Learning from Multiple Heuristics

Mehdi Samadi, Ariel Felner, Jonathan Schaeffer

Heuristic functions for single-agent search applications estimate the cost of the optimal solution. When multiple heuristics exist, taking their maximum is an effective way to combine them. A new technique is introduced for combining multiple heuristic values. Inspired by the evaluation functions used in two-player games, the different heuristics in a single-agent application are treated as features of the problem domain. An ANN is used to combine these features into a single heuristic value. This idea has been implemented for the sliding-tile puzzle and the 4-peg Towers of Hanoi, two classic single-agent search domains. Experimental results show that this technique can lead to a large reduction in the search effort at a small cost in the quality of the solution obtained.

Subjects: 15.7 Search; 14. Neural Networks

Submitted: Apr 16, 2008

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