Truth table
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A truth table is a mathematical table used in logicâ€”specifically in connection with Boolean algebra, boolean functions, and propositional calculusâ€”to compute the functional values of logical expressions on each of their functional arguments, that is, on each combination of values taken by their logical variables (Enderton, 2001). In particular, truth tables can be used to tell whether a propositional expression is true for all legitimate input values, that is, logically valid.
Practically, a truth table is composed of one column for each input variable (for example, A and B), and one final column for all of the possible results of the logical operation that the table is meant to represent (for example, A XOR B). Each row of the truth table therefore contains one possible configuration of the input variables (for instance, A=true B=false), and the result of the operation for those values. See the examples below for further clarification. Ludwig Wittgenstein is often credited with their invention in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
See also
- Boolean domain
- Boolean-valued function
- Espresso heuristic logic minimizer
- Excitation table
- First-order logic
- Functional completeness
- Karnaugh maps
- Logic gate
- Logical connective
- Logical graph
- Method of analytic tableaux
- Propositional calculus
- Truth function