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Scientific analysis of board games, playing strategies and their complexity

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On the growth rate of Leela Zero compared to AlphaGoZero

There are not many sources online, but one reference from January says of Leela Zero (LZ) that: The strength depends on the hardware and on thinking time, but from the thread "LeelaZero ...
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Neural network game players and incremental updates

Neural networks in recent years have been successfully used for gameplaying. A difference between games and e.g. image processing is that the game boards get updated incrementally. Do any neural ...
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Assuming an infinite amount of computing resources, would the minmax algorithm always win in chess?

The minmax algorithm is a popular strategy used to design chess engines. Usually, since the state-space of chess is huge, we choose a fixed depth and evaluate the game tree down to that level, and ...
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Efficient search for solving a Jigsaw Puzzle?

I believe that solving a Jigsaw puzzle is in general NP-complete based on the two questions linked below. However, I'd like to implement a heuristic algorithm that works well in practice. Let's ...
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Finding the shortest path for synchronized pawns in a maze

I have been trying to wrap my head around this problem, and I just can't get it. We have an $a \times b$ matrix where every cell corresponds to either an empty space, denoted with a dot, or a wall, ...
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Two Minimax AIs playing against each other

I am trying to have my Minimax AI chess players play against each other. I was a bit confused about an implementation detail. Let's call black my first minimax AI ...
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Puzzles like Sokoban?

I am looking for some puzzles like Sokoban or 15-puzzle but more difficult to solve and satisfy the following requirements: The number of possible moves at each step should be limited, let's say < ...
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Nim game tree minimax

Problem : Two players have in front of them a single pile of objects, say a stack of 7 pennies. The first player divides the original stack into two stacks that must be unequal. Each player ...
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Chess Knight minimum moves to destination on an infinite board

There are tones of solutions for Knights tour or shortest path for Knights movement from source cell to destination cell. most of the solutions are using BFS which seems the best algorithm. Here is ...
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Why do AlphaGo and AlphaGo Zero include board history in the input features

Both AlphaGo and AlphaGo Zero include prior board states as input features (the "Turns Since" planes for AlphaGo, and the repeated 8-step history planes for AlphaGo Zero). What is the purpose of ...
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Determining the existence of a forced win vs determining the best outcome

A large body of work looks at the computational complexity of games. In particular, identifying a forced win from a given position. Is this problem equivalent under polynomial-time reduction to ...
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Can this Arrow-Ring puzzle be encoded as an integer programming problem?

I would like to write a solver for these kind of Arrow-Ring puzzles. However, I can't encode all the constraints correctly. I noticed that Sudoku can be solved using integer programming and I am ...
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Algorithm for a 2D path-finding puzzle

I am trying to find an algorithm for finding an optimal solution to a puzzle of a given format. The 7 by 6 puzzle board is made out of the following pieces: The tears are as follows: Tears and ...
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Utilization of static evaluation functions in chess

Disclaimer: I'm very new to computer science & game programming I'm having trouble with understanding how to implement a static evaluation function in chess. The logic seems simple like just ...
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How to determine the maximum valued play in Rummikub?

This question is meant as a follow-up this question and my answer here. The question asked multiple questions about algorithms for playing Rummikub and my answer provided an algorithm that, given a ...
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Board Game algorithms

I have to find an evaluation function in which we evaluate the state of the game in each round. The game is like " roborally " , it is 2 player-Game in which there are a board and cards ...
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How to validate a connect X game (Tick-Tak-Toe,Gomoku,…)?

Currently I am working on a Gomoku AI (or generally Connect-X games). Implementing the search tree was no problem, but then I got to the point where I had to implement the value function and was ...
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Rummikub algorithm

I have just played a few games of Rummikub and the manipulations I made during my turns became more and more complex transactions. A few turns reordered the whole field, so that other players did not ...
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Is there a way to make chess an absolutely fair game? [closed]

Chess is usually considered a mostly "fair game" between White and Black because the opening position of pieces has mirror symmetry (between players). In practice it also appears to be a fair game ...
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Generating all legal starbattle grids

I am trying to generate a type of logic puzzle called starbattles. The puzzles consist of an nxn grid that is divided into n distinct regions. The rules of the puzzle are to place stars in the grid ...
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Is Chinese Checkers a solved game

Is there a machine or algorithm available to solve the board game "Chinese checkers"? If there is please let me know about relevant material. I have already searched over internet unfortunately i am ...
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Analysis of komi values for increasing Go board sizes and agents strength

Komi is the additional number of points given to the non-starting player in the game of Go. For 19x19 board, currently it is 6.5 under Japanese rules, 7.5 points under Chinese rules. In the past it ...
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Knight on a chessboard

This is a Hackerrank challenge $Knight$ is a chess piece that moves in an L shape. We define the possible moves of $Knight(a,b)$ as any movement from some position $(x_1, y_1)$ to $(x_2, y_2)$ ...
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Is there an algorithm that can solve chess within the span of a human lifetime?

According to Shannon (in his 1949 paper) the game of chess has too much complexity to be solved by a brute-force search of the game tree: A machine... would require over $10^{90}$ years to ...
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Monte Carlo Tree Search in connect 5 tree design

I'm trying to create a mcts ai for connect 5 algorithm. However, I'm confused on designing the tree. Here is a quick description of the algorithm: The initial state, S0 is the board state where the ...
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Is the mate-in-n problem of infinite chess with each color using traditional pieces plus one huygens decidable?

