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## Labelled Uncertainty Graph Heuristics ( )

The multiple graph technique has the advantage of heuristics that can aggregate the costs of multiple worlds, but the disadvantage of computing some redundant information in different graphs (c.f. Figure 6) and using every graph to compute heuristics (c.f ). Our next approach addresses these limitations by condensing the multiple planning graphs to a single planning graph, called a labelled uncertainty graph ( ). The idea is to implicitly represent multiple planning graphs by collapsing the graph connectivity into one planning graph, but use annotations, called labels ( ), to retain information about multiple worlds. While we could construct the by generating each of the multiple graphs and taking their union, instead we define a direct construction procedure. We start in a manner similar to the unioned single planning graph ( ) by constructing an initial layer of all literals in our source belief state. The difference with the is that we can prevent loss of information about multiple worlds by keeping a label for each literal the records which of the worlds is relevant. As we will discuss, we use a few simple techniques to propagate the labels through actions and effects and label subsequent literal layers. Label propagation relies on expressing labels as propositional formulas and using standard propositional logic operations. The end product is a single planning graph with labels on all graph elements; labels indicate which of the explicit multiple graphs (if we were to build them) contain each graph element.

We are trading planning graph structure space for label storage space. Our choice of BDDs to represent labels helps lower the storage requirements on labels. The worst-case complexity of the is equivalent to the representation. The 's complexity savings is not realized when the projected possible worlds and the relevant actions for each are completely disjoint; however, this does not often appear in practice. The space savings comes in two ways: (1) redundant representation of actions and literals is avoided, and (2) labels that facilitate non-redundant representation are stored as BDDs. A nice feature of the BDD package [7] we use is that it efficiently represents many individual BDDs in a shared BDD that leverages common substructure. Hence, in practice the contains the same information as with much lower construction and usage costs.

In this section we present construction of the without mutexes, then describe how to introduce mutexes, and finally discuss how to extract relaxed plans.

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2006-05-26