A “Jeopardy!” contestant named Arthur Chu — who has thus far earned over $100,000 — has created some waves with his playing style, which involves hunting for Daily Doubles, playing for a tie, and keeping the game going as fast as he can. There has been some ludicrous criticism, even calling him “a villain,” but his style makes sense as game theory.
That’s what Keith Williams, a former “Jeopardy!” College Champion, explained on my America Weekend show today. He explained why Chu’s style is annoying to some viewers yet very effective, and how he’s using strategies that both Williams and former champion Chuck Forrest were among the first to develop.
Previously on Harris Online…
- My column about other TV game show contestants who employed game theory to win (11/10).
- My interviews with Ken Jennings, who has appeared on more “Jeopardy!” shows than anyone in history.
Keith Williams blogs about “Jeopardy!” game theory on his site, The Final Wager.