Questions are phrased as answers and the contestant must supply the answer as a question. He was the only person who died during the Civil War to be featured on Confederate currency. Who was Stonewall Jackson?
Where to find the Daily Doubles. Ken Jennings says quiz bowl helped him prepare for his record Jeopardy run. Other fans and contestants turn to the Internet. Daniel D'Addario explores J-Archive. The database is big: It covers practically every episode from the last decade and many of the shows that aired in the decade-plus before that.
It's also full of detail: The transcripts include clues, the contestants' answers right and wrongand even Alex Trebek's patter. But there's not much big-picture analysis. What, for instance, is the most common Jeopardy! Which game-board position is most likely to hold a Daily Double? Jeremy Singer-Vine To answer these questions, I downloaded the Web page for each of the approximately 3, episodes transcribed on J-Archive.
Then I wrote a Jeoprady questions of computer scripts to pull relevant data from the pages and make sense of it. In the analyses that follow, please bear in mind this disclaimer: The simplest question to answer is, "What's the most common Jeopardy!
But which category leads the pack? Advertisement There's some Jeoprady questions in the round-specific lists; as you can see, "Science" is common in both the first and second rounds, while the top lists for Double and Final Jeopardy share "State Capitals.
Using this method of analysis, a portrait of the first round starts to emerge—and it looks like grade school. The top categories, in order, are: But let's get down to the clue level: What's the most common answer on Jeopardy?
That would be "What is Australia? Also note that while Google Refine helped group answers like "Burma Myanmar " and "Myanmar or Burma ," idiosyncrasies among transcribers means that the answer-counts are inevitably imprecise.
In fact, thanks to the prominence of geography-related categories, the Top 23 answers are all places. Click here for a list. Of course, unless you plan on blurting out "What is Australia? For "Sports," "What is golf? While we're discussing strategy, where's the best place on the board to find a Daily Double?
Far from being randomly distributed, Daily Doubles are heavily concentrated at the bottom of the board. Of the roughly 10, such clues logged on J-Archive, 92 percent were in the bottom three of five rows.
In fact, only two Daily Doubles in the archive ever appeared in the top-left corner, once in and then in The cell densest with Daily Doubles?
Fourth from the top, far left—home to of them, or 8 percent of the total. How well do Jeopardy! Overall, not counting Final Jeopardy! Not surprisingly, contestants do better in the first round than the second, with 88 percent versus 82 percent of clues solved.
As players descend the gameboard's rows, the clues get harder: Advertisement The hardest category for contestants is "Classical Music," at least among categories that have appeared a minimum of 50 times.
Just 72 percent of its clues are solved. Contestants solve both "Sports" and "Stupid Answers" 91 percent of the time, followed by "Food" and "The Movies" at 90 percent.
Among the most interesting subsets of clues are those that all three contestants answer incorrectly. It happens rarely—just times in the J-Archive, by my count, or less than once every clues. A selection of 10 of these are presented in an interactive quiz below.
I'll post the other seven in this article's comments section throughout the day.Archive is created by fans, for fans. The Jeopardy! game show and all elements thereof, including but not limited to copyright and trademark thereto, are the property of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.
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Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. The original daytime version debuted on NBC on March 30, In what might be described as a shining achievement of fandom, a towering monument to obsession, or both, a team of Jeopardy!
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