Community College Subject Distribution

This is a template distribution used by NAQT for its 2016–2017 Regular Invitational Series. The only difference between actual sets’ distributions and this template is that in each category (not only the innermost categories) at most one question may be shifted from tossup to bonus (or vice versa). For instance, if a category is listed as 0/1 here, it does not mean that every set will have a bonus and no set will have a tossup; it will be split approximately 50-50 based on the random number that “salts” the distribution for each packet set.

Category Name Weights Per Packet Set
(12 Packets)
Per Packet
     Literature 9350 / 484.2 / 4.0
         Religious Literature 53 / 30.2 / 0.2
             Christian Literature 12 / 10.2 / 0.1
             Non Christian Literature 11 / 20.1 / 0.2
         English Literature 5631 / 302.6 / 2.5
             American Literature 5016 / 151.3 / 1.2
             British Literature 5015 / 151.2 / 1.2
         Non English Literature 2112 / 111.0 / 0.9
             European Literature 169 / 90.8 / 0.8
             World Literature 53 / 20.2 / 0.2
         Young Reader Literature 32 / 20.2 / 0.2
         Any Literature 52 / 20.2 / 0.2
     Science 12567 / 655.6 / 5.4
         Computation 2212 / 111.0 / 0.9
         Physics 2212 / 121.0 / 1.0
         Astronomy 74 / 30.3 / 0.2
             Non Solar System 12 / 10.2 / 0.1
             Any Astronomy 22 / 20.2 / 0.2
         Biology 2212 / 121.0 / 1.0
             Anatomy Medicine Biology 253 / 30.2 / 0.2
             Cell Molecular Biology 253 / 30.2 / 0.2
             Organismal Population Biology 253 / 30.2 / 0.2
             Non Medicine Biology 152 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Any Biology 101 / 10.1 / 0.1
         Chemistry 2212 / 121.0 / 1.0
             Non Element 28 / 80.7 / 0.7
             Any Chemistry 14 / 40.3 / 0.3
         Math 105 / 60.4 / 0.5
         Computer Science 32 / 10.2 / 0.1
         Earth Science 53 / 30.2 / 0.2
         Any Science 105 / 50.4 / 0.4
     Fine Arts 3519 / 181.6 / 1.5
         Visual 389 / 90.8 / 0.8
             Painting 125 / 50.4 / 0.4
             Architecture 42 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Sculpture 41 / 10.1 / 0.1
             Other 21 / 10.1 / 0.1
         Music 266 / 60.5 / 0.5
             Composers Works 125 / 40.4 / 0.3
             Instruments Theory Performers 31 / 20.1 / 0.2
             Any Music 10 / 00.0 / 0.0
         Performance 103 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Opera 1003 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Dance 50 / 00.0 / 0.0
             Theater 50 / 00.0 / 0.0
             Any Performance 100 / 00.0 / 0.0
         Any Fine Arts 61 / 10.1 / 0.1
     History 10556 / 554.7 / 4.6
         American History 4021 / 211.8 / 1.8
             American Military History 74 / 40.3 / 0.3
             American Govt History 179 / 90.8 / 0.8
             American Social History 126 / 60.5 / 0.5
             American History 42 / 20.2 / 0.2
         European History 2313 / 111.1 / 0.9
             British History 86 / 50.5 / 0.4
             French History 32 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Russian History 32 / 20.2 / 0.2
             German History 32 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Italian History 11 / 00.1 / 0.0
         World History 189 / 90.8 / 0.8
             Asian History 85 / 50.4 / 0.4
                 Chinese History 11 / 10.1 / 0.1
                 Japanese History 10 / 00.0 / 0.0
                 Indian History 11 / 10.1 / 0.1
                 Middle Eastern History 11 / 10.1 / 0.1
                 Asian History 42 / 20.2 / 0.2
             African History 22 / 10.2 / 0.1
             South American History 21 / 20.1 / 0.2
             North American History 31 / 10.1 / 0.1
                 Mexican History 20 / 10.0 / 0.1
                 Canadian History 21 / 00.1 / 0.0
                 Other North American History 20 / 00.0 / 0.0
         Ancient History 84 / 50.3 / 0.4
             Ancient Greece History 21 / 20.1 / 0.2
             Ancient Rome History 32 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Non Classical 31 / 10.1 / 0.1
         Cross History 189 / 90.8 / 0.8
             Religious History 42 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Exploration History 42 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Europe History 42 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Non America Non Europe History 21 / 10.1 / 0.1
