Stasys Jukna

In a semantic resolution proof we operate with clauses only

but allow {\em arbitrary} rules of inference:

C_1 C_2 ... C_m

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Consistency is the only requirement. We prove a very simple

exponential lower bound for the size ...
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Maria Luisa Bonet, Juan Luis Esteban, Jan Johannsen

We prove an exponential lower bound for tree-like Cutting Planes

refutations of a set of clauses which has polynomial size resolution

refutations. This implies an exponential separation between tree-like

and dag-like proofs for both Cutting Planes and resolution; in both

cases only superpolynomial separations were known before.

In order to ...
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Eli Ben-Sasson, Avi Wigderson

The width of a Resolution proof is defined to be the maximal number of

literals in any clause of the proof. In this paper we relate proof width

to proof length (=size), in both general Resolution, and its tree-like

variant. The following consequences of these relations reveal width as ...
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Michael Alekhnovich, Eli Ben-Sasson, Alexander Razborov, Avi Wigderson

We study space complexity in the framework of

propositional proofs. We consider a natural model analogous to

Turing machines with a read-only input tape, and such

popular propositional proof systems as Resolution, Polynomial

Calculus and Frege systems. We propose two different space measures,

corresponding to the maximal number of bits, ...
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Eli Ben-Sasson, Russell Impagliazzo, Avi Wigderson

We present the best known separation

between tree-like and general resolution, improving

on the recent $\exp(n^\epsilon)$ separation of \cite{BEGJ98}.

This is done by constructing a natural family of contradictions, of

size $n$, that have $O(n)$-size resolution

refutations, but only $\exp (\Omega(n/\log n))$-size tree-like refutations.

This result ...
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Oliver Kullmann

A basic property of minimally unsatisfiable clause-sets F is that

c(F) >= n(F) + 1 holds, where c(F) is the number of clauses, and

n(F) the number of variables. Let MUSAT(k) be the class of minimally

unsatisfiable clause-sets F with c(F) <= n(F) + k.

Poly-time decision algorithms are known ... more >>>

Michael Alekhnovich, Eli Ben-Sasson, Alexander Razborov, Avi Wigderson

We call a pseudorandom generator $G_n:\{0,1\}^n\to \{0,1\}^m$ {\em

hard} for a propositional proof system $P$ if $P$ can not efficiently

prove the (properly encoded) statement $G_n(x_1,\ldots,x_n)\neq b$ for

{\em any} string $b\in\{0,1\}^m$. We consider a variety of

``combinatorial'' pseudorandom generators inspired by the

Nisan-Wigderson generator on the one hand, and ...
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Eli Ben-Sasson, Nicola Galesi

We study the space complexity of refuting unsatisfiable random $k$-CNFs in

the Resolution proof system. We prove that for any large enough $\Delta$,

with high probability a random $k$-CNF over $n$ variables and $\Delta n$

clauses requires resolution clause space of

$\Omega(n \cdot \Delta^{-\frac{1+\epsilon}{k-2-\epsilon}})$,

for any $0<\epsilon<1/2$. For constant $\Delta$, ...
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Alexander Razborov

Recently, Raz established exponential lower bounds on the size

of resolution proofs of the weak pigeonhole principle. We give another

proof of this result which leads to better numerical bounds. Specifically,

we show that every resolution proof of $PHP^m_n$ must have size

$\exp\of{\Omega(n/\log m)^{1/2}}$ which implies an

$\exp\of{\Omega(n^{1/3})}$ bound when ...
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Michael Alekhnovich, Jan Johannsen, Alasdair Urquhart

This paper gives two distinct proofs of an exponential separation

between regular resolution and unrestricted resolution.

The previous best known separation between these systems was

quasi-polynomial.

Joshua Buresh-Oppenheim, David Mitchell

We prove exponential separations between the sizes of

particular refutations in negative, respectively linear, resolution and

general resolution. Only a superpolynomial separation between negative

and general resolution was previously known. Our examples show that there

is no strong relationship between the size and width of refutations in

negative and ...
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Alexander Razborov

We show that every resolution proof of the {\em functional} version

$FPHP^m_n$ of the pigeonhole principle (in which one pigeon may not split

between several holes) must have size $\exp\of{\Omega\of{\frac n{(\log

m)^2}}}$. This implies an $\exp\of{\Omega(n^{1/3})}$ bound when the number

of pigeons $m$ is arbitrary.

