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by matt979
Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT...
Replies: 17
Views: 3203

Re: NAQT SCT...

Why hasn't someone from NAQT posted this here? Hi Jerry, Technically it's because I followed the letter, rather than the spirit, of Dwight Kidder's request a couple nights ago, and thoughtlessly didn't look for an SCT thread on the Collegiate Discussion board. More generally it's still true that NA...
by matt979
Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT SCT Sites
Replies: 14
Views: 4506

2009 NAQT SCT Sites

Attention all interested parties: 13 January 2009 edits are in this lovely shade of blue The correct information will always be at http://www.naqt.com/sct/hosts.jsp?year_code=2008 National Academic Quiz Tournaments is pleased to announce these locations including the addition of Washington Universit...
by matt979
Mon May 26, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSNCT Playoff Scores
Replies: 3
Views: 1251

HSNCT Playoff Scores

Hi Everyone, Although I don't have the right privileges to update NAQT's web site, I do now have a local copy of Saturday's game scores, standings, and individual stats (all of which are already on the web site) -- and more importantly playoff results (which aren't yet conveniently linked from the N...
by matt979
Mon May 26, 2008 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!
Replies: 128
Views: 12807

Re: 2008 HSNCT Live Coverage and Comments

There were 38 6-4 teams. Disadvantaging in excess of half the playoff field seems extreme. With 176 teams in the field it was highly likely that more than 64 teams would have winning records, and the card system guaranteed that there would be a large number of 6-4 teams. Incidentally, there could h...
by matt979
Mon May 26, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!
Replies: 128
Views: 12807

Re: 2008 HSNCT Live Coverage and Comments

TJ will play the holder of card 4 in round 8, but will be in the final regardless. If card 4 beats TJ, card 4 will play the winner of 2-3 to get into a non-advantaged final. If TJ wins, they will play an advantaged final against the winner of 2-3. Incidentally, this is the clearest written explanat...
by matt979
Mon May 26, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16469

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Given the same initial assumptions, and setting aside one's opinions of computation questions (NAQT members have a wide range of opinions there), I don't think it's tenable to claim that any particular question is acceptable at one spot within a pack but not another spot within the same pack. (The i...
by matt979
Sun May 25, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!
Replies: 128
Views: 12807

Re: 2008 HSNCT Live Coverage and Comments

Hi Everyone,

We've had database cache issues, followed by server issues. Currently working feverishly on both (more precisely the stat guys are working feverishly as I keep vigil and type this), will deploy correct results ASAP.

Thanks for your patience,
Matt Bruce
NAQT
by matt979
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Questions for NAQT about SCTs
Replies: 9
Views: 2451

Not sure if this is the sort of question you're inviting, but here it is: I note that NAQT has bumped up the number of community college SCTs this year compared to earlier years. Is this going to translate into a bigger number of slots for CCs at the ICT? If so, would that come at the expense of D2...
by matt979
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Questions for NAQT about SCTs
Replies: 9
Views: 2451

NoahMinkCHS wrote:Matt,

Will IS-74 (CC SCT question set) overlap with the Division II SCT as has been the case in the past? I haven't seen any statement either way on this (sorry if I've missed it).
Hi Noah,

The short answer is no, despite previous years. R. intends to post a more complete explanation.
by matt979
Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Questions for NAQT about SCTs
Replies: 9
Views: 2451

Questions for NAQT about SCTs

Hi Everyone, I'm pinch-hitting for Craig Barker as NAQT's SCT Host Coordinator this year. If you have any questions about NAQT's Sectional Championship Tournaments or Community College Sectional Championships between now and February, this thread would be a good place for questions whose answers are...
by matt979
Mon Apr 10, 2006 10:48 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 135949

Re: My two cents

(2) This is the second straight year where the brackets were distributed quite unevenly. Seriously, what was NAQT doing putting Chicago A, Berkeley, Rochester, Williams, Harvard, and Texas A&M in the same bracket? Or (slightly less egregious, but more personally annoying) Illinois, UCLA, Princeton,...
by matt979
Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:31 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 135949

When I approached R. Hentzel during the tournament and expressed my dissatisfaction with the questions, I got a brief nod for my troubles and no indication whether anything I had said (and I hadn't had a chance to go into detail) would be taken into account. Depending on the exact timeframe, "durin...
by matt979
Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Two Day Tournaments
Replies: 10
Views: 5786

I still think that playing 6 rounds on Fri night, then just the one Sat morning before re-bracketing is kind of stupid. [...] This seems like an issue NAQT could easily change if enough people express an opinion. Quoted for emphasis. Note also that contacting NAQT directly has the most impact. Past...
by matt979
Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THE thread for NAQT SCT discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 52906

Jerry, Your distinction between good and bad quotes/anecdotes is very well put, and I especially appreciate the citations to examples of what's good. For what it's worth, ISI has a higher profile on campus with a righty alternapaper (at least this was true in the early 1990s) especially if the same ...
by matt979
Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUESTION SPECIFIC Thread for NAQT SCT
Replies: 31
Views: 17390

Hey great, two of mine and one that I mistakenly thought was mine until looking it up. Incidentally, on the music theory question that two posters in the other thread described as "the worst of the tournament": You've got a point. Obviously I liked it when I submitted it, but in hindsight... mea cul...
by matt979
Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUESTION SPECIFIC Thread for NAQT SCT
Replies: 31
Views: 17390

