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The ideas on the halfbakery tend to be
isolated islands of knowledge, only knitted
together occasionally by the commonality
of the frequent users of the hb, often by
exporting meme components from one
idea into another.
Looking at the 20q.net site and being
relatively impressed by the
wonder if it would be possible to apply a
20q facility to the halfbakery, as a novel
and fairly esoteric kind of search process.
A 20q interface would ask you about 20
questions and you'd answer them. Then
it'd present you with an existing
halfbakery idea based on it's evaluation of
what you've answered. The questions
might or might not be framed in a 'search'
kind of phrasing, they might simply be
presented in a conversational phrasing
What would be interesting would be if it
were to ask you questions based on the
content of yet other existing halfbakery
idea content, along the way.
[Ian Tindale, Apr 08 2005, last modified Apr 14 2005]
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Similar. Type in a few things like the thing you want. [Worldgineer, Apr 12 2005]
||This is one of those ideas so well thought out that probably won't receive nearly the amount of annos it deserves, because what can you say besides (+).
||20q meets search engine--my god, it would be like, Dr. Know. Now all we need is a cartoonish holographic depiction of Einstein.
||I doubt the world model of such a
system could be as expansive as
'everything on the net' without being
quite out of focus in terms of accuracy,
but with a restricted world model of say
'everything that the halfbakery knows
about', it might prove quite useful.
||Funny, in the "other" category, if you say "yes" to everything, the guessed object is "everything"... even though i say yes to the question: can you see through it? I can't see through rocks, though... hmm...
||If you say no to everything, the object determined is "tomorrow"... that makes me laugh and I don't completely know why.
||Answering "sometimes" every time gives me "banana pepper".
||ahh, the bannana pepper, so versatile!
||The 20q thing also has a potential as an effective search engine if you can jump to question nodes easily. e.g. Let's start with the facts that it is hairy and involves custard. That should narrow the tree considerably.
||It would create a fairly natural way of searching plus a good way of narrowing down the results, particularly if it asks subsequent questions that split the tree equally.
||It's interesting that 'ask.com' got it
completely the wrong way round. I
shouldn't be asking the search engine,
should be asking me.
||Trying to figure out to what end. 'Is the thing you're searching for a banana pepper?"
||Or would it just lead to a rash of ideas about Banana Peppers?
||My theory, well, not a theory at all,
more a rough intuition, is that the start
point and the end point of the search
might remain the same: ie, you have a
conceptual idea of what you want to be
searching for, and when the searching
is done, you've found it. However, I
suspect that because this is a more
metamorphic process than simply
entering words and getting the results
in one unit of operation, it'll sprout
other idea offshoots along the way -
but only in the bit in the middle - the
bit between placing the first foot of the
journey and arriving at the destination.
In this case, for once, the journey is the
reward (unlike, for example, rush-hour
on the London Underground).
||As an aside (even though in this case
it's an 'under'), it'd be interesting to see
a 20Q process in the intermediate
phases - ie, after each question you've
answered, you get to see the sorts of
directions it's pondering next.
||1: Animal, Mineral or Pastry?
19: do we only have half
20: Does it taste nice with butter and jam?
I like it.
||//I am guessing that it is a hangover?//
Fucking fantastic. I love this game.
||Ah. I get it. It might open up the possibility of 'near hits.' A sort of 'fuzzy' search, that would open up different paths and develop the search into a more serial method for the user; google turned on its ear somehow, by enabling a top-down approach. In some respect, the categories do this.