Comparing two implementations of a Complete and Backtrack-free Interactive Configurator

Sathiamoorthy Subbarayan, Rune Møller Jensen, Tarik Hadzic, Henrik Reif Andersen, Henrik Hulgaard, Jesper Møller

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A product configurator should be complete and backtrack free in the sense that the user can choose freely between any valid configuration and will be prevented from making choices that no valid configuration satisfies. In this paper, we experimentally evaluate a symbolic and search-based implementation of an interactive product configuration algorithm with these properties. Our results show that the symbolic approach often has several orders of magnitude faster response time than the search-based approach due to the precompilation of a symbolic representation of the solution space. Moreover, the difference between the average and worst response time for the symbolic approach is typically
within a factor of two, whereas it for the search-based approach may be more than two orders of magnitude.
TitelProceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming (CP-04) Workshop on CSP Techniques with Immediate Application
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 2004