Duality in STRIPS planning [article]

Martin Suda
2013 arXiv   pre-print
We describe a duality mapping between STRIPS planning tasks. By exchanging the initial and goal conditions, taking their respective complements, and swapping for every action its precondition and delete list, one obtains for every STRIPS task its dual version, which has a solution if and only if the original does. This is proved by showing that the described transformation essentially turns progression (forward search) into regression (backward search) and vice versa. The duality sheds new
more » ... on STRIPS planning by allowing a transfer of ideas from one search approach to the other. It can be used to construct new algorithms from old ones, or (equivalently) to obtain new benchmarks from existing ones. Experiments show that the dual versions of IPC benchmarks are in general quite difficult for modern planners. This may be seen as a new challenge. On the other hand, the cases where the dual versions are easier to solve demonstrate that the duality can also be made useful in practice.
arXiv:1304.0897v1 fatcat:dp2hj44osngbpbjfeao2wuhiiq