Test Quotes

By root - updated: 1 month ago - 10 messages

We recently changed the algorithm used to select quotes for tests and would love some feedback. In the past, even a single bad rating would cause a newer quote to never be seen again. This seems a bit harsh. So, the newer algorithm gives a little more leniency until the quote has been played a few times.

How has this affected the typing tests in your opinion? Did you notice this change? Thoughts, opinions, and suggestions on this are welcome.

P.S. Regardless of the algorithm used for selecting typing test quotes, please rate quotes after you take a test as this helps elevate the good ones and weed out the bad ones. Thanks!
By root - posted: 4 months, 1 week ago

Bumping this up in case there's still anyone with some feedback...
By davidbueno - posted: 4 months, 1 week ago

Interesting to give a probability to appear to the bad rating quotes even if this probability is low. Thanks.

The algorithm could adapt the quotes in a smart way using one or more of these ideas:
- The size and difficulty of the quote according to the number of accept or reject of the user or adding in the profile some preferences about the size of the quotes preferred.
- This can be also used if you have some kind of meta-tag or keywords associated to the tags. (I.e. one user can love to make quotes about literature, or famous quotes, or quotes from films, jokes,...)
- Collaborative Recomendation. If one user "similar to me" (similar because of coincidence of evaluations) liked one quote, this one can be proposed to me.

Only some ideas to grow up this interesting tool.
Best Regards
David Bueno
By root - posted: 4 months, 1 week ago

I appreciate the ideas David!
By evanfoster - posted: 4 months ago

That's good to know that something has changed. I hadn't known about such an algorithm. I applaud your leniency for quotes which receive "bad" markings because the methods by which people make those judgements is quite personal. Quotes which are difficult to accomplish and don't give me the sense that I'm a fast and accurate typist appear to me actual "good" quotes because they reveal to me places that I struggle with. I would surmise that keyhero does not exist to pet people's egos about obtaining fast speeds.
So I'm happy to hear that. I have however, not very often given a quote any marking because my own personal biases may sway decisions. I will mark quotes as good which provide me the opportunity to type uncommon words or combinations of words.

I saw one person provide a quote which was requesting that there be less grammatical errors in the quotes, and that actually seems counter productive to me. On the one hand, if a person is trying to learn the formal grammatical rules of English then it makes sense of course, but part of typing, and by extension, writing, is to create creative formulations of phonemes and thoughts symbolized by words. I would wager that quotes with some incorrect grammar could cause people to notice and readjust their preconceptions about what constitutes expression, and if meaning is something which always must be bound to formal rules. In a sense I would say we use language as a vehicle to condense our inner imagistic and emotional landscapes into a hopefully communicable form. Although, with some experience, one might figure out that knowing the same language does not necessarily procure one understanding of others, or vice versa.
Updated 4 months ago
By neveronground - posted: 4 months ago

I have absolutely no idea of how any of this works, but would it be possible to switch to star ratings rather than like/dislike? Or add a neutral face vote that makes the vote move closer to 2.5 stars regardless of its position?
By root - posted: 4 months ago

I appreciate the feedback. @neveronground, I like the idea. Being able to choose 1-5 stars would allow greater accuracy. Stay tuned...
By root - posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago

We are moving forward with the ability to rate quotes on a 1-5 scale rather than 0 or 5. This should allow bad quotes to be filtered out of the test's pool quickly while allowing ones that are initially mediocre to be given an opportunity to be included in tests. The end goal is higher quality quotes without automatically dismissing bad quotes.
The one thing that remains the same is that *we need you to keep rating quotes*. Rating each quote that you test on is important for weeding out bad quotes and ensuring the best quotes show up most frequently.
By ibnadam - posted: 1 month, 1 week ago

I'm not seeing the buttons to rate quotes anymore. I used to see them before, but they have disappeared for me. Is it only me, or did it happen to others too?

Edit: Nevermind - I found that now we click the stars to choose a rating
Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
By smokemifugottem - posted: 1 month ago

Glad this site is in active development :)
By root - posted: 1 month ago

Thank you for the encouragement!