Davis-Putnam resolution versus unrestricted resolution

  • Andreas Goerdt
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 440)


A resolution proof of an unsatisfiable propositional formula in conjunctive normalform is a "Davis-Putnam resolution proof" iff there exists a sequence of the variables of the formula such that x is eliminated (with the resolution rule) before y on any branch of the proof tree representing the resolution proof, only if x is before y in this sequence. Davis-Putnam resolution is one of several resolution restrictions. It is complete.

We present an infinite family of unsatisfiable propositional formulas and show: These formulas have unrestricted resolution proofs whose length is polynomial in their size. All Davis-Putnam resolution proofs of these formulas are of superpolynomial length. In the terminology of CoRe 79, definition 1.5: Davis-Putnam resolution does not p-simulate unrestricted resolution.


Infinite Family Proof Tree Pigeonhole Principle Partial Truth Resolution Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Goerdt
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  1. 1.Universität -GH- Duisburg Fachbereich Mathematik Fachgebiet Praktische InformatikDuisburgWest-Germany

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