AAAI Publications, Sixth Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search

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Bounded Suboptimal Heuristic Search in Linear Space
Matthew Hatem, Roni Stern, Wheeler Ruml

Last modified: 2013-06-19


It is commonly appreciated that solving search problems optimally can overrun time and memory constraints. Bounded suboptimal search algorithms trade increased solution cost for reduced solving time and memory consumption. However, even suboptimal search can overrun memory on large problems. The conventional approach to this problem is to combine a weighted admissible heuristic with an optimal linear space algorithm, resulting in algorithms such as Weighted IDA* (wIDA*). However, wIDA* does not exploit distance-to-go estimates or inadmissible heuristics, which have recently been shown to be helpful for suboptimal search. In this paper, we present a linear space analogue of Explicit Estimation Search (EES), a recent algorithm specifically designed for bounded suboptimal search. We call our method Iterative Deepening EES (IDEES). In an empirical evaluation, we show that IDEES dramatically outperforms wIDA* on domains with non-uniform edge costs and can scale to problems that are out of reach for the original EES.


heuristic search; suboptimal search; linear space

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