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Modelling with Finite Domains u Domains and Labelling u Complex Constraints u Labelling u Different Problem Modellings u Efficiency u Using SICStus Prolog

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Smuggler’s Knapsack Problem Smuggler with knapsack with capacity 9, who needs to choose items to smuggle to make profit at least 30

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Simple Example Goal for the smugglers knapsack problem: [W,P,C] :: [0..9], 4*W + 3*P + 2*C ≤ 9, 15*W + 10*P + 7*C ≥ 30. The CLP(FD) system returns unknown. But how do we find a solution? Invoke a complete (backtracking) solver give variable domains

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Labelling u Built-in predicate labeling invokes the complete constraint solver u labeling(Vs) takes a list of finite domain variables Vs and finds a solution [W,P,C] :: [0..9], 4*W + 3*P + 2*C ≤ 9, 15*W + 10*P + 7*C ≥ 30, labeling([W,P,C]). has solutions:

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Constrain and Generate Typical form of a finite domain program u Define variables and domains u Add constraints to model the problem u Call labelling to invoke complete solver

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Modelling 4-Queens Write a CLP(FD) program queens(Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4) to solve the 4-Queens Problem Hint: Use all_different_neq. Q1Q2Q3Q

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4-Queens (Cont.) queens(Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4) :- [Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4] :: [1..4], all_different_neq(Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4), all_different_neq(Q1,Q2+1,Q3+2,Q4+3), all_different_neq(Q1,Q2-1,Q3-2,Q4-3), labeling([Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4] ).

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Labelling u Most CLP(FD) goals end with a call to labelling which performs a backtracking search. u Typical programs spend most of their time in labelling so it is important that it is efficient. u One great strength of CLP is that the programmer can write their own labelling predicate which takes advantage of the problem structure. I.e. they can program their own search strategy. u To help CLP(FD) provides the built-in predicates u dom(V,D) list of values D in current domain V u maxdomain(V,M) current maximum value M of V u mindomain(V,M) current minimum value M of V

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Labelling u Using these it is straightforward to program the built-in labelling predicate. u labeling iterates through each variable V in the list of variables to be labelled, calling indomain(V) to try each of the (remaining) values in the domain of V. labeling([]). labeling([V|Vs]) :- indomain(V), labeling(Vs). indomain(V) :- dom(V,D), member(V,D). try values for V try values in domain

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Send+More=Money Example Cryptarithmetic problem, each digit is different and the equation holds smm(S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y) :- [S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y] :: [0..9], constrain(S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y), labeling([S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y]). constrain(S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y) :- S ≠ 0, M ≠ 0, all_different_neq([S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y]), 1000*S + 100*E + 10*N + D *M + 100*O + 10*R + E = 10000*M *O + 100*R + 10*E + Y.

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Send+More=Money Example (Cont.) After domain declarations: After then all_different_neq adds disequations (no change) final equation: (one propagation rule) With the current domain:

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Send+More=Money Example (Cont.) Hence D(M) = [1..1] Propagation continues arriving at Note: 3 variables are fixed, all domains reduced Next labelling is called...

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Send+More=Money Example (Cont.) The call to labelling([S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y]) u Calls indomain(S) which calls member(S,[9]) -- which succeeds adding the constraint S=9 u Calls indomain(S) which calls member(E,[4,5,6,7]) -- tries adding E=4. Consistency checks lead to failure -- tries adding E=5. This succeeds giving u Calls indomain(N) which calls member(N,[6]). This adds N=6. u Calls indomain(D) which calls member(D,[7]). This adds D=7. u Etc..

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Generate and Test Methodology without constraints: first generate a valuation and then test if it is a solution smm(S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y) :- [S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y] :: [0..9], labeling([S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y]), constrain(S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y). This program requires choices before finding the solution, the previous required 2!

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Labelling u There are two choices made in labelling u which variable to label u which value in the domain to try u Default labelling u try variables in order of the given list u try value in order min to max (returned by dom) u We can program different strategies. These can lead to dramatic performance improvement.

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First Fail Labelling u One useful heuristic is the first-fail principle “To succeed, try first where you are most likely to fail” labellingff(Vars) :- if Vars = [] then return else choose V Vars with smallest domain call indomain(V) compute Rest = Vars \{V} call labellingff(Rest)

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First-Fail Labelling labelingff([]). labelingff(Vs) :- deleteff(Vs,V,R), indomain(V), labelingff(R). deleteff([V0|Vs],V,R) :- getsize(V0,S), minsize(Vs,S,V0,V,R)). minsize([],_,V,V,[]). minsize([V1|Vs],S0,V0,V,[V0|R]) :- getsize(V1,S1), S1 < S0, minsize(Vs,S1,V1,V,R). minsize([V1|Vs],S0,V0,V,[V1|R]) :- getsize(V1,S1), S1 ≥ S0, minsize(Vs,S0,V0,V,R).

