The SAT+CAS method for combinatorial search with applications to best matrices
Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
In this paper, we provide an overview of the SAT+CAS method that combines satisfiability checkers (SAT solvers) and computer algebra systems (CAS) to resolve combinatorial conjectures, and present new results vis-à-vis best matrices. The SAT+CAS method is a variant of the Davis8211Putnam8211Logemann8211Loveland DPLL(T) architecture, where the T solver is replaced by a CAS. We describe how the SAT+CAS method has been previously used to resolve many open problems from graph theory, combinatorial
... esign theory, and number theory, showing that the method has broad applications across a variety of fields. Additionally, we apply the method to construct the largest best matrices yet known and present new skew Hadamard matrices constructed from best matrices. We show the best matrix conjecture (that best matrices exist in all orders of the form r^2+r+1) which was previously known to hold for r≤6 also holds for r=7. We also confirmed the results of the exhaustive searches that have been previously completed for r≤6.