The Complexity of Resolution with Generalized Symmetry Rules

  • Stefan Szeider
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2607)


We generalize Krishnamurthyś well-studied symmetry rule for resolution systems by considering homomorphisms instead of symmetries; symmetries are injective maps of literals which preserve complements and clauses; homomorphisms arise from symmetries by releasing the constraint of being injective.

We prove that the use of homomorphisms yields a strictly more powerful system than the use of symmetries by exhibiting an infinite sequence of sets of clauses for which the consideration of global homomorphisms allows exponentially shorter proofs than the consideration of local symmetries. It is known that local symmetries give rise to a strictly more powerful system than global symmetries; we prove a similar result for local and global homomorphisms. Finally, we pinpoint an exponential lower bound for the resolution system enhanced by the local homomorphism rule.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Szeider
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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