November 30th, 2002


Variable Jotto

Variable Jotto, or X-Jotto, appears to be playable. Thanks to magid for suggesting the idea. Words can be from 3 to 8 letters. I still have a little more work to do on the program (making sure only valid words are guessed), and then I need to work on making easy dictionaries for 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 letters.

Here is a game I played with the computer:

livid - 0
creative - 2
seven - 1
wimpy - 1
oblique - 3
lower - 3
belfry - 4
robbery - 6
snobbery - 6
(then I started eliminating other letters)
gooks - 1
hajji - 0
bubbly - 3
adz - 0
sex - 1
(searching the word list for words containing o, b, e, r, y)


What do you think?

Choose a random word from the whole list of 3-8 letter words?


Choose a length, then choose a random word of that length?

Should it be equally likely that you'll get a word of each length, or should it be weighted based on the actual number of words of each length?

I'm leaning toward making it equally likely that you will get a word of each length. Otherwise, you would just tend to go for 6-letter words more often, or whichever length there happens to be the most of.