Exploration in Greedy Best-First Search for Satisficing Planning

  • Author / Creator
    Xie, Fan
  • This thesis proposes, analyzes and tests different exploration-based techniques in Greedy Best-First Search (GBFS) for satisficing planning. First, we show the potential of exploration-based techniques by combining GBFS and random walk exploration locally. We then conduct deep analysis on how flaws in heuristics impact GBFS’s performance. Uninformative Heuristic Regions (UHRs) and Early Mistakes (EMs) for GBFS are analyzed and illustrated on a number of International Planning Competition (IPC) benchmarks. Corresponding solutions, namely Greedy Best-First Search with Local Exploration (GBFS-LE) and Type-based Greedy Best-First Search (Type-GBFS), are proposed and shown to outperform GBFS substantially. While this thesis mainly focuses on improving coverage (number of problems solved) with exploration-based techniques, we also introduce the Diverse Anytime Search (DAS) framework, which reduces unproductive time and improves plan quality by randomized exploration. Finally, we integrate these techniques and build the new satisficing planner Jasper, which ranked 4th of 20 planners in the Sequential Satisficing track of IPC-2014 and solved the largest number of problems among non-portfolio-based planners.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2016
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  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
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