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by ezubaric
Sun Oct 12, 2008 9:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Replies: 127
Views: 40072

Re: PHSAT XVI (10/11/08) at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

The issue with individual stats is that there are so many teams that we don't have enough staff to have dedicated scorekeepers. So, moderators have to do all of the scoring. As many (most) of these moderators are inexperienced, a decision was made in the past to not require them to keep individual s...
by ezubaric
Tue Jul 08, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACFDB - a new tossup database
Replies: 79
Views: 17818

Re: ACFDB - a new tossup database

leapfrog314 wrote:especially if I'm not the one doing the categorizing
Categorizing can be done quite easily automatically, especially with this much training data.
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

I've already talked to Jerry about adding a tagging system that would let trusted users mark questions as "history" "social science" "geography" etc, and then again by subcategory. Well, categories are question specific, while the annotations being discussed here are applied to elements *within* a ...
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

Well, seeing that 74% of questions on Manifest Destiny mention Horace Greeley without having to read through all of them would be cool. Isn't that when you just query the results of the first and do some quick arithmetic, though? I mean, it would be cool, but if we don't start with something practi...
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

Not sure what the utility of such a search would be. You can already find every question on manifest destiny in the database, what would be the point of having proper names marked up specially? We could certainly throw that in at some further point if we're feeling adventurous, I guess. Well, seein...
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21
Replies: 65
Views: 16545

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Sun 'n Fun Mirror - Maryland - Sat, 6/21

Kevin Costello, Harris Nover, Irene Ying, and myself are tentatively planning a Caltech reunion team for this fine tournament.

-Jordan
by ezubaric
Wed May 21, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

Okay, I see. The benefit of those extra answer tags would be for an IRC bot (or something similar) using the CQML as its question source; with <accept>,<prompt> and <dna> tags, the bot can easily figure out what to do with a given answer, without having to do any sort of non-XML parsing. Another ni...
by ezubaric
Tue May 20, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

dschafer wrote:I've put an example CQML file on the wiki.

Thoughts?
How would "ANSWER: _J_ohn Fitzgerald _Kennedy_" be encoded?
by ezubaric
Tue May 20, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

Can you give an example of what you mean? I'm not sure I totally understand this. Okay, so suppose Jack has a packet with <Tossups>Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4</Tossups> <Bonuses>Q5 Q6</Bonuses> and Jill has a packet with <Tossups>Q_a Q_b</Tossups> <Bonuses>Q_c Q_d Q_e Q_f</Bonuses>. To combine them into a submissi...
by ezubaric
Tue May 20, 2008 11:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

edit: Quick rundown of QBML now available for those interested. Nice. Some more things that we had in Jerome (obviously more geared toward editing): 1. author for each question 2. editor for each question 3. status of each question (newly submitted, needs editing, finished) 4. category of each ques...
by ezubaric
Mon May 19, 2008 5:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

As someone who vaguely remembers submitting questions via Jerome, I think the hardest part was that you didn't know what parts of the distribution you had filled already. I don't remember all that much about the process, so this might be wrong, but (1) I don't think there was any code that said "th...
by ezubaric
Sun May 18, 2008 11:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

have amongst us a Python person I am such a person. Google AppEngine also uses Python, but I've only tinkered around with it, but it would likely play well with Google Docs and be fairly spiffy, if past performance is any indication. Python is also nice because of this: http://nltk.sourceforge.net/...
by ezubaric
Sun May 18, 2008 3:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LaTeX and packets
Replies: 95
Views: 31308

Re: LaTeX and packets

Awww, man. I was moving this weekend and missed a chance to get on my favorite soapbox. I apologize if I'm wrong about the Google docs thing, but it seems to me that markup language would be hard to preserve? Actually, Google docs preserves LaTeX fairly well. We used it for PARFAIT, and just placed ...
by ezubaric
Sat May 03, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to search the Stanford Archive
Replies: 16
Views: 3418

Re: How to search the Stanford Archive

I do understand that people like Jordan, Evan, and myself are in the minority when it comes to this issue. Therefore, I'll just reiterate my plea to format your packets properly as per the ACF guidelines. This makes it easier on all of us. True, true. I'm just hoping that if I hop on the soapbox ev...
by ezubaric
Fri May 02, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to search the Stanford Archive
Replies: 16
Views: 3418

Re: How to search the Stanford Archive

Or, if you're really cool, convert all your Word Docs to plain text using antiword , then grep them (or ack them or rak them). Well, we could move away from proprietary, closed formats and have machine readable formatting that would allow for easy, instantaneous shuffling, searching, categorization...
by ezubaric
Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Converting JPEGs of Packets to PDFs
Replies: 8
Views: 1554

Re: Converting JPEGs of Packets to PDFs

The hardcore but inefficient way would be through including the JPG in a LaTeX document. This is what I'd do too. I'd write a python script using the glob tool, read the directory with all of the images, place each image in a latex file (with each image set as width=100%), and the render the pdf fi...
by ezubaric
Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: return (sorta) of the question database
Replies: 33
Views: 7988

