A fast and simple algorithm for identifying 2-monotonic positive Boolean functions

  • Kazuhisa Makino
  • Toshihide Ibaraki
Session 8
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1004)


Consider the problem of identifying min T(f) and max F(f) of a positive (i.e., monotone) Boolean function f, by using membership queries only, where min T(f) (max F(f)) denotes the set of minimal true vectors (maximal false vectors) of f. As the existence of a polynomial total time algorithm (i.e., polynomial time in the length of input and output) for this problem is still open, we consider here a restricted problem: given an unknown positive function f of n variables, decide whether f is 2-monotonic or not, and if f is 2-monotonic, output both min T(f) and max. F(f). For this problem, we propose a simple algorithm, which is based on the concept of maximum latency, and show that it uses O(n2m) time and O(n2m) queries, where m=¦ min T(f)¦+¦ max F(f)¦. This answers affirmatively the conjecture raised in [3, 4], and is an improvement over the two algorithms discussed therein: one uses O(n3m) time and O(n3m) queries, and the other uses O(nm2+n2m) time and O(nm) queries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuhisa Makino
    • 1
  • Toshihide Ibaraki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Graduate School of EngineeringKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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