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Subject: Re: Question about evaluation and branch factor

Author: Tord Romstad

Date: 11:27:27 11/20/03

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On November 20, 2003 at 14:17:48, Marcus Prewarski wrote:

>On November 20, 2003 at 13:46:35, William H Rogers wrote:
>
>>One suggestion is to only make one change to your eval at a time and check the
>>resutlt. When you make massive changes it is hard to find the culprit. You can
>>add one more function to your eval at a time and test it to make sure that it
>>improves before adding another one.
>>Bill
>
>Yeah I'm starting to think this is very useful for chess programming in general.
>Make small changes then test test test, and repeat.

Yes.  The biggest difficulty of all in chess programming is having enough
patience to test everything carefully.  There are so many things to try,
and each tiny change requires a big number of test games in order to
determine if it really improves the program.

Tord



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