PL-PLAN is an open-source ai planner written during the summer of 2004 by Philippe Fournier-Viger and Ludovic Lebel as a side project. The goal was to create a simple AI planner to experiment many search techniques for classical states-space exploration, including the Graphplan algorithm, and six algorithms based on partial-order theory. PL-PLAN can be used as a library from any Java programs. A software with a graphical user interface (cf. figure 1) has been developed to run multiple random tests to compare the various algorithms of PL-PLAN. Tests results can be exported to comma-separated files that can be read by Microsoft Excel.
Our implementation of the Graphplan algorithm is based on the description found in this book :
Our partial order algorithms are directly inspired by the work done by P. Godefroid and M. Najjar:
Godefroid, P. (1996). Partial-Order Methods for the Verification of Concurrent Systems -- An Approach to the State-Explosion Problem, Springer-Verlag, volume 1032 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
Najjar, M. (2001). Planification par des Ordres Partiels. M. Sc. Dissertation. Department of Computer Science, University of Sherbrooke. Ref : Q 336 N34 2000 (Bibliothèque des Sciences).
The code of PL-PLAN is not fully optimized. It should be noted that the four partial-order algorithms based on persistant sets (algorithms with names prefixed by F1) do not always find optimal plans, because of our implementation of persistant sets .
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