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Reports tagged with pebble games:
TR99-041 | 22nd August 1999
Oliver Kullmann

Investigating a general hierarchy of polynomially decidable classes of CNF's based on short tree-like resolution proofs

Revisions: 2

A relativized hierarchy of conjunctive normal forms
is introduced, recognizable and SAT decidable in polynomial
time. The corresponding hardness parameter, the first level
of inclusion in the hierarchy, is studied in detail, admitting
several characterizations, e.g., using pebble games, the space
complexity of (relativized) tree-like ... more >>>

TR01-022 | 15th February 2001
Rahul Santhanam

On segregators, separators and time versus space

We give the first extension of the result due to Paul, Pippenger,
Szemeredi and Trotter that deterministic linear time is distinct from
nondeterministic linear time. We show that DTIME(n \sqrt(log^{*}(n)))
\neq NTIME(n \sqrt(log^{*}(n))). We show that atleast one of the
following statements holds: (1) P \neq L ... more >>>

TR02-035 | 27th May 2002
Albert Atserias, Víctor Dalmau

A Combinatorial Characterization of Resolution Width

We provide a characterization of the resolution
width introduced in the context of Propositional Proof Complexity
in terms of the existential pebble game introduced
in the context of Finite Model Theory. The characterization
is tight and purely combinatorial. Our
first application of this result is a surprising
proof that the ... more >>>

TR04-112 | 26th November 2004
Neil Thapen, Nicola Galesi

Resolution and pebbling games

We define a collection of Prover-Delayer games that characterize certain subsystems of resolution. This allows us to give some natural criteria which guarantee lower bounds on the resolution width of a formula, and to extend these results to formulas of unbounded initial width.

We also use games to give upper ... more >>>

TR10-045 | 15th March 2010
Jakob Nordström

On the Relative Strength of Pebbling and Resolution

Revisions: 1

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 ... more >>>

TR13-042 | 25th March 2013
Siu Man Chan

Just a Pebble Game

The two-player pebble game of Dymond–Tompa is identified as a barrier for existing techniques to save space or to speed up parallel algorithms for evaluation problems.

Many combinatorial lower bounds to study L versus NL and NC versus P under different restricted settings scale in the same way as the ... more >>>

TR20-001 | 31st December 2019
Or Meir, Jakob Nordström, Robert Robere, Susanna de Rezende

Nullstellensatz Size-Degree Trade-offs from Reversible Pebbling

Revisions: 2

We establish an exactly tight relation between reversible pebblings of graphs and Nullstellensatz refutations of pebbling formulas, showing that a graph $G$ can be reversibly pebbled in time $t$ and space $s$ if and only if there is a Nullstellensatz refutation of the pebbling formula over $G$ in size $t+1$ ... more >>>

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