AAAI Publications, Sixth Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search

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Optimal-Generation Variants of EPEA*
Meir Goldenberg, Ariel Felner, Nathan Sturtevant, Robert C. Holte, Jonathan Schaeffer

Last modified: 2013-06-19


It is known that A* is optimal with respect to the expanded nodes (Dechter and Pearl 1985) (D&P). The exact meaning of this optimality varies depending on the class of algorithms and instances over which A* is claimed to be optimal. A* does not provide any optimality guarantees with respect to the generated nodes. However, such guarantees may be critical for optimally solving instances of domains with a large branching factor. In this paper, we introduce two new variants of the recently introduced Enhanced Partial Expansion A* algorithm (EPEA*) (Felner et al. 2012). We leverage the results of D&P to show that these variants possess optimality with respect to the generated nodes in much the same sense as A* possesses optimality with respect to the expanded nodes. The results in this paper are theoretical. A study of the practical performance of the new variants is beyond the scope of this paper.


heuristic search; optimality; generated nodes

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