An Improved Separation of Regular Resolution from Pool Resolution and Clause Learning (Extended Abstract) / 2972
Maria Luisa Bonet, Sam Buss

We establish the unexpected power of conflict driven clause learning (CDCL) proof search by proving that the sets of unsatisfiable clauses obtained from the guarded graph tautology principles of Alekhnovich, Johannsen, Pitassi and Urquhart have polynomial size pool resolution refutations that use only input lemmas as learned clauses. We further show that, under the correct heuristic choices, these refutations can be carried out in polynomial time by CDCL proof search without restarts, even when restricted to greedy, unit-propagating search. The guarded graph tautologies had been conjectured to separate CDCL without restarts from resolution; our results refute this conjecture.