- Post's lattice
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logic anduniversal algebra ,**Post's lattice**denotes the lattice of all clones on a two-element set {0, 1}, ordered by inclusion. It is named forEmil Post , who published a complete description of the lattice in 1941 [*E. L. Post, "The two-valued iterative systems of mathematical logic", Annals of Mathematics studies, no. 5, Princeton University Press, Princeton 1941, 122 pp.*] . The relative simplicity of Post's lattice is in stark contrast to the lattice of clones on a three-element (or larger) set, which has thecardinality of the continuum , and a complicated inner structure. A modern exposition of Post's result can be found in Lau (2006) [*D. Lau, "Function algebras on finite sets: Basic course on many-valued logic and clone theory", Springer, New York, 2006, 668 pp. ISBN 978-3-540-36022-3*] .**Basic concepts**A

Boolean function , orlogical connective , is an "n"-ary operation nowrap|"f":**2**^{"n"}→**2**for some nowrap|"n" ≥ 1, where**2**denotes the two-element set {0, 1}. Particular Boolean functions are the projections:$pi\_k^n(x\_1,dots,x\_n)=x\_k,$and given an "m"-ary function "f", and "n"-ary functions "g"_{1}, …, "g"_{"m"}, we can construct another "n"-ary function:$h(x\_1,dots,x\_n)=f(g\_1(x\_1,dots,x\_n),dots,g\_m(x\_1,dots,x\_n)),$called their composition. A set of functions closed under composition, and containing all projections, is called a clone.Let "B" be a set of connectives. The functions which can be defined by a formula using

propositional variable s and connectives from "B" form a clone ["B"] , indeed it is the smallest clone which includes "B". We call ["B"] the clone "generated" by "B", and say that "B" is the "basis" of ["B"] . For example, [¬, ⋀] are all Boolean functions, and [0, 1, ⋀, ⋁] are the monotone functions.We use the operations ¬ (

negation ), ⋀ (conjunction or meet), ⋁ (disjunction or join), → (implication), ↔ (biconditional), + (exclusive disjunction orBoolean ring addition ), ↛ (nonimplication), ?: (the ternary ) and the constant unary functions 0 and 1. Moreover, we need thethreshold function s:$mathrm\{th\}^n\_k(x\_1,dots,x\_n)=egin\{cases\}1\; ext\{if\; \}igl|\{imid\; x\_i=1\}igr|ge\; k,\backslash 0\; ext\{otherwise.\}end\{cases\}$For example, th_{1}^{"n"}is the large disjunction of all the variables "x"_{"i"}, and th_{"n"}^{"n"}is the large conjunction. Of particular importance is themajority function :$mathrm\{maj\}=mathrm\{th\}^3\_2=(xland\; y)lor(xland\; z)lor(yland\; z).$We denote elements of

**2**^{"n"}(i.e., truth-assignments) as vectors: nowrap|1=**a**= ("a"_{1}, …, "a"_{"n"}). The set**2**^{"n"}carries a natural product Boolean algebra structure. That is, ordering, meets, joins, and other operations on "n"-ary truth assignments are defined pointwise::$(a\_1,dots,a\_n)le(b\_1,dots,b\_n)iff\; a\_ile\; b\_i\; ext\{\; for\; every\; \}i=1,dots,n,$:$(a\_1,dots,a\_n)land(b\_1,dots,b\_n)=(a\_1land\; b\_1,dots,a\_nland\; b\_n).$**Naming of clones**Intersection of an arbitrary number of clones is again a clone. It is convenient to denote intersection of clones by simple , i.e., the clone nowrap|"C"

_{1}⋂ "C"_{2}⋂ … ⋂ "C"_{"k"}is denoted by "C"_{1}"C"_{2}…"C"_{"k"}. Some special clones are introduced below:

*M is the set of monotone functions: nowrap|"f"(**a**) ≤ "f"(**b**) for every nowrap|**a**≤**b**.

*D is the set of self-dual functions: nowrap|1=¬"f"(**a**) = "f"(¬**a**).

*A is the set of affine functions: the functions satisfying::$f(a\_1,dots,a\_\{i-1\},c,a\_\{i+1\},dots,a\_n)=f(a\_1,dots,d,a\_\{i+1\},dots)\; Rightarrow\; f(b\_1,dots,c,b\_\{i+1\},dots)=f(b\_1,dots,d,b\_\{i+1\},dots)$:for every "i" ≤ "n",**a**,**b**∈**2**^{"n"}, and "c", "d" ∈**2**. Equivalently, the functions expressible as nowrap|1="f"("x"_{1}, …, "x"_{"n"}) = "a"_{0}+ "a"_{1}"x"_{1}+ … + "a"_{"n"}"x"_{"n"}for some "a"_{0},**a**.

*U is the set of "essentially unary" functions, i.e., functions which depend on at most one input variable: there exists an "i" = 1, …, "n" such that nowrap|1="f"(**a**) = "f"(**b**) whenever nowrap|1="a"_{"i"}= "b"_{"i"}.

*Λ is the set of "conjunctive" functions: nowrap|1="f"(**a**⋀**b**) = "f"(**a**) ⋀ "f"(**b**). The clone Λ consists of the conjunctions $f(x\_1,dots,x\_n)=igwedge\_\{iin\; I\}x\_i$ for all subsets "I" of {1, …, "n"} (including the empty conjunction, i.e., the constant 1), and the constant 0.

