Some Studies in Machine Learning Using the Game of Checkers. II—Recent Progress

  • Arthur L. Samuel


A new signature table technique is described together with an improved book-learning procedure which is thought to be much superior to the linear polynomial method described earlier. Full use is made of the so-called “alpha-beta” pruning and several forms of forward pruning to restrict the spread of the move tree and to permit the program to look-ahead to a much greater depth than it otherwise could do. While still unable to outplay checker masters, the program’s playing ability has been greatly improved.


Signature Type Pitch Move Good Move Board Position Signature Table 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988

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  • Arthur L. Samuel

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