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Categorisation game [Sep. 12th, 2004|03:37 pm]
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I play the categorisation game at http://kevan.org/category.cgi every so often. The idea is, you get eight random terms, and you categorise them into two sets in as many ways as you can. For example, with

  • balloon
  • cardboard tube
  • collarbone
  • mandrill
  • penguin
  • sausage roll
  • warp drive
  • washing line

I came up with

  • sausage roll, cardboard tube, balloon, washing line - have simple shapes
  • collarbone, penguin, warp drive, mandrill - more complicated shapes
  • sausage roll, collarbone, penguin, mandrill - can be eaten
  • balloon, washing line, cardboard tube, warp drive - can't
  • balloon, carboard tube, washing line, collarbone - can be components
  • sausage roll, penguin, mandrill, warp drive - are complete things
  • sausage roll, cardboard tube, washing line. warp drive - two-word words
  • penguin, balloon, collarbone, mandrill - single words
  • balloon, carboard tube, washing line, sausage roll - light
  • penguin, collarbone, warp drive, mandrill - heavy

Now I've spoilered those words (which had a seed of 745, by the way), let's play with some different ones. Go to http://kevan.org/category.cgi and enter a seed of 256. You should get these words:

  • deerstalker
  • eel
  • gearstick
  • headlight
  • key
  • machine-gun
  • Satanist
  • stalagtite
And here's a poll so you can tell me your answers without spoilering anyone else. I promise not to look at anyone's answers until I've come up with my own. (I do find that it helps to go to the web page and shuffle the little javascripty things around - you may not.)

Categorisation:

Categorisation:

Categorisation:

Categorisation:

Categorisation:

Categorisation:

Categorisation:

Categorisation:

Categorisation:

Categorisation:

Can I show other people your answers later?

Yes, if you keep me anonymous.
0(0.0%)
Yes, and you can even say who I am.
11(100.0%)
No.
0(0.0%)

Do you think that shuffling the little javascripty things around helped you come up with more categorisations?

Yes.
7(70.0%)
No.
3(30.0%)
I couldn't get them to work.
0(0.0%)

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[User Picture]From: j4
2004-09-12 08:23 am (UTC)

Three questions:

1. When they say "stalagtite", do you think they mean "stalactite" or "stalagmite"? It might make a difference. :-)
2. Do the two sets have to be of equal number?
3. How do you want the answers entered -- one pair of categorisations in each box, or one single one in each box, or ... something else?
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[User Picture]From: j4
2004-09-12 08:28 am (UTC)

Re: Three questions:

Oh, scratch question 2, I just didn't read the stuff on the site carefully enough (partly because it was in pale burgundy on pink background & thus IMPOSSIBLE TO READ).
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[User Picture]From: nou
2004-09-12 08:34 am (UTC)

Re: Three questions:

1. Oh dear. I've been spelling "stalactite" wrong for ever. I guess that's probably what they mean.

2. As you've discovered, yes.

3. I was thinking of one pair in each box, but it doesn't really matter, as long as you can fit in all the ones you've thought of. I made ten boxes fairly arbitrarily.
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[User Picture]From: imc
2004-09-13 08:12 am (UTC)
2. Do the two sets have to be of equal number?

2. As you've discovered, yes.

That makes it rather harder, alas.

Though I do note that in the first set of eight words there are precisely four which contain double letters.
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