Silly Questions

May 8, 2008

Amazon Mechanical Turk is a way to waste small amounts of free time on the Internet doing research and answering questions, and you receive store credit to spend on Amazon.com for your work.  Questions often are boring, but not always.   A current round of questions provides a snippet of text and a statement, and the question asks whether the hypothesis statement can be inferred from the text.

Text:

  • A marine who was kidnapped while patrolling a dangerous Baghdad quarter by himself has turned up safe and well in the Lebanon.

Hypothesis:

  • A marine has been kidnapped by himself.
Can all of the information in the Hypothesis be inferred from the Text?

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