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What's the purpose of ANDing a bit mask with all bits set to a value?

I'm adapting an algorithm for calculating a CRC 16-bit CCITT (XModem) value from an ASCII input. I've found some code here. I'm using the function the poster has in his question, but I've noticed at ...
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Unification — removing equations and updating the solution

This question is concerned with the first order unification. Suppose I have a set $D$ of equations and a solution to these equations. Let this solution be a set $S$ of substitutions. Now, suppose I ...
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Combinational Logic - Need help with proof by rewrite

In my Computer Logic class we were assigned the following problem: Complete a truth table that has $3$ inputs $(A, B,C)$ and one output $(F)$. $F$ is asserted whenever $B$ or $C$ are ...
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Can a propositional threshold connective be expressed by standard connectives?

We are given a finite set of propositional atoms $\{x_1, \dots, x_n\}$ and an integer $k$. Can we capture through a propositional formula $\varphi$ (built from the standard connectives $\neg, \wedge, ...
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Logical Reduction

Reducing one computable problem to another by providing an algorithm which transforms an instance of one problem to one of the other (and limiting the time or space of that algorithm) is clear to me. ...
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CTL - model checking for formula $A [a \cup b]$

I'm trying to verify if the following model satisfy $A [a \cup b]$: The algorithm I'm using is taken from "Concepts, Algorithms, and Tools for Model Checking", Joost-Pieter Katoen. In particular I ...
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What are the fundamental principles/algorithms on the process of equation solving?

I have seen a lot of solvers that are capable of, for example, getting an equation such as x ^ 2 + x = 12 and finding x = [3, -4]. I know some of them are implemented by hardcoding special cases. For ...
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CTL vs LTL - when a formula satisfy a model

I'm trying to understand the difference between LTL and CTL. In particular, i'm trying to understand when a model (a transition system eg. Kripke structure) satisfy a formula. This is my point of ...
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Show this is a tautology without using a truth table

I am doing a homework assignment and I've been stuck on this question for a long time now. The question says to prove this equation is a tautology without using a truth table. I assume we have to use ...
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Defining a new operator in CTL

Lets consider a new operator $B$ where $a B b$ means "in every execution, if $b$ holds some time, then $a$ does so before it" and we're asked to define it in CTL. My working: the system can only ...
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Formulating an arrangement problem with STRIPS

The problem is rearranging furniture in a flat. We are given rectangular rooms of natural width and height with doors between them, (the walls have no width) and rectangular furniture at starting ...
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Defining a new (informal) operator in CTL

If you were given a "new operator" Wh and a formula a Wh b meaning that a holds for at least as long as b does (in all executions). How would you define this operator in CTL? This is an exercise ...
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Simplifying a boolean expression

I need to prove: XY+~XZ+YZ=XY+~XZ I cannot think how to do this. I have tried factorising, but I just don't know of any rule that removes one of the terms like above. I start with the LHS, ...
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Some slight confusion with the UNTIL operator in CTL (e.g. a U b)

I've sketched a very small transition system in paint that I'll use as an example. I want to see if $A(aUb)$ holds for this transition system. From my understanding, this CTL formula is asking if ...
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Is Karnaugh Map possible for Maxterms?

I read about Minterms i.e. sums of products, simplification using Karnaugh Graph. Can this graph be used for Maxterms, i.e. products of sums, as well? If yes, then how? If not, then is there some ...
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Given this transition system, for which states are these (very basic) LTL formulas fulfilled?

I missed a lot of lectures for this module due to surgery so I'm trying to teach it to myself now. This is the question I've been working on: First of all, would I be correct in saying that the LTL ...
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Can someone clarify this unification algorithm?

I've been having trouble understanding a unification algorithm for first order logic, as I don't know what a compound expression is. I googled it, but found nothing relevant. I also don't know what a ...
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Turing Machine That Accepts Machines With Undecidable Languages

So I'm reviewing my Computability notes for my final, and I understand how reduction arguments work, but I'm having trouble framing one for the following Turing machine: Undecidable TM = { ⟨M⟩ | L(M) ...
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Open Standard Prolog Knowledge Bases [closed]

Are there any standard Prolog knowledge bases available anywhere that have the same purpose as Cyc, namely to encode generally accepted common sense and human knowledge? Typically containing ...
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Resolution refutation [closed]

This is an assignment so I don't want the answer, just maybe a push in the right direction. The question is: Suppose you are given an algorithm $R$ that can test for any propositional formula in ...
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SMT solves with functions for free varibles

So this sounds like this might lead to an undecidable theory but I thought I would give it a try and ask about it after I found nothing on the subject. I am somewhat interested in finding functions ...
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Is the extension of every undecidable theory undecidable?

While it is not the case that the extension of every decidable theory is decidable, is it true that: the extension of every undecidable theory undecidable? In other words, given an undecidable ...
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Underlying language to specify various types of logic

There exist several different types of logic -- 1st order, 2nd and higher order with many different sets of inference rules possible. What I'm having trouble understanding is what's the "underlying ...
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Is There a Programming Language That Embraces Globals?

