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Subject: Re: chess and neural networks

Author: Tom Kerrigan

Date: 12:31:55 07/01/03

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On July 01, 2003 at 14:29:25, Ricardo Gibert wrote:

>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
>
>
>Hmmm..but Kasparov uses the neural network within his brain to play chess
>doesn't he? Are you contending he does not use his brain to play chess? Divine
>inspiration?
>
>Perhaps you meant to say something like, "I doubt [the current interpretations
>of] neural networks will ever be useful for chess."

Kasparov has billions of neurons with 10-50 times as many interconnections. A PC
has 50 million transistors and plays chess approximately as well. It's obvious
to me that the human brain is not as well suited to playing chess as a computer
(esp. considering that most human brains are much worse at chess than a 386).

-Tom



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