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Duke Researchers Pit Computer Against Human Crossword Puzzle Players

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April 20, 1999
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After The New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz proclaimed that machines could never match humans in solving crossword puzzles, Duke University computer scientist Michael Littman said his team "rose to the challenge." Littman, Duke doctoral students Greg Keim and Noam Shazeer and other students and faculty designed "Proverb," a crossword solving program that achieved an average of 95.3 percent words correct and 98.1 percent letters correct when given a sample of 370 crosswords. The puzzles, chosen randomly from The New York Times and several other sources, were each solved in under 15 minutes.

DURHAM, N.C. - After The New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz proclaimed that machines could never match humans in solving crossword puzzles, Duke University computer scientist Michael Littman said his team "rose to the challenge."


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