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Subject: Re: LCT II Fin4, Deep Thought, and Deep Blue (was Re: LCT II results...)

Author: Don Dailey

Date: 02:26:15 01/07/98

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>I can already see Bruce's look of dismay as he says: "You see? You see?
>I told you it would crop up again!" ;-)

That is what I pictured.

Here's one: I wonder who was better in their prime?  Fischer or

>Rating points per nodes searched? Somehow that looks very fishy.
>Different hardware has allowed different types of programs to be
>developped and as far as DB is concerned, it's quite simply impossible
>to compare as the software was developped around the hardware. It's not
>portable. I think that this kind of comparison is moot so I don't try
>it. The software is the hardware and vice-versa. You can't downsize DB
>as the program IS the hardware every bit as much as it is the software.
>Change the hardware and you don't have DB, you have something else, not
>even just the DB software as the software can ONLY exist on that
>hardware. I read Shroeder's response as well, and he raises an
>interesting point. How to know when the computer chose the best move,
>and even when it does and we know it, then how do you know that it can
>do it consistently and that it isn't a fluke?

I think Shroeder is more interested in why it plays a certain move.
It's getting harder to tell now.  I don't think any computer is very
good yet in absolute terms but they are starting to get interesting
now.  But we still have a long way to go.

I hope this doesn't provoke a vicious response by someone.

- Don

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