em Jeopardy! /em 's Latest Champion Isn't Just Winning the Game. He's Changing It.

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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!



Opacity, Obscurity, and the Geometry of Question-Asking

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

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.


'Jeopardy' contestant hilariously botched a question about Beyoncé and Jay-Z

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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


Alex Trebek doesn't think Donald Trump would fare well on an episode of 'Jeopardy!'

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In a newly published interview with Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek, Vulture's David Marchese asked the game show's long-time host how he thinks President Donald Trump would fare on the show. Naturally, Trebek wasn't afraid to give his honest opinion. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump's election was a'traumatic experience' for many college students "He might not agree that any of the correct responses are correct," said Trebek, taking aim at the president's frequent dismissal of facts. In the hours since the interview hit the internet on Monday morning, people have been zeroing in on Trebek's dig, among a handful of other notable lines from the piece. "How would President Trump do on Jeopardy!?" Trebek: "He might not agree that any of the correct responses are correct."https://t.co/aFu0Sro7Yf