Reducing the Learning Time of Tetris in Evolution Strategies

  • Amine Boumaza
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7401)


Designing artificial players for the game of Tetris is a challenging problem that many authors addressed using different methods. Very performing implementations using evolution strategies have also been proposed. However one drawback of using evolution strategies for this problem can be the cost of evaluations due to the stochastic nature of the fitness function. This paper describes the use of racing algorithms to reduce the amount of evaluations of the fitness function in order to reduce the learning time. Different experiments illustrate the benefits and the limitation of racing in evolution strategies for this problem. Among the benefits is designing artificial players at the level of the top ranked players at a third of the cost.


Evolution Strategy Search Point Learn Time Game State Game Board 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amine Boumaza
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Univ. Lille Nord de FranceLilleFrance
  2. 2.ULCO, LISICCalaisFrance

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