[Computer-go] On proper naming

Brian Sheppard sheppardco at aol.com
Thu Mar 8 07:10:51 PST 2018

The technique originated with backgammon players in the late 1970's, who would roll out positions manually. Ron Tiekert (Scrabble champion) also applied the technique to Scrabble, and I took that idea for Maven. It seemed like people were using the terms interchangeably.

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From: Computer-go [mailto:computer-go-bounces at computer-go.org] On Behalf Of Darren Cook
Sent: Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:16 AM
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Subject: Re: [Computer-go] On proper naming

> but then it does not make sense to call that algorithm "rollout".
> In general: when introducing a new name, care should be taken that the 
> name describes properly what is going on.

Speaking of which, why did people start calling them rollouts instead of playouts?


P.S. And don't get me started on "chains": at one point this seemed to be the standard term for a solidly connected set of stones, the basic unit of tactical search (as distinguished from a "group", which is made up of 1+ chains). But then somewhere along the way people started calling them strings.
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