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DEC-A*: A Decentralized A* Algorithm
Mohamad El Falou, Maroua Bouzid, Abdel-Illah Mouaddib

Last modified: 2012-07-15


A* is the algorithm of finding the shortest path between two nodes in a graph. When the searching problem is constituted of a set of linked graphs, A* searches solution like if it is face of one graph formed by linked graphs. While researchers have developed solutions to reduce the execution time of A* in multiple cases by multiples techniques, we develop a new algorithm: DEC-A* which is a decentralized version of A* composing a solution through a collection of graph. A* uses a distance-plus-cost heuristic function to determine the order in which the search visits nodes in the tree. Our algorithm DEC-A* extends the evaluation of the distance-plus-cost heuristic to be the sum of two functions : local distance, which evaluates the cost to reach the nearest neighbor node s to the goal, and global distance which evaluates the cost from s to the goal through other graphs. DEC-A* reduces the time of finding the shortest path and reduces the complexity, while ensuring the privacy of graphs.

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