The World's Fastest Scrabble Program

Andrew W. Appel, Guy J. Jacobson

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An efficient backtracking algorithm makes possible a very fast program to play the SCRABBLE® Brand Crossword Game. The efficiency is achieved by creating data structures before the backtracking search begins that serve both to focus the search and to make each step of the search fast.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-578
Number of pages7
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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