A $k$-permutation family on $n$ vertices is a set system consisting of the intervals of $k$ permutations of the integers $1$ through $n$. The discrepancy of a set system is the minimum over all red-blue vertex colorings of the maximum difference between the number of red and blue vertices in any set in the system. In 2011, Newman and Nikolov disproved a conjecture of Beck that the discrepancy of any $3$-permutation family is at most a constant independent of $n$. Here we give a simpler proof that Newman and Nikolov's sequence of $3$-permutation families has discrepancy $\Omega(\log n)$. We also exhibit a sequence of $6$-permutation families with root-mean-squared discrepancy $\Omega(\sqrt{\log n})$; that is, in any red-blue vertex coloring, the square root of the expected difference between the number of red and blue vertices in an interval of the system is $\Omega(\sqrt{\log n})$.

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