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Game phases[ edit ] Maven's game play is sub-divided into three phases: The "mid-game" phase, the "pre-endgame" phase and the "endgame" phase.
The "mid-game" phase lasts from the beginning of the game up until there are nine or fewer tiles left in the bag. The program uses a rapid algorithm to find all possible plays from the given rack, and then part of the program called the "kibitzer" uses simple heuristics to sort them into rough order of quality.
The most promising moves are then evaluated by "simming", in which the program simulates the random drawing of tiles, plays forward a set number of plays, and compares the points spread of the moves' outcomes.
By simulating thousands of random drawings, the program can give a very accurate quantitative evaluation of the different plays. While a Monte Carlo search, Maven does not use Monte Carlo tree search because it evaluates game trees only 2-ply deep, rather than playing out to the end of the game, and does not reallocate rollouts to more promising branches for deeper exploration; in reinforcement learning terminology, the Maven search strategy might be considered "truncated Monte Carlo simulation".
A true MCTS strategy is unnecessary because the endgame can be solved. The shallow search is because the Maven author argues  that, due to the fast turnover of letters in one's bag, it is typically not useful to look more than 2-ply deep, because if one instead looked, e.
The "pre-endgame" phase works in almost the same way as the "mid-game" phase, except that it is designed to attempt to yield a good end-game situation. The "endgame" phase takes over as soon as there are no tiles left in the bag.
In two-player games, this means that the players can now deduce from the initial letter distribution the exact tiles on each other's racks.
Maven uses the B-star search algorithm to analyse the game tree during the endgame phase. Move generation[ edit ] Maven has used several algorithms for move generation, but the one that has stuck is the DAWG algorithm.
That makes a significant difference for download games, whereas the speed advantage is not important. Note that unimportant does not mean that the difference is small, merely that users cannot tell the difference.
Rack evaluation[ edit ] The first version of Maven used a set of about patterns to value racks. Every single tile had a value 27 patterns.
Each duplicate had a value 22 patterns. There were patterns for triplicates and quads for letters that have enough representation in the bag. Finally, the QU combination was a pattern. Shortly thereafter, Maven acquired a tile duplication evaluator.
The idea was to vary a rack depending on the chance of drawing duplicates. For example, A is generally better than I as a tile, but if there are 7 A's and only 2 I's left in the bag, then maybe we should prefer to keep the I.
Parameter fitting was accomplished by tuning the values to predict the total of future scores. Nowadays this would be called Temporal Difference Learning.
This rack evaluation design was original to Maven. It was very successful in competing with the human champions of the day. The design was later extended by other researchers. Mark Watkins championed what he called "tile synergy patterns. This is a natural extension of the design, which does significantly improve play.
Maven's pattern set gradually expanded from the base set of to well over Maven has since switched to a completely different architecture, proposed by John O'Laughlin and implemented in Quackle.
This is the "exhaustive" architecture, where the program has a different rack evaluation parameter for each of the 3 million possible combinations of 0 to 7 tiles. With the advances in computer power over the last decade, it has become possible to tune such large parameter sets.
The downside of using an exhaustive approach is that Maven lost the ability to vary evaluations as a function of the tiles that remained in the bag.
The point is that the exhaustive rack evaluator does not have terms that relate a rack's value to the possible draws from the bag. Maven's version of exhaustive rack evaluation has added that ability.
In Maven, each rack has its own liner evaluator, where the value of that rack varies as a function of the chance of drawing a duplicate, the chance of drawing a vowel, and the chance of drawing Q and U. This system has 5 parameters per rack, for about 15 million parameters in all.
Simulation[ edit ] The great human champion Ron Tiekert had studied Scrabble by playing out individual positions dozens of times, and tabulating results. He suggested that with Maven's speed, it should be possible to automate that process in overnight runs.
Brian Sheppard named this process "simulation", though it goes by the name "rollout" in backgammon, and "playout" in Go. Then play out those moves hundreds or thousands of times to see which candidate performs best.Cresta has memorized thousands of obscure words (like those ending in WOOD or starting with OVEN) by reading, writing down, and tape-recording pages from the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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