Andreas Persson | 27 May 20:36 2016
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Crazystone on Steam

Congrats on the Steam release of Crazystone Rémi! Hope it will sell well. For people that haven't seen it here is a link http://store.steampowered.com/app/479330/. Bit to pricey for me but will pick it up at some point, enjoy the ios app a lot.

/Andreas
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"Ingo Althöfer" | 24 May 15:47 2016
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codecentric Challenge 2016

Hi,

like in the years before, also in Fall 2016 a codecentric Challenge (best-of-5 
match) between a strong Go bot and a top German player will take place. 

Our plan is to invite the gold medal winner of the 19x19 Computer Olympiad (to take
place in Leiden in early July) for this event. So, one more reason to participate
in the Olympiad.

Cheers, Ingo.
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Call for Papers:: DICTAP2016- IEEE-Turkey

Mevlana University, Konya, Turkey

July 21 - 23, 2016.
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					CALL FOR PAPERS
					D I C T A P2016
The Sixth International Conference on Digital Information & Communication
Technology & its Applications

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The conference aims to enable researchers build connections between
different digital applications.

The conference welcomes papers on the following (but not limited to)
research topics:

- Security in Information and Telecommunication System
- Communication Protocols, Communication Systems
- Network Systems and Devices
- Network Management Techniques
- Wireless and Optical Communications
- Telecommunication Business & Regulation
- Algorithms, Architecture, and Infrastructures
- Modeling, Algorithm, and Optimization
- Information Content Security
- Information Theory, System, and Technology
- Cloud Computing and Computer Networks
- Scientific Computing and Multimedia Processing
- Sensor Networks and Embedded System
- Transmission, Antenna & Propagation
- E-Learning, E-Commerce, E-Business and E-Government
- Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support Systems
- Data Exchange Issues and Supply Chain
- Data Life Cycle in Products and Processes
- Information Retrieval
- Information Visualization
- Web Services, Web based Application
- Web Metrics and its Applications
- Data Grids, Data and Information Quality
- Data Models for Production Systems and Services
- Data Warehouses and Data Mining
- Data, Text, and Web Content Mining
- Image Analysis and Image Processing
- Multimedia and Interactive Multimedia
- Management and Diffusion of Multimedia Applications
- Case Studies on Data Management, Monitoring and Analysis
- Mobile, Ad Hoc and Sensor
- Network Security
- Mobile Data Management
- Video Search and Video Mining
- Computer Graphics
- Enterprise Computing
- Soft Computing
- Web Mining including Web Intelligence and Web 3.0
- Networks Security, Encryption and Cryptography
- Knowledge Management
- Peer to Peer Data Management
- Compression and Coding
- Natural Language Processing
- XML and other extensible languages
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Intelligent and Robust System
- Distributed Information Systems
- ICT for Social and Humanity
- Temporal and Spatial Databases
- Security and Access Control
- Digital Rights Management
- Constraint Programming
- Quality of Service Issues
- Ubiquitous Systems
- Semantic Web, Ontologies and Rules

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Important Dates:

Submission Deadline       : Open from now until June 21, 2016
Notification of Acceptance: June 30, 2016 or 4-7 weeks from the submission
date
Camera Ready Submission   : Open from now until July 11, 2016
Registration Deadline     : July 11, 2016
Conference Dates          : July 21 - 23, 20

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Henry Hemming | 22 May 10:56 2016
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new bot friendly go server.

Hello, I would like to invite all you go bot developers to my new go server.

http://goratingserver.appspot.com

Here are a few reasons why its bot friendly. Its a simple (and very pretty) auto match server, with no handicaps, and only such pairings that there is a reasonable chance for both players to win. The only rule-set is Chinese and there is no arbitration in scoring, server provides estimate on which stones are dead, if either player thinks its wrong, they play cleanup, removing all dead stones from the board. Clock runs even during scoring, and there is no disconnect protection, ensuring all games finish in a timely manner. There are no restrictions against bots playing each other, however pairing algorithm tries to avoid repeat pairings. Accounts rating are much more accurate than standard elo yet will never get "heavy" allowing for quick testing of bot features. All games are ranked and there is no special registration requirements for bots.

While there are hundreds of games being played every day by beta testers (ranging from double digit kyus to high dans), the server is still in stealth mode of sorts. I would like to give any bots a few days head start before opening it to the public. The server provides a RESTful interface, but there is a simple GTP translation code available for it, which is used to run Pachi and GnuGo at the moment.