All programming languages have globally defined symbols. While best practices invariably abjure their use as mutable entities the philosophy of what is mutable and what is not mutable is highly ...
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Free and bound variables

I am familiar with free and bound variables theory , but while learning I somewhere saw this lambda expression ((lambda var ((fn1 var) & (fn2 var))) argument) From what I have learned it ...
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Understanding a paper on polynomial recursion in all finite types

So I wasn't sure weather or not this counted as "research level" or not but I figured it wasn't so I decided to post it here. There is a paper by S. Bellantoni et al. called "Higher Type Recursion, ...
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Proving Linear Time Temporal Logic formula □ ◊ f ⇔ ◊ □ f

I am new to this topic, Linear Time Temporal Logic and I am trying to prove this equivalence -- $\Box\Diamond f \Leftrightarrow \Diamond\Box f$ This is my take -- Basic definitions: $(\sigma, j) ...
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Hamming Weight to find the sum of 1 bits in the range between A and B inclusive [closed]

I am trying to find the sum of 1 bits in the range between A and B inclusive, where -2^31 <= A <= B <= 2^31 - 1 Input Format: The first line contains the number of test cases T ...
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Type checking relation to logic

I am learning logic and functional programming and there is a topic called Type checking and their relationship to logic , I am unable to find any source that can help me in understanding this topic. ...
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Working out the connectives (And, Or, Not) in a Truth Table that has the outputs [duplicate]

I don't understand how to work backwards to work out a truth table that has been filled out already (I don't know the logical operators). E.g P | Q | Output 1 | 1 | 1 1 | 0 | 0 0 | 0 | 0 0 | 1 | 0 ...
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Prove the existence of a proposition logical formula so that following conditions are fulfilled

For two proposition logical formulas $\phi$ and $\chi$ so that $\phi\implies\chi$ is generally valid. How can I prove that there is a formular $\psi$ with $var(\psi )\subseteq var(\phi )\cap var(\chi ...
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Creating branch less than equals zero MIPS instruction in single cycle circuit

As a project I'm trying to implement a MIPS processor. I have a circuit similar to the one below. My question is what would be a way to implement a ...
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Does the Y combinator contradict the Curry-Howard correspondence?

The Y combinator has the type $(a \rightarrow a) \rightarrow a$. By the Curry-Howard Correspondence, because the type $(a \rightarrow a) \rightarrow a$ is inhabited, it must correspond to a true ...
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Karnaugh Map is this the simplest solution possible?

I'm learning to use a Karnaugh map but I'm not sure if I obtained the simplest expression possible. Have a look at this example Truth table (where A B C yield F): ...
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Difference between equivalence and implication

In terms of CTL formulae, what is the difference between equivalence and implication? (prop = some proposition, && = conjunction, AG = CTL syntax for "globally holds") E.g. AG (prop1 ...
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How can I translate this quantified logical expression into english

I was reading chapter-1 The Foundations: Logic and Proofs from this book. The chapter gives example of translating English sentence : "There is a woman who has taken a flight on every airline in the ...
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Meaning of empty clause

Why does the empty clause is logically equivalent to a contraddiction: $\square \cup \square \Longleftrightarrow \perp$ and why the empty cube is logically equivalent to a tautology: $\square \cap ...
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Terminology about the word Function : General vs Computable

I've seen two different concepts referred to by the term "function": A small part of a program specified by the composition of constants and other functions as paramaters, such as the "functions" in ...
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Using the rules of inferences

I know the rules of inferences and logical equivalence but I cannot seem to validate this argument. I rewrote the first premise as $\neg p\vee q$ other from that I am stuck. Any help will be ...
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Computational equivalences between a calculus and an automaton model

This Wikipedia table (template for "Formal languages and grammars") maps grammar to language to abstract machine for more than a dozen languages. ...
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How can I simplify the following Product of Sums: ab+ac'+a'b'+a'c+b'c'+bc?

I started with POS: (a+b+c)(a+b'+c)(a'+b+c)(a'+b+c') and after a long while, I got: ab+ac'+a'b'+a'c+b'c'+bc and then I'm not sure how to simplify this. I thought maybe I can cancel the ab with a'b', ...
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Propositional logic — syntactical completeness

Lets consider propositional logic. We say a proof system for propositional logic is syntactically (negation) complete if for every $\alpha$, either $\alpha$ or $\neg \alpha$ are provable within the ...
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What is the definition of a $\Pi_1$-sentence?

What is meant when somebody says that a problem can be expressed as a $\Pi_1$-sentence? I know that for the arithmetical hierarchy, a $\Pi^0_1$-sentence is a sentence of the form $\forall n_1\forall ...
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Descriptive complexity: 3-colorability example

So in Neil Immerman's book http://books.google.co.kr/books?id=kWSZ0OWnupkC&pg=PA113&lpg=PA113#v=onepage&q&f=false, 3-colorability problem in descriptive complexity fashion is expressed ...
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Recursive equations vs. inference rules

It seems to me that recursive equations can always be presented as inference rules. For the forward direction, an example is addition over Peono numerals (built from $O$ and $S(\_)$) $$ ...
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A graph in descriptive complexity - is $x$ already a vertex?

So suppose that there is an undirected graph with edge connections known. Now in first-order logic there is quantifier $\forall x$. Then does this automatically refer to vertexes, or can we use ...
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How to prove that a predicate is prefix closed

Suppose we have the predicate $\qquad A.p.q ≡ (∀i \mid p≤i≤j<q : X.i≤X.j)$ which says that $X[p..q)$ is ascending. Apparently, the predicate holds for empty segments, is prefix closed and is ...
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Does a logical system have semantics?

From Wikipedia: A logical system or, for short, logic, is a formal system together with a form of semantics, usually in the form of model-theoretic interpretation, which assigns truth values to ...
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Does Herbrand's theorem mean any first-order logic formula can be expressed in CNF?

Herbrand's theorem shows that any formula of first-order logic can be expressed as a disjunction of quantifier-free formulas of first-order logic. Is this equivalent to saying that Herbrand's theorem ...
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First Order interpretation of arbitrary structures as a graph

I am currently trying to get some intuition on the concept of First Order reductions, and have come across this exercise question by Immerman, dubbed "Everything is a Graph". Given some arbitrary ...