Eli Ben-Sasson, Yonatan Bilu

We present the first example of a natural distribution on instances

of an NP-complete problem, with the following properties.

With high probability a random formula from this

distribution (a) is unsatisfiable,

(b) has a short proof that can be found easily, and (c) does not have a short

(general) resolution ...
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Albert Atserias, Maria Luisa Bonet

Having good algorithms to verify tautologies as efficiently as possible

is of prime interest in different fields of computer science.

In this paper we present an algorithm for finding Resolution refutations

based on finding tree-like Res(k) refutations. The algorithm is based on

the one of Beame and Pitassi \cite{BP96} ...
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Fahiem Bacchus, Shannon Dalmao

Bayesian inference and counting satisfying assignments are important

problems with numerous applications in probabilistic reasoning. In this

paper, we show that plain old DPLL equipped with memoization can solve

both of these problems with time complexity that is at least as

good as all known algorithms. Furthermore, DPLL with memoization

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Juan Luis Esteban, Jacobo Toran

We show that the Player-Adversary game from a paper

by Pudlak and Impagliazzo played over

CNF propositional formulas gives

an exact characterization of the space needed

in treelike resolution refutations. This

characterization is purely combinatorial

and independent of the notion of resolution.

We use this characterization to give ...
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Paul Beame, Joseph Culberson, David Mitchell, Cristopher Moore

We consider the resolution proof complexity of propositional formulas which encode random instances of graph $k$-colorability. We obtain a tradeoff between the graph density and the resolution proof complexity.

For random graphs with linearly many edges we obtain linear-exponential lower bounds on the length of resolution refutations. For any $\epsilon>0$, ...
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Jakob Nordström

The width of a resolution proof is the maximal number of literals in any clause of the proof. The space of a proof is the maximal number of memory cells used if the proof is only allowed to resolve on clauses kept in memory. Both of these measures have previously ... more >>>

Nicola Galesi, Massimo Lauria

We introduce an algebraic proof system Pcrk, which combines together {\em Polynomial Calculus} (Pc) and {\em $k$-DNF Resolution} (Resk).

This is a natural generalization to Resk of the well-known {\em Polynomial Calculus with Resolution} (Pcr) system which combines together Pc and Resolution.

We study the complexity of proofs in such ... more >>>

Philipp Hertel

Satisfiability algorithms have become one of the most practical and successful approaches for solving a variety of real-world problems, including hardware verification, experimental design, planning and diagnosis problems. The main reason for the success is due to highly optimized algorithms for SAT based on resolution. The most successful of these ... more >>>

Ran Raz, Iddo Tzameret

We develop and study the complexity of propositional proof systems of varying strength extending resolution by allowing it to operate with disjunctions of linear equations instead of clauses. We demonstrate polynomial-size refutations for hard tautologies like the pigeonhole principle, Tseitin graph tautologies and the clique-coloring tautologies in these proof systems. ... more >>>

Jakob Nordström

We present a greatly simplified proof of the length-space

trade-off result for resolution in Hertel and Pitassi (2007), and

also prove a couple of other theorems in the same vein. We point

out two important ingredients needed for our proofs to work, and

discuss possible conclusions to be drawn regarding ...
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Nathan Segerlind

We show that tree-like OBDD proofs of unsatisfiability require an exponential increase ($s \mapsto 2^{s^{\Omega(1)}}$) in proof size to simulate unrestricted resolution, and that unrestricted OBDD proofs of unsatisfiability require an almost-exponential increase ($s \mapsto 2^{ 2^{\left( \log s \right)^{\Omega(1)}}}$) in proof size to simulate $\Res{O(\log n)}$. The ``OBDD proof ... more >>>

Jakob Nordström, Johan Hastad

Most state-of-the-art satisfiability algorithms today are variants of

the DPLL procedure augmented with clause learning. The main bottleneck

for such algorithms, other than the obvious one of time, is the amount

of memory used. In the field of proof complexity, the resources of

time and memory correspond to the length ...
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Eli Ben-Sasson, Jakob Nordström

A number of works have looked at the relationship between length and space of resolution proofs. A notorious question has been whether the existence of a short proof implies the existence of a proof that can be verified using limited space.

