, I posted an analysis of the solo question conversion here
by rjaguar3
Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Scobol Solo (11/22)
Replies: 23
Views: 10311

Re: New Trier Scobol Solo (11/22)

I had nothing better to do, so I used some formulas to determine the least answered and most answered questions of the tournament. QUESTIONS THAT WERE UNANSWERED Physics R 9 (Energy on a capacitor calc.) QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY 1 PLAYER World Lit R10 (Nausea) Jack Glerum (LA) Current Events R13 (Lilly...