AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Exact Phase Transitions and Approximate Algorithm of #CSP
Ping Huang, Minghao Yin, Ke Xu

Last modified: 2011-08-04


The study of phase transition phenomenon of NP complete problems plays an important role in understanding the nature of hard problems. In this paper, we follow this line of research by considering the problem of counting solutions of Constraint Satisfaction Problems (#CSP). We consider the random model, i.e. RB model. We prove that phase transition of #CSP does exist as the number of variables approaches infinity and the critical values where phase transitions occur are precisely located. Preliminary experimental results also show that the critical point coincides with the theoretical derivation. Moreover, we propose an approximate algorithm to estimate the expectation value of the solutions number of a given CSP instance of RB model.

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