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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » January 22nd, 2015, 1:14 pm

I don't recall ever encountering an ID section in Disease Detectives. Maybe it's a new thing they're integrating, but as far as I know, it's not typical, and probably not necessarily something you should spend much time on.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby NJBio » January 24th, 2015, 8:08 am

Maybe...we've seem them a lot in NY/PA tournaments, but that could be our bad luck. Still, it's good to have a section devoted to listing the specifics of certain diseases - tiebreakers and short answers tend to focus on individual ones.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby TC-SciOly » January 24th, 2015, 8:02 pm

We are really confused about identifying point source, continuous source, and propagated epi curves. On certain tests it is really hard to identify the type of curve just according to the definitions. Can someone provide guidance on where we can find more information on identifying these curves?

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby bernard » January 26th, 2015, 12:54 am

We are really confused about identifying point source, continuous source, and propagated epi curves. On certain tests it is really hard to identify the type of curve just according to the definitions. Can someone provide guidance on where we can find more information on identifying these curves?
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby DatScienceKid » January 26th, 2015, 2:28 pm

We are really confused about identifying point source, continuous source, and propagated epi curves. On certain tests it is really hard to identify the type of curve just according to the definitions. Can someone provide guidance on where we can find more information on identifying these curves?
I feel you. This was my problem the first two years of the event. Just sit down and try to understand, it's not too difficult if you understand basic epidemiological terms. Don't fret too much, because it's easy to over complicate them! :D
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Skink » January 28th, 2015, 6:17 am

I made the comment that this event is always (?) first on the National competition schedule, to which I was asked why that is. And, well, I don't know! Does anybody out there know what the rationale for that is?

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby bernard » January 28th, 2015, 6:26 am

I made the comment that this event is always (?) first on the National competition schedule, to which I was asked why that is. And, well, I don't know! Does anybody out there know what the rationale for that is?
At our regional tournament last year, Disease Detectives was at 11am and 12pm which wasn't as late as some events starting at 2pm, but it ended up being the last event announced at awards and we even had to wait a bit for the results. Not sure why it took a while; maybe some of us wrote too much for the graders to read. It could be that they want an event in the morning that doesn't require much setup.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Skink » January 28th, 2015, 5:34 pm

It could be that they want an event in the morning that doesn't require much setup.
That's as good an explanation as any. Of the perennial events, this is one of few that isn't stuff-intensive.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby NJBio » January 28th, 2015, 5:40 pm

Probably. It always seems to be first thing in the morning with every team competing in the same session. It's just a test, so you can fit huge amounts of teams into one room and can prepare for future, more complex events.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby John Richardsim » January 29th, 2015, 2:01 am

I'm pretty sure that this is because many Disease Detectives tests (especially the nationals one) take forever to grade. Now that I think of it, even in the practice tests I take for this event there are hardly any multiple choice. Seeing as how almost all of the tests are almost all short response, there can be some answers that are borderline right or wrong, and that further complicates things as to where to draw the line between the two.
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