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Can we achieve optimality with minimax using an evaluation function?

The following quote (from AIMA) refers to the situation in which the minimax algorithm computes its values directly from the terminal states. (The) definition of optimal play for MAX assumes that MIN ...
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Is there an error in A* optimality proof Russel-Norvig 4th edition?

In "AI: A Modern Approach", 4th edition, by Russell and Norvig, they give a purported proof that A* is cost-optimal for any admissible heuristic. The given proof seems most certainly wrong. ...
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Are optimal policies always deterministic, or can there also be optimal policies that are stochastic?

Let $M$ be an MDP with two states, $A$ and $B$, where $A$ is the starting state, and you always transit to the final state $B$ using two possible actions. $A_1$ gives you rewards that are normally ...
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Are hill climbing variations always optimal and complete?

Are hill climbing variations (like steepest ascent hill climbing, stochastic hill climbing, random restart hill climbing, local beam search) always optimal and complete?
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How is $v_*(s) = \max_{\pi} v_\pi(s)$ also applicable in the case of stochastic policies?

I am reading Sutton & Bartos's Book "Introduction to reinforcement learning". In this book, the defined the optimal value function as: $$v_*(s) = \max_{\pi} v_\pi(s),$$ for all $s \in \...
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Minimax algorithm with only partial visibility

I'm trying to implement the minimax algorithm with alpha beta pruning on a game that works like this: Player 1 plays (x1, y1). Player 2 can only see the x-value (x1) that Player 1 played (and not ...
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Given two optimal policies, is an affine combination of them also optimal?

If there are two different optimal policies $\pi_1, \pi_2$ in a reinforcement learning task, will the linear combination (or affine combination) of the two policies $\alpha \pi_1 + \beta \pi_2, \alpha ...
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If uniform cost search is used for bidirectional search, is it guaranteed the solution is optimal?

If uniform cost search is used for both the forward and backward search in bidirectional search, is it guaranteed the solution is optimal?
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Why is the optimal policy for an infinite horizon MDP deterministic?

Could someone please help me gain some intuition as to why the optimal policy for a Markov Decision Process in the infinite horizon case (agent acts forever) is deterministic?
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How to make minimax optimal?

By optimal I mean that: If max has a winning strategy then minimax will return the strategy for max with the fewest number of moves to win. If min has a winning strategy then minimax will return the ...
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