             Any History 42 / 20.2 / 0.2
     Geography 4323 / 231.9 / 1.9
         North American Geography 307 / 70.6 / 0.6
         World Geography 7016 / 161.3 / 1.3
             European Geography 254 / 40.3 / 0.3
             Asian Geography 305 / 50.4 / 0.4
             African Geography 203 / 30.2 / 0.2
             South American Geography 102 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Any World Geography 152 / 20.2 / 0.2
     Mythology 148 / 70.7 / 0.6
         Classical Myth 605 / 40.4 / 0.3
         Scandinavian Myth 101 / 10.1 / 0.1
         Non European Myth 100 / 00.0 / 0.0
         Nonclassical Myth 101 / 10.1 / 0.1
         Any Myth 101 / 10.1 / 0.1
     Pop Culture Sports 3720 / 191.7 / 1.6
         Sports 255 / 50.4 / 0.4
             Major Sport 123 / 20.2 / 0.2
                 Baseball 21 / 10.1 / 0.1
                     Modern 100 / 10.0 / 0.1
                     Any Time 101 / 00.1 / 0.0
                 Football 21 / 10.1 / 0.1
                     Modern 101 / 00.1 / 0.0
                     Any Time 100 / 10.0 / 0.1
                 Basketball 21 / 00.1 / 0.0
                     Modern 101 / 00.1 / 0.0
                     Any Time 100 / 00.0 / 0.0
             Minor Sport 61 / 20.1 / 0.2
                 Modern 21 / 10.1 / 0.1
                 Any Time 30 / 10.0 / 0.1
             Any Sports 71 / 10.1 / 0.1
                 Modern 11 / 00.1 / 0.0
                 Any Time 10 / 10.0 / 0.1
         Pop Culture 7515 / 141.2 / 1.2
             TV 184 / 30.3 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture TV Modern 12 / 20.2 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture TV Any Time 12 / 10.2 / 0.1
             Music 183 / 30.2 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture Music Modern 11 / 20.1 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture Music Any Time 12 / 10.2 / 0.1
             Film 184 / 30.3 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture Film Modern 12 / 20.2 / 0.2
                 Pop Culture Film Any Time 12 / 10.2 / 0.1
             Video Games 81 / 20.1 / 0.2
             Musicals 40 / 10.0 / 0.1
             Comics 20 / 10.0 / 0.1
             Other 61 / 00.1 / 0.0
                 Pop Culture Other Modern 41 / 00.1 / 0.0
                 Pop Culture Other Any Time 40 / 00.0 / 0.0
             Any 122 / 10.2 / 0.1
     Social Science 158 / 80.7 / 0.7
         Anthropology Sociology 162 / 20.2 / 0.2
         Archaeology 81 / 10.1 / 0.1
         Economics 162 / 20.2 / 0.2
         Government 81 / 00.1 / 0.0
         Jurisprudence 40 / 10.0 / 0.1
         Political Phil 40 / 00.0 / 0.0
         Psychology 162 / 20.2 / 0.2
         Any Social Science 60 / 00.0 / 0.0
     Theo Phil 105 / 50.4 / 0.4
         Theology 402 / 20.2 / 0.2
         Philosophy 603 / 30.2 / 0.2
     Current Events 4021 / 201.8 / 1.7
         Business 51 / 10.1 / 0.1
         Science 51 / 10.1 / 0.1
         US Current Events 509 / 90.8 / 0.8
             Political 364 / 50.3 / 0.4
             Social 223 / 20.2 / 0.2
             Any 202 / 20.2 / 0.2
         World Current Events 5010 / 90.8 / 0.8
             Political 455 / 50.4 / 0.4
             Social 152 / 10.2 / 0.1
             Any 303 / 30.2 / 0.2
     Miscellaneous 22 / 4011 / 200.9 / 1.7
         Mixed 18 / 359 / 180.8 / 1.5
             Pure Academic 10 / 215 / 110.4 / 0.9
             Impure Academic 8 / 144 / 70.3 / 0.6
         Mixed or General Knowledge 52 / 20.2 / 0.2

The weights column gives the numerical weights associated with each category; these are relative to the weights of sibling categories. If, for instance, a category had two children, one with weight 2 and the other with weight 3, then the first would receive 40% of questions (2/(2+3)) and the second would receive 60%. If two weights are specified, then tossups and bonuses are treated differently.

The per packet set column shows the total number of tossups and bonuses in that category for the entire set.

The per packet column shows the per packet set numbers divided by the number of packets in the set. The total number of tossups in this category in a single packet will be this number either rounded up or down; the bonuses follow a similar constraint. In addition, a single packet set will never have a packet in which both of those numbers are rounded up and another in which both of those numbers are rounded down.