Re: return (sorta) of the question database

the first goal is to get as many questions as possible, after which I'll work to translate the categorizer to PHP and implement it. Another possibility, rather than incorporating it into php, is just to have a Python or Java daemon that runs nightly and classifies all questions that currently don't...
by ezubaric
Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: return (sorta) of the question database
Replies: 33
Views: 7988

Re: return (sorta) of the question database

I have code that will automatically assign top-level tags to questions (and finer tags to science questions). I sent the code to Jerry some time ago (but Java doesn't play well with a purely php environment, and I don't know php, so it might not make its way into the program), but I'd also be willin...
by ezubaric
Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Pronunciation question
Replies: 24
Views: 4922

Re: Pronunciation question

What about vowels that couldn't be reasonably be confused with each other? For instance, there was once a tossup on the Taika reform, and because it was only foggily in my mind and perhaps because I was confusing it with Haiku, I said "Taiku" and was ruled incorrect (this was at ICT and by a former ...
by ezubaric
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Productive discussion about expanding to new schools
Replies: 59
Views: 11826

Re: Productive discussion about expanding to new schools

Banana paper wrote:Evan is right, I will be working at Microsoft starting in August.
Well, you could always form a Microsoft team with Dan Benediktson. :grin:
by ezubaric
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 9096

DumbJaques wrote:Uhm, I'm probably overlooking something hilariously obvious, but didn't MIT's Division II team go 2-10? Is there something I'm missing here? How in the world are they listed ahead of those other teams?
I also don't see why Brown, who finished better than MIT isn't on the D2 list at all.
by ezubaric
Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: ICT Warmup @ Maryland - 4/5/08
Replies: 41
Views: 8556

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:Obviously we'd like to see many more teams sign up for this tournament. Please let me know if you're interested (or if you already registered and I forgot to put you on this list).
Princeton will almost certainly come.
by ezubaric
Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Private Sectionals Discussion Forum Signup and Access
Replies: 94
Views: 13772

username: ezubaric
by ezubaric
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 14667

For comparison purposes, that gives mythology the same quiz bowl prominence as physics, world current events, and the visual fine arts. To me, personally, that seems awfully high. It does to me too. I also felt that Greek myth probably appeared more than it should, but the overall proportion of myt...
by ezubaric
Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cardinal Classic Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 7810

For any set of weak-classifiers, this process is guaranteed to converge to a solution that classifies at least as well as the best classifier. Developed by Yoav Freund and Robert Schapire, this meta-algorithm involves repeatedly reclassifying the training data with the best of the set of original c...
by ezubaric
Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cardinal Classic Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 7810

Ray Luo was visibly upset after negging about halfway through the question with "bootstrapping", which was apparently a reasonable guess since the question contained something like "FTP name this type of bootstrapping", and after the answer was read he protested that it should have been converted t...
by ezubaric
Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: NAQT Northeast SCT at Brown (2/9/2007)
Replies: 19
Views: 5139

Princeton will send something, most likely a D1 team and a D2 team. Perhaps two D1 teams if we can convince our grad students to come out.
by ezubaric
Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Annoucement: CUWAIT (3/1/2008): CANCELED
Replies: 8
Views: 2384

Are there packet exemptions for inexperienced teams?
by ezubaric
Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TIT/MLK Discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 9954

I guess I don't see the reason to have more than 1/1 per tournament. I'd much rather see those spots go to architecture or introducing some new artists or composers to the canon, if not to traditional fine arts material. This again might be a personal preference but I think it's safe to say this to...
by ezubaric
Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: More Racism from NAQT
Replies: 59
Views: 9522

NO POLITICS IN THE AHAN JR POOL OK quoted for some super truth Is this a personal preference or a directive from an admin? If the second, I can't find anything about that in the rules section, and it seems odd to not allow ridicule for one's political beliefs while allowing the same for for religio...
by ezubaric
Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: More Racism from NAQT
Replies: 59
Views: 9522

grapesmoker wrote:Rostron's personal issues aside, Romney really does suck.
I used to like Romney before he went all crazy conservative to woo hardliners. Speaking of crazy Mormons:

http://www.nysun.com/pf.php?id=68210&v=3393428911
by ezubaric
Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: More Racism from NAQT
Replies: 59
Views: 9522

had deep involvement with LDS and as a consequence of their beliefs, denied Brian various medical attention Unless he had an Rx for double malt whiskey, LDS folk are pretty keen on prompt, thorough, modern medical treatment. That story also sounds a little dubious (but this, of course, is speculati...
by ezubaric
Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT "discussion"
Replies: 34
Views: 13462

Why would you do this? That's not editing, that's just glancing! I was saying that, I left the original answers when I felt they would be okay and when original clues were maintained, I left them in their original order. Why are you starting out with a bible-heavy distribution anyway, when you know...
by ezubaric
Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT "discussion"
Replies: 34
Views: 13462

Packets are now available here: http://www.princeton.edu/~cbowl/parfait2007/packets.zip They'll also be going up on the archive soon, hopefully. Obviously, it's fine to talk about the questions specifically now. Many people have detailed comments they want to share, and now is the time. Some people ...
by ezubaric
Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Good Date for Spring Tournament?
Replies: 8
Views: 3154

