Revisiting constraint-directed search
Agren, Magnus and Flener, Pierre and Pearson, Justin (2009) Revisiting constraint-directed search. Information and Computation, 207 (3). pp. 438-457. ISSN 0890-5401
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ic.2008.12.001
In constraint-based local search the solutions are described declaratively by a conjunction of (often high-level) constraints. In this article we show that this opens up new ideas for constraint-directed search. For a constraint we introduce three neighbourhoods, where the penalty for that constraint alone is decreasing, increasing, or unchanged. We give specialised algorithms for common constraints that efficiently implement these neighbourhoods. Further, we give a general algorithm that implements these neighbourhoods from specifications of constraints in monadic existential second-order logic. Finally, we show how common constraint-directed local search algorithms are often easier to express using these neighbourhoods.
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