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Chess (King-Rook vs. King-Knight) Data Set
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Abstract: Knight Pin Chess End-Game Database Creator

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Multivariate, Data-Generator

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Categorical, Integer

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Database originally described by Ross Quinlan.


Jeff Schlimmer (Jeff.Schlimmer '@'

Data Set Information:

The companion file is a Common Lisp demonstration file that generates knight-pin Chess end-game samples. Start up Lisp and load the file. It generates 100 end-games and writes them to a separate file. Look at the end of the file to see how to change it so that it will produce more end-games, or use the file for output that you wish.

The code is released for experimental, confidential use only. See the end of the file for load-time commands that generate a file of examples in Quinlan's format.

Note: this program generates duplicates. In one run, there were about 370 duplicates in the first 1000 instances (i.e., 630 distinct examples).

Attribute Information:

Attribute Summaries:
Class: knight's side is lost in n-ply (n=2, 3, etc)
1. distance from black king to knight: 1, 2, >2
2. distance from black king to rook: 1, 2, >2
3. distance from black king to white king: 1, 2, >2
4. distance from white king to knight: 1, 2, >2
5. distance from white king to rook: 1, 2, >2
6. distance from rook to knight (ADDED): 1, 2, >2
7. board relationship of black king and knight (ADDED): diag, rect, other
8. board relationship of black king and rook (ADDED): diag, rect, other
9. board relationship of black king and white king (ADDED): diag,rect,other
10. board relationship of white king and knight (ADDED): diag, rect, other
11. board relationship of white king and rook (ADDED): diag, rect, other
12. board relationship of white rook and knight (ADDED): diag, rect, other
13. type of black king's initial square: corner, edge, open
14. type of black knight's initial square (ADDED): corner, edge, open
15. type of white king's initial square (ADDED): corner, edge, open
16. type of white rook's initial square (ADDED): corner, edge, open
17. rook checks black king (OMITTED, always f): t, f
18. rook threatens knight (OMITTED, always t): t, f
19. knight threatens rook (OMITTED, always f): t, f
20. black king, knight, rook in line (OMITTED, always t) t, f
21. black king can move adjacent to knight (OMITTED) t, f
22. knight can interpose adjacent to king (OMITTED) t, f

Relevant Papers:

Quinlan, J.R. (1983). Learning Efficient Classification Procedures and Their Application to Chess End Games. In R.S. Michalski, J.G. Carbonell, & T.M. Mitchell (Eds.), Machine Learning -- An Artificial Intelligence Approach, 463-482, Palo Alto: Tioga.
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