I noticed in a paper that the mate-in-n problem of chess, even played on an infinite board is decidable. The mate-in-n problem of infinite chess is decidable I believe the paper assumes only ...
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Representation of 8-Puzzle for (A*) Search Algorithm in C

I am trying to complete CS50's hacker edition pset3, where you have to make a program that will solve the game of eight or fifteen from its current state, this must be written in C. https://en....
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How does MCTS handle games with large numbers of poor moves?

I am trying to understand how pure Monte Carlo tree search (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Carlo_tree_search) handles games where random playout will likely result in a loss easily avoided by ...
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A nim game variant with pass move

This variant is almost similar to the normal nim game which states - Two players take turns to remove one or more items from a single, non-empty pile. The player who removes the last item from the ...
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N-queens problem objective function

I have read about the N-queens problem and I don't understand the following objective function: $O(board)=N^2/2-L$ $N$ ... number of queens $L$ ... number of pairs of queens that attack each other ...
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Describe an algorithm for painting cards in the following game

It's my first question out here, so please don't judge me too strictly. I heard of the following game: there's set of cards with different set of objects (but the same number of them on every card) ...
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What complexity class would this version of generalized chess fall?

By now I understand that generalized chess is harder than NP, and is EXPTIME-complete for the decision problem "Given an nxn board with a given position, can white force a win?" because the proof ...
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Checking whether a node is expandable

I'm making a program to play the board game Quoridor. I build a move tree using Monte Carlo Tree Search (MCTS). MCTS requires me to test whether a node is expandable. A node is said to be expandable ...
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How do I go about constructing a game tree that does not duplicate any states?

Many games have states that can be reached via multiple paths in their gametree. For concreteness, consider the game of tinychess (with the obvious(I hope) rules inherited from chess), which looks ...
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Is there an algorithm that can solve any two-player game?

Note: this is basically a more precise restatement of this question, which didn't get proper answers because it was vague. Most two-player perfect information games can be represented as a finite ...
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Has connect 4 in 3D been studied in CS?

Connect 4 is a classical game in computer science. Recently I found a web game where one could play the game on a 3d board. One version can be found here https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/connect3d....
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Why isn't chess an impartial game?

In Combinatorial Game Theory, a major distinction is drawn between impartial games and partisan games. To be impartial, a game must satisfy these conditions: (1) The game is finite; i.e. there is a ...
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Numerical Boardgame — Help with with a pruning method (alpha-beta : minimax)

I'm developing a simple AI to play a boardgame which consists of N x N squares, each with a predefined value. ...
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Minimum number of givens for General Sudoku of size $n^2 \times n^2$

Here, it is well known that the minimal number of givens for a size $9 \times 9$ board of Sudoku requires 17 "givens" in order to be solved (i.e., no puzzle can be solved with $\le 16$ givens). What ...
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Rubik Cube Algorithm for general n

I am not sure if this is the right place , but: Is there an algorithm for solving $n\times n \times n$ rubik's cube (non-trivial one)? If so how efficent is it? Now say I have a $n \times \ldots \...
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Whats the name of this search game?

I am struggling in finding the name of this game (in order to find research papers related to it in the literature). Given an initial word $X$ and a target word $Y$, what is the minimum number of (...
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Are there ways to automatically (no human testing) measure a $9 \times 9$ Sudoku puzzle's average hardness for a human to solve?

So most resources providing Sudoku puzzles assign a difficulty category to each puzzle, even some I've seen with 15 or more difficulty categories. But what is a good way to assign these difficulty ...
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Is this classic puzzle book game NP-complete?

There is a classic puzzle book game very similar to a crossword puzzle, except a list of words is given and then a $N \times N$ square board made up of unit squares is given, with some squares blacked ...
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Worst-case recursion depth for guessing numbers in a Sudoku puzzle when certain polynomial-time deduction rules are used

So for an arbitrary $n^2 \times n^2$ Sudoku puzzle, there are rules for inferring values and auxillary information in cells that run in polynomial time, e.g. using the filled in values to check to see ...
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Time complexity of 8-queen, by placeing one by one without attack

I am new to artificial intelligence. I have been trying to analyse the time complexity of 8-queen, by placing one by one without attack. One approach to achieve goal state is to "add a queen to any ...
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Where is the recursion, in the minimax-decision algorithm?

The below is from an article titled: Minimax: Recursive Implementation To be a recursive function, you need to call yourself. What part of this pseudo code is calling itself? How does depth-...
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How do I compute this non terminal positions evaluation, for tic-tac-toe?

Looking at this solution on page 3 but having trouble understanding the evaluation function specifically. For non terminal positions, we use a linear evaluation function defined as Eval (...
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How to use Artificial Intelligence in Computer Chess

In some (historical) papers, chess has been referred to as the drosophila of artificial intelligence. While I suppose that in current research, the mere application of a search algorithm is at best ...
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Solving AlienTiles with an A* heuristic

Hello I am trying to solve the AlienTiles problem described at alientiles.com using the A* algorithm but I cannot find any good heuristic function so far. In AlienTiles you have a board with $N \...
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Mastermind (board game) - Five-guess algorithm

The algorithm (from here) - Create a set S of remaining possibilities (at this point there are 1296). The first guess is aabb. Remove all possibilities from S that would not give the same ...