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PhD in Artificial Intelligence (Knowledge Representation and Machine Learning) in 1997. Associate professor in the group A&O in the interplay of Machine Learning and Optimization at University Paris Saclay, France since 1998. I started playing bridge in 2004 and am now 59th French woman player out of 48644 players. In 2015, I set up the AlphaBridge project combining my two passions. AlphaBridge is dedicated to solve the game of bridge by defining a hybrid architecture including recent numeric and symbolic Machine Learning modules.Part of my work is about the optimization of the AI Wbridge5 developed by Yves Costel.The Wbridge5 version boosted with this method won the World Computer-Bridge Championship twice, in September 2016 and in August 2017.



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AI, Contract Bridge, Conventional Bidding. A casual update.
Tx Richard :) the current work is far from the seed approach about which we had a lively discussion :) by the way the insights you gave us were very useful
AI, Contract Bridge, Conventional Bidding. A casual update.
Sure :) I'm an AI researcher and since 3 years I focus my research on the game of Bridge. The first step was to convince my community that bridge is a killer application for AI. It was difficult but I have been lucky enough to bring together top level researchers ...
Boosting a Bridge Artificial Intelligence
Boosting a Bridge Artificial Intelligence
Sorry for my answering late but I have asked my co-authors to answer your very interesting questions. I happen to have had the same concerns as yours when O Teytaud proposed to adapt his « seed approach » to Bridge: I could not figure out how such a method could even work ...
Boosting a Bridge Artificial Intelligence
Hi Nick, to avoid copyright pb, I created this Draft version
Boosting a Bridge Artificial Intelligence
I must tell you one thing, despite my name I'm not native English speaker ;) joking aside if people want to help us to correct our next article from a grammatical point of view, I will be very grateful. From a scientific point of view, I know exactly where we ...
Boosting a Bridge Artificial Intelligence
Hi Richard, thanks for your interesting comments. Concerning the cross-validation, protocol is the same than the one in the paper of Olivier Teytaud: The general idea is to study the impact of the best seed keeping a dozen points out of the forty ...
Boosting a Bridge Artificial Intelligence
The goal of these previous works was to study the impact of the seed on an existing AI without changing the conditions (number of simulations, PRNG etc ...). We didn't even use the huge processing power of the computing center of Paris Saclay :)
Boosting a Bridge Artificial Intelligence
Hi Nick, I can send you an author version of the paper.
Can Google's DeepMind beat the BBO Robots in 2017
Ercan: the point is that numerical approaches used by AlphaGo are successful for many applications but they are black boxes. AlphaGo is able to "compute" step by step the best move according to its training but it does not learn explicit rules. Therefore, AlphaGo can't transfer its knowledge to ...

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