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Algorithm::SAT::Backtracking - A simple Backtracking SAT solver written in pure Perl


    # You can use it with Algorithm::SAT::Expression
    use Algorithm::SAT::Expression;

    my $expr = Algorithm::SAT::Expression->new->with("Algorithm::SAT::Backtracking"); #Uses Algorithm::SAT::Backtracking by default, so with() it's not necessary in this case
    $expr->or( '-foo@2.1', 'bar@2.2' );
    $expr->or( '-foo@2.3', 'bar@2.2' );
    $expr->or( '-baz@2.3', 'bar@2.3' );
    $expr->or( '-baz@1.2', 'bar@2.2' );
    my $model = $exp->solve();

    # Or you can use it directly:
    use Algorithm::SAT::Backtracking;
    my $solver = Algorithm::SAT::Backtracking->new;
    my $variables = [ 'blue', 'green', 'yellow', 'pink', 'purple' ];
    my $clauses = [
        [ 'blue',  'green',  '-yellow' ],
        [ '-blue', '-green', 'yellow' ],
        [ 'pink', 'purple', 'green', 'blue', '-yellow' ]

    my $model = $solver->solve( $variables, $clauses );


Algorithm::SAT::Backtracking is a pure Perl implementation of a simple SAT Backtracking solver.

In computer science, the Boolean Satisfiability Problem (sometimes called Propositional Satisfiability Problem and abbreviated as SATISFIABILITY or SAT) is the problem of determining if there exists an interpretation that satisfies a given Boolean formula. In other words, it asks whether the variables of a given Boolean formula can be consistently replaced by the values TRUE or FALSE in such a way that the formula evaluates to TRUE. If this is the case, the formula is called satisfiable. On the other hand, if no such assignment exists, the function expressed by the formula is identically FALSE for all possible variable assignments and the formula is unsatisfiable.

For example, the formula "a AND NOT b" is satisfiable because one can find the values a = TRUE and b = FALSE, which make (a AND NOT b) = TRUE. In contrast, "a AND NOT a" is unsatisfiable. More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boolean_satisfiability_problem .

Have a look also at the tests file for an example of usage.

Algorithm::SAT::Expression use this module to solve Boolean expressions.



The input consists of a boolean expression in Conjunctive Normal Form. This means it looks something like this:

 `(blue OR green) AND (green OR NOT yellow)`

 We encode this as an array of strings with a `-` in front for negation:

    `[['blue', 'green'], ['green', '-yellow']]`

Hence, each row means an AND, while a list groups two or more OR clauses.

Returns 0 if the expression can't be solved with the given clauses, the model otherwise in form of a hash .

Have a look at Algorithm::SAT::Expression to see how to use it in a less painful way.


Uses the model to resolve some variable to its actual value, or undefined if not present.

    my $model = { blue => 1, red => 0 };
    my $a=$solver->resolve( "blue", $model );
    #$a = 1


Determines whether a clause is satisfiable given a certain model.

    my $model
        = { pink => 1, purple => 0, green => 0, yellow => 1, red => 0 };
    my $a=$solver->satisfiable( [ 'purple', '-pink' ], $model );
    #$a = 0


Copies the model, then sets `choice` = `value` in the model, and returns it.

    my $model
        = { pink => 1, red => 0, purple => 0, green => 0, yellow => 1 };
    my $new_model = $solver->update( $model, 'foobar', 1 );
    # now $new_model->{foobar} is 1


Copyright (C) mudler.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


mudler <mudler@dark-lab.net>


Algorithm::SAT::Expression, Algorithm::SAT::Backtracking::DPLL, Algorithm::SAT::Backtracking::Ordered, Algorithm::SAT::Backtracking::Ordered::DPLL