Archive for January, 2018

“Lag” on TypeRacer – And the Secret to Unlocking the Fastest TypeRacer Scores

Posted on January 29, 2018. Filed under: TypeRacer News |

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Check out our recent blog post about TypeRacerData.com reaching 39,000,000 races in 2017!

The question: Lag?

If you’ve spent some time on TypeRacer, you may have noticed a puzzling anomaly: sometimes your score at the end of the race doesn’t match the score recorded in your typing replay — both of which are displayed at the end of the race.

MaximumChris2 (a.k.a. “Fastest Fingers in India”) loses approximately 27wpm due to latency. Click to see the replay.

The “replay” score is only ever the same or faster than the “recorded” score — if the recorded score is accurate, why is the replay score faster? If the replay score is accurate, why am I getting robbed of my true speed in the officially-recorded score? What’s the difference? We’ll get to the answers below.

I’ve been meaning to blog on this topic for some time now; tonight is the night. While playing some TypeRacer this evening — amidst some problems with my connections — I encountered the bane of gamers (and typists) everywhere: infuriating, punishing lag! (This is how bad it was.)

The lag was of an intensity reminiscent of 1990s dial-up internet on 56k modems — the kind that induces sudden urges to tear out one’s hair and scream, and the kind you may remember back when the internet would drop whenever your mom tried to make a phone call. (Wiki links for younger TypeRacers: dial-up internet and 56k modems).

So what’s really happening here?

The answer: Latency

The answer is that TypeRacer, like many online games, is fundamentally subject to network latency (in competitive TypeRacer parlance, “ping time”). In other words, it takes time (generally a fraction of a second) for your computer to talk to our servers; factors such as your connection quality and distance from our servers work against you if they are poor/far, because they effectively cause our servers to “think” it took you slightly longer to finish the race (thus slower speeds) — after all, it took slightly longer for our servers to receive confirmation that you finished your race.

Why are there sometimes two different scores, though? Because the speed recorded in the replay is calculated arithmetically based on the timing of each character you typed, irrespective of your internet connection. We still use the ping-inclusive speed as your official score, because it’s calculated server-side and isn’t susceptible to hacking or alteration by cheaters — i.e., it’s part of a secure design that ensures TypeRacer remains fair.

Typists at different skill levels type different subsets of all the texts on TypeRacer. Explore TypeRacer texts in the Pit Stop or on TypeRacerData.com.

The good news:

1) Unless you’re in the top 5% of fastest typists, this will likely have little to no impact on you.
2) If you’re in North America and/or have a good internet connection, the impact will generally be negligible.
3) TypeRacer scales its quote length by skill level to ensure that races are long enough to be accurately measured (i.e., faster typists compete on longer quotes, and vice versa).

This screenshot has been included for two reasons. (1) It shows me beating TypeRacer legend Izzy; (2) It shows that, even for typists on questionable internet connections and located on the other side of the world from TypeRacer servers (I’m in China), TypeRacer still generally records your speed with around 98-99% accuracy. The text typed here was among the shortest “Megaracer” texts (209 characters vs. a 200 character minimum), and the recording accuracy would be higher with longer texts and longer races.

#1 and #2 are more or less self-explanatory, since a fraction of a second only matters for the fastest typists, and folks within the North America will generally have a speedy connection to our servers. On #3, many TypeRacer fans are unaware that typists at each skill level will only type texts within a certain range of length; these lengths aim to ensure that each TypeRace lasts around 30+ seconds, and generally no shorter than 26-27 seconds. At this duration, even a slow connection will have minimal impact on your recorded typing speed, guaranteeing accuracy. We also don’t want races to be too short because we don’t think people want ultra-short races — how annoying would it be to wait 5-20 seconds for a race to start, for a racing experience that’s just a fraction of that time?

