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"Hit/Most/6" rule spelled out

Posted By: Taper_Mike
Date: Sunday, 13 November 2011, at 8:19 p.m.

In Response To: "Hit/Most/6" rule spelled out (Nack Ballard)

I am interested in creating a procedural definition of Hit/Most/Six. It would be a definintion that enumerates the exact sequence of steps and comparisons to be made in an application of Hit/Most/Six. Procedurally, I would like to have something that can be directly converted into an alogorithm.

The updated rule given in Nack's post says, "Hitting, and on highest point, has preference. Exception: Most points in the home quadrant overrides any hit." My reading of the last sentence is, "Most points in the home quadrant overrides any hit in the home quadrant." If correct, then I guess four hits outside should outrank any play that hits only three blots, even if the alternative makes a new inner-board point. If, instead, "any hit" means "any hit anywhere on the board," then a play that makes an inner-board point while hitting three times outside would outrank the play that hits four times outside.

In the extreme, we have the Zare postion below. It's a great setup for testing the definition of Hit/Point/Six. For instance, which ranks higher: hitting four times outside the home board, or hitting three times outside the home board, and making a new inside point?

White131

Blue206

Position ID: REREpJBSSimlAA Match ID: cInkAAAAAAAA

As an example of a procedural description consider the following.

### Example Procedure (partial)

Prepare a complete list of all the legal moves in a given position. Assign each move to one or more Nactation families.

For every legal move, gather the following statistics:

1. How many hits does it make overall?
2. How many inner-board hits does it make?
3. How many points overall are owned at the completion of the move?
4. How many inner-board points are owned at the completion of the move?
5. etc.

Formulate a series of if-then-else statements that use the foregoing statistics to rank plays within a family.

Translating the elegant English-langauage description of Hit/Most/Six is not as easy as you think. Try it.

Mike

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