Publications in Scientific Journals:

M. Kronegger, S. Ordyniak, A. Pfandler:
"Backdoors to planning";
Artificial Intelligence, 269 (2019), 49 - 75.

English abstract:
Backdoors measure the distance to tractable fragments and have become an important tool to find fixed-parameter tractable (fpt) algorithms for hard problems in AI and beyond. Despite their success, backdoors have not been used for planning, a central problem in AI that has a high computational complexity. In this work, we introduce two notions of backdoors building upon the causal graph. We analyze the complexity of finding a small backdoor (detection) and using the backdoor to solve the problem (evaluation) in the light of planning with (un)bounded plan length/domain of the variables. For each setting we present either an fpt-result or rule out the existence thereof by showing parameterized intractability. For several interesting cases we achieve the most desirable outcome: detection and evaluation are fpt. In addition, we explore the power of polynomial preprocessing for all fpt-results, i.e., we investigate whether polynomial kernels exist. We show that for the detection problems, polynomial kernels exist whereas we rule out the existence of polynomial kernels for the evaluation problems.

Planning, Backdoors, Causal graph, Fixed-parameter tractable algorithms, (Parameterized) complexity

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Related Projects:
Project Head Reinhard Pichler:
Effiziente, parametrisierte Algorithmen in Künstlicher Intelligenz und logischem Schließen

Project Head Stefan Woltran:

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