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I am looking for an algorithm to transform an input data to a goal data using a series of operations. The shorter the series the better.

The following is known:

  • the input data
  • the goal data
  • input and goal data does not stand in any correlation
  • operations (and there impact to the current data) which can be endless combined
  • different input data for the same goal data could have same, similar or totally different operation series
  • for some data states not all operations are possible

I thought of a pathfinding algorithm, since I can calculate the distance between current data and goal data. So each edge would be an operator and each node the current data. But I am unsure about variety and combination amount of possible operations.

What approach could I try?

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