Tips for finding better anagrams
Although Anagram Genius does most of the work
in finding good anagrams, a skilled user can improve its chances. Here are a few
tips for getting the most out of the program.
- The scope for good anagrams is very dependent on the balance of letters in the
anagram text. Texts containing 'J's, 'Z's and 'Q's will generate anagrams of
lower scores and the subwords containing those rare
letters will become disproportionately more important than those that do not.
Try to avoid texts with a strange balance of letters and if you do hand score
the subwords that contain the rare letters to make sure that they are given the
correct category as these words will be disproportionately important during the
anagram search. Strange letter balances can often be avoided when you have a
choice of what the text can be. For example, if your name is Michael John Ryan
you should do much better anagramming "Michael Ryan" than "Michael
J. Ryan" or "Michael John Ryan" - try it and see! Similarly if
your name is John, longer variants of your name including middle names may dilute
the effect of the "J".
- Hand editing of subwords at the Word Stage is time-consuming
but worthwhile. It is surprising how often a careful check of the scan will reveal
an amazingly relevant word which through the ignorance of the program about the
text is not scored highly enough. Generally speaking it is more important to
find good words which have not been scored highly enough than to spend time reducing
the value of irrelevant words that have been scored too well (though both methods
will have some benefit). One case where reducing the value of an irrelevant word
will have significant benefit is when you find that it is dominating the anagrams,
perhaps because it mops up all the rare letters and has a good score. If you
see this happening, flick back to the Word Stage,
change its score and start the search again by clicking on the search or weed
- Similarly, use of compulsory words is a valuable technique if you find an extremely
relevant word or are anagramming a particularly long subject. Once you have generated
the anagrams containing these compulsory words, weed the best ones and then return
to the word stage to try some alternative combinations. The weeded list will
remain and you can add to it.
- If you are anagramming a large group of people who all come from the same company,
university or town etc., consider creating a custom
dictionary that is relevant to this thing that they have in common. For a
company, this could include the names of its products, the names of key employees,
company jargon etc. You will be amazed how often these highly relevant words
can come out of the letters of a name and result in remarkably relevant anagrams.
- Try and choose subjects that you know lots about. If you choose such a subject
the chances of finding relevant anagrams are greatly increased. If you only know
one thing about the text you are unlikely to be able to say that in an anagram.
- If you do not succeed the first time, try again! For most anagram texts there
are variants that you can try. For most people there are first name variants
(Robert, Bob, Rob etc.), middle names and initials that can be inserted or left
out and/or titles/qualifications ("Mister", "MA", "Doctor"
etc.) that can be added on or left off. For businesses there are appendages such
as "Inc.", "Ltd" and "Corp". The Apply...
button at the Word Stage is extremely useful in
such situations. Try with the longer variants first, carefully go through the
subwords and then use your work on the other variations saving you from having
to repeat this process with the other texts!
If you find any truly excellent anagrams of famous subjects, this is your chance
to go down in anagramming history as the discoverer by submitting them to the
Anagram Genius Archive!