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Pareto-based Soft Arc Consistency for Multi-objective Valued CSPs

Maher Helaoui
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Wady Naanaa
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A valued constraint satisfaction problem (VCSP) is a soft constraint framework that can formalize a wide range of applications related to Combinatorial Optimization and Artificial Intelligence. Most researchers have focused on the development of algorithms for solving mono-objective problems. However, many real-world satisfaction/optimization problems involve multiple objectives that should be considered separately and satisfied/optimized simultaneously. Solving a Multi-Objective Optimization Problem (MOP) consists of finding the set of all non-dominated solutions, known as the Pareto Front. In this paper, we introduce multi-objective valued constraint satisfaction problem (MO-VCSP), that is a VCSP involving multiple objectives, and we extend soft local arc consistency methods, which are widely used in solving Mono-Objective VCSP, in order to deal with the multi-objective case. Also, we present multi-objective enforcing algorithms of such soft local arc consistencies taking into acco unt the Pareto principle. The new Pareto-based soft arc consistency (P-SAC) algorithms compute a Lower Bound Set of the efficient frontier. As a consequence, P-SAC can be integrated into a Multi-Objective Branch and Bound (MO-BnB) algorithm in order to ensure its pruning efficiency.

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hal-03270734 , version 1 (25-06-2021)


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Limeme Ben Ali, Maher Helaoui, Wady Naanaa. Pareto-based Soft Arc Consistency for Multi-objective Valued CSPs. 11th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Feb 2019, Prague, Czech Republic. pp.294-305, ⟨10.5220/0007401802940305⟩. ⟨hal-03270734⟩
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