The Expected-Outcome Model of Two-Player Games

The Expected-Outcome Model of Two-Player Games

1st Edition - January 1, 1991

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  • Author: Bruce Abramson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258959

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The Expected-Outcome Model of Two-Player Games deals with the expected-outcome model of two-player games, in which the relative merit of game-tree nodes, rather than board positions, is considered. The ambiguity of static evaluation and the problems it generates in the search system are examined and the development of a domain-independent static evaluator is described. Comprised of eight chapters, this book begins with an overview of the rationale for the mathematical study of games, followed by a discussion on some previous artificial intelligence (AI) research efforts on game-trees. The next section opens with the definition of a node's expected-outcome value as the expected value of the leaves beneath it. The expected-outcome model is outlined, paying particular attention to the expected-outcome value of a game-tree node. This model was implemented on some small versions of tic-tac-toe and Othello. The book also presents results that offer strong support for both the validity of the expected-outcome model and the rationality of its underlying assumptions. This monograph is intended for specialists in AI and computer science.

Table of Contents

  • I Introduction

    1 Prelude: Why Study Games?

    2 Overview: What Lies Ahead?

    3 Background: What is Already Known?

    3.1 Preliminaries

    3.2 Heuristic Evaluation Functions

    3.3 Control Strategies

    3.4 Summary

    II The Model

    4 Proposal: What is the Basic Model?

    5 Support: Does the Model Work?

    5.1 Analytical Evidence

    5.2 Empirical Evidence

    III Conclusions 75

    6 Contributions: What's been Accomplished?

    7 Implications: Where Might the Model Lead?

    8 Reprise: Why Study Games?

    A Standard Evaluation Functions

    B The Random Sampler

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  • No. of pages: 112
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 1991
  • Published: January 1, 1991
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258959

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Bruce Abramson

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