Boolean function

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de:Boolesche Funktion

In mathematics, a Boolean function is usually a function

F(b1, b2, ..., bn)

of a number n of Boolean variables bi from the two-element Boolean algebra {0,1}, and such that F also takes values in {0, 1}. A function on a general domain of a function taking values in {0, 1} would be called a Boolean-valued function, so that Boolean functions are a special case. Such a function with domain {1, 2, 3, ... } is commonly called a binary sequence, i.e. an infinite sequence of 0's and 1's; by restricting to { 1, 2, 3, ..., n } a Boolean function is in a natural way coded by a sequence of length n.

There are <math>2^{2^n}<math> such functions; these play a basic role in questions of complexity theory as well as the design of circuits and chips for digital computers. The properties of boolean functions play a critical role in cryptography, particularly in the design of symmetric key algorithms (see S-box).

See also

External links

  • Boolean Planet (http://www.isrc.qut.edu.au/people/fuller/) — boolean functions in cryptography.
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