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Enumerating Homomorphisms

Abstract : The homomorphism problem for relational structures is an a bstract way of formulating constraint satisfaction problems (CSP) and various problems in database theory. The decision version of the homomorphism problem received a lot of attention in li terature; in particular, the way the graph-theoretical structure of the variables and constrai nts influences the complexity of the problem is intensively studied. Here we study the problem of enumerating all the solutions with polynomial delay from a similar point of view. It turns out that the enumeration problem behaves very differently from the decision version. We give evidence that it is unlikely that a characterization result similar to the decision version can be obtained. Nevertheless, we show nontrivial cases where enumeration can be done with polynomial delay.
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Andrei A. Bulatov, Victor Dalmau, Martin Grohe, Daniel Marx. Enumerating Homomorphisms. 26th International Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science STACS 2009, Feb 2009, Freiburg, Germany. pp.231-242. ⟨inria-00359270⟩



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