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Generating Exponentially Smaller POMDP Models Using Conditionally Irrelevant Variable Abstraction.

Trey Smith, David R. Thompson, and David S. Wettergreen. In Proc. Int. Conf. on Applied Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), 2007.

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Abstract

The state of a POMDP can often be factored into a tuple of n state variables. The corresponding flat model, with size exponential in n, may be intractably large. We present a novel method called conditionally irrelevant variable abstraction (CIVA) for losslessly compressing the factored model, which is then expanded into an exponentially smaller flat model in a representation compatible with many existing POMDP solvers. We applied CIVA to previously intractable problems from a robotic exploration domain. We were able to abstract, expand, and approximately solve POMDPs that had up to 1024 states in the uncompressed flat representation.

BibTeX Entry

@InProceedings{smith07:civa,
  author = 	 {Trey Smith and David R. Thompson and David S. Wettergreen},
  title = 	 {Generating Exponentially Smaller {POMDP} Models Using Conditionally Irrelevant Variable Abstraction},
  booktitle = 	 {Proc. Int. Conf. on Applied Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS)},
  year =	 2007,
}

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