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Theory Learning with Symmetry Breaking

By J. M. Howe, E Robbins and A King

Abstract

This paper investigates the use of a Prolog coded SMT solver in tackling a well known constraints problem, namely packing a given set of consecutive squares into a given rectangle, and details the developments in the solver that this motivates. The packing problem has a natural model in the theory of quantifier-free integer difference logic, a theory supported by many SMT solvers. The solver used in this work exploits a data structure consisting of an incremental Floyd-Warshall matrix paired with a watch matrix that monitors the entailment status of integer difference constraints. It is shown how this structure can be used to build unsatisfiable theory cores on the fly, which in turn allows theory learning to be incorporated into the solver. Further, it is shown that a problem-specific and non-standard approach to learning can be taken where symmetry breaking is incorporated into the learning stage, magnifying the effect of learning. It is argued that the declarative framework allows the solver to be used in this white box manner and is a strength of the solver. The approach is experimentally evaluated

Publisher: 'Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)'
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.1145/3131851.3131861
OAI identifier: oai:openaccess.city.ac.uk:18378
Provided by: City Research Online

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