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1 TASC - Theory, Algorithms and Systems for Constraints LINA - Laboratoire d-Informatique de Nantes Atlantique, Département informatique - EMN, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique

Abstract : An AMONG constraint holds if the number of variables that belong to a given value domain is between given bounds. This paper focuses on the case where the variable and value domains are intervals. We investigate the conjunction of AMONG constraints of this type. We prove that checking for satisfiability - and thus, enforcing bound consistency - can be done in polynomial time. The proof is based on a specific decomposition that can be used as such to filter inconsistent bounds from the variable domains. We show that this decomposition is incomparable with the natural conjunction of \textsc{Among} constraints, and that both decompositions do not ensure bound consistency. Still, experiments on randomly generated instances reveal the benefits of this new decomposition in practice. This paper also introduces a generalization of this problem to several dimensions and shows that satisfiability is NP-complete in the multi-dimensional case.

Author: Gilles Chabert - Sophie Demassey -



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