High School 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 Per Packet
Literature 93 50 / 48 4.2 / 4.0
     Religious Literature 5 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Christian Literature 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Non Christian Literature 1 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
     English Literature 56 31 / 30 2.6 / 2.5
         American Literature 50 15 / 15 1.2 / 1.2
         British Literature 50 16 / 15 1.3 / 1.2
     Non English Literature 21 12 / 11 1.0 / 0.9
         European Literature 16 9 / 8 0.8 / 0.7
         World Literature 5 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
     Young Reader Literature 3 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Any Literature 5 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
Science 125 67 / 65 5.6 / 5.4
     Computation 22 12 / 12 1.0 / 1.0
     Physics 22 12 / 12 1.0 / 1.0
     Astronomy 7 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
         Astronomy Non Solar System 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Any Astronomy 2 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
     Biology 22 12 / 11 1.0 / 0.9
         Anatomy Medicine Biology 25 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Cell Molecular Biology 25 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         Organismal Population Biology 25 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Non Medicine Biology 15 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Any Biology 10 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Chemistry 22 12 / 12 1.0 / 1.0
         Chemistry Non Element 2 8 / 8 0.7 / 0.7
         Any Chemistry 1 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
     Math 10 6 / 5 0.5 / 0.4
     Computer Science 3 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Earth Science 5 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
     Any Science 10 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
Fine Arts 35 19 / 18 1.6 / 1.5
     Visual 38 9 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
         Painting 12 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
         Architecture 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Sculpture 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Visual Other 2 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     Music 26 7 / 6 0.6 / 0.5
         Composers Works 12 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
         Instruments Theory Performers 3 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
         Any Music 1 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     Performance 10 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Opera 100 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Dance 5 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Theater 5 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         Any Performance 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
     Any Fine Arts 6 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
History 105 56 / 55 4.7 / 4.6
     American History 40 21 / 21 1.8 / 1.8
         American Military History 7 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
         American Govt History 17 9 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
         American Social History 12 6 / 6 0.5 / 0.5
         American History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     European History 23 12 / 12 1.0 / 1.0
         British History 8 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
         French History 3 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Russian History 3 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         German History 3 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Italian History 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     World History 18 9 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
         Asian History 8 5 / 4 0.4 / 0.3
             Chinese History 1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Japanese History 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Indian History 1 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Middle Eastern History 1 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
             Asian History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         African History 2 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         South American History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         North American History 3 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Mexican History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Canadian History 2 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             Other North American History 2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
     Ancient History 8 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
         Ancient Greece History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Ancient Rome History 3 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Ancient History Non Classical 3 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
     Cross History 18 10 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
         Religious History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Exploration History 4 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Europe History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         Non America Non Europe History 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         Any History 4 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
Geography 43 23 / 22 1.9 / 1.8
     North American Geography 30 7 / 6 0.6 / 0.5
     World Geography 70 16 / 16 1.3 / 1.3
         European Geography 25 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
         Asian Geography 30 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
         African Geography 20 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         South American Geography 10 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         Any World Geography 15 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
Mythology 14 7 / 7 0.6 / 0.6
     Classical Myth 60 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
     Scandinavian Myth 10 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Non European Myth 10 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Nonclassical Myth 10 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Any Myth 10 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
PC Sports 37 20 / 19 1.7 / 1.6
     Sports 25 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
         Major Sport 12 3 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
             Baseball 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Baseball Modern 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Baseball Any Time 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
             Football 2 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
                 Football Modern 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Football Any Time 10 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
             Basketball 2 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
                 Basketball Modern 10 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
                 Basketball Any Time 10 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         Minor Sport 6 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Minor Sport Modern 2 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
             Minor Sport Any Time 3 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
         Any Sports 7 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
             Any Sports Modern 1 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             Any Sports Any Time 1 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
     Pop Culture 75 15 / 14 1.2 / 1.2
         PC TV 18 4 / 3 0.3 / 0.2
             PC TV Modern 1 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
             PC TV Any Time 1 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         PC Music 18 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
             PC Music Modern 1 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
             PC Music Any Time 1 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         PC Film 18 4 / 3 0.3 / 0.2
             PC Film Modern 1 2 / 1 0.2 / 0.1
             PC Film Any Time 1 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
         PC Video Games 8 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
         PC Broadway 4 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         PC Comics 2 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
         PC Other 6 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
             PC Other Modern 4 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
             PC Other Any Time 4 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
         PC Any 12 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
Social Science 15 8 / 8 0.7 / 0.7
     Anthropology Sociology 16 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     Archaeology 8 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Economics 16 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     Government 8 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Jurisprudence 4 0 / 1 0.0 / 0.1
     Political Phil 4 0 / 0 0.0 / 0.0
     Psychology 16 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     Any Social Science 6 1 / 0 0.1 / 0.0
Theo Phil 10 5 / 5 0.4 / 0.4
     Theology 40 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     Philosophy 60 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
Current Events 40 21 / 20 1.8 / 1.7
     CE Business 5 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     CE Science 5 1 / 1 0.1 / 0.1
     US CE 50 9 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
         US CE Political 36 4 / 4 0.3 / 0.3
         US CE Social 22 3 / 3 0.2 / 0.2
         US CE Any 20 2 / 2 0.2 / 0.2
     World CE 50 10 / 9 0.8 / 0.8
         World CE Political 45 5 / 4 0.4 / 0.3
         World CE Social 15 1 / 2 0.1 / 0.2
         World CE Any 30 4 / 3 0.3 / 0.2
Miscellaneous 22 / 40 12 / 21 1.0 / 1.8
     Mixed 18 / 35 9 / 18 0.8 / 1.5
         Mixed Pure Academic 10 / 21 5 / 11 0.4 / 0.9
         Mixed Impure Academic 8 / 14 4 / 7 0.3 / 0.6
     Mixed or GK 5 3 / 3 0.2 / 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.

Introductory Invitational Series (sets whose number is followed by ‘A’) use a slightly different distribution.