Somebody Has To Lose, And It Was Me

Really enjoyed this puzzle at the New York Times:

Puzzle: Are You Smarter Than 56,374 Other New York Times Readers?

You didn’t win, but you do get a consolation prize: 850 words about human psychology and behavioral economics explaining the error of your ways.

I’ll still pride myself on recognizing the “problem” of understanding the rules fully and how the difficulty to guess the answer really lies in failing to understand who irrational people will be when playing. Totally nailed the Nash equilibrium part – wasn’t really sure where to go after that. So I was way off in my guess.

Play the puzzle, read the article. Play more games.


IBM Watson Personality Insights

Watching an episode of The Flog, Felicia Day’s webseries, I heard about the IBM Watson Personality Insights analyzer. By entering in some text, Watson attempts to a do a personality profile of you. I usually find these sort of descriptions silly, but I decided to have some fun with it.

Rather than write in a chunk of text on the spot, I took some text from my blog. I wish I could’ve just given them my RSS feed to analyze, but instead I copy and pasted in the content of my three most recently published posts (at the time.) So it’s really more an analysis of how I portray myself on my blog, rather than an analysis of me.

But since my blog is totally restricted to text (and media, but you get my drift) I actually consider this more likely to be fair. It’s not who I am – but it is how others perceive what I write. Let me know what you think of the results!

Your Personality*

*Compared to most people who participated in [IBM ‘s] surveys.

You are sentimental.

You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. You are altruistic: you feel fulfilled when helping others, and will go out of your way to do so. And you are laid-back: you appreciate a relaxed pace in life.

Experiences that give a sense of connectedness hold some appeal to you.

You consider both achieving success and helping others to guide a large part of what you do. You seek out opportunities to improve yourself and demonstrate that you are a capable person. And you think it is important to take care of the people around you.

Data Behind Your Personality


Visualization of Personality Data