Mechanically Proving Guarantees of Generalized Heuristics: First Results and Ongoing WorkDownload PDF

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Keywords: generalized planning, interactive theorem proving, Isabelle/HOL, generalized potential heuristics, formal verification
TL;DR: Work-in-progress report on a framework to mechanize proofs about potential heuristics that have polynomial performance guarantees in generalized planning
Abstract: The goal of generalized planning is to find a solution that works for all tasks of a specific planning domain. Ideally, this solution is also efficient (i.e., polynomial) in all tasks. One possible approach is to learn such a solution from training examples and then prove that this generalizes for any given task. However, such proofs are usually pen-and-paper proofs written by a human. In our paper, we aim at automating these proofs so we can use a theorem prover to show that a solution generalizes for any task. Furthermore, we want to prove that this generalization works while still preserving efficiency. Our focus is on generalized potential heuristics encoding tiered measures of progress, which can be proven to lead to a find in a polynomial number of steps in all tasks of a domain. We show our ongoing work in this direction using the interactive theorem prover Isabelle/HOL. We illustrate the key aspects of our implementation using the Miconic domain and then discuss possible obstacles and challenges to fully automating this pipeline.
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