FAQ: Minimax - Which Move?

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I wondered why at the end of this section, the result for the following command:
print(minimax(o_winning, False)) or print(minimax(o_winning, True))
I get the same result [-1 , 4]
when the board is:
o_winning = [
[“X”, “X”, “O”],
[“4”, “X”, “6”],
[“7”, “O”, “O”]
]

So I understand that this means that O will win the game, however why would it be 4 if it was O’s next move? Surely it would be either 6 or 7 because that wins the game?
Why is the position 4 the same whether you’re maximising for X or O?

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I was wondering the same thing. I think it might have something to do with the fact that the end goal of the program isn’t necessarily to win, but to maximize the number of winning states and minimize the number of losing states. Picking 4 results in two possible future win states for O, and none for X, as opposed to a singular winning state (in which O has won).

I have the same question :frowning: