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    Stochastic Constraint Programming

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    To model combinatorial decision problems involving uncertainty and probability, we introduce stochastic constraint programming. Stochastic constraint programs contain both decision variables (which we can set) and stochastic variables (which follow a probability distribution). They combine together the best features of traditional constraint satisfaction, stochastic integer programming, and stochastic satisfiability. We give a semantics for stochastic constraint programs, and propose a number of complete algorithms and approximation procedures. Finally, we discuss a number of extensions of stochastic constraint programming to relax various assumptions like the independence between stochastic variables, and compare with other approaches for decision making under uncertainty.Comment: Proceedings of the 15th Eureopean Conference on Artificial Intelligenc

    Candy Crush is NP-hard

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    We prove that playing Candy Crush to achieve a given score in a fixed number of swaps is NP-hard