Repeated-task Canadian traveler problem

Zahy Bnaya, Ariel Felner, Solomon Eyal Shimony, Dror Fried, Olga Maksin

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In the Canadian Traveler Problem (CTP) a traveling agent is given a graph, where some of the edges may be blocked, with a known probability. A solution for CTP is a policy, that has the smallest expected traversal cost. CTP is intracable. Previous work has focused on the case of a single agent. We generalize CTP to a repeated task version where a number of agents need to travel to the same goal, minimizing their combined travel cost. We provide optimal algorithms for the special case of disjoint path graphs. Based on a previous UCT-based approach for the single agent case, a framework is developed for the multi-agent case and four variants are given - two of which are based on the results for disjoint-path graphs. Empirical results show the benefits of the suggested framework and the resulting heuristics. For small graphs where we could compare to optimal policies, our approach achieves near-optimal results at only a fraction of the computation cost.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search, SoCS 2011
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2011
Event4th International Symposium on Combinatorial Search, SoCS 2011 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 15 Jul 201116 Jul 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 4th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search, SoCS 2011


Conference4th International Symposium on Combinatorial Search, SoCS 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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