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### Re^2: challanging the dictionary

by Limbic~Region (Chancellor)
 on Apr 23, 2006 at 23:11 UTC ( #545167=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: challanging the dictionary

This seems to be a relatively fast approximation algorithm (64K words in about 5 seconds):
```#!/usr/bin/perl
use strict;
use warnings;

my \$file = \$ARGV[0] || 'words.txt';
open(my \$fh, '<', \$file) or die "Unable to open '\$file' for reading: \$
+!";

my %freq;
while (<\$fh>) {
tr/a-z//cd;
++\$freq{\$_} for split //;
}

while (%freq) {
my (\$small) = sort {\$freq{\$a} <=> \$freq{\$b}} keys %freq;
seek \$fh, 0, 0;
my (\$max, \$word) = (-1, '');
while (<\$fh>) {
last if \$max == keys %freq;
next if index(\$_, \$small) == -1;
tr/a-z//cd;
my %uniq = map {\$_ => undef} split //;
delete \$uniq{\$small};
my \$cnt = grep defined \$freq{\$_}, keys %uniq;
(\$max, \$word) = (\$cnt, \$_) if \$cnt > \$max;
}
print "\$word\n";
delete @freq{split //, \$word};
}
__END__
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The algorithm is quite simple. Start with the rarest letter and look for words containing that letter that have the most unique letters not found so far. Wash-Rinse-Repeat.

Cheers - L~R

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