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Finding Hard Instances of the Satisfiability Problem: A Survey
, 1997
"... . Finding sets of hard instances of propositional satisfiability is of interest for understanding the complexity of SAT, and for experimentally evaluating SAT algorithms. In discussing this we consider the performance of the most popular SAT algorithms on random problems, the theory of average case ..."
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. Finding sets of hard instances of propositional satisfiability is of interest for understanding the complexity of SAT, and for experimentally evaluating SAT algorithms. In discussing this we consider the performance of the most popular SAT algorithms on random problems, the theory of average case complexity, the threshold phenomenon, known lower bounds for certain classes of algorithms, and the problem of generating hard instances with solutions.
New methods for 3SAT decision and worstcase analysis
 THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1999
"... We prove the worstcase upper bound 1:5045 n for the time complexity of 3SAT decision, where n is the number of variables in the input formula, introducing new methods for the analysis as well as new algorithmic techniques. We add new 2 and 3clauses, called "blocked clauses", generalizing the e ..."
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We prove the worstcase upper bound 1:5045 n for the time complexity of 3SAT decision, where n is the number of variables in the input formula, introducing new methods for the analysis as well as new algorithmic techniques. We add new 2 and 3clauses, called "blocked clauses", generalizing the extension rule of "Extended Resolution." Our methods for estimating the size of trees lead to a refined measure of formula complexity of 3clausesets and can be applied also to arbitrary trees. Keywords: 3SAT, worstcase upper bounds, analysis of algorithms, Extended Resolution, blocked clauses, generalized autarkness. 1 Introduction In this paper we study the exponential part of time complexity for 3SAT decision and prove the worstcase upper bound 1:5044:: n for n the number of variables in the input formula, using new algorithmic methods as well as new methods for the analysis. These methods also deepen the already existing approaches in a systematically manner. The following results...
Bounded Arithmetic and Lower Bounds in Boolean Complexity
 Feasible Mathematics II
, 1993
"... We study the question of provability of lower bounds on the complexity of explicitly given Boolean functions in weak fragments of Peano Arithmetic. To that end, we analyze what is the right fragment capturing the kind of techniques existing in Boolean complexity at present. We give both formal and i ..."
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We study the question of provability of lower bounds on the complexity of explicitly given Boolean functions in weak fragments of Peano Arithmetic. To that end, we analyze what is the right fragment capturing the kind of techniques existing in Boolean complexity at present. We give both formal and informal arguments supporting the claim that a conceivable answer is V 1 (which, in view of RSUV isomorphism, is equivalent to S 2 ), although some major results about the complexity of Boolean functions can be proved in (presumably) weaker subsystems like U 1 . As a byproduct of this analysis, we give a more constructive version of the proof of Hastad Switching Lemma which probably is interesting in its own right.
A New Proof of the Weak Pigeonhole Principle
, 2000
"... The exact complexity of the weak pigeonhole principle is an old and fundamental problem in proof complexity. Using a diagonalization argument, Paris, Wilkie and Woods [16] showed how to prove the weak pigeonhole principle with boundeddepth, quasipolynomialsize proofs. Their argument was further re ..."
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The exact complexity of the weak pigeonhole principle is an old and fundamental problem in proof complexity. Using a diagonalization argument, Paris, Wilkie and Woods [16] showed how to prove the weak pigeonhole principle with boundeddepth, quasipolynomialsize proofs. Their argument was further refined by Kraj'icek [9]. In this paper, we present a new proof: we show that the the weak pigeonhole principle has quasipolynomialsize LK proofs where every formula consists of a single AND/OR of polylog fanin. Our proof is conceptually simpler than previous arguments, and is optimal with respect to depth. 1 Introduction The pigeonhole principle is a fundamental axiom of mathematics, stating that there is no onetoone mapping from m pigeons to n holes when m ? n. It expresses Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 136995815, U.S.A. alexis@clarkson.edu. Research supported by NSF grant CCR9877150. y Department of Computer Science, University o...
A Switching Lemma for Small Restrictions and Lower Bounds for kDNF Resolution (Extended Abstract)
 SIAM J. Comput
, 2002
"... We prove a new switching lemma that works for restrictions that set only a small fraction of the variables and is applicable to DNFs with small conjunctions. We use this to prove lower bounds for the Res(k) propositional proof system, an extension of resolution which works with kDNFs instead of cla ..."
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We prove a new switching lemma that works for restrictions that set only a small fraction of the variables and is applicable to DNFs with small conjunctions. We use this to prove lower bounds for the Res(k) propositional proof system, an extension of resolution which works with kDNFs instead of clauses. We also obtain an exponential separation between depth d circuits of k + 1.
