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Manual Reference Pages  -  GAMES::ALPHABETA (3)

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NAME

Games::AlphaBeta - game-tree search with object oriented interface

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS



    package My::GamePos;
    use base qw(Games::AlphaBeta::Position);

    # initialise starting position
    sub _init { ... }

    # Methods required by Games::AlphaBeta
    sub apply { ... }
    sub endpos { ... }          # optional
    sub evaluate { ... }
    sub findmoves { ... }

    # Draw a position in the game (optional)
    sub draw { ... }

    package main;
    my $pos = My::GamePos->new;
    my $game = Games::AlphaBeta->new($pos);

    while ($game->abmove) {
        print draw($game->peek_pos);
    }



DESCRIPTION

Games::AlphaBeta provides a generic implementation of the AlphaBeta game-tree search algorithm (also known as MiniMax search with alpha beta pruning). This algorithm can be used to find the best move at a particular position in any two-player, zero-sum game with perfect information. Examples of such games include Chess, Othello, Connect4, Go, Tic-Tac-Toe and many, many other boardgames.

Users must pass an object representing the initial state of the game as the first argument to new(). This object must provide the following methods: copy(), apply(), endpos(), evaluate() and findmoves(). This is explained more carefully in Games::AlphaBeta::Position which is a base class you can use to implement your position object.

INHERITED METHODS

The following methods are inherited from Games::Sequential:
new
debug
peek_pos
peek_move
move
undo

METHODS

_init [@list] Internal method.

Initialize an AlphaBeta object.

ply [$value] Return current default search depth and, if invoked with an argument, set to new value.
abmove [$ply] Perform the best move found after an AlphaBeta game-tree search to depth $ply. If $ply is not specified, the default depth is used (see ply()). The best move found is performed and a reference to the resulting position is returned on success, and undef is returned on failure.

Note that this function can take a long time if $ply is high, particularly if the game in question has many possible moves at each position.

If debug() is set, some basic debugging is printed as the search progresses.

_alphabeta $pos $alpha $beta $ply Internal method.

BUGS

The valid range of values evaluate() can return is hardcoded to -99_999 - +99_999 at the moment. Probably should provide methods to get/set these.

TODO

Implement the missing iterative deepening alphabeta routine.

SEE ALSO

The author’s website, describing this and other projects: <http://brautaset.org/projects/>

AUTHOR

Stig Brautaset, <stig@brautaset.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE

Copyright (C) 2004 by Stig Brautaset

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.3 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.

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