Fall 2020

Counting Solutions to Random CNF Formulas

Monday, September 21st, 2020 9:15 am9:40 am

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Leslie Ann Goldberg, University of Oxford

We give an efficient algorithm to approximately count the solutions in the random $k$-SAT model when the density of the formula scales exponentially with $k$. The best previous counting algorithm was due to Montanari and Shah and was based on the correlation decay method, which works up to densities $(1+o_k(1))\frac{2\log k}{k}$, the Gibbs uniqueness threshold for the model. Instead, our algorithm harnesses a recent technique by Moitra to work for random formulas with much higher densities. The main challenge in our setting is to account for the presence of high-degree variables whose marginal distributions are hard to control and which cause significant correlations within the formula.