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A New Method for Solving Hard Satisfiability Problems
 AAAI
, 1992
"... We introduce a greedy local search procedure called GSAT for solving propositional satisfiability problems. Our experiments show that this procedure can be used to solve hard, randomly generated problems that are an order of magnitude larger than those that can be handled by more traditional approac ..."
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We introduce a greedy local search procedure called GSAT for solving propositional satisfiability problems. Our experiments show that this procedure can be used to solve hard, randomly generated problems that are an order of magnitude larger than those that can be handled by more traditional approaches such as the DavisPutnam procedure or resolution. We also show that GSAT can solve structured satisfiability problems quickly. In particular, we solve encodings of graph coloring problems, Nqueens, and Boolean induction. General application strategies and limitations of the approach are also discussed. GSAT is best viewed as a modelfinding procedure. Its good performance suggests that it may be advantageous to reformulate reasoning tasks that have traditionally been viewed as theoremproving problems as modelfinding tasks.
Local Search Strategies for Satisfiability Testing
 DIMACS SERIES IN DISCRETE MATHEMATICS AND THEORETICAL COMPUTER SCIENCE
, 1995
"... It has recently been shown that local search is surprisingly good at finding satisfying assignments for certain classes of CNF formulas [24]. In this paper we demonstrate that the power of local search for satisfiability testing can be further enhanced by employinga new strategy, called "mixed rando ..."
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It has recently been shown that local search is surprisingly good at finding satisfying assignments for certain classes of CNF formulas [24]. In this paper we demonstrate that the power of local search for satisfiability testing can be further enhanced by employinga new strategy, called "mixed random walk", for escaping from local minima. We present experimental results showing how this strategy allows us to handle formulas that are substantially larger than those that can be solved with basic local search. We also present a detailed comparison of our random walk strategy with simulated annealing. Our results show that mixed random walk is the superior strategy on several classes of computationally difficult problem instances. Finally, we present results demonstrating the effectiveness of local search with walk for solving circuit synthesis and diagnosis problems.
DomainIndependent Extensions to GSAT: Solving Large Structured Satisfiability Problems
 PROC. IJCAI93
, 1993
"... GSAT is a randomized local search procedure for solving propositional satisfiability problems (Selman et al. 1992). GSAT can solve hard, randomly generated problems that are an order of magnitude larger than those that can be handled by more traditional approaches such as the DavisPutnam proc ..."
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Cited by 216 (12 self)
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GSAT is a randomized local search procedure for solving propositional satisfiability problems (Selman et al. 1992). GSAT can solve hard, randomly generated problems that are an order of magnitude larger than those that can be handled by more traditional approaches such as the DavisPutnam procedure. GSAT also efficiently solves encodings of graph coloring problems, Nqueens, and Boolean induction. However, GSAT does not perform as well on handcrafted encodings of blocksworld planning problems and formulas with a high degree of asymmetry. We present three strategies that dramatically improve GSAT's performance on such formulas. These strategies, in effect, manage to uncover hidden structure in the formula under considerations, thereby significantly extending the applicability of the GSAT algorithm.
Towards an understanding of hillclimbing procedures for SAT
 In Proceedings of AAAI93
, 1993
"... Recently several local hillclimbing procedures for propositional satisability havebeen proposed, which are able to solve large and di cult problems beyond the reach ofconventional algorithms like DavisPutnam. By the introduction of some new variants of these procedures, we provide strong experimen ..."
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Cited by 137 (6 self)
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Recently several local hillclimbing procedures for propositional satisability havebeen proposed, which are able to solve large and di cult problems beyond the reach ofconventional algorithms like DavisPutnam. By the introduction of some new variants of these procedures, we provide strong experimental evidence to support the conjecture that neither greediness nor randomness is important in these procedures. One of the variants introduced seems to o er signi cant improvements over earlier procedures. In addition, we investigate experimentally how their performance depends on their parameters. Our results suggest that runtime scales less than simply exponentially in the problem size. 1
Algorithms for the Satisfiability (SAT) Problem: A Survey
 DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science
, 1996
"... . The satisfiability (SAT) problem is a core problem in mathematical logic and computing theory. In practice, SAT is fundamental in solving many problems in automated reasoning, computeraided design, computeraided manufacturing, machine vision, database, robotics, integrated circuit design, compute ..."
