Dual Hashing-Based Algorithms for Discrete Integration

  • Alexis de ColnetEmail author
  • Kuldeep S. Meel
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11802)


Given a boolean formula F and a weight function \(\rho \), the problem of discrete integration seeks to compute the weight of F, defined as the sum of the weights of satisfying assignments. Discrete integration, also known as weighted model counting, is a fundamental problem in computer science with wide variety of applications ranging from machine learning and statistics to physics and infrastructure reliability. Given the intractability of the exact variant, the problem of approximate weighted model counting has been subject to intense theoretical and practical investigations over the years.

The primary contribution of this paper is to investigate development of algorithmic approaches for discrete integration. Our framework allows us to derive two different algorithms: WISH, which was already discovered by Ermon et al. [8], and a new algorithm: SWITCH. We argue that these algorithms can be seen as dual to each other, in the sense that their complexities differ only by a permutation of certain parameters. Indeed we show that, for F defined over n variables, a weight function \(\rho \) that can be represented using p bits, and a confidence parameter \(\delta \), there is a function f and an NP oracle such that WISH makes \(\mathcal {O} \left( f(n,p,\delta )\right) \) calls to NP oracle while SWITCH makes \(\mathcal {O}\left( f(p,n,\delta )\right) \) calls. We find \(f(x,y,\delta )\) polynomial in x, y and \(1/\delta \), more specifically \(f(x,y,\delta ) = x\log (y)\log (x/\delta )\). We first focus on striking similarities of both the design process and structure of the two algorithms but then show that despite this quasi-symmetry, the analysis yields time complexities dual to each other. Another contribution of this paper is the use of 3-wise property independence of XOR based hash functions in the analysis of WISH and SWITCH. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first usage of 3-wise independence in deriving stronger concentration bounds and we hope our usage can be generalized to other applications.



This research has been supported in part by the National Research Foundation Singapore under its AI Singapore Programme [Award Number: AISG-RP-2018-005] and the NUS ODPRT Grant [R-252-000-685-133].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS, CRIL UMR 8188LensFrance
  2. 2.School of ComputingNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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