PhD Defence: On the Relationship Between Satisfiability and Partially Observable Markov Decision ProcessesExport this event to calendar

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 — 12:30 PM EDT

Ricardo Salmon, PhD candidate
David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science

Stochastic satisfiability (SSAT), Quantified Boolean Satisfiability (QBF) and decision theoretic planning in infinite horizon partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) are all PSPACE-Complete problems. Since they are all complete for the same complexity class, I show how to convert them into one another in polynomial time and space. I discuss various properties of each encoding and how they get translated into equivalent constructs in the other encodings. An important lesson of these reductions is that the states in SSAT and at POMDPs do not match. Therefore, comparing the scalability of satisfiability and flat POMDP solvers based on the size of the state spaces they can tackle is misleading. 

A new SSAT solver called SSAT-Prime is proposed and implemented. It includes improvements to watch literals, component caching and detecting symmetries with upper and lower bounds under certain conditions. SSAT-Prime is compared against a state of the art solver for probabilistic inference and a native POMDP solver on challenging benchmarks.

Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
2310
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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