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Subject: MTD(F) results

Author: Anthony Cozzie

Date: 18:22:56 12/16/03


Recently I experimented with adding MTD(F) into Zappa.  It has been an
interesting experiment, but I am going back to PVS().

I thought that since Zappa has a [UL,LL] paired transposition table and an
evaluation granularity of only 1/100 of a pawn, MTD(f) would work quite well,
but that does not seem to be the case.  The MTD(f) version of Zappa does
slightly better on test suites (113/183 @ecmgcp v 106 @ 10s/move) but in the
positional test suites it averaged about 3/4 of a ply less than the PVS()
version.  My guess is that because MTD(F) tries all moves, some of the
"ridiculously losing captures" ordered near the end by PVS() are tried earlier,
which accounts for the increased test suite performance.

If anyone has any suggestions, I'm keeping the MTD(F) code in Zappa (just turned
off) and I'm willing to try anything.

anthony



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