James Holzhauer Broke Jeopardy But Is Broken So Bad

Life as a longtime “Jeopardy!” champion is a strange one, chronologically speaking. Holzhauer has been watching the world wonder when his streak will end, all the while knowing exactly when it would happen. On its taping dates, the show records five episodes back-to-back, with just a change of clothes in between. The episodes don’t air until much later. If he could alter time, maybe buy a time machine with that $2,462,216, would he have approached the game any differently?“The only things I would do differently from the start of my run: never wear a sport coat, which interfered a little with my buzzer form, and use gel insoles in my dress shoes,” Holzhauer said.“Both were fixed by the second taping day.” Note: This article discusses the results of the June 3, 2019, episode of “Jeopardy!”James Holzhauer claims not to remember many particulars of how he lost on “Jeopardy!” for the first time, other than that he blanked on a clue about the city of Albany and his opponent quickly took control of the board, landing a game-changing Daily Double. Before long, it was all over. Monday’s episode marked the end of Holzhauer’s two-month reign as one of the winningest, and certainly the most radical, champions in the decades-long history of the trivia game show “Jeopardy!”Holzhauer finished Monday’s game in second place with $24,799 behind Emma Boettcher’s $46,801. But during his 32-win run, he averaged about $77,000 per game — an average nearly identical to the record for the single richest game ever played before he took the podium in early April. In the process, he laid claim to the entirety of the top 10 highest-scoring games of all time, including one single half-hour haul of $131,127. It was a historic run driven by immaculate trivia knowledge, disciplined strategy and calculated aggression.But other records will forever remain just out of reach. Holzhauer’s streak ended with total winnings of $2,462,216 — less than $60,000 shy of Ken Jennings’s record $2,520,700 which was amassed over a nearly incomprehensible 74 straight wins in 2004. Holzhauer will sit second on the all-time money list until the arrival of some other great champion. (Or he might sit there forever, which seems more likely.)1These records are for the show’s “regular season” play, ignoring its occasional special tournaments.“I played every day exactly according to my game plan, so I have no regrets,” Holzhauer told FiveThirtyEight a few days before the fateful episode aired. Holzhauer rewrote swaths of the show’s record books. But his biggest contribution may be to “Jeopardy!” strategy. Holzhauer exploited the game’s Daily Doubles to their fullest, hunting them down and betting big on them. Over his 32 wins (and one loss), Holzhauer — a professional sports bettor from Vegas — not only got significantly richer but likely changed how the venerable game show will be played. Holzhauer was such an effective and alien force that opponents began to mimic his style out of desperation, like growling at a hungry lion in hopes of scaring it away. They hopped wildly around the game’s board whenever they could, picking big-dollar clues early, searching madly for the Daily Doubles and betting big when they found them — just the sort of unalloyed aggression that had quickly become Holzhauer’s trademark and the fuel for his success.“Many of my opponents played like I do, but I’m not sure they would have done so without provocation,” Holzhauer said. “You don’t want to inadvertently make your opponents play a better strategy. In a sense, I may have helped bring about my own downfall.” The insoles seem to have worked. Holzhauer has earned a spot in the pantheon of the “Jeopardy!” greats, and he gives himself prominent placement there. “I think there is a nebulous top three of Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and me,” he said. “Ken’s 74-game streak remains the most impressive achievement in the show’s history.”Rutter is no slouch, either — he has won more money than any other “Jeopardy!” contestant, and he’s a man who has never lost to a human. Rutter’s initial winning streak was ended by the show’s rules at the time, which limited a defending champion to five appearances. But between those appearances and the show’s Tournament of Champions, Ultimate Tournament of Champions and Million Dollar Masters, Rutter won $4,688,436. (Here’s a free idea for the “Jeopardy!” producers: Holzhauer vs. Jennings vs. Rutter in the Ultimate Tournament of Ultimate Champions.)A couple of days after we first emailed, however, Holzhauer followed up to amend his initial assessment. “Amidst all the people comparing me to Ken and Brad, I totally forgot about the two greatest Jeopardy champions of all time: Cindy Stowell, who won six games while dying of cancer, and Eddie Timanus, who’s … blind and was an undefeated five-time champ in his initial run. It’s impossible for me to compare myself to them, so perhaps they should be in their own category.”Holzhauer’s plan for now is a return to normalcy. “The 19-year-old version of James would be thrilled by the opportunities” that the winning streak has brought his way, “but married parent James is hoping to keep his home life settled.”The game that made him famous, however, has been left unsettled. Lots of esteemed competitive pursuits have been “broken” lately. Baseball. Basketball. Even the spelling bee just last week. An innovative strategy or an outlier talent can deeply alter the games we’ve played for decades. In the process, the cadence or tenor of the game might be rendered unrecognizable for someone who hadn’t seen it in a few years. These innovative strategies are often driven by mathematical analysis, data and statistical rigor — things that a sports bettor from Vegas must embrace in order to eat. I asked Holzhauer if “Jeopardy!” now belonged in this category of sabermetrically altered pursuits.“I can see the parallels, for sure,” he said. “At its heart, all these shifts are just attempts to increase your chances of winning. Why would anyone not want to maximize their chances?”Plenty of outlets have written that, thanks to Holzhauer, “Jeopardy!” is now broken. But there’s art in that. While the game may look a bit different than it did before, it may also be closer to perfection — to an ideal expression of trivia game-show strategy. Broken is beautiful. 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TCI Premier presented Year One token of appreciation from PDM Cabinet

