One Jump Ahead: Computer Perfection at Checkers (Paperback)
 

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One Jump Ahead: Computer Perfection at Checkers (Paperback)

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    The new edition of this extraordinary book depicts the creation of the world champion checkers computer program, Chinook. In only two years, Chinook had become a worthy opponent to the world champion, and within four years had defeated all the world......more

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The new edition of this extraordinary book depicts the creation of the world champion checkers computer program, Chinook. In only two years, Chinook had become a worthy opponent to the world champion, and within four years had defeated all the world's top human players. Jonathan Schaeffer, the originator and leader of the Chinook team, details the mistakes and technical problems made and the lessons learned in the continuous effort to improve Chinook's performance, revealing the human factor behind the program’s design. The development of Chinook begins in 1988 as an innocent question asked over lunch and is followed to the final match against then world champion, Marion Tinsley, and ultimately to its recent triumph, solving checkers. Schaeffer’s unwaveringly honest narrative features new anecdotes, updated material and technology descriptions, and additional photos and figures, providing an engrossing account of an obsessive quest to achieve perfection in computer checkers.

The scientists who developed Chinook rigorously proved that Chinook can never lose, i.e. computer checkers has been solved. Author Schaeffer detailed the process on the web site of the journal Science in July 2007, and the story has since been reported in the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, USA Today, Discover Magazine, as well as on MSNBC and CNN, among others.

Author:
Schaeffer, Jonathan
Genre:
COMPUTERS / Computer Science
Audience:
College/higher education
Edition:
2
Edition Detail:
Revised
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
584
Language:
English
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York Inc
Publish Date:
02/28/2009
Copyright Year:
2009
ISBN:
9780387765754
Height:
9.25 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
Thickness:
1.25 in
Unit weight:
1.85 lb
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