Stats!

We are so happy to receive feedback! We read and try to respond to every piece of feedback we get. Lately, we’ve gotten some requests about improving our stats. I thought I’d take a minute to talk about what we gather and what we are working on around stats.

First, we’ve all been busy playing! Across all the players that have gathered, we have played many millions of games… I couldn’t believe it was that many! Behind all of that is a giant data warehouse that we’ve been quietly building. We have been collecting lots of data on every game since launch. Our leaderboards, today, only show things that are easy to compute in our service with no “offline” data analysis or crunching. That’s about to change. The top few requested things that people have asked for in the stats space are:

  • Show me my (and other people’s) best words
  • Create a leaderboard based on “average score”
  • Fix my average score, because it looks too low

Let’s start with words: We’ve been collecting the words you play for a while now. Part of this is to help tune our dictionary. Another part of this is to look for cheaters, like the one we caught the other day (skitzo, including his response), and lastly, to improve the leaderboards with fun stats about the words that you and everyone else is finding.

On the average scoring front, let’s talk about “warm up games.” You know: the game you jump into as the first in a series? It turns out that with Wordament, like Pringles, “you can’t stop with just one.” In fact, most of us are playing at least 4 games in a session. But, we record any game where you get a non-zero score, and non-zero word count. So, if you are really concerned about your average, then don’t play the half games. But, here’s why it doesn’t matter:

  • We are working on a new system for computing your average score that doesn’t just take sum(score) / count(games). We are looking at something like: dropping the top 5% and the bottom 25% of all game scores and averaging the rest. This will be a lot closer to each of our “real skill level” and should make each of us much more comparable.

When we do this, we will add a new leaderboard and announce it here on the blog. With all of our leaderboards, we really want to have lots of ways for people to look at themselves. This will be one more pivot.

We love this game, and love to hear what you like and want too. Please continue to drop us notes. We are listening and are continuing to make this a great game.

— Black Snapper

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Wordament is a fun and addictive word game from You vs. the Internet, a Microsoft Studio.
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5 Responses to Stats!

  1. Brenda says:

    Why am I not getting my point average at the end of my games?

  2. Ssmallfry says:

    Love the average scores idea!

  3. larrywmsn says:

    It would be great if you could create a leader board based on average rank. This would balance out the complexity of the boards since you are being comapared to the players within the game. There are times when you get streaks of high point games and streaks of low point games, but player finishing rank seems to stay steady. The more players you get this would become a much better indicator of how you compare to other players.

  4. punzki says:

    I love the idea of average score. This “issue” is the primary reason I’ve stopped playing Wordament. I’ve no desire to go up the top 250 leaderboard if all it proves is I’m addicted to the game and have too much spare time. 🙂 Hoping to see this in the future so I can play more often.

    While you’re at it… What about ELO-style rankings? Would be great to have more weight towards beating other players. Sometimes basing skill on score is flawed when some boards produce a whole lot of points more than others. 🙂

    • Wordament says:

      Hey Punzki,

      We did it! Tonight we unveiled the Top players leaderboard, which ranks people by average score. The be accurate and useful, we don’t include any of your “incomplete games” or games where you score really low. Because we apply this consistently across all players, the scores are directly comparable. Let us know if this addresses your comments. We’d love to have you give us another whirl! To show in the leaderboard, you must be an active player within the past 30 days. So, when you come back, don’t expect to see yourself right away. You have to re-earn that privilege — and our stats update daily.

      — Black Snapper

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