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SAT stands for the Boolean satisfiability problem.

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Is there an algorithm for 3x3 sudokus without backtracking? [closed]

From what I can see on Wikipedia and the Internet at large, all sudoku solving algorithms (including human ones) employ some kind of EXPTIME backtracking search for some sudokus. Are there any SAT ...
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At most how many satisfying assignments are there for a 2SAT with n variables?

It is not obvious but easy to see that, for some fixed set of satisfying assignments, there is no 2CNF that can satisfy the set of satisfying assignment exactly, when I discover this, I wonder at most ...
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What are those deterministic algorithms for k-SAT that are not derandomization of random algorithms like PPSZ and Schöning's local search?

I am doing a survey on k-SAT where time complexity is in terms of n, i.e. the number of variables in a formula. As for the fast algorithms for k-SAT, we see biased-PPSZ, PPSZ, Schöning's local search,...
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Reducing 3-XOR-SAT to HORN-SAT

In this question - XOR-SAT to Horn-SAT reduction, two algorithms are described for reducing any XOR-SAT formula to a HORN-SAT formula. My question is: say I limit the clauses of an XOR-SAT formula to ...
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What is the complexity of checking equivalence of two boolean formulae without NOT symbol?

Suppose I have two boolean formulae (propositions) $P_1$, and $P_2$ (can be assumed to be in CNF) over the same variables and such that there are no "NOT" symbols used. I.e. only conjunction and ...
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Potentially stronger form of non-$ETH$

If we have a $2^{n^a}$ algorithm to $K$-$SAT$ where $a<1$ for all $K>2$ then $ETH$ fails and literature gives consequences. What are the consequences if $a=o(1)$?
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Understanding non-equivalence of proof lengths according to proof systems

Here, in section 4.3, Fortnow says: But to prove P != NP we would need to show that tautologies cannot have short proofs in an arbitrary proof system. I am ...
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NP-hardness of a planar SAT variant

Background: An instance of 3-SAT is called monotone if each clause consists only of positive literals or only of negative literals. Given an instance $\phi$ of 3-SAT, we consider the bipartite graph $...
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What languages can be reduced to a NP-complete problem in polynomial time

NP-complete: Language is NP-complete, when it is in NP and every problem in NP is reducible to it in polynomial time. But what languages are reducible to a NP-complete problem (for example SAT) in ...
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What are the consequences of a faster algorithm for $CIRCUIT$-$SAT$?

What is the best algorithm known for $CIRCUIT$-$SAT$ in $n$ variables and $m$ gates? What is the consequence if there is an $\alpha\in(0,1)$ such that $CIRCUIT$-$SAT$ in $n$ variables and $m$ gates ...
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SMT solving with less-than theory and monotonic functions

I am attempting to solve a less-than theory within an SMT paradigm that involves variables assigned to reals and assumes that all the functions used in the theory are monotonic. The theory's signature ...
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Complexity of SAT parameterized by treewidth

Many papers state that Boolean satisfiability is in FPT when parameterized by primal, dual, or incidence treewidth. What are the best known time complexities of these parameterized algorithms? In ...
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On theoretical aproaches for solving $\mathsf{SAT}$ in special cases

In what cases $\mathsf{SAT}$ can be solved in polynomial time? I know two cases: $2$-$\mathsf{SAT}$ and Horn-$\mathsf{SAT}$. Question 1: Is there a reference with algorithms for solving $\mathsf{...
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Evidence for $\mathsf{P} \neq \mathsf{PP}$ if the polynomial hierarchy collapses?

We think that $\mathsf{PH}$ does not collapse, and that $\mathsf{PP}$ is not in $\mathsf{P}$. Suppose on the contrary that $\mathsf{PH}$ does collapse, say even $\mathsf{P}= \mathsf{NP}$. $\mathsf{...
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Does small circuits for a NP-complete problem contradict ETH?

The remarks of the Theorem 4 in the paper "On the complexity of circuit satisfiability" claims that: if circuit satisfiability (CktSat) problem can be decided by deterministic circuits of $2^{o(n)}$ ...
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Reverse Skolemization?

