[Computer-go] Progressive Bias, progressive widening

David Fotland fotland at smart-games.com
Sun Jan 20 11:07:37 PST 2013

Will you publish or share your progressive widening implementation?


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> Hi,
> I know, this topic was in the list a while ago. My problem is, as in all
> science, nobody publishes negative results:)
> Oakfoam uses both, progressive bias and progressive widening. My
> understanding is, this is state of the art in many mc bots, at least the
> theses I read used both.
> Both is working well in oakfoam. Now I turned off progressive widening
> and tuned progressive bias carefully (good scaling of the bias and
> improved decay functions). I got the same playing strength as with both
> (bias and widening) before on 9x9 against gnugo, but I can not improve
> anymore with progressive widening turned on again.
> My interpretation is: Progressive bias is the superior concept, but it
> is easier to use progressive widening.
> Progressive widening is not sensitive to the ratio of the pre knowledge
> value of two moves, only the better move must be unpruned first, but
> progressive bias is sensitive to the ratio between the pre knowledge
> values.
> It may be even more difficult to improve the progressive bias on 19x19,
> so there might be a reason to use widening, but at the moment I feel I
> should try without?
> Am I wrong?
> Detlef
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