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ChrisZampese
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This is a 20 question game on the internet. Go to the site and fill in the form (optional, they are just trying to gather statistics) and then click Play.

Click here to go to the site.

Pick a word and then play the game as usual.

It's amazing how well the computer does! Try some more abstract things; like gravity.

Go on, give it a try!!!!
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Yup - it is smarter than your average co-worker...
Answers are in reverse i.e (1) was first


I am guessing that it is a ski?
Yes

19. Do you use it in your home? No.
18. Can it bend without breaking? Yes.
17. Can you walk on it? Yes.
16. Can it be heard? No.
15. Is it straight? Yes.
14. Do you use it at night? No.
13. Can it affect you (cause an effect to you)? Yes.
12. Can you switch it on and off? No.
11. Is it used in travel? Yes.
10. Is it smaller than a loaf of bread? No.
9. Can you hold it? Yes.
8. Can you open it? No.
7. Could it be found in a classroom? No.
6. Is it considered valuable? Yes.
5. Does it bring joy to people? Yes.
4. Can you put something into it? Yes.
3. Do you clean it regularly? Yes.
2. Can it be washed? Yes.
1. Do you hold it when you use it? Yes.

It is classified as Unknown.
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It's pretty amazing really, I'd love to see the code that runs it!

Here are the answers I gave it, now you try to guess! (It got this one with only 11 answers)
Answers are in reverse order.

11. Does it come in different colors? No.
10. Can you peel it? Yes.
9. Are there many different sorts of it? Yes.
8. Is it crunchy? No.
7. Is it found in salad bars? Yes.
6. Can it fit in an envelope? Probably.
5. Is it green or black? No.
4. Does it taste sweet? No.
3. Does it have tough skin? No.
2. Does it roll? Yes.
1. It is classified as Vegetable.
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This is an extensive Expert System experiment. The idea is that the more
people who play, the more things it learns;
so it isn't as much the code as the usage of
the program. I built one of these in C and
then in C++, it's really not that hard. If you want some info, there is a book I used that gave a thorough explanation called:

"Artificial Intelligence in C".

It isn't new; it is from the 70's but the
theories are still very good, especially
if you want to study search algorithms, programs, etc.
"Free will is an illusion." - B.F. Skinner
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Yes I've come across similar "information gathering" programs. Every user "educates" the program. Amazing that such a computer script was ever devised. Smart machine indeed.

Chris, I visited the site and was impressed!
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We built things like this in my computer science class in high school, it's not too complicated.
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I actually managed to beat it with "a baby".
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And with a pumpkin.
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Quote:
We built things like this in my computer science class in high school, it's not too complicated.


I too built things 'like' this in comp sci at Uni (only did intro, some C++ basics)
but something as accurate and well planned as this is not something you do too easily. I just thought it was cool that computers and the internet are now capable of running this sort of thing on such as scale.

Quote:
I actually managed to beat it with "a baby".


If you carry after it gets your guess wrong it will ask you to enter your word. Baby is not in the database. I tried baby and it came up with human being.

By the way, any guesses on what I was thinking of in the 3rd post of this thread??
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Oh I forgot to mention that it busted me with nine questions. The answer was "ice"
It was a bit creepy seeing the words
"Is it ice"?

Would be great if it talked with Hal's voice of 2001 Space Odyssey
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It couldn't guess "candelabra". But I added that word in at the end when it was stumped, so now it's probably in the database. What a cool program!
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Chris,

Was yours a potato?

Thank thing is wild! Here was mine...I can't believe it got it right, after all the weird questions it asked.

I am guessing that it is a chopstick?
Yes , No , Close

28. Do you open and close it? No.
27. Can it affect you (cause an effect to you)? No.
26. Is it something you bring along? No.
25. Can it be used more than once? Yes.
24. Is it smooth? No.
23. Does it come in a pack? Yes.
22. Is it made of metal? No.
21. Is it straight? Yes.
20. I guess it tweezers? No.
19. Does it help accomplish tasks? Yes.
18. Is it a synthetic material? No.
17. Does it roll? No.
16. Does it come in a box? No.
15. Can it be washed? No.
14. Would you find it on a farm? No.
13. Do you carry it in your pocket? No.
12. Is it sharp? No.
11. Is it flat? No.
10. Does it go inside other things? No.
9. Can it fit in an envelope? Yes.
8. Do most people use this daily? No.
7. Is it a common household object? Yes.
6. Does it get wet? No.
5. Is it heavy? No.
4. Would you find it in an office? No.
3. Is it hard? Yes.
2. Does it bring joy to people? No.
1. It is classified as Other.
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ChrisZampese
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Close Dulcimer, change the p for a t, and the t for an m.

Crazy computers!!
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??

What's a "totamo"?
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ChrisZampese
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It's a special fruit that we only grow here in New Zealand.

It's kind of a cross between a tomato and a peach. It's not that popular, that's why I was suprised that the computer guessed it!!
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A math professor of mine pointed out to me that it is always possible to win 20 questions, although in a rather boring manner.

The way you do it is to get a dictionary, open it up to the middle and ask, "Does it come before this word?" This divides the dictionary into halves, so you repeat it with the half that you know it is in.

With this method you can correctly guess which word is being thought of out of 2^20=1048576 words, which is more words than in existance in any one particular language (I think).
"The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells."
-Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

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