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Subject: Re: Couple of chess programming questions

Author: Dann Corbit

Date: 15:39:40 09/10/02

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On September 10, 2002 at 18:25:25, Dann Corbit wrote:

>On September 10, 2002 at 18:13:51, Gian-Carlo Pascutto wrote:
>>On September 10, 2002 at 18:12:01, Dann Corbit wrote:
>>>Suppose that we perform a binary search
>>I'm talking about MTD(n,f). It does *not* do that.
>No it does not.  But it is similar.  And about the same speed (within a small
>constant factor).

Here is what I originally said:
"The MTD(f) algorithm basically does a binary search between two bounds (on
average -- it might be faster or slower in individual cases)."

Now, that is not an accurate description - I must admit.

What I should have said is that MTD(f) does a heuristic search based on
estimates which gradually narrows the interval of possible solution.  It is
approximately of the same efficiency as a binary search, but there is no
relationship between them.


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