Books about Computer Go

This page lists some books which are about, or make significant mention of, Computer Go.


Yoshikawa Takeshiro

Publisher: KK SIP Access
Price: 2,200 yen
ISBN: 4-434-00935-4
Date: 2002

In this book, the chairman of the Japanese Computer Go Association and author of the go-playing program "GREAT" reveals its source code (written in C++ and Java) to show you exactly how a real go-playing program is written. The second part is a guide to using KGS. (GREAT's scoring module is used in KGS for score estimation.)

More information (in Japanese) here.

The Go Player's Almanac

edited by Richard Bozulich

Publisher: Kiseido
Price: US$ 30
ISBN: 4-906574-40-8
Date: 1992, 2001

Chapter 12, by David W. Erbach, gives clear accounts of some techniques used by early computer Go programs. However this chapter has not been updated since the 1992 edition.

Available here.

Games of No Chance

edited by Richard J. Nowakowski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0-521-64652-9
Date: 1996

Deals with the mathematics of game analysis, rather than with programming.

Four chapters are about Go:

The Pattern Recognition Basis of AI

Donald Tveter

Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press
Price: US$ 46
ISBN: 0818677961
Date: 1998

Emphasizes some of the newer methods: neural networking, case based and memory based methods while still covering the important symbolic methods and showing how they are all related. It also emphasizes the problems involved in producing systems with human levels of performance.

Section headings, and links to on-line chapters, here.


The following books are on pattern recognition, and do not mention computer Go. However some of the techniques which they describe can be applied to computer Go programming.

A Probabilistic Theory of Pattern Recognition

Luc Devroye, László Györfi and Gábor Lugosi

Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 0-387-94618-7
Date: 1996

Very much on the theoretical side.

Supposedly in print, but hard to obtain.

Pattern Classification (2nd Edition)

Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork

Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Price: US$ 115
ISBN: 0471056693
Date: 2000

Heavy going.