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The Fast Downward Planning System

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Executive Summary

Fast downward is a classical planning system based on heuristic search. It can deal with general deterministic planning problems encoded in the propositional fragment of PDDL2.2, including advanced features like ADL conditions and effects and derived predicates (axioms). Like other well-known planners such as HSP and FF, fast downward is a progression planner, searching the space of world states of a planning task in the forward direction. However, unlike other PDDL planning systems, fast downward does not use the propositional PDDL representation of a planning task directly. Instead, the input is first translated into an alternative representation called multi-valued planning tasks, which makes many of the implicit constraints of a propositional planning task explicit.

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