Which words are the most useful to know?

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Robert Foster
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Which words are the most useful to know?

Post by Robert Foster » 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!

Paul Erdunast
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Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Post by Paul Erdunast » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:50 am

This is really great!

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Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Post by Tim Down » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:28 am

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.

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Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Post by Jon O'Neill » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:33 pm

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

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Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Post by Robert Foster » Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:11 am

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

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