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8. Experiments

Experimentation provides a simple way to determine the effectiveness of changes, or to identify potential problems and shortcomings in the system. For Loki we have used a variety of different experimental methods. The primary method is self-play simulation between different versions of the program. The other methods, much more difficult to interpret but presented as anecdotal evidence, involve play against other computer programs or human opponents through an on-line poker server running on IRC (Internet Relay Chat).

Denis Papp