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Subject: Re: Proving something is better

Author: Bob Durrett

Date: 16:49:47 12/17/02

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On December 17, 2002 at 19:36:09, Vincent Diepeveen wrote:

>On December 17, 2002 at 19:10:42, Dann Corbit wrote:

Perhaps a useful test would be to measure how long a chess engine takes to get
the right answer for a large set of diverse test positions.

There would have to be some simple measure of "getting the right answer."  Maybe
it would be sufficient to just measure the amount of time it took to obtain the
*first* occurrence of the right answer.

For example:  In a given test position, suppose the correct answer is c1e3.
Then simply measure how long it took before the engine first started looking at

A more useful measure might be to measure how long it took for the engine to
find and keep c1e3 for a fixed amount of time, such as one minute.

How these times are to be recorded seems to be a detail to be worked out.

Bob D.

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