It is at this point that things get interesting — and controversial. As I write this, I am bracing myself for the yelling, the livid rants, etc. that will be directed at me on the TypeRacer Discord chat, through email, etc. 🙂

The Secret to Typing Ultra-Fast on TypeRacer — and why Lag is Probably Your Fault

For folks who read this post eagerly looking forward to insightful typing advice, I’m sorry to disappoint — this particular post gives no tips on improving your typing. However, I am going to tell you one way (read: “hack”) to get better scores on TypeRacer – the way the pros do it.

The operative idea is simple: most people can sustain higher speeds over shorter periods of time, and on shorter texts — especially after practicing a specific text a few times.

To take advantage of this and get fast scores, we have two main options — i.e. ways to type shorter content:

(1) Find a friend or random person who is a slower typist (beginner level, 0-24wpm) and race against the typing ghosts in his/her replays. This enables you to race ultra-short texts, even if you’re a faster typist. (Saving these scores requires Premium.)

(2) Race against a slower (beginner level) friend in a private race track that he/she hosted. If you don’t have a friend, you can simulate a friend by creating a new account (guest or registered), get a slow average by doing one purposefully slow race, and then hosting a “beginner racetrack” for yourself. Use two different browsers for your two accounts. Anyone who joins this racetrack will be served races on the shortest texts on the site.

This is how most of the recent single-race speed records have been set on TypeRacer; e.g., how Michael DeRoche broke 300wpm late last year.

So there you have it. Although we here at TypeRacer don’t exactly endorse this type of racing, we don’t have any reason (or a good way!) to prohibit typists from typing the content they want to — even if it’s not the appropriate length for their skill level. (Related: type ultra-long texts in our Marathon universe. One race might take you 20 minutes. Remember to set the display to show just one line of text.)

Waiting for the hate mail from the competitive typists to start flowing in 🙂

If you’ve never tried this before, you might find it fun to give it a try. Keep in mind that this is not what TypeRacer was designed for, and by actively seeking out the shortest quotes (even if you’re a Megaracer), you’re circumventing the fundamental controls that TypeRacer has in place to ensure accuracy of your recorded speeds; you’ll be entering the wild wild west, and there’s no guarantee that you won’t lose typing speed due to “lag” or “ping time”, especially if you’re on a slower connection and/or far away from North America.

Good luck breaking those speed records!

♕ David ♕ (valikor – TRData)

 

 

 

 

 

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TypeRacerData.com Growth in 2017 — 39 million TypeRaces!

Posted on January 23, 2018. Filed under: Stats |

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Is your TypeRacer account on TypeRacerData yet? Click here to import it.

TypeRacerData.com is “a supplemental, third-party information center for TypeRacer” which is free and open to everyone for tracking stats in more detail, and building an even more engaging typing experience.  It’s particularly great for statistic enthusiasts.

Import my account to TypeRacerData.com for free

Examples of what it can be used for:

  1. Track your typing speed on a month-by-month basis
  2. Find your fastest X races, see what texts they were on, and try to beat your scores on these texts (you’ll need a TypeRacer premium account if you want to save practice mode scores)
  3. Browse the shortest/longest and easiest/hardest texts on TypeRacer
  4. View other metrics, such as the variance among your scores, and the average of your fastest race on each text (a.k.a. “text bests“)
  5. Check your longest “marathons” — i.e. greatest number of races in any 24-hour period
  6. Much more!

Launching in late 2016, the year 2017 was the first full year that the site operated.

During 2017, the database grew to include over 39 million TypeRacer races and 23,000 accounts!

This may be a small fraction of the millions of registered TypeRacer users, but it is the largest third-party TypeRacer database in history (and yes, others have been developed!) and among the fastest competitive typists on the site, it’s a largely comprehensive and authoritative record.

Congrats to TypeRacerData, and a special thanks to its founder Noah (licahfoxTRData) who has poured a lot of sweat and blood into building and maintaining this resource for the TypeRacer community!

The growth charts are below and the full data are public on Google Sheets.

