A New Probabilistic Algorithm for Approximate Model Counting

Cunjing Ge, Feifei Ma, Tian Liu, Jian Zhang

Constrained counting is important in domains ranging from artificial intelligence to software analysis. There are already a few approaches for counting models over various types of constraints. Recently, hashing-based approaches achieve both theoretical guarantees and scalability, but still rely on solution enumeration. In this paper, a new probabilistic polynomial time approximate model counter is proposed, which is also a hashing-based universal framework, but with only satisfiability queries. A variant with a dynamic stopping criterion is also presented. Empirical evaluation over benchmarks on propositional logic formulas and SMT(BV) formulas shows that the approach is promising.

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