Sort with extra variables

Thomas Dybdahl Ahle lobais at
Sat Mar 3 00:08:19 CET 2007

Den Fri, 02 Mar 2007 11:44:27 -0800 skrev Paul Rubin:

> Thomas Dybdahl Ahle <lobais at> writes:
>> Do you have any ideas how I can sort these moves the fastest?
> One idea: if you're using alpha-beta pruning, maybe you can use
> something like heapq instead of sorting, since a lot of the time you
> only have to look at the first few moves (ordered best-first).

Do you mean that I add my moves something like this?

from heapq import heappush, heappop
heap = []
for move in genAll():
    heappush(heap, (-getMoveValue (board, table, ply, move), move))

And then use heappop(heap) in the alphabeta loop?
I don't know much of heap queues, but it actually looks very smart.

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