In this paper we resolve the question by answering ... more >>>

Alex Hertel, Alasdair Urquhart

We discovered a serious error in one of our previous submissions to ECCC and wish to make sure that this mistake is publicly known.

The main argument of the report TR06-133 is in error. The paper claims to prove the result of the title by reduction from the (Exists,k)-pebble game, ... more >>>

Eli Ben-Sasson, Jakob Nordström

For current state-of-the-art satisfiability algorithms based on the

DPLL procedure and clause learning, the two main bottlenecks are the

amounts of time and memory used. Understanding time and memory

consumption, and how they are related to one another, is therefore a

question of considerable practical importance. In the field of ...
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Olga Tveretina, Carsten Sinz, Hans Zantema

Groote and Zantema proved that a particular OBDD computation of the pigeonhole formula has an exponential

size and that limited OBDD derivations cannot simulate resolution polynomially. Here we show that any arbitrary OBDD Apply refutation of the pigeonhole formula has an exponential

size: we prove that the size of one ...
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Jakob Nordström, Alexander Razborov

In the context of proving lower bounds on proof space in $k$-DNF

resolution, [Ben-Sasson and Nordström 2009] introduced the concept of

minimally unsatisfiable sets of $k$-DNF formulas and proved that a

minimally unsatisfiable $k$-DNF set with $m$ formulas can have at most

$O((mk)^{k+1})$ variables. They also gave an example of ...
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Jakob Nordström

The last decade has seen a revival of interest in pebble games in the

context of proof complexity. Pebbling has proven to be a useful tool

for studying resolution-based proof systems when comparing the

strength of different subsystems, showing bounds on proof space, and

establishing size-space trade-offs. The typical approach ...
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Olaf Beyersdorff, Nicola Galesi, Massimo Lauria

Parameterized Resolution and, moreover, a general framework for parameterized proof complexity was introduced by Dantchev, Martin, and Szeider (FOCS'07). In that paper, Dantchev et al. show a complexity gap in tree-like Parameterized Resolution for propositional formulas arising from translations of first-order principles.

We broadly investigate Parameterized Resolution obtaining the following ...
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Shir Ben-Israel, Eli Ben-Sasson, David Karger

This paper shows that the use of ``local symmetry breaking'' can dramatically reduce the length of propositional refutations. For each of the three propositional proof systems known as (i) treelike resolution, (ii) resolution, and (iii) k-DNF resolution, we describe families of unsatisfiable formulas in conjunctive normal form (CNF) that are ... more >>>

Olaf Beyersdorff, Nicola Galesi, Massimo Lauria

In this note we show that the asymmetric Prover-Delayer game developed by Beyersdorff, Galesi, and Lauria (ECCC TR10-059) for Parameterized Resolution is also applicable to other tree-like proof systems. In particular, we use this asymmetric Prover-Delayer game to show a lower bound of the form $2^{\Omega(n\log n)}$ for the pigeonhole ... more >>>

Eli Ben-Sasson, Jan Johannsen

It has been observed empirically that clause learning does not significantly improve the performance of a SAT solver when restricted

to learning clauses of small width only. This experience is supported by lower bound theorems. It is shown that lower bounds on the runtime of width-restricted clause learning follow from ...
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Eli Ben-Sasson, Jakob Nordström

For current state-of-the-art satisfiability algorithms based on the DPLL procedure and clause learning, the two main bottlenecks are the amounts of time and memory used. In the field of proof complexity, these resources correspond to the length and space of resolution proofs for formulas in conjunctive normal form (CNF). There ... more >>>

