AAAI Publications, Tenth Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search

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Ranking Conjunctions for Partial Delete Relaxation Heuristics in Planning
Maximilian Fickert, Jörg Hoffmann

Last modified: 2017-06-06


Heuristic search is one of the most successful approaches to classical planning, finding solution paths in large state spaces. A major focus has been the development of domain-independent heuristic functions. One recent method are partial delete relaxation heuristics, improving over the standard delete relaxation heuristic through imposing a set C of conjunctions to be treated as atomic. Practical methods for selecting C are based on counter-example guided abstraction refinement, where iteratively a relaxed plan is checked for conflicts and new atomic conjunctions are introduced to address these. However, in each refinement step, the choice of possible new conjunctions is huge. The literature so far offers merely one simple strategy to make that choice. Here we fill that gap, considering a sizable space of basic ranking strategies as well as combinations thereof. We furthermore devise ranking strategies for conjunction-forgetting, where the ranking pertains to the current conjunctions and thus statistics over their usefulness can be maintained. Our experiments show that ranking strategies do make a large difference in performance, and that our new strategies can be useful.

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