anyway stuck at home yesterday and i like words and letters and stuff https://twitter.com/json_dirs/status/1380686897614184448?s=20
oh ya also ty to @email@example.com for spotting that the lists were hardcoded in the source, they've made a v twisty adversarial version i can't quite wrap my head around the strategy for https://twitter.com/qntm/status/1479982987181756423?s=20
@brennen @jonny the notion of the best first guess in wordle depends on playstyle; a penpangrammatic approach to constructing five-guess sets renders the choice of first one moot while also constraining the use of individual words with a bunch of common letters, as you will need some of them elsewhere. But I seem to be mostly alone in my desires not to go guess golfing .
@brennen @jonny also entertaining that one of the words of my unbeaten set is in fact "nymph", which it describes as one of the worst words, but it is a delightfully-useful word in using up almost a fifth of the alphabet as compactly as possible in a way that leaves something for the other four words
lost me a bit, but of course everyone has their own playstyle! tried to get that across by saying "depends on how you measure it" but was unclear. this was mostly me just puzzling on the entropy space and constraints placed by English morphology. I said it elsewhere but not optimizing against the win condition and enacting your own structure on the game is its own real joy ❤️
yeah, sorry, I was a little manic, but basically: I use the maxmum of five wrong guesses every single time designed to eliminate possibilities, and then solve the puzzle with the information provided.
If ABCDE FGHIJ KLMNO PQRST and UVWXY were words, imagine me using them. If there weren't four green or yellow boxes after this, the remaining letters have to be repeated letters or Z.
Given the curation of the potential set of prompts, I spend very little time actually playing the game and more time thinking about weird words and refining my guess sets towards the dream of 25 distinct characters (I'm up to 24!) With my playstyle ruling out most of the alphabet anyway words like NYMPH become incredibly useful because of/in spite of the low probability of containing letters at more common positions
:) am not a phonotactician but do research in phonetic perception and have been a computational morphology hobbyist for awhile. the phonology of the language creating a constraint space for its letter sequences is exactly why I think this is fun to think about :)
@jonny oooh blimey you are way more into the science of this than me! I pick a random start word each day
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