♕ David ♕ (valikor – TRData)

TypeRacerData doubled in size, indexing around 20,000,000 new races in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The number of accounts on TypeRacerData quintupled over 2017 — from fewer than 5,000 to almost 25,000.

 

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2017 TypeRacer Competition Winners and Assorted Announcements

Posted on January 7, 2018. Filed under: Contests, Stats, TypeRacer News, Universes |

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Today we’re pleased to announce the TypeRacer 2017 yearly competition winners. The concepts of Points and Competitions were introduced in July; for anyone who’s not familiar, points are earned by completing Type Races (calculated as Points = Typing speed * Text length) and competitions are conducted daily, weekly, monthly, and annually, with winners being calculated based on total points accumulated. The feature wasn’t applied retroactively, so today’s 2017 competition winners are those typists who accumulated the greatest number of points from 7/26/2017 to the end of the year.

The list of the top 50 typists in 2017 is below in this blog post (the full top-100 is in TypeRacer Speed Records and Contest Winners (Google Docs]). Coming out at the top were TypeRacer stars Wordracer888 (TRData) and Deroche1 (TRData) — both averaging between 124-125wpm this year — as well as newcomer Viellain (TRData). We’ll be sending them some TypeRacer T-shirts to say “Congrats!” — it’s great having you guys on the site.

What better way to let people know you’re serious about typing than sporting a TypeRacer T-shirt or hoodie?

We’ll also be sending a TypeRacer t-shirt to the guy whose last on the list below — Mr. Jon Lachney (jlachneyTRData) — for a couple reasons. (1) To thank him for doing a great job leading the TypeRacer moderation team, and (2) To congratulate him on his 2017 typing performance (after all, #50 may be last on the list below, but it’s definitely not shabby out of millions of registered users!).

We’re offering a free year premium subscription to the other leaders in the top-10 — although at least half of them have already supported TypeRacer by purchasing one. We’ll give them next year free if they want.

Congrats to everyone, and good luck in the 2018 contest! The winners are listed below, and a few additional announcements are at the bottom of the post.

