Analysis or reading is a process of determining the opponent's piece-rank and sequential arrangement or formation. Reading or analysis precedes maneuvering. Two forms of reading or analysis combined with calculated maneuvering outcomes are consequential to winning.
Deductive analysis is arrived at when an opponent's piece is tested by one or more of your pieces. For instance, an opponent's piece eliminates a high rank and private as well. From this, we deduce that such piece is a General instead of a Spy. We then proceed into an assumptive analysis by predicting that the subsequent or adjacent piece supporting the General may be a private followed by a Flag etc.
Deductive analysis is an exact science of deducing the rank of an opponent's piece after challenging such with one or more pieces whereas assumptive analysis is an art of predicting the rank of an opponent's piece via its placement and behavior. Assumptive analysis is a double edged sword. The enemy who is adept at psywar can take advantage and cause misguided assumptions by intentionally behaving in a certain manner, luring you to commit reactive moves and consequently endangering your defense.
The art of balancing deductive and assumptive analysis makes good maneuvering cover and must anticipate most probable variations of enemy incursions. This open-ended combination of possibilities versus probabilities makes the Game of the Generals more exciting than another as the final outcome involves an art more than science.
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