Catalogue of Artificial Intelligence Techniques
Principle of Least Commitment
Author(s): Jim Doran
This principle asserts that decisions should be deferred as long as possible before being taken, so that when they are taken the probability of their correctness is maximised. In the planning context, the principle is used to justify deferring action ordering decisions, and object choice decisions during plan elaboration. A consequence is an emphasis on the posting and propagation of Constraints that an object must satisfy. See also Delayed Evaluation and Lazy Evaluation.
- Stefik, M.J., Planning with constraints (Molgen: part 1) Artificial Intelligence 16 (1981) no.2, 111--140, also appears in Readings in Planning (Allen, J., Hendler,
J. and Tate, A., eds.) Morgan Kaufmann, 1990, pp. 171--185