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Constraint Networks
, 1992
"... Constraintbased reasoning is a paradigm for formulating knowledge as a set of constraints without specifying the method by which these constraints are to be satisfied. A variety of techniques have been developed for finding partial or complete solutions for different kinds of constraint expression ..."
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Constraintbased reasoning is a paradigm for formulating knowledge as a set of constraints without specifying the method by which these constraints are to be satisfied. A variety of techniques have been developed for finding partial or complete solutions for different kinds of constraint expressions. These have been successfully applied to diverse tasks such as design, diagnosis, truth maintenance, scheduling, spatiotemporal reasoning, logic programming and user interface. Constraint networks are graphical representations used to guide strategies for solving constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs).
Where the really hard problems are
, 1991
"... It is well known that for many NPcomplete problems, such as KSat, etc., typical cases are easy to solve; so that computationally hard cases must be rare (assuming P = NP). This paper shows that NPcomplete problems can be summarized by at least one "order parameter", and that the ..."
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It is well known that for many NPcomplete problems, such as KSat, etc., typical cases are easy to solve; so that computationally hard cases must be rare (assuming P = NP). This paper shows that NPcomplete problems can be summarized by at least one &quot;order parameter&quot;, and that the hard problems occur at a critical value of such a parameter. This critical value separates two regions of characteristically different properties. For example, for Kcolorability, the critical value separates overconstrained from underconstrained random graphs, and it marks the value at which the probability of a solution changes abruptly from near 0 to near 1. It is the high density of wellseparated almost solutions (local minima) at this boundary that cause search algorithms to &quot;thrash&quot;. This boundary is a type of phase transition and we show that it is preserved under mappings between problems. We show that for some P problems either there is no phase transition or it occurs for bounded N (and so bounds the cost). These results suggest a way of deciding if a problem is in P or NP and why they are different. 1
Algorithms for Constraint Satisfaction Problems: A Survey
 AI MAGAZINE
, 1992
"... A large variety of problems in Artificial Intelligence and other areas of computer science can be viewed as a special case of the constraint satisfaction problem. Some examples are machine vision, belief maintenance, scheduling, temporal reasoning, graph problems, floor plan design, planning genetic ..."
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A large variety of problems in Artificial Intelligence and other areas of computer science can be viewed as a special case of the constraint satisfaction problem. Some examples are machine vision, belief maintenance, scheduling, temporal reasoning, graph problems, floor plan design, planning genetic experiments, and the satisfiability problem. A number of different approaches have been developed for solving these problems. Some of them use constraint propagation to simplify the original problem. Others use backtracking to directly search for possible solutions. Some are a combination of these two techniques. This paper presents a brief overview of many of these approaches in a tutorial fashion.
An Empirical Study of Algorithms for Point Feature Label Placement
, 1994
"... A major factor affecting the clarity of graphical displays that include text labels is the degree to which labels obscure display features (including other labels) as a result of spatial overlap. Pointfeature label placement (PFLP) is the problem of placing text labels adjacent to point features on ..."
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A major factor affecting the clarity of graphical displays that include text labels is the degree to which labels obscure display features (including other labels) as a result of spatial overlap. Pointfeature label placement (PFLP) is the problem of placing text labels adjacent to point features on a map or diagram so as to maximize legibility. This problem occurs frequently in the production of many types of informational graphics, though it arises most often in automated cartography. In this paper we present a comprehensive treatment of the PFLP problem, viewed as a type of combinatorial optimization problem. Complexity analysis reveals that the basic PFLP problem and most interesting variants of it are NPhard. These negative results help inform a survey of previously reported algorithms for PFLP; not surprisingly, all such algorithms either have exponential time complexity or are incomplete. To solve the PFLP problem in practice, then, we must rely on good heuristic methods. We pr...
Reasoning about Qualitative Temporal Information
 Artificial Intelligence
, 1992
"... Representing and reasoning about incomplete and indefinite qualitative temporal information is an essential part of many artificial intelligence tasks. An intervalbased framework and a pointbased framework have been proposed for representing such temporal information. In this paper, we address ..."