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Choice of Domain Value u Value choice only effects order in which branches are explored u Problem specific knowledge may lead to finding a solution faster

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N-Queens Example Q1Q2Q3Q Problem of placing N queens on an NxN chessboard so that none can take another. For large N solutions are more likely with values in the middle of variable domains

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Middle-Out Ordering indomain_mid(V) :- ordervalues(V,L), member(V,L). ordervalues(V,L) :- dom(V,D), length(D,N), H = N div 2, halvelist(H,D,[],F,S), merge(S,F,L). halvelist(0,L2,L1,L1,L2). halvelist(N,[E|R],L0,L1,L2) :- N ≥ 1, N1 = N - 1, halvelist(N1,R,[E|L0],L1,L2). merge([],L,L). merge([X|L1],L2,[X|L3]) :- merge(L2,L1,L3).

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Labelling Efficiency u We can use both variable and value ordering together Different number of choices for N-queens in different ranges

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Efficiency u Apart from programming labelling we can do a number of other things to reduce the search space: u Order rules and literals in rule bodies correctly. u Add redundant constraints. u Use complex constraints such as all_different since they have better propagation behaviour. u Use reified constraints. u Try different models for the problem. u Extend the constraint solver to provide a problem specific complex primitive constraint. u Use incomplete heuristic techniques.

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Reified Constraints u A reified constraint c B holds if the Boolean variable B reflects the truth of constraint c. I.e. B=1 if c holds and B=0 if ¬c. u Write a constraint apart(F1,F2,K12) which holds if F1 and F2 are at least K12 apart. u Better to use reified constraint -- choice is delayed until labelling apart(F1,F2,K12) :- F1 ≥ F2+K12. apart(F1,F2,K12) :- F2 ≥ F1+K12. apart(F1,F2,K12) :- [B1,B2] :: [0,1], (F1 ≥ F2+K12 B1), (F2 ≥ F1+K12 B2), 1 ≤ B1 + B2.

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Different Problem Modellings u Different views of the problem lead to different models u Depending on solver capabilities one model may require less search to find answer u Look for model with fewer variables u Look for more direct mapping to primitive constraints. u Empirical comparison may be worthwhile

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Different Problem Modellings Simple assignment problem: four workers w1,w2,w3,w4 and four products p1,p2,p3,p4. Assign workers to products to make profit ≥ 19 Profit matrix is:

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Operations Research Model 16 Boolean variables Bij meaning worker i is assigned product j 11 prim. constraints 28 choices to find all four solutions B23

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Better Model Make use of disequality and complex constraints. Four variables W1,W2,W3,W4 corresponding to workers 7 prim. constraints 14 choices to find all four solutions W1 W2 W3 W

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Different Model Four variables T1,T2,T3,T4 corresponding to products. 7 prim. constraints 7 choices to find all four solutions T1 T2 T3 T4

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Optimisation u So far we have focussed on satisfaction: finding a solution. u CLP can also be used for optimisation. u We use the built in constraint minimize(G,F). This finds the solution to goal G which minimizes the objective function F. u Usually a variant of the backtracking integer optimizer is used.

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Optimisation u Consider the Smuggler’s Knapsack Problem [W,P,C] :: [0..9], 4*W + 3*P + 2*C <= 9, 15*W + 10*P + 7*C >= 30, minimize(labeling([W,P,C]), -15*W-10*P-7*C). u The answer is W=1 P=1 C=1 L=-32.

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Branch & bound (rept.) Let P be a linear integer program. To solve P 1. solve Ps linear relaxation P ’. 2a. If the solution of P ’ is integer-valued, it is the optimum of P 2b.If the solution contains a fractional variable v create two subproblems: 3.solve the subproblems recursively. 4.The solution to P is the better solution of P ’a,P ’b

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Branch & bound (rept.)

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Branch & Bound in OPL (rept.) A reflective function allows direct access to the linear relaxation (Simplex value). Branch and bound could therefore be simulated by the search instruction while not bound(x) do let v=simplexValue(x) in let f=floor(v) in let c=ceiling(v) in try x = c endtry;

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Branch & Bound in CLP To solve P with relaxed optimum x=v solve P1: (P and x<=floor(v)) P2: (P and x>=ceiling(v)) compare optimum of P1 with optimum of P2 At any point in a CLP computation, the conjunction of all accumulated constraints must be consistent. otherwise backtracking will be triggered backtracking will “forget” all intermediate results The problem (P1 and P2) is inconsistent, because of (X =ceiling(v)). therefore a “naive” version of branch and bound cannot be implemented “naively”