-Henry Hemming
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Christy Simmons | 22 May 00:34 2016
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some info for you

Hello,

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Typos courtesy of my iPhone, Christy Simmons

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"Ingo Althöfer" | 21 May 09:25 2016
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Question on TPU hardware

I have a question (maybe to Aja):

Concerning the TPU hardware used in AlphaGo, how long will it take 
until that system (all together, including Go software) will be
available for 20,000 Euro or less?

Ingo.
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Urban Hafner | 20 May 13:47 2016
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Commonly used neural network architectures

Hey there,

just like everyone else I’m currently looking into neural networks for my go program. ;) Apart from the AlphaGo paper where I can I find information about network architecture? There’s the network from April 2015 from Detlef (http://computer-go.org/pipermail/computer-go/2015-April/007573.html) but I don’t know enough about caffe to figure out the architecture. Basically, I more interested in understanding how to build a network myself than just using a pre-trained network.

Cheers,

Urban
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"Ingo Althöfer" | 19 May 14:34 2016
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Computer Olympiad in Leiden

Hallo,

the deadline for early registration as May 15.
We have the following numbers of early applications:

9x9-Go: 4
13x13-Go: 3
19x19-Go: 4
Title defender Zen has been registered in all three disciplines.

NoGo: 1 (at least one more is needed to have a competition)

Frisbee Go Simulation: 0 (really a pity)

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Registration is still possible, however the fee has doubled now
(100 Euro for participants in their first game; 50 Euro for each
subsequent game).

http://icga.leidenuniv.nl/

Ingo.

PS: It will be my first event as a Go-(co)-operator (in the team
of Detlef Schmicker).
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Petr Baudis | 19 May 12:54 2016
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Google used TPUs for AlphaGo

  Hi,

  it seems that Google in fact used TPUs for AlphaGo rather than GPUs:

	https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/05/Google-supercharges-machine-learning-tasks-with-custom-chip.html

It's be interesting to know what the speedup factor against, say,
Tesla K40 is.  In the Nature paper, they talk about GPUs, but they
could have switched to TPUs for training only after then Fan Hui matches.

				Petr Baudis
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Xavier Combelle | 18 May 18:30 2016
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Re: McMahon tournaments on KGS

According to https://www.gokgs.com/help/_fr_FR/tournMcMahon.html McMahon avoid high handicap. You could also setup a swiss  with handicap tournament

2016-05-18 18:06 GMT+02:00 Nick Wedd <maproom <at> gmail.com>:
I had been persuaded, by postings to this list, to run the monthly KGS bot tournaments with a McMahon division.

I now think that this probably won't work.  I have run a test McMahon tournament. No handicaps were assigned, or reported in the results.  This may have been because none of the entrants had a confirmed rating (one had a ? rating, four were unrated), but I doubt it.  Even if all the players were treated as having the same initial rating (probably 8k, where I had set the lower bar), handicaps should have been used by the final rounds.

You can see the results at 

I will be willing to run another test tournament, today or tomorrow, if someone can provide a "Ranked Robot" to help with the test.  It should be able to beat gnugo3pt8 consistently, and should preferably be willing to play 9x9 Go.  All you need to do is leave it running on KGS in tournament mode, and email me with its name.  I have left gnugo3pt8 running, to restore its confirmed rating.

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Nick Wedd | 18 May 18:06 2016
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McMahon tournaments on KGS

I had been persuaded, by postings to this list, to run the monthly KGS bot tournaments with a McMahon division.

I now think that this probably won't work.  I have run a test McMahon tournament. No handicaps were assigned, or reported in the results.  This may have been because none of the entrants had a confirmed rating (one had a ? rating, four were unrated), but I doubt it.  Even if all the players were treated as having the same initial rating (probably 8k, where I had set the lower bar), handicaps should have been used by the final rounds.

You can see the results at 

I will be willing to run another test tournament, today or tomorrow, if someone can provide a "Ranked Robot" to help with the test.  It should be able to beat gnugo3pt8 consistently, and should preferably be willing to play 9x9 Go.  All you need to do is leave it running on KGS in tournament mode, and email me with its name.  I have left gnugo3pt8 running, to restore its confirmed rating.

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