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article imageJeopardy! concludes with Watson, IBM Challenge

By Vincent Sobotka     Feb 16, 2011 in Technology
New York - The concluding episode of Jeopardy! concluded with Alex Trebek stating what he's learned during the IBM Challenge. Trebek's first stated point was "Watson is fast, knows a lot of stuff and is capable of dominating a match."
That certainly was the demonstration Watson gave in yesterday's episode, featuring the Double Jeopardy! round.
The initial round of that episode was aired on Monday, February 14.
The charities where the contestants money will be contributed to were announced days ago on the Internet. However, they were announced on-air during the quiz-show by host Alex Trebek. Watson has been playing for World Vision and World Community Grid.
Watson ended the first round of today's show in the lead with an earning of $4,800-dollars, twice the amount of fellow human-contestant Brad Rutter, who was in second place.
During the Double Jeopardy! round of today's episode, Watson started out the same as he had in the first match, taking dominance over the human opponents. Watson uncovered the first "Daily Double," which allows contestants to wager a pre-determined amount of money before reveiling a question they must answer. If correct, they will double their wager. However, if their answer is wrong, they will lose their wager. Watson wagered $2,197-dollars and incorrectly answered "Dorothy Parker," briefly opening a chance for Jennings or Rutter to close the gap.
However, for the most part, Wat$on still dominated the Double Jeopardy! round. He also uncovered the second "Daily Double" and answered it correctly, but only wagered $367-dollars, then bringing his total to $15,440. Watson finished the round with $23,440-dollars and the lead, but Jennings, who has been stifled by Watson during the past two episodes, was within range with $18,200 -dollars to hope for a win in the Final Jeopardy! round.
"Bram Stoker" was the answer to the Final Jeopardy! question. Rutter correctly answered with a full wager of his earnings, but even after doubling-up he needed a miracle to pull out a victory. Jennings also gave the correct answer, but only wagered $1,000-dollars, which brought his total up to only $19,200-dollars, indicating that Jennings was gambling on the super computer to give an incorrect answer to the question, as he did in yesterday's Final Jeopardy!
Unfortunately for Jennings, Watson did give the correct answer. Watson also wagered a very risky amount of $17,943-dollars on its answer.
The total winnings Watson earned during the three-day IBM Challenge, of which Watson played two complete matches, is $77,947.
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