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On Evaluating Boolean Functions with Unreliable Tests

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March 1990
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We consider the problem of evaluating a boolean function P(x1, ..., xn) by asking queries of the form "xi =?," and receiving answers which may not always be truthful. Assuming that the total number of lies does not exceed E, we present an algorithm with cost O(n+sPE+tPE), where sP is the maximal size of
a minterm of P(x) and tP is the maximal size of a maxterm. We also prove that if P is monotone, then any algorithm for evaluating P must ask omega(sPE + tPE) queries for some input.

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