AAAI Publications, Twelfth Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search

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A Learning-Based Framework for Memory-Bounded Heuristic Search: First Results
Carlos Hernández Ulloa, Jorge Baier, William Yeoh, Vadim Bulitko, Sven Koenig

Last modified: 2019-06-24


Many existing boundedly-suboptimal heuristic search algorithms are variants of best-first search. Due to memory limitations, these algorithms are unable to solve problems with extremely large search spaces. In this paper, we present a framework that allows best-first search algorithms to solve problems with such large search spaces given a (reasonable) memory bound while also preserving optimality guarantees in tree-structured search spaces. In our framework, a given algorithm is run several times. In each search episode, the algorithm expands up to a user-defined number of states. After each episode, unless the goal has been found, the heuristic values of the generated states are updated using a linear-time algorithm that preserves consistency in tree-structured search spaces. In subsequent search episodes, only the heuristic values of the states generated in the previous episode need to be kept in memory. We present experimental results where we plug A*, GBFS, and wA* into our framework to solve traveling salesman problems and compare them against benchmark linear-memory algorithms like DFBnB and wDFBnB.

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