2017 TypeRacer Competition Winners

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 wordracer888 3,544,345 124.4 WPM 172 WPM 98.30% 31627
2 deroche1 2,901,098 124.8 WPM 317 WPM 97.80% 34193
3 viellain 2,831,396 105.4 WPM 222 WPM 97.90% 40325
4 bblaise 1,710,602 141.5 WPM 203 WPM 99.10% 14674
5 pjayys 1,625,837 93.7 WPM 132 WPM 97.70% 19663
6 chimchimchim 1,589,109 116.8 WPM 170 WPM 98.20% 15227
7 northern_lights 1,511,745 99.1 WPM 145 WPM 98.60% 16762
8 mikerubby 1,306,127 75.4 WPM 136 WPM 97.00% 20465
9 atthetop 1,252,103 122.2 WPM 232 WPM 96.90% 13796
10 kayak1 1,158,499 114.8 WPM 172 WPM 97.50% 11103
11 khronic 1,086,700 107.1 WPM 200 WPM 97.80% 11766
12 p0sh 1,053,562 133.5 WPM 225 WPM 98.60% 10434
13 disclo5ure 1,047,064 149.6 WPM 222 WPM 98.80% 8702
14 lithox2 1,001,555 128.4 WPM 200 WPM 97.60% 8994
15 crdm0 972,073 139.0 WPM 209 WPM 98.50% 8453
16 alpha_panda 959,177 148.0 WPM 285 WPM 98.50% 8665
17 newkeyboardlove 903,845 133.6 WPM 243 WPM 98.10% 10105
18 modest_ked 891,694 132.8 WPM 259 WPM 97.10% 8384
19 mark40511 851,227 114.5 WPM 164 WPM 99.20% 9867
20 thunberg123 791,723 116.4 WPM 168 WPM 98.10% 7936
21 oneguardsam 782,917 78.7 WPM 117 WPM 97.00% 11300
22 typingartist2 753,037 149.4 WPM 207 WPM 98.20% 5825
23 oooyay 751,409 96.4 WPM 137 WPM 97.20% 8703
24 rportnoy 749,107 88.6 WPM 126 WPM 98.70% 9762
25 tajiracer 744,474 103.7 WPM 160 WPM 98.70% 8221
26 vdud3 743,565 129.6 WPM 181 WPM 97.90% 7148
27 vinniwooh 739,708 133.0 WPM 280 WPM 98.60% 11696
28 smallchicken 736,896 93.3 WPM 165 WPM 97.40% 9214
29 mcaso123 735,811 154.0 WPM 246 WPM 97.30% 7403
30 get_a_lif3 698,900 115.5 WPM 177 WPM 97.80% 6775
31 vinninq 691,569 124.0 WPM 205 WPM 98.00% 10976
32 shariqueahmer 690,667 109.9 WPM 175 WPM 95.90% 7233
33 vixt 681,851 99.8 WPM 175 WPM 97.00% 7701
34 neopergoss 679,803 104.9 WPM 136 WPM 98.40% 7217
35 mc0sta 678,301 63.3 WPM 96 WPM 96.90% 12850
36 alanis 657,551 115.2 WPM 167 WPM 97.80% 6319
37 hujala 649,283 150.1 WPM 222 WPM 98.50% 5594
38 volhosis 630,919 129.6 WPM 249 WPM 97.50% 7107
39 miket349 630,723 103.5 WPM 144 WPM 98.00% 6950
40 mattbierwirth 624,798 102.7 WPM 138 WPM 97.20% 6752
41 ronakkaria 619,250 74.6 WPM 121 WPM 96.60% 9500
42 mako640 608,723 155.6 WPM 190 WPM 99.10% 4377
43 amun 598,470 127.5 WPM 184 WPM 98.30% 5295
44 shefakala 595,091 92.1 WPM 140 WPM 96.30% 7474
45 justiceex 588,105 88.2 WPM 138 WPM 97.00% 7490
46 stewiegriffin666 581,453 94.1 WPM 140 WPM 97.30% 7310
47 alyciahtollison 560,395 109.3 WPM 152 WPM 98.40% 5730
48 dizo 554,337 74.3 WPM 103 WPM 97.90% 8499
49 nameless337 546,723 132.8 WPM 165 WPM 99.20% 4564
50 jlachney 543,211 124.8 WPM 225 WPM 97.40% 6435

Monthly Competition Winners

DEC 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 deroche1 939,780 150.5 WPM 317 WPM 98.60% 6996
2 bblaise 496,608 143.1 WPM 203 WPM 99.10% 4175
3 newkeyboardlove 459,383 129.9 WPM 243 WPM 97.90% 4415
4 wordracer888 388,218 128.7 WPM 172 WPM 98.30% 3277
5 pjayys 381,254 98.4 WPM 132 WPM 97.90% 4313
6 viellain 325,623 143.2 WPM 222 WPM 98.10% 2779
7 shariqueahmer 316,345 112.1 WPM 175 WPM 96.00% 3230
8 trihard7 311,221 86.6 WPM 123 WPM 97.90% 4089
9 typingartist2 296,175 152.1 WPM 207 WPM 98.50% 2191
10 vinninq 284,243 124.5 WPM 205 WPM 98.00% 3872
11 atthetop 280,335 122.5 WPM 232 WPM 96.80% 2728
12 kayak1 266,717 113.1 WPM 165 WPM 97.40% 2551
13 lowda9 256,275 87.2 WPM 122 WPM 98.20% 3296
14 argyrwnt 241,521 54.5 WPM 87 WPM 95.90% 5571
15 chimchimchim 238,712 118.9 WPM 170 WPM 98.50% 2189