I'm wondering if there are any references on "reverse skolemization", that is, converting a formula with functions into one purely consisting of quantifiers by eliminating function applications. I'm ...
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Unique SAT and ETH

We know $ETH$ is a reasonable barrier to solving $SAT$ efficiently. We have $SAT$ reducing randomly to promise unique $SAT$ by $VV$. However we do not know if $VV$ can be derandomized. Given the ...
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Hard family for degree-$D$ MAX-3LIN

Max 3LIN is the problem where one is given a linear system of equations $C$ over $\mathbb{F}_2$ with $3$ variables per equation, and needs to determine the maximum number of equations that can be ...
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Count satisfying assignments of CNF formulas over all possible negation assignments

Consider the set of all CNF instances that can be generated by adding negations to a single monotone CNF instance. How hard is it to compute the sum of the counts of satisfying assignments for the set?...
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Axioms of Minimum Size Resolution Refutations

Let $\phi$ be an unsatisfiable CNF formula and let $\Pi$ be a resolution refutation of $\phi$ of minimum size. Let $\psi$ be the subformula of $\phi$ containing the clauses that actually appear as ...
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Given $n\times n$ matrix $A$ with integer entries, find #$k$SAT formula that yields $\mathrm{perm}(A)>0$

For each #$k$SAT instance one can build a matrix $A$ such that $\mathrm{perm}(A) = F(\Sigma)$, where $\Sigma$ is the solution count of the $k$SAT formula and $F$ an easy to invert function. My ...
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Example problem that is not in $2^{o(n)}$ but could be solved in $O(2^{cn})$ for any $c > 0$ (suggested by wording of ETH)

In the wikipedia article on Time Complexity it is written that: The exponential time hypothesis (ETH) is that 3SAT, the satisfiability problem of Boolean formulas in conjunctive normal form with, ...
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Is monotone 1-in-3 MAXSAT known to be APX hard?

Monotone 1-in-3 SAT is the problem where each clause of the SAT problem contains exactly 3 positive variables. The goal is to find an assignment such that exactly one variable is true in each clause ...
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Maximum-minimum satisfiability

In MAX-SAT, given a formula, we want to maximize the number of satisfied clauses: given a formula $\phi = c_1 \cap \cdots \cap c_n$, where each $c_i$ is a disjunction, we want to find the largest $k\...
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Complexity of fractional SAT

Let $(a, k)$-SAT be $k$-SAT with the promise that if there is there is a satisfying assignment, then there is such an assignment that satisfies at least $a$ literals of every clause. Can 3-SAT with $...
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How to efficiently verify if a semantic symmetry of a CNF formula is valid?

It is easy to verify that a syntactic symmetry of a CNF formula is correct. Is it also possible to check in polynomial time that a semantic symmetry which is not a syntactic symmetry of a formula is ...
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On the goal of learned clause database reduction in CDCL SAT solvers

Modern SAT solvers frequently reduce the size of their learned clause database in order to keep its size as manageable as possible. This has as effect not to slow down the speed of unit propagations. ...
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Finding a largest symmetrical subset of a k-CNF propositional formula

I have a k-CNF propositional formula $F$ which do not admit any global symmetry i.e. there is no permutation $\sigma$ of its variables such that $\sigma(F) = F$ . I'm interested in finding the largest ...
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Efficient transformation of clausal proof into resolution proof

Clausal proof is used to certify unsat results of SAT solvers. However the main theoretical results are on resolution proof (for instance, the non existence of a polynomial resolution proof for the ...
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Transforming a DAG-like resolution proof to a tree like resolution proof

How can a DAG-like resolution proof be transformed to a tree-like resolution proof? Is such a transformation possible in polynomial time?
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Resolution augmented with the rule of symmetry or the rule of extension

Krishnamurthy (here is the abstract of his paper) showed that resolution augmented with the principle of symmetry forms a proof system (referred to as SR) in which certain formulas (which do not admit ...
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What do you think of Bokov's "CNF-SAT is in P" proof? [closed]

There are now several versions of G. V. Bokov's paper "Complexity of the CNF-satisfiability problem", cf. https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.02478 In the most recent version of his paper, the proof is only ...
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Approximate answer to Max-SMT (bitvector) query

I have a problem that could be completely solved as Max-SMT instances in the theory of quantifier-free bit-vectors, but it apparently is too complex to be tractable with current Max-SMT technology. ...
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Are there any hard instances of 3-SAT when the clauses can only use literals that are "nearby" each other?

