I have been rather distant from the Monastery for a year or more. My daughters are growing up and other hobbies consume more and more time. During a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, I had an opportunity to be introduced to Words With Friends
. This of course made me want to write an algorithm to play optimally which in turn made me think of the monks.
I am not interested in writing yet another cheater - there are plenty of them out there. I am interested in writing a platform where two computer algorithms can duel for bragging rights. There are plenty of strategies one might consider:
- Saving high value letters for premium squares
- Avoiding moves that open up premium squares to your opponent
- Considering which tiles remain
- Intentionally opening premium squares to your oponent which will in turn open even higher premium squares to you
- Determining the best place to pass or swap tiles
- Keeping a proper balance of vowels and consonants in your rack
If I built the platform, would anyone be interested in writing a player? If so, what ideas do you have? If you are not interested in writing a player, what strategies do you think would work best (so I can steal them for my player)?
Update: I should clarify. If you are interested in writing a player, I am soliciting ideas for how game play should be done. In other words, a web interface, being able to play the same game twice (taking turns with who goes first), etc.
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