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Multiconsistency and Robustness with Global Constraints

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Elbassioni,  Khaled
Algorithms and Complexity, MPI for Informatics, Max Planck Society;

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Elbassioni, K. (2006). Multiconsistency and Robustness with Global Constraints. Constraints, 11, 335-352.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-237A-4
Abstract
We propose a natural generalization of arc-consistency, which we call multiconsistency: a value v in the domain of a variable x is k-multiconsistent with respect to a constraint C if there are at least k solutions to C in which x is assigned the value v. We present algorithms that determine which variable-value pairs are k-multiconsistent with respect to several well known global constraints. In addition, we show that finding super solutions is sometimes strictly harder than finding arbitrary solutions for these constraints and suggest multiconsistency as an alternative way to search for robust solutions.