How to Run a Quiz: A Provably Fair Algorithm

Posted: 2 Dec 2013

Date Written: November 25, 2013


The question of fairness in a quiz contest has often been raised. How should questions in a quiz contest be assigned? Two common ways of conducting a quiz are: one, Infinite bounce; and two, Pounce. Both these methods are biased. In this paper, we demonstrate a simple method to conduct a quiz fairly - Random Assignment. Random Assignment is provably fair. Decision making for the quiz master is simplified by means of Random Assignment. The quiz master needs to only use one app (i.e. "computer application") for the entire quiz in order to conduct it.

Keywords: Decision Analysis, Quizzing

Suggested Citation

Manikutty, Anand, How to Run a Quiz: A Provably Fair Algorithm (November 25, 2013). Available at SSRN:

Anand Manikutty (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305-9025
United States

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