Maximum Satisfiability (MaxSAT), the optimisation extension of the well-known Boolean Satisfiability (SAT) problem, is a competitive approach for solving NP-hard problems encountered in various artificial intelligence and industrial domains. Due to its computational complexity, there is an inherent tradeoff between scalability and guarantee on solution quality in MaxSAT solving. Limitations on available computational resources in many practical applications motivate the development of complete any-time MaxSAT solvers, i.e. algorithms that compute optimal solutions while providing intermediate results. In this work, we propose core-boosted linear search, a generic search-strategy that combines two central approaches in modern MaxSAT solving, namely linear and core-guided algorithms. Our experimental evaluation on a prototype combining View Postreimplementations of two state-of-the-art MaxSAT solvers, PMRES as the core-guided approach and LinSBPS as the linear algorithm, demonstrates that our core-boosted linear algorithm often outperforms its individual components and shows competitive and, on many domains, superior results when compared to other state-of-the-art solvers for incomplete MaxSAT solving.

Authors: Jeremias Berg, Emir Demirović, and Peter J. Stuckey