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www.elsevier.com/locate/entcs Reducing Symmetries to Generate Easier SAT Instances 1
"... Finding countermodels is an effective way of disproving false conjectures. In firstorder predicate logic, model finding is an undecidable problem. But if a finite model exists, it can be found by exhaustive search. The finite model generation problem in the firstorder logic can also be translated ..."
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Finding countermodels is an effective way of disproving false conjectures. In firstorder predicate logic, model finding is an undecidable problem. But if a finite model exists, it can be found by exhaustive search. The finite model generation problem in the firstorder logic can also be translated to the satisfiability problem in the propositional logic. But a direct translation may not be very efficient. This paper discusses how to take the symmetries into account so as to make the resulting problem easier. A static method for adding constraints is presented, which can be thought of as an approximation of the least number heuristic (LNH). Also described is a dynamic method, which asks a model searcher like SEM to generate a set of partial models, and then gives each partial model to a propositional prover. The two methods are analyzed, and compared with each other.