Conference Paper

A New Clause Learning Scheme for Efficient Unsatisfiability Proofs.

Conference: Proceedings of the Twenty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2008, Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 13-17, 2008
Source: DBLP

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