Challenging established move ordering strategies with adaptive data structures

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  • The field of game playing is a particularly well-studied area within the context of AI, leading to the development of powerful techniques, such as the alpha-beta search, capable of achieving competitive game play against an intelligent opponent. It is well known that tree pruning strategies, such as alpha-beta, benefit strongly from proper move ordering, that is, searching the best element first. Inspired by the formerly unrelated field of Adaptive Data Structures (ADSs), we have previously introduced the History-ADS technique, which employs an adaptive list to achieve effective and dynamic move ordering, in a domain independent fashion, and found that it performs well in a wide range of cases. However, previous work did not compare the performance of the History-ADS heuristic to any established move ordering strategy. In an attempt to address this problem, we present here a comparison to two well-known, acclaimed strategies, which operate on a similar philosophy to the History-ADS, the History Heuristic, and the Killer Moves technique. We find that, in a wide range of two-player and multi-player games, at various points in the game’s progression, the History-ADS performs at least as well as these strategies, and, in fact, outperforms them in the majority of cases.

  • Polk, S. (Spencer), & Oommen, J. (2016). Challenging established move ordering strategies with adaptive data structures. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-42007-3_73
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  • 2016-01-01


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