Journal version:

    Sam Buss and Neil Thapen
    DRAT and Propagation Redundancy Proofs Without New Variables
    Logical Methods of Computer Sciene 17, 2 (2021) 12:1-12:31.

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Conference proceedings, preliminary version:

    Sam Buss and Neil Thapen
    DRAT Proofs, Propagation Redundancy, and Extended Resolution
    in 22nd Intl. Conference on Theory and Applications of Satisfiability Testing (SAT 2019)
    Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science 11628,
    Pages 71-89, 2019.

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Abstract: We study the complexity of a range of propositional proof systems which allow inference rules of the form: from a set of clauses Γ derive Γ∪C where, due to some syntactic condition, Γ∪C is satisfiable if Γ is, but where Γ does not necessarily imply C. In increasing order of strength the rules are BC, RAT, SPR and PR (respectively short for blocked clauses, resolution asymmetric tautologies, subset propagation redundancy and propagation redundancy). These arose from work in satisfiability (SAT) solving. We introduce a new, more general rule SR (substitution redundancy).

If the new clause C is allowed to include new variables then the systems based on these rules are all equivalent to extended resolution. We focus on restricted systems that do not allow new variables. The systems with deletion, where we can delete a clause from our set at any time, are denoted DBC-, DRAT-, DSPR-, DPR- and DSR-. The systems without deletion are BC-, RAT-, SPR-, PR- and SR-.

With deletion, we show that DRAT-, DSPR- and DPR- are equivalent. By earlier work of Kiesl, Rebola-Pardo and Heule, they are also equivalent to DBC-. Without deletion, we show that SPR- can simulate PR- provided only short clauses are inferred by SPR inferences. We also show that many of the well-known "hard" principles have small SPR- refutations. These include the pigeonhole principle, bit pigeonhole principle, parity principle, Tseitin tautologies and clique-coloring tautologies. SPR- can also handle or-fication and xor-ification, and lifting with an index gadget. Our final result is an exponential size lower bound for RAT- refutations, giving exponential separations between RAT- and both DRAT- and SPR-.

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