An information-based neural approach to constraint satisfaction

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A novel artificial neural network approach to constraint satisfaction problems is presented. Based on information-theoretical considerations, it differs from a conventional mean-field approach in the form of the resulting free energy. The method, implemented as an annealing algorithm, is numerically explored on a testbed of K-SAT problems. The performance shows a dramatic improvement over that of a conventional mean-field approach and is comparable to that of a state-of-the-art dedicated heuristic (GSAT+walk). The real strength of the method, however, lies in its generality. With minor modifications, it is applicable to arbitrary types of discrete constraint satisfaction problems.


Enheter & grupper
Sidor (från-till)1827-1838
Antal sidor12
TidskriftNeural Computation
Utgåva nummer8
StatusPublished - 2001 aug
Peer review utfördJa