Implementation of Heuristic Algorithms for Board Games
Practical Software Course, Summer Semester 2014
- 14.04: Dates for the plenary meetings are set
- 22.04: Assignment 2 (with fixed dates) now available
Location: Room 4201b (2nd floor E1)
Use the mailinglist swp-i2-2014-pm AT lab9.sselab.de for general and technical questions and discussions among students. Students are urged to answer other student’s questions.
Topics and Goals
The aim of the course is the implementation of a strong computer player for an extended version of Reversi. At the end of the course, a competition will be held between the developed computer players and a ranking is set up. The top of the ranking is the winner of the competition, and additional points to the final grade will be awarded to the winner.
During the course, techniques and concepts for creating stronger computer players are introduced incrementally which are expected to be studied and understood by the student. The course covers the following topics:
- Client network socket programming
- Mini-max and paranoid search
- Alpha-beta pruning
- Iterative deepening
- Move sorting
- Aspiration windows
- Game state rating heuristics
- Empirical algorithmic efficiency analysis
- Performance and memory profiling
- Technical writing and reporting
- Technical Writing Style by Wikiversity:
- Mayfield Handbook of Technical & Scientific Writing:
- Checkstyle for Java:
- Alpha-Beta Pruning Animations:
- Git Manual:
- The preferred language for this course is English.
- By default, the implementation is expected to be in Java.
- Reports have to handled in a clearly defined location in your Git repository.
- Attendance of every meeting is mandatory.
- Students are expected to form and work in groups of 3 students.
- Grades are based on the quality of the written reports, the quality of the source code, the strength of the AI, team play and work attitude.