Carnegie Mellon’s Pokerbot models asymmetric data

On Feb. 12–13, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence held a meeting to declare that Carnegie Mellon University’s Pokerbot — Baby Tartanian 8 — had won first place at the Annual Computer Poker Competition in the total bankroll category and third place in the bankroll instant run-off category, out of 11 participating teams. A “Pokerbot” is exactly what it sounds like: a robot that plays poker. Heads-Up, No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker, to be specific. Baby Tartanian 8 was designed by Noam Brown, a Ph.D. student in the School of Computer Science, alongside his adviser, Tuomas Sandholm, a professor in the Computer Science Department. The project is representative of an incomplete information problem. The aim of this problem is to be able to find and play the strategy with…


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