FF-Replan: A Baseline for Probabilistic Planning

Sungwook Yoon, Alan Fern, Robert Givan

FF-Replan was the winner of the 2004 International Probabilistic Planning Competition (IPPC-04) and was also the top performer on IPPC-06 domains, though it was not an official entry. This success was quite surprising, due to the simplicity of the approach. In particular, FF-Replan calls FF on a carefully constructed deterministic variant of the planning problem and selects actions according to the plan until observing an unexpected effect, upon which it replans. Despite the obvious shortcomings of the approach and its strawman nature, it is the state-of-the-art in probabilistic planning as measured on recent competition benchmarks. This paper gives the first technical description of FF-Replan and provides an analysis of its results on all of the recent IPPC-04 and IPPC-06 domains. We hope that this will inspire extensions and insight into the approach and planning domains themselves that will soon lead to the dethroning of FF-Replan.

Subjects: 1.11 Planning; 15.5 Decision Theory

Submitted: Jun 27, 2007

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