* Shut The Box


  • We study games because they are

    • Hard: seem to require some intelligence

    • Pre-abstracted: "simple" models, clear rules, "win condition"

  • "Game" is a bit ill-defined: certainly includes single-agent and multiple-agent things

  • Games range from competitive to cooperative

Shut The Box

  • Shut The Box is a simple multi-player probabilistic dice game vaguely related to Yahtzee

  • We will use the single-player 9-digit game with "digital" ("say what you see") scoring

  • I have built a single-player solver for this game. We will learn how it works. Today is not that day

  • (rules, demo)

  • I've also built a weaker heuristic AI for this game. That is what we'll talk about today

Shut The Box: Setup

  • "Obvious": Represent a state as a set of remaining digits and a dice roll

  • Apparently a state is an instance to be solved

  • Solution? A "better" state

    • Can be greedy: pick the next state with lowest score

    • Greed is not necessarily good: actual scoring is at the end

    • Now we're balancing two things: lower score / "better" numbers

Shut The Box: Code

  • AI code is a lot of setup per unit intelligence

  • I've done this setup for you here

  • Let's look at the code

Shut The Box: Player

  • Just choosing randomly from the legal moves is not AI (or is it)?

  • But it's a good place to start

  • I then built stronger heuristic rules and evaluated via play

Shut The Box: Evaluating the Player

  • Could try to do a full analytic evaluation

  • Much easier to play a bunch of games and see how it does

  • What is the success measure? Mean? Number of perfect scores? Something else?

  • Will the AI vary depending on what success measure is chosen? (yes)

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