Search-Aware Conditions for Probably Approximately Correct Heuristic Search

Abstract

The notion of finding a solution that is approximately optimal with high probability was recently introduced to the field of heuristic search, formalized as Probably Approximately Correct Heuristic Search, or PAC search in short. A big challenge when constructing a PAC search algorithm is to identify when a given solution achieves the desired sub-optimality with the required confidence, allowing the search to halt and return the incumbent solution. In this paper we propose two novel methods for identifying when a PAC search can halt. Unlike previous work, the new methods provided in this paper become more knowledgeable as the search progresses. This can speedup the search, since the search can halt earlier with the proposed methods and still keeping the desired PAC solution quality guarantees. Experimental results indeed show a substantial speedup of the search in comparison to the previous approach for PAC search.

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@inproceedings{Stern2012SearchAwareCF, title={Search-Aware Conditions for Probably Approximately Correct Heuristic Search}, author={Roni Stern and Ariel Felner and Robert C. Holte}, booktitle={SOCS}, year={2012} }