S. Kumar, D. Nguyen, W. Yeoh and S. Koenig. A Simple Polynomial-Time Randomized Distributed Algorithm for Connected Row Convex Constraints. In AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), pages 2308-2314, 2014.

Abstract: In this paper, we describe a simple randomized algorithm that runs in polynomial time and solves connected row convex (CRC) constraints in distributed settings. CRC constraints generalize many known tractable classes of constraints like 2-SAT and implicational constraints. They can model problems in many domains including temporal reasoning and geometric reasoning, and generally speaking, play the role of 'Gaussians' in the logical world. Our simple randomized algorithm for solving them in distributed settings, therefore, has a number of important applications. We support our claims through a theoretical analysis and empirical results.

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