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in another life I would be a morphologist. wondering how those patterns of letter frequency depend on word length. how much more entropy 6 letters has (eg. do constraints on morphemes relax and open more of the relative combinatoric space of letter combinations, or less?)

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the game works sort of like how the entropy reduction calculation here works, selects a random correct word after each guess from the list of possible remaining words, given the preceding guesses and correct words. Using the maximally entropy-reducing words works, but then...?

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oh ya also ty to @qntm@twitter.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 twitter.com/qntm/status/147998

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"canoe" is good because it has three vowels, with the relatively uncommon "c" in its most common position, and "e" in its most common position. This gives you a lot of information about what vowels are in (or not in) a word. It has a median reduction of ~90% of incorrect words.

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"slate" is good because it has a bunch of common letters in the places they're most frequently found, (left image is counts of letters in each position). Almost all of the best words by this measure start with "s" and end with "e" ("y" is also overwhelmingly common at the end)

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What's the best first guess in wordle? Did some quick analysis on the hardcoded lists
- Word with the highest likelihood of each independent letter being correct: "slate"
- Word that rules out the most incorrect words: "canoe"
jon-e.net/blog/2022/01/10/word

oh wait no it was the benchmarks that were removed along with the risk guidelines and the only transfer money in (literally "undefined") that was added

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oh cool they deleted the risk guidelines and put in a gambling account tied to outperforming benchmarks with only the vaguest notion of returning money from it in the central bank guidelines. (Appendix E, where they allegedly describe the permitted investments, is not included)

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it could be all just investment income, impossible to understand, entangled in all the hullaballoo of accounts not worth explaining (it's students paying tuition)

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looking pretty good! I think you can afford it! but you seem to be holding back for some reason I cannot fathom! t.co/YAhY16x15r

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the audio from this meeting is behind a UO credential login through a microsoft portal, and then requires me to request access, which, since they have no written minutes available, is illegal according to ORS 192.650: Recording or written minutes required
oregon.public.law/statutes/ors

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there seems to be a conflict of interest between the need to keep people on campus and the safety of workers evident in the offical public material that the board bases its decisions about university operations on.

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the resources are there. I've seen the books. I've seen y'all talking about the books. I've taken plenty of notes on how you're balancing them against the wellbeing of your workers. I'm tired and angry, quarantined at home from secondary exposure from the way you run your school.

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the administrators who have somehow deluded themselves into believing this is a defensible way to operate any institution are, to be precise, fucking monsters.

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The wait for asymptomatic testing today was almost an hour, and the line started just outside the door.
The wait for symptomatic testing stretched down the block.
Not surprised at @uoregon@twitter.com anymore, but for once just do the obviously humane thing, cut the breaker, take us remote.

RT @GTFF_3544@twitter.com

BREAKING: UO has updated their COVID case tracker to show 982 cases in the UO community last week. t.co/WVpW1lniCt

🐦🔗: twitter.com/GTFF_3544/status/1

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