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Posted By: Michael Petch
Date: Monday, 1 September 2014, at 11:42 p.m.

In Response To: GridGammon/GNU (scotty)

Snowie Text (txt) files saved on GridGrammon are basically the same as the JellyFish MAT file format that has been around for ages. Gridgammon just ahppens to save them as .txt files instead of .mat.

So the question seems to be in this thread. Is there any real reason to save SGG and TXT or is TXT good enough.

My opinion is that if you are simply going to analyse matches in bots then the Snowie Text will suffice. So why does GridGammon have SGG? Well one big difference between the TXT and SGG formats is that SGG also contains all the player and kibber table chat during a match. You can see this if you open up an SGG file with a text editor like notepad/wordpad etc. Text file format wasn't originally deigned to support that. GNUBG doesn't use the chat information (And I'm not sure any other bots do) so at least from GNUBG's perspective you don't gain anything. I have also heard over the years that SGG files on rare occasions seem to have invalid moves written into them making it difficult for a bot to use.

In most cases I believe Snowie Text is all you will need. If you wish to have the chat saved then use SGG. If you use SGG I also recommend also saving as Snowie Text just in case the SGG file is corrupt. If the SGG file is corrupt you can use the TXT version.

I can't think of any good reason to ever save as CBG as this format is proprietary and not well handled. BGBlitz seems to be one bot that does a somewhat reasonable (not perfect) job of reading them.

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