Archive for month: May, 2008

More on checkers…

May 9, 2008 | Checkers | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve been thinking about improving the evaluation function that milhouse uses, and have been particularly interested in automatic tuning of these functions. The two obvious contenders as far as methods go are the TDLeaf algorithm and some kind of evolutionary approach. So, as I was reading Chellapilla and Fogel’s paper “Evolving an Expert Checkers Playing […]

Milhouse v. Chinook

May 4, 2008 | Checkers | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, this morning as I woke up, I decided to try to play milhouse against Chinook. Deluded by feelings of competency, I felt like it might be able to compete (at least at the novice level settings) against Chinook. Well, it didn’t go as badly as it might. With 15 ply search, milhouse decisively dispatched […]

Loy’s Checkers Problems

May 3, 2008 | Checkers | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was looking for some more difficult checkers positions to test my checker program milhouse against. Jim Loy’s excellent page has a list of difficult ones. Unlike the typical puzzles I have in my Encylopedia of Checkers Puzzles by Pike, these aren’t the kind of puzzles you typically find in 10 ply. In particular, his […]