Under-Approximation Refinement for Classical Planning

Abstract

A general and important problem of search-based planning techniques is the state explosion problem, which is usually tackled with approaches to reduce the branching factor of the planning task. Such approaches often implicitly exploit the observation that the number of available operators is higher than the number of operators that are actually needed to find a plan. In this paper, we propose a simple, but general underapproximation refinement framework for satisficing planning that explicitly exploits this observation. Our approach iteratively searches for plans with operator subsets, which are refined if necessary by adding operators that appear to be needed. Our evaluation shows that even a straight-forward instantiation of this framework yields a competitive planner that often finds plans with small operator sets.

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@inproceedings{Heusner2014UnderApproximationRF, title={Under-Approximation Refinement for Classical Planning}, author={Manuel Heusner and Martin Wehrle and Florian Pommerening and Malte Helmert}, booktitle={ICAPS}, year={2014} }