Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Your Games and our Algorithms

We haven't added many updates to the blog, but have been busy
with several things behind the scenes. Over the past year we have been
able to put your games to good use towards improving the state of computer science: check out some of the things we've done here and here.

Thank you for playing, we hope that you enjoy the games as much as we
love playing with the data!

6 comments:

  1. "Simply put, people cheat at Verbosity."

    They "cheat" because like me they are bored stiff of defining the same words over and over again for two. years. If I could not "cheat" I would have thrown in the towel a year ago.

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  2. Post comments which are ignored, just like the Notice Board. Why am I not surprised?

    PlasticBiddy

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  3. Interesting article (about Verb). It seems you have the "cheating" well covered. However, there is a potentially worse problem which is not mentioned: sometimes people give clues for a word other than the secret word (recent examples: clues for leak, when the target word was leek; clues for duel, when the target word was dual; clues for entry, when the target word was entree). This may well be obvious to the guesser, and the temptation then is to type the target word even though this is not what was actually defined. If this happens often enough, you would end up with (presumably) undetectable erroneous statements being inorporated into the database. How about speeding up the pass function so that we don't get penalised for being honest and refusing to give an answer that does not match the clues (which is currently the quicker option compared to passing)

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  4. Thanks.


    PlasticBiddy

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  5. Playing Tag a Tune, are there even humans on the other side? How come they always guess right even if you give them false hints?

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  6. I don't understand why my clue giver is allowed to give parts of words and I am very limited to words in some dictionary that must be very small when I'm giving clues. Sometimes I use synonyms that have no part of the actual word in it, but I am denied using my clue word because it is "too close to the actual word". Are all spellings the British spellings?

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