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    Linear read-once and related Boolean functions

    Lozin, V. and Razgon, Igor and Zamaraev, V. and Zamaraeva, E. and Zolotykh, N. (2018) Linear read-once and related Boolean functions. Discrete Applied Mathematics 250 (11), pp. 16-27. ISSN 0166-218X.

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    It is known that a positive Boolean function f depending on n variables has at least n + 1 extremal points, i.e. minimal ones and maximal zeros. We show that f has exactly n + 1 extremal points if and only if it is linear read-once. The class of linear read-once functions is known to be the intersection of the classes of read-once and threshold functions. Generalizing this result we show that the class of linear read-once functions is the intersection of read-once and Chow functions. We also find the set of minimal read-once functions which are not linear read-once and the set of minimal threshold functions which are not linear read-once. In other words, we characterize the class of linear read-once functions by means of minimal forbidden subfunctions within the universe of read-once and the universe of threshold functions. Within the universe of threshold functions the importance of linear read-once functions is due to the fact that they attain the minimum value of the specification number, which is n + 1 for functions depending on n variables. In 1995 Anthony et al. conjectured that for all other threshold functions the specification number is strictly greater than n+ 1. We disprove this conjecture by exhibiting a threshold non-linear read-once function depending on n variables whose specification number is n + 1.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Igor Razgon
    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2018 11:12
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:44


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