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Unformatted text preview: CookLevin Theorem In the 1970’s Stephen Cook and Leonid Levin independently discovered that there are problems in NP whose complexity are related to all other problems in NP – these problems are called NPcomplete problems. As we have seen, NPcomplete problems are related to other NP problems via polynomial reductions. The first and most famous NPcomplete problem discovered was a problem around the satisfiability of logic formulas. – p. 1/ ? SAT A Boolean formula is an expression involving Boolean variables ( x , y , etc. ) and operations ( ∧ , ∨ , ¬ , where ¬ x = x ), φ = ( x ∧ y ) ∨ ( x ∧ z ) . A Boolean formula is satisfiable if some assignment of true and false to the variables of the formula makes the formula evaluate to true . For example, the assignment x = false y = true z = false will make φ above evaluate to true. The satisfiability problem is to test whether a Boolean formula is satisfiable, that is SAT = {h φ i φ is a satisfiable Boolean formula } . – p. 2/ ? SAT Theorem: (CookLevin) SAT ∈ NPcomplete . Proof Sketch: For an NPcomplete problem we need to show that it is in NP and that all A ∈ NP reduce to it. (a) It is easy to see that a truth assignment to the variables of a formula can be checked in polynomial time. (b) We need to show that A ≤ p SAT for all A ∈ NP . This is done by simulating the computations of a NTM deciding A on some string w using Boolean formulas such that w ∈ A iff f ( w ) ∈ SAT where f converts the string w into the Boolean formula f ( w ) . a 2 Note: In some sense this reinforces our notion that firstorder logic is a powerful language to reason about complex problems. a For details, please see the CookLevin Theorem in the book....
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