NOV 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 northern_lights 777,667 100.2 WPM 145 WPM 98.50% 8500
2 deroche1 634,416 88.3 WPM 308 WPM 97.70% 11568
3 wordracer888 569,763 125.5 WPM 170 WPM 98.30% 5043
4 viellain 511,373 142.4 WPM 218 WPM 98.00% 4360
5 smallchicken 492,835 93.1 WPM 159 WPM 97.40% 6180
6 crdm0 369,829 140.8 WPM 209 WPM 98.40% 3240
7 bblaise 347,570 143.8 WPM 202 WPM 99.10% 2963
8 mikerubby 342,289 79.4 WPM 136 WPM 97.00% 5351
9 analternateaccount 302,703 109.3 WPM 168 WPM 97.80% 3111
10 vinninq 283,474 124.2 WPM 202 WPM 97.90% 4851
11 lithox2 281,471 129.9 WPM 197 WPM 97.50% 2614
12 p0sh 281,302 134.4 WPM 221 WPM 98.60% 2963
13 pjayys 278,058 96.9 WPM 131 WPM 97.80% 3200
14 y4mz 263,551 98.5 WPM 150 WPM 96.50% 2981
15 tajiracer 262,624 102.7 WPM 137 WPM 98.60% 2815

OCT 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 wordracer888 1,103,479 123.1 WPM 171 WPM 98.30% 9945
2 viellain 811,400 131.5 WPM 213 WPM 97.70% 7673
3 northern_lights 599,526 97.8 WPM 139 WPM 98.70% 6760
4 deroche1 546,637 131.1 WPM 287 WPM 97.30% 8827
5 crdm0 523,935 138.3 WPM 205 WPM 98.50% 4500
6 lithox2 470,454 125.6 WPM 200 WPM 97.60% 4199
7 p0sh 294,190 131.7 WPM 213 WPM 98.50% 2462
8 mikerubby 273,533 77.1 WPM 124 WPM 97.10% 4116
9 largev 272,617 121.0 WPM 188 WPM 97.70% 3974
10 bblaise 260,967 143.5 WPM 192 WPM 99.20% 2219
11 kayak1 258,305 114.6 WPM 163 WPM 97.50% 2477
12 atthetop 257,956 122.7 WPM 226 WPM 96.90% 2644
13 pjayys 252,915 96.5 WPM 128 WPM 97.90% 3031
14 alpha_panda 250,876 147.4 WPM 271 WPM 98.30% 2288
15 oooyay 248,704 98.2 WPM 137 WPM 97.20% 2817

SEP 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 viellain 1,142,533 86.4 WPM 204 WPM 98.00% 25172
2 wordracer888 782,754 124.2 WPM 170 WPM 98.30% 7014
3 deroche1 758,946 153.3 WPM 300 WPM 97.70% 6599
4 chimchimchim 369,278 117.0 WPM 163 WPM 98.20% 3521
5 modest_ked 367,990 131.6 WPM 216 WPM 97.10% 3314
6 mikerubby 317,123 71.4 WPM 109 WPM 96.80% 5209
7 pjayys 315,874 91.3 WPM 126 WPM 97.60% 3979
8 kayak1 280,721 116.5 WPM 172 WPM 97.50% 2690
9 thunberg123 277,777 115.8 WPM 168 WPM 98.20% 2855
10 vinniwooh 274,627 133.2 WPM 194 WPM 98.70% 4749
11 disclo5ure 271,543 150.1 WPM 218 WPM 98.80% 2401
12 wumpified8 265,723 136.2 WPM 193 WPM 97.60% 2180
13 dizo 244,025 74.4 WPM 101 WPM 97.90% 3741
14 susavile 220,000 85.0 WPM 119 WPM 97.80% 2916
15 primalknight 218,547 129.5 WPM 211 WPM 97.70% 2966

AUG 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 wordracer888 620,240 123.3 WPM 169 WPM 98.40% 5626
2 vixt 426,588 98.7 WPM 158 WPM 96.90% 4880
3 chimchimchim 418,640 115.8 WPM 165 WPM 98.10% 4131
4 pjayys 397,735 88.0 WPM 118 WPM 97.60% 5140
5 typingartist2 383,871 147.7 WPM 206 WPM 98.00% 3055
6 bblaise 351,537 138.1 WPM 192 WPM 99.00% 3134
7 oooyay 271,887 94.1 WPM 134 WPM 97.10% 3233
8 ultrashibe 246,676 118.5 WPM 180 WPM 97.00% 4158
9 modest_ked 245,952 132.2 WPM 220 WPM 97.30% 2417
10 vinniwooh 242,717 130.2 WPM 188 WPM 98.60% 3725
11 atthetop 240,046 121.4 WPM 215 WPM 96.90% 3061
12 dizo 239,694 74.0 WPM 103 WPM 97.90% 3690
13 khronic 223,622 106.0 WPM 193 WPM 97.70% 2421
14 mark40511 207,607 109.3 WPM 160 WPM 99.00% 2148
15 tencion 202,495 102.6 WPM 143 WPM 97.10% 2230

JUL 2017

Username Points Avg. speed Best speed Accuracy Races
1 erikjscott 133,865 145.2 WPM 219 WPM 98.70% 1113
2 bblaise 125,339 138.8 WPM 183 WPM 99.00% 1090
3 jlachney 114,565 119.6 WPM 196 WPM 97.30% 931
4 playscrabble 108,781 131.9 WPM 182 WPM 98.30% 920
5 vixt 106,303 91.9 WPM 131 WPM 96.50% 1316
6 fastermart 102,641 108.1 WPM 159 WPM 97.80% 964
7 atthetop 81,944 121.3 WPM 213 WPM 96.80% 991
8 wordracer888 79,892 124.9 WPM 170 WPM 98.20% 722
9 alanis 75,709 112.2 WPM 156 WPM 97.80% 775
10 typingartist2 72,901 148.3 WPM 205 WPM 98.10% 578
11 oooyay 70,907 92.6 WPM 120 WPM 97.10% 868
12 jessegarcia 70,849 135.3 WPM 186 WPM 97.70% 609
13 tereterna 63,439 112.0 WPM 145 WPM 98.00% 639
14 elusoryx 60,809 136.6 WPM 174 WPM 98.50% 514
15 tesla_diesel 58,696 120.4 WPM 153 WPM 98.70% 522

Other Announcements

We have a few additional announcements below:

  1. Typist⦗𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐋⦘𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘕𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘯 (osuboraTRData) has made a generous $20 contribution for the sake of sponsoring this year’s first monthly contest. I’ve personally matched his contribution, so we have a $40 prize pool for January. The prizes for the January competition are: 1ST PLACE – $20; 2ND and 3RD PLACE – $10. (Paypal account required). Good luck!
  2. The winner of TypeRacer Christmas art contest was been updated on the blog post here.
  3. As a quick “Christmas gift” to a few folks in the community who’ve been asking,  we’ve made two recent changes to TypeRacer universes. (1) began a pilot of a new “marathon” universe  dedicated to ultra-long texts  — currently they’re between 1,500 and 8,000 characters. (The longest texts on TR today are around 850 characters). We included texts such as  The Declaration of Independence (8,000 characters) and MLK’s “I have a Dream” speech (3,000 characters). This track is not for the faint of heart! Make sure you click “Change display format” and choose to display text on a single line. (2) The “code” universe, which features texts in various programming languages, has received some new texts. Feel free to submit texts for either universe!

That’s all for today – happy new years and good luck improving your typing in 2018!

♕ David ♕ (valikor – TRData)

In the Marathon Universe, the ultra-long texts might not fit on your screen unless you change your TypeRacer display settings to use one line only. Recommended for only the most serious typists 🙂

 

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