Fault Tolerant Boolean Satisfiability

A. Roy

A sigma-model is a satisfying assignment of a Boolean formula for which any small alteration, such as a single bit flip, can be repaired by flips to some small number of other bits, yielding a new satisfying assignment. These satisfying assignments represent robust solutions to optimization problems (e.g., scheduling) where it is possible to recover from unforeseen events (e.g., a resource becoming unavailable). The concept of sigma-models was introduced by Ginsberg, Parkes, and Roy (1998), where it was proved that finding sigma-models for general Boolean formulas is NP-complete. In this paper, we extend that result by studying the complexity of finding sigma-models for classes of Boolean formulas which are known to have polynomial time satisfiability solvers. In particular, we examine 2-SAT, Horn-SAT, Affine- SAT, dual-Horn-SAT, 0-valid and 1-valid SAT. We see a wide variation in the complexity of finding sigma-models, e.g., while 2-SAT and Affine-SAT have polynomial time tests for sigma-models, testing whether a Horn-SAT formula has one is NP-complete.

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