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Behavioral Mathematics for Game AI by Dave Mark

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Everything Is Relative

If the prior chapters have given us the tools with which we can build our AI algorithms, this chapter gave us the rules for drawing maps and blueprints and measuring our construction materials. As with maps and blueprints, through the right application of the techniques above we can put the entire world into perspective.

I once had a social studies teacher who repeatedly proclaimed, “Everything is relative.” During class discussions, he would often respond to a student’s unqualified claim with “Compared to what?” For example, the word hot is only meaningful in context. A hot day may be 90 degrees (F). “Billy’s head feels hot” may mean a 100-degree fever. On the other hand, both 90 and 100 degrees make for comfortable, not ...

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