Solving #SAT using vertex covers

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Solving #SAT using vertex covers
Abstract We propose an exact algorithm for counting the models of propositional formulas in conjunctive normal form (CNF). Our algorithm is based on the detection of strong backdoor sets of bounded size; each instantiation of the variables of a strong backdoor set puts the given formula into a class of formulas for which models can be counted in polynomial time. For the backdoor set detection we utilize an efficient vertex cover algorithm applied to a certain “obstruction graph” that we associate with the given formula. This approach gives rise to a new hardness index for formulas, the clustering-width. Our algorithm runs in uniform polynomial time on formulas with bounded clustering-width. It is known that the number of models of formulas with bounded cliquewidth, bounded treewidth, or bounded branchwidth can be computed in polynomial time; these graph parameters are applied to formulas via certain (hyper)graphs associated with formulas. We show that clustering-width and the other...
Naomi Nishimura, Prabhakar Ragde, Stefan Szeider
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Updated 08 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2007
Where ACTA
Authors Naomi Nishimura, Prabhakar Ragde, Stefan Szeider
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