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Learning to Integrate Deduction and Search in Reasoning about QBFs

  • Speaker: Dr Luca Pulina, University of Sassari, Italy
  • Date: Tuesday, 10 May 2011 from 16:45 to 17:45
  • Location: Room 745, Malet Street

We study the problem of integrating deduction and search with the aid of machine learning techniques to yield practically efficient decision procedures for quantified Boolean formulas (QBFs). We show that effective on-line policies can be learned from the observed performances of deduction and search on representative sets of formulas. Such policies can be leveraged to switch between deduction and search during the solving process. We provide empirical evidence that learned policies perform better than either deduction and search, even when the latter are combined using hand-made policies based on previous works. The fact that even with a proof-of-concept implementation, our approach is competitive with sophisticated state-of-the-art QBF solvers shows the potential of machine learning techniques in the integration of different reasoning methods.