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Premierpresentedtokenofappreciation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 26, 2017 – Providenciales – In a surprise move at the PDM Administration’s one year report press conference, there was a presentation to the premier,  finance minister  and People’s Democratic Movement party leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson.“The elected members from your team have watched you during the campaign and over this last year, and your leadership not only in government but also in our political party and wanted to give you something, you have been giving of yourself and this country for a very long time, and we’ve decided that a small token of appreciation and admiration that we have for you, that we should display it here in live color in front of the whole Turks and Caicos and let you know that we love you, we appreciate you, we really do appreciate the work that you do and the selflessness in the way that you do it.  And with that we would like to give you this little commemorative gift as a small token of our appreciation and love.”Flanked by her Cabinet and two other elected members, the country’s first female premier was all smiles and equally as grateful for being singled out at special.“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with, I mean I know sometimes I do breathe down their necks a bit, and I would like to say thank you to each and every one of the ministers and to say to Turks and Caicos why they are the best.”The PDM on December 20 celebrated one year of being sworn into office as Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands after a resounding win at the polls on December 15, 2016.#MagneticMediaNews#Premierpresentedtokenofappreciationlast_img read more

UBM Has No Plans to Shut Down Canon Titles

first_imgEven after shrinking its print magazine operation by some 35 titles over the last two years, United Business Media says it has no plans to close down any of the 24 print publications it purchased late last month in the $287 million acquisition of Canon Communications.Last week, UBM formed UBM Electronics, a new company it says combines UBM’s existing EE Times Group portfolio with Canon’s electronics related products, including the EDN brands and Test & Measurement World. A UBM spokesperson says Canon’s non-electronics magazines will be managed “using the same approach as we use to manage all the other UBM titles” under the UBM Canon publishing group, which is headed by Canon’s Ron Wall as senior vice president.Since the beginning of 2009, UBM has continued to reduce the size of its magazine publishing operation, having shut down 31 titles in 2009 and four more through the first half of 2010. (No titles were closed during the third quarter.) The reductions, however, have resulted in profit increases. While print sales are down 15.3 percent to approximately $163.7 million through the third quarter this year, adjusted operating profit grew to about $5.6 million from $2 million during the same nine-month period last year.As of September 30 (prior to the close of the Canon deal), UBM published a total of 106 print magazines in the U.S. and abroad.last_img read more

