Racing in Backgammon

The game of backgammon ultimately becomes a race, and over the years there have been various methods proposed for estimating one's chances when the game reaches that situation. For the last 15 years or so, the game of backgammon has been transformed by computer programs that play better than the best humans. The goal of this research is to use these programs to arrive at reasonably accurate methods for determining the probability of winning the game when it becomes a race.

Name of research group, project, or lab
The Race Goes On!
Why join this research group or lab?

The results of this research would be of enormous interest to the backgammon community, and would certainly be published in the leading magazine (PrimeTime Backgammon, published by the US Backgammon Federation) and the mathematical details would be suitable for publication in a mathematics journal. 

Representative publication
Logistics Information:
Project categories
Mathematics
Student ranks applicable
First-year
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Student qualifications

Computer programming, data analysis, writing. Backgammon experience is a plus. 

Time commitment
Summer - Part Time
Compensation
Paid Research
Number of openings
2
Techniques learned

Students may be exposed dynamic programming, simulation, pattern recognition, and game theory techniques. 

Contact Information:
Mentor name
Arthur Benjamin
Mentor email
benjamin@hmc.edu
Mentor position
Professor
Name of project director or principal investigator
Arthur Benjamin
Email address of project director or principal investigator
benjamin@hmc.edu
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Hours per week
Summer - Part Time
Project categories
Mathematics