2011 IEEE 26th Annual Conference on Computational Complexity (2011)

San Jose, California USA

June 8, 2011 to June 11, 2011

ISSN: 1093-0159

ISBN: 978-0-7695-4411-3

pp: 93-103

DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/CCC.2011.17

ABSTRACT

We study the proof complexity of Paris-Harrington's Large Ramsey Theorem for bi-colorings of graphs. We prove a non-trivial conditional lower bound in Resolution and a quasi-polynomial upper bound in bounded-depth Frege. The lower bound is conditional on a (very reasonable) hardness assumption for a weak (quasi-polynomial) Pigeonhole principle in Res(2). We show that under such assumption, there is no refutation of the Paris-Harrington formulas of size quasi-polynomial in the number of propositional variables. The proof technique for the lower bound extends the idea of using a combinatorial principle to blow-up a counterexample for another combinatorial principle beyond the threshold of inconsistency. A strong link with the proof complexity of an unbalanced Ramsey principle for triangles is established. This is obtained by adapting some constructions due to Erdos and Mills.

INDEX TERMS

proof complexity, bounded-depth frege, resolution, ramsey

CITATION

N. Galesi, M. Lauria and L. Carlucci, "Paris-Harrington Tautologies,"

*2011 IEEE 26th Annual Conference on Computational Complexity(CCC)*, San Jose, California USA, 2011, pp. 93-103.

doi:10.1109/CCC.2011.17

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