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9.7  Boolean and reified constraints

9.7.1  Boolean FD expressions

An boolean FD expression is a Prolog term built from integers (0 for false, 1 for true), variables (Prolog or FD variables), partial AC arithmetic constraints (section 9.6.2), full AC arithmetic constraints (section 9.6.3) and functors (or operators) that represent boolean functions. When a sub-expression of a boolean expression is an arithmetic constraint c, it is reified. Namely, as soon as the solver detects that c is true (i.e. entailed) the sub-expression has the value 1. Similarly when the solver detects that c is false (i.e. disentailed) the sub-expression evaluates as 0. While neither the entailment nor the disentailment can be detected the sub-expression is evaluated as a domain 0..1. The following table details the components of an FD boolean expression:

FD ExpressionResult
Prolog variabledomain 0..1
FD variable Xdomain of X, X is constrained to be in 0..1
0 (integer)0 (false)
1 (integer)1 (true)
#\ Enot E
E1 #<=> E2E1 equivalent to E2
E1 #\<=> E2E1 not equivalent to E2 (i.e. E1 different from E2)
E1 ## E2E1 exclusive OR E2 (i.e. E1 not equivalent to E2)
E1 #==> E2E1 implies E2
E1 #\==> E2E1 does not imply E2
E1 #/\ E2E1 AND E2
E1 #\/\ E2E1 NAND E2
E1 #\/ E2E1 OR E2
E1 #\\/ E2E1 NOR E2

#<=>, #\<=>, ##, #==>, #\==>, #/\, #\/\, #\/ and #\\/ are predefined infix operators. #\ is a predefined prefix operator (section 8.14.10).

Errors

a sub-expression E is neither a variable nor an integer (0 or 1) nor an FD boolean functor nor reified constraint  type_error(fd_bool_evaluable, E)
an expression is too complex  resource_error(too_big_fd_constraint)
a sub-expression is an invalid reified constraint  an arithmetic constraint error (section 9.6.1)

9.7.2  fd_reified_in/4

Templates

fd_reified_in(?fd_variable, +integer, +integer, ?fd_variable)

Description

fd_reified_in(X, Lower, Upper, B) captures the truth value of the constraint X ∈ [Lower..Upper] in the boolean variable B.

Errors

X is neither a variable nor an FD variable nor an integer  type_error(fd_variable, X)
B is neither a variable nor an FD variable nor an integer  type_error(fd_variable, B)
Lower is a variable  instantiation_error
Lower is neither a variable nor an integer  type_error(integer, Lower)
Upper is a variable  instantiation_error
Upper is neither a variable nor an integer  type_error(integer, Upper)

9.7.3  (#\)/1 - constraint NOT, (#<=>)/2 - constraint equivalent,
(#\<=>)/2 - constraint different, (##)/2 - constraint XOR,
(#==>)/2 - constraint imply, (#\==>)/2 - constraint not imply,
(#/\)/2 - constraint AND, (#\/\)/2 - constraint NAND,
(#\/)/2 - constraint OR, (#\\/)/2 - constraint NOR

Templates

#\(?fd_bool_evaluable)
#<=>(?fd_bool_evaluable, ?fd_bool_evaluable)
#\<=>(?fd_bool_evaluable, ?fd_bool_evaluable)
##(?fd_bool_evaluable, ?fd_bool_evaluable)
#==>(?fd_bool_evaluable, ?fd_bool_evaluable)
#\==>(?fd_bool_evaluable, ?fd_bool_evaluable)
#/\(?fd_bool_evaluable, ?fd_bool_evaluable)
#\/\(?fd_bool_evaluable, ?fd_bool_evaluable)
#\/(?fd_bool_evaluable, ?fd_bool_evaluable)
#\\/(?fd_bool_evaluable, ?fd_bool_evaluable)

Description

#\= FdBoolExpr1 constraints FdBoolExpr1 to be false.

FdBoolExpr1 #<=> FdBoolExpr2 constrains FdBoolExpr1 to be equivalent to FdBoolExpr2.

FdBoolExpr1 #\<=> FdBoolExpr2 constrains FdBoolExpr1 to be equivalent to not FdBoolExpr2.

FdBoolExpr1 ## FdBoolExpr2 constrains FdBoolExpr1 XOR FdBoolExpr2 to be true

FdBoolExpr1 #==> FdBoolExpr2 constrains FdBoolExpr1 to imply FdBoolExpr2.

FdBoolExpr1 #\==> FdBoolExpr2 constrains FdBoolExpr1 to not imply FdBoolExpr2.

FdBoolExpr1 #/\ FdBoolExpr2 constrains FdBoolExpr1 AND FdBoolExpr2 to be true.

FdBoolExpr1 #\/\ FdBoolExpr2 constrains FdBoolExpr1 AND FdBoolExpr2 to be false.

FdBoolExpr1 #\/ FdBoolExpr2 constrains FdBoolExpr1 OR FdBoolExpr2 to be true.

FdBoolExpr1 #\\/ FdBoolExpr2 constrains FdBoolExpr1 OR FdBoolExpr2 to be false.

FdBoolExpr1 and FdBoolExpr2 are boolean FD expressions (section 9.7.1).

Note that #\<=> (not equivalent) and ## (exclusive or) are synonymous.

These predicates post boolean constraints that are managed by the FD solver using a partial arc-consistency algorithm to reduce the domain of involved variables. The (dis)entailment of reified constraints is detected using either the bounds (for partial AC arithmetic constraints) or the full domain (for full AC arithmetic constraints).

#<=>, #\<=>, ##, #==>, #\==>, #/\, #\/\, #\/ and #\\/ are predefined infix operators. #\ is a predefined prefix operator (section 8.14.10).

Errors

Refer to the syntax of boolean FD expressions for possible errors (section 9.7.1).

Portability

GNU Prolog predicates.

9.7.4  fd_cardinality/2, fd_cardinality/3, fd_at_least_one/1, fd_at_most_one/1,
fd_only_one/1

Templates

fd_cardinality(+fd_bool_evaluable_list, ?fd_variable)
fd_cardinality(+integer, ?fd_variable, +integer)
fd_at_least_one(+fd_bool_evaluable_list)
fd_at_most_one(+fd_bool_evaluable_list)
fd_only_one(+fd_bool_evaluable_list)

Description

fd_cardinality(List, Count) unifies Count with the number of constraints that are true in List. This is equivalent to post the constraint B1 + B2 + …+ Bn #= Count where each variable Bi is a new variable defined by the constraint Bi #<=> Ci where Ci is the ith constraint of List. Each Ci must be a boolean FD expression (section 9.7.1).

fd_cardinality(Lower, List, Upper) is equivalent to fd_cardinality(List, Count), Lower #=< Count, Count #=< Upper

fd_at_least_one(List) is equivalent to fd_cardinality(List, Count), Count #>= 1.

fd_at_most_one(List) is equivalent to fd_cardinality(List, Count), Count #=< 1.

fd_only_one(List) is equivalent to fd_cardinality(List, 1).

Errors

List is a partial list  instantiation_error
List is neither a partial list nor a list  type_error(list, List)
Count is neither an FD variable nor an integer  type_error(fd_variable, Count)
Lower is a variable  instantiation_error
Lower is neither a variable nor an integer  type_error(integer, Lower)
Upper is a variable  instantiation_error
Upper is neither a variable nor an integer  type_error(integer, Upper)
an element E of the List list is an invalid boolean expression  an FD boolean constraint (section 9.7.1)

Portability

GNU Prolog predicates.


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