Learning Local Search Heuristics for Boolean Satisfiability

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 32 (NeurIPS 2019)

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Emre Yolcu, Barnabas Poczos


We present an approach to learn SAT solver heuristics from scratch through deep reinforcement learning with a curriculum. In particular, we incorporate a graph neural network in a stochastic local search algorithm to act as the variable selection heuristic. We consider Boolean satisfiability problems from different classes and learn specialized heuristics for each class. Although we do not aim to compete with the state-of-the-art SAT solvers in run time, we demonstrate that the learned heuristics allow us to find satisfying assignments in fewer steps compared to a generic heuristic, and we provide analysis of our results through experiments.