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DarkBASIC Pro Game Programming, Second Edition by Joshua R. Smith, Jonathan S. Harbour

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Relational Operators

The human mind is extremely adept at seeing the differences and relationships between individual things and among groups of things, such as the classic example of individual trees in a forest (also an individual thing). By simply driving through a forest, you can tell at a glance what types of trees make up the forest, such as pines, oaks, and spruces. This ability is called pattern recognition, and it is the basis for memory.

Computer programs do not have our ability to instantly come to a conclusion with limited information. We are able to see part of a pattern and “imagine” the rest of it, thus determining what an object is by seeing merely part of it. Computers are not very good at pattern recognition–yet!–and they must ...

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