To play the game, one of the players—either the user or the program—has to go first. Alternatively, we can use a probability to make the choice. For example, we can give the same choice for two players, i.e., 50/50 odds by default. Or, we can give the program a better choice of going first, i.e., giving the house a slight edge.

So in the above context, what is the meaning of house? I can't understand the usage of house here.

Sorry for my poor English to adapt the original for the above context.
Thanks in advance.


This is a play on the gambling tenet, "the house always wins," the house meaning the casino/betting parlor. In this case, the "house" is the computer AI player.

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    Not really a play on the term, just using it in the same sense. – Rupert Morrish Oct 11 '17 at 3:14
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    @RupertMorrish You're probably right. I guess I just though that because they chose to use the word "house" when they could have just said "the program." – AffableAmbler Oct 11 '17 at 3:38

This is definition #13 at dictionary.com (you may need to expand the list of definitions to find it):

the management of a commercial establishment or of a gambling casino

Gambling games often have different rules for the house (in the person of the dealer or croupier) than for other players.

  • Thanks. I have referred to a dictionary, but the dictionary has no such meaning. – zhenguoli Oct 11 '17 at 3:20
  • @RupertMorrish The link must be wrong. No mention of gambling or casinos. – Nigel J Oct 11 '17 at 3:25
  • You have to click the arrow under definition number 7. I'll try and find a usable link. – Rupert Morrish Oct 11 '17 at 3:28
  • @RupertMorrish Erm - 'gambling games have different rules for house and players' ? Isn't that illegal ? – Nigel J Oct 11 '17 at 3:29
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    @NigelJ Another example: In blackjack, the dealer gets to keep his hole card face down but the players have to keep all their cards face up, making it harder to predict their odds of winning. – AffableAmbler Oct 11 '17 at 3:57

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