In this thesis we will study the connection between game structure, surprise, and guessing strategies for these first two versions of a word guessing game. Our analysis will have three levels: one, a basic understanding of language and letter probabilities and the creation of programs that seek to use the structure of a game to efficiently guess words; two, an introduction of mathematical background and Information Theory; three, an analysis of the games and their corresponding guesses via a creative use of the key ideas of Information Theory, particularly, the concepts of surprise and entropy.
Dr. Stephen Flood, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Rachel Stahl, Committee Member
Dr. Shannon Lockard, Committee Member
Carpender, Justin. (2022). The Role of Surprise in Guessing Games. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 519. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/519
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