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Ex­er­cises /​ Prob­lem-Sets

TagLast edit: 9 Feb 2021 10:06 UTC by Yoav Ravid

This tag collects posts with concrete exercises. Problems that have solutions (or least some clear feedback loop). Things that you can attempt yourself in order to learn and grow.

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Ex­er­cises in Com­pre­hen­sive In­for­ma­tion Gathering

johnswentworth15 Feb 2020 17:27 UTC
128 points
16 comments3 min readLW link1 review

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 ways of send­ing some­thing to the moon

jacobjacob1 Oct 2020 4:20 UTC
76 points
97 comments2 min readLW link1 review

D&D.SCP: Ano­ma­lous Acquisitions

aphyer12 Feb 2022 16:03 UTC
44 points
26 comments9 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity Ex­er­cises Prize of Septem­ber 2019 ($1,000)

Ben Pace11 Sep 2019 0:19 UTC
88 points
18 comments5 min readLW link

Refram­ing Impact

TurnTrout20 Sep 2019 19:03 UTC
90 points
15 comments3 min readLW link1 review

Topolog­i­cal Fixed Point Exercises

17 Nov 2018 1:40 UTC
70 points
52 comments3 min readLW link

Ham­mer­time Fi­nal Exam

alkjash22 Mar 2018 1:10 UTC
40 points
22 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 ways of solv­ing a prob­lem in your life

jacobjacob22 Oct 2020 4:49 UTC
32 points
32 comments2 min readLW link

2021 New Year Op­ti­miza­tion Puzzles

Scott Garrabrant31 Dec 2020 8:22 UTC
19 points
36 comments2 min readLW link

Ham­mer­time Day 1: Bug Hunt

alkjash30 Jan 2018 6:40 UTC
94 points
25 comments5 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

The Strate­gic Level

alkjash21 Mar 2018 5:00 UTC
35 points
2 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

The Dar­win Game

lsusr9 Oct 2020 10:19 UTC
90 points
136 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Top Time Travel In­ter­ven­tions?

abramdemski26 Oct 2020 23:25 UTC
44 points
34 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] Fram­ing Practicum: Incentive

aysajan27 Aug 2021 19:22 UTC
37 points
6 comments3 min readLW link

D&D.Sci Path­fin­der: Re­turn of the Gray Swan

aphyer1 Sep 2021 17:43 UTC
30 points
22 comments5 min readLW link

The 2021 Less Wrong Dar­win Game

lsusr24 Sep 2021 21:16 UTC
161 points
106 comments9 min readLW link

Recom­mend­ing Un­der­stand, a Game about Discern­ing the Rules

MondSemmel28 Oct 2021 14:53 UTC
88 points
41 comments4 min readLW link

Align­ment re­search exercises

Richard_Ngo21 Feb 2022 20:24 UTC
146 points
17 comments8 min readLW link

Con­test: An Alien Message

DaemonicSigil27 Jun 2022 5:54 UTC
94 points
100 comments1 min readLW link

Ar­gu­ing Well Sequence

Logan Riggs15 Sep 2019 2:01 UTC
14 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Cal­ibrat­ing With Cards

lifelonglearner8 Aug 2019 6:44 UTC
31 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

CoZE 3: Empiricism

alkjash17 Mar 2018 4:10 UTC
20 points
4 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Fun and Games with Cog­ni­tive Biases

Cosmos18 Feb 2011 20:38 UTC
83 points
28 comments6 min readLW link

Con­straints & Slack­ness Rea­son­ing Exercises

johnswentworth21 May 2019 22:53 UTC
42 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

De­duc­ing Impact

TurnTrout24 Sep 2019 21:14 UTC
64 points
26 comments1 min readLW link

Value Impact

TurnTrout23 Sep 2019 0:47 UTC
62 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

