Computing Plan-Length Bounds Using Lengths of Longest Paths


  • Mohammad Abdulaziz Technical University of Munich
  • Dominik Berger Technical University of Munich


We devise a method to exactly compute the length of the longest simple path in factored state spaces, like state spaces encountered in classical planning. Although the complexity of this problem is NEXP-Hard, we show that our method can be used to compute practically useful upper-bounds on lengths of plans. We show that the computed upper-bounds are significantly (in many cases, orders of magnitude) better than bounds produced by previous bounding techniques and that they can be used to improve the SAT-based planning.