A Complete Dichotomy Rises from the Capture of Vanishing Signatures

A Complete Dichotomy Rises from the Capture of Vanishing Signatures - Jin-Yi Cai

Jin-Yi Cai
University of Wisconsin
November 19, 2012

Holant Problems are a broad framework to describe counting problems. The framework generalizes counting Constraint Satisfaction Problems and partition functions of Graph Homomorphisms.

We prove a complexity dichotomy theorem for Holant problems over an arbitrary set of complex-valued symmetric constraint functions $\mathcal{F}$, also called signatures, on Boolean variables. This extends and unifies all previous dichotomies for Holant problems on symmetric signatures (taking values without a finite modulus).

The dichotomy theorem has an explicit tractability criterion.

A Holant problem defined by $\mathcal{F}$ is solvable in polynomial time if it satisfies this tractability criterion, and is \#P-hard otherwise.

The proof of this theorem utilizes many previous dichotomy theorems on Holant problems and Boolean \#CSP. Holographic transformations play an indispensable role, not only as a proof technique, but also in the statement of the dichotomy criterion.