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http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jcss Journal of Computer and System Sciences 68 (2004) 238268
 

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Journal of Computer and System Sciences 68 (2004) 238268
A sharp threshold in proof complexity yields lower bounds for
satisfiability search
Dimitris Achlioptas,a
Paul Beame,b,,1
and Michael Molloyc,2
a
Microsoft Research, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
b
Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2350, USA
c
Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A4
Received 31 December 2001; revised 18 April 2003
Abstract
Let Frn; Dn denote a random CNF formula consisting of rn randomly chosen 2-clauses and Dn
randomly chosen 3-clauses, for some arbitrary constants r; DX0: It is well-known that, with probability
1 o1; if r41 then Frn; Dn has a linear-size resolution refutation. We prove that, with probability
1 o1; if ro1 then Frn; Dn has no subexponential-size resolution refutation.
Our result also yields the first proof that random 3-CNF formulas with densities well below the generally

  

Source: Achlioptas, Dimitris - Department of Computer Engineering, University of California at Santa Cruz

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences