Agreement in Judgments

This program that guesses what person, real or fictional, you’re thinking of (CHT Neil Gaiman) is pretty eerie until you figure out how it works. (Hint: it will get more and more accurate over time.)

13 Responses to Agreement in Judgments

  1. Anon73 December 22, 2009 at 12:22 am #

    I’m guessing maybe it uses previous information other players have entered? By the time I had got it to guess a Russian female writer who lived in the 20th century united states it guessed Ayn Rand on the second try.

    • Anon73 December 22, 2009 at 12:31 am #

      It does have some fairy suspicious behavior; I only gave answers that could describe Socrates, Aristotle, or Plato, and of the three it guessed Socrates the first try.

  2. Shawn Huckabay December 22, 2009 at 12:31 am #

    Ok, it guessed R. Daneel Olivaw with impressively few questions.

    • Roderick December 22, 2009 at 12:43 am #

      Another note: it doesn’t go strictly by your answers (you may say female and it will still guess a male or vice versa); I’d guess it goes by overall correlation, i.e., it will guess the person for whom the average answers of others have the highest overall correlation with yours.

      • Anon73 December 22, 2009 at 12:46 am #

        Yes that’s what I was implying; it also relies on people entering in their character once they have defeated it. I beat it just now by using a minor character from a TV show, although its guess was surprisingly close (a related character from the same TV show).

        • Roderick December 22, 2009 at 2:36 am #

          And it also relies on people telling the truth and not messing with it.

          a related character from the same TV show

          I tried Ken MacLeod and got Iain Banks.

  3. Raven December 22, 2009 at 1:03 am #

    I was surprised when it got David Lynch on the first try, but I defeated it with El Topo.

  4. Charles H. December 22, 2009 at 7:17 am #

    I was thinking of Immanuel Kant and it gave me Friedrich Nietzsche, even though I told it no mustache. Also I didn’t know whether Kant had ever killed anyone. And I said he was “ugly and nasty,” though really I was just thinking of his prose.

  5. RWW December 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    It’s basically just a specialized version of 20Q…

  6. P.M.Lawrence December 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Ha! Not only did it guess wrong three times for Benjamin Disraeli before it gave up, offering Oscar Wilde, Robert Browning and Lord Dunsany even though it had been told he was a 19th century British Prime Minister of Jewish origins, it had the nerve to claim it had been pretty close. It seems its early question whether he was a writer confused it permanently.

    • Roderick December 23, 2009 at 1:13 am #

      “Pretty close” means your choice was on the long list he gives you at the end.

      • P.M.Lawrence December 23, 2009 at 5:53 pm #

        Had it been a short list, that claim would have been justified; as it was, it was absurdly arrogant on the part of the site’s designers.

        • Roderick December 23, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

          No, no, it’s just their fictional character who’s arrogant. 🙂

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