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June 23, Booth 18

June 24, Booth 18

Pattern Selection Strategies for Pattern Databases in Probabilistic Planning

Thorsten Klößner, Marcel Steinmetz, Álvaro Torralba and Jörg Hoffmann

Abstract: Recently, pattern databases have been extended to probabilistic planning, to derive heuristics for the objectives of goal probability maximization and expected cost minimization. While this approach yields both theoretical and practical advantages over techniques relying on determinization, the problem of selecting the patterns in the first place has only been scantily addressed as yet, through a method that systematically enumerates patterns up to a fixed size. Here we close this gap, extending pattern generation techniques known from classical planning to the probabilistic case. We consider hill-climbing as well as counter-example guided abstraction refinement (CEGAR) approaches, and show how they need to be adapted to obtain desired properties such as convergence to the perfect value function in the limit. Our experiments show substantial improvements over systematic pattern generation and the previous state of the art.

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