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Can Human + XG outperform XG?

Posted By: sita
Date: Wednesday, 18 December 2013, at 7:32 p.m.

In Response To: Can Human + XG outperform XG? (AP)

Back in the times when chess programs were weak, there was an idea called 3-Hirn (maybe 3-brain in english). The idea was as follows: Take two different computer programs, and a human of about the strength of the programs. These three play together. When making a turn, both computer programs suggest their storngest play. The human is allowed to choose between the plays. He is not allowed to make any other move.

The funny fact is that the 3-Hirn is way stronger than each of its components.

In chess this is quite easy to measure, with comparatively few games. I think, in BG we would see this also in the setting described by AP. But of course, the difference in strength would not be enough to measure it in a reasonable amount of time.

For further reading on the 3-Hirn idea, you can follow this link, if you can read German: http://www.minet.uni-jena.de/fakultaet/iam/personen/3hirn.html

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