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Subject: Re: knowledge and knowledgeable

Author: Rolf Tueschen

Date: 03:47:57 02/16/06

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On February 16, 2006 at 04:47:32, Vasik Rajlich wrote:

>Let's say that you add to your program an evaluation heuristic than doubled
>b-pawns are worth a queen.
>According to your definition, you have added chess knowledge.
>I think it's better to say that you have made the program more complex,

I would prefer "voluminous or bulky". :)

>reduced its knowledge. The term "knowledge" should not apply to things which >are wrong and unproductive.

But chess, as you know better than me, is knowledge in combination with
exceptions, so that one should conclude that the best you could do is to let the
program do its calculations without too much disturbing "knowledge" that is
invalid again for a particular position.

... but for _my_ human chess, excuse me, I'll keep my "complex" knowledge,
because without it my confusion would be a lot bigger than usual. Imagination is
also a sort of knowledge... [German pun.] Without I had to retire from chess at
the instant.


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