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Definitions

• Backjumping - Advancement of the search by skipping over some choice points that cannot possibly lead to a solution.

• BDD - A Binary Decision Diagram is a DAG-representation of a Boolean function expressed using only the operator if-then-else, plus constants T and F, Boolean variables, and parentheses. BDD representations are usually far more compact than truth table representations. The form of BDDs we used are reduced and ordered as these are canonical representations of functions.

• Boolean Function - A Boolean function has one or more variable or Boolean function arguments and may or may not return a Boolean value depending on values assigned to or returned from its arguments. Any Boolean function can be expressed in terms of a nesting of Boolean functions as BDDs. This fact is used to express arbitrary Boolean functions in our canonical form (see Section ).

• Boolean Variable - A variable may or may not be assigned a value: if it is assigned a value that value is one of the atoms in the set , where and may be thought of as corresponding to true and false, respectively. In this document we alternatively and interchangeably use the set for since so much of the literature uses that notation. Hereafter, when we say variable we mean Boolean variable.

• Choice point - The point in a search where an uninferred variable is given a value decided upon by some heuristic.

• Clause - A disjunction () of literals. For example, .

• CNF - Conjunctive Normal Form. A conjunction () of clauses. This is an important form for Boolean expressions since there exists an efficient translation to a logically equivalent CNF expression from any Boolean expression.

• DIMACS CNF - Standard format accepted by all CNF SAT solvers. For a complete specification of this format see

ftp://dimacs.rutgers.edu/pub/challenge/satisfiability/doc/satformat.dvi

Skeletal descriptions are found in Sections  and .

• Equi-satisfiable - A scheme for translating one Boolean function to another such that the target function is satisfiable if and only if the source function is satisfiable is said to produce an equi-satisfiable target function.

• Inference - An assignment of a value to a variable that is forced due to the constraints of the given expression.

• Lemma - A Boolean expression inferred (i.e., learned) during the search. SBSAT learns lemmas by analyzing why some branch of the search tree failed to find a solution. SBSAT's lemmas are clauses. A solver, such as SBSAT, that learns lemmas can often use previously learned lemmas to avoid researching the same failed variable assignments.

• Literal - A variable or its negation. For example, or . If the variable is assigned the value T then the value of literal is T and the value of is F.

• Logically equivalent - A scheme for translating one Boolean function to another such that the target function evaluates to the same truth value as the source function in every model is said to produce a logically equivalent target function.

• Preprocessing - Operations applied to an sbsat input expression before search commences. Many such operations are possible and running one operation may affect the result of others. A list of all preprocessing options and descriptions of their operation is given in Section .

• Satisfiable - A Boolean function is satisfiable if and only if there exists an assignment of values to its variables which causes it to evaluate to 1. A section of the output generated by sbsat says whether the input expression is satisfiable. For example, see the next to last line of Figure  below.

• Solution - An assignment of values to variables of a Boolean function which causes it to evaluate to 1. A section of the output generated by sbsat provides a solution, if one exists and if the proper command line switches are set. For example, see the last lines of Figure . A solution, as presented by sbsat, is a list of variable names and each that is preceeded by a '-' is assigned value F and all others are assigned value T.

• Standard input - An input stream from the console to a running executable, for example sbsat. Input may be redirected in Unix or Windows using the < character before the entity containing desired input, usually a file.

• Standard output - An output stream to the console from a running executable, for example sbsat. Output may be redirected in Unix or Windows using the > character before the entity which is to receive the stream, usually a file.

• Switch - an sbsat option given by the user on the command line. Switches are always preceeded either by a dash (-) or a double dash (-). All switches understood by sbsat are listed and described briefly in Section .

• Truth Table - The truth table for a particular Boolean function is a listing of all possible assignments of values to the variables of the function; and next to each assignment is the value the function takes under that assignment.

• Unary, Binary, and Ternary Boolean Functions (not, and, nand, or, nor, xor, equ, imp, nimp, ite ) - A Boolean function of two variables. There are different binary Boolean functions and 2 unary functions. Names associated with a subset of these that include only non-trivial functions are given in the following table where, for binary functions, the bits of the 1-0 strings correspond to function values given input values of 00, 01, 10, and 11, respectively, from left to right, and for the unary function the two bit strings correspond to input values of 0 and 1, respectively, from left to right. An important ternary function is if-then-else which we call ite. Its functionality is also expressed in the table with the obvious correspondence between input values and function values.
 Binary Unary and 0001 nand 1110 not 10 or 0111 nor 1000 equ 1001 xor 0110 Ternary imp 1101 nimp 0010 ite 01010011

• Unsatisfiable - A Boolean function is unsatisfiable if and only if it is not satisfiable. A section of the output generated by sbsat will say whether the input expression is unsatisfiable.

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John Franco 2011-09-15