satisfiability problem

A problem used as an example in complexity theory. It can be stated thus:

 Given a Boolean expression E, decide if there is some
 assignment to the variables in E such that E is true.

A Boolean expression is composed of Boolean variables, (logical) negation (NOT), (logical) conjunction (AND) and parentheses for grouping. The satisfiability problem was the first problem to be proved to be NP-complete (by Cook).

["Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation" by Hopcroft and Ullman, pub. Addison-Wesley].

Last updated: 1994-11-11

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