Neuro-cognitive Model of Move Location in The Game of Go

Terence Bossomaier, Jason Traish, Fernand Gobet, Peter CR Lane

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Although computer Go players are now better than humans on small board sizes, they are still a fair way from the top human players on standard board sizes. Thus the nature of human expertise is of great interest to artificial intelligence. Human play relies much more on pattern memory and has been extensively explored in chess. The big challenge in Go is local-global interaction - local search is good but global integration is weak. We used techniques based on the cognitive neuroscience of chess to predict optimal areas to move using perceptual chunks, which we cross-validated against game records comprising upwards of five million positions. Prediction to within a small window was about 50%, a remarkable result.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN)
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781467314909
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventIEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks: IJCNN 2012 - Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 10 Jun 201215 Jun 2012 (Conference website)


ConferenceIEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks
OtherThe 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI 2012) is the largest technical event in the field of computational intelligence. It will host three conferences: the 2012 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2012), the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2012), and the 2012 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC 2012). IEEE WCCI 2012 will be held in Brisbane, a awe-inspiring city situated along the Brisbane River and the eastern coast line of Australia. The congress will provide a stimulating forum for scientists, engineers, educators, and students from all over the world to discuss and present their research findings on computational intelligence.
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