This is a presentation used in the aural session in AAAI-16. The original paper is available at h...
This is a presentation used in the aural session in AAAI-16. The original paper is available at http: guicho271828.github.io/publications/ .
Despite recent improvements in search techniques for cost-optimal classical planning, the exponential growth of
the size of the search frontier in A* is unavoidable. We investigate tiebreaking strategies for A*,
experimentally analyzing the performance of standard tiebreaking strategies that break ties according to the heuristic value of the nodes. We find that tiebreaking has a significant impact on search algorithm performance when there are zero-cost operators that induce large plateau regions in the search space. We develop a new framework for tiebreaking based on a depth metric which measures distance from the entrance to the plateau, and propose a new, randomized strategy which significantly outperforms standard strategies on domains with zero-cost actions.