AAAI Publications, Fourth Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search

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A Preliminary Evaluation of Machine Learning in Algorithm Selection for Search Problems
Lars Kotthoff, Ian P. Gent, Ian Miguel

Last modified: 2011-07-05


Machine learning is an established method of selecting algorithms to solve hard search problems. Despite this, to date no systematic comparison and evaluation of the different techniques has been performed and the performance of existing systems has not been critically compared to other approaches. We compare machine learning techniques for algorithm selection on real-world data sets of hard search problems. In addition to well-established approaches, for the first time we also apply statistical relational learning to this problem. We demonstrate that most machine learning techniques and existing systems perform less well than one might expect. To guide practitioners, we close by giving clear recommendations as to which machine learning techniques are likely to perform well based on our experiments.


combinatorial problem; search problem; machine learning

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