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anonymous
 5 years ago
On PS6, is it cheating to implement a computer cheater?
anonymous
 5 years ago
On PS6, is it cheating to implement a computer cheater?

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anonymous
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Specifically: My strategy for implementing a computer player is just to write a function that calls is_valid_word with everything in word_list, finds point values for every word that returns True, and returns the highestscoring word. It works, but is that cheating?

shadowfiend
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Maybe it is, maybe it isn't ;) I'd say implement it that way first, then think of ways you could implement it without ``cheating''.

anonymous
 5 years ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0It's not cheating and here's why. It's implementing a "brute force" or "exhaustive search" algorithm, and is probably the "gold standard" to test any other algorithm against. Once you have a way of absolutely knowing (by exhaustive search), then you have a reference for measuring performance improvement of other algorithms. Also, looking at it pedagogically, by PS6 we have not been introduced to sophisticated algorithms to avoid exhaustive search. To be strict, it would be cheating to use some algorithm that you know only byughreading ahead. :)
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