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The parameterized complexity of k-flip local search for SAT and MAX SAT

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The parameterized complexity of k-flip local search for SAT and MAX SAT
SAT and MAX SAT are among the most prominent problems for which local search algorithms have been successfully applied. A fundamental task for such an algorithm is to increase the number of clauses satisfied by a given truth assignment by flipping the truth values of at most k variables (k-flip local search). For a total number of n variables the size of the search space is of order nk and grows quickly in k; hence most practical algorithms use 1-flip local search only. In this paper we investigate the worst-case complexity of k-flip local search, considering k as a parameter: is it possible to search significantly faster than the trivial nk bound? In addition to the unbounded case we consider instances with a bounded number of literals per clause and instances where each variable occurs in a bounded number of clauses. We also consider the related problem that asks whether we can satisfy all clauses by flipping the truth values of at most k variables.
Stefan Szeider
Added 14 May 2011
Updated 14 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where DISOPT
Authors Stefan Szeider
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