Is it me or is Wanikani kind of bad at detecting typos?

To be clear I mostly love wanikani, and any typos i make that come up as wrong answers i tend to add as user synonyms so it doesn’t keep happening and its a non-issue.

I do just find there’s a decent amount of minor typos that are marked wrong, whereas other typos get detected and marked correct no problem. For example earlier i accidentally typed ‘idea’ as ‘dea’ and that was marked wrong. I guess i’m just wondering if other people notice this, or find it a little annoying like i do.

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I believe your particular answer was marked incorrect because our typo forgiveness does not exist for any words 3 letters or under. The reason for this is because one letter can have a drastic difference on the word (car → cat, for example).

I just tested it out, and “xdea” passes typo forgiveness for 意, with any letter standing in for x. However, since “dea” is not necessarily a typo but instead is a missing character, I think that’s why the typo system is not allowing it. I’m 99% sure this is the case, but since I’m not familiar with the algorithm on a deeply technical level, I don’t want to speak with absolute certainty.

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When you absolutely know you had the right English gloss and it’s just a typo, there’s a way around it even without third-party stuff. If you don’t mind spending ten half-items of progress for it, you can always X out of your session and come back in an Incognito window. You will get a fresh session with new items and any review item that was half-complete will get wiped.

Vanilla cheats :sunglasses:

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No I don’t >:(

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That’s a bit overcomplicated, just gotta refresh the page for the same effect.

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I indeed noticed that pattern, but there may be more to it. Your example, I think, is perfect:

What are the odds of someone remembering CAR instead of CAT as opposed to the odds of it being a typo?

I think overwhelmingly, people will make a typo instead of such a drastic mistake. I know I have yet to make, even once, such a mistake. But typos? all the time. Of course, I have double-check, so it doesn’t matter, but just my small little input : P

I confuse my left and right hand… so its not to far off that somebody out there actually confuses cat with car

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As in, you no longer know what is the concept of “left and right”? That’s not the same as confusing your left and right, you still understand what is a left and what is a right, you don’t go around and one day think “left” is a bird, do you?
That’s what confusing a car for a cat would be. Imagine your brain process going “shoot” ねこ a cat or a car? They look so similar in real life, so confusing! O__o
That is the sort of thing you confuse while learning English as a foreign language. And I’m assuming WANIKANI’s goal is not to teach English (though it can be a side benefit).

But then again, maybe it’s just me, and some people remember how a word sounds. Like how often did that happen to you here on Wanikani Sulax?

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Given how quickly reviews pile up I tend to do them faster than I probably should. I say the word correctly then type it in incorrectly. I’m not sure what the best solution to it is.

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I think you’ve gotten hung up on car vs cat a bit. Also, I don’t think it was specifically decided, that from this point on for 3 letter words there won’t be typo detection, it’s just that for short words, a large enough percentage is different, that wanikani thinks of it as a misremembering instead of a typo.

I don’t think car would be misremembered for a cat; but there are sometimes wrong acceptance for critical vocabularies; so it doesn’t really have to be many.

It’s quite funny as well, that typo from block list would easily be accepted. (Like missing a -d.)

It would be nice if typo detection can be better, like for short words, but also make drastic mistake detection as strong.

tl;dr car and dea should be accepted.

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I’m just glad there is any typo detection at all. Not every system is so merciful.

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thats fair. honestly i appreciate that too seeing how i type fast and don’t always pay the most attention as i do. and like i said its easy enough to add my typos as synonyms so i dont make the same mistake twice

That does make sense. i appreciate your input so thank you <3. i do wonder how much this sort of system really works. especially when some typos just get the “your answer is a bit off check to see if its right” banner. i suppose to me it seems like that sort of a notifictaion would be sufficient for all typos. even for car and cat.