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A question from 15 February 2018 class
Recall that a literal is an atomic formula or its negation ($P$ is a positive literal, $\neg P$ is a negative literal). Also recall that a Horn formula is a formula in CNF form (so it is a conjunction of disjunctions) such that those disjunctions can be written to contain only one positive literal.
Question: If we have a formula $F$ in conjunctive normal form (CNF) with $F \equiv A \wedge (B \vee B)$, then is $F$ equivalent to a Horn formula?
Answer: Yes, because $F$ is equivalent to $A \wedge B$. To see that they are equivalent, make a truth table:
A & B & B \vee B & A \wedge B & A \wedge (B \vee B) & (A \wedge B) \leftrightarrow (A \wedge (B \vee B)) \\
It should be noted that the formula $A \wedge (B \vee B)$ is not a Horn formula, because $B \vee B$ contains two positive literals! This shows us that the property of "being a Horn formula" is not "preserved" by looking at equivalent formulas. We also already knew that, because we looked at the algorithm to turn a given formula into an equivalent CNF formula!
Equivalence of formulas does not mean the formulas are "equal"! We defined $F \equiv G$ to mean that both $F \vDash G$ and $G \vDash F$. Equality of formulas is a syntax question and equivalence of the formulas is a semantic thing!