A New Clause Learning Scheme for Efficient Unsatisfiability Proofs

Knot Pipatsrisawat, Adnan Darwiche

We formalize in this paper a key property of asserting clauses (the most common type of clauses learned by SAT solvers). We show that the formalized property, which is called empowerment, is not exclusive to asserting clauses, and introduce a new class of learned clauses which can also be empowering. We show empirically that (1) the new class of clauses tends to be much shorter and induce further backtracks than asserting clauses and (2) an empowering subset of this new class of clauses significantly improves the performance of the Rsat solver on unsatisfiable problems.

Subjects: 15.2 Constraint Satisfaction; 3. Automated Reasoning

Submitted: Apr 14, 2008

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