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TitleOn the solution-space geometry of random constraint satisfaction problems
Bibtex cite IDRACTI-RU1-2010-27
Journal Random Structures and Algorithms
Year published 2010
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For various random constraint satisfaction problems there is a significant gap between the largest constraint density for which solutions exist and the largest density for which any polynomial time algorithm is known to find solutions. Examples of this phenomenon include random k-SAT, random graph coloring, and a number of other random Constraint Satisfaction Problems. To understand this gap, we study the structure of the solution space of random k-SAT (i.e., the set of all satisfying assignments viewed as a subgraph of the Hamming cube). We prove that for densities well below the satisfiability threshold, the solution space decomposes into an exponential number of connected components and give quantitative bounds for the diameter, volume and number.
Achlioptas, Dimitris
Coja-Oghlan, A.
Ricci-Tersenghi, F.
structure.pdf (main file)
Publication ID770