The PT Contest 2002

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In February, 2002, the IDS 265 class (Introduction to Cognitive Science: Computers, Minds, Brains & Robots) at Illinois State University participated in the 2002 version of the PT contest. In one 45 minute session, each team trained ProtoThinker to answer questions in 6 different categories. These are the questions that each "artificial person" attempted to answer:

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QUESTIONS
Team #1 Team #2
Original Questions
 
 
1. How many tires do some cars have??
1
1
2. Is a car a kind of transportation?
1
1
3. What do some cats like?
1
1
4. Are cats carnivores?
1
1
5. Are there books in libraries?
1
1
6. What do people read?
.5
.5
7. Do computers come in different sizes?
1
1
8. Are you a computer program?
1
1
9. Is ice cold?
1
1
10. Is it cold in Minnesota?
1
0
11. Are humans mammals?
1
1
12. What is the temperature of a mammals blood?
0
0
Team 1 Questions
 
 
13. What do police like?
1
0
14. Do cars run on gasoline?
1
0
15. Is the department of motor vehicles slow
1
0
16. What do all cats hate?
1
0
17. Are all cats mammals?
1
0
18. Are cats pets?
0
0
19. Are books entertaining?
0
0
20. Are books informative?
1
0
21. Do books have pages?
0
0
22. Can you imitate a human mind?
1
0
23. Do you use Windows?
1
0
24. Is a computer human?
1
0
25. Can it snow when it is cold?
1
0
26. Does water turn to ice when it is cold?
1
0
27. Do people dislike being cold?
1
0
28. What mammals lay eggs?
0
0
29. Are whales mammals?
1
0
30. Do mammals give milk?
1
0
Team 2 Questions
 
 
31. What shape is the base of a car?
0
0
32. How many doors do some cars have?
.5?
1
33. What is the fastest a car can travel?
0
0
34. Do cats always land on their feet?
0
1
35. Do cats have nine lives?
0
1
36. Are cats a manís best friend?
0
0
37. Do books have information?
1
1
38. Are books fun?
0
1
39. Are books free?
0
1
40. Do computers contain silicon?
0
1
41. Do you know anything about Bill Gates?
1
1
42. Do you know anything about Windows?
1
1
43. What is the opposite of cold?
1
0
44. Do you like cold weather?
0
0
45. Does water freeze when it is cold?
0
0
46. Are mammals warm blooded?
0
1
47. Are mammals animals?
0
1
48. Can mammals swim?
0
1
Surprise Questions
 
 
49. Are cars machines?
0
0
50. Do cars run on gas?
0
0
51. What parts does a computer have?
.5?
.5?
52. Are computers intelligent?
0
0
53. Do cats have fur?
0
0
54. Do some cats eat mice?
0
0
55. Can you feel cold?
0
0
56. Is ice cream cold?
0
0
57. What is your favorite book?
0
0
58. Can you buy books?
0
0
59. Do mammals breathe oxygen?
0
0
60. Are mammals alive?
0
1
TOTALS
29.5
23

 

Cars
Computers
Cats
Cold
Books
Mammals
Total
Team # 1
5.5
7.5
4
6
3.5
3
29.5
Team # 2
3
5.5
4
1
4.5
5
23
Total
8.5
13
8
7
8
8
52.5

The numbers in the above table represent the number of correct answers given by each teams "artificial person" in each topic area.