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[Bug-gnubg] New book by Paul Magriel (?)

From: Øystein Johansen
Subject: [Bug-gnubg] New book by Paul Magriel (?)
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 20:18:11 +0100
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Hi all!

I just spoke to a friend of mine, Hanna Nilsson, on the phone. She's a little jet-set of the backgammon scene, and she record matches for the real champions, like Magriel, Tardieu and Kent Goulding. She wanted to say that Paul Magriel is working on a new book, and he wants to do rollouts whith GNU Backgammon, and maybe compare these rollouts with rollouts from other bots.

My mind usually have a positive setting, and this conversation was no exeption. Cool! GNU Backgammon in printed book, by a world class player.

She also told me that Paul Magriel doesn't have a permanent address these days, so all communication must go through her at the moment. Paul is a unexperienced computer user and he therfore needs some assistance. I guess Hanna can learn the basics from the Alberts tutorial [1] and Mortens Danish "GNU Backgammon for dummies" [2].

Also, she asked for computer power to perform rollous, and I guess we're able to help them with that. Hold your computers ready. (Ian? Are you ready?)

I also mentioned the PDF, PostScript and LaTeX exports in GNU Backgammon. We all know that these features isn't fully completed yet, and that publishing a book from these formats are not recommended yet, but if we can do some development on these things the next weeks or mounts, (based on input from Paul, Kit, Bill and other authors), I guess we can make a system that's capable of producing real professional books and documents. She said that she'll mention this features to the authors.

I'll build a new installation archive for windows the next days for Hanna and Paul to check out. Jon, Nardy, Holger: is there anything I should add registers or anything else?

Meanwhile, I guess you Hanna, can take a look at the current installation archive for windows [3]. Are you on a dial up line, Hanna? Or do you have a ADSL connection?

I also like to boast about the strength of the program, which you may pass on to Paul.

Micheal Depreli runned a long set of maoney games between GNU Backgammon 0.12(?) and Snowie 3.2. He analysed each game and rolled out all positions where any of the bots disagreed in any move. The bots used was: Snowie 3.2 (S3), Snowie 4 (S4), JellyFish (J), GNU Backgammon 0.12 (G12), GNU Backgammon 0.13 (G13), GNU Backgammon 0.14 (G14). The result of his analysis was posted to GammOnLine. Results there [4], or the posting to rec.games.backgammon [5].

Also a set of 5000 money games was set up between GNU Backgammon 0.13 and JellyFish. The results was that GNU Backgammon 0.13 won 0.12pts pr. game against JellyFish. (Was luck ever calculated and evaluated for this set?) Search in rec.games.backgammon for the discussion and results [6].

Albert Silver have also run a series of 7-point matches agains Snowie4. (That was before the latest 0.14 net). Check this thread [7] in the mailing list archive. Jørn did a luck analysis of Alberts matches and concludes in this posting [8].

Best regards,

[1] http://www.bkgm.com/gnu/AllAboutGNU.html
[2] http://home1.stofanet.dk/aabgk/gnubg4dummies.html
[3] http://www.gnubg.org/downloads/windows/
[4] http://www.gammonline.com/members/board/config.cgi?read=60968
[5] http://groups.google.com/groups?q=g:thl3357767960d&dq=&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&selm=f9846eb9.0306231441.3f641af4%40posting.google.com [6] http://groups.google.com/advanced_group_search?group=rec.games.backgammon
[7] http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gnubg/2003-06/msg00096.html
[8] http://groups.google.com/address@hidden

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