Density Based Clustering for Satisfiability Solving

  • Celia Hireche
  • Habiba Drias
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 746)


In this paper, we explore data mining techniques for preprocessing Satisfiability problem -SAT- instances, reducing the complexity of the later and allowing an easier resolution.

Our study started with the exploration of the variables distribution on clauses, where we defined two kinds of distribution. The first distribution represents a space where variables are divided into dense regions and sparse or empty regions. The second distribution defines a space where the variables are distributed randomly filling almost the entire space.

This exploration led us to think about two different and appropriate data mining techniques for each of the two defined distribution. The Density based clustering, for the first distribution, where the high density regions are considered as clusters, and sparse regions as noise. And the Grid clustering, for the second distribution, where the space is considered as a grid and each case represent a cluster.

The presented work is a modelling of the density based clustering for SAT, which tend to reduce the problem’s complexity by clustering the problems instance in sub problems that can be solved separately.

Experiments were conducted on some well know benchmarks. The results show the impact of the use of the data mining preprocessing, and especially, the use of the appropriate technique according to the kind of data distribution.


Satisfiability problem Complexity Problem solving Data mining techniques Density BSO DPLL 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LRIA, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Sciences and Technology Houari BoumedieneAlgiersAlgeria

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