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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 5:16 PM   #1
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Word Drop Solution Finder

Hey, i'm new to these forums. Im currently going into my Second year of computing sciences at University.

Well i was searching around on facebook when i came across a game called Word Drop. The game starts with an 8 x 10 grid of random numbers and it asks you to create words from these letters by selecting a letter and then selecting another letter on any side of the current letter (diagonally aswell). As i was playing it i thought it would be a fairly fun project to make a solution finder for it as i've messed about with other solvers in the past like rubix cubes etc. i've got a basic idea of how to do this but i'm not sure how to allow it to search through an english (american english) dictionary.

Basically if anyone knows how to do this it would be a massive help. Any other support would be greatly appreciated aswell. I know it sound like a kind of cheat, and it pretty much is but i thought it would make a fun project.

I'm planning on doing this in C# but i know VB and a bit of C++. If you think i'd be better off in a different language please say.

Thanks in advance,
Eseron

http://www.mindjolt.com/games/word-drop link to the game if you want to check it out (it's quite addictive xD)

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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 5:30 PM   #2
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Re: Word Drop Solution Finder

first find the dictionary you want and then load it into a sortable list. By sorting it you will allow yourself to search it more faster, then search for the different options id say almost as a brute force to see which ones fit the next selection. You can also trim the dictionary before you start to only store what you need (such as 3-8 characters)
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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 5:32 PM   #3
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Re: Word Drop Solution Finder

right, will get on it ty
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Old Jun 6th, 2010, 9:25 PM   #4
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Re: Word Drop Solution Finder

I wrote one of these for Word Whomp Whackdown on Pogo. Build your dictionary, and then you might want to think of this as a space-filling model problem. Build your matrix, weigh your solution sets, and then pop up the best one. Similar to the traffic-light problem.
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