Lorenzo Carlucci, Nicola Galesi, Massimo Lauria

We initiate the study of the proof complexity of propositional encoding of (weak cases of) concrete independence results. In particular we study the proof complexity of Paris-Harrington's Large Ramsey Theorem. We prove a conditional lower bound in Resolution and a quasipolynomial upper bound in bounded-depth Frege.

more >>>Sebastian Müller, Iddo Tzameret

Separating different propositional proof systems---that is, demonstrating that one proof system cannot efficiently simulate another proof system---is one of the main goals of proof complexity. Nevertheless, all known separation results between non-abstract proof systems are for specific families of hard tautologies: for what we know, in the average case all ... more >>>

Paul Beame, Chris Beck, Russell Impagliazzo

We give the first time-space tradeoff lower bounds for Resolution proofs that apply to superlinear space. In particular, we show that there are formulas of size $N$ that have Resolution refutations of space and size each roughly $N^{\log_2 N}$ (and like all formulas have Resolution refutations of space $N$) for ... more >>>

Pavel Pudlak

We prove an exponential lower bound on the lengths of resolution proofs of propositions expressing the finite Ramsey theorem for pairs.

more >>>Yuval Filmus, Massimo Lauria, Jakob Nordström, Noga Ron-Zewi, Neil Thapen

During the last decade, an active line of research in proof complexity has been to study space complexity and time-space trade-offs for proofs. Besides being a natural complexity measure of intrinsic interest, space is also an important issue in SAT solving, and so research has mostly focused on weak systems ... more >>>

Olaf Beyersdorff, Nicola Galesi, Massimo Lauria

We explain an asymmetric Prover-Delayer game which precisely characterizes proof size in tree-like Resolution. This game was previously described in a parameterized complexity context to show lower bounds for parameterized formulas and for the classical pigeonhole principle. The main point of this note is to show that the asymmetric game ... more >>>

Luke Friedman

Propositional proof complexity is an area of complexity theory that addresses the question of whether the class NP is closed under complement, and also provides a theoretical framework for studying practical applications such as SAT solving.

Some of the most well-studied contradictions are random $k$-CNF formulas where each clause of ...
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Massimo Lauria, Pavel Pudlak, Vojtech Rodl, Neil Thapen

We say that a graph with $n$ vertices is $c$-Ramsey if it does not contain either a clique or an independent set of size $c \log n$. We define a CNF formula which expresses this property for a graph $G$. We show a superpolynomial lower bound on the length of ... more >>>

Albert Atserias, Neil Thapen

The ordering principle states that every finite linear order has a least element. We show that, in the relativized setting, the surjective weak pigeonhole principle for polynomial time functions does not prove a Herbrandized version of the ordering principle over $\mathrm{T}^1_2$. This answers an open question raised in [Buss, Ko{\l}odziejczyk ... more >>>

Mikolas Janota, Leroy Chew, Olaf Beyersdorff

Several calculi for quantified Boolean formulas (QBFs) exist, but

relations between them are not yet fully understood.

This paper defines a novel calculus, which is resolution-based and

enables unification of the principal existing resolution-based QBF

calculi, namely Q-resolution, long-distance Q-resolution and the expansion-based

calculus ...
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Ilario Bonacina, Nicola Galesi, Neil Thapen

We show $\Omega(n^2)$ lower bounds on the total space used in resolution refutations of random $k$-CNFs over $n$ variables, and of the graph pigeonhole principle and the bit pigeonhole principle for $n$ holes. This answers the long-standing open problem of whether there are families of $k$-CNF formulas of size $O(n)$ ... more >>>

Yuval Filmus, Massimo Lauria, Mladen Mikša, Jakob Nordström, Marc Vinyals

In 2003, Atserias and Dalmau resolved a major open question about the resolution proof system by establishing that the space complexity of CNF formulas is always an upper bound on the width needed to refute them. Their proof is beautiful but somewhat mysterious in that it relies heavily on tools ... more >>>

Dmitry Itsykson, Mikhail Slabodkin, Dmitry Sokolov

The resolution complexity of the perfect matching principle was studied by Razborov [Raz04], who developed a technique for proving its lower bounds for dense graphs. We construct a constant degree bipartite graph $G_n$ such that the resolution complexity of the perfect matching principle for $G_n$ is $2^{\Omega(n)}$, where $n$ is ... more >>>

