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Iterative Forward Search: Combining Local Search with Maintaining Arc Consistency and a Conflict-based Statistics



Year of publication 2004
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Local Search Techniques in Constraint Satisfaction
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Informatics

Keywords search algorithms; constraint satisfaction; timetabling
Description The paper presents an iterative forward search framework for solving constraint satisfaction and optimization problems. This framework combines ideas of local search, namely improving a solution by local steps, with principles of depth-first search, in particular extending a partial feasible assignment towards a solution. Within this framework, we also propose and study a conflict-based statistics and explanationbased arc consistency maintenance. To show the versatility of the proposed framework, the dynamic backtracking algorithm with maintaining arc consistency is presented as a special instance of the iterative forward search framework. The presented techniques are compared on random constraint satisfaction problems and a real-life lecture timetabling problem.

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