AAAI Publications, Eighth Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference

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TRANSIT Routing on Video Game Maps
Leonid Antsfeld, Daniel Damir Harabor, Philip Kilby, Toby Walsh

Last modified: 2012-10-07

Abstract


TRANSIT is a fast and optimal technique for computing shortest path costs in road networks. It is attractive for its usually modest memory requirements and impressive running times. In this paper we give a first analysis of TRANSIT routing on a set of popular grid-based video-game benchmarks taken from the AI pathfinding literature. We show that in the presence of path symmetries, which are inherent to most grids but normally not road networks, TRANSIT is strongly and negatively impacted, both in terms of performance and memory requirements. We address this problem by developing a new general symmetry breaking technique which adds small random epsilon-values to edges in the search graph, reducing the size of the TRANSIT network by up to 4 times while preserving optimality. Using our enhancements TRANSIT achieves up to four orders of magnitude speed improvement vs. A* search and uses in many cases only a small (<=10MB) or modest (<= 50MB) amount of memory. We also compare TRANSIT with CPDs, a recent and very fast database-driven pathfinding approach. We find the algorithms have complementary strengths but also identify a class of problems for which TRANSIT is up to two orders of magnitude faster than CPDs using a comparable amount of memory.

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