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. The satisfiability (SAT) problem is a core problem in mathematical logic and computing theory. In practice, SAT is fundamental in solving many problems in automated reasoning, computeraided design, computeraided manufacturing, machine vision, database, robotics, integrated circuit design, computer architecture design, and computer network design. Traditional methods treat SAT as a discrete, constrained decision problem. In recent years, many optimization methods, parallel algorithms, and practical techniques have been developed for solving SAT. In this survey, we present a general framework (an algorithm space) that integrates existing SAT algorithms into a unified perspective. We describe sequential and parallel SAT algorithms including variable splitting, resolution, local search, global optimization, mathematical programming, and practical SAT algorithms. We give performance evaluation of some existing SAT algorithms. Finally, we provide a set of practical applications of the sat...
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.
On the Runtime Behaviour of Stochastic Local Search Algorithms for SAT
, 1999
"... Stochastic local search (SLS) algorithms for the propositional satisfiability problem (SAT) have been successfully applied to solve suitably encoded search problems from various domains. One drawback of these algorithms is that they are usually incomplete. We refine the notion of incompleteness ..."
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Stochastic local search (SLS) algorithms for the propositional satisfiability problem (SAT) have been successfully applied to solve suitably encoded search problems from various domains. One drawback of these algorithms is that they are usually incomplete. We refine the notion of incompleteness for stochastic decision algorithms by introducing the notion of "probabilistic asymptotic completeness" (PAC) and prove for a number of wellknown SLS algorithms whether or not they have this property. We also give evidence for the practical impact of the PAC property and show how to achieve the PAC property and significantly improved performance in practice for some of the most powerful SLS algorithms for SAT, using a simple and general technique called "random walk extension".
Local search algorithms for SAT: An empirical evaluation
 JOURNAL OF AUTOMATED REASONING
, 2000
"... Local search algorithms are among the standard methods for solving hard combinatorial problems from various areas of Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research. For SAT, some of the most successful and powerful algorithms are based on stochastic local search and in the past 10 years a large num ..."
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Local search algorithms are among the standard methods for solving hard combinatorial problems from various areas of Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research. For SAT, some of the most successful and powerful algorithms are based on stochastic local search and in the past 10 years a large number of such algorithms have been proposed and investigated. In this article, we focus on two particularly wellknown families of local search algorithms for SAT, the GSAT and WalkSAT architectures. We present a detailed comparative analysis of these algorithms' performance using a benchmark set which contains instances from randomised distributions as well as SATencoded problems from various domains. We also investigate the robustness of the observed performance characteristics as algorithmdependent and problemdependent parameters are changed. Our empirical analysis gives a very detailed picture of the algorithms' performance for various domains of SAT problems; it also reveals a fundamental weakness in some of the bestperforming algorithms and shows how this can be overcome.
A Discrete LagrangianBased GlobalSearch Method for Solving Satisfiability Problems
 Journal of Global Optimization
, 1998
"... Satisfiability is a class of NPcomplete problems that model a wide range of realworld applications. These problems are difficult to solve because they have many local minima in their search space, often trapping greedy search methods that utilize some form of descent. In this paper, we propose a n ..."
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Satisfiability is a class of NPcomplete problems that model a wide range of realworld applications. These problems are difficult to solve because they have many local minima in their search space, often trapping greedy search methods that utilize some form of descent. In this paper, we propose a new discrete Lagrangemultiplierbased globalsearch method for solving satisfiability problems. We derive new approaches for applying Lagrangian methods in discrete space, show that equilibrium is reached when a feasible assignment to the original problem is found, and present heuristic algorithms to look for equilibrium points. Instead of restarting from a new starting point when a search reaches a local trap, the Lagrange multipliers in our method provide a force to lead the search out of a local minimum and move it in the direction provided by the Lagrange multipliers. One of the major advantages of our method is that it has very few algorithmic parameters to be tuned by users, and the se...
An Empirical Analysis of Search in GSAT
 Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
, 1993
"... We describe an extensive study of search in GSAT, an approximation procedure for propositional satisfiability. GSAT performs greedy hillclimbing on the number of satisfied clauses in a truth assignment. Our experiments provide a more complete picture of GSAT's search than previous accounts. We d ..."
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We describe an extensive study of search in GSAT, an approximation procedure for propositional satisfiability. GSAT performs greedy hillclimbing on the number of satisfied clauses in a truth assignment. Our experiments provide a more complete picture of GSAT's search than previous accounts. We describe in detail the two phases of search: rapid hillclimbing followed by a long plateau search. We demonstrate that when applied to randomly generated 3SAT problems, there is a very simple scaling with problem size for both the mean number of satisfied clauses and the mean branching rate. Our results allow us to make detailed numerical conjectures about the length of the hillclimbing phase, the average gradient of this phase, and to conjecture that both the average score and average branching rate decay exponentially during plateau search. We end by showing how these results can be used to direct future theoretical analysis. This work provides a case study of how computer experiments can be used to improve understanding of the theoretical properties of algorithms. 1.