Shadowstrike wrote:Still trying to secure space, but tentatively the date should be Feb. 23. Will make a full announcement when we finally secure the space.
Any details?
by ezubaric
Fri Nov 23, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT "discussion"
Replies: 34
Views: 13462

Re: PARFAIT "discussion"

The feeling I got was that Princeton was just riding the reputation of Chris Frankel's good work from 2005, and had expended minimal effort to really put together a good tournament. You must mean 2004. Frankel contributed some much appreciated questions to the 2005 PARFAIT set, but didn't edit 2005...
by ezubaric
Tue Nov 20, 2007 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PARFAIT "discussion"
Replies: 34
Views: 13462

Does anyone have an electronic copy of these yet? If so, please send to Eric [underscore] Mukherjee [at] brown [dot] edu. Only the hosts have electronic copies of the packets, and because it's just too easy for electronic copies to float around and compromise security, we're not sending them out un...
by ezubaric
Sun Nov 18, 2007 1:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Princeton's PARFAIT III (11/17/07)
Replies: 50
Views: 23391

And extra thanks to head editor Jordan Boyd-Graber. I apologize for the perceived problems in the packets; there were some real problems there, particularly packet six, which had to particularly vague questions and a wonky distribution. There were also some typos through the packets, but hopefully ...
by ezubaric
Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Princeton's PARFAIT III (11/17/07)
Replies: 50
Views: 23391

gd wrote:I imagine some teams are likely to drop, and so there's a good chance you can in fact come.
This has happened. If you can bring another team, please do.

Cheers,

Jordan
by ezubaric
Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Princeton's PARFAIT III (11/17/07)
Replies: 50
Views: 23391

Also, I wanted to make an early request that people please bring buzzers if they have them, and let me know how many buzzers you are bringing. Ephasizing Guy's request for buzzer info. We also got some more rooms, and we're now opening up the field again. E-mail Guy quickly if you want to bring mor...
by ezubaric
Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Princeton's PARFAIT III (11/17/07)
Replies: 50
Views: 23391

grapesmoker wrote:Every time I neg, I will devour a kitten.
Jeff Hoppes once said the same thing before ACF Regionals. If I recall correctly, he got both the top-scorer prize and the humane society person of the year award later that night.
by ezubaric
Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Princeton's PARFAIT III (11/17/07)
Replies: 50
Views: 23391

geekjohnson wrote:Hey, what is the possibility of mirroring Parfait at UA?
This all depends on Guy, but it would be unfair to our other mirrors if you didn't write the questions they did (which we don't need much more of).

-Jordan
by ezubaric
Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 92
Views: 28597

Bentley Like Beckham wrote:too much CS
Stop talking silly talk; such a thing is impossible.

But just to be clear, I was not implying that EFT had too little CS. I mean, sure I'll always take more, but I thought there was "enough."

-Jordan
by ezubaric
Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT Discussion
Replies: 92
Views: 28597

I'm late to the party as usual, but this set was excellent, and the tournament was competently run (esp. considering the relative inexperience of the people there) despite late arrivals. I hope PARFAIT turns out as well. My one complaint was that my team negged itself into oblivion, but that was the...
by ezubaric
Mon Oct 01, 2007 7:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Who should play novice tournaments?
Replies: 9
Views: 3535

Another very practical issue to consider is that excluding experienced players also has the effect of excluding people with cars, thus decreasing the number of novice teams that will be able to come to the tournament. While it's possible dinosaurs (of whatever skill level) will come anyway and help ...
by ezubaric
Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Date for 8th annual USF Novice?
Replies: 3
Views: 1950

Re: Date for 8th annual USF Novice?

jeremycec wrote:Nov. 17 - USF maybe mirroring PARFAIT III?
The question mark is somewhat disconcerting. What does that mean?
by ezubaric
Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Princeton's PARFAIT III (11/17/07)
Replies: 50
Views: 23391

Just bumping this up. E-mail Guy if you want to come.

--Jordan
by ezubaric
Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Ragnarok I @ UA September 8th, 2007
Replies: 31
Views: 14839

I'm 50/50 on the spreadsheet system. I would like to see Stats99 ported to Google spreadsheets. That way you can see who made what changes, and it's okay if your connection breaks, as it's always saved. Maybe I can convice Princeton to try it out for a HS tournament (where the alternative is to hav...
by ezubaric
Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet archive project...what you can do to help
Replies: 13
Views: 6462

theMoMA wrote:It would be a ton more work to make the files into LaTeX style files
But even something like a version all in HTML would be great, as it would be greppable.
by ezubaric
Sat Sep 08, 2007 9:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet archive project...what you can do to help
Replies: 13
Views: 6462

I don't understand the clear formatting circlejerk. If Jerry's program can parse .docs or .rfts into searchable html, what's the point of having LaTeX or whatever? LaTeX is great and all, and has at least a publicly available definition that those working with it can refer to (rather than just havi...