Hybrid VCSPs with crisp and valued conservative templates

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A constraint satisfaction problem (CSP) is a problem of computing a homomorphism R between two relational structures, e.g. between two directed graphs. Analyzing its complexity has been a very fruitful research direction, especially for fixed template CSPs (or, non-uniform CSPs), denoted CSP in which the right side structure is fixed and the left side structure R is unconstrained. Recently, the hybrid setting, written CSPH where both sides are restricted simultaneously, attracted some attention. It assumes that R is taken from a class of relational structures H (called the structural restriction) that additionally is closed under inverse homomorphisms. The last property allows to exploit an algebraic machinery that has been developed for fixed template CSPs. The key concept that connects hybrid CSPs with fixed-Template CSPs is the so called "lifted language". Namely, this is a constraint language R that can be constructed from an input R. The tractability of the language R for any input R 2 H is a necessary condition for the tractability of the hybrid problem. In the first part we investigate templates for which the latter condition is not only necessary, but also is sufficient. We call such templates widely tractable. For this purpose, we construct from a new finite relational structure 0 and define a "maximal" structural restriction H0 as a class of structures homomorphic to 0. For the so called strongly BJK templates that probably captures all templates, we prove that wide tractability is equivalent to the tractability of CSPH0 Our proof is based on the key observation that R is homomorphic to if and only if the core of R is preserved by a Siggers polymorphism. Analogous result is shown for conservative valued CSPs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation, ISAAC 2017
EditorsTakeshi Tokuyama, Yoshio Okamoto
PublisherSchloss Dagstuhl- Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9783959770545
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017
Event28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation, ISAAC 2017 - Phuket, Thailand
Duration: Dec 9 2017Dec 22 2017


Conference28th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation, ISAAC 2017


  • Algebraic approach
  • Closed under inverse homomorphisms
  • Constraint satisfaction problem
  • Hybrid CSPS
  • Lifted language
  • Polymorphisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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