Archive for date: March 20, 2010

Can I derive an adequate evaluation function for Milhouse through random play?

March 20, 2010 | Checkers | By: Mark VandeWettering

As I have mentioned from time to time, I have an implementation of a middling checkers player program that I’ve called Milhouse. Every few months I take time out to play with it and decide what I can do to make it better. Recently I’ve been pondering the possibility of implementing drop-out expansion to make […]

A Shorter Quine in Python

March 20, 2010 | Computer Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

Quines are programs that when run produce themselves as output. Previously I had written a fairly longish one in Python. I was reading Russ Cox’s latest blog article (more skimming than reading actually, it’s neatly subtle) but it said something obvious that I hadn’t clicked on before: the repr function takes a value, and converts […]