Let the variables be $x_1 , x_2 , x_3 ... x_n$. The distance between two variables is defined as $d(x_a , x_b) = |a-b|$. The distance between two literals is the distance between the corresponding ...
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What are the consequences of solving XOR 3-SAT in Logspace?

XOR Formulas Consider boolean formulas with connectives $\wedge$ (AND) and $\oplus$ (XOR). Such a boolean formula is a valid instance for XOR SAT if it is a conjunction of $\oplus$-clauses. An $\...
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Proof of SAT is complete for NP via first-order reductions

So I have been reading this: https://people.cs.umass.edu/~immerman/book/ch7.pdf I do not understand the proof of theorem 7.16, which says that SAT is complete for NP via first-order reductions. My ...
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What is best known space requrement for solving SATISFIABILITY problem in exp time

I searched a lot for finding best space requirement algorithm for SATISFIABILITY problem but I didn't find any thing better than brute force that is in DSPACE(n). is there exists better bound? and ...
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Can MONOTONE WSAT be in solved in polynomial time?

In the weighted monotone satisfiability problem (MONOTONE WSAT), the input is an n-variable MONOTONE CNF Boolean formula (when there is no a clause with a negated variable) and an integer k, and the ...
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Is there a standard format for Dependent QBF?

I know there is a standard input format DIMACS for a formula is in conjunctive normal form (CNF) and QDIMACS for quantified Boolean formulas. Is there a similar standard format for the Dependent-QBF (...
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Seminal papers related to SMT theories (particularly QF_ABV)

I am working on an application using Quantifier-Free Bit-Vector/Array satisfiability which may or may not require mucking around with the internals of an SMT solver, and would like to understand what'...
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Ways to think formally about Satisfiability Modulo Theories

Apologies if this is not a well-thought-out question, but I am interested in formalizing a problem which is ultimately described by a SMT formula in the theory of quantified arrays and linear ...
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How hard is APPROXIMATE-#SAT?

It is well known that the problem of counting the satisfying assignments of SAT, namely the problem #SAT, is #P-complete. It is also suspected (somewhat less widely) that even deciding SAT should ...
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a polynomial representation of boolean functions

I came up with this linear transformation to map boolean functions to polynomials and it seems to have some nice properties. I was wondering if there is any reference describing this (and/or similar) ...
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How hard is gapped satisfiability?

It is well known that general satisfiability (of polynomially many clauses) is NP-hard, and in fact, it is conjectured that an algorithm deciding instances of SAT takes time nearly $2^n$ on $n$ ...
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Sparsification Lemma for k-SAT and Exponential Time Hypothesis

According to R. Impagliazzo, R. Paturi and F. Zane, 2001 an instance of $k$-SAT is called sparse if $m = O(n)$ where $m$ denotes the number of clauses and $n$ the number of variables. The ...
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Reduction from SAT to binary matrix subset problem

I'm trying to understand the answer by @Denis on this question, where he showed a way to reduce from SAT to the binary matrix column subset selection problem. The reason I'm having to post a new ...
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Equality Constraints over Sets with Tree Automata

Tree Automata can be used to model sets of values of a Herbrand Universe, for example, to model possible values in a functional program. Systems of subtype constraints over set expressions have ...
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How to benchmark #2-SAT counting algorithms?

Are there any libraries of #2-SAT instances that are hard to solve with state-of-the-art exact solvers (sharpSAT, cachet, ...)? Alternatively: are there practical ways to generate hard #2-SAT ...
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Minimum Unsatisfiable Core

Recently in a course I'm taking, we have been learning about the DPLL(T) algorithm for SMT solving. The basic outline goes like this: ...
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Understanding performance of QFBV SMT solvers

SMT solvers such as Z3 or Boolector use a complex set of heuristics to solve problems. However, this also makes predicting the performance of such a solver for a given problem very hard. My question ...
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