[r-t] Big searches

Mark Davies mark at snowtiger.net
Sun Jan 6 14:18:42 UTC 2008

Don writes,

> Nope. I've never done anything like that.

How do you avoid finding the "trivial variations" (shunts moved) in the fast 
search, then? It sounded something like that.

> In practice this turns out to be a win generally only where I'm trying to 
> meet some threshold of some property, typically wanting a solution to have 
> at least N instances of some set of musical rows.

Sounds a bit like the music pruning that Elf does, although it doesn't do a 
BFS - instead it just uses N*(value of highest-scoring node) to estimate the 
remaining possible music (for spliced, it can do the same thing for COM and 
method balance). It's definitely a big win, even in this simplified version. 
It is the most useful optimisation as yet unprogrammed in SMC32!


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