World State is the Wrong Ab­strac­tion for Impact

TurnTrout1 Oct 2019 21:03 UTC
62 points
19 comments2 min readLW link

At­tain­able Utility Land­scape: How The World Is Changed

TurnTrout10 Feb 2020 0:58 UTC
51 points
7 comments6 min readLW link

Ham­mer­time Day 3: TAPs

alkjash1 Feb 2018 4:10 UTC
17 points
24 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 4: Design

alkjash1 Feb 2018 19:00 UTC
31 points
11 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 2: Yoda Timers

alkjash31 Jan 2018 5:10 UTC
45 points
27 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 5: Com­fort Zone Expansion

alkjash2 Feb 2018 18:00 UTC
21 points
35 comments6 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 7: Aver­sion Factoring

alkjash4 Feb 2018 16:10 UTC
24 points
14 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 8: Sunk Cost Faith

alkjash5 Feb 2018 1:00 UTC
26 points
13 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 9: Time Calibration

alkjash7 Feb 2018 1:40 UTC
14 points
8 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 6: Mantras

alkjash3 Feb 2018 22:00 UTC
22 points
25 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 10: Murphyjitsu

alkjash7 Feb 2018 18:40 UTC
43 points
11 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Bug Hunt 2

alkjash20 Feb 2018 5:00 UTC
31 points
15 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Yoda Timers 2

alkjash21 Feb 2018 7:40 UTC
28 points
25 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

TAPs 2

alkjash22 Feb 2018 5:10 UTC
25 points
5 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

De­sign 2

alkjash23 Feb 2018 6:20 UTC
18 points
16 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

CoZE 2

alkjash24 Feb 2018 5:40 UTC
16 points
7 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Three Miniatures

alkjash25 Feb 2018 5:40 UTC
22 points
11 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Focusing

alkjash26 Feb 2018 6:10 UTC
19 points
22 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Goal Factoring

alkjash26 Feb 2018 23:30 UTC
25 points
5 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

TDT for Humans

alkjash28 Feb 2018 5:40 UTC
25 points
7 comments5 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Friendship

alkjash1 Mar 2018 6:00 UTC
21 points
16 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Bug Hunt 3

alkjash13 Mar 2018 0:20 UTC
25 points
13 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Yoda Timers 3: Speed

alkjash13 Mar 2018 18:00 UTC
20 points
12 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

TAPs 3: Reductionism

alkjash15 Mar 2018 5:20 UTC
23 points
8 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

De­sign 3: Intentionality

alkjash16 Mar 2018 4:30 UTC
21 points
11 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Silence

alkjash18 Mar 2018 4:10 UTC
57 points
17 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

In­ter­nal Dou­ble Crux

alkjash19 Mar 2018 5:50 UTC
46 points
34 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Mak­ing Beliefs Pay Rent (in An­ti­ci­pated Ex­pe­riences): Exercises

RobinZ17 Apr 2011 15:31 UTC
38 points
13 comments1 min readLW link

Harry Pot­ter and the Method of Entropy

alkjash31 Mar 2018 20:10 UTC
11 points
12 comments1 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

[Question] What are good ra­tio­nal­ity ex­er­cises?

Ben Pace27 Sep 2020 21:25 UTC
54 points
25 comments1 min readLW link1 review

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 ways to es­cape a locked room

jacobjacob8 Oct 2020 5:13 UTC
30 points
81 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 ways of hid­ing Ein­stein’s pen for fifty years

jacobjacob15 Oct 2020 7:23 UTC
31 points
44 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Bab­ble challenge: 50 con­se­quences of in­tel­li­gent ant colonies

jacobjacob29 Oct 2020 7:21 UTC
23 points
48 comments4 min readLW link

[Question] Bab­ble Challenge: 50 thoughts on sta­ble, co­op­er­a­tive institutions

jacobjacob5 Nov 2020 6:38 UTC
29 points
12 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Fi­nal Bab­ble Challenge (for now): 100 ways to light a candle

jacobjacob12 Nov 2020 23:17 UTC
45 points
32 comments4 min readLW link

How to get the benefits of mov­ing with­out mov­ing (bab­ble)

mingyuan13 Nov 2020 20:17 UTC
70 points
11 comments9 min readLW link

Thread for mak­ing 2019 Re­view ac­countabil­ity commitments

jacobjacob18 Dec 2020 5:07 UTC
46 points
6 comments2 min readLW link

A work­shop on Life Influences

Elo10 Jan 2021 11:23 UTC
8 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

Ex­er­cise: Ta­boo “Should”

johnswentworth22 Jan 2021 21:02 UTC
91 points
25 comments9 min readLW link

Pseu­do­ran­dom­ness con­test: prizes, re­sults, and analysis

Eric Neyman15 Jan 2021 6:24 UTC
146 points
22 comments20 min readLW link
(ericneyman.wordpress.com)

