Author Archive | Paul Pendle

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When computer chess programs sulked…

In the early development of computer chess programs, some programs manifested a very interesting characteristic. The programs appeared to be pouting/sulking. The observed behavior occurred when the computer found it was in a losing position and it started to make “stupid” moves giving away pieces and making nonsense checks with loss of material. This puzzled many of […]

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Chess and predictive analytics: what would happen if…?

Continuing the theme I started last month on chess and computer programming, I would like to take a look at modern  predictive analytics and how is has its roots in the analytic routines that were created to devise chess stratagems. The classic predictive analytics question, “what if?” was originally posed by chess players.  What if […]

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