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The world's fastest Scrabble program

By Andrew W. Appel, Guy J. Jacobson

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 31 No. 5, Pages 572-578
10.1145/42411.42420


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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.

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