Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

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Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Post by Mike Bentley » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:05 am

I'm not sure how feasible this is, but if you could hook into the Search API for something like Google or Bing you could potentially leverage their vast database of spell checking to be more lenient about misspelled answers.

Also, what's the logic behind using String.Contains rather than String.Equals?
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Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Post by sharadmv » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:23 am

Mike Bentley wrote:I'm not sure how feasible this is, but if you could hook into the Search API for something like Google or Bing you could potentially leverage their vast database of spell checking to be more lenient about misspelled answers.
Good idea.
Mike Bentley wrote:Also, what's the logic behind using String.Contains rather than String.Equals?
The answer strings are stored in the database as whatever the packet writer wrote them as. Therefore, they will contain more information than necessary (longer names, alternate answers, prompts, etc.). A String.equals would necessitate that whoever answered it said exactly what the packet writer wrote after "ANSWER:", which is nearly impossible. String.contains is a quick and dirty solution to this problem. It gives more leeway for the answers. However, it'll allow people to put in troll answers like "", and "a," but if they do know what the answer is, they'll get it right, which is what I was aiming for at first.

Now, I think we need a better approach. Perhaps a combination of some autocorrection via search APIs with a split, then String.equals.
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Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Post by Mike Bentley » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:55 am

sharadmv wrote:
Mike Bentley wrote:I'm not sure how feasible this is, but if you could hook into the Search API for something like Google or Bing you could potentially leverage their vast database of spell checking to be more lenient about misspelled answers.
Good idea.
Mike Bentley wrote:Also, what's the logic behind using String.Contains rather than String.Equals?
The answer strings are stored in the database as whatever the packet writer wrote them as. Therefore, they will contain more information than necessary (longer names, alternate answers, prompts, etc.). A String.equals would necessitate that whoever answered it said exactly what the packet writer wrote after "ANSWER:", which is nearly impossible. String.contains is a quick and dirty solution to this problem. It gives more leeway for the answers. However, it'll allow people to put in troll answers like "", and "a," but if they do know what the answer is, they'll get it right, which is what I was aiming for at first.

Now, I think we need a better approach. Perhaps a combination of some autocorrection via search APIs with a split, then String.equals.
The way that the parser for the scobowl bot got around this is by only requiring that you input something that matched and underlined answer. It gets a little tricky when people have answer lines like ANSWER: _Pugachev's_ Rebellion [accept "Revolution" for Rebellion], though.
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Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Post by Urech hydantoin synthesis » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:09 pm

Is this blacked out in protest of SOPA too or does my internet just suck?
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:29 pm

Tommy Tutone 2 wrote:Is this blacked out in protest of SOPA too or does my internet just suck?
Considering this link is posted on that page, yeah, it's probably "in solidarity" or something.
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Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Post by hearttheartist » Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:55 pm

I tried to use the database today and yesterday multiple times, but it isn't generating any questions. I click "Generate" and it loads for a bit, but no tossups come up. Also, I've tried to create an account multiple times, but each time I try to login, it says "login failed". So I don't know if it's my computer or the website itself. I'm really anxious to try it out for myself & my team to study. Thanks!
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Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Post by sharadmv » Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:04 am

Check out the post called "Quizbowl Central." Hopefully that will solve your problem.
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Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Post by JGargiulo » Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:50 pm

Any solutions to this error I've been having when trying to access the new website?

503 - OCF service unavailable

Web hosting for non-virtual hosts is currently unavailable.

We will post updates on our blog.


Thanks!
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Re: Torrey Pines Quizbowl Database

Post by Susan » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:09 pm

JGargiulo wrote:Any solutions to this error I've been having when trying to access the new website?

503 - OCF service unavailable

Web hosting for non-virtual hosts is currently unavailable.

We will post updates on our blog.


Thanks!
This is being discussed in the Quizbowl Central thread.
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