Meaningful Play 2022 at Michigan State University

Paper Information

TitleA Technique to Create Weaker Abstract Board Game Agents via Reinforcement Learning
Presenter(s)Peter Jamieson and Indrima Upadhyay
SessionDesigning for Complex Interactions
TimeThursday, October 13, 10:30a-11:30a
LocationMSU Room
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionBoard games, with the exception of solo games, need at least one other player to play. Because of this, we invented artificial intelligent (AI) agents to play against us when an opponent is missing. These AI agents are created in a number of ways, but one challenge with these agents is that an agent can have superior ability compared to us.

In this work, we describe how to create weaker AI agents that play board games. We use Tic-Tac-Toe, Nine-Men's Morris, and Mancala, and our technique uses a Reinforcement Learning model where an agent uses the Q-learning algorithm to learn these games. We show how these agents can learn to play the board game perfectly, and we then describe our approach to making weaker versions of these agents. Finally, we provide a methodology to compare AI agents.
Top Paper AwardThis paper was selected by the program committee as a Meaningful Play 2022 Top Paper.

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