Machine Learning

Tom M. Mitchell

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This book covers the field of machine learning, which is the study of algorithms that allow computer programs to automatically improve through experience. The book is intended to support upper level undergraduate and introductory level graduate courses in machine learning.

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I am a machine learning beginner. I'd like to learn the basics by teaching computers to play checkers. Actually, the games I want to learn are Domineering and Hex. My language of choice is Python

These games are pretty easy to store and the rules are much simpler than chess, but there aren't too many people who play. If I can get this idea off the ground it would be great for experimenting Combinatorial Game Theory to see if a computer and find the optimal move.

I found this old paper on checkers from the 1960's by a guy at IBM. Originally I had asked about neural networks, but they are saying it's the wrong tool.

EDIT: It could be that machine learning is not the right strategy. In that case, what goes wrong? and what is a better way?

Get the book called "Machine learning" by McGraw Hill and read the first chapter. It's extremely well written and the first chapter will teach you enough to make a program that plays checkers. Personally I made a program that plays 5 in a row on, also in python.