Bot Insanity

by Douglas Zare
1 March 2009

Douglas Zare

Backgammon bots are usually great at judging plays, but occasionally they favor an insane play which no human player would seriously prefer. Sometimes this happens in a rare, awkward position which would almost never arise through sensible play by both sides. Usually, higher plies or rollouts reject the odd play. In match play, however, bots may make insane plays in ordinary positions, and rollouts often seem to confirm the insane play over the sensible alternatives.

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