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Did a Random Glitch Allow Big Blue to Win?

By September 30, 2012

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The Signal and the NoiseI'm a big fan of Nate Silver's Five Thirty-Eight blog at The New York Times (the former parent company of About.com). I haven't read his new book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail -- But Some Don't, yet but I'm looking forward to it.

I'm especially eager to read it since this review by The Washington Post describes a passage about the historic Chess match between grand master Garry Kasparov and the IBM computer Big Blue. (Chess is one of my top five ancient games.)

Silver says a programming bug "was likely what allowed the computer to beat Kasparov." IBM's Murray Campbell told Silver that the bug "may have made Kasparov misunderstand the capabilities of Deep Blue."

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