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Mastering the game of Go with deep neural networks and tree search

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, January 2016
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Title
Mastering the game of Go with deep neural networks and tree search
Published in
Nature, January 2016
DOI 10.1038/nature16961
Pubmed ID
Authors

David Silver, Aja Huang, Chris J. Maddison, Arthur Guez, Laurent Sifre, George van den Driessche, Julian Schrittwieser, Ioannis Antonoglou, Veda Panneershelvam, Marc Lanctot, Sander Dieleman, Dominik Grewe, John Nham, Nal Kalchbrenner, Ilya Sutskever, Timothy Lillicrap, Madeleine Leach, Koray Kavukcuoglu, Thore Graepel, Demis Hassabis, Silver, David, Huang, Aja, Maddison, Chris J, Guez, Arthur, Sifre, Laurent, van den Driessche, George, Schrittwieser, Julian, Antonoglou, Ioannis, Panneershelvam, Veda, Lanctot, Marc, Dieleman, Sander, Grewe, Dominik, Nham, John, Kalchbrenner, Nal, Sutskever, Ilya, Lillicrap, Timothy, Leach, Madeleine, Kavukcuoglu, Koray, Graepel, Thore, Hassabis, Demis, Silver D, Huang A, Maddison CJ, Guez A, Sifre L, van den Driessche G, Schrittwieser J, Antonoglou I, Panneershelvam V, Lanctot M, Dieleman S, Grewe D, Nham J, Kalchbrenner N, Sutskever I, Lillicrap T, Leach M, Kavukcuoglu K, Graepel T, Hassabis D

Abstract

The game of Go has long been viewed as the most challenging of classic games for artificial intelligence owing to its enormous search space and the difficulty of evaluating board positions and moves. Here we introduce a new approach to computer Go that uses 'value networks' to evaluate board positions and 'policy networks' to select moves. These deep neural networks are trained by a novel combination of supervised learning from human expert games, and reinforcement learning from games of self-play. Without any lookahead search, the neural networks play Go at the level of state-of-the-art Monte Carlo tree search programs that simulate thousands of random games of self-play. We also introduce a new search algorithm that combines Monte Carlo simulation with value and policy networks. Using this search algorithm, our program AlphaGo achieved a 99.8% winning rate against other Go programs, and defeated the human European Go champion by 5 games to 0. This is the first time that a computer program has defeated a human professional player in the full-sized game of Go, a feat previously thought to be at least a decade away.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 119 2%
United Kingdom 58 <1%
Germany 43 <1%
Japan 32 <1%
China 24 <1%
Spain 15 <1%
Netherlands 14 <1%
France 13 <1%
Canada 12 <1%
Other 126 2%
Unknown 5411 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 1732 30%
Student > Master 1216 21%
Researcher 957 16%
Student > Bachelor 688 12%
Other 301 5%
Other 973 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Computer Science 2800 48%
Engineering 925 16%
Physics and Astronomy 372 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 346 6%
Unspecified 275 5%
Other 1149 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3196. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 April 2018.
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#116
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#26
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