AAAI Publications, Twenty-Second International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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On the Effectiveness of CNF and DNF Representations in Contingent Planning
Son Thanh To, Enrico Pontelli, Tran Cao Son

Last modified: 2011-06-28


This paper investigates the effectiveness of two state representations, CNF and DNF, in contingent planning. To this end, we developed a new contingent planner, called CNFct, using the AND/OR forward search algorithm PrAO [To et al., 2011] and an extension of the CNF representation of [To et al., 2010] for conformant planning to handle nondeterministic and sensing actions for contingent planning. The study uses CNFct and DNFct [To et al., 2011] and proposes a new heuristic function for both planners. The experiments demonstrate that both CNFct and DNFct offer very competitive performance in a large range of benchmarks but neither of the two representations is a clear winner over the other. The paper identifies properties of the representation schemes that can affect their performance on different problems.

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