Hiding solutions in model RB: Forced instances are almost as hard as unforced ones

Guangyan Zhou

In this paper we study the forced instance spaces of model RB, where one or two arbitrary satisfying assignments have been imposed. We prove rigorously that the expected number of solutions of forced RB instances is asymptotically the same with those of unforced ones. Moreover, the distribution of forced RB instances in the corresponding forced instance space is asymptotically the same with that of unforced RB instances in the unforced instance space. These results imply that the hidden assignments will not lead to easily solvable formulas, and the hardness of solving forced RB instances will be the same with unforced RB instances.

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