*V is the set of "disjunctive" functions: nowrap|1="f"(**a**⋁**b**) = "f"(**a**) ⋁ "f"(**b**). Equivalently, V consists of the disjunctions $f(x\_1,dots,x\_n)=igvee\_\{iin\; I\}x\_i$ for all subsets "I" of {1, …, "n"} (including the empty disjunction 0), and the constant 1.

*For any "k" ≥ 1, T_{0}^{"k"}is the set of functions "f" such that::$mathbf\; a^1landcdotslandmathbf\; a^k=mathbf\; 0\; Rightarrow\; f(mathbf\; a^1)landcdotsland\; f(mathbf\; a^k)=0.$:Moreover, $mathrm\{T\}\_0^infty=igcap\_\{k=1\}^inftymathrm\{T\}\_0^k$ is the set of functions bounded above by a variable: there exists "i" = 1, …, "n" such that nowrap|"f"(**a**) ≤ "a"_{"i"}for all**a**.:As a special case, nowrap|1=P_{0}= T_{0}^{1}is the set of "0-preserving" functions: nowrap|1="f"(**0**) = 0.

*For any "k" ≥ 1, T_{1}^{"k"}is the set of functions "f" such that::$mathbf\; a^1lorcdotslormathbf\; a^k=mathbf\; 1\; Rightarrow\; f(mathbf\; a^1)lorcdotslor\; f(mathbf\; a^k)=1,$:and $mathrm\{T\}\_1^infty=igcap\_\{k=1\}^inftymathrm\{T\}\_1^k$ is the set of functions bounded below by a variable: there exists "i" = 1, …, "n" such that nowrap|"f"(**a**) ≥ "a"_{"i"}for all**a**.:The special case nowrap|1=P_{1}= T_{1}^{1}consists of the "1-preserving" functions: nowrap|1="f"(**1**) = 1.

*The largest clone of all functions is denoted ⊤, the smallest clone (which contains only projections) is denoted ⊥, and nowrap|1=P = P_{0}P_{1}is the clone of "constant-preserving" functions.**The lattice**The set of all clones is a

closure system , hence it forms acomplete lattice . The lattice iscountably infinite , and all its members are finitely generated. All the clones are listed in the table below.The eight infinite families have actually also members with "k" = 1, but these appear separately in the table: nowrap|1=T

_{0}^{1}= P_{0}, nowrap|1=T_{1}^{1}= P_{1}, nowrap|1=PT_{0}^{1}= PT_{1}^{1}= P, nowrap|1=MT_{0}^{1}= MP_{0}, nowrap|1=MT_{1}^{1}= MP_{1}, nowrap|1=MPT_{0}^{1}= MPT_{1}^{1}= MP.The lattice has a natural symmetry mapping each clone "C" to its dual clone nowrap|1="C"

^{"d"}= {"f"^{d}"f" ∈ "C"}, where nowrap|1="f"^{"d"}("x"_{1}, …, "x"_{"n"}) = ¬"f"(¬"x"_{1}, …, ¬"x"_{"n"}) is thede Morgan dual of a Boolean function "f". For example, nowrap|1=Λ^{"d"}= V, nowrap|1=(T_{0}^{"k"})^{"d"}= T_{1}^{"k"}, and nowrap|1=M^{"d"}= M.**Applications**The complete classification of Boolean clones given by Post helps to resolve various questions about classes of Boolean functions. For example:

*An inspection of the lattice shows that the maximal clones different from ⊤ (often called**Post's classes**) are M, D, A, P_{0}, P_{1}, and every proper subclone of ⊤ is contained in one of them. As a set "B" of connectives is functionally complete if and only if it generates ⊤, we obtain the following characterization: "B" is functionally complete iff it is not included in one of the five Post's classes.

*Thesatisfiability problem for Boolean formulas isNP-complete byCook's theorem . Consider a restricted version of the problem: for a fixed finite set "B" of connectives, let "B"-SAT be the algorithmic problem of checking whether a given "B"-formula is satisfiable. Lewis [*H. R. Lewis, "Satisfiability problems for propositional calculi", Mathematical Systems Theory 13 (1979), pp. 45–53.*] used the description of Post's lattice to show that "B"-SAT is NP-complete if and only if the function ↛ can be generated from "B" (i.e., nowrap| ["B"] ⊇ T_{0}^{∞}), and in all the other cases "B"-SAT is polynomial-time decidable.**Variants**Post originally did not work with the modern definition of clones, but with the so-called "iterative systems", which are sets of operations closed under substitution:$h(x\_1,dots,x\_\{n+m-1\})=f(x\_1,dots,x\_\{n-1\},g(x\_n,dots,x\_\{n+m-1\})),$as well as permutation and identification of variables. The main difference is that iterative systems do not necessarily contain all projections. Every clone is an iterative system, and there are 20 non-empty iterative systems which are not clones. (Post also excluded the empty iterative system from the classification, hence his diagram has no least element and fails to be a lattice.) As another alternative, some authors work with the notion of a "closed class", which is an iterative system closed under introduction of dummy variables. There are four closed classes which are not clones: the empty set, the set of constant 0 functions, the set of constant 1 functions, and the set of all constant functions.

Composition alone does not allow to generate a nullary function from the corresponding unary constant function, this is the technical reason why nullary functions are excluded from clones in Post's classification. If we lift the restriction, we get more clones. Namely, each clone "C" in Post's lattice which contains at least one constant function corresponds to two clones under the less restrictive definition: "C", and "C" together with all nullary functions whose unary versions are in "C".

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