Does Fast Beat Thorough? Comparing RTAA* and LSS-LRTA*


  • Shane Kochvi University of New Hampshire
  • Wheeler Ruml University of New Hampshire



The RTAA* algorithm has been proposed as an alternative to the LSS-LRTA* algorithm for heuristic search under hard time constraints. It uses a cruder but faster learning procedure. Experimental results on pathfinding in mazes in the unknown terrain setting indicated that RTAA* was superior to LSS-LRTA*. In this paper, we attempt to replicate those results and we extend the analysis to additional domains. Our results suggest that RTAA* is superior to LSS-LRTA* only in situations where the heuristic is already relatively accurate, either inherently or because of large lookahead. Overall, neither algorithm seems superior to the other.