Boolean normal forms, shellability, and reliability computations
SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
212 - 226
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Orthogonal forms of positive Boolean functions play an important role in reliability theory, since the probability that they take value 1 can be easily computed. However, few classes of disjunctive normal forms are known for which orthogonalization can be efficiently performed. An interesting class with this property is the class of shellable disjunctive normal forms (DNFs). In this paper, we present some new results about shellability. We establish that every positive Boolean function can be represented by a shellable DNF, we propose a polynomial procedure to compute the dual of a shellable DNF, and we prove that testing the so-called lexico-exchange (LE) property (a strengthening of shellability) is NP-complete.