Moreover, who cares how many water cascades it had? How is that not more than just filler? Is someone hearing this and thinking "Ok, this guy had a summer palace... wait... it has four water cascades? oh! its Peter!" (Not my question, nor do I feel like looking up who did write it, but...) Despite ...
by matt979
Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THE thread for NAQT SCT discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 52906

Jerry's last paragraph specifically inspired me to respond partly from the vantage point of an individual semi-frequent NAQT writer, but mostly from someone who's just enough aware of what NAQT "is" (and how heterogeneous it is) to believe strongly that some criticisms of the organization are inapt....
by matt979
Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THE thread for NAQT SCT discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 52906

I don't speak for NAQT (a world in which I spoke for NAQT on question content would be just bizarre) but I do have this year's SCT D1 set handy. Neither of the lists below is exhaustive, nor should the relative size suggest anything. Rather, I glanced through until I'd found some reasonable amount o...
by matt979
Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH Regionals tossup breakdown
Replies: 0
Views: 1780

TRASH Regionals tossup breakdown

If you don't care for a long overanalysis, some quick bullet points: *- Too many video games at the expense of board games et al *- Probably too much baseball at the expense of other sports (though as a baseball fan I can't complain) *- 1990s well represented in Music and TV but not in Movies or Spo...
by matt979
Fri Nov 18, 2005 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tossup length
Replies: 6
Views: 5932

I agree (not just assent but strong, outspoken support) with most of what Andrew Yaphe wrote to begin this thread. A few related observations: -- It's still quite possible (though a lot more challenging) to write NAQT-length tossups that reward the deductive thinking Yaphe describes. More to the poi...
by matt979
Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Websites/Places to Find Round Robin Schedules?
Replies: 8
Views: 4496

Repeating Dan Greenstein's link for emphasis: http://www.collegequizbowl.org/schedules/ Search on "Choose a NAQT-style schedule" or "Choose a packet submission schedule", and use the appropriate select menu. Easy as pie. Members of the UC-Berkeley quiz team were recently in the process of working on...
by matt979
Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic TRASH Regionals Update
Replies: 22
Views: 10667

The best way to handle 17 teams is probably the same way you would have handled 18 teams had one of the teams just always forfeited.

If there isn't already a place on the web where one can grab & print schedules for the most common QB field sizes, there will be soon.
by matt979
Tue Jun 07, 2005 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thomas Jefferson wins third straight HSNCT
Replies: 65
Views: 33880

Regarding NAQT format and victory margin, I'll post some data from Saturday's rounds later but I happen to have playoff gamescores convenient right now. The numbers below mean less than they might seem, unless/until you find some other data set with which to make useful comparisons. The five playoff...
by matt979
Tue Jun 07, 2005 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 80939

Re: Staff Team

Scott Coon played at Iowa State and Illinois. Although I'd been reluctant to do Oscar speech style kudos (the implicit subtext is self-congratulation), it's still worth noting that you can't have 48 simultaneous game rooms without 100+ top-notch staff who deserve be recognized. A previous post menti...
by matt979
Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thomas Jefferson wins third straight HSNCT
Replies: 65
Views: 33880

NAQT's webmaster posted the full Sunday results at http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2005/2005-hsnct-results.html and http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2005/results/playoff-results.html For what it's worth, Saturday's full statistics brought to you courtesy of Jim Puls, Greg McWhirter, Colin Brown, and the web inte...
by matt979
Sun Jun 05, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thomas Jefferson wins third straight HSNCT
Replies: 65
Views: 33880

Thomas Jefferson wins third straight HSNCT

[This is a quick-results post. More to come as soon as it can be uploaded. -Matt Bruce, Logistics/Stats, NAQT 2005 HSNCT.] Thomas Jefferson proved victorious among 96 teams playing for the High School National Championship Tournament, run by National Academic Quiz Tournaments and held June 4-5 at th...
by matt979
Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT results
Replies: 4
Views: 3809

I don't know if its par for the course, but they definitely messed up my stats for this year. More amusingly, they completely omitted me from the stats for the 2000 ICT (Berkeley Div. 2). This resulted in Berkeley's division 2 team, playing on the same set of questions as division 1, to seem to hav...
by matt979
Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2005 NAQT ICT Results
Replies: 46
Views: 30064

Incidentally, below are D1 teams' records strictly in rounds 9-14, for what it's worth. (D2 is easily done yourself if you feel like it.) It's tempting to suggest that a team in a harder or easier playoff bracket than where it "belonged" might go 5-1 or better or 1-5 or worse. The most striking outl...
by matt979
Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2005 NAQT ICT Results
Replies: 46
Views: 30064

To correct a very unfortunate choice of words:
ICT field selection and bracketing weren't just based "mostly" on SCT performance but rather entirely, with the obvious exception of automatic host bids.
by matt979
Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2005 NAQT ICT Results
Replies: 46
Views: 30064

(CAVEAT: Although I am fairly certain of the purely factual claims below, the aim of this post is to provide information rather than express an opinion. Any opinion here, express or implied, is purely my own and not necessarily that of anyone else in NAQT. I do not speak for NAQT.) One practical bar...