Getting the Most Out of Pattern Databases for Classical Planning / 2357
Florian Pommerening, Gabriele Röger, Malte Helmert

The iPDB procedure by Haslum et al. is the state-of-the-art method for computing additive abstraction heuristics for domain-independent planning. It performs a hill-climbing search in the space of pattern collections, combining information from multiple patterns in the so-called canonical heuristic. We show how stronger heuristic estimates can be obtained through linear programming. An experimental evaluation demonstrates the strength of the new technique on the IPC benchmark suite.