Incremental Search for Counterexample-Guided Cartesian Abstraction Refinement

  • Jendrik Seipp University of Basel
  • Samuel von Allmen University of Basel
  • Malte Helmert University of Basel


Counterexample-guided Cartesian abstraction refinement has been shown to yield informative heuristics for optimal classical planning. The algorithm iteratively finds an abstract solution and uses it to decide how to refine the abstraction. Since the abstraction grows in each step, finding solutions is the main bottleneck of the refinement loop. We cast the refinements as an incremental search problem and show that this drastically reduces the time for computing abstractions.