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Is any sudoku solver an SAT solver?

I have recently created a sudoku solver using C#, which outputs the solution to a sudoku after a reasonable amount of time in many cases. I have used the basic sudoku SAT-reduction (i.e. x111 meaning ...
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When is a 1-in-3 SAT clause satisfied?

How does exactly 1 in 3 sat work given the variables Xi, Xy, Xz if one of the variables in the formula are negative. We know that the results are if they are all positive given that: R(Xi, Xy, Xz) = ...
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Emulating equal operator using multiplication

I have two values $A$ and $B$, I want to know if I can implement the equals $=$ operation as the product of the two values. I can apply any function to $A$ and any function to $B$, but I need to use ...
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Boolean expression to a truth table

How do I fill a truth table from the following expression? I can't decide whether it is SOP or POS. Y=(A+B)C+AB`+(A+C)C`+(`AB)
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If it's Possible to Create the If-Statement from Simpler Primitives

This question is about how to create an if statement (one of the control-flow statements) from scratch. An if-statement is typically a built-in construct in ...
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Are there any techniques for checking whether a clause is subsumed by another clause when adding it to a cnf formula?

When doing variable elimination on a formula in cnf form, there is created a lot of new clauses. Is there any efficient way to check if these are subsumed by other, already existing clauses?
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When using resolution variable elimination to simplify a cnf, does that change the truth values of the other variables?

When you use resolution variable elimination to preprocess/simplify a formula in cnf form the resulting formula is equisatisfiable. What I wonder about is if I can use this technique to remove ...
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Boolean Algebra : Using identities, prove x(x + y) = x

Example: Prove the ABSORPTION LAW: $$ x(x + y) = x $$ $ Solution: \\ x(x + y) \\ = (x + 0)(x + y) \;\;\;\;\; Identity \;Law \\ = x + (0 · y) \;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\; Distributive \;Law \\ = x + y · 0 ...
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Simple example of exponential gap between monotone and non-monotone circuits

Is there a simple example of a Boolean function $f:\{0,1\}^m \to \{0,1\}$ that we know can be computed by a polynomial-size circuit, but cannot be computed by any polynomial-size monotone circuit? ...
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About sign-rank of Boolean functions

Do we know of any necessary condition for a Boolean function or say a depth $2$ LTF circuit to have a low (~poly(dim)) sign-rank?
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Does XNOR of three variable equals XOR of same three variables

I came across following excerpt: $(x'y'+xy)'z'+(x'y'+xy)z=x\oplus y\oplus z$ What I see is left hand side is XNOR of $x,y$ and on right, $z$ and I get XOR of of $x,y$ and $z$ !!! In other word, ...
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Proof of Demorgan's law [duplicate]

how can i prove Demorgan's law (X+Y)'=X'. Y'?I already tried studying book but doesn't understand the first step so plz answer in detail.(beginner here)
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What's difference between SUM and OR?

While studying ALU I came across this example, now what's difference between operations of OR Gate and SUM(Adder), in binary language
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How can i design this function using only NAND and XOR gates?

I have this initial function \begin{split}(\overline{A}+\overline{B})(\overline{D}+\overline{C})+AB\overline{(\overline{C}+\overline{D})}\end{split} Which i reduced to \begin{split}{\overline{AB}*\...
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How many 3-SAT expressions with up to N variables are satisfiable?

TL;DR There are exactly 255 possible 3-sat expressions with exactly 3 variables (more meticulously defined below). Of those, exactly 254 are satisfiable. There are exactly 4,294,967,295 possible 3-...
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Programmatically checking equivalence of statements

So as part of a theorem-prover/checker, I'm using Prolog to try to determine the equivalence of statements that have been parsed into tree form, e.g. $x=2$ is represented as ...
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Common parse tree for several formulas

I have a large (~1k) number of boolean formulas like: f1(x) = p1 AND p2 f2(x) = (p1 AND p2) OR p3 f3(x) = p4 OR !p5 The argument x is a set, and the predicates (...
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Does the 3SAT problems have to have consistent operators?

