Forward Pruning for Approximation and Flexible Computation, Part I: Single-Agent Combinatorial Optimization
One of the straightforward methods for speeding up the process of searching for a solution in the large state space of a complex problem is to prune some search alternatives before exploring them. Search methods that use such a pruning mechanism can be categorized as forward pruning methods. Forward pruning can be found in both single-agent and multiagent problemsolving domains. This chapter focuses on single-agent forward pruning, and the next chapter considers forward pruning for multiple-agent game search.
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