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On Minimal Constraint Networks

Georg Gottlob


In a minimal binary constraint network, every tuple of a constraint relation can be extended to a solution. It was conjectured that computing a solution to such a network is NP hard. We prove this conjecture. We also prove a conjecture by Dechter and Pearl stating that for k ≥ 2 it is NP-hard to decide whether a constraint network can be decomposed into an equivalent k-ary constraint network, and study related questions.

Perugia‚ Italy
Book Title
Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming‚ CP 2011