Symbolic Dynamic Programming Within the Fluent Calculus

A. Groβmann, S. Hölldobler, and O. Skvortsova (Germany)


Knowledge Representation, Dynamic Programming.


A symbolic dynamic programming approach for modelling first-order Markov decision processes within the fluent calculus is given. Based on an idea initially presented in [3], the major components of Markov decision processes such as the optimal value function and a policy are logically represented. The technique produces a set of first-order formulae with equality that minimally partitions the state space. Consequently, the symbolic dynamic programming algorithm presented here does not require to enumerate the state and action spaces, thereby solving a drawback of classical dynamic programming methods. In addition, we illustrate how conditional actions and specificity can be modelled by the approach.

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