Proceedings Abstracts of the Twenty-Fifth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Graph-Based Factorization of Classical Planning Problems / 3286
Martin Wehrle, Silvan Sievers, Malte Helmert

In domain-independent planning, dependencies of operators and variables often prevent the effective application of planning techniques that rely on loosely coupled problems (like factored planning or partial order reduction). In this paper, we propose a generic approach for factorizing a classical planning problem into an equivalent problem with fewer operator and variable dependencies. Our approach is based on variable factorization, which can be reduced to the well-studied problem of graph factorization. While the state spaces of the original and the factorized problems are isomorphic, the factorization offers the potential to exponentially reduce the complexity of planning techniques like factored planning and partial order reduction.