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Title: The complexity of modular counting in constraint satisfaction problems
Author: Faben, John
ISNI:       0000 0004 2719 9611
Awarding Body: Queen Mary University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2012
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Constraint Satisfaction Problems are a broad class of combinatorial problems, including several classical decision problems such as graph colouring and SAT, and a range of problems' from other areas, including statistical physics, DNA sequencing and scheduling problems. There are a variety of dichotomy theorems for various subclasses of CSP in various complexity classes, one of the most noteable is Bulatov's proof that a dichotomy holds for #CSP [Bu108], that is, all #CSP problems are either #P-complete or in FP. In this thesis, we look at the complexity of modular counting in some restricted classes of CSP, answering questions of the sort "What is the number of solutions to this CSP modulo k? for various k. In particular, we discuss CSP restricted to relations on the domain of size 2, Boolean CSP or Generalised Sat- isfiability, and CSP restricted to a single, symmetric, binary relation, or Graph Homomorphism. In [CH96], Creignou and Hermann proved a dichotomy the- orem for counting solutions to Boolean CSP problems, and characterised the easy cases. We provide a proof of a dichotomy theorem for #kBoolean CSP for all k, characterising the easy cases. In [DG00], Dyer and Greenhill proved a dichotomy theorem for counting the number of homomorphisms into a fixed graph H, or H-colouring, and provided a characterisation of the types of H for which the problem is tractable. We give some results on O H-colouring. We give a conjectured dichotomy for the general O H-colouring problem, based on a condition related to the automorphism group of H. We show that this dichotomy holds for the case in which H is restricted to be a tree, and give some results about the complexity of determining, given an arbitrary H, whether the associated H-colouring problem is tractable assuming the dichotomy holds.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mathematics