AAAI Publications, Twenty-Sixth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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An Efficient Higher-Order Consistency Algorithm for Table Constraints
Anastasia Paparrizou, Kostas Stergiou

Last modified: 2012-07-14


Table constraints are very important in constraint programming as they are present in many real problems from areas such as configuration and databases. As a result, numerous specialized algorithms that achieve generalized arc consistency (GAC) on table constraints have been proposed. Since these algorithms achieve GAC, they operate on one constraint at a time. In this paper we propose an efficient algorithm for table constraints that achieves a stronger local consistency than GAC. This algorithm, called maxRPWC+, is based on the local consistency maxRPWC and allows the efficient handling of intersecting table constraints. Experimental results from benchmark problems demonstrate that maxRPWC+ is clearly more robust than a state-of-the-art GAC algorithm in classes of problems with interleaved table constraints, being orders of magnitude faster in some of these classes.

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