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Symmetric Boolean function

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Symmetric Boolean function

In mathematics, a symmetric Boolean function is a Boolean function whose value does not depend on the permutation of its input bits, i.e., it depends only on the number of ones in the input.[1]

The definition implies that instead of the truth table, traditionally used to represent Boolean functions, one may use a more compact representation for an n-variable symmetric Boolean function: the (n + 1)-vector, whose i-th entry (i = 0, ..., n) is the value of the function on an input vector with i ones.

Special cases

A number of special cases are recognized.[1]

  • Threshold functions: their value is 1 on input vectors with k or more ones for a fixed k
  • Exact-value functions: their value is 1 on input vectors with k ones for a fixed k
  • Counting functions : their value is 1 on input vectors with the number of ones congruent to k mod m for fixed km
  • Parity functions: their value is 1 if the input vector has odd number of ones.


  1. ^ a b Ingo Wegener, "The Complexity of Symmetric Boolean Functions", in: Computation Theory and Logic, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 270, 1987, pp. 433-442

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