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 can eliminate certain words and word patterns that 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 and regular hangman solver). To use this solver. enter the letters you know (or know
aren't in a word). It will give you a list of possible words and identify the most likely 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 as a user is that a good cheat program for Hanging with Friends should be aware that the game will give you the last vowel in a word. This fact can significantly reduce the number of possible words and should influence your guessing strategy (the suggest letters feature really does help - we tested it).
If you like the "with friends" series, you may find this page interesting.
Apparently they have a new game coming out for iphone / ipod this summer.