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Subject: Re: chess and neural networks

Author: Roger D Davis

Date: 11:51:24 07/01/03

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On July 01, 2003 at 14:21:12, Tom Kerrigan wrote:

>On July 01, 2003 at 13:32:19, Ralph Stoesser wrote:
>
>>Hello *,
>>
>>Why no top engine uses neural networks for positional evaluation in non-tactical
>>situations? Are there interesting publications about neural networks and chess
>>programming?
>>
>>Ralph
>
>Neural networks are for analyzing things that are
>"fuzzy"--voice/image/handwriting recognition, etc. Chess is a very exacting
>game. (It makes a big difference if your rook is on d1 vs. e1.) I doubt neural
>networks will ever be useful for chess.
>
>-Tom

I think he's just talking about using neural networks in relatively quiet
positions during the search. Might be good, since you wouldn't have to hard code
the evaluation terms yourself. Just code the neural network and let it evolve
it's own means of handling various positions. Or maybe develop different neural
evaluators for different stages of the game.

Raj



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