instructor Prof Ryan Hayward
office hours by email appointment
prerequisites a strong background in algorithms and/or math
overview An intro to automated players and solvers for two-player graph-based board games such as Hex. As necessary, the course may cover relevant graph problems (some polynomial, some NP-hard).
course objectives/content Understand strengths and weaknesses of current automated 2-player graph-based players and solvers.
Jan 7.. overview Jan 14.. Hex, history, properties Jan 21.. Hex theory: virtual connections W1 due Jan 28.. Hex theory: inferior cells P1 due: Y program Feb 4.. Monte Carlo tree search W2 due Feb 11.. depthfirst proof number search W3 due reading week Feb 25.. TBA P2 due: Y solver Mar 4.. P3 due: phantom Y tournament March 4--13 presentations April 1--8 final presentations reports due
final letter grade assignment cutoffs: A+95 A90 A-85 B+80 B75 B-70 C+65 C60 C-55 D+50 D45 F0
text none ... references TBA
plagiarism before submitting any work, see understanding plagiarism
presentations on any topic or paper related to the course... see bibliographies of phd theses of Phil or Jack