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Counting with Combined Splitting and Capture-Recapture Methods


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  • Paul Dupuis

    (Brown University, Providence, USA)

  • Bahar Kaynar

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Ad Ridder

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Reuven Rubinstein

    (Technion, Haifa, Israel)

  • Radislav Vaisman

    (Technion, Haifa, Israel)


We apply the splitting method to three well-known counting problems, namely 3-SAT, random graphs with prescribed degrees, and binary contingency tables. We present an enhanced version of the splitting method based on the capture-recapture technique, and show by experiments the superiority of this technique for SAT problems in terms of variance of the associated estimators, and speed of the algorithms.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 11-062/4.

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Date of creation: 07 Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20110062

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Keywords: Counting; Gibbs Sampler; Capture-Recapture; Splitting;

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