D&D.Sci Au­gust 2021: The Or­a­cle and the Monk

abstractapplic13 Aug 2021 22:36 UTC
26 points
25 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] Quote Quiz

Gunnar_Zarncke30 Aug 2021 23:30 UTC
6 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

2021 Dar­win Game—Contestants

lsusr3 Oct 2021 5:09 UTC
70 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

2021 Dar­win Game—Tundra

lsusr5 Oct 2021 5:03 UTC
48 points
17 comments2 min readLW link

2021 Dar­win Game—Desert

lsusr6 Oct 2021 0:24 UTC
37 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

2021 Dar­win Game—Ocean

lsusr6 Oct 2021 1:59 UTC
27 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

2021 Dar­win Game—Benthic

lsusr6 Oct 2021 4:39 UTC
25 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

2021 Dar­win Game—Hu­man Garbage Dump

lsusr6 Oct 2021 6:31 UTC
36 points
7 comments4 min readLW link

2021 Dar­win Game—River

lsusr6 Oct 2021 7:29 UTC
30 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

2021 Dar­win Game—Every­where Else

lsusr6 Oct 2021 20:39 UTC
48 points
18 comments6 min readLW link

The Meta-Puzzle

DanielFilan22 Nov 2021 5:30 UTC
23 points
28 comments3 min readLW link
(danielfilan.com)

DnD.Sci GURPS Eval­u­a­tion and Ruleset

Jemist22 Dec 2021 19:05 UTC
16 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

List of Prob­a­bil­ity Cal­ibra­tion Exercises

Isaac King23 Jan 2022 2:12 UTC
57 points
12 comments1 min readLW link

A Warm Up Prob­lem for Yud­kowsky’s New Fiction

Robert Kennedy3 Mar 2022 15:25 UTC
14 points
45 comments1 min readLW link

Learned Blank­ness and Ex­pec­ta­tions of Solubility

brook18 Mar 2022 12:42 UTC
8 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Duels & D.Sci March 2022: It’s time for D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-data!

aphyer25 Mar 2022 16:55 UTC
45 points
41 comments4 min readLW link

Creative non­fic­tion train­ing exercises

dynomight4 Apr 2022 16:17 UTC
9 points
0 comments6 min readLW link
(dynomight.net)

Prov­ing Too Much (w/​ ex­er­cises)

Logan Riggs15 Sep 2019 2:28 UTC
11 points
13 comments4 min readLW link

[Question] Fram­ing Practicum: Stable Equilibrium

johnswentworth9 Aug 2021 17:28 UTC
56 points
42 comments4 min readLW link

Cre­dence Cal­ibra­tion Ice­breaker Game

Ruby14 Aug 2014 21:01 UTC
42 points
1 comment2 min readLW link

Ars D&D.sci: Mys­ter­ies of Mana

aphyer9 Jul 2022 12:19 UTC
34 points
13 comments3 min readLW link

Alien Mes­sage Con­test: Solution

DaemonicSigil13 Jul 2022 4:07 UTC
29 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

Deep learn­ing cur­ricu­lum for large lan­guage model alignment

Jacob_Hilton13 Jul 2022 21:58 UTC
52 points
3 comments1 min readLW link
(github.com)

Cal­ibra­tion Trivia

Screwtape4 Aug 2022 22:31 UTC
10 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Dwarves & D.Sci: Data Fortress

aphyer6 Aug 2022 18:24 UTC
35 points
26 comments3 min readLW link

In­tro­duc­ing Past­cast­ing: A tool for fore­cast­ing practice

Sage Future11 Aug 2022 17:38 UTC
86 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] Are there prac­ti­cal ex­er­cises for de­vel­op­ing the Scout mind­set?

