# Re: [eclipse-clp-users] Symmetry

From: Marco Gavanelli <marco.gavanelli_at_...17...>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:12:52 +0100
```On 26/01/12 15:09, Bogdan Tanasa wrote:
> I have a problem for which the boolean optimization variables are of the
> following form (a matrix):
>
>
>
> x_11, x_12, .., x_1n
>
> x_21, x_22, .., x_2n
>
> .
>
> x_n1, x_n2, .., x_nn
>
>
>
> In my case a solution of the form
>
> 0 1 0 1
>
> 0 0 0 1
>
> 0 1 0 1
>
> Is identical with
>
> 1 0 1 0
>
> 0 0 1 0
>
> 1 0 1 0
>
>> From the cost function point of view.
>
>
>
> Can you please tell me how to ignore exploring the symmetrical solutions of
> this form ?

To avoid this symmetry (this very symmetry), you can add the constraint:

X_11 #\= 0 or X_12 #\= 1 or X_13 #\= 0 or X_14 #\= 1 or
X_21 #\= 0 or X_22 #\= 0 or X_23 #\= 0 or X_24 #\= 1 or
X_31 #\= 0 or X_32 #\= 1 or X_33 #\= 0 or X_34 #\= 1

If you want something more general, you might want to explain in more
detail why these two solutions are symmetric in your problem.

Best,
Marco

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Received on Thu Jan 26 2012 - 15:42:47 CET

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