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Representing and reasoning about incomplete and indefinite qualitative temporal information is an essential part of many artificial intelligence tasks. An intervalbased framework and a pointbased framework have been proposed for representing such temporal information. In this paper, we address two fundamental reasoning tasks that arise in applications of these frameworks: Given possibly indefinite and incomplete knowledge of the relationships between some intervals or points, (i) find a scenario that is consistent with the information provided, and (ii) find the feasible relations between all pairs of intervals or points. For the pointbased framework and a restricted version of the intervalbased framework, we give computationally efficient procedures for finding a consistent scenario and for finding the feasible relations. Our algorithms are marked improvements over the previously known algorithms. In particular, we develop an O(n 2 ) time algorithm for finding one co...
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...
Probabilistic Analysis Of A Generalization Of The Unit Clause Literal Selection Heuristic For The KSatisfiability Problem
 INFORMATION SCIENCE
, 1990
"... Two algorithms for the kSatisfiability problem are presented and a probabilistic analysis is performed. The analysis is based on an instance distribution which is parameterized to simulate a variety of sample characteristics. The algorithms assign values to literals appearing in a given instance of ..."
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Two algorithms for the kSatisfiability problem are presented and a probabilistic analysis is performed. The analysis is based on an instance distribution which is parameterized to simulate a variety of sample characteristics. The algorithms assign values to literals appearing in a given instance of kSatisfiability, one at a time, until a solution is found or it is discovered that further assignments cannot lead to finding a solution. One algorithm chooses the next literal from a unit clause if one exists and randomly from the set of remaining literals otherwise. The other algorithm uses a generalization of the UnitClause rule as a heuristic for selecting the next literal: at each step a literal is chosen randomly from a clause containing the least number of literals. The algorithms run in polynomial time and it is shown that they find a solution to a random instance of kSatisfiability with probability bounded from below by a constant greater than zero for two different ranges of...
DeadEnd Driven Learning
, 1994
"... The paper evaluates the effectiveness of learning for speeding up the solution of constraint satisfaction problems. It extends previous work (Dechter 1990) by introducing a new and powerful variant of learning and by presenting an extensive empirical study on much larger and more difficult problem i ..."
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The paper evaluates the effectiveness of learning for speeding up the solution of constraint satisfaction problems. It extends previous work (Dechter 1990) by introducing a new and powerful variant of learning and by presenting an extensive empirical study on much larger and more difficult problem instances. Our results show that learning can speed up backjumping when using either a fixed or dynamic variable ordering. However, the improvement with a dynamic variable ordering is not as great, and for some classes of problems learning is helpful only when a limit is placed on the size of new constraints learned.
Exploiting the deep structure of constraint problems
 Artificial Intelligence
, 1994
"... We introduce a technique for analyzing the behavior of sophisticated A.I. search programs working on realistic, largescale problems. This approach allows us to predict where, in a space of problem instances, the hardest problems are to be found and where the fluctuations in difficulty are greatest. ..."
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We introduce a technique for analyzing the behavior of sophisticated A.I. search programs working on realistic, largescale problems. This approach allows us to predict where, in a space of problem instances, the hardest problems are to be found and where the fluctuations in difficulty are greatest. Our key insight is to shift emphasis from modelling sophisticated algorithms directly to modelling a search space that captures their principal effects. We compare our modelâ€™s predictions with actual data on real problems obtained independently and show that the agreement is quite good. By systematically relaxing our underlying modelling assumptions we identify their relative contribution to the remaining error and then remedy it. We also discuss further applications of our model and suggest how this type of analysis can be generalized to other kinds of A.I. problems. Chapter 1
Lookahead value ordering for constraint satisfaction problems
 In Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
, 1995
"... Looking ahead during search is often useful when solving constraint satisfaction problems. Previous studies have shown that looking ahead helps by causing deadends to occur earlier in the search, and by providing information that is useful for dynamic variable ordering. In this paper, we show that ..."
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Looking ahead during search is often useful when solving constraint satisfaction problems. Previous studies have shown that looking ahead helps by causing deadends to occur earlier in the search, and by providing information that is useful for dynamic variable ordering. In this paper, we show that another benefit of looking ahead is a useful domain value ordering heuristic, which we call lookahead value ordering or LVO. LVO counts the number of times each value of the current variable conflicts with some value of a future variable, and the value with the lowest number of conflicts is chosen first. Our experiments show that lookahead value ordering can be of substantial benefit, especially on hard constraint satisfaction problems. 1