Trainswitch in Erlang
Erlang solution to a fun Artifical Intelligence homework assignment
The assignment can be found online here.
To run from the Erlang shell:
Data structures and assignment problems are defined in
trainswitch.erl has some of the utility functions that build-up to the solution as part
of the homework assignment, and the iterative-deepening search that works well for
the first few small problems.
ts_util.erl contains some more utility methods for manipulating data structures.
ts_astar.erl has the A* heuristic solution which solves the big yards quite quickly,
using a combination of dijkstra's algorithm for calculating distances from tracks
and an out of order check that penalizes moves that would put cars on a track out of
order from the goal state.
ts_unit_test.erl contains a large list of unit test style assert statementss for just
about every method in the system.
ts_benchmark.erl contains a few methods for running the searches and printing some timing
dls_proc.erl was an attempt to solve the problem in a distributed fashion, but it hits the
maximum process count of the system pretty early, not a good idea. Plan to refactor