Albert Atserias, Massimo Lauria, Jakob Nordström

We prove that there are 3-CNF formulas over n variables that can be refuted in resolution in width w but require resolution proofs of size n^Omega(w). This shows that the simple counting argument that any formula refutable in width w must have a proof in size n^O(w) is essentially tight. ... more >>>

Olaf Beyersdorff, Leroy Chew, Mikolas Janota

Proof systems for quantified Boolean formulas (QBFs) provide a theoretical underpinning for the performance of important

QBF solvers. However, the proof complexity of these proof systems is currently not well understood and in particular

lower bound techniques are missing. In this paper we exhibit a new and elegant proof technique ...
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Ilario Bonacina, Nicola Galesi, Tony Huynh, Paul Wollan

We investigate the space complexity of refuting $3$-CNFs in Resolution and algebraic systems. No lower bound for refuting any family of $3$-CNFs was previously known for the total space in resolution or for the monomial space in algebraic systems. We prove that every Polynomial Calculus with Resolution refutation of a ... more >>>

Alexander Razborov

We exhibit an unusually strong trade-off between resolution proof width and tree-like proof size. Namely, we show that for any parameter $k=k(n)$ there are unsatisfiable $k$-CNFs that possess refutations of width $O(k)$, but such that any tree-like refutation of width $n^{1-\epsilon}/k$ must necessarily have {\em double} exponential size $\exp(n^{\Omega(k)})$. Conceptually, ... more >>>

Massimo Lauria, Jakob Nordström

We exhibit families of 4-CNF formulas over n variables that have sums-of-squares (SOS) proofs of unsatisfiability of degree (a.k.a. rank) d but require SOS proofs of size n^{Omega(d)} for values of d = d(n) from constant all the way up to n^{delta} for some universal constant delta. This shows that ... more >>>

Olaf Beyersdorff, Leroy Chew, Meena Mahajan, Anil Shukla

In sharp contrast to classical proof complexity we are currently short of lower bound techniques for QBF proof systems. In this paper we establish the feasible interpolation technique for all resolution-based QBF systems, whether modelling CDCL or expansion-based solving. This both provides the first general lower bound method for QBF ... more >>>

Olaf Beyersdorff, Leroy Chew, Meena Mahajan, Anil Shukla

The groundbreaking paper `Short proofs are narrow - resolution made simple' by Ben-Sasson and Wigderson (J. ACM 2001) introduces what is today arguably the main technique to obtain resolution lower bounds: to show a lower bound for the width of proofs. Another important measure for resolution is space, and in ... more >>>

Olaf Beyersdorff, Leroy Chew, Mikolas Janota

We investigate two QBF resolution systems that use extension variables: weak extended Q-resolution, where the extension variables are quantified at the innermost level, and extended Q-resolution, where the extension variables can be placed inside the quantifier prefix. These systems have been considered previously by Jussila et al. '07 who ... more >>>

Ilario Bonacina

Given an unsatisfiable $k$-CNF formula $\phi$ we consider two complexity measures in Resolution: width and total space. The width is the minimal $W$ such that there exists a Resolution refutation of $\phi$ with clauses of at most $W$ literals. The total space is the minimal size $T$ of a memory ... more >>>

Pavel Pudlak, Neil Thapen

We study the \emph{random resolution} refutation system defined in~[Buss et al. 2014]. This attempts to capture the notion of a resolution refutation that may make mistakes but is correct most of the time. By proving the equivalence of several different definitions, we show that this concept is robust. On the ... more >>>

Christoph Berkholz, Jakob Nordström

We show that there are CNF formulas which can be refuted in resolution

in both small space and small width, but for which any small-width

proof must have space exceeding by far the linear worst-case upper

bound. This significantly strengthens the space-width trade-offs in

[Ben-Sasson '09]}, and provides one more ...
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Olaf Beyersdorff, Leroy Chew, Meena Mahajan, Anil Shukla

We define a cutting planes system CP+$\forall$red for quantified Boolean formulas (QBF) and analyse the proof-theoretic strength of this new calculus. While in the propositional case, Cutting Planes is of intermediate strength between resolution and Frege, our findings here show that the situation in QBF is slightly more complex: while ... more >>>

Olaf Beyersdorff, Luke Hinde, Ján Pich

We aim to understand inherent reasons for lower bounds for QBF proof systems and revisit and compare two previous approaches in this direction.

