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I am new to CS so excuse my question if it seems very rudimentary.

I just want to make sure I understand the terminology 100% correct as I go along. Is a "search space" the total amount of all the possible states that may lead up to a successful goal or is the "search space" only all the possible states reachable from the current state?

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'search space' is indeed the set of all possible states. the set of all possible states reachable from the initial state are called 'successor functions'.

are you teaching yourself?

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi Aldreezy, thanks for the answer. Yes I am teaching myself. I am enrolled in a long distance University so I prefer to search for answers to questions I am not 100% sure on, on the internet as asking a lecturer via email can take a few days. $\endgroup$ – Letholdrus Aug 9 '13 at 19:26

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