In his 1984 fever dream "I Lost on Jeopardy," "Weird Al" Yankovic imagines disgracing his family for generations to come after he's outsmarted by an architect and a plumber on national television. But not even Weird Al could have conjured up current Jeopardy! In his first 11 victories, Holzhauer has broken scores of records and then broken some of his own. He is dismissing his competition with an enviable and breezy dispatch, and with winnings totaling $771,290, he is already one of the most successful contestants on any game show in television history. Holzhauer possesses a particular set of skills that have made him the most successful Jeopardy!
If you want to be the Queen of Jeopardy, we suggest you brush up on your knowledge of Queen Bey first. On Thursday night's episode, a Jeopardy contestant named Jessica proved she was not so well versed on the every move of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. When asked which collective name the duo used when releasing their album Everything Is Love, Jessica provided a hilariously incorrect answer. In fact, Twitter user and Jeopardy fan @Slicklippz was so taken aback by the response that he felt compelled to rewind, record the moment, and share it with his followers. So this just happened on #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/sJscEA7MxF
Asking questions is a pervasive human activity, but little is understood about what makes them difficult to answer. An analysis of a pair of large databases, of New York Times crosswords and questions from the quiz-show Jeopardy, establishes two orthogonal dimensions of question difficulty: obscurity (the rarity of the answer) and opacity (the indirectness of question cues, operationalized with word2vec). The importance of opacity, and the role of synergistic information in resolving it, suggests that accounts of difficulty in terms of prior expectations captures only a part of the question-asking process. A further regression analysis shows the presence of additional dimensions to question-asking: question complexity, the answer's local network density, cue intersection, and the presence of signal words. Our work shows how question-askers can help their interlocutors by using contextual cues, or, conversely, how a particular kind of unfamiliarity with the domain in question can make it harder for individuals to learn from others. Taken together, these results suggest how Bayesian models of question difficulty can be supplemented by process models and accounts of the heuristics individuals use to navigate conceptual spaces.
An Ottawa software developer is looking to make it three wins in a row on Jeopardy Thursday, and his popularity with fans of the game show appears to be growing as quickly as his winnings. Grant McSheffrey has won $53,400 over two nights on the long-running TV show. McSheffrey's enthusiastic reaction to his first win on Tuesday night went viral, his beaming face quickly turned into memes as fans of the show shared in his excitement. "It was just ... I can't believe I am a Jeopardy champion! I'm on Jeopardy and I just won!