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RE: [Bug-gnubg] From the viewpoint of a newcomer

From: Albert Silver
Subject: RE: [Bug-gnubg] From the viewpoint of a newcomer
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 12:40:18 -0300

> I'm seeing GnuBG (Windows version 030805) from the point of view of a
> newcomer, and not at all from the point of view of a developer or of a
> BG expert. Maybe this will help the developers.
> While most of you are concerned with deeper matters, I see things such
> as the rollout window with a column of "Rank/no. JSDs", and don't find
> the meaning of JSD covered in any documentation I can find, except
> it's some kind of standard deviation.
> Thorpe count and Kleinman count similarly, mentioned in Albert
> "All about Gnu BG" but not defined, and no hint of their utility.
> Google, I could find what they are, but have no idea if the
> I found, from the rec.games.backgammon archive, are the ones used in
> program.)

The issue of the tutorial is not dependent on the developers, and I will

I'm inclined to include an explanation of the JSDs as an explanatory
note, but much less for the Thorpe and Kleinman counts. I could add a
line explaining their purpose, or add a hyperlink to a good explanation
on them (could you share the link that enlightened you on the subject?),
but discussing how they work is outside the scope of the text, and would
be akin to explaining what a pipcount is, a doubling window, etc.


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