Even if you’re a Wordle master, there’s always space for growth, even if your winning streak reaches three digits. The New York Times’ new proprietors of Wordle have designed a small AI assistant to criticise your game with this in mind. Let me introduce you to WordleBot.
WordleBot isn’t going to play the game for you, but it can give you advice on how to become better at it, as well as recommendations for the best Wordle start words based on data rather than intuition. WordleBot has done the figures and comes up with a different starting point than our UK editor, Marc McLaren.
Starting with DEALT in “Hard Mode,” WordleBot uses the fewest guesses to answer all 2,309 possible Wordles, according to the introduction page on WordleBot.
What’s good for the goose may not be good for the gander, so let’s be clear about this: The article goes on to explain why a puzzle-solving algorithm operates significantly differently from the human mind.
There are 2,309 solutions in WordleBot’s memory, and it knows them all well. “It’s possible that you don’t. In other words, although the bot may have a clear idea of which guesses are most likely to lead you to the solution, it’s conceivable that you don’t and that a different guess might be more accurate.”
WordleBot, on the other hand, isn’t simply going to give you a bot-friendly term to start with. You’ll get a thorough evaluation of your Wordle performance, based on the results of your most recent attempt. It works like this…
WordleBot has a scathing opinion
In order to use WordleBot to grade your assignment, you must have finished the challenge. The solution to today’s Wordle question is going to be shown as part of this demonstration. Make your own decisions and take full responsibility for the consequences of those decisions.
Wordle is a skill I’ve struggled with in the past, and thus I was apprehensive about participating in this challenge. That’s a little humiliating for someone who makes a living writing tens of thousands of words every week. As it turned out, today was my fortunate day, and I nabbed it in only three attempts!
WordleBot was pleasantly surprised by my performance, to say the least. A “solid pick” of a beginning word, it agreed, and today it reduced the number of viable answers from 2,309 to 264. Even “CRANE,” which is its favourite, reduces it to 11. So, WordleBot, thank you.
It’s a little concerning that “PINTS” is my go-to around 1pm on Thursday, but leave that analysis to someone else. I was able to reduce the gap dramatically the second time around with “PINTS.” That decreased the number of feasible options to only 14 in any event.
On my third try, I got the word “MINCE” on my 14-sided dice. WordleBot, on the other hand, is a well-educated and obsessive Wordle fanatic, so it would be an honourable draw between us. That’s right, artificial intelligence:
When I asked the WordleBot how long it takes to complete a Wordle problem, the robot admitted that it took it an average of 3.4 steps. Given that my average is worse than that, this is a valid argument. Today, we both took three steps. A condescending “Nice job” was tacked on the end.
Sharing the glory. Using the same browser you use for Wordle, or uploading a snapshot of a full game, you can obtain feedback from the bot on your performance. Alternatively, Adverswordle lets you take on the role of AI quizmaster.