What are the rules pertaining to 3SAT as to the actual boolean equation? The main thing I do not understand is in a given boolean expression within a single clause can you have both AND + OR ...
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LTF circuits and $AC^0$

Do we know if all of $AC^0$ can be captured by polynomial sized depth $2$ LTF circuits? (with or without polynomially bounded weights). For any vector $w \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and any number $c \in \...
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Taking mod $2$ with LTF gates

Consider the function : $\mathbb{Z}^{\geq 0} \rightarrow \{0,1\}$ given as $n \mapsto n \bmod 2$. Does this have an easy implementation using Linear Threshold Function gates? I do not mean that the ...
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Are there quantum algorithm that solve the boolean satisfiability problem in subexponential time?

Are there quantum algorithms that solve the boolean satisfiability problem in subexponential time? Do they just give a determination as to whether an expression can ever evaluate to true, or can they ...
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Simplyfing a particular boolean expression

I'm having a lot of trouble with two problems the first is: ...
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Infinite Boolean circuits as a model of computation

Boolean circuits are non-uniform models of computation in that they require a different circuit for each length of input. The typical way of uniformizing a family of Boolean circuits is to define a ...
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Determine whether a variable has positive influence in Boolean function

Given a Boolean function $f$ over the set of variables $X =\{ x_1,...,x_n \}$, the influence of $x_i$ is defined as the probability that changing only $x_i$ on random input changes $f$. Given a ...
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Is such variant of SAT always satisfiable?

Let we have a SAT instance where every clause has length $\ge3$ (when length $2$ is allowed, it can be unsatisfiable) and each pair of literals appear only once. Non-example: $(x\lor y\lor z)\land(x\...
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2CNF with 3 variable occurences

If we do not allow unit clauses, can 2CNF containing 3 occurences per variable be unsatisfiable? Every time I try to connect opposing variables to a cycle, I need to draw 4 edges for at least one ...
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Determining when equal 2CNF has pure literal

Let us assume that we have a 2CNF $\varphi(X,y)$. Then we want to see if there is equal formula where $y$ (or $\overline y$) is pure literal. Can this be done in polynomial time? Are there some ...
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Maximal combinations in a Boolean algebra

Consider a finite set $X$ and the boolean algebra $\mathcal{P}(X)$ of the subsets of $X$. While I focus on $\mathcal{P}(X)$ in this question, the problem could be expressed more generally in any ...
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Is boolean formula isomorphism NP-complete?

Problem. Given 2 functions $f,~g$ of the same length $n$, decide if we can change variables in $f$ such that it will be identical to $g$. There are exponentially many non-isomorphical functions (as ...
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How to find minimum number of k-input LUTs needed to express a n variable boolean function?

An k-input LUT (look up table) takes in atmost k-inputs and gives 1 output (which is a function of the k inputs). I need to devise an algorithm to find the minimum number of k-input LUT's required to ...
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Understanding kQBF: changing order of quantification?

2QBF is a problem of determining whether formula $\exists X~\forall Y:\varphi(X,Y)$ is valid. $X$ and $Y$ here are sets of variables. Next, 3QBF asks if formula $\exists X~\forall Y~\exists Z:\varphi(...
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Boolean Logic Equation

How can I prove this. what is the way? im up to the second last line. and i dont actually know how can x * (1 + y) then the y just disappears into x * 1. ...
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Is generating MIN-3-UNSAT $\mathsf{NP}$-hard?

Input: amount of variables (with minimum of $10$ since otherwise problem is unsolvable). Output: unsatisfiable formula. Restrictions: Every clause contains exactly 3 variables. Every clause differs ...
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How to convert a graph into a Boolean formula that represents all paths from a source node to a sink node?

