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"If $X$ then $Y$ unless $Z$" is represented by which of the following formulas in prepositional logic? ("$\neg$" is negation, "$\land$" is conjunction, and "$\rightarrow$" is implication)

1. $(X\land \neg Z) \rightarrow Y$
2. $(X \land Y) \rightarrow \neg Z$
3. $X \rightarrow(Y\land \neg Z)$
4. $(X \rightarrow Y)\land \neg Z$
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X→ (¬ZY)

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Basic Concept$:$  $A$ Unless $B \Leftrightarrow \neg B\rightarrow A$ (Conditional Statement)

$\Leftrightarrow \neg(\neg B ) \vee A$

$\Leftrightarrow B \vee A$

$\Leftrightarrow A \vee B$

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$P\rightarrow Q\equiv\neg P \vee Q$

$Q$ Unless $\neg P\equiv P\rightarrow Q$

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good trick sir ...thanks lakshman sir
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it helped me thanks..!

Answer is a) $(X \land \lnot Z)\to Y$

(refer page 6,7 Discrete Math,ed 7, Kenneth H Rosen)

Implication "$P$ implies $Q$" i.e., $(p \to Q)$, where $P$ is Premise and $Q$ is Conclusion, can be equivalently expressed in many ways. And the two equivalent expression relevant to the question are as follows:

1. "If $P$ then $Q$"
2. "$Q$ unless $\lnot P$"

Both of these are equivalent to the propositional formula $(P \to Q)$,

Now compare "If $X$ then $Y$ unless $Z$" with  "$Q$ unless $\lnot P$" , here $(\lnot P = Z)$ so $(P = \lnot Z)$ and $(Q = Y)$

Compare with "if $P$ then $Q$", here $(P = X) , (Q= Y)$

So we get premise $P= X \text{ and } \lnot Z,$ conclusion $Q = Y$

Equivalent propositional formula $(X \land \lnot Z) \to Y$

PS: Someone messaged me that i have taken "If $X$ then ($Y$ unless $Z$)" in above explanation and how to know if we take "(If $X$ then $Y$) unless $Z$" or "If $X$ then ($Y$ unless $Z$)". So let me show that both way gives the same answer.

"(If $X$ then $Y$) unless $Z$"  $\equiv (X\to Y)$ unless $Z$

\begin{align} &\equiv \lnot Z \to (X\to Y) \\ &\equiv \lnot Z\to (\lnot X \lor Y) \\ &\equiv Z \lor \lnot X \lor Y \\ &\equiv \lnot (X \land \lnot Z) \lor Y \\ &\equiv (X \land \lnot Z) \to Y \end{align}

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In Rosen, page:17,example:2, there is a similar question.

q:"you can ride roller coaster"
r:"you are under 4feet tall"
s:"you are older than 16"

For representing" you cannot ride the roller coaster if you are under 4 feet tall unless you are older than 16 years old"

(-q) if (r unless s)
(-q) if (-s --> r)
( -s --> r ) --> (-q) is the answer I"m getting, however, in the example he replaced unless with and not and gave answer (r ^ -s ) --> -q;

Now, which is correct?
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Best explanation for this question.Thanks sourav.
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Better Explanation ... Unless Can be treated as "OR"
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Same problem with me

anyone explain??

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@Lakshman Patel RJIT sir,found the explanation to this yet?😅

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If you are riding a roller coaster either you are taller than 4 feet or older than 16 years old.

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1003705/how-can-this-english-sentence-be-translated-into-a-logical-expression

while ( not z )
{
if (X) then
Y
}
or
unless( z )
{
if (X) then
Y
}

this is what it means in programming. if you want to execute statement $Y$ then $X$ must be $\text{True}$ and $Z \text{False}$, which is equivalent to $(X\wedge \neg Z)Y.$

option (A).

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Well explained
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Cann't i write it as $xy + x'z$, if x is true then y else z
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very beautifull & crisp explanation thank you @Vikrant sir
The statement "If X then Y unless Z" means, if Z doesn't occur, X implies Y
i.e. ¬ Z→ (X→ Y), which is equivalent to Z∨ (X→ Y) (since P→ Q ≡ ¬ P∨ Q),
Which is then equivalent to Z∨ ( ¬X∨ Y). Now we can look into options which one matches with this.
So option A is (X∧ ¬ Z)→ Y = ¬ ((X∧ ¬ Z))∨ Y = ( ¬X∨ Z)∨ Y, which matches our expression.

So option A is correct.
I just to tried to simplify it more

Statement : IF X THEN Y UNLESS Z

we can write it like this (IF X THEN Y) UNLESS Z

whenever you see UNLESS  operator just keep in mind to replace it with "IF NOT " your work is half done

=> (IF X THEN Y) IF NOT Z

=> (IF X THEN Y) IF (NOT Z)

now see it falls in the form of Q if P which is another form of P->Q

=> ~Z -> (IF X THEN Y )

=> ~Z -> (X -> Y)

=> ~Z -> ( ~X ∨ Y)

=>~(~Z) ∨ ( ~X ∨ Y)

=> Z ∨ ~X ∨ Y

=> (Z ∨ ~X ) ∨ Y

=> ~ (~Z ∧ X ) ∨ Y

=>  (~Z ∧ X ) -> Y
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The statement “If X then Y unless Z” means, if Z doesn’t occur, X implies Y i.e. ¬Z→(X→Y), which is equivalent to Z∨(X→Y) (since P→Q ≡ ¬P∨Q), which is then equivalent to Z∨(¬X∨Y). Now we can look into options which one matches with this.

So option (a) is (X∧¬Z)→Y = ¬((X∧¬Z))∨Y = (¬X∨Z)∨Y, which matches our expression. So option A is correct.
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The statement “If X then Y unless Z” means, if Z doesn’t occur, X implies Y i.e. ¬Z→(X→Y), which is equivalent to Z∨(X→Y) (since P→Q ≡ ¬P∨Q), which is then equivalent to Z∨(¬X∨Y). Now we can look into options which one matches with this.

So option (a) is (X∧¬Z)→Y = ¬((X∧¬Z))∨Y = (¬X∨Z)∨Y, which matches our expression. So option A is correct.

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