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Which words are the most useful to know?

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:10 pm
by Robert Foster
I did an analysis on which words would be most useful to learn for each of 3, 4, and 5 vowel picks in standard letters rounds.
You can find the results here:
http://bit.ly/2KXffJw

Download the file as an Excel spreadsheet (don't try and open it as a Google Sheet) and feel free to play around - you can use it as a study tool or just for reference. Hope you fellow word geeks find it useful!

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:50 am
by Paul Erdunast
This is really great!

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:28 am
by Tim Down
Robert Foster wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:10 pm
I did an analysis on which words would be most useful to learn for each of 3, 4, and 5 vowel picks in standard letters rounds.
You can find the results here:
http://bit.ly/2KXffJw

Download the file as an Excel spreadsheet (don't try and open it as a Google Sheet) and feel free to play around - you can use it as a study tool or just for reference. Hope you fellow word geeks find it useful!
Rob, this is brilliant. Thank you so much.

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:33 pm
by Jon O'Neill
Yeah, this is great. Nice work.

Only thing I would suggest as an improvement is to do some face-up shuffling in the simulated rounds (or weight against rounds with double or triple letters). It seems to me that the most useful words seem a bit skewed towards double-letters compared to https://www.apterous.org/wordstats.php?variant=0&dic=0

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:11 am
by Robert Foster
Thanks guys!
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:33 pm
Only thing I would suggest as an improvement is to do some face-up shuffling in the simulated rounds (or weight against rounds with double or triple letters). It seems to me that the most useful words seem a bit skewed towards double-letters compared to https://www.apterous.org/wordstats.php?variant=0&dic=0
Good point - I always assumed the shuffling was totally random like at a co:event but this looks not to be the case. I uploaded a second version which decreases the chance of two of the same letter being drawn successively: http://bit.ly/2KXffJw