Roku eases signin with Hulu Sling TV dresses up search results bolsters

first_img $49 New voice commands: Roku’s own voice system will support commands for “replay” (goes back a few seconds) and “turn closed captions on/off” (mistakenly enabled captions are a common issue). It will also add “turn display off” for Roku TVs, allowing the TV’s screen to go dark while music keeps playing in apps such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. $59 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Roku users, get ready to see some minor upgrades on your TVs and streamers. Media Streamers TVs Owners of streamers like the Roku Express and Roku Streaming Stick Plus will get the update in the coming weeks starting today, while Roku TV owners will see them in early summer. Here’s what to expect: Autoplay on Roku Channel voice search results: If you use voice to search for a show or movie that’s available on the Roku Channel, the company’s free-to-watch collection, it will automatically begin playing, as opposed to just displaying search results. So will shows and movies from the premium subscriptions inside the Roku Channel, such as HBO. Tags Categorized search results: Currently, searching by categories such as “action movies” or “comedies” presents a text-based list of uncategorized results. After the update some category results will be presented with thumbnail art and broken down into sections like “new releases” and “free” (see above). Better results by category are coming with the latest Roku software update. Roku $49 Which Roku player should you buy? 0 Walmart Post a comment Review • Roku Streaming Stick Plus review: Our 4K HDR streamer pick Now playing: Watch this: $52 In a blog post Tuesday the company outlined upgrades in its latest free software update, version 9.1, which adds a selection of incremental tweaks and conveniences to Roku streamers and Roku TVs.  Best Buy TCL’s entry-level Roku TVs stream cheap and easy Share your voice Crutchfield My Offers: Roku will add a section to the home screen with discounts on Roku hardware and other offers. The company didn’t specify whether that option could be hidden, like it allows with some similar sections like Featured Free and the Fandango Movie and TV stores. See It Mentioned Above Roku Streaming Stick Plus See It 39 Photos Roku Streaming Stick Plus 3:20 See it Sign in-across Roku devices: With a handful of apps, including Hulu, Sling TV and Pandora, signing into one Roku device will automatically sign you into all of the others associated with that Roku account. Roku says it has “nearly 10 subscription streaming services” on board and expects to add more soon. Hulu Rokulast_img read more

Bowhead whales using the Northwest Passage

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Bowhead whales using the Northwest Passage (2011, September 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-bowhead-whales-northwest-passage.html (PhysOrg.com) — According to a new study published in Biology Letters, the climate changes and melting of ice in the Northwest Passage are leading to the mingling of two bowhead whale populations that have been separated by ice for close to 10,000 years. More information: The Northwest Passage opens for bowhead whales, Biology Letters, Published online before print September 21, 2011, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0731AbstractThe loss of Arctic sea ice is predicted to open up the Northwest Passage, shortening shipping routes and facilitating the exchange of marine organisms between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Here, we present the first observations of distribution overlap of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) from the two oceans in the Northwest Passage, demonstrating this route is already connecting whales from two populations that have been assumed to be separated by sea ice. Previous satellite tracking has demonstrated that bowhead whales from West Greenland and Alaska enter the ice-infested channels of the Canadian High Arctic during summer. In August 2010, two bowhead whales from West Greenland and Alaska entered the Northwest Passage from opposite directions and spent approximately 10 days in the same area, documenting overlap between the two populations. Scientists stunned as grey whale sighted off Israel Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus). Image: Wikpedia. The researchers, led by Mads Peter Heide-Jorgensen from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, have tagged more than 100 bowheads with satellite tracking systems over the last 10 years. Recent travels into the Northwest Passage confirm previous DNA samples that showed that these two different populations have mingled before.Previously discovered bones found in Nunavut’s High Artic islands show that between 8,500 and 11,000 year ago there was open water in the Passage for the whales to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific, but until recently, this had been restricted by frozen waters.The first evidence of bowhead whales moving into the Northwest Passage occurred in 2002. A 40 foot male bowhead whale from West Greenland traveled 93 degrees W. in the Northwest Passage in the fall months before turning around and heading to the Hudson Straight.The fall of 2006 found another male whale from Alaska traveling east to Banks Island. However, both this whale and the whale from 2002 were unable to travel any farther because of dense ice blocking the passage.In 2010, the passage was nearly ice free by August 10 and the researchers tracked two male whales, one coming from each direction in September. Both of the whales arrived in the Viscount Melville Sound and spent two weeks in the area before crossing paths in the Parry Channel and returning home.The researchers are unclear as to what attracted the whales to this area as it is not known for producing high feeding opportunities. They do note that all the whales they have tracked into the area are males and may indicate that the males are more exploratory than female whales.The declining amount of ice in the Northwest Passage may open up areas that the bowhead whales have not inhabited for many years. The presence of bowhead whales are not the only whales that have been seen in the Northwest Passage in recent years. Belugas and narwhals have also been spotted. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more