Exercise 4: Using Minisat
Overview
In this exercise you will use a real satsolver, MiniSat, to
test some propositions to see if they are tautologies. If a proposition
is not a tautology you will extract a counterexample. You will
download and install the system on your computer, create files
that MiniSat can use as input, run the system on your files,
and extract answers from the output of running the system.
Learning Objectives
As you work through this exercise we expect you to learn
the following:
 The format of DIMACS CNF files
 How to invoke MiniSat
 How to use the negation of a formula to test for tautologyhood.
 How to use MiniSat to find another find additional solutions (or counter examples).
Getting Started
 Read the section in the text, pages 6878, about SATsolvers.
A perfect understanding of this material is not necessary to
work through this exercise, as we are more concerned with using
a SAT solver here, than in how they work.
 Download and install the MiniSat SAT solver on your machine.
 Download and read the document How to use the MiniSAT SAT Solver.
 Download and read the document CNF Files about the DIMACS CNF file format.
Directions
Go to page 79 of the test. From
exercise 1.2, part 2, choices (d),(g),and (h).
For each sequent, we have
 Formed a proposition by moving
formula from the left of the turnstyle into an implication
on the right.
For example: p,q  r leads to the proposition
p > (q > r).
 Negated the formula.
 Turn the negated formula into CNF.

 Problem (d)
 Sequent p \/ q, ~q \/ r  (p \/ r)
 Formula p \/ q => ~q \/ r => (p \/ r)
 Negated ~(p \/ q => ~q \/ r => (p \/ r)
 CNF Negated (p \/ q) /\ (~q \/ r) /\ ~p /\ ~r

 Problem (g)
 Sequent (p /\ ~p)  ~(r => q) /\ (r => q)
 Formula (p /\ ~p) => (~(r => q) /\ (r => q))
 Negated ~((p /\ ~p) => (~(r => q) /\ (r => q)))
 CNF Negated p /\ (~r \/ q \/ r) /\ (~r \/ q \/ ~q) /\ ~p

 Problem (h)
 Sequent (p => q), (s => t)  (p \/ s) => (q /\ t)
 Formula (p => q) => (s => t) => p \/ s => (q /\ t)
 Negated ~((p => q) => (s => t) => p \/ s => (q /\ t))
 CNF Negated (~p \/ q) /\ (~s \/ t) /\ (p \/ s) /\ (~q \/ ~t)
What To Do
 Create a DIMACS CNF file to encode each negated CNF formula.
 Run MiniSat.
 Determine if the formula is a tautology. If it is not,
find two counter examples. (See How to use the MiniSAT SAT Solver for strategies
for finding more than one solution).
 You should discover at least on tautology, and onenon tautology.
What To Turn In
 Write up a simple report about what you discovered.
 Create a small directory with the *.cnf files and your report.
 Drop it in the Ex4 folder in the class drop box
 Be prepared to talk about your solution in class.
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