Repeat solved!!!! Game of Empathy

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Repeat solved!!!!
  • Elisa Kabiljo at 2015-01-28

    It seems that this big problem is solved in an interesting way. Players do not choose the expression anymore, but it is automatically generated in a way that only Richard knows. We do not have repeat for more than 60 games.
    This was a main reason for many players to stop playing Empathy.  There is no more excuse for them to not play. It will be very interesting to see many players from a past to play again. This is a call for them all – play again.
    Here is a graphics showing all repeated games:


    And a list of them:

    1155clockJanuary 19, 2007
    2227sportsAugust 31, 2007
    3230bridgeSeptember 9, 2007
    4275treesJanuary 22, 2008
    5286furnitureFebruary 24, 2008
    6338harry potterJuly 29, 2008
    7375bridgeNovember 17, 2008
    8433bookMay 16, 2009
    9445godJune 21, 2009
    10483things the color of blueOctober 25, 2009
    11521glassFebruary 16, 2010
    12530herbsMarch 15, 2010
    13550springMay 17, 2010
    14584silverSeptember 3, 2010
    15586musical instrumentsSeptember 10, 2010
    16588AntarcticaSeptember 16, 2010
    17646golfMarch 13, 2011
    18654blueApril 7, 2011
    19658islandsApril 19, 2011
    20692wineAugust 4, 2011
    21705silverSeptember 12, 2011
    22706chessSeptember 15, 2011
    23715catsOctober 12, 2011
    24726waterNovember 14, 2011
    25738christmasDecember 20, 2011
    26753New YorkFebruary 3, 2012
    27754chocolateFebruary 6, 2012
    28755star warsFebruary 9, 2012
    29759types of cloudsFebruary 21, 2012
    30771dadMarch 28, 2012
    31774kissApril 6, 2012
    32778blueApril 18, 2012
    33789sleepMay 22, 2012
    34797metalJune 15, 2012
    35808sunJuly 31, 2012
    36823rainSeptember 14, 2012
    37842fruitNovember 19, 2012
    38846winterDecember 1, 2012
    39862GreeceJanuary 30, 2013
    40869iceFebruary 20, 2013
    41875weatherMarch 10, 2013
    42878birdMarch 19, 2013
    43879forestMarch 22, 2013
    44897snowMay 15, 2013
    45905catsJune 8, 2013
    46908skyJune 17, 2013
    47911kissJune 26, 2013
    48912eggJune 29, 2013
    49913summerJuly 2, 2013
    50915guitarJuly 8, 2013
    51919calendarJuly 20, 2013
    52922cactusAugust 3, 2013
    53924basketballAugust 9, 2013
    54935BeethovenSeptember 11, 2013
    55939fast carsSeptember 23, 2013
    56940rockSeptember 26, 2013
    57943breakfastOctober 5, 2013
    58945silverOctober 11, 2013
    59950Star TrekOctober 26, 2013
    60951schoolOctober 29, 2013
    61964silentDecember 12, 2013
    62981cakeFebruary 1, 2014
    63982metalFebruary 4, 2014
    64996blueMarch 18, 2014
    651000underwearMarch 30, 2014
    661003EgyptApril 8, 2014
    671008LoveApril 23, 2014
    681021coffeeJune 4, 2014
    691025waterJune 16, 2014

  • Richard Malaschitz ★ at 2015-01-28

    There were 13 games played 3 times and 2 games (blue, silver) played 4 times.
    Now WORD for game is chosen from popular answer and never used words. 
    But it is not probably best solution.

  • Elisa Kabiljo at 2015-01-28

    Any solution isn’t ideal, but this solution is much, much, much better than before. Repeated topic just kill Empathy.  I hope that now number of players will increase.
    Thanks Richard for your works. I was surprised that you spend time on game with so few players.

  • Elisa Kabiljo at 2015-01-29

    Unfortunately, not everything is as nice as it looked. Still we have repetiton in the last 60 games. :(
    First there are two expressions that can be easily eliminated:

    1051Color=86Colors
    1071Planet=247Planets

    Richard already have algorithm for plurals and singulars.
    Then there are two almost repeat:
    1047Stars=470Stars in the Sky
    1053Day=96Days of the week

    They are a little bit more complicated to eliminate, but it is possible to eliminate them automaticaly.
    And finaly there is hardest one:
    1078America=1041USA

    This is nearly impossible to automatically eliminate.

    Perhaps there is more repetition, but finding them requires a lot of manual work.

    Looks like we still have to live with some repetition. :(



  • ypercube at 2015-01-29

    I don’t see America and USA as repetitions.

  • Elisa Kabiljo at 2015-01-29

    When you compare result for these two games, you will see that they are very similar. By copying top answers from one game you can get good score in other. This is almost repeat.

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