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NAME

boolstuff - Disjunctive Normal Form boolean expression C++ library

SYNOPSIS

g++ prog.cpp -lboolstuff

DESCRIPTION

boolstuff
is a C++ library that contains an algorithm to convert a boolean expression
binary tree into the Disjunctive Normal Form. The NOT operator
is supported. A C API covers most of the library's functionality.

The Disjunctive Normal Form is an ORing of ANDed terms.
In other words, if the OR is considered an additive operation and
the AND a multiplicative operation, then the DNF is a sum of products.

For example, the DNF of the expression
a&(b|c)
is
a&b|a&c

The DNF eliminates parentheses and provides a normalized
form of the original expression.
This normalized form is easier to execute.

The DNF produced by BoolStuff
is devoid of any "useless" terms, which are always false
(e.g., x&y&!x),
but the terms that form the DNF are not necessarily simplified
(e.g., x&y&x).
When executing an expression in DNF, it is recommended to obtain the
list of terms and then to obtain the set of variables used in each term.
In the case of the term x&y&x, the set will only contain
x once.

EXAMPLES

The library's source archive comes with an example program
(in the 'examples' subdirectory) and with two testing programs (in the
src/boolstuff subdirectory).

LICENSE

This program is free software; you may redistribute it under the terms of
the GNU General Public License. This program has absolutely no warranty.

Version 0.1.x is an unstable development version.
The programming interface of the library
and the command-line options of the accompanying commands
are not necessarily fixed.
The documentation has not been reviewed for completeness.

HISTORY

George Boole (1815-1864) is an English mathematician who helped establish
modern symbolic logic and whose algebra of logic, now called Boolean
algebra, is basic to the design of digital computer circuits.