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Problem Representation in CLP Solution: For each new sub-problem create a problem instance with new, fresh variables. Problem representation problem([X,Y], -Y) :- 2*Y <=3*X-3, X+Y<=5. lower and upper bound are either integers or the atom ‘unbound’ for unbound, e.g. [ b(3, 7), b(4, unbound) ] Objective Constraints Bounds representation [ b(v1low, v1high), b(v2low, v2high),... ] Problem Variables

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Constructing a fresh Problem Instance bounded_problem(Vs, Bounds, Objective) :- bounds(Vs, Bounds), problem(Vs, Objective). bounds([], []). bounds([V|Vs], [b(L,U)|Bs]) :- (L=unbound -> true ; L <= V), (U=unbound -> true ; U >= V), bounds(Vs, Bs). problem([X,Y], -Y) :- 2*Y <=3*X-3, X+Y<=5. bounded_problem(Xs, [b(unbound,unbound), b(unbound,unbound)], F) Xs is the list of problem variables only constrained by the body of problem/2. bounded _problem(Xs, [b(unbound,2), b(unbound, unbound)], F) Xs is a list of variables [X,Y] constrained by the body of problem/2 and the additional bound X<=2.

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Constructing Sub Problems new_bounds([], [], [], []). new_bounds([V | Vs], [B | Bs], [BL | BLs], [BR | BRs]) :- (integer(V) -> BL = B, BR = B, new_bounds(Vs, Bs, BLs, BRs) ; B=(L,U), Vlow = floor(V), Vhigh = ceiling(V), BL = b(L,Vlow), BR = b(Vhigh, U), BLs = Bs, BRs = Bs ). Split on the first fractional variable Copy all other bounds Example: new_bounds([2.6, 2.4], // relaxation optimum [b(unbound, unbound), b(unbound, unbound)], // original problem [b(unbound, 2), b(unbound, unbound)], // sub problem A [b(3, unbound), b(unbound, unbound)]) // sub problem B

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Exploring the Sub Problems bnb(CBest, CVal, Bnds, Best, BestVals) :- (minimize((F

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Using SICStus Prolog as CLP(FD) u SICStus Prolog is a CLP language which uses libraries to mimic CLP(R) and CLP(FD). u To enter CLP(FD) mode ?- use_module(library(clpfd)). u Syntax is similar to examples except u =, u labeling(L) is labeling([],L) (the first argument is a list of options) u Use domain(ListVar,min,max) to initialize domains. u All FD constraints must be made explicit.

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Example SICStus CLP(FD) Program smm(S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y) :- domain([S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y], 0, 9), constrain(S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y), labeling([], [S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y]). constrain(S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y) :- S #\= 0, M #\= 0, all_different([S,E,N,D,M,O,R,Y]), 1000*S + 100*E + 10*N + D *M + 100*O + 10*R + E #= 10000*M *O + 100*R + 10*E + Y.

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Using SICStus Prolog as CLP(QR) u To enter CLP(R) mode (ie linear programming with floating point arithmetic) ?- use_module(library(clpr)). u To enter CLP(Q) mode (ie linear programming with rational arithmetic) ?- use_module(library(clpq)). u Syntax is similar to Prolog but u all constraints must be made explicit with braces: {X+Y =< 2} etc u minimization is called for with the goal minimize(+Objective) u MIP minimization is triggered with bb_inf(+Ints, +Objective, -Inf) Ints is the list of integral decision variables, eg [X,Y]

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Example SICStus CLP(R) Program ?- {X>=0, Y>=0, X+Y =< 6, 9*X+5*Y =< 45}, minimize(8*X+5*Y). X = 3.75, Y = 2.25 ?- {X>=0, Y>=0, X+Y =< 6, 9*X+5*Y =< 45}, bb_inf([X,Y], 8*X+5*Y, Opt). Opt = -40.0, {X+Y=<6.0}, {X *Y=<5.0}, {X>=0.0}, {Y>=0.0}

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Complex FD-Constraints in Sicstus

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Labeling Options in Sicstus Variable Order Value Order

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Labeling Options in Sicstus

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Reflective FD-Constraints in Sicstus

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Summary u CLP is a powerful modelling language for describing constraint problems. u However it is also simple: it allows programmers to define their own application specific constraints, that’s all! u CLP is generic in the underlying constraint domain and solver. However, backtracking search is always provided. u CLP(FD) provides consistency techniques which can be used with backtracking search to solve CSPs.

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Summary (Cont.) u But CLP is not just a modelling language: It is a full- fledged programming language with complex data structures. u It can be used to program u Search strategies u Heuristics u Constraint solvers u The key to efficient solution of CSPs is the programmibility of CLP.

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