ChristianKl15 Aug 2022 17:23 UTC
15 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

In­fra-Ex­er­cises, Part 1

1 Sep 2022 5:06 UTC
49 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

D&D.Sci Septem­ber 2022: The Allo­ca­tion Helm

abstractapplic16 Sep 2022 23:10 UTC
31 points
33 comments1 min readLW link

How To Ob­serve Ab­stract Objects

LoganStrohl30 Sep 2022 2:11 UTC
51 points
6 comments21 min readLW link

[Question] Where can I find solu­tion to the ex­er­cises of AGISF?

Raphaël S18 Oct 2022 14:11 UTC
7 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Con­sider try­ing Vivek Heb­bar’s al­ign­ment exercises

Akash24 Oct 2022 19:46 UTC
36 points
1 comment4 min readLW link

You Be the Jury: Sur­vey on a Cur­rent Event

komponisto9 Dec 2009 4:25 UTC
37 points
266 comments3 min readLW link

ProbDef: a game about prob­a­bil­ity and inference

abstractapplic2 Jan 2018 0:22 UTC
20 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

Uny­ield­ing Yoda Timers: Tak­ing the Ham­mer­time Fi­nal Exam

TurnTrout3 Apr 2018 2:38 UTC
16 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

In­finite Sum­ma­tions: A Ra­tion­al­ity Lit­mus Test

shev20 Jan 2017 9:31 UTC
38 points
23 comments5 min readLW link

0.999...=1: Another Ra­tion­al­ity Lit­mus Test

shev21 Jan 2017 2:16 UTC
28 points
60 comments7 min readLW link

Can­berra Ra­tion­al­ity Exercises

nBrown3 Feb 2018 2:55 UTC
9 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

The Up-Goer Five Game: Ex­plain­ing hard ideas with sim­ple words

Rob Bensinger5 Sep 2013 5:54 UTC
44 points
82 comments2 min readLW link

case study: iter­a­tive drawing

brown17 Oct 2018 4:35 UTC
23 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Pos­i­tive Bias Test (C++ pro­gram)

MBlume19 May 2009 21:32 UTC
30 points
79 comments4 min readLW link

Joy in Dis­cov­ery: Galois theory

Eigil Rischel2 Sep 2019 19:16 UTC
30 points
3 comments2 min readLW link

Se­quence Ex­er­cise: first 3 posts from “A Hu­man’s Guide to Words”

Normal_Anomaly16 Apr 2011 17:21 UTC
43 points
18 comments1 min readLW link

One way to ma­nipu­late your level of ab­strac­tion re­lated to a task

Andy_McKenzie19 Aug 2013 5:47 UTC
36 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

A thought-pro­cess test­ing opportunity

[deleted]22 Apr 2013 19:51 UTC
46 points
28 comments1 min readLW link

A Less Mys­te­ri­ous Mind­ful­ness Exercise

[deleted]18 Sep 2012 23:33 UTC
36 points
64 comments7 min readLW link

[Question] Fermi Challenge: Trains and Air Cargo

Ben Pace5 Oct 2020 21:51 UTC
23 points
21 comments1 min readLW link

Test Your Cal­ibra­tion!

alyssavance11 Nov 2009 22:03 UTC
25 points
33 comments2 min readLW link

Cus­tom games that in­volve skills re­lated to rationality

Alexander23022 Dec 2016 21:03 UTC
17 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

Fixed Point Exercises

Scott Garrabrant17 Nov 2018 1:39 UTC
58 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Ex­er­cises for Over­com­ing Akra­sia and Procrastination

Matt Goldenberg16 Sep 2019 11:53 UTC
27 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

Notes on Schel­ling’s “Strat­egy of Con­flict” (1960)

MichaelA10 Feb 2021 2:48 UTC
22 points
9 comments8 min readLW link

Notes on Hen­rich’s “The WEIRDest Peo­ple in the World” (2020)

MichaelA14 Feb 2021 8:40 UTC
17 points
0 comments8 min readLW link

Notes on “Bioter­ror and Biowar­fare” (2006)

MichaelA2 Mar 2021 0:43 UTC
10 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

[Question] What are fun lit­tle puz­zles /​ games /​ ex­er­cises to learn in­ter­est­ing con­cepts?

