XOR (Exclusive Or)

Exclusive or or exclusive disjunction is a logical operation that outputs true only when inputs differ (one is true, the other is false).

It is symbolized by the prefix operator J and by the infix operators XOR, EOR, EXOR, ⊻, ⩒, ⩛, ⊕, ↮, and ≢. The negation of XOR is logical biconditional, which outputs true only when both inputs are the same.

It gains the name “exclusive or” because the meaning of “or” is ambiguous when both operands are true; the exclusive or operator excludes that case. This is sometimes thought of as “one or the other but not both”. This could be written as “A or B, but not, A and B”.

More generally, XOR is true only when an odd number of inputs are true. A chain of XORs—a XOR b XOR c XOR d (and so on)—is true whenever an odd number of the inputs are true and is false whenever an even number of inputs are true.

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