Playing Hangman

Remember hangman? Here are the rules: Player A chooses a secret word (say “hollow”) and draws underscores for each letter in that word (“_ _ _ _ _ _”). Player B then guesses a letter. If that letter is in the word (“L”), player A reveals the locations of those letters (“_ _ L L _ _”). If that letter is not in the word (R), then player B gets a strike. If player B gets a certain number of strikes (perhaps 6 or 8 ) before he guesses the word, he loses. Otherwise he wins.

If you are the guesser, what is your strategy for guessing? Or, more nerdily, how would you program a computer to guess at hangman?

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