Comments on: 20 Questions: Which player am I? http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Michael E Sullivan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-96695 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 19:09:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-96695 The primary goal in twenty questions is to ask questions that will break the field of possibilities roughly in half at each question. So asking about specific players is obviously *stupid* unless the group of players for whom all previous answers are correct is already quite small.

But beyond that, a lot of the questions asked were very poor strategically.

Example, somebody asked about whether the vast majority of bats were left-handed. Well, first, we've already established that being specific would be a good idea, so we should choose a number like 60%. But more important, there are many fewer primarily lefty batters than primarily righty batters, so we should have asked about right handed, so we'd narrow the field to lefties + switch hitters, or righties.

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By: 20 Questions: Which player and year am I? » Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog Archive http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-96549 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 13:51:47 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-96549 [...] start an all-new 20 Questions game. See my last such game for the rules. Remember, I will only answer the first valid question posted in the comments after [...]

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By: 20 Questions: Which player am I? » Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog ... http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-96367 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 11:01:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-96367 20 Questions: Which player am I? » Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog ......

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By: Bjazz http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-96030 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 22:58:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-96030 Danny Darwin

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By: Tom http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-96023 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 21:36:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-96023 sansho1 @126:

I can't think of a real-life example off the top of my head, but if someone like a Curtis Granderson were a switch hitter (i.e. someone who is really bad at hitting lefties and thus is often platooned), I could see them getting 80% - 90% of their ABs left-handed. Unfortunately, I don't think that we can use the PI for this, as I don't think you can search based on splits (e.g. vs LHP or RHP).

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-96010 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:26:38 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-96010 Thanks for this game. I would like to see it played again. I didn't ask any questions because I was following the rule of not putting in a new question until the last one is answered. However, some of the questions came fast and furiously because multiple people posted questions almost simultaneously, not realizing that others were posting questions at the same time. Even with Andy monitoring the questions, he couldn't get all of his answers in right away.

Also, as I commented earlier, guessing a player, especially one like Herb Washington who was remembered mainly for being a very specialized player, so early in the process seemed to me to be a waste of a question.

Some questions work better later but don't appear to be useful early on. Or if they are asked early in the process and generate a "yes" answer, it may spoil the fun for others.

"Did he ever wear #22 for the Phillies?" is a question that would have generated a "yes" answer, and it would make for a good question #18, 19, or 20 if someone thought it could be Whiten but wasn't 100% sure. But asking it fairly early would take the fun away from some of the other players.

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By: sansho1 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-95981 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:04:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-95981 Nobody bats left-handed 90% of the time, do they? They either bat left-handed 0%, 100%, or approx. 60-75%, right?

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By: T http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-95877 Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:37:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-95877 "Are you an active player?" should always be the first question.

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By: TheGoof http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-95862 Sun, 20 Feb 2011 19:46:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-95862 I was going to say Whiten, but the left-handed thing had me wondering.

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By: SocraticGadfly http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/10017/comment-page-2#comment-95857 Sun, 20 Feb 2011 18:59:19 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=10017#comment-95857 Hah, I knew I was right on switch-hitting. Andy said he didn't bat the **vast** majority LH. I was on the right track, but Chili Davis had more than 1,000 hits.

@Greg...the 20Q website is horrible at times. I was playing animal/vegetable/mineral, and thinking of "wolverine." AFTER I said yes to "is it a mammal," the computer later guessed "osprey" then some fish, I think.

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