Space Complexity In Propositional Calculus
 SIAM JOURNAL OF COMPUTING
, 2002
"... We study space complexity in the framework of propositional proofs. We consider a natural model analogous to Turing machines with a readonly input tape and such popular propositional proof systems as resolution, polynomial calculus, and Frege systems. We propose two di#erent space measures, corresp ..."
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We study space complexity in the framework of propositional proofs. We consider a natural model analogous to Turing machines with a readonly input tape and such popular propositional proof systems as resolution, polynomial calculus, and Frege systems. We propose two di#erent space measures, corresponding to the maximal number of bits, and clauses/monomials that need to be kept in the memory simultaneously. We prove a number of lower and upper bounds in these models, as well as some structural results concerning the clause space for resolution and Frege systems.
Proof Complexity In Algebraic Systems And Bounded Depth Frege Systems With Modular Counting
"... We prove a lower bound of the form N on the degree of polynomials in a Nullstellensatz refutation of the Count q polynomials over Zm , where q is a prime not dividing m. In addition, we give an explicit construction of a degree N design for the Count q principle over Zm . As a corollary, us ..."
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We prove a lower bound of the form N on the degree of polynomials in a Nullstellensatz refutation of the Count q polynomials over Zm , where q is a prime not dividing m. In addition, we give an explicit construction of a degree N design for the Count q principle over Zm . As a corollary, using Beame et al. (1994) we obtain a lower bound of the form 2 for the number of formulas in a constantdepth Frege proof of the modular counting principle Count q from instances of the counting principle Count m . We discuss
Lower Bounds for Propositional Proofs and Independence Results in Bounded Arithmetic
 Proceedings of the 23rd ICALP, Lecture Notes in Computer Science
, 1996
"... . We begin with a highly informal discussion of the role played by Bounded Arithmetic and propositional proof systems in the reasoning about the world of feasible computations. Then we survey some known lower bounds on the complexity of proofs in various propositional proof systems, paying special a ..."
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. We begin with a highly informal discussion of the role played by Bounded Arithmetic and propositional proof systems in the reasoning about the world of feasible computations. Then we survey some known lower bounds on the complexity of proofs in various propositional proof systems, paying special attention to recent attempts on reducing such bounds to some purely complexity results or assumptions. As one of the main motivations for this research we discuss provability of extremely important propositional formulae that express hardness of explicit Boolean functions with respect to various nonuniform computational models. 1. Propositional proofs as feasible proofs of plain statements Interesting and viable logical theories do not appear as result of sheer speculation. Conversely, they attempt to summarize and capture a certain amount of reasoning of a certain style about a certain class of objects that had existed in the math community before the mathematical logics entered the stage....
Tautologies From PseudoRandom Generators
, 2001
"... We consider tautologies formed from a pseudorandom number generator, dened in Krajcek [12] and in Alekhnovich et.al. [2]. We explain a strategy of proving their hardness for EF via a conjecture about bounded arithmetic formulated in Krajcek [12]. Further we give a purely nitary statement, in a ..."
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We consider tautologies formed from a pseudorandom number generator, dened in Krajcek [12] and in Alekhnovich et.al. [2]. We explain a strategy of proving their hardness for EF via a conjecture about bounded arithmetic formulated in Krajcek [12]. Further we give a purely nitary statement, in a form of a hardness condition posed on a function, equivalent to the conjecture. This is accompanied by a brief explanation, aimed at nonlogicians, of the relation between propositional proof complexity and bounded arithmetic. It is a fundamental problem of mathematical logic to decide if tautologies can be inferred in propositional calculus in substantially fewer steps than it takes to check all possible truth assignments. This is closely related to the famous P/NP problem of Cook [3]. By propositional calculus I mean any textbook system based on a nite number of inference rules and axiom schemes that is sound and complete. The qualication substantially less means that the nu...
Nondeterministic Instance Complexity and HardtoProve Tautologies
"... In this note we rst formalize the notion of hard tautologies using a nondeterministic generalization of instance complexity. We then show, under reasonable complexitytheoretic assumptions, that there are innitely many propositional tautologies that are hard to prove in any sound propositional p ..."
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In this note we rst formalize the notion of hard tautologies using a nondeterministic generalization of instance complexity. We then show, under reasonable complexitytheoretic assumptions, that there are innitely many propositional tautologies that are hard to prove in any sound propositional proof system.