AAAI Publications, Eighth Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search

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No One SATPlan Encoding To Rule Them All
Tomáš Balyo, Roman Barták

Last modified: 2015-05-14


Solving planning problems via translation to propositional satisfiability (SAT) is one of the most successful approaches to automated planning. An important aspect of this approach is the encoding, i.e., the construction of a propositional formula from a given planning problem instance. Numerous encoding schemes have been proposed in the recent years each aiming to outperform the previous encodings on the majority of the benchmark problems. In this paper we take a different approach. Instead of trying to develop a new encoding that is better for all kinds of benchmarks we take recently developed specialized encoding schemes and design a method to automatically select the proper encoding for a given planning problem instance. In the paper we also examine ranking heuristics for the Relaxed Relaxed Exists-Step encoding, which plays an important role in our algorithm. Experiments show that our new approach significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art encoding schemes when compared on the benchmarks of the 2011 International Planning Competition.


Planning; Satisfiability

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