Mati_Roy18 Mar 2021 3:26 UTC
18 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

D&D.Sci

abstractapplic5 Dec 2020 23:26 UTC
41 points
52 comments1 min readLW link

D&D.Sci II: The Sorceror’s Per­sonal Shopper

abstractapplic12 Jan 2021 1:38 UTC
51 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

D&D.Sci III: Mancer Matchups

abstractapplic5 Mar 2021 19:07 UTC
19 points
22 comments3 min readLW link

D&D.Sci April 2021: Voy­ages of the Gray Swan

abstractapplic12 Apr 2021 18:23 UTC
46 points
33 comments2 min readLW link

D&D.Sci April 2021 Eval­u­a­tion and Ruleset

abstractapplic19 Apr 2021 13:26 UTC
39 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

D&D.Sci May 2021: Mon­ster Car­cass Auction

abstractapplic7 May 2021 19:33 UTC
24 points
25 comments2 min readLW link

D&D.Sci(-Fi) June 2021: The Duel with Earwax

abstractapplic22 Jun 2021 11:48 UTC
21 points
28 comments3 min readLW link

D&D.Sci Au­gust 2021 Eval­u­a­tion and Ruleset

abstractapplic23 Aug 2021 22:49 UTC
25 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Fram­ing Practicum: Turnover Time

johnswentworth24 Aug 2021 16:29 UTC
22 points
6 comments4 min readLW link

[Question] Fram­ing Practicum: Selec­tion Incentive

aysajan2 Sep 2021 20:26 UTC
12 points
6 comments3 min readLW link

D&D.Sci 4th Edi­tion: League of Defen­ders of the Storm

aphyer28 Sep 2021 23:19 UTC
41 points
31 comments3 min readLW link

D&D.Sci 4th Edi­tion: League of Defen­ders of the Storm Eval­u­a­tion & Ruleset

aphyer5 Oct 2021 17:30 UTC
37 points
17 comments7 min readLW link

Sleep math: red clay blue clay

KatjaGrace8 Mar 2021 0:30 UTC
24 points
9 comments1 min readLW link
(worldspiritsockpuppet.com)

Hegel vs. GPT-3

Bezzi27 Oct 2021 5:55 UTC
9 points
21 comments2 min readLW link

D&D.Sci Dun­geon­crawl­ing: The Crown of Command

aphyer7 Nov 2021 18:39 UTC
33 points
28 comments4 min readLW link

D&D.Sci Dun­geon­crawl­ing: The Crown of Com­mand Eval­u­a­tion & Ruleset

aphyer16 Nov 2021 0:29 UTC
24 points
12 comments9 min readLW link

[Question] What are the best el­e­men­tary math prob­lems you know?

Ege Erdil20 Mar 2022 17:18 UTC
36 points
85 comments1 min readLW link

Aban­doned pro­to­type video game teach­ing el­e­men­tary cir­cuit theory

Steven Byrnes30 Mar 2022 20:37 UTC
17 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Solv­ing the Brazilian Chil­dren’s Game of 007

Epirito6 Apr 2022 13:03 UTC
3 points
6 comments2 min readLW link

Challenge: A Much More Alien Message

kman28 Jun 2022 21:50 UTC
24 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

Ars D&D.Sci: Mys­ter­ies of Mana Eval­u­a­tion & Ruleset

aphyer19 Jul 2022 2:06 UTC
29 points
4 comments5 min readLW link

The Fal­ling Drill

Screwtape5 Aug 2022 0:08 UTC
44 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

Dwarves & D.Sci: Data Fortress Eval­u­a­tion & Ruleset

aphyer16 Aug 2022 0:15 UTC
23 points
10 comments8 min readLW link

Quan­tified In­tu­itions: An epistemics train­ing web­site in­clud­ing a new EA-themed cal­ibra­tion app

20 Sep 2022 22:25 UTC
28 points
1 comment2 min readLW link

Build­ing a trans­former from scratch—AI safety up-skil­ling challenge

Marius Hobbhahn12 Oct 2022 15:40 UTC
40 points
1 comment5 min readLW link