Umans, Christopher
(1998)
*The Minimum Equivalent DNF Problem and Shortest Implicants.*
In:
39th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science.
Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science.
IEEE Computer Society
, Los Alamitos, CA, pp. 556-563.
ISBN 0-8186-9172-7.
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## Abstract

We prove that the Minimum Equivalent DNF problem is _Σ2 ^(p-)complete, resolving a conjecture due to L.J. Stockmeyer (1976). The proof involves as an intermediate step a variant of a related problem in logic minimization, namely, that of finding the shortest implicant of a Boolean function. We also obtain certain results concerning the complexity of the shortest implicant problem that may be of independent interest. When the input is a formula, the shortest implicant problem is Σ_2^(p-)complete, and Σ_2^(p-)hard to approximate to within an n^(1/2-ε) factor. When the input is a circuit, approximation is Σ_2^(p-)hard to within an n^(1-ε) factor. However, when the input is a DNF formula, the shortest implicant problem cannot be Σ_2^(p-)complete unless Σ_2^p=NP[log^2_n]^(NP).

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Additional Information: | © 1998 IEEE. Issue Date: Nov 1998. Date of Current Version: 06 August 2002. Supported by NSF grant CCR-9626361 and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. We would like to thank Christos Papadimitriou for suggesting this problem, and many useful discussions. | |||||||||

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Series Name: | Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science | |||||||||

DOI: | 10.1109/SFCS.1998.743506 | |||||||||

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Official Citation: | Umans, C.; , "The minimum equivalent DNF problem and shortest implicants," Foundations of Computer Science, 1998. Proceedings.39th Annual Symposium on , vol., no., pp.556-563, 8-11 Nov 1998 doi: 10.1109/SFCS.1998.743506 URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=743506&isnumber=15971 | |||||||||

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