After a long night of coding, we rebuilt our hangman solver into a finely-tuned hanging
with friends cheat program. Due to the special rules for hanging with friends, cheat programs designed for this game
need to eliminate certain words and word patterns which are not allowed in Zynga's version of the game. This program
uses statistics to find the most likely letters in the word. Note: This solver expects the game to give you the last
vowel of the word (this is a key difference between a hanging with friends cheat algorithm and a word pattern search).
To use this solver. enter the letters you know (or know aren't in a word). It will give you a list of possible ideas.
To make smart guesses, click on suggest letters. If you need a word to send to a friend, try our
Word You Are Trying To Solve What You Know - use space, ?, or * for unknown letters
This solver is basically a word generator - once you give it part of the word, it uses pattern matching to find relevant possibilities. The suggest letters feature looks at the set of possible words and uses statistical analysis to recommends letters that are highly likely to be in the word. The word generator provides a list of words for you to review which the word generator will update with ever new letter you type. The
underlying process is based on conditional probability - eg. if I know 2 letters in a five letter word and 3 wrong guesses, what is the distribution of words containing each of the remaining letters in the alphabet. This lets us calculate the probability of a right/wrong answer.
The analytics behind developing a cheat for hanging with friends are fairly complicated -
we've got a computer model we use to test strategies and guessing patterns across the dictionary the game was based on; The
most significant thing to keep in mind is that a good Hanging with Friends cheat program should incorporate the fact
that the game will give you the last vowel in a word. This will significantly reduce the number of possible words
and should influence your guessing strategy (the suggest letters feature really does help - we tested it [evil laugh]).