The first of these relates size lower bounds for strong QBF Frege systems to circuit lower bounds via strategy extraction (Beyersdorff & Pich, LICS'16). Here we ... more >>>

Sam Buss, Dmitry Itsykson, Alexander Knop, Dmitry Sokolov

Atserias, Kolaitis, and Vardi [AKV04] showed that the proof system of Ordered Binary Decision Diagrams with conjunction and weakening, OBDD($\land$, weakening), simulates CP* (Cutting Planes with unary coefficients). We show that OBDD($\land$, weakening) can give exponentially shorter proofs than dag-like cutting planes. This is proved by showing that the Clique-Coloring ... more >>>

Fedor Part, Iddo Tzameret

Resolution over linear equations (introduced in [RT08]) emerged recently as an important object of study. This refutation system, denoted Res(lin$_R$), operates with disjunction of linear equations over a ring $R$. On the one hand, the system captures a natural ``minimal'' extension of resolution in which efficient counting can be achieved; ... more >>>

Stefan Dantchev, Nicola Galesi, Barnaby Martin

We investigate the size complexity of proofs in $RES(s)$ -- an extension of Resolution working on $s$-DNFs instead of clauses -- for families of contradictions given in the {\em unusual binary} encoding. A motivation of our work is size lower bounds of refutations in Resolution for families of contradictions in ... more >>>

Olaf Beyersdorff, Joshua Blinkhorn, Meena Mahajan

Strategy extraction is of paramount importance for quantified Boolean formulas (QBF), both in solving and proof complexity. It extracts (counter)models for a QBF from a run of the solver resp. the proof of the QBF, thereby allowing to certify the solver's answer resp. establish soundness of the system. So far ... more >>>

Leroy Chew

Quantified Boolean Formulas (QBFs) extend propositional formulas with Boolean quantifiers. Working with QBF differs from propositional logic in its quantifier handling, but as propositional satisfiability (SAT) is a subproblem of QBF, all SAT hardness in solving and proof complexity transfers to QBF. This makes it difficult to analyse efforts dealing ... more >>>

Nicola Galesi, Leszek Kolodziejczyk, Neil Thapen

We show that if a $k$-CNF requires width $w$ to refute in resolution, then it requires space $\sqrt w$ to refute in polynomial calculus, where the space of a polynomial calculus refutation is the number of monomials that must be kept in memory when working through the proof. This is ... more >>>

Olaf Beyersdorff, Joshua Blinkhorn

For quantified Boolean formulas (QBF), a resolution system with a symmetry rule was recently introduced by Kauers and Seidl (Inf. Process. Lett. 2018). In this system, many formulas hard for QBF resolution admit short proofs.

Kauers and Seidl apply the symmetry rule on symmetries of the original formula. Here we ... more >>>

Shuo Pang

We prove resolution lower bounds for $k$-Clique on the Erdos-Renyi random graph $G(n,n^{-{2\xi}\over{k-1}})$ (where $\xi>1$ is constant). First we show for $k=n^{c_0}$, $c_0\in(0,1/3)$, an $\exp({\Omega(n^{(1-\epsilon)c_0})})$ average lower bound on resolution where $\epsilon$ is arbitrary constant.

We then propose the model of $a$-irregular resolution. Extended from regular resolution, this model ... more >>>

Michal Garlik

For any unsatisfiable CNF formula we give an exponential lower bound on the size of resolution refutations of a propositional statement that the formula has a resolution refutation. We describe three applications. (1) An open question in [Atserias-Müller,2019] asks whether a certain natural propositional encoding of the above statement is ... more >>>