The 2003 PT Contest

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In Spring of 2003, the IDS 265 class (Introduction to Cognitive Science: Computers, Minds, Brains & Robots) at Illinois State University participated in the 2003 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?
0
1
2. Is a car a kind of transportation?
0
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. What is fire like?
.5
.5
10. What can you melt with fire?
0
.5
11. Do some children go to school?
1
1
12. What do children do in school?
1
1
Team 1 Questions
13. Can cars move without engines?
1
0
14. Do people sit inside cars?
1
0
15. Do cars have windshields?
1
0
16. Do cats come in different colors?
1
0
17. Is crossing a black cat bad luck?
1
0
18. Are cats believed to have nine lives?
1
0
19. Can you find books in libraries?
1
0
20. Have you read Hard Times?
1
0
21. Do books give you pleasure?
1
0
22. Do computers come in different colors?
0
0
23. Can you play games on the computers?
0
0
24. What is your type of computer?
.5
0
25. Is fire hot?
1
1
26. Can fire burn you?
1
0
27. What puts out a fire?
1
0
28. Where does a teacher work?
1
0
29. How long does a school day last?
1
0
30. Is school difficult for some children?
1
0
Team 2 Questions
31. What is your favorite car?
0
1
32. Do cars use gasoline?
0
0
33. What starts cars?
.5
.5
34. Are cats independent animals?
0
0
35. Do cats drink milk?
0
1
36. Do cats play?
0
1
37. Who reads books?
.5
.5
38. What do you gain from reading?
.5
.5
39. Who writes books?
.5
.5
40. Do you have 104 keys on your keyboard?
0
1
41. Do you have feelings?
0
1
42. Can you print in color?
0
1
43. Is fire dangerous?
0
1
44. Do you know something about fire?
1
1
45. Is fire useful?
0
1
46. How long do most children go to school?
0
1
47. What is the best part of school?
0
1
48. Do some children enjoy shcool?
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
1
52. Are computers intelligent?
1
0
53. Do cats have fur?
1
1
54. Do some cats eat mice?
0
0
55. Does fire produce light?
0
0
56. What does fire need?
.5
.5
57. What is your favorite book?
0
0
58. Can you buy books?
1
0
59. What do children learn in school?
.5
1
60. Do children have friends in school?
0
0
TOTALS
31
29

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

Cars
Computers
Cats
Fire
Books
School
Total
Team # 1
3.5
4
6
5
7
5.5
31
Team # 2
3.5
6
5
5
3.5
6
29
Total
7
10
11
10
10.5
11.5
60