I have a DAG. I want to construct a boolean formula $\varphi$ that represents all paths from a source node to a sink node. In particular, I have a variable for each vertex. A path $v_1 \to v_2 \to \...
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Small world theorem for set constraints

Let $S_1,\dots,S_n$ be variables representing unknown sets. A set expression has the form $S_i$, $\overline{E}$ (the complement of $E$), or $E \cap E'$, where $E,E'$ are set expressions. A ...
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Can minimal CNF contain clause longer than initial CNF?

Let $\Phi$ be a k-CNF and $\Phi_{min}$ be a minimal CNF (one that contains smallest amount of literal occurences) that is equal to $\Phi$. Can $\Phi_{min}$ contain a clause of size $m > k$? What ...
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Converting Boolean Expression for NAND Gate Implementation - DeMorgan's Law

If I have the sum-of-products expression B~CD + ACD how would I convert this so it could be implemented using 3-input NAND gates through DeMorgan's Law? Would this ...
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Design an algorithm,have polynomial complexity for deciding satisfiability of a 1-conjective Normal Form boolean formula

I undetstand each part of the word group in this question. I have search for a while but I still can't understand what the whole question want me to do. I will state what I know and give an assumption ...
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Boolean expression to logic gates

Hello I need help with xy xor z, do I do the logic AND first or the XOR, no parenthesis. Thank You
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How to fill cell-network partition matrix of a function?

I'm trying to understand a paper (Tandem Networks of Universal Cells, Butler, 1978 1), but I can't make it past the first paragraph: Consider the $x_l … x_{k - 1} | x_k$ partition matrix of a ...
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Why is the inner product of -1,+1 binary variables at most $n-2$ and not at most $n-1$?

In short, if $x \neq u_i \in \{\pm1 \}^n$ then why is: $$ \langle x, u_i \rangle \leq n-2 $$ but not: $$ \langle x, u_i \rangle \leq n-1 $$ ? To add context: I was reading understanding machine ...
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Simplifying this Boolean Expression

I have to simplify A+C'+B'CD but I don't see how. I had to deduce the expression starting from a logic diagram in which two AND gates were used for the B'CD part. Seeing the diagram all I can think ...
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Absorption Law Proof by Algebra

I'm struggling to understand the absorption law proof and I hope maybe you could help me out. The absorption law states that: $X + XY = X$ Which is equivalent to $(X \cdot 1) + (XY) = X$ No problem ...
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What is a simple way of explaining what a linear boolean function means in boolean algebra and relating it to the standard definition of linearity?

I was reading notes on computability theory when I came across the term "Linearity" which I was not familiar with, in the context of boolean functions. I am quite comfortable what linear maps mean in ...
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substituting expressions

I have a set of expressions $E_1 .. E_n$ over boolean variables and I'm looking for an assignment to the variables so that all expressions are satisfied. Normally this would be NP-complete, but I ...
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Boolean absorption

A and ( A or C ) = A And A or A and C = A How do these identities work? Using the rule A and ( B or C ) = A and B or A and C For the first identity, I get A and A or A and C = A or A ...
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What is the simplification of AB + BC + (~B)C?

AB + C is not the answer. The correct answer is AB + BC. HOW?
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Is 2QBF in P^NP?

2QBF is the following problem: given a CNF formula $\psi$ on $2n$ variables, determine the truth value of $$\forall x \in \{0,1\}^n . \exists y \in \{0,1\}^n . \psi(x,y).$$ Question: Is 2QBF in $P^{...
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How to simplify sum of products boolean expression?

I started with this sum of products: abc’d’ + abc’d + ab’cd’ + a’b’cd’ + a’bc’d + a’bcd + ab’c’d + a’b’c’d I have been able to simplify to this: ...
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Why can't we reduce register automata to symbolic automata?

When considering automata, they are normally considered over finite alphabets. The following are two types of automata that can handle words over infinite alphabets (definitions included for clarity). ...