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5.3 Graph Rewriting

PbR builds on ideas from graph rewriting [73]. The plan-rewriting rules in PbR are an extension of traditional graph rewriting rules. By taking advantage of the semantics of planning PbR introduces partially-specified plan-rewriting rules, where the rules do not need to specify the completely detailed embedding of the consequent as in pure graph rewriting. Nevertheless, there are several techniques that can transfer from graph rewriting into Planning by Rewriting, particularly for fully-specified rules. Dorr [25] defines an abstract machine for graph isomorphism and studies a set of conditions under which traditional graph rewriting can be performed efficiently. Perhaps a similar abstract machine for plan rewriting can be defined. The idea of rule programs also appears in this field and has been implemented in the PROGRES system [72,73].

Jose-Luis Ambite 2001-08-09