Revisiting constraint-directed search

Ågren, Magnus and Flener, Pierre and Pearson, Justin (2007) Revisiting constraint-directed search. In: Proceedings of LSCS'07, the 4th International Workshop on Local Search Techniques in Constraint Satisfaction, 23 Sept 2007, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

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We revisit the exploration of constraint-directed neighbourhoods, where a (small) set of constraints is picked before considering the neighbouring configurations where those constraints have a decreased (or preserved, or increased) penalty. Given the semantics of a constraint, such neighbourhoods can be represented via new attributes or primitives for the corresponding constraint object. We show how to define these neighbourhoods for set constraints, whether built-in or specified in monadic existential second-order logic. We also present an implementation of the corresponding primitives in our local search framework. Using these new primitives, we show how some common local-search algorithms are simplified, compared to using just a variable-directed neighbourhood, while not incurring any run-time overhead.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:3690
Deposited By:Magnus Ņgren
Deposited On:12 Oct 2009
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:26

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