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Mitsuku
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7 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  00:03:26  Show Profile
Calling all botmasters!

Sadly, the Chatterbox Challenge is no longer with us and the conditions for entering the Loebner Prize are prohibitive to most botmasters (especially to those outside the USA). This has left no way for most people with a chatbot to compare its performance against others.

To remedy this, I would like to announce the first in a series of Chatbot Battles, in which each entrant goes head to head with opponents in a league table/knockout format similar to the soccer World Cup. The main difference between this and other contests held in the past is that each entrant is judged on both question and answering abilities and also on how well they can carry out a normal conversation. Also, the bots do not have to pretend they are human to score extra marks. All chatbots are welcome to enter, whether they be web-based, downloadable, chatroom based or even Android apps.

Unfortunately, I do not have a sponsor and so the contest is currently just for bragging rights and kudos, although I may give some small prizes like T-shirts, mousemats and mugs away to the winners. If you would like to sponsor the competition, please contact me.

The closing date for entries is 1st June 2012 and the battles will start shortly afterwards.

Find out more at http://www.chatbotbattles.com

Let battle commence!

vrossi
Forum Admin



Italy
1455 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  11:27:20  Show Profile  Visit vrossi's Homepage
Thank you for organizing this new contest, Steve!

I've just entered my Susan in your Chatbot Battle.

Please feel free to post more info here in this Forum.

Bye


Vittorio
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Mitsuku
Curious Member



7 Posts

Posted - Apr 26 2012 :  12:07:54  Show Profile
Thanks for your support Vittorio, I have added Susan as an entrant.
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8pla.net
Curious Member



33 Posts

Posted - Apr 28 2012 :  05:25:53  Show Profile  Visit 8pla.net's Homepage
This should be fun!
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Mitsuku
Curious Member



7 Posts

Posted - Apr 29 2012 :  01:54:48  Show Profile
Thanks for you support Tom. Yes, I seem to be attracting a few entrants so far. I had my first Android app entrant earlier today.
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Mitsuku
Curious Member



7 Posts

Posted - May 21 2012 :  14:14:35  Show Profile
Just to let everyone know that Decadent Vapours (the sponsor of the CBC) have kindly donated $100 in prize money with a view to sponsoring it fully next year, if it is a success. I have also received £50 from someone who prefers to remain anonymous.

I have 24 entries in the contest so far, which is enough to run a league but please consider entering if you havenít already done so. The format of the contest caters for as many bots as wish to take part.
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Mitsuku
Curious Member



7 Posts

Posted - Jun 01 2012 :  10:03:53  Show Profile
Don't forget it's the last day to enter today. We have 35 bots so far taking part but there's still room for more if you wish to make a last minute entry. Remember, each botmaster can enter up to 3 bots.
http://www.chatbotbattles.com
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Mitsuku
Curious Member



7 Posts

Posted - Jul 23 2012 :  23:39:28  Show Profile
The tournament has come to and end and the winner is Davidswinton!
Congratulations to Jim Koch of the USA on beating 41 other entrants to take the title.
The top 4 bots this year were:

1) Davidswinton - Jim Koch
2) Skynet-AI - Ken Hurtubise
3) Talking Angela - Bruce Wilcox
4) Elbot - Fred Roberts

Details of all the placings can be found on the history page.

Talking Angela also won the prize for the best 15 minute conversation in her battle with Davidswinton.
Both of her two conversations scored 14 out of 15, so congratulations to Bruce Wilcox of the USA on his excellent work.
http://www.chatbotbattles.com
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vrossi
Forum Admin



Italy
1455 Posts

Posted - Jul 24 2012 :  09:41:46  Show Profile  Visit vrossi's Homepage
You have done a great job, Steve!

Unfortunately some botmasters think that their own chatbot is the best in the world and can't accept the fact that some other chatbot has got a better placement.

Please don't worry about these criticism and keep on the good work you have done.

PS: My Susan got a low score and did not even pass to the Knockout Stage. But the logs of this contest are of great value for any botmaster. I will use them to prepare her for the 2013 contest!

Vittorio
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Mitsuku
Curious Member



7 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2012 :  11:09:28  Show Profile
Thanks for your support and entering the tournament. It is a shame that some people felt the need to send me insulting/abusive emails once their bots were knocked out but I guess that's just how some people are.
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art
Moderator



USA
374 Posts

Posted - Jul 27 2012 :  12:10:58  Show Profile
Wow! Sort of sounds like the same parents of a little league sporting event yelling at the coach as to why their child wasn't pitching, running, playing, etc.??
Some things never change.:(

Thanks Steve, for helping to keep the chatbot competition moving ahead and encouraging future and better development! Good job!!

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!
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