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Subject: Re: What to do with Horizon effect?

Author: Amir Ban

Date: 07:20:02 11/01/98

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On October 31, 1998 at 17:50:48, Robert Hyatt wrote:

>not much you can do...  horizon effect happens anytime you stop the search
>in a non-quiet position...  everybody sees it...  just get faster.. :)

I don't agree with this statement. The exposure to horizon effects is what
usually limits a program's strength, more than the depth it can reach. The fact
that it cannot be totally overcome is irrelevant to the fact that limiting its
damage is a first priority. Just getting generally deeper is a poor way to do
that, and not very effective either.


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