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35 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 April 2009 04:21PM

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Comment author: pcm 03 April 2009 11:28:53PM 2 points [-]

I'm puzzled about why people preferred the spokesman version of paranoid debating to the initial version where the median number was the team's answer. Designating a spokesman publicly as a non-deceiver provides information about who the deceiver is. In one case, we determined who the deceiver was by two of us telling the spokesman that we were sufficiently ignorant about the subject relative to him that he should decide based only on his knowledge. That gave our team a big advantage that had little relation to our rationality. I expect the median approach can be extended to confidence intervals by taking the median of the lows and the median of the highs, but I'm not fully confident that there are no problems with that.

I have more comments about Sunday's game <a href="http://www.bayesianinvestor.com/blog/index.php/2009/04/03/paranoid-debating/">here</a>.