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Subject: Time to implement Learning

Author: Tom Likens

Date: 14:19:20 02/26/04



Well, it's time I broke down and implemented learning.  I've noticed that
my program has become a target for a few carbon-based lifeforms on ICC. What
I've ascertained is that some (lower-rated) players will play the program over
and over in blitz until they manage a win against it.  Then they play the
same game over and over and grab the rating points.  It works because a win
by the program only nets back a point or two while a loss transfers a large
number of points to the lower rated player.  The program, being only as smart
as its programmer, happily plays the same (losing) game over and over :(

I'm actually surprised that anyone takes their ICC rating that serious, but
apparently they do.  Of course I could no play them, but what's the fun in
that?  Besides that seems cowardly ;-)

Learning would get rid of the problem entirely and make the program's book
better as a bonus.  So when I get back from the artic reaches of Minnesota
(it's work-related, don't ask) learning is next up on the docket.  I guess I
should kill the program until I get back home.  I was going to let it play
for the next two weeks continously, but I'm not so sure now (or maybe I
should just let it limbo, "...how low can you go")

regards,
--tom




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