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ERIC Number: EJ1002465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Knowledge Discovery in Chess Using an Aesthetics Approach
Iqbal, Azlan
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v46 n1 p73-90 Spr 2012
Computational aesthetics is a relatively new subfield of artificial intelligence (AI). It includes research that enables computers to "recognize" (and evaluate) beauty in various domains such as visual art, music, and games. Aside from the benefit this gives to humans in terms of creating and appreciating art in these domains, there are perhaps also philosophical implications about the nature and "mechanics" of aesthetic perception in humans. The author's original intention or objective was to develop an aesthetics model or method for computers to recognize beauty in the game of chess since it is greatly appreciated by human players--there is even an entire subdomain devoted to it in the form of chess compositions--and because it has other promising applications, such as improving computer chess heuristics, for example, in solving complex chess problems. His intention was also that this model should correlate positively and reasonably well with human player aesthetic assessment. Both were achieved with better experimentally validated success than previous approaches. A computer program called CHESTHETICA was developed to aid in the complex calculations involved. It can identify beautiful combinations in large databases of chess games based on the aesthetics model. In the course of that research, new discoveries about the game were made by the program and noted. A discussion on the philosophical basis of computational aesthetic recognition in chess, specifically chess themes, is presented in the following section. Each discovery along with an explanation about the aesthetics approach that apparently led to it is presented in the two sections after that. Each is also contrasted against what one currently knows to demonstrate its novelty. This is followed by a discussion about the relevance of aesthetics in extracting new knowledge. The article concludes with a summary of key points and a note on further work. (Contains 6 figures and 68 notes.)
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Language: English
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