## Intelligent Backtracking On Constraint Satisfaction Problems: Experimental And Theoretical Results (1995)

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@MISC{Baker95intelligentbacktracking,

author = {Andrew B. Baker},

title = {Intelligent Backtracking On Constraint Satisfaction Problems: Experimental And Theoretical Results},

year = {1995}

}

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### Abstract

The Constraint Satisfaction Problem is a type of combinatorial search problem of much interest in Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research. The simplest algorithm for solving such a problem is chronological backtracking, but this method suffers from a malady known as "thrashing," in which essentially the same subproblems end up being solved repeatedly. Intelligent backtracking algorithms, such as backjumping and dependency-directed backtracking, were designed to address this difficulty, but the exact utility and range of applicability of these techniques have not been fully explored. This dissertation describes an experimental and theoretical investigation into the power of these intelligent backtracking algorithms. We compare the empirical performance of several such algorithms on a range of problem distributions. We show that the more sophisticated algorithms are especially useful on those problems with a small number of constraints that happen to be difficult for chronologica...