Vomitting Out Some Machine Learning with Torch

Don’t know anything about Lua or Torch, and not so much about machine learning. Little project to get going.

Torch is to Lua what Numpy is to python. Never done any lua before, although for a while it was the main language on the esp8266. Torch seems like a popular base for machine learning in competition with theano and tensorflow. Lua is like if python and javascript has a slightly retarded baby.

Thought I’d give a simple tic tac toe playing guy a go. The structure is play a bunch of totally random games, collect up all the winning games. Then the problem is a classification problem where the categories are the next move (1-9).

Then used the stock nn neural network package to learn on it. Had a tough time finding clear docs. I am unimpressed.

Then use trained neural network to play against the random component.

The win stats increased from ~28% to ~45% (with some fluctuations run to run of a couple percent). Not bad. Especially since going second is disadvantageous. Okay, as I wrote that I realized it’s easy to try flipping that. Going first the stats go from 59% to 69%.

Hmmm. Maybe I should look at draws?

Also, a smart strategy for the moves would be to use the suggested moves according to their rank, not using the top suggested move then if that is invalid using a random move.


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