XOR: key points for algo IV

  • usage: swap two int variables. I think the “minus” trick is easier to understand
  • usage: doubly-linked list … MLP-sg connectivity java IV#2
  • usage: ‘1’ XOR an unknown bit among neighboring bits => TOGGLE the bit
  • usage: If you apply an all-1 toggle (bit vector), you get the “bitwise NOT” also known as “one’s complement”
  • Like AND, OR, this is bitwise meaning each position is computed independently — nice simplicity

If you are looking for a one-phrase intro to the 2-input XOR, consider

) TOGGLE ie toggle the selected bits. If you apply a toggle twice, you get the original.
) DIFFERENCE ie difference gate, as a special case of “odd number of ONEs
…. Therefore, order doesn’t matter. See note below

See https://hackernoon.com/xor-the-magical-bit-wise-operator-24d3012ed821

— how about a bunch of bits to XOR together?

Wikipedia points out —  A chain of XORs — a XOR b XOR c XOR d (and so on) — evalutes to ONE iFF there is an odd number of ONEs in the inputs. Every pair of toggles would cancel out each other.

Again, you are free to reshuffle the items as order doesn’t matter.

Venn 0110 1001.svg is the Venn diagram for a xor b xor c. Red means True. Each of the three circles were initially meaning if you shoot dart inside the ‘a’ circle, then you get ‘a=True’. If outside the ‘a’ circle, then ‘a=False’. You can see that your dart is red (i.e. True) only when encircled an odd number of times. Note your dart is unable to land outside the big circle.

Insight — iFF you toggle a NULL (taken as False) odd times, it becomes True. Therefore, if among N input bits, count of True (toggles) is odd, then result is True.

Does order of operand matter? No

https://leetcode.com/problems/single-number/ has a O(1) time O(1) space solution using this hack. Applicable on a collection of floats, or dates, or any serializable objects.



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