Learning MAX-SAT from Contextual Examples for Combinatorial Optimisation

  • Mohit Kumar KU Leuven
  • Samuel Kolb KU Leuven
  • Stefano Teso University of Trento
  • Luc De Raedt KU Leuven


Combinatorial optimization problems are ubiquitous in artificial intelligence. Designing the underlying models, however, requires substantial expertise, which is a limiting factor in practice. The models typically consist of hard and soft constraints, or combine hard constraints with a preference function. We introduce a novel setting for learning combinatorial optimisation problems from contextual examples. These positive and negative examples show – in a particular context – whether the solutions are good enough or not. We develop our framework using the MAX-SAT formalism. We provide learnability results within the realizable and agnostic settings, as well as hassle, an implementation based on syntax-guided synthesis and showcase its promise on recovering synthetic and benchmark instances from examples.

AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning