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Subject: Re: Branching factor, make me confuse more that ever.

Author: Tom Kerrigan

Date: 21:57:48 04/04/00

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This is just a semantic argument. What you call stuff depends on how you look at

1) If you think a chess program searches the chess game tree, then the tree's
branching factor will be 38, although only a tiny fraction of that tree is
actually visited.

2) If you consider the chess program's search tree separate from the chess game
tree, then the branching factor is 3 (or whatever).

I think it's pretty shortsighted to delcare one viewpoint correct and the other
incorrect. It just depends on who you